Back Issue

26.2

On the cover: From a deep surfing family to just…deep, Mikala Jones self-documents the inner recesses of an Indonesian cavern. Additional explorations in the book trace performance surfing into the prehistoric era, investigate the fast life and sudden death of New York surfer/hustler Rick Rasmussen, and range from the Chocolate Islands of São Tomé to the glacial estuaries of Iceland.

Back Issue

26.2

On the cover: From a deep surfing family to just…deep, Mikala Jones self-documents the inner recesses of an Indonesian cavern. Additional explorations in the book trace performance surfing into the prehistoric era, investigate the fast life and sudden death of New York surfer/hustler Rick Rasmussen, and range from the Chocolate Islands of São Tomé to the glacial estuaries of Iceland.

Features
Photo by Brent Bielmann/A-Frame

Who can say when riding sideways on an unbroken wave face began? Even on shorter bellyboard-style surfboards, used at the base of the Polynesian Triangle, it seems unlikely that surfers wouldn’t have flirted with going lala.

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GOING LALA

Did some Hawaiian gremmie stomp-stall his alaia in say, 800 A.D. at a river mouth suck-bank? The dawn of performance surfing may be older than you think.

Photo by Chris Burkard

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GLACIAL RELATIONSHIPS

High above the Iceland’s longest river, photographer Chris Burkard tracks sandbar waves to their glacial headwaters.

Photo by Jeff Divine

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SOUNDINGS: ROCKER

Six shapers. One design element. Parsing the most elusive characteristic of surfboard design.

Photo by D.J. Struntz

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THE LOVER’S GUIDE TO SURF CINEMA

Joe Guglielmino (most commonly referred to as Joe G., or Joseph G., but never just Joe) is a surf filmmaker who occupies a very central position in surf film’s Valhalla.

Photo by Greg Ewing

“We had heard about São Tomé’s surf scene and expected to find these local surfers. We had not expected to find them busting airs.”

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THE CHOCOLATE ISLANDS

Located 200 miles from the mainland in the Gulf of Guinea, São Tomé has a homegrown wave-riding culture fostered by its locals, both past and present.

Photo by Jeff Divine

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UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED

New York surf legend Rick Rasmussen was one of the best surfers of his generation. A U.S. Champion by the age of 19, he was dead by 27, shot in a drug deal gone wrong in Harlem.

Art by Jonathan Zawada

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GALLERY

The distortionist design work of Jonathan Zawada.

Photo by Al Mackinnon

“I can’t say much except to mention that I’ve done several trips to this location and, on most occasions, my friends and I were the only surfers in the area.”

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PORTFOLIO: WARMING IN THE HORSEBOX

Surveying the files of British-Isles-based photographer Al Mackinnon.