Arc Of A Cesta


Log In to Receive Your Subscriber Discounts.

Not a Subscriber?

A reader-supported surf publication founded in 1992, The Surfer’s Journal is vivid, authoritative, and independent. The goal of each 132-page bimonthly edition? A completely resolved composition. Balance. Color. Story. And purist surf energy from Page One to close-of-book.

In addition to delivery direct to your door, you'll receive unlimited access to every article we've ever published and discounts on TSJ apparel, merchandise, accessories, and more.

Subscribe Now

Note: Purchasing this feature will give you access to a downloadable .pdf of the feature.

Author Greg Tindall on Pete Mendia: “Despite having a full array of maneuvers, Pete Mendia’s signature move as a time-tested photo-pro has become the cutback, the first move he learned to do at Lake Worth pier as a kid. He had this yellow MTB twin-fin that he finally figured out how to grab one rail then set the other one to reverse their direction. The cutback, that’s it… can’t be eponymously renamed. It’s such a standard move it’s almost taken for granted. Of course, it’s not any old cutty when the “big kid” lays into it. It’s everything Pete has laid out on a rail, over twenty years of professional surfing honed in on a moment… a maneuver that splays the grain of the wave wide open, a stained-glass window pane of ocean.”