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Inside One of California's Weirdest, Most Coveted Manmade Surf Spots (Video)

Feb 27, 2024 10:00 PM EDT

Nestled at the north end of Santa Barbara Harbor, there’s a mutant wave. It’s a sand-bottomed righthand pointbreak; a backwash jumbled mess that occasionally lines up for moments of reeling perfection; it’s wildly crowded when it’s on; it breaks in plain sight in a popular coastal beach town; yet ...

Watch: Pure Mayhem at the Superbank Redefines a Crowded Surf Spot

Feb 27, 2024 09:12 PM EDT

Crowded lineups are every surfer's worst nightmare.  A crowded surf spot is the cause of all of our surfing troubles: drop-ins, getting skunked, not getting any waves, injuries, and dings.  But what constitutes a crowd is relative. So check out the video below and it just might make you ...

Celebrating Surfer Carissa Moore: A Timeline of Her Career Highlights

Feb 27, 2024 08:00 PM EDT

Five-time world champ Carissa Moore announced her retirement from competitive surfing in January.  She surfed her last heat at Pipeline in the Lexus Pipe Pro shortly after.  A new profile by Red Bull celebrates Moore's legacy, listing her accomplishments in the timeline below.  ...

Watch: Cliff Collapses at Iconic Santa Cruz Surf Spot

Feb 27, 2024 07:00 PM EDT

An iconic Santa Cruz, CA surf spot is under threat. Steamer Lane, the famed righthander off the bulging West Cliff Drive headland, is quite literally crumbling. Well, at least, the cliffside is. But the wave may be impacted, too. Over the past couple weeks, multiple chunks of rock have fallen off ...

Watch: Kai Lenny Surfs the Same Board 'That Almost Killed Me at Pipeline'

Feb 27, 2024 06:00 PM EDT

Kai Lenny, Maui-born multihyphenate surfer, almost died earlier this year. He was surfing in the Standup Paddle division of the 2024 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, when he pulled into the tube, got clamped, and hit his head on the reef. It just so happened, he was wearing a helmet for the first time ...

Video: Surfer Spits Up Blood During Hectic Mavericks Wipeout

Feb 27, 2024 05:00 PM EDT

Will the 2023/24 El Niño season go down in surf history? That remains to be seen. However, whether or not future grandchildren will be regaled by nostalgia about the season, there have been some rather memorable moments. At Mavericks, the main one that sticks out was on December 28th, 2023. It was ...

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Shares Breath Holding Tips For Massive Surf

Feb 27, 2024 04:00 PM EDT

Big wave hellman Kai Lenny is hands-down one of the gnarliest dudes out there.  He charges enormous waves and continuously finds ways to push the limits big surf.  Offering insight into his craft, he shared some tips on big wave breath training and in the interview below ...

Was the 100 Foot Wave Surfed? A Semi-Scientific Breakdown (Clip)

Feb 27, 2024 03:00 PM EDT

On February 24th, not one, but two, potentially historic waves were surfed. That day, big wave surfers Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca (of Brazil) and Sebastian Steudtner (of Germany), went out for a session at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. And both of ‘em bagged what many are touting as potential ...

Are Photos Better Than Videos? Scenes from an Epic North Shore Winter

Feb 27, 2024 01:07 PM EDT

For the past 10 years, the number of photographers capturing all the action on the North Shore each winter has kept me away from Hawaii and my lens usually trained on other, less-crowded parts of the world. But this year I spent a few weeks in Hawaii and was surprised to see the beach wasn't full ...

Watch: How Many Surfers Crowd Pipeline's Lineup on a Good Day?

Feb 27, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

Pipeline is the most iconic spot on Oahu's North Shore

Beloved Surf School Owner Dies Suddenly While Surfing in South Africa

Feb 27, 2024 10:24 AM EDT

South Africa's Dave McGregor, a respected member of the Port Alfred surf community, tragically died while surfing Kelly's Beach on Monday, February 26.  McGregor was a longboard champ, former journalist, and the owner of Shaka Surf School and Surf Lodge, who was known as "a ...

Watch Joel and Tosh Tudor Style Through Salina Cruz

Feb 27, 2024 08:15 AM EDT

In the case of Tosh Tudor, the apple definitely didn't fall far from the tree.  His father, Joel, is one of the best longboarders in the world, and he's also known for his stylish approach in waves of consequence.  Tosh is the modern version of his Dad, effortlessly switching between ...

Iconic California Surf Spot Crumbling into Ocean Amid Huge Surf (Clip)

Feb 26, 2024 11:00 PM EDT

The California coast has taken a beating this winter season. Fueled by a hyperactive El Niño pattern, consistent high surf and back-to-back atmospheric rivers have pummeled the seaboard, creating historic waves and conditions for surfers, along with catastrophic erosion for coastal land and ...

