Category Archives: Surf Vids & Media

“A Day in Port-A” … Your Next Surf Trip: Texas?


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I’ve talked a bit about the Texas surf culture in the past (need a reminder? Click HERE). It’s an eclectic mix of weirdness and stoke. Having lived in the state for two years, you can believe me when I say that good surf is extremely rare, decent surf is infrequent, and poor surf prevails. When we do get lucky, though, magic happens.

Attesting to that fact are Corpus Christi locals Nate Floyd, Morgan Falkner, and Tegan Gainin. Their recent edit, A Day in Port A, will make you want to get up grab your log and go play. I dare you to tell me this doesn’t look like an absolute blast.

Keep an eye out for their full length film coming out late 2016!

Stunning Surf Photography Book: Distant Shores


Chris Burkard has released a new collection of remote surf photography, and it’s absolutely stunning.

Distant Shores is a powerful book that draws you in, captures you, and whisks you away to experience every awe-inspiring moment. With each page turn, you are transplanted to the next destination and can almost feel the temperature drops, offshore mist or warm sun in each landscape.

Over the last eight years, Chris has traveled around the globe to compile the surfing photography featured in Distant Shores. From these travels, we’re treated to exotic coastlines including Alaska, Chile, India, Japan, Norway and Mexico. From coastal fog to the laughing smiles of local children, every shot tells a rich story.


Chris’ photographs open with a panoramic view, allowing us to sit back and immerse ourselves in that setting. His photography captures giant mountains while a surfer creates graceful lines in the lineup below the mountain range.


“[The water] is such a unique thing to shoot. Such a unique thing to try and be a part of and document. I really love the idea of documenting something that’s so fleeting, something that’s not going to be there tomorrow.”


And what beautiful surfing it is. Flawless aerials, deep bottom turns and barrels and fanned sprays are featured throughout the book, juxtaposed by quiet moments of contemplation before paddling out. The book presents a glimpse into the overall experience of surfing these exotic locations by portraying photos of landscapes, locals and other environments with their beautiful waves.


“We’re always seeking out a new place that hasn’t been surfed or a place that the surface has barely been scratched. We’re looking for new ways to document it, new ways to explore it.”


“Photography is an opportunity for me to go out and see the world and bring something back…being able to come back with those experiences to share with the people that are important in my life.”


This photographic collection also features an interview with Chris Burkard. It provides great insight into his inspiration, career progression, the mechanics of his techniques, and what destinations lie ahead.


Distant Shores is an absolute must-have for any library, but it should really be featured on your coffee table. It’s inspiring to flip through and you’ll be itching to grab your board (and passport) immediately.

You can pick up Distant Shores here.


Surf Book Fundraiser to help Bryan Knowles


Some of you may know Bryan Knowles, he is a shaper from San Clemente, CA, runs and is the “Rider in Chief” for Ride Anything Surfboards.

Bryan wrote a childrens surfing book and is raising funds needed to get the book published.  Check out the video below, every dollar counts so help out a brother surfer!

Link to fundraiser here




Garret McNamara Biggest Wave Ever? We’re Not So Sure, Hold The Applause


“Half the people think I’m out of my mind … and half are just – I think they all think I’m crazy, actually.”  -Garret McNamara after riding 90-foot beast off the coast of Nazare, Portugal

All the media outlets (alot of people in suits) are claiming Garret McNamara rode the biggest wave on record off the coast of Portugal.  In the video below, Garret tows into a massive slab in Praia do Norte off the cost of Portugal.  Garret and crew worked with the Portugese Hydrographic Institute studying this area before their latest sessions.  Praia do Norte is a bit of a phenomenon because the waves get super-amped due to the underwater canyons.   “This one just jacked up, broke, actually kind of barreled, and went to run me over, and somehow by the grace of God, I made it”, Garret told ABC after riding it.  “When I rode the wave I didn’t know how big it was and then it landed on me at the very end,” Garret said.  “It was like a ton of bricks on my shoulders and that’s when I realized if I had fallen it could have been really bad.”  Check out the video (it sounds better in Portugese, and this reporter is a looker):

We’ve heard this may end up in the Guiness Book of World Records (they still around?).  What Garret, now 44-years young, did is no question one of the biggest rides of all time.  But wave height is always in dispute.  Mike Parsons rode an 80+ footer at Cortes bank back in 2008, and that ride stands as the biggest wave ever ridden – even though Ken Bradshaw rode an 85 footer in Hawaii in 1998.   Parson’s wave looks bigger than Garret’s wave to me on video, but who knows with all the camera angles – and maybe we’re spending too much time debating this?  Garret’s ride will be entered into the Billabong XXL Global Big-Wave Awards, and then all this wave height stuff will be decided.  Until its officially decided: Parsons — you rode the largest wave ever.

