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CJ Hobgood Announces Retirement After 17 Years on Tour

CJ Hobgood Announces Retirement After 17 Years on Tour

After seventeen years on the world tour, CJ Hobgood announced yesterday that this will be his final year of competitive surfing. From his first year on tour, Hobgood cemented himself as one of the best goofyfoots ever. His exploits in waves of consequence made him into one of the most feared competitors, especially on his [...]

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Pioneer Dale Velzy Shaped More than Boards… He Shaped Surf

Pioneer Dale Velzy Shaped More than Boards… He Shaped Surf

Screenshot: Encyclopedia of Surfing “A dollar was a dollar and a wave a wave… I enjoyed myself.” – Dale “The Hawk” Velzy What would you rather be known for? A board shape that became the prototype for one of the most widely utilized boards? Or a famous high-performance wave on the North Shore of Oahu, named in your [...]

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How The Nation of Brazil Will Change the Face of Surfing

How The Nation of Brazil Will Change the Face of Surfing

Brazil, as it stands right now, is the most surf-stoked nation on the planet. Surfing is changing. Brazil is well on its way to becoming the new USA. If the Oi Rio Pro is any indicator, surfing is looking at a cultural shift in popularity, and at the same time, it’s looking at a shift in [...]

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Spain’s Most Famous Wave is Under Serious Threat

Spain’s Most Famous Wave is Under Serious Threat

Mundaka on a classic day in 2011. Work on the sand removal began recently, and will almost certainly have a major effect on the wave. Photo: (L) Jose V. Glez. Mundaka is one of Europe’s finest waves. The world famous left hander spins its way past the quiet Basque countryside, where all the elements have [...]

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Surfing Might Finally Get in The Olympics… But It Won’t Be Surfing

Surfing Might Finally Get in The Olympics… But It Won’t Be Surfing

Olympic surfing imagined. Image: Webber Wave Pools The Olympics have always been somewhat of an odd thing for surfers. On one side, there are the people who want it in there, along with all the other summer sports, like running really fast, running really far, jumping into sandpits, jumping over tall bars, and throwing various [...]

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Peruvian Surfers Clash with Riot Police in Battle Over Beach

Peruvian Surfers Clash with Riot Police in Battle Over Beach

Peruvian surfers clashed with riot police in Lima, Peru in a recent battle over a road being built. In early 2015, the a third lane was added to an existing road in La Pampilla, in the district of Miraflores, Lima Peru. The lane expansion required the use of the a very popular beach running parallel to [...]

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World’s First Algae-Based Surfboard Made by Chemistry Students

World’s First Algae-Based Surfboard Made by Chemistry Students

Surfers are a strange group. For a bunch of people that play in the ocean, we sure don’t treat it all that well–most of our surfboards are made up of an incredible amount of toxic shit. There are a few exceptions, but the vast majority of our wave-sliding equipment is just plain filthy. But now [...]

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13-Year-Old Elio Canestri’s Shark Attack Death Sparks Reunion Island Outrage

13-Year-Old Elio Canestri’s Shark Attack Death Sparks Reunion Island Outrage

Two mourners sit next to a surfboard that reads “For you my Titi” during a march on April 15. Photo: AFP The ocean surrounding Reunion Island has become a scary place. In the last five years, there have been seven fatal shark attacks, more per capita than anywhere else in the world. And with the death [...]

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Professor Richard Muller on Climate Change & the Optimistic Future

Professor Richard Muller on Climate Change & the Optimistic Future

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

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F*cking Spongers

F*cking Spongers

Bodyboarding is one of those things that gets a bum rap a lot of the time, especially from surfers. “Dick draggers,” we call them. “F*ckin’ spongers,” we mutter, “why don’t those boogers stand up?”  But my God, there is an entire contingent of lunatics on bodyboards, getting almost zero credit and consistently doing shit that [...]

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