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Surfer June 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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8 Issues


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nic von rupp, portugal

While some breaks are reliable, constantly churning out fun waves regardless of tide or swell direction, others make you work for it. Take this gorgeous wind-groomed cylinder, for example. It’s as temperamental as it is perfect, and it takes a meteorologist with a tube-hunting obsession to catch it at its best. “I knew that on the right swell, this spot could be up there with some of the best waves in the world,” says Nic von Rupp, pictured here. “But I had been trying to get it good for four years with no luck. This year it finally showed its teeth.”…

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the blue pill

The morning was so gray and still I couldn’t tell where sky ended and ocean began. I remember thinking something like, “Wow, beautiful.” And then, without pause, wondering, “What’s happening on Instagram?” As if the thought wasn’t bad enough, I physically reached down to grab my phone, but found only smooth neoprene where Instagram should have been. I was, after all, 200 yards offshore, in a wetsuit, mere minutes into a surf session. I was thoroughly disappointed in myself, just like I was that time I tried to pinch-and-zoom a printed photograph of my family. Maybe you’ve heard of “phantom ring,” the phenomenon where it feels like your phone is vibrating when it’s not. Well, I suffer from a severe case. On more than one occasion I’ve been in the lineup…

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straight dope

In January, the hallowed, aged, and (it must be said) sticks-up-their-butted Baseball Writers of America voted only four players into the Baseball Hall of Fame: Craig Bigio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz. All of them deserving, and all of them blissfully free of the taint of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Mike Piazza were left out of the Hall, and probably will be for years to come. Those four all-time greats also deserve to be enshrined in Cooperstown, but have been rejected by the voters because of their real—or, in the case of Piazza, wholly imagined— use of steroids and other PEDs. This annual Hall of Fame voting process and the “Steroid Era”of mid-’90s baseball are dream topics for sports writers and endlessly…

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in our element

At a glance, humans look pretty out of place in the ocean. We have low-capacity lungs, lack insulation, and our concept of “swimming” is laughably inefficient compared to our finned mammalian cousins. But thanks to a handful of adaptive traits, we might be much more at home in the lineup than we realize. 01. Finger and Toe Pruning Wrinkly phalanges aren’t just an indicator that you’ve shunned your land responsibilities for far too long. When humans are in an aquatic environment for extended periods of time, the blood vessels in our fingers and toes constrict, causing them to prune. All of those wrinkles actually increase your grip. A study conducted by Newcastle University in England showed that individuals move wet objects 12 to 15 percent faster with pruned fingers. So if you’re…

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ron stoner, the ranch

1966 In his early 20s, just before the shortboard revolution, Ron Stoner remade surf photography into what it is today. And he did it with one foot dangling over the abyss. At 22, Stoner all but owned the SURFER masthead. At 23, he was committed to a mental hospital. In 1978, he vanished. In 1994, he was declared dead. Stoner, by a huge margin, has occupied more of my time and attention as a writer than any other subject. Come for the photos, stay for the drugs, heartbreak, divided family, schizophrenia, Jesus complex, turncoat friends, and all the rest of the trials and dramas that chased this quiet, talented, good-looking man to the ground and finally devoured him. His life, furthermore, puts you front and center for all of the incredible beauty…

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the now

There are few surfers in the world more versatile than Maui’s 22-year-old Kai Lenny. He can paddle his gun into bombs at Jaws, huck massive airs on a thruster, kite- and windsurf with equal skill, and win world championships on his SUP (he’s got six and counting). But despite being able to expertly ride just about anything that floats, Lenny still cops the occasional grief from his friends about the SUP. It’s bound to happen. Maui seems unique compared to the rest of Hawaii because the community is made up of SUPers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, tow surfers, and regular surfers all stuck together. That’s totally true. While all of the islands have surfers who ride different crafts, on Maui it’s really pronounced. And I think that’s part of what makes the island so…