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Surfer August 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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john florence, somewhere

For true surf addicts, the ultimate goal is getting as many great waves to yourself as possible, and to do that, it pays to keep their locations close to your chest. “This was one of the best sessions I’ve ever had,” says John Florence, pictured here. “But I’m not gonna say where it is, or even drop any hints. Even if you knew where this wave was, it wouldn’t do you much good because it’s so fickle. But on this day, on this particular swell, my best friends and I scored it absolutely alone. We were just trading huge barrels for six hours. We’re still talking about it. I think it just goes to show you that, even when you think you know of every conceivable spot in one area,…

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the secant line

Way back in the dark recesses of time—three years ago, if we’re going to suspend my hyperbolic ways—I compared the work we do here at SURFER to the Greek myth about Sisyphus, who was condemned to push a boulder up a hill only to watch, dejectedly, as it rolled down the other side before he started the whole process over again. It’s exactly what magazine-making often feels like. Just how heavy these monthly rocks are varies, but this particular one has mass physically, philosophically, and, for me, emotionally. As I said three years ago, the Big Issue remains the heaviest rock that the SURFER editorial staff pushes all year. It will also be the last I help over the summit. Although it’s tempting to use this space to reminisce about my…

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double down.

“If we don’t do something, we’re going to lose this coast. But one person can’t save the day. It’s got to be everyone together.” Ramón Navarro Surfer, farmer and fisherman Help protect Punta de Lobos patagonia.com/surf We believe in standing up for the spots we love. That’s why we’re supporting Save The Waves and local activists in their work at Punta de Lobos. From now until the dedication of Lobos as a World Surfing Reserve this fall, Patagonia will match up to $100,000 of your donations, dollar for dollar, to help protect the future of this iconic point. Funds go directly to the development of the World Surfing Reserve, protection of the area’s marine and terrestrial biodiversity, safeguarding of its traditional fishing culture, and creation of a local foundation to preserve its heritage and environment for generations…

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Alex Gray LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA “I’ve sacrificed so much of what most people would consider a normal life for surfing. Family, friends, relationships—everything has taken a backseat to surfing at one time or another. It’s like an addiction for me, but a healthy one. Drug addiction killed my brother, but my addiction to surfing has probably saved my life. It’s taught me to live in the moment and it’s helped me solve life’s problems. I’ve sacrificed things for surfing—lots of things—but in the end, surfing has made me a better person.” Alana Blanchard KILAUEA, KAUAI “I try not to think about it too much these days, but if I wasn’t a surfer, I don’t think Bethany Hamilton would have been attacked by that shark when we were 13 years old. I was the one that…

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board hoarding

It all started with one of Tom Curren’s boards. I was picking up some boards for a surf trip and saw it at my friend’s shop: a 1980s 6'5" Al Merrick hand-shaped for Curren. I rode that board on my trip, and it was such an amazing feeling. As you get older and start reflecting on your formative surfing years, you think about the boards that defined that time. Riding that board inspired me to start collecting these pieces of surfing’s past. I have hundreds of boards now, spanning from early-1900s Waikiki redwood boards all the way up to modern shortboards, but I’m most passionate about the era from the late ’60s through the ’80s. There was a lot happening in surfboard design during that time. We evolved from riding single-fin…

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the now

It was a defining moment in modern surf exploration. Alex Gray stood on a rock shelf along the frozen coastline of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, hands raised in rapture as a double-overhead tube reeled down the reef 10 yards in front of him. Gray, along with Josh Mulcoy and Pete Devries, were the first to ever paddle out at the Arctic slab, and for the next four hours, it would be all theirs. But while Gray and the rest of the crew were threading icy barrels, Ben Weiland was unceremoniously tucked into the cliffside 200 yards above, steadying his tripod against gusts of stinging wind while trying not to disturb the herd of elk grazing nearby. You didn’t see him in the magazine feature or subsequent film, The Cradle of Storms, because…