Shawn Alladio pioneered big wave safety techniques Words by Neil Pearlberg • Photos by David F. Pu’u Shawn Alladio is a hero that few have heard of. A soft-spoken mother of two, her company K38 Water Safety has been responsible for saving the lives of big wave surfing competitors for over 20 years. In Continue Reading »
A legendary surfer shares the secret to living life powerfully in his new book “The Code” Words by Neil Pearlberg • Photos courtesy of Shaun Tomson The famous beach at Rincon just south of Santa Barbara is composed of aged cobblestones piled loosely at the water’s edge. The ocean has effectively shaped each rock, shell, Continue Reading »
When it comes to SUPs, Bob Pearson is all about having fun and getting exercise By Neil Pearlberg Bob Pearson of Arrow Surfboards is shaping the future of the surf industry. Since 1966 he has built over 75,000 boards, all adorned with the famed Arrow logo, and the man’s renowned love of the ocean and Continue Reading »
After a three year hiatus, women will be coming back to surf and benefit the community Started in 1996 by guys from the West Wind Surf Club, Women on Waves (WOW) was a unique event that gave the women of Santa Cruz County a chance to surf and benefit the local community. WOW passed through Continue Reading »
Top Surf Photographer Dave “Nelly” Nelson has Spent his Career in the Impact Zone. By Neil Pearlberg A Pacific swell was firing on all cylinders in late April 2011 along Tahiti’s south west shore. For forty-five year old Santa Cruz surf photographer Dave “Nelly” Nelson it was to be another day at the office, or Continue Reading »
A good wetsuit is like gold for California’s year-round surfers By Elizabeth Glazner Surfers use the word “heavy” to describe the cold, dark waters of the ocean in winter. While it is true that cold water weighs a bit more than hot water by volume, it is the actual temperature of the water and the Continue Reading »
An excerpt from The Fear Project, a new book that explores our most primal emotion By Jaimal Yogis Surfline’s California Surf Guide reads: MAVERICKS Best Size: Triple-overhead to 80-foot faces. Ability Level: Nothing short of Flea, Laird, or Neptune (Flea and Laird being two of the best big-wave surfers in the world; Neptune being a Continue Reading »
O’Neill Celebrates Sixty Years By Matt Niswonger • Photos Courtesy of O’Neill When Jack O’Neill opened Northern California’s first surf shop on San Francisco’s Great Highway in 1952, could he have possibly known what the next few decades would bring? His motivations at the time were pretty simple. He loved spending time in the ocean, Continue Reading »
Kauai makes an excellent family surf destination, but beware of the dreaded “departure blues” Story by Matt Niswonger • Photos by Cathy Claesson We were trying to make our flight home. Leaving the island of Kauai was proving to be a huge pain in the neck. Mentally exhausted, all we wanted to do was return Continue Reading »
From pow to swells, the Golden State is ripe for achieving the elusive ski-and-surf-in-a-day tandem By Brennan Lagasse There’s nothing like the feeling of sliding on snow. Then again, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of riding a wave. It doesn’t get much better than doing both in the same day, and there are few Continue Reading »
San Francisco-based Adventurous Sports gets “never-evers” up and surfing fast using their innovative Surf Simulator to teach a smooth and balanced pop-up for the ocean. Students who take the pop-up clinic on Saturday are usually up on their very first wave in Santa Cruz on Sunday. “The pop-up clinic on Saturday was absolutely instrumental to Continue Reading »
Author expands on his background, the film version of Saltwater Buddha and his thoughts on surf localism By Pete Gauvin The first chapter of San Francisco author Jaimal Yogis’ book, Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea, is about running away from his home in Sacramento at age 16 with a Continue Reading »
A chapter from Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea By Jaimal Yogis In Hawaii, I saw a few fights break out. But I never had any personal collisions with the so-called “localism factor” until I came back to the mainland— or, as the Rastafarians in Hawaii call it, “Babylon.” After Continue Reading »
Surftech’s Jamie Mitchell wins the Battle of the Paddle in record time Australian Jaime Mitchell is the reigning eight time champ of the grueling Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race heldevery July. Known in elite paddleboard circles for his prone paddling prowess, Mitchell recently took his paddling act to his feet at Doheny Beach, California for Continue Reading »
Any self-respecting surfer who’s paddled out into the ocean’s fury and caught a wave knows that Zen and surfing are inseparable. It’s just that most don’t know it—yet. Now with Jaimal Yogis’ new book “Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea” (Wisdom Publications, 256 pages, $14.95) the connection between the two is at last articulated, coming full-circle into the reflective light of the ocean.
Matt Warshaw prefers the relentless whitewater of Ocean Beach to the glassy So Cal curls of his youth. Surf books, magazines, videos and DVDs line the walls of his surfer’s library. There, inside his San Francisco home, behind blankets that block the windows of temptation, he has toiled…
From the Aaberg brothers to Zuma Beach, the 816-page “Encyclopedia of Surfing” (2003) consumed more than three years of Warshaw’s life.
You’re sitting on your board, waiting for the next set to roll in through the grey morning fog. The waves are inconsistent. Few others are out. Out of the corner of your eye, you see something dark break the inky green surface.
A figment of fear – however unlikely, however irrational, despite the countless times you’ve heard how the real-world statistics are completely out of whack with the media hype – leaps forward and seizes your attention.
Never in his wildest dreams did William Koplitz think he’d find himself in a Third World hospital nursing multiple gunshot wounds. That he was in just such a position struck him as surreal. But both wounds, the one on his hand and the one on the right side his face, brought him back to reality. He was lucky to be alive.
Profile: Big Wave Dave WORLD CUP: 21st Annual Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival March 16-18, Steamer Lane World Champ Looks to Add to His Portugal Victory on Home Surf Name: Dave Johnston Age: 44 Home surf: Santa Cruz Occupation: Kayak instructor, outfitter and Sherpa Career Highlights: 2006 World Cup Champion, Portugal 1999 World Champion, Brazil Continue Reading »