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Surfer Summer 2019

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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United States
A360 Media, LLC
8 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
editor’s note

I’m told that space is pretty big. Infinite, in fact. And in all that infinite space, there’s a whole lot of weird shit being discovered more or less all the time. In April of this year alone, scientists snapped the first-ever photograph of a black hole using a method called very-long-baseline interferometry and it looked sort of like an out-of-focus Cheeto; astronomers announced that they may have detected a new planet orbiting around our solar system’s closest neighboring star when they noticed that said star, Proxima Centauri, was experiencing “wobbles” in its orbit caused by the planet’s gravity; and, lastly, an earthquake…err…marsquake?…was detected for the very first time by NASA’s InSight lander on the surface of Mars. And that’s just some of what’s going on in the observable universe, which is…

5 min.
surf like nobody’s watching

We called him “Crazy Craig.” He was, or, presumably still is, a surfer in the Central California beach town where I surfed growing up. I don’t remember if his name actually was Craig, come to think of it. Maybe it was Carl. Might have just been a fun bit of nickname alliteration we assigned to him. Nor do I remember if he behaved like a crazy person out of the water. Actually, he seemed like every other middle-aged surfer in the ‘90s when you’d see him at the taqueria after a session. Battered two-wheel drive Toyota pickup splattered with paint and ladders, he must have been a house painter or contractor or something, just like pretty much every other guy was back then on the Central Coast. But Crazy Craig…

4 min.
and a cartoonist shall lead them

1992 “Warrior’s Wake”, by Steve Barilotti SURFER Volume 33, Issue 1 “Rick, like the rest of us, was on a mission to turn on the world. I dug Rick’s stuff because it related so well to my own psychedelic experiences.”—Jerry Garcia It’s really hard to measure the impact of a single individual on our sprawling mass of a surfing culture. Yeah, Kelly Slater sold a million pairs of boardshorts and Tom Curren taught us what it meant to live as a high-performance soul surfer—though, hell, Duke Kahanamoku is technically responsible for all of our surfing lives in the first place, so his impact is actually pretty easy to measure. But for every marquee name in the surfing hall of fame, there are countless, less-heralded geniuses that have touched our surf lives in ways…

1 min.
the sphinkster

While young San Clemente surfer and shaper Nick Melanson has been making boards since he was 14, he’s still hungry to learn and was thrilled to get a master class with planing virtuoso Travis Reynolds recently on a trip in Northern Baja. The design they settled on was based on an Ellis Ericson craft that Melanson had borrowed from Alex Knost, but with the help of Reynolds, he made the shape his own. “I just tried to put my own spin on it,” says Melanson. “Travis Reynolds helped me out with it, which I was really stoked on. We were trying to fifigure out how to improve it, put our own flflair on it and make it better for California style waves—softer stuffff.” As far as the freaky spray job,…

3 min.
cher pendarvis, 68

“Shaping and building your own boards gives you a closer connection with your surfing experience. It’s rewarding to have an idea for a board, make it and ride it. If you’re curious about shaping or building your own board—do it!” With aging, surfing is even more precious. Every sparkling drop of water helps the stoke fire burn bright. Today, I mix it up more with swimming, bodysurfing, riding my surf mats and surfing my fishes and gliders. Also, just getting in the water, being weightless allows us to keep our bodies loose and free. And breathing in the air just above the ocean surface, filled with negative ions is healing for the mind, lungs and heart. The variety of boards being ridden today is refreshing. Short, long, with an array of bottoms…

19 min.
the ghost of waxed windshields past

“This is the road where locals would move cars,” said Leroy, as he crossed a winding, two-way street overlooking the ocean. Leroy, a second generation surfer at one of the most notoriously-localized spots in the U.S., told me about how, when he was younger, older locals would occasionally grab the bumpers of an unwelcome visitor’s car, lift the vehicle off the ground and carry it into the middle of the road where we now stood. “Non-locals would come back from surfing and be like, ‘Why is my car sideways in the middle of the road?’” Leroy told me, throwing his hands in the air to imitate one of the thoroughly-confused victims. It was such a narrow road that even one of those cartoonishly-small Smart cars would have seriously impeded the flow of…