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Surfer August - September 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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sliding domestic

Since I started working at SURFER back in 2010, I’ve managed to milk the magazine’s travel budget for surf trips to Kanyakumari in Southern India, Bull Bay in Jamaica, and Salina Cruz in Mainland Mexico. I’ve hustled for scraps on the inside at Snapper Rocks, Australia, and surfed for an audience of bored sheep in South Africa’s Transkei. Once I even paddled out at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, where I promptly pissed myself at the first sign of a set and broke paddling-speed records back to the boat. Those were all very memorable experiences (especially the nearly lethal ones), but over the last six years, the surf zone that made the greatest impression on me wasn’t some far-flung locale I visited on assignment. Oddly enough, it was Big Sur, California, just a…

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local vantage

SID ABRUZZI 64, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND 36 “I was born in Newport and have been surfing here for over 50 years,” says Sid Abruzzi, owner of Rhode Island’s Waterbrothers surf/skate shop. “Rhode Island is unique compared to any other state on the East Coast because it faces south and we have a good combination of pointbreaks and beachbreaks. From Ruggles to Rincon to Little Compton’s mysto points, we’ve got great waves. We’ve got a good surf/skate scene, too. When I built Skater Island, it was like the North Shore of skateboarding. A bunch of good bands—Verbal Assault, Throwing Muses, and Belly—have come out of here too.” MATT LOPEZ 34, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA “YOU CAN MOVE TO SAN FRANCISCO and be whatever you want, but 20 years ago, if you said, ‘I’m moving to San Francisco…

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1963 hermosa beach

AN EIGHT-PAGE FEATURE on a negligible little piece of Hermosa Beach, California, holding down the middle of an issue that’s just 60 pages cover to cover? Really? If you don’t know Hermosa, you are baffled. If you do know Hermosa, you are even more baffled. South Bay old-timers will bang their canes on the floor and say Hermosa used to be better than it is now, and that may be true. But go back to Hermosa’s best year—1938 or 1963 or who knows when—and for 340 of those 365 days the surf would’ve been defective or worse for any and every reason you can imagine: too big, too small, blackballed, crowded, closed out, blown out. The limb I’m crawling on feels very secure behind me when I say that, in…

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conjuring sea monsters

EVERY TABLE IN THE LARGE, rectangular space is piled high with paints, India ink, brushes, half-finished drawings, and mangled books. There must be hundreds of works scattered throughout Raymond Pettibon’s New York studio— some drawings on notebook-size paper stacked haphazardly on the paint-splattered floor, others large-scale paintings hanging on the wall: the Statue of Liberty, a Babe Ruth–era baseball player, a noir-ish woman smoking a cigarette, and, of course, a tiny surfer in the maw of a massive wave. Born in 1957 and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, Pettibon had a childhood filled with books, comics, baseball, and surfing. When his older brother, Greg Ginn (Pettibon is a nom de plume), formed a band, Pettibon suggested the name Black Flag. He also designed their now-famous logo—a stylized rendering of four offset…

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when you’re looking for the best a destination has to offer; look to waterways surf adventures!

Since 1994 WaterWays has developed relationships with only the best operators in each destination represented. What makes each operation the best? The combination of location, service & hospitality, amenities and ease of access to the best surf in the zone. These may not be the least expensive options, but without exception they provide the best value for your travel dollar. 1. Cinnamon Dhonveli Resort – Maldives CDM has exclusive access to Pasta Point and quick access to a number of other waves– Sultan’s is just across the channel. Surf transfers from CDM operate on a flexible schedule and the resort takes a maximum of 30 surfers. With Pasta Point not being tide sensitive, the ease of access to surf other breaks, the limited number of surfers and many surfers only surfing a…

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women who ride mountains

Though its occasionally breathtaking peaks have drawn increasing media attention over the past few winters, there are still plenty of San Francisco inhabitants who don’t seem to realize that Ocean Beach even exists. Many longtime residents are only vaguely aware that if they head west far enough, across Divisadero Street and straight through the seemingly endless northsouth grid of The Avenues, they’ll eventually reach the wild, thunderous edge of the Pacific. Despite the presence of a few surf shops scattered amongst the foggy outer reaches, and the growing congestion in its lineups on the most pleasant days, San Francisco is assuredly not a beach town. Ocean Beach’s moody disposition isn’t particularly welcoming to surfers, and, barring massive climate change that greatly warms the Northern Pacific, it never will be. To be…