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Surfing Life publishes five issues a year, each focussed on one of the five fundamental pillars of the surfing experience - Surfers, Surfboards, Waves, Technique and Travel. The result is a magazine containing quality content which will make a difference to your surfing experience. Essential reading for the active surfer.

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5 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the drop

This issue we unveil our sixth pillar, an invisible force that non-surfers peering in immediately recognise. Yet, many surfers are oblivious or choose to ignore it. As decades roll past, certain beliefs and mannerisms have been cultivated. Culture, from the Latin word colere: to tend or cultivate, has evolved from the early 16th century to include other areas of cultivation1. For example, the mind grows to accepts new ideas, modifies perspectives and personal development occurs. The collective achievements of human intellect, art, customs and social behaviour is culture. Does surf culture exist? Or is it another way for mainstream couch spuds to spruik off in their nasal Aussie twang, so they can justify jamming us into a surf-labelled box, stacked in uniform rows as a part of their methodically controlled system?…

4 min.
with rob bain

You’ve seen a lot of changes in the culture of surfing. Do you expect to see more changes, and what will they look like? I suppose the big question really is … what is surf culture? Is it really a thing anymore? From back in the ’60s, where it seemed to be a counterculture movement (to be free, to roam, to be an individual, a rebel if you will … a real anti-establishment notion),to the early ’70s, where freedom of expression and experimentation was still a big part of the whole surfing lifestyle. To then, when pro surfing arrived with the idea that this could possibly become a mainstream sport. Over this short period of time, the commercialisation of surfing has changed the perception of what surfing is quite a lot. But…

2 min.

Strength NOTOX boards are undeniably strong, as we have mentioned our unique construction means we can boast a far higher tensile strength. The single biggest worry of any surfer is damaging our boards, they are expensive and kind of a part of us. We get to know our boards and have a unique relationship with them, they are our ‘stoke partners’ and go through everything with us. NOTOX make the BEST surfboard out there. Stronger. Lighter. More fun! Did we mention our surfboards are also better for the environment and safer for us, who make the boards? Weight Vacuum Bagging, to give it its ‘grown up’ name, means that not only are any harmful carcinogens contained but that an equal amount of pressure is applied to all parts of the boards surface during the curing…

2 min.
here's to marty

Marty Tullemans had a way of turning up at the oddest times. Colleen Deane, the wife of the late, great surfer/shaper Wayne Deane, told me a story about Marty turning up at their house in the middle of the night, dressed in head-to-toe camouflage gear with a machete strapped to his leg, and complaining of mysterious figures out to get him. She invited him in for a cup of tea. “The thing with Marty was you never felt in any danger. He was always sweet,” she told me, at the slide night to commemorate Marty’s life and legacy at Surf World, Gold Coast. Marty once turned up at my place at 5 a.m., well before the sun. It was only because we had extremely young children that I was even awake at…

2 min.

EDITORIAL Josh Allen John Andrews Tim Baker Mat Bell Russell Bierke Chris Binns Will Bendix Daniel Brennan Brad Bricknell Michael Ciaramella Liz Clark Noah Cohan Chris Coté Hayden Cox Andy Davis Keiran Deck Rambo Estrada David Eurell Jaymie Faber Sosefina Fuamoli Matt George Joey Griffiths Kaipo Guerrero Tim Hawken Lauren Hill Jake Howard Brad Hutchins Craig Jarvis Jonathan Jenkins Scott Johnstone Candice Land Jesse Little Craig Macintyre Torren Martyn Mark Mathews Andrew McKinnon Kate McMahon Toby Mossop Graeme Murdoch Marcus Paladino Taylor Paul Tom Pearsall Chris Peel Rod Perez Derek Rielly Michael Saunders Steve Shearer Andrew Shield Craig Sims Chas Smith Jed Smith Luke Surplice Alan van Gysen Roxanne Williams Peter "Joli" Wilson Kerry Wright Sam Zubevich PHOTOGRAPHIC Jack Barripp John Barton Scott Bauer Leroy Bellet Peter Bohler Peter Boskovich John Brumfield Alex Brunton Chris Burkard Josh Burkinshaw Josh Bystrom John Callahan Chloe Candarakis Tom Carey Kelly Cestari Jason Childs Andrew Chisholm Mitch Clark Antony Colas Ray Collings Ryan "Chachi" Craig Andrew Christie Mick Curley Hilton Dawe Fenna De King Jack Dekort Jeff Divine Damea Dorsey Matt Dunbar Sam Elsom Rambo Estrada Sean Evans Joel Everad Greg Ewing Kim Feast Ishka Folkwell Lynden Foss Pete Frieden Jorge Garcia Adam Gibson Stu Gibson Todd Glaser Mike Gleeson Pedro Gomes Woody Gooch Ted Grambeau Odell Harris Jules Hatton-Ward Dan Hayward Ryan Heywood Dick Hoole Spence Hornby Dustin Humphrey Mark Hunter Pablo Jimenez Travis Johnson Calin Jones Peter Jovic Jordan Keir Jason Kenworthy George Kettle Mike Killion David Kirkland Richard Kotch Kerry Langdon Mike Latronic Alex Laurel Nat Lawrence Steven…

6 min.
aussie bubble

I love pro surfing. It’s been my life for the best part of five decades intertwined with my other love of photography. Twin passions, in a career that was kicked off with the first surfing photo I’d ever published. It was an image of Narrabeen’s Col Smith racing across the face of a tenfoot Bells bowl wave at Bells Beach during the running of the 1973 Rip Curl Pro. That one photo put me on a career path that I’m still following today. I’ve been lucky enough to witness classic heats, like the Tom Curren and Occy heat at Bells, Andy Irons and Kelly Slater at Pipe, Jake Paterson’s second last ride at Pipe to seal a Pipeline Masters win, Shane Beschen’s incredible 30-point perfect score at Kirra, and Owen Wright…