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Teaser: From Darkness (Part 1)

It doesn’t happen enough these days, the collaboration between surfer, photographer, and filmer. We all want that marriage of creative mediums, the kind that stops you dead in your tracks. So thank you, Craig Anderson and Co., who bring us the latest alliance between static stills and moving picture in a special two-part feature: “From Darkness," filmed and edited by Dave Fox; and “Into The Light,” an exclusive photo gallery from Steve Wall. “The idea to do this was mostly about the photography,” says Craig Anderson, when asked about how this pre-sunrise experiment came to be. “Steve came to me and wanted to bring this mega-flash out to a wave that I really enjoy surfing. We did it twice—it was just a matter of paddling out in the dark and letting Steve and Dave take care of the rest.” Now that you’ve seen a snippet of the edit, see the illumination of this near-dark surf session tomorrow as we launch both pieces simultaneously on Edit by Dave Fox Photo Gallery by Steve Wall

Remembering Andy Irons

We look back at Andy's 2010 SURFER Poll tribute. Video By Matt Beauchesne Go to for the latest daily videos, photos, stories, news and more: Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer:

Under the Influence

Starring Damien Hobgood, Kyuss King, Jett Schilling, Jackson Bunch and Wyatt McHale in Indonesia

Puerto Escondido July 12th

The Oaxacan Colossus woke up late last week and won’t quiet down. Puerto Escondido has been in brutal seasonal form lately, powered by a number of souths to lob triple-overhead ringers down the beach. A few days ago, visiting surfers like Greg Long, Alex Grey, and Jojo Roper joined the local specialists like Coco Nogales and Alvaro Malpartida at the hint of a sizable buoy reading for more pits and more carnage atop sand flattened like concrete.


Monday, July 10, 2017, Ala Moana Beach Park, Oahu, HI On a beautiful Monday in Hawaii, 8 teams converged on waist-to-chest high Ala Moana Bowls on the South Shore of Oahu for the 6th stop of the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge. After a great day at Bowls, T&C defended their Hawaii Title earning the bragging rights and the chance to compete at the National Championships in Nicaragua. During the competitors meeting, Contest Director Darren Brilhart, opted for an extended format allowing each team to surf two heats with the top four combined team scores making the final. In the first round, HIC Ala Moana whammy surfer Joel Centeio put them out to an early lead with his double whammy 8.43 but T&C Surf came raring back after Kekoa Bacalso’s 8.0 and Robert Grilho III double whammied a 7.43. In addition to the unique Hawaiian vibe between the teams, the event saw two other unique components. At the age of 9, Stone Suitt surfing for Barnfields Raging Isle with his father Spencer became the events youngest competitor in history, and was one of two father son teams along with Surf & Sea’s Eddie and Shion Crawford. The final saw HIC Ala Moana, HI-Tech, T&C Surf and T&C Ala Moana battle though a challenging incoming tide. Yet again, Kekoa Bacalso and Robert Grilho III came out of the gates swinging posting 7.66 and double whammy 7.6, respectively where T&C never looked back. “Once the high tide filled in, it kinda went flat so our strategy was to get an early start with score on the board and give our whammy guy Robert Grihlo the baton to nail it on the head.” Said Kekoa Bacalsa “It was a solid team effort, although all the other teams were ripping out there. It was cool, there was a lot of dogging, laughing and yelling, all good vibes! We’re stoked to go Nicaragua and vibe out with the other teams!” The series heads to the Outer Banks of North Carolina on August 15-16 for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Qualifier.

