Gabriel Medina

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Kelly Slater portrait detail

Welcome To The Wave Pool Capital Of The World

Posted April 28, 2018 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Kelly Slater’s wave pool is as much a curiosity to his new neighbors in this small California town as it is to the rest of the world. 

Alvar Sirlin illustration detail

Alvar Sirlin: Surfing Portraits

Posted February 4, 2017 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Alvar Sirlin is a New York illustrator well known for his soccer portraits in Howler Magazine. But he is also a recreational surfer who can be spotted on the beaches of Long Island, N.Y. when the conditions are right. Here is a look at his sketchbook, which serves as a showcase for Alvar’s ability to capture the sport at its most dynamic.  (more…)

John John with flag

The Portuguese Pipeline

Posted December 4, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Those in the surfing world expected the 2016 world title race to conclude at Pipeline, a wave on the North Shore of Oahu that breaks in John John Florence’s backyard. Instead Florence was able to clinch his first crown more than 7,000 miles away, in southwest Europe. It happened on a Portuguese wave named “Supertubos” that produces Pipeline-sized tubes and breaks close to the beach, just as Pipeline does. Portuguese photographer Ricardo Santos Luis was there in the port town of Peniche to witness what happened. (more…)

A Rivalry In The Making

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

John John Florence and Gabriel Medina turned pro the same year. Now each has a world title, and neither is older than 25. Those who follow pro surfing expect the rivalry between the Hawaiian and the Brazilian to define pro surfing over the next decade. Here is how the two stack up.

Editor’s Note – The Pipeline Issue

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

Fear. It’s a central part of the surfing experience, even if it’s seldom acknowledged. From pros to beginners, all who enter the water know what it’s like to encounter a situation beyond their abilities. We hope to overcome our jitters in that moment. But how? (more…)

Great Moments At Trestles

Posted December 3, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Many of pro surfing’s greatest moments occurred at Trestles. Illustrator Alvar Sirlin brings four to life. (more…)

Illustration by Ignacio Serrano

Facing Pipeline

Posted November 28, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Eleven accomplished surfers recall their first encounters with the world’s most dangerous wave. (more…)

Illustration of Gabriel Medina

World No. 3: “I Know What To Do”

Posted November 26, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Gabriel Medina fell just short of his second world title this year. But the 23-year-old Brazilian said he knows what he needs now: a stronger start to 2017. (more…)