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Surfer February 2018

We founded Surfer Magazine in 1960 with a mission: to bring our readers a slice of the entire surfing world with each issue. And for over four decades, we've made good on that promise. Every issue of Surfer is packed with spectacular award-winning photos, provocative interviews with the leading pros, and journeys to the coolest undiscovered surf spots. With your order you'll get the Annual Oversized Issue, the Buyer's Guide, and the Hot 100, featuring the world's best new surfers.

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editor’s note

What is a wave really worth? This question was at the front of my mind as Grant Ellis (SURFER photo editor) and I were driving past sprawling cow pastures on our way home from a session at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California. Just a few hours earlier, we’d been trading incomprehensibly good waves, generated by the most state-of-the-art wave-making tech in the world, and our brains were able to do little more than replay every ride in our heads and scrutinize every aspect of our performance: could we have been deeper in the barrel? Did we surf too conservatively? Should we have even bothered with turns? Now that we’ve experienced a mathematically-perfect wave, is it all downhill from here? Armed with the clarity of hindsight, we were suddenly experts…

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Tom Carroll, 56 Two-Time World Champion Sydney, Australia “No matter who you are, you’ll face highs and lows in a long and successful career. When you’re down and need to lift yourself back up, that’s when the hard work truly pays off." We choose our role models based on our inspiration. My first role model in surfing was Col Smith from Narrabeen. He was a brilliant goofyfooter, just a super-radical surfer. He never used to drink, he wasn’t a big party guy, but he was all about fun — getting out in the ocean and really surfing up and down a wave. That’s what I wanted to do. He became a big influence on me both in and out of the water. With all the challenges you faced at that age in the ’70s,…

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of dirty wax and rabbits’ feet

Some Major League Baseball pitchers hop over the chalk baseline on their way back to the dugout at the end of an inning because they know that if they don’t, something terrible will happen. Step on that chalk line, and you’re practically guaranteed to give up a grand slam in the next inning. For them, it’s almost a universal law. Yet other pitchers step on the line without a second thought. They’re not worried about some kind of karmic penalty from accidentally messing up the baseline, because they know that the real talismanic protection lies in wearing the same unwashed undershirt beneath their jersey every single time they pitch. In their minds, if they forget that thing at home before an away game, they might as well start scanning the…

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occupational hazard

For most workaday surfers, injuries in the water are rare. Sure, we occasionally collide with our boards, fins, a chunk of reef or a stranger (mostly the latter if you surf Trestles). But throughout our surf lives, most of us receive relatively few injuries in the lineup, and fewer still that have any lasting effects. Pro surfers, on the other hand, are paid to push themselves as hard as humanly possible in the water, which leads to moments of brilliance above the lip if you’re a world-class freesurfer, or inside a cavernous tube if you’re an unhinged big-wave rider. It also typically leads to a laundry list of injuries. DANE REYNOLDS Take Dane Reynolds for example: Reynolds is known for sending himself skyward on the most daunting sections, and contorting into all…

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dark horizons

The Caribbean had solid surf earlier in the season, but it didn’t hold a candle to this. With the trade winds down, cerulean glass met focused power radiating from Hurricane Irma toward Puerto Rico in 16-second intervals. For San Juan-based surfer Otto Flores, this was as good as it gets: late drops into dreamy, overhead caverns. “It was like a year’s worth of great waves in a day,” Flores remembers. “When hurricane swells come from that direction, there isn’t a drop of water out of place.” For many who live and die by Atlantic-borne swells, hurricane season is a celebration. But while a given storm system may seem like a gift for one coastal resident, it’s often a curse for another. After his Hurricane Irma super sessions, Flores learned that the spinner that…

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List of Works (All oil on canvas) 53 “California Revisited,” 48" x 30", 2011 55 “Afternoon,” 30" x 50", 2017 56 “Narcolepsy,” 24" x 48", 2013 57 “Mother’s Sky,” 30" x 50", 2016 57 “Memories of Yesterday,” 36" x 36", 2013 58 “Beauty School Drop Out,” 18" x 12", 2015 59 “Paddling Lesson,” 40" x 12", 2008 Tyler Warren stands in the back of his San Juan Capistrano, California, garage-turned-art-studio, holding a painting of a woman in a vintage bathing suit. She’s adrift in the ocean, lying comfortably on a longboard as a spire of surreal cumulus clouds climbs up from the horizon behind her. The woman’s closed eyes and calm face paired with the strange cloud formation gives the painting a dreamlike feeling, as if the colorful world she resides in is one of her own invention. “I really…