In The Shaping Bay: Jon Pyzel

Shape just one. If it turned out poorly, he’d quit. That was the deal Jon Pyzel made to himself when he decided to shape, glass, sand, and wax up his first board as a young Santa Barbara transplant to Oahu’s North Shore. The ultimatum seems unbelievable in hindsight, considering Pyzel is now one of the most recognizable shapers in surfing, and the board oracle to the most talented surfer in the world. And he was going all-or-nothing on his debut ride, bringing no direct shaping experience with him to the island when he moved from California as a 23 year old. But for years, Pyzel’s observant study of Santa Barbara’s Matt Moore taught him the subtle intricacies of board design — enough for him to eventually test the techniques himself. He paddled out for the test run. The board, in Pyzel’s words, “wasn’t that bad.” Two-and-a half-decades and one world title-winning team rider later, Pyzel can hardly keep his boards on the shelves, as models like The Bastard (Now named The Radius) are the craft of progression for the North Shore’s elite, and beyond. The latest episode of In The Shaping Bay takes us to Pyzel’s new Waialua headquarters, where Jon reveals the personal details of his shaping journey, his relationship with John Florence, his thoughts on the future of surfboard construction, and more. For more photos, and to hear more from Brett and Ryland about the trip, click: Go to for the latest daily videos, photos, stories, news and more: Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer:

Benji Brand’s Six Namibia Barrels On One Wave

Video by Wes Lewis

Tom Forward Gets Caught Inside

Next time you're caught inside at your local beachbreak, just think about poor Tom Forward and this nerve-racking moment some while back in West Oz. "It was only our crew out there that day, just one team towing and Tommy swimming alone," says filmer Cian Salmon of Thridlink Productions. "Zac Haynes got the wave before the one in the clip. When we turned around, we saw Tommy about to take an 18-footer on the head. "He reckons he dove down and grabbed onto the bottom, felt his ears blow out, then came up seeing stars," continues Salmon. "It's only about 3 meters deep on the reef out there. It could have been a lot worse." Go to for the latest daily videos, photos, stories, news and more: Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer:

Andy Davis: Life In Color

A conversation on style and creative stoke with the SoCal artist A surfer in an Andy Davis painting usually shows just enough face, trimming down the line, or maybe surfed-out and swinging in a hammock, brim of the hat tipped low, to show…who? You. Me. The featureless subjects in Davis’ works are any one of us, a connection drawn from one of Davis’ inspirations, John Severson, whose opening line in the first issue of The Surfer, like an unmarked face, was both a faraway and personal call: “In this crowded world, the surfer can still seek and find the perfect day, the perfect wave, and be alone with the surf and his thoughts.” “My biggest influence in the surfing world with [my art] was John Severson,” says Davis. “Making films, and then starting [SURFER] magazine, shooting the photos, writing the articles, doing the illustrations — It was so insane. That’s where it all came about for me, along with watching a lot of old films, looking at a lot of photography.” Davis just began a month-long exhibition, Eye Yi Yi, in Malibu’s Trancas Country Market, through July 1st. For those who know his work, the show is an artistic departure. There are no waves, no boards involved. For Davis, these subjects still derive their spirit from surfing, set in acrylic scenes that flit with movement, energy, and flow. If you surf, he says, you can see it. Even if you don’t surf, you’re pulled toward the grace of the image, a subject’s dance in a summer sun’s light. “Andy’s art exemplifies surf stoke more clearly than anyone else’s,” artist Thomas Campbell says about Davis. “I think that’s why people identify with his work. Looking at a lineup from the top of a hill or observing some faceless humanoid simply getting tubed from a cool, non-invasive perspective. That’s what surfing is about, not all banners and bullshit.” We spent an afternoon with Davis in Malibu, where he and artist Randall Christopher were busy with the final preparations for the show’s opening reception in late May. He spoke candidly about his evolution as an artist, his creative process, and his response to the emotion produced through his work. “It’s pretty neat to feel like you made something that meant something to someone,” says Davis. “That they’re happy you made it, and that it took them out of their day to day, and they appreciate it. That it touched them in some way. It reminds them of something. It makes you feel pretty lucky that you got to do something that went beyond what you thought it was going to be.” Go to for the latest daily videos, photos, stories, news and more: Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer: Read more at

Coming Soon: Life in Color with Andy Davis

Coming June 7th Read more at Go to for the latest daily videos, photos, stories, news and more: Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer:

Frame of Mind: Rob Machado


Oliver Kurtz’s Quiver

Oliver Kurtz's Quiver in San Diego

Boardroom Show: Tomo Surfboards

Daniel Thompson talks about Stuart Kennedy's new model the 'SKX'

