Local Heroes

Meeting El Gato

Meeting El Gato

When Mexico participated in the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama, three of their six national surfing team-riders hailed from Sayulita, Mexico. It’s no secret that this sleepy surfing village tucked away in the state of Nayarit breeds some of the country’s most promising talent. Among them is Adrian “Gato” Rodriguez who not only symbolizes the pride of Mexico surfing but also as a local... »

Surfing the Lord

Surfing the Lord

Ask most any surfer what they did on any given Sunday morning and most will sarcastically say they were at church. Indeed, many surfers view their sport more as a religion than anything else. Yet for a group of Seal Beach locals, they actually do mean they were at church, on Sunday, at the beach. Since the Easter Sunday on April 12, 2009, the ministry of Hope at the Beach, was established and cont... »

Last Bastion of Surf

Last Bastion of Surf

Surfers spend inordinate amounts of time idolizing the up and coming rider or mesmerized by the most progressive shaper. Yet they rarely give a second thought to the person they interact with most – the surf shop owner. And yet it’s the surf shop owner that fights the good fight to preserve our culture so we might experience it a stone’s throw away from our local break. Whether it’s the sudden clo... »

Trip Like I Do

Trip Like I Do

Imagine selling it all, dropping everything tomorrow and hopping on a plane with a one-way ticket to some far off place with epic surf. A place where you don’t know anyone, don’t know the people, the culture, the streets, the beaches … nothing. We all imagine doing something like this but few of us have the balls to pull it off. Northern California native Ryan Teixeira has not only done so –... »

The Endless August

The Endless August

If there were royalty in surfing’s microcosm, the August family would certainly qualify. Known as “Blackie” throughout the Southern California local scene, Orall W. August was introduced to surfing by the legendary Duke Kahanamoku himself. His son, Robert Alan August would grow up surfing in Seal Beach under his father’s tutelage and balsa shaped longboard. Early in his teenage years, Robert would... »

Sustainable Stoke

Sustainable Stoke

As surfers, we are keenly in tune with nature. Spending countless hours in her oceans harnessing her energy in the purest sense. We are the veritable disciples of Gaia. Or not. Let’s break it down. We drive further than most to get to beaches others wouldn’t even bother to consider. We don clothing made out of petroleum with a shelf life that’s outlived only by Spam. Perhaps worst of all, we are r... »

Surfing’s Intifada

Surfing’s Intifada

Literally translated as “shaking off” from Arabic, a few dozen surfers in the Gaza strip and some unlikely friends from an Israeli non-profit are engaged in their own intifada defying a centuries old struggle between politically sworn enemies. Up and coming director and Los Angeles local, Alex Klein, captured the culture of surfers in Gaza and Israel and their defiance of sociological forces that ... »

Aaron’s Pursuit

Aaron’s Pursuit

In many ways, Fallbrook local Aaron Lieber’s first and highly acclaimed surf movie, “The Pursuit” mimics his sudden rise to the surfing industry spotlight. The first surf movie to be released in high definition Blu-Ray, The Pursuit is the story of up and coming surfers and their struggle to make a name for themselves in the industry. Bearing witness to such young, raw talent taking surfing to the ... »

SYRVing Nicaragua

SYRVing Nicaragua

Surf. Yoga. Charity. If there was ever the trifecta of good karma, Santa Monica local Monique Evans may have hit the mark when she founded SYRV, a non-profit outfit that organizes trips to the Jiquilillo & San Juan Del Sur regions of Nicaragua, where surfing, yoga, and community involvement form the itinerary. The typical SYRV trip spans one week where participants surf, do yoga, and go on loc... »

Surfrider v5.0

Surfrider v5.0

When the Surfrider Foundation set out to look for the fifth heir to its environmental throne in 2004, they tossed out the green rule-book and hired a tech entrepreneur. James Moriarty, a Solana Beach local, would provide the unconventional leadership Surfrider needed. Jim was among numerous candidates selected by a D.C.-based recruiter specializing in finding unconventional leaders for nonprofits.... »

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Ironically, had Sean Collins knew what he was getting into when he started the venerable surf forecasting operation bearing this motto, we may never have had the benefit of his invaluable predictions. Before Surfline, there were no forecasts precise enough to rely on for surfing. Today, Surfline’s forecasting data covers regions around the globe accurately predicting swells well into the future. S... »

Putting the Stoke in Mentoring

Putting the Stoke in Mentoring

Remember that sense of accomplishment you had catching your first wave? Remember that sense of fear you overcame dropping in on that first overhead day? Stoked Mentoring, a non-profit organization, brings these values to “at-risk” youth who would otherwise not get the chance to experience what we have all come to love – surfing. Stoked Mentoring was born in 2004 in the Canadian slopes when Founder... »