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Surfer December #59.7 2018

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

There’s an old saying about the band The Velvet Underground, which is that they didn’t sell many records, but everyone who bought one started a band. There’s some debate over who said it first, or if it’s actually just a misquote of Brian Eno, but either way it speaks to a fundamental truth about the ways in which art resonates with human beings, compelling them to internalize it, reinterpret it in a way that speaks more directly to their own experience and inevitably create something of their own. The universe is unfathomably big, life can be maddeningly perplexing and if you follow that thread too far you end up wearing all black, curled up in the fetal position under a stack of Frederick Nietzsche books. But if you feel confused about…

5 min.
there goes my hero

I grew up surfing in a place where it was pretty much standard to have the lineup all to yourself. Or, if you were lucky, you might have a couple of friends to trade waves with. (This was in California, by the way—South of San Francisco, if you can believe it). Granted, you were alone because you were surfing the foggiest, coldest, most depressing closeouts or the weirdest, boil-ridden reefs you could possibly imagine. Still, empty, albeit imperfect, breaks were the norm. But, occasionally, I’d paddle out, look down the mostly-deserted beach and see a mysterious, hooded regularfoot stylishly working over an empty peak. Every time I’d glance in his direction, there he’d be, making a psychotically late drop, flinging a big arc of spray skyward after a high-velocity turn,…

1 min.
jim phillips-inspired longboard 9'6" x 22 1/2"

“I started shaping when I was 10, just making boards in my garage,” says 18-year-old shaper and logger Zack Flores. “I started by watching Jim Phillips—I just sat in his room for 2 years watching him shape boards. Now I pretty much do everything myself and use Jim’s old templates. This longboard was a template from Jim. It’s really, really thin and knifed-out on the rails, which can be surfed more under the surface of the water. If you’re noseriding, it’s not like a heavy, thick log where you have a lot of foam on top of the water, so it’s faster and you can control it easier—it’s really like a huge mid-length. I always put a hard edge in the nose of my longboards for that little extra lift.…

13 min.
the descendent

“The world is so fucking weird right now,” Noa Deane tells me over the phone from Australia, where he’s slept in past our original interview time, but is ready to wax philosophical now that the coffee is kicking in. He’s right about the world—especially his world. Deane went berserk upon arrival on the freesurfing stage, laying down the kinds of massive airs and searing turns that earned closing sections in top-tier surf films and drew immediate Reynoldsian comparisons. But the world that Deane inhabits today is much different than that of his high-flying, hard-turning predecessors. Professional freesurfing has receded from its early-2010s high-water mark as high-concept surf films have largely been replaced by mindless Instagram clips, and the pedestal where the world’s best freesurfers once resided has more or less toppled.…

4 min.
the last place you’d check

Last April, Puerto Rican surfer Dylan Graves hopped on a plane to chase down a swell that was predicted to be 10- to 13-feet at 7 seconds. For a veteran storm chaser like Graves, you’d think that means he set off for a thumping East Coast sandbar or a reef-fringed Caribbean isle able to handle sizeable swell. Instead, Graves’ flight was heading to Minnesota—the shores of Lake Superior, to be exact—over a thousand miles away from the ocean. For the past couple years, Graves has been sniffing out the weirdest waves on planet earth for his video series “Weird Waves”—including those that exist in rivers or lakes. “I always thought it sounded crazy to fly to the middle of the States and find good waves there,” says Graves. “On paper, that…

16 min.
renegades of punts

Ona November day on the North Shore of Oahu in 1995, two bleary-eyed surfers walked into Storto’s Deli in Haleiwa looking to eat just about everything in sight. While this may be a common, longstanding post-surf ritual on the North Shore, the conversation that transpired between eccentric aerialist Shawn “Barney” Barron and Surfing magazine editor Skip Snead, and its implications in the surf world, was anything but ordinary. “I remember us talking about how there wasn’t a platform for what Barney and all the Santa Cruz guys were doing,” recalls Snead. “At the time, Barney, Ratboy [Jason Collins], Flea [Darryl Virostko] and their friends were consistently doing these incredible airs—probably the best in the world then. But airs were still really frowned upon by judges in most traditional contests. Barney and…