Post a Comment, Win a Free iSurf App for the iPAD!!


Our friends over at iSurf Magazine have this sweet new surf app for the iPad, and have given us 5 free promo copies for us to giveaway…to the first 5 readers that post the most convincing reason in the comments section to this article.  Post away & win!  These are free lifetime subscriptions.  Check out their site here

Note: To redeem the promo codes, you must (a) use the “redeem” link located in iTunes among the links at the bottom of the page, click the link, enter the code (which will be sent to you) and iTunes will do the rest, or (b) if you want to enter the code on your iPad, you must go to the app store, then at the bottom of the screen click the “redeem” button, enter the code and the rest is automatic.

Check out this video of the app…

How to Pack Your Surfboard Travel Bag


With the ridiculous increase in baggage fees, I am not sure how many surfers will be traveling with their

surfboards this season. But for those of you who are either die hards or just lucky enough to be traveling to a surf destination that justifies bringing your board with you, this video is for you: how to pack your surfboard travel bag so the damn airlines don’t ding your board. The vid goes over some basic packing tips, and definitely worth the 3 minute viewing… if nothing else, check out the quiver this guy brings with him when he flies to Australia.

Miki Dora Interview Footage – all surfers should watch


If you’re a surfer of any kind, you’ll find Miki Dora’s prognostications on surfing to be pretty deep. This is a guy, who, by all accounts, railed against the commercialization of the “sport” and who would no doubt be rolling in his grave at the kids running around in [brand name] boardshorts, flip flops with Sun-in in their hair, some 3000 miles away from ANY kind of surf, not even a wave pool. Anyway, we at are trying to grasp at some of that surfing nostalgia – a piece of which drifted away when Dora left the scene. Fact is – Dora was right. Don’t be a surfing clone.

Gerry Lopez Book SURF IS WHERE YOU FIND IT Lessons for Surfers & Trestles


Surf Is Where You Find It BookGerry Lopez, Hawaiian legend and excellent writer, penned a book called, Surf is Where You Find It that we recently checked out.  It’s a fantastic book that you should read. In one particular chapter in the book, he describes the scene one day where a government commission was holding a hearing about putting a drainage canal that would destroy the world famous Ma’alaea Freight Trains. A number of pro-environment and surfing speakers were being shouted down by local fishermen and tour boat operators, who were in favor of the project as it would expand their marina. Lopez explains how one of the last speakers, an eighty year old man, who was shown reverence by all in attendance. In Lopez’s eloquent and moving words, he explains that the old man silenced the crowd when he approached the microphone, explaining his long history with Ma’alaea. Indeed, the “first time the government came to Ma’alea”, he was there. “The first thing they did was build a shithouse right over the freshwater spring,” the old man said. I’ve never laughed so hard in a long time. Moral of the story is that no development was permitted. Through one voice, the majority was struck down. Sound familiar? Trestles.

Alex Knost unplugged, the world pukes in its collective mouth a little


Okay, so most of the surfing world already knows that Alex Knost is a guy you either love or hate.  You can admire his surfing both on a longboard, where his unique style and progressive surfing is almost unrivaled, or on a shortboard, where he can hang with the best.  Ultimately, it will be his personality and character that pull you into his camp or make you want to puke.  I fall into the latter group.  His surfing is admirable, but his on land persona has much less appeal.  He is the hipsters’ hipster, always trying his hardest to be ironically different.  Barrel dodging 30-40 somethings and wannabe retro throwbacks generally revel in his queerness.  Alex has even cited his own hate-ability in a pre-premier interview regarding this DVD of his, where he said, “Half of the people that watch it won’t understand it, and the other half will want to punch me in the face.”  I fall into the latter half, as I wasted a few minutes of my life on the preview that I will never get back, a video that featured movie highlights such as Alex making his own skin tight shorts out of skin tight jeans.  Check out the video above for a brief glimpse at a day in the life of one of my least favorite douchebags.  Try to hold back your vomit when he starts talking about his poetry.  Enjoy!

