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Surfer June 2017

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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editor’s note

It was a warm September afternoon in Hossegor, France, back in 2012, and I was sitting on the sprawling deck of a vacation rental surrounded by Craig Anderson, Nate Tyler, Dion Agius, and Dane Reynolds—basically the freesurfing equivalent of The Beatles at the time. And yet between stuffing our faces with pizza and washing it down with frosty beer, our redfaced conversation managed to turn its focus to competition. Reynolds told us about a final he’d surfed during his amateur career, when he’d earned the highest score of the heat early on and just needed to back it up with any semblance of a decent ride to solidify his place at the podium. Instead of driving the final nail into his opponent’s coffin, however, Reynolds just sat there, thinking about how…

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lisa andersen, 48

“Young girls have options to follow this hero or that hero since there are so many women who rip now.” Surfing is a way to be free. When I was a teenager, surfing was life or death. It kind of separated me from reality, and I didn’t want to face some things that were happening at home or in my life. I discovered surfing and it was like, “Wow, no one can even get at me when I’m in the ocean.” People can say what they want about Huntington Beach, but that place has so much history. Huntington made me who I am. Learning to surf at the pier and trying to fit in with that crew wasn’t the easiest thing to do. For the most part, those guys were tough on…

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the american “meh”

When surfing makes its debut in the 2020 Olympic Games, there will be a great deal of flag waving, much basking in national pride, and the low simmer of friendly patriotic rivalries. Australian surf fans will paint their faces green and gold. Brazilian fans will scream for every air reverse Filipe Toledo throws. European fans will put down their cigarettes and espressos long enough to cheer on the likes of Joan Duru or Frederico Morais. American fans may cheer on Kolohe Andino and a then-48-year-old Kelly Slater (and John Florence, if the Olympic committee, unlike the WSL, counts Hawaii as part of the U.S.). But to be honest, it’s difficult to imagine American surf fans working up much patriotic fervor for an international surf contest. In the highest echelons of pro…

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don’t call it “alternative”

Last December, during a drizzly afternoon on the North Shore of Oahu, I was playing cards on the porch at Conner and Parker Coffin’s home fronting Off The Wall when I realized the surf had switched on with overhead sets and remarkably thin crowds. The only problem? I hadn’t brought a surfboard. I asked Parker, who was out of the water and nursing a slightly tweaked ankle, if I could borrow a board. “Of course. But if you wanna surf, you gotta try this thing,” he said, pointing to a purple 5'8" with a bizarre-looking fin setup: four canted-out, glassed-on side fins and a fifth, larger middle fin. At first glance, the board looked over-engineered—gimmicky, even. I’m not typically one for alternative craft, especially in powerful North Shore surf. But my…

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cyrus sutton

Five people who are forging unique paths in surfing and shaking things up in the process Cyrus Sutton, the only child of two college professors, spent many of his formative years exploring the American West with his dad—a “fringe critter,” according to Sutton—in a VW bus, surfing, fly-fishing, and hiking. This outdoorsy childhood had a hand in fostering the outof- the-box thinking and curiosity that’s defined Sutton’s adult life and seen him evolve from talented longboarder to one of the most important documentary filmmakers in surfing today. Sutton released his first film, Riding Waves, in 2003, taking home the Best Cinematography Award at the X-Dance Film Festival. It featured Rob Machado, Joel Tudor, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dane Reynolds, and John Peck—an eclectic mix of talent that foreshadowed Sutton’s unique approach to telling a…

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mason ho

Five people who are forging unique paths in surfing and shaking things up in the process Just before the 2016 SURFER Awards on Oahu’s North Shore, during the pre-show red carpet webcast, host Kaipo Guerrero did his best to interview Mason Ho. But before Guerrero could ask him a question, Ho hijacked the situation: “OK, I’m saying it,” Ho announced enthusiastically, looking straight into the camera. “This guy macked Madonna…[Guerrero] pulled her at Sandy Beach. Madonna, I know the Grammys is coming up, but if you’re watching this…” A red-faced Guerrero stopped Ho before he could finish his thought, and the producers quickly cut to Benji Weatherley and Makua Rothman on the red carpet. But it wouldn’t be the last time Ho flew off the handle that night. Just an hour later,…