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Blowing up the Dam
You first see it on a webcast. Doesn’t matter what “it” is. Could be anything: a surfboard without a stringer, a new wave on tour, soccer-style theatrics in contests. Hmm, that’s interesting, you think. But it’s 1 A.M. and you’re awake because you want to see the no-loser round with Gabs, John and Kolohe. You watch the heat (oh, the competitive tension!) and then you sleep easy because your favorite surfer went straight to the quarters. You forget about whatever “it” was because, really, how often do these things actually stick? But then a month later you hear a friend talk about it. Then you see it on Instagram, on a blog, and so on and so forth until you remember that in 1980 “it” was the thruster, and maybe this thing is real.
The issue you hold in your hands is all about “it.” About everything that starts small and ends up being as much a part of your world as wax and “dude.” A lot of shit’s gone down in the past six months. Contests, world champs, hurricanes, fights, sponsor changes, technological advances, near-death experiences, movie projects and trends that can no longer be ignored. All of it has been steadily filling the surfing reservoir, threatening to spill over the dam and inundate us with it all. So this month we had a few beers, went up to the dam, strapped it with dynamite and lit a fuse. 3…2…1…BOOM. And the collective surf world spilled onto these pages. What a beautiful f–king mess. Is this really our job? We sifted through the bad, the good and the great. We clipped the bad and then looked long and hard at the good and the great. There was still so much. We stayed late. We lobbied. Can we print that? We drank a little and slept on couches. We argued. We hugged and made up and then we went surfing. We came back and looked again at the good and the great. Then we cut the good. Good’s for the Internet. The great is what remains. —Taylor Paul
Inside this Issue
077 TEST. TEST. TEST.
A former SURFING editor and co-founder of Stab Magazine riff on the present state of surfing. “Nostalgia is something you feel about a time you didn’t experience in the first place,” Dane and John John, wavepools and why you should make a dick of yourself. A conversation between Nick Carroll and Derek Rielly.
084 SPEAKING LOUD AND CLEAR
Did Gabriel Medina get into a scuffle in Hawaii? Who’s on Bruce Irons’ dream trip? Greg Long almost died; did he learn his lesson? And will Yadin Nicol ever catch a break? Maybe you should ask them. A few surfing greats grab the mic and speak volumes.
100 OUR SANDY FUTURE
In 50 years, will we be surfing down Broadway? Probably not. But our environment is changing, that much we know. And, as the sting from Hurricane Sandy’s bitch slap wears off, we see how humanitarian surfers are changing our reputation in coastal communities. Story and interviews by Brendan Buckley.
106 LOUDER THAN THE CROWD
A photo portico showing you six ways to stand out from the pack.
116 CLEARING THE STATIC
The Bi[olos]-curious world tour. The correct pronunciation of “Teahupo’o.” Surf movies to get excited about. Kona blood. And a few more things to remind you that the surf world is alive.