Video: Big Wave Surfers Paddle Into Massive Bombs at Mullaghmore

Feb 26, 2024 08:05 PM EDT

Ireland's Mullaghmore Head is like a mystical beast.  The lefthand monster slab pumps out some of the world's gnarliest waves, luring ballsy big wave surfers to its massive, ice-cold tubes.   It's a favorite of cinematographer Tim Bonython, who recently chased another huge swell to ...

Video: The Best Rides from the World's Most Tubed Surfer

Feb 26, 2024 07:00 PM EDT

Nathan Florence went on a globe-trotting, tube-hunting tear in 2023. The “Slab Tour”

Watch: Surfers Ride Flash Flood River Wave in Hawaii

Feb 26, 2024 06:00 PM EDT

Waimea Bay, on Oahu’s North Shore, is one of the world’s most famed big wave surf spots in existence, garnering international attention every time it breaks. It’s steeped in history. It’s where early pioneers of heavy water surfing, like Greg Noll, tested the limits of human ability in big waves. ...

Mysterious Wipeout Leaves Surfers Perplexed (Watch)

Feb 26, 2024 05:00 PM EDT

In surfing, there’s a million ways to wipeout. One could nosedive on the takeoff, get clamped in the tube, mistime a turn, fall off on a floater, collide with another surfer, collide with kelp, collide with a sea creature… The possibilities for disaster are endless. But, really, despite countless ...

Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Reveals Brain Health Journey After Pipeline Concussion

Feb 26, 2024 04:00 PM EDT

Big wave surfer Kai Lenny charges the world's biggest and most brutal waves.  While he may have methods for enduring massive surf, brutal beatdowns, and deadly wipeouts, the ocean doesn't discriminate.  In January, a deadly mid-heat wipeout at Pipeline during Da Hui's Backdoor ...

New World Record for Largest Wave Surfed? Let's Discuss. (Video)

Feb 26, 2024 03:00 PM EDT

Over the weekend, surf history was (potentially) made. Big wave surfers Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca and Sebastian Steudtner tamed some wild and wooly, utterly massive, possibly record-breaking waves in the small fishing village (and home to the world’s largest known surf) of Nazaré, Portugal. Since ...

Introducing, SURFER TV

Feb 26, 2024 02:51 PM EDT

For the first time in its storied 60 year history SURFER Magazine has launched its very own free-to-watch streaming television channel. Now, surf enthusiasts and ocean lovers alike can catch the stoke from the comfort of their homes, anytime, anywhere - FREE. Just launched in January, SURFER TV ...

Watch: Dustin Barca Talks the Old North Shore and the Death of Surfing Etiquette

Feb 26, 2024 02:00 PM EDT

For decades, Oahu's North Shore had a reputation as a hard-core surf scene heavily regulated by locals. But times have changed, and so has the North Shore. Kauai's Dustin Barca

Watch: Epic Waves Facing Extinction and What Surfers Can Do to Help

Feb 26, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

When we hear the word "extinction," plants and animals usually come to mind. Not waves. But whether it's from Mother Nature or mankind, wave extinction

Watch Jordy Smith, Caity Simmers and Soli Bailey Dismantle Perfect Indonesia

Feb 26, 2024 10:30 AM EDT

The latest episode of O'Neill's "Strike Missions" series is a straightforward rip clip featuring perfect surfing in perfect waves.  No fancy concept necessary.  "O’Neill Strike Missions is a film series documenting Team O'Neill’s surf adventures across the globe," writes O'Neill alongside ...

Video: Big Wave Surfer Kai Lenny Races a Plane Between Hawaiian Islands

Feb 26, 2024 10:00 AM EDT

Maui big wave surfer and all-around waterman Kai Lenny has pretty much done it all when it comes to pushing the limits in the ocean.  The eight-time SUP world champ has cheated death, endured death-defying wipeouts, and surfs massive big wave spots like Jaws, Mavericks, and Nazaré.  So ...

Watch: What It’s Actually Like Surfing Portugal’s Supertubos on a Maxed Out Swell

Feb 26, 2024 09:05 AM EDT

The Instagram highlights from this day at Portugal's Supertubos will give you a serious case of FOMO.  This raw clip, however, tells an entirely different story.   While there were 10-point rides all over the place, actually finding and then successfully riding them was way more ...

