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31.3

On the cover: John John Florence at Rockpile, brushing up against what Hunter S. Thompson called “The Edge,” conjuring an ocean-based version of fanging it on a Vincent Black Shadow. Pistons and gears inside the issue include the arc of Dane Kealoha, Indonesian isolation amid a pandemic, the physics of tube riding with Mike Stewart, and toolbox analysis with master shapers.

Features

Page 54

THE CLOUDS CONCEAL THE VOLCANO

In the early 1980s, Dane Kealoha seemed destined to become Hawaii’s first pro-tour champion. The system had other plans.

Words by Paul Holmes | Desktop image by Dan Merkel/A-Frame. Mobile image by Steve Wilkings

Page 76

ON THE BUBBLE

String theory, dark matter, and observational data on wave energy and tube exit strategies.

Words and images by Mike Stewart

Page 82

PORTFOLIO: RICHARD FREEMAN

From high-fashion to surf-concept shoots, photographer Richard Freeman always has the flash charged.

Introduction by Derek Rielly

Page 36

GOLDEN HANDCUFFS

While a tragic virus sweeps the planet, a Spanish couple finds themselves marooned off the Sumatran coast. There were waves—and a takeaway of humble appreciation.

Page 44

TOUCHING THE MONOLITH

Notes on mindfully selected tools with master shapers, from the block planer to the hot wire to the CAD file.

Words by Ben Waldron | Image by Grant Ellis

Page 96

INLETS OF THE MIND

Set waves, pop-culture references, and defiant riddles are essential ingredients in the work of Cocoa Beach artist Bruce Reynolds.

Words by Dan Reiter | Image by Patrick Ruddy

Page 26

PRETTY TO THINK SO

At Zarautz, professional surfing hoisted the freak flag. Few remember the waves. Few have forgotten the mayhem.

Words by Paul Evans | Image by Ted Grambeau

Page 16

ESSAY: IF A WAVE BREAKS IN THE WOODS

Was it really better yesterday if there was no one there to surf it?

Words by Norris Eppes | Art by Georgia O’Keeffe

Page 106

BACKSLIDING

Further refinements from those who think long—with Alex Knost, Nick Melanson, Jared Mell, and Karina Rozunko.

Photos by Grant Ellis

Page 20

INTERVIEW: PORTALS TO THE SEA

Discussing dreaming in waves—sonic and oceanic—with Interpol frontman Paul Banks.

Interview by David Zimmerle | Art by Jules Julien

Page 118

Undercurrents

Nineteenth century surf art made by criminals, the gestalt of the late Marty Sugarman, Aussie fauna in Indo with Koby Abberton, and other snacks and grazings.

Purist surf energy from Page One to close-of-book, delivered directly to your door.

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