Category: Surfing

Ear to the Ground: Issue 109

News & notes from the outdoor industry

SuperTopo Forum is Pulling the Plug

The online climbers’ community known as the SuperTopo Forum is pulling the plug. For climbers, it’s the end of an era.

“It is with a sad heart that I announce that normal operation of the SuperTopo Climbers’ Forum will cease June 1. The Forum has been an amazing digital campfire, with more than two million posts over the last 18 years. It has reconnected many climbers with old friends and helped many climbers make new friends. And, there have been many amazing and compelling posts on the site, especially those on climbing-related topics that have been enjoyed by millions of people,” wrote SuperTopo cofounder Chris McNamara in his final post to the site.

“For climbers, the SuperTopo Forum has been the virtual Camp 4. Located in the heart of Yosemite Valley, Camp 4 was the birthplace of …

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Conscious Construction

Surfboard Manufacturers Driving Change

By Aloe Driscoll

A surfer’s board represents the ultimate tool for communing with nature, and conjures images of azure blue waves curling across rainbows of reef. However, this emblem of environmentalism is tainted by a dirty secret. 

For more than half a century, the majority of surfboards produced worldwide have consisted of polyurethane foam laminated with fiberglass and polyester resin. These materials are toxic to the shapers that work with them, and to the environment: traditional methods for shaping “poly” boards generate almost twice as much waste as they do end product. In addition, volatile solvents are used throughout the manufacturing process.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) blanks covered with fiberglass and epoxy resin present a less toxic alternative. Sustainable Surf offers different levels of  “ecoboard” certification for epoxy boards that contain at least 19% biological components. To qualify for the higher “Gold Level” certification, the outer shell …

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Best of the Fests 2019

Here comes festival season!

There’s something for everyone, from gatherings for beer lovers to music fests to celebrations of the myriad of human-powered summer sports. If you know of a festival not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it! ASJ partners are FULLY in bold — we appreciate their support of adventure enthusiasts throughout California, western Nevada and beyond.


>> Coachella – April 12-14 & 19-21 • Indio // Music and Arts Festival in the Coachella Valley. //

>> Lucidity Festival – April 12-14 • Santa Ynez  // An open-source transformational arts and music festival. //

>> Desert Hearts – April 26-29 • Los Coyotes Indian Reservation // A tribute to House, Techno, & Love with intimate gatherings focused on art, music and community. //

>> Back to the Beach – April 27-28 • Huntington Beach // Enjoy two days in the sand …

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Ruffwear Launches Spring 2019 Product Line for Working and Service Dogs

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 (Bend, OR) — Ruffwear, the leading manufacturer of performance dog gear to enhance and inspire adventure for outdoor explorers and their human companions, has announced the development of an assistance harness for the visually impaired, along with a full line of products specifically designed for working dogs.

For more than 20 years, Ruffwear has supported working dogs and their handlers. Working together with organizations like Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment, Conservation Canines and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Ruffwear has worked to better understand the job these dogs do and provide the gear they need to perform. Products will be available for purchase through accredited guide and service dog organizations.

UniFly™ Harness. The UniFly™ is more than a guide dog harness — it’s the unique line of communication between a human and their guide dog as they navigate everyday life. It allows the …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 107

News & notes from the outdoor industry

Bianca Valenti makes 2018 “Most Accomplished Athletes” list

Outside Magazine has named San Francisco based big wave surfer Bianca Valenti one of 2018’s most accomplished athletes. Other outdoor athletes recognized were climber Alex Honnold, runner Des Linden, and several others. While there is nothing physical that would preclude women from surfing giant waves, female big wave surfers have long struggled to compete for equal prize money in that exclusive arena. While competing in surf contests around the world, Valenti co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. Because of her efforts (and the efforts of other committed female surfers) women will compete for equal prize money at Mavericks this year.