Pro Surfer Nearly Pulls Never-Before-Done 720° Spin (Video)

Feb 25, 2024 09:38 PM EDT

Does aerial surfing have no bounds? Probably, yes. Actually, most definitely yes. Nobody is going to be pulling triple backflips anytime soon. But don’t tell folks like Albee Layer, or Matt Meola, or Jacob “Zeke” Szekely that. Let them live in sweet ignorant bliss for our entertainment. But that ...

Video: Surfer Sucked Over the Falls on a 25-Footer at Mavericks

Feb 25, 2024 08:30 PM EDT

Getting caught in the impact zone, losing steam on the paddle, wiping out...those are only the beginning when it comes to what to worry about when surfing big waves. What happens afterwards is often when the real trouble starts. Sucked over the falls, at the whim of a merciless vortex of ocean, a ...

RIP: Los Angeles' Beloved 'Surfing Santa Claus'

Feb 25, 2024 07:30 PM EDT

Every Christmas season, surfers across the globe don the red and white, the gold-hued belt buckle, the floppy hat, and the strap-on scruffy white beard. In Los Angeles’ South Bay, one surfing Santa Claus was iconic. Vince Ray, a Hermosa Beach, CA surfer, instructor, and recurring surfing Santa on ...

Potential New Record for Largest Wave Ever Surfed (Video)

Feb 25, 2024 06:29 PM EDT

Pull out the (virtual) measuring tapes; there's a couple new contenders for the "largest wave surfed" title coming in hot from the weekend. For now, it's all conjecture. But the claims are worth looking at. So, while the internet runs wild with guesswork, there's multiple governing bodies to ...

Watch: Los Angeles Goes XL, Surfers Go Survival Mode

Feb 24, 2024 02:00 PM EDT

Heavy rain and high surf have, in a nutshell, been the story of the atmospheric and oceanic conditions this winter season in coastal California. It’s been, by some accounts, historic. And yet, despite the hectic conditions

Surfing Ranks #2 in 'Hardest Sport to Play' Poll

Feb 24, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

What’s the hardest sport in the world to play? Well, a popular Instagram account made for memes, entertainment, dog videos, and the like

Video: Oscar Nominated Actor Honors Hawaiian Surfing Great on National TV

Feb 23, 2024 09:00 PM EDT

Hawaiian surfing great Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani was a surfing legend who helped redefine the sport in the '70s and laid the framework for modern-day surfing. Buttons passed away from lung cancer in 2013, but his legacy is still going strong.  Oscar-nominated actor Jeffrey Wright paid ...

Worth the Wait: Big-Wave Crew Scores Todos Santos After Contest Leaves Town

Feb 23, 2024 07:05 PM EDT

Photo gallery from surf photographer Frederico Pompermayer

Watch: Jamie O’Brien Surfs Tahiti While Literally on Fire (Flashback)

Feb 23, 2024 06:00 PM EDT

Jamie O’Brien is one of the best tube riding surfers on the planet, particularly in his backyard at the world’s deadliest wave, the Banzai Pipeline. But, in addition to his inimitable backside pig-dog approach, JOB has another side to his surfing life. With his wildly successful YouTube channel, ...

10-Foot Wave Explodes on Surfer's Head, Friends Nearly Call 911 (Clip)

Feb 23, 2024 04:37 PM EDT

The ink has yet to dry, but so far, the 2023/24 swell season is looking like it’s going to be one to remember, in surfing terms, thanks to the El Niño-fueled hyperactivity. From Hawaii to California, there’s been multiple, potentially historic swells so far this winter season igniting local ...

Watch: Koa Rothman Has a Super Fun Day Surfing the North Shore

Feb 23, 2024 03:00 PM EDT

North Shore surfers have a pretty standard routine.  Surf, eat, surf again. Rinse and repeat.  In Koa Rothman's latest vlog, he follows the tried and true schedule and gets insanely barreled doing so.  Opening the episode, Rothman's debating what boards to grab to surf a "crazy ...

Watch: A Bunch of Surfers Skipped Pipeline and Still Got Insanely Barreled

Feb 23, 2024 01:00 PM EDT

The North Shore surf spot known as Insanities is aptly named.  With fast, hollow barrels breaking over shallow, sharp reef right in front of even more rocks, the wave, as its name implies, is insane.  And over the course of the last few days with waves still in the double overhead range, ...

Watch: A Huge Beached Gray Whale is Fighting for its Life in San Diego

Feb 23, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

A 24-foot juvenile gray whale washed ashore yesterday at La Jolla Shores in Southern California. By the end of the day, the whale was still alive and officials were outlining a rescue plan.  Several other beached whales made the news in the last few months, including a 50-foot fin ...