Young Blood: Josh and Seth Moniz

Hawaiian brothers. Separated in age by just over a year. Ruthless. Cutthroat. Savage. Out for blood. Known to trade blows. Charge big waves. We’re not describing Seth and Josh Moniz. Unlike Andy and Bruce, who were all of those things, Josh and Seth only share similarities with the Irons brothers in three ways: their closeness in age, their origin, and their fearlessness in f—ked up waves. (If you paid any attention to the North Shore the last six months, you saw them both hugely step up out at serious Pipe). But the dog-eat-dog, beat-each-other-at-all-costs-and-maybe-even-get-in-a-physical-fight-later mentality? Josh and Seth don’t have that. During the above surf trip in Western Australia, after the first two big ‘QS events of the year in Manly and Newcastle, we sat the brothers down together to ask them a few things. For the most part, they were happy to talk, and had no problem answering our questions. But when the subject of besting each other came up — be it in a heat, freesurf, or out at big Pipe — they got awkward and uncomfortable. Because according to Seth: “We’re competitive and definitely push each other, but we’re nothing like the Irons brothers.” Well, apart from the way they surf. Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer:

An Every-Board Expression From Jesse Guglielmana

Meet Jesse Guglielmana, Huntington Beach-born and raised in Hawaii. He's one of those hybrid types who can pop a shov-it on asphalt just as easily as he can in the water. But his versatility doesn't stop there. Logs, fishes, shortboards, whatever: his overall approach seems to be a ride-anything mantra, one that resonates with us. Because there's life beyond tailblows and jersey knots. There's skateparks, stairs to ollie, and flat-day fun with fishes to wiggle on.

Warped Ethos: Albee Layer

Albee Layer prepares us for his upcoming movie, talks living between San Diego and Maui, and his production team.

First Peak

ON THOSE CROWDED BLUEBIRD DAYS AT FIRST PEAK—a clean, pulsing north swell in the water, a gentle west wind kissing the wedging peak’s pencil-thin lips—you could hear a sound—pop pop pop pop—as sets approached the viper-pit pack, pinballing through the jetty’s pilings. The East Coast’s best surfers knew it well, heard it in their dreams. Ask Kelly Slater; he remembers. Or Jeff Crawford, if you can find him. Mike Tabeling probably heard it on his way out. For nearly 40 years, Sebastian Inlet groomed more champion surfers than perhaps any wave on the planet, responsible for eight Pipe Masters wins, 16 world titles, and countless major East Coast, national, and World Championship event wins, not to mention dozens and dozens of local, underground, world-class surfers filling in the gaps. Then, in the early 2000s, repairs and renovations to the jetty caused the wave to disappear almost overnight. In its absence, Florida hasn’t produced a single World Tour surfer, let alone a world-title threat. “I miss Sebastian, truly,” says Slater, First Peak’s prodigal son. “I’d do anything to bring it back to its glory.” Go to for the latest daily videos, photos, stories, news and more: Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer:

Going Off Script, Presented By Etnies & Gorilla

Matt Wilkinson’s transformation from party boy to world-title contender proves that competitive surfing today is more unpredictable than ever. By Ashtyn Douglas, Photos by Ted Grambeau Edit: Nick Pollet Go to for the latest daily videos, photos, stories, news and more: Like Surfer on Facebook: Latest photos and breaking news on Latest videos at: Tweet at Surfer:


SURFER T-Shirts – OG Glider Tee

SURFER T-Shirts – OG Glider Tee

Gliding with 5 on the nose and an original OG Logo hand drawn by founder John Severson for the first issue of SURFER in 1960. Keep it old school with this fresh addition to the SURFER collection. 4.3oz ringspun 100% cotton Classic fit, crew neckline Military Heather 50% Cotton 50% Poly
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SURFER T-Shirts – Spring 1961

SURFER T-Shirts – Spring 1961

SURFER Volume 2, Issue 1. Offshore empty barrels brought right to your mailbox courtesy of SURFER founder John Severson. 4.3oz ringspun 100% cotton Classic fit, crew neckline
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SURFER T-Shirts – Nov 1980

SURFER T-Shirts – Nov 1980

Craig Peterson's travel photos inspired countless trips by surfers in search of not only perfect waves, but also adventure. Mexico 1980. 4.3oz ringspun 100% cotton Classic fit, crew neckline
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