Sierra snowpack on the rise

As we go to press, data from the California Department of Water Resources indicates that the Northern Sierra and Central Sierra, which stretch from the Trinity Alps down …

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Gear We Love: Issue 107

Goodies for your active lifestyle

Gear We Love Issue 107

1. Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit with Heat Shield

Imagine being able to set up a fire pit anywhere in less than a minute. That’s the cool thing about the Pop Up Fire Pit from Fireside Outdoor: it packs into a small bag and sets up quickly wherever you need a low-maintenance campfire. What makes this portable campfire so enjoyable is the stainless steel mesh that the logs sit on. Strong enough to withstand 125 pounds of wood, the mesh provides oxygen to the fire from below, creating a hotter burning fire that creates more warmth. We recommend you spend a little bit more and purchase the optional heat shield. The heat shield allows the Pop Up Pit to be set up on the grass or concrete without leaving any sort of brown marks, allowing for S’mores on the lawn and worry free backyard …

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Gift Giving Guide 2018

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season

Check out the stellar gift ideas below that are sure to be big hits with the adventure enthusiasts on your list. PLUS enter win sweet stash from many of these companies! Learn more here:

Evergreen Lodge Rush Creek Lodge
Clif Family O'Neill Yacht Charters
Pacific Yurts Mount Hermon Adventures
Giro Morsel
Gregory Packs Advanced Elements Summer Shower
Dynaplug Ride Concepts
Zodiac Lights ENO
Hydrapak Leki
Bucci Sportiva
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Pink and Purple Barrels

Digital Artist Robbie Crawford

By Chris Van Leuven

Thirteen is an impressionable age. It’s that time when adulthood is creeping up and decisions are being made that can affect the rest of your life. To Robbie Crawford, now 43, those were the days he found the local surf break near his home in Huntington Beach called the Wedge, a surf location that contains such beauty that he’s been photographing there for decades. The Wedge is “one of the heaviest shore breaks on the planet,” the former professional bodyboarder says. “People break their necks there all the time. People die there too. It gets really shallow at the end of the wave—two-inches deep.”

As a teen, Robbie bodyboarded there obsessively and made it on the cover of Bodyboarder International Magazine when he was 16. He’s since been on half a dozen covers. But there was more to the barrel than just …

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Mavericks With Integrity

Female surfers participate in Mavericks official opening ceremony for first time ever

By Matt Niswonger

On October 26, 2018 a group of elite surfers paddled out for the official opening ceremonies of the 2018/2019 World Surf League (WSL) Mavericks Big Wave Challenge. For the first time ever, ten women were invited to an opening ceremony of an official Mavericks contest.

Seven women showed up, including Sarah Gerhardt from Santa Cruz, who was featured on one of the very first covers of ASJ (issue #5) to recognize her as the first female Mavericks surfer.

“I didn’t know if a contest would be able to be put together in time for me to surf it, since I’m aging out,” Sarah Gerhardt told Sachi Cunningham in a recent story for “I’m excited about this training, which I’ve wanted to do for years, and I’m excited to be with all of these …

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Women’s Adventure Film Tour

January 26, 2019 • Santa Cruz

Women's Adventure Film Tour

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour has arrived in the United States for the first time ever and will be in Santa Cruz for one night only on  January 26, 2019. This tour is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things. The films are to be enjoyed by women and men of all ages!

The event features an all new set of short films including the premiere of Katie Walsh’s film, Surfing to Cope, which is about American Brianna Cope. You’ll also experience climbing, skiing, mountaineering, snowboarding and travel films from all over the world.

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is presented in the US for the benefit of Changing Tides Foundation. It is supported by Hydro Flask, Mountain Khakis, CLIF Bar, The Inertia, RECOVER, Eco-Products, Great Outdoor Provision Co. and AndShesDopeToo.

Locally sponsored by Apex Adventures, …

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West Coast Board Riders Club

Turning the tide from aggressive localism to hometown pride

By Haven Livingston • Photos by Ron Lyon

A GROWING MOVEMENT OF SURF CLUBS on the left coast are trying to turn the tide from aggressive localism towards a hometown pride that gives back to the community. The West Coast Board Riders was established in 2017 by three surfers born and raised in Huntington Beach. They picked up the concept of local surf clubs, mixed it with Australian inter-club competition and added their own twist of multi-generational team events. The result is sweeping up the coast like a good southern swell.

Casey Wheat, Chris Moreno and Ziggy Williams got the idea for an all ages team contest while conducting a photo shoot for their clothing company, Sport of Kings Forever Young. They had rounded up surfers ranging from groms to old guys to model their garments. “Growing up as a surfer …

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