Kelly Slater

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Inside Surfing’s Secret City

Posted June 14, 2017 by Dan Fitzpatrick

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

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…)

Trestles Map - Sirlin

Editor’s Note – The Trestles Issue

Posted December 1, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Fifty miles north of San Diego is an expanse of ocean front, sand and cobblestones named after a railroad bridge. How did this spot, called “Trestles,” become the most important place to surf in the continental United States? We thought it would be fun to explore that question in this debut of Twenty, a magazine for anyone curious about the sport of surfing. (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…)

Go Deeper on Kelly Slater’s First Pro Win

Posted November 1, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Go below the surface of Kelly Slater’s first pro win with this addendum to “A New Beginning.” (more…)

Kelly Slater wearing orange jersey

A New Beginning

Posted October 26, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Kelly Slater is the most accomplished professional surfer in the world, an 11-time world champion. It is difficult now to imagine him as an unproven 18-year-old in search of his first pro victory. But that’s who Slater was in September 1990 as the Cocoa Beach, Fla., high school senior traveled to California’s Lower Trestles to compete for what was then the richest first place prize at the Body Glove Surf Bout III. What happened next forever altered the sport of surfing. (more…)