Current Issue

28.5

On the cover: What happens along a patch of reef when you mix decades-spanning family ties and countless hours in the water? Effortless positioning on any wave you want. Mason Ho, Rocky Point. The interior of 28.5 explores the North Shore’s culture of youthful goading in heavy surf, dodges gun-toting property owners in search for slabs in New England, and relays the foreign scams and scandals of Nat Young and Miki Dora. Profiles of twin-fin artist Torren Martyn, tattooer Ben Grillo, and cross-stepper Josie Prendergast add personal touches.

Current Issue

28.5

On the cover: What happens along a patch of reef when you mix decades-spanning family ties and countless hours in the water? Effortless positioning on any wave you want. Mason Ho, Rocky Point. The interior of 28.5 explores the North Shore’s culture of youthful goading in heavy surf, dodges gun-toting property owners in search for slabs in New England, and relays the foreign scams and scandals of Nat Young and Miki Dora. Profiles of twin-fin artist Torren Martyn, tattooer Ben Grillo, and cross-stepper Josie Prendergast add personal touches.

Features
Photo by Steve Bissell

“The guys who surf in Panama have a different philosophy than surfers elsewhere. They have an easy-going, almost-lazy attitude. Things move slower in the tropics and all the regulars, since they are not motivated by competition, the economics of surfing professionally, or status, surf basically for themselves.”

Page 22

Records of the Isthmus

The life and work of Steve Bissell—Panamanian Zone brat, dispossessed surfer, extrasensory photographic talent.

Photo by SA Rips

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Go Along If You Like

Twin-fins, caravan squatting, and unhomogenized surfing with Torren Martyn.

Photo by Edgar Hill

Surfing and beach culture often make their way into Grillo’s tattoos, sometimes directly, like a literal depiction of a surfing bird, or subtly, like a skull with an eye socket composed out of a breaking wave. So too do classic Chicano-style motifs, whether it’s chola girls, classic cars, or fanned-out peacocks. It all comes back to a focus on his lineage.

Page 52

Single Needle

The high-skill, fine-line tattoos of surfer and draftsman Ben Grillo.

Photo by Brian Nevins

Page 62

The Lobster Claw

Tunnel a hole in West Oz and you end up in New England. A photo-supported theory by shooter Brian Nevins and associates.

Photo by Marck Botha

In Ethiopia, Hamar boys leap over rows of bulls, while in Kenya, young Maasai men once hunted lions, alone. And on the North Shore of Oahu? Adolescents face the sand-sucking monster called Ke Iki shorepound and stroke into unmakeable ledges that collapse like God’s angry fist mere feet from the golden grains on shore.

Page 70

You Won’t Go

Because coming of age on the North Shore is a rite of passage.

Photo by Nathan Oldfield

Page 80

New Model Army

Influencer rankings and engagement levels be damned, social media panther Josie Prendergast is just in it for the boards.

Photo by Jean Aaberg

Some people have surmised that Miki must have smuggled drugs to support his lifestyle. He told me he would never be so crude: dope was big and bulky and not worth the effort compared with gemstones.

Page 90

Down from the Spin Ghar Mountains

Pakistan, Afghanistan, and France, plus a few other memories and scandals from my time with Miki Dora.

Photo by Corban Campbell

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Portfolio: Group Show

High-performance acrobatics. Candy-colored sled shows. Slabs in 35mm. A collection of work from 14 of today’s best surf photographers.