“The fact that you’re surfing means you’re lucky. Surfing is such a positive and powerful thing to do. It’s medicinal, it’s physical, it’s all sorts of things.”
When it comes to good surfing, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You don’t have to be the best surfer in the world to do what is good surfing for you. The only thing that is going to make you surf better is to surf more, but that’s not about enjoyment, necessarily. If you want to improve, you have to put in the effort and time and have the right equipment.
No one can climb the mountain on day one. You’ve gotta take baby steps and have a long-term vision. When I used to go to Hawaii, I used to say, “You know what? It’s 8 to 10 foot, I’m not even gonna catch a wave. I’m just gonna paddle out and sit in the channel where I know I’m safe and I’m just going to watch it and come in,” and I’d be proud because I went out when no one else did. Before you know it, the next time you go out you’re going, “I’ve seen it big, maybe this time I’ll paddle over and try to get one.”
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THE LGBTQ+ WAVE
Surf culture has a long history of marginalizing the LGBTQ+ community, but a new generation of queer surfers is working to change that
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What They Don't Tell You
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A Few Things We Got Horribly Wrong
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60 Years Ahead
We had a whole plan for this year. Funny, right? Surfer's 60 year anniversary volume was going to be filled with stories nodding to SURFER’s past, with cover concepts paying homage to the magazine’s most iconic imagery. Our new Page One depicts something that’s never happened in surfing before, let alone on a prior SURFER cover. And our table of contents was completely scrapped and replaced as we reacted to the fizzing, sparking, roiling world around us. In other words, 2020 happened to SURFER, just like it happened to you.
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