Where’s All the Star Power in Surfing?

Where’s All the Star Power in Surfing?

Can you name the best baseball player on earth? If not, don't feel bad. Mike Trout is a historically great baseballing man for the moribund Angels down there in Anaheim, an amusement park strip mall masquerading as a city. He's a ragin[...]

The Big, Giant, Missing Ingredient in Wavepools

What's Missing from Wavepools?

Today, it’s very windy. I’m watching whitecaps toss and churn beneath the Golden Gate Bridge from my desk. It’s not a surf day, but I’ll probably head down to a little cove near my house for a paddle, just the s[...]

Opinion: Who Is Kelly’s Wave For, Anyway?

Who Is Kelly's Wave For, Anyway?

Ever since the first footage was released of Kelly's Wave, the most important technological innovation in surfing since the development of the surfboard, something didn't quite sit well. At first, I thought perhaps it was merely that a[...]

Surfing Through the Insanity

Opinion: Surfing Through the Insanity

This is a very good day to go surfing. Most days are, to be sure, but it’s especially necessary on a day like today, after waking to the horrific news in Las Vegas. I don't know what else to do, but I've got to do something. I've[...]

Should Beach Access Always Be Free?

Should Beach Access Always Be Free?

God help me. I’m about to argue that sometimes beach access fees might not be a bad thing. Since the 1940s, there has been a locked gate fronting Opal Cliffs Beach, often called “Privates,” a small Santa Cruz beach ju[...]

Make Them Charge

Make Them Charge

Aside from Medina's freak double-grab backflip during Round Two (and his 10-earning combo in Round 4), the Oi Rio Pro was a total snooze fest. So like any good (see: insufferable) armchair pro-surfing critic, during the most boring ro[...]