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The Current Issue of The Surfer's Journal

In our midyear offering, we visit the past and present of one of the best waves in Indonesia, peel through the archives of Australian film and mag progenitor Bob Evans, and jump on modern expeditions in Madagascar, Central America, and New Zealand. We also load the well with the coastal output of Long Island artist Scott Bluedorn, some wordplay from a National Endowment for the Arts fellow, and a selection of road shots from TSJ regular Jamie Brisick.

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Portfolio: Rambo Estrada

Portfolio: Rambo Estrada

Rambo Estrada (formerly known as Hamish Mathieson) created his nom de photog by mashing up references from 1980s-era pop culture. As of late, however, the New-Zealand-based photographer has been making the most of the natural beauty of his homeland to collect decidedly more timeless work. Eighteen pages of lineups, beach bombs, and pastoral perfection from a land steeped in green-hued quality.

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Type Two Fun | by David J. Morris

Type Two Fun

Somewhere along the border of Panama and Costa Rica, the road ends, the jungle resumes its primordial dominance, and the surf remains relatively untouched. With Conrad ringing in his brainpan, and miles of untouched wilderness to bushwhack, author and former combat journalist David J. Morris discovers that the price of solitude is sometimes measured in increments of misery.

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Maritime Cosmology | by Alex Wilson

Maritime Cosmology

The material of place with artist Scott Bluedorn: “It’s impossible to live near the ocean and not be influenced by it. Saltwater can clean. It can bleach. It can transform. So that’s really my common thread.”

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The Macaronis Chronicle | by Chris Goodnow and Phil Goodrich

The Macaronis Chronicle

In 1980, Chris Goodnow, Scott Wakefield, and Tony Fitzpatrick set out to explore the Mentawais at time when the island-chain’s potential was little more than a whispered rumor. Surviving on snails and relying on old British Admiralty charts to navigate, they eventually discovered and rode a wave in Pasongan Bay that would come, in the years ahead, to be known as Macaronis. Thirty years after that initial foray, modernity (and a whole lot of surfers) have caught up with one perfect and isolated wave.

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Once More | by Donald Levering

Once More

Poetry from National Endowment for the Arts fellow Donald Levering: “Always another wave beginning to rise more than the hours of a surfer’s life.”

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A Faith Born of Precognitive Adventures | by Ted Reckas

A Faith Born of Precognitive Adventures

Aamion Goodwin grew up bouncing around ashrams in Idaho, spearfishing off remote villages in Fiji, and surfing on the North Shore of Kauai. Along with filmmaker Jess Bianchi, Goodwin and his family recently traveled to 15 countries to revisit the roots of his unconventional upbringing, a journey designed to expose his children to the world beyond the safety of their pond.

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A Train Going West | by Nat Young

A Train Going West

Foundational Aussie media maestro Bob Evans made 13 feature length films in his short life, helped to launch the nascent surf mag industry in Oz, sculpted the careers of luminaries like Nat Young and Midget Farrelly, and had more than a little fun along the way. “Bob would plan his whole day around the cocktail hour. Sitting watching the sun sink slowly into the ocean, staring for the elusive green flash, sucking on Mai Tais, listening to Harry Lyman singing ‘Yellow Bird’—that was what Bob lived for.”

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Old Heart | by Daniel Crockett

Old Heart

For Cornish shaper James Otter, surfboards are sustainable pieces of art. Working with locally harvested red cedar, and building his boards by hand, he’s created a micro-industry that is a bit like a tree itself—a self-replenishing resource. “Even before you’ve ridden a wave on a wooden surfboard, you’ve learned and gained so much from making it,” he says.

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Culturati

Culturati

As an ex-pro surfer, and a longtime traveling journalist, Jamie Brisick has enjoyed a window into some of the more esoteric aspects of surf culture. In this collection of photos, Brisick pulls back the curtain on scenes ranging from the favelas of Brazil to Raymond Pettibon’s studio, contextualizing each with a yarn. Road shots from a cultural critic.

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“Jussis! It’s Homping!” | by Andy Davis

Jussis! It’s Homping!

Life on the hook in Madagascar: “Problems have always existed in Madagascar,” writes author Andy Davis, “the constant political instability just exacerbates them. And inserted into all that heaviness, we have six fun-seekers, on an ultimately pointless mission to find and ride bands of energy in the ocean. Is there some devil-may-care message of inspiration in our frivolity? A statement of obtuse encouragement and hope, presented by the privileged for the impoverished? I’m not so sure. These are the things that keep you awake on the floors of airports.”