For over 30 years, the Journal has celebrated surf travel. Indeed, each edition has been marked by an Adventurer’s Club-worthy lineup of explorers, expats, pilgrims, and diarists—usually accompanied by surprising, future-proof photography.
While TSJ debuted in an era of surf mag “sponsored pro” trips, it cut its own path. Backlit point waves that you felt right in the chest. Pulled-back surfscapes allowing the reader to take in the whole of the experience. Roots moments that would never see the light of day in the monthlies, yet captured the poetry of the road.
Travel’s not the half of what we do, but it’s a hell of a fine place to start. Here’s a sample.
Whole Lotta’ Love: Randy Dible Does Mexico Part II
Where our intrepid Mission Beach bottom-feeder and veteran Mex-hand returns for the umpteenth time to see the scene of his life’s passion play.
The Body Will Suffice: Self-Propelled Through Primordia
North Shore lifeguards Jeff Johnson and Todd Sells, pro surfer Chris Malloy, and photographer Seth Stafford jimmied a window in their schedules for a self-inflicted…
A Semi-Search for Nowness
Road slices during the filming of “Sprout” with Dan Malloy, Belen Connelly, and Alex Knost.
A Night at the Cantina
Drugrunners, gunplay, and tropical brothels all play a role in the story behind the story of Pavones, Costa Rica.
A Roll of the Dice
Post-Second Thoughts, post-brain surgery, the Most Exalted Potentate of Feral—Timmy Turner—returns to the place that nearly took his life. And scores.
Dunes of the Anti-Atlas
Crossing a stretch of North African desert seeded with land mines and right points, a traveler falls in with a crew of experienced journeymen, finding…