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Surfer April 2015

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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8 Issues


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john florence backdoor, hawaii

Surfing has never looked as diverse in ideas and equipment as it does in 2015. On one hand, many surfers occupy themselves by pilfering from the past, using old single-fns and bonzers to resurrect long-dead surf styles. On the other hand, you have surfers like John Florence (pictured here). There’s nothing nostalgic about taking off on a shifty set at Backdoor, high-lining at top speed, and launching into a backfip. Whether we like it or not, we’re all moving into the future; John John just seems in more of a hurry to get there.…

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fire on the water

“Look what we did,” lamented Chris Malloy as we motored away from an Indonesian lineup choked with people and boats. Malloy is a funny guy, but he wasn’t joking. The moments precipitating our departure were scenes from a bad dream. Tasked with taking photos, SURFER’s photo editor, Grant Ellis, was trapped in a small boat and had his shirt tied around his head in a futile attempt to protect his lungs from the thick smoke spewing from the dinghy’s outboard engine. At first I found the scene amusing: the tourist shielding himself from the fumes while the bored local sat, oblivious, with a burning unfiltered cigarette hanging loosely from his lips. But my sense of humor was chemically peeled by the time I reached the peak. The surface of the water…

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rebel whisper

A few years ago, the Supreme Court justices climbed atop their bench, raised their gavels as one, and shouted to all the land, “Fuck it! No more fines for profanity on broadcast TV!” Well, sort of. Basically the Court tossed out a bunch of fines the FCC was desperately trying to levy on the networks for some uncensored outbursts on live TV shows. What were those outbursts? Cher blurted out “fuck” during a speech at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards. So did Bono at the Golden Globes two years later. And Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie after that. Nobody really noticed and nobody much cared, except for the FCC, whose panties were tightened up into a big-time bunch. But they were pretty much it. Not even the grouchy elders of…

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unlikely pairing

It would be easy to mistake Rob Machado for a slacker, what with the unkempt hair, the half-tempo delivery of his speech, the sporadic drifting. In reality, Machado is one of the hardest working pros out there. Between celebrity appearances, sponsor obligations, his clothing line, his philanthropy, his family, and well, surfing, he’s somehow found time to launch his own line of surfboards too. Which basically means that he’s spending what precious free minutes he has covered in foam dust. “I’ve been in shaping bays since I was 14,” Machado brags. “Working closely with Al Merrick, I got the best education there is. I’ve always tinkered with my boards. I shaped my first board way back in 2001.” Machado’s shaping acumen may not come as a surprise to those who have followed…

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winter weight

We’ve all been there before: suiting up for the first chilly day of the season, paddling out, and having your favorite board suddenly feel like a sinking ship under your rubber-clad feet. Getting into waves has become especially difficult, down-the-line drive is a distant memory, and bogged-rail cutbacks are your new default turn. Welcome to winter. Despite continual advancements in wetsuit technology, we’re still doomed to carry extra weight when gearing up for coldwater sessions. The average medium 4/3 wetsuit weighs about 5 pounds when wet, and a full 5/4 ensemble with gloves, a hood, and booties can weigh nearly 10 pounds. Your summer board simply doesn't have the volume to carry the extra weight. So how do we put an end to the bogging? “Taking into account the added weight of…

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the now

The coal-mining town of Bulli, south of Sydney, is not regarded as a repository of high art, nor as a vibrant and pulsing beehive of life and color, and yet there was Ray Collins. Seven years ago the idea of his new photography book, Found at Sea, would have seemed ludicrous to him; he was still working a mile down in the mines and hadn’t shot a single frame. Collins crawled out of the mines after blowing out a knee—“No shock absorbers left,” he says—and bought a camera with the payout. In the short years since, Collins has transitioned from subterranean to submarine and become arguably the most inventive water photographer in Australia. He’s bagged himself a slew of trophy shots, including the cover of SURFER’s Big Issue, and recently…