Update: New Zealand Community Unites to Help Surfer in Critical Condition

Feb 23, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

New Zealanders are rallying to help a surfer who endured a tragic surfing accident.  Last Sunday, surfer Matthew Scott was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a spinal injury from colliding with another surfer at Mangawhai Bar in Northland. Since then, friends and family created ...

Watch: How To Have More Fun Surfing, With Koa Smith

Feb 23, 2024 08:06 AM EDT

The North Shore is famous for Pipeline. Like a magnet, it sits at the center of the surfing universe and keeps pulling us all back in every winter.  But while Pipe is the draw, the perfect blue in-between days are usually the most memorable.  Days like this.  In the video above, the ...

Watch: Big Wave Surfer Tom Lowe on the Wipeout that Nearly Killed Him

Feb 23, 2024 12:19 AM EDT

The North Shore has had more than its fair share of wipeouts this winter.  Koa Rothman, Kai Lenny, and Joao Chianca are just a few of the pros that Pipeline hospitalized this season.  And in the latest episode of the Nate & Koa Podcast, that's what they talk about.  Opening the ...

Surfer and Skimboarder Exchange Blows After Snaking Incident (Clip)

Feb 22, 2024 09:10 PM EDT

Drop-ins, collisions, arguments, disagreements, water splashing, back-paddling, localism enforcement…these are all fairly common in surfing. However, these days, it’s pretty rare for an altercation to come to blows. “Let’s take it to the beach!” many an angry surfer will propose. Then, nothing. But ...

Watch: How to Extend Your Surfing Life According to Surf Legend Joel Tudor

Feb 22, 2024 06:00 PM EDT

Longboard legend Joel Tudor says that "adding more foam to your program" is the key to surfing more and for longer.  To bring practical boards to the people, Tudor launched a new surfboard company called The Huevo Club Surfboards, aka THC Surfboards. His mission is "to build quality eggs ...

Lucas Chianca Just Surfed an Otherworldly Massive Wave at Nazaré (Video)

Feb 22, 2024 04:00 PM EDT

In the world of big wave surfing, nothing comes close, in terms of stature, to the towering, cartoonish peaks of Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. And when it comes to progression in the sport of wrangling aquatic giants, few surfers are on the level of Brazilian big wave charger, Lucas “Chumbo” ...

Watch: Here's More Footage of Pro Surfers Getting Barreled at Perfect Pipeline

Feb 22, 2024 03:00 PM EDT

Pipeline has been on fire this winter.  The legendary wave's been pretty much perfect on numerous occasions, offering prime conditions for freesurf sessions and contests.  The waves were pumping for comps like Da Hui's Backdoor Shootout, the Vans Pipe Masters, and the Lexus Pipe Pro. ...

Could 15-Year-Old Sky Brown Qualify for Both Surfing and Skateboarding at Paris 2024?

Feb 22, 2024 02:00 PM EDT

With just a few months left until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the final round of surfers vying for qualification are set to compete for the remaining spots. The ISA World Surfing Games will go down February 23rd-March 3rd in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and the outstanding Olympic surfing qualifier ...

Video: Italo Ferreira Slams Surfboard in Gruesome Sunset Beach Wipeout

Feb 22, 2024 01:00 PM EDT

The Hurley Pro Sunset Beach wrapped, officially, on Wednesday, Feb. 21st with pumping surf and memorable performances. (Molly Picklum’s hail mary turn!) And while most of the attention was deservedly focused on the groundbreaking women’s surfing

Watch: Join Surf Legend Tom Carroll for Breath and Meditation Exercises

Feb 22, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

For many surfers, riding waves is a form of meditation.  It's a reset, a break from the rat race of daily life. Some surfers have been vocal about embracing the ancient practice, like Koa Smith and Griffin Colapinto. And in the clip below, two-time world champ and Pipe Master ...

Watch Now: “Sabar”, Featuring Peru’s Rafael Wille in Pumping Indo Tubes

Feb 22, 2024 08:55 AM EDT

"Sabar" means patience in Bahasa Indonesia, and it's a fitting name for this film.  Because while it might appear easy to score waves in Indo, the reality is that it takes a ton of planning, a little luck, and a lot of patience to find waves like these. Peru's Rafael Willie spends 6-months of ...

Big Wave Surfer Garrett McNamara Tells Skater Tony Hawk How it All Began

Feb 22, 2024 02:13 AM EDT

Garrett McNamara is one of the most well-known big wave surfers today.  He's revered for charging Nazaré and as a key cast member on HBO's 100-Foot Wave.  It all began with a garage sale surfboard, and he told the story to skate legend Tony Hawk, and pro skateboarder Jason Ellis on their ...


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