Month: March 2022

How pro surfer Koa Smith overcame depression and trauma with psychedelic mushrooms
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How pro surfer Koa Smith overcame depression and trauma with psychedelic mushrooms

Surfing is a sport of frontiers. You enter a wave the exact moment it begins to shift, when it has reached its peak power, just before that energy causes it to fold over itself and collapse. You seek out points on the map where storms thousands of miles away, rolling across the ocean-floor geography, have […]

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A Surfer’s Paradise in Denmark
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A Surfer’s Paradise in Denmark

Denmark is widely known as the Hawaii of Europe. Ok, not really, but one stretch of coastline in North Jutland has earned the nickname “Cold Hawaii,” as well as