Current Issue

27.6

On the cover: Human corona—Mikey Wright at Off The Wall. Features inside the book shed light on a rivermouth sandbank in equatorial Africa, the swamps and inlets of Florida, and a foundational headland on the East Coast of Australia. The pitfalls of modern surf forecasting, the mind-space of a slab-hunting fireman, and the irreverent outputs of artist Paul McNeil mark other points of conference.

Current Issue

27.6

On the cover: Human corona—Mikey Wright at Off The Wall. Features inside the book shed light on a rivermouth sandbank in equatorial Africa, the swamps and inlets of Florida, and a foundational headland on the East Coast of Australia. The pitfalls of modern surf forecasting, the mind-space of a slab-hunting fireman, and the irreverent outputs of artist Paul McNeil mark other points of conference.

Features
Photo By Russell Ord

Page 22

Jughead

Thrust into the international spotlight, an Aussie fireman epitomizes the required mindset of a true slab hunter.

Photo By Alan Van Gysen

A large, older soldier does all the heavy talking and plays the bad cop, while a short, quiet young man plays the good cop. “Terrorist, terrorist!” the big one shouts, pointing at me.

Page 34

To the Bight of Biafra

Between the city and the jungle in Equatorial Guinea.

Photo By Sean Kelly Conway

Page 40

Not Up to Code

Walter Coker’s serpentine life in surfing and journalism.

Photos By Rob Gilley

Page 50

Noble Rot

Orphaned slides reveal the surprises of photographic ripening.

Photo by Al Mackinnon

The road runs arrow-straight through the Gondwanan Rainforest, flanked by cabbage-tree palms and swamp oaks. These days, you can drive right up to Angourie Point. The area feels like a sentinel island, a last outpost of human settlement.

Page 60

Angourie in Their Hearts

An original Australian escape hatch finds itself challenged by modernity—but not yet overmatched.

Photo Courtesy of NOAA

Page 82

From Hope to Hype

Present-day surf forecasting has replaced dark-age conjecture with pinpoint science and technology. But has it made surfing better?

Art by Paul McNeil

Page 88

Earnest Irreverence

With a keen sense of irony, artist Paul McNeil has spent his life cultivating affinity.

Photo by Laserwolf

Page 96

Portfolio: Group Show

A-grade selects from sixteen of today’s best shooters.