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Surfer April 2016

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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kelly slater, restaurants

Kelly Slater, prodigious and gifted as he may be, owes much of his success to the intimate, personal relationships he’s fostered with some of surfoard design’s greatest minds. Al Merrick, Simon Anderson, Maurice Cole, and Greg Webber all have built surfcraft for Slater, leaving their fingerprints on his approach in the process. But his most recent collaborator, Australian planing-hull enthusiast Daniel Thomson, has helped push Slater’s curiosity to new experimental heights. Here, we see the fruits of Slater and Thomson’s labor up close at Restaurants—a familiar turn on a familiar wave, made fresh and new by some unfamiliar equipment.…

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the interview

Q. So why did you want to do an interview issue this month? A. It seemed like the right time. Some of the surfers making a mark on our culture at the moment have really unique voices. As a writer, when you find subjects like that, sometimes it’s good to step aside and let them tell their own story. I’ve always loved interview issues for that unfiltered perspective. Our culture is filled with so many offbeat characters, and it’s always stimulating to climb into their heads, shine a light into some of the more obscure corners, and see what’s going on in there. Q. Oh yeah? Who were some of the most compelling people in the issue? A. Everyone in the issue is compelling for different reasons, but I was particularly drawn in…

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mark foo and ken bradshaw 1988

It took two or three years of interviewing surfers before I figured out that the wave-riding part of the deal—turns, tubes, wipeouts, and whatnot—as a topic of discussion will leave you stranded at the corner of Cliche and Banal every time. Add competition surfing to the dialogue and at best you’ve got people’s attention up until the next event. No, surfing makes for worthwhile conversation only when it flits like Tinkerbell around a larger, more universal topic. With Phil Edwards, it was the oversold California Dream. With Kaipo Jaquais, it was fatherhood. With Pam Burridge, it was sexism. With Cheyne Horan, it was drugs, sexuality, apartheid; given that he was a high school dropout, and considering how stoned he was most of the times we talked (or maybe because of…

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#1 the survivor

I’D LAST INTERVIEWED BRUCE IRONS on the evening of August 27, 2011, in Tahiti. It was a crazy night after an even crazier day. We were perched on plastic lawn chairs in the middle of a yard party at Teahupoo, a dozen beers in, buzzed by mosquitoes and boozed partygoers, the air positively fizzing after the waves surfed earlier that day on the fabled Code Red swell. It was almost a year since Bruce had lost his brother, and, as Bruce put it, he felt like he’d been “on a mission to take myself out of here.” Bruce was running fast and loose and acting bulletproof. Earlier that day he’d taken one of the biggest waves ever ridden at Teahupoo, which blew him into the lagoon and blew his shorts clean…

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#2 the futurist

WE REALLY SHOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION IN MATH CLASS. Daniel “Tomo” Thomson clearly did, and now he’s making use of his interest in geometry and fluid dynamics to build some of the most bizarre and intriguing surfboards in the world. There was a time, not too long ago, when to stroll across the beach with a square-nosed, split-diamond-tailed, 5'1" surfboard under your arm meant you could expect plenty of smirks and “get a load of this guy” kiteboard jokes from parking-lot peanut galleries. But now, among the rows of stock-standard thrusters in your local core shop, as well as under the feet of Kelly Slater, you’ll increasingly find Tomo’s unconventional shapes. The son of legendary New South Wales shaper Mark Thomson, Tomo honed his world-class surfing at the bucolic points…

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#3 the champ

ADRIANO DE SOUZA HAILS FROM GUARUJÁ, BRAZIL, a touristy beach city 40 miles from Sao Paulo, Brazil’s economic epicenter. But he grew up worlds away from the luxury beachfront apartments where Sao Paulo’s upper-class families spend their weekends. De Souza comes from a neighborhood straddling the line between favela and working class—what could be called a ghetto—in an environment that grounded him and helped instill his fierce determination to succeed. De Souza was raised in a two-room house that also served as the family business; his hardworking parents ran a small liquor and grocery store from their home. “My father’s bar was literally inside our house,” de Souza recalls. “Only one wall separated it from our small living room and kitchen.” Angelo de Souza, Adriano’s brother, is 11 years older and was…