Category Archives: Surfing

One Arm For The Planet

Patagonia athlete Jeff Denholm lost his arm and became a force for good Words by Neil Pearlberg • Photos Tim Davis Known as one of the most dangerous ocean passages in the world, the Bering Sea challenges mariners with a volatile mix of harsh conditions. The bitter cold air and sea temperatures combine with massive Continue Reading »

Surfing For Change

How Santa Cruz surfer Kyle Thiermann is making a difference Words by Neil Pearlberg • Photos by Nelly If you walk up to a group of young surfers at a popular California surf break and ask them about change, more than likely you’ll get a blank stare and maybe a few dirty coins. On the Continue Reading »

Taking it Sky High

Pushing the boundaries of kite surfing with Erika Heineken By Michelle Slade Kiteboarder Erika Heineken, from Larkspur, Calif., now has two consecutive world championships under her belt, and in 2013 was also nominated one of four finalists in the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards. The 27-year old won her second Continue Reading »

Liquid Imagery: Nat Young

By Nelly Nat Young trains like a demon and is laser focused on getting to the next level. Look for Nat to make big moves in the near future. Hometown: Santa Cruz Age: 22 Stance: Goofy Specialty: Competitions Sponsors: Hurley and Channel Islands Favorite Waves: Weasel Reef, The Lane, and Pipeline. Biggest surfing accomplishment: Winning Continue Reading »

Liquid Imagery

Jason “Ratboy” Collins By Nelly Ratboy has been a friend for a long long time, I used to go over to his house on Swift Street back in the day and shoot portraits and hang out…he is all time! His quick-witted heckles are second to none, and he’s good at everything he does. Hometown: Santa Continue Reading »

My Brother’s Keeper: The Jeremy McGhee Story

By Leonie Sherman In many ways Jeremy McGhee is your standard California surf-ski bum. He’s got sun-streaked tousled hair and an infectious grin. He lives in a converted garage on the beach at Cardiff-by-the- Sea, where he surfs four times a week. Two years ago he completed an epic ski descent of Bloody Couloir that Continue Reading »

Event Profiles

By Michele Lamelin Women on Waves April 12, Capitola www.WOWSurfFest.com One of the few women’s only surf contests in California. Started in 1996 by the guys from the West Wind Surf Club, WOW is a unique, one day event that brings together generations of women surfers from girls as young as three years old to Continue Reading »

To the Rescue

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 »

Shaun Tomson

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 »

Shape of the Future

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 »

Women on Waves is Returning to Capitola

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 »

Danger Pay

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 »

Cold Water Basics

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 »

Fear and Mavericks

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 »

First Name in the Water

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 Surf Trip

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 »

The Ultimate California Combo

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 »