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Scientists Want to Bring this Extinct Giant Tortoise Back to Life in a Real Life Jurassic Park

Scientists Want to Bring this Extinct Giant Tortoise Back to Life in a Real Life Jurassic Park

Lonesome George died in 2012. Can researchers bring him back? Photo: Rodrigo Buendia/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Humans, as a species, are bad. We’re parasitic, almost by definition: an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense. The earth, in our case, is the host, and we [...]

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Why Bruce Irons Should Stop Competing Right Now

Why Bruce Irons Should Stop Competing Right Now

Bruce Irons, midway through his round 2 exit. Photo: WSL/Cestari Bruce Irons is a legend. He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest surfers of all time. In both his free surfing and his contest surfing, Bruce has proven that he stands nose to nose with the best of the best–but he needs to stop [...]

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6 Shapers to Honor Gerry Lopez in Shaping Competition

6 Shapers to Honor Gerry Lopez in Shaping Competition

Gerry Lopez. A classic from the very beginning. Photo: Tim McCullough When it comes to surfboards–and surfing in general, really–Gerry Lopez is the man. Although he’d never own up to it, he personally made surfing Pipeline what it is today. He has a long and storied relationship with the place, along with many others. Of [...]

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Paddle Outs Held Across the World to Honor Two Australian Surfers Presumed Dead

Paddle Outs Held Across the World to Honor Two Australian Surfers Presumed Dead

Surfers off the coast of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico, link hands during a paddle-out ceremony for Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman. Photo: Facebook/Federacion Mexicana de Surfing In mid-November, two Australian surfers vanished in Mexico. The pair, both in their early thirties, left Edmonton, Canada, made their way south to Las Vegas, then kept driving into Mexico. [...]

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Disruptors: Tom Carroll’s Boycott of Surfing in Apartheid-Era South Africa Was One of Surfing’s Most Important Moments

Disruptors: Tom Carroll’s Boycott of Surfing in Apartheid-Era South Africa Was One of Surfing’s Most Important Moments

Editor’s Note: Disruptors is a series that identifies the most groundbreaking moments in surf history. Tom Carroll, leader of one of the most important movements in surfing history. Photo: WSL/Roberston Date: April, 1985 Location: Bells Beach, Australia Moment: Tom Carroll announces his decision to boycott surfing events in apartheid-era South Africa There is no better example in the [...]

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San Diego is Turning Their Water Pink to Figure Out Where All the Shit is Coming From

San Diego is Turning Their Water Pink to Figure Out Where All the Shit is Coming From

Turn it pink and figure it out. Image: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego If you live in Southern California, then you’ve heard the warnings about surfing after it rains. Because all water flows to the sea, all the shit we leave lying around flows with it. And because it rains so rarely in [...]

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Why Soul Surfers Should Love “Soulless” Surf Snowdonia

Why Soul Surfers Should Love “Soulless” Surf Snowdonia

Love them both, and tell everyone about the one on the left. Photos: (L)Surf Snowdonia (R) Kristen Brown Surf Snowdonia is, without a doubt, the biggest invention in surfing since the surfboard. No longer are surfers stuck to the coastline–waves are officially a commodity now. And so many people hate it! One of the chief complaints [...]

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Tracking Swell: Could You Ride the Same Wave at Puerto Escondido Then Malibu?

Tracking Swell: Could You Ride the Same Wave at Puerto Escondido Then Malibu?

Could you potentially surf the exact same energy in two spots? Puerto Escondido to Malibu. Photos: (L) Doug Falter (R)Kevin Jansen Waves are interesting things.  When you really think about what you’re actually riding when you stand up on a surfboard, it’s pretty much a miracle. That lump of water took a whole lot of [...]

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#RADGEAR: Albee Layer & Bjorn Leines Just Made My New Favorite Sunglasses

#RADGEAR: Albee Layer & Bjorn Leines Just Made My New Favorite Sunglasses

Photo: Alex Smolowe Albee Layer and Bjorn Leines have both been respectively making my favorite surf and snowboard video parts for years. With regard to Bjorn, “decades” might be more accurate. And now, they’ve teamed up with a professionally good-looking dude Alex Lundqvist and others who know more about eyewear than them to make my new favorite sunglasses: Ovan [...]

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I Found My Magic Board… and it’s Probably Yours, Too

I Found My Magic Board… and it’s Probably Yours, Too

The everyman’s magic stick. iPhone Photo: @Juicewhale I am a very average surfer. In fact, as much as it pains me to say, for the amount that I surf, I kind of suck. I’ve been messing around with different shapes for a long time now –longboards, single fins, even strange little squared-off shapes, and of [...]

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