KOOK by Peter Heller, Book Review


“You f%cking kook, get out of the water!…were you born on planet kook?!”.  The answer is yes, at least initially.  This book was written by a Kook, Peter Heller is his name.  He never surfed a day in his life until he was 45yrs old and after getting yelled at (above) after snaking some dudes at Huntington Beach, he hits the road for 2 months.  He surfs every day, mostly in Mexico and ends up at Mex Pipe, aka Puerto Escondido and then the question is he is surfer, or just a guy that surfs….or is it the journey that matters?

This book is mostly notes from a surf travel journal, which are always cool, especially Mexico: the good food, the random people met, the beer that is never warm enough, the stories, and why does the rig always — always — break down? 

Anyway, Kook and his crew start learning at Huntington Surf & Sport, then hit Mexico for 2 months (La Fonda, Todos Santos, Punta Conejo, Scorpion Bay with stops at Pescadero Surf Camp)…some stuff happens on the way…and in the end Nathan Meyers at Surfer Mag sums it up by advising him “surfing is not conquered in 6 months…it’s a life path.”  Well said, and the Kook learns this important lesson. 

One other thing we like is that Peter and his crew come to appreciate the impact development is having on our coastlines.  They do some good things, including meeting up with Ric O’Barry and spend time getting to know, and surfing with, James Pribram, who won the John Kelly Environmental Achievement Award back in 2007.

You can check out the book here:

Perils of pearling while “surfing”


Ahh yes. Goat boats. We’re sure it’s quite a rush to surf down the face of a wave in a big mofo of a boat. But, as any kook knows, pearling happens from time to time. It can be rescued. You’ve got to push yourself off of the deck of your board etc. etc. Anyway, that’s a LOT harder to do when you’re surfing with a mammoth, 40 ton boat. Sucks to be, umm, all of them. Serves them right for (probably) taking over the break.

I can’t believe they had the balls to make the drop on those logs


Some vintage footage of surfers at Sunset, Pipe, Waiamea in the 1960s, including George Downing, Ricky Grigg, Greg Noll and Mike Doyle. As the narrator says a couple of looooooong rides into this video: “And that’s what you call really getting stoked.” Stoked indeed. This surfing vid is a beaut. The best part is watching what appears to be Greg Noll doing a drop-knee turn on his surfboard. At Pipe.

Time Lapse surfboard shaping is really, really cool


Watching a surfboard get shaped is pretty fun – it just goes to show you what goes into to making a custom made surfboard. There’s! a! lot! of! flipping!! This time lapse shaping vid is brought to you by Rick Malwitz surfboards.

How to make a longboard – out wood, starring Greg Noll, Doc Ball, LeRoy Grannis and Lorrin Harrison


Wow. This vid is pretty awesome for those into surfing nostalgia. (And we all are, ain’t we!). Here you’ll see a bunch of old guys (old guys rule blah blah blah) carving, literally, a log out of…a log. They even start the project with a massive chisel. This vid must be from the mid-80s or so, starring Doc Ball, LeRoy Grannis and Lorrin Harrison (and Greg Noll, the big guy.) The music is about as old as the combined age of these guys. Anyway, check it out:

A surfer getting spit out of a barrel won’t get you pregnant


Metaphor time! If getting barreled is the closest thing to an orgasm, than this is the closest a man will ever get to a woman’s. It’s common knowledge that a female orgasm last much longer compared to a Male’s, and to put this in layman’s terms, a man’s peak would be compared to a quick tube at the pier. Where a woman’s time in the “Spirit World” would be more like Ozzie Wright’s ridiculously long barrel in Indo, click here.

Get my drift?

That is the difference between what’s happening inside a woman’s mind, compared to a males, during an orgasm…

I have no idea who this is, but this is seriously one of the deepest tubes I’ve ever seen in Mexico that wasn’t Puerto Escondido. This has to be the same spot Andy Irons won the “Somewhere In Mexico” Rip Curl event back in 2006. You can watch that swell clicking here. It was Andy and Taylor Knox in the final, and Andy popped a big air for the win. Thinking back, there were so many good barrels in that event that picking a favorite would be like choosing your most memorable orgasm. For a man that’s impossible, because they’re all equally amazing regardless of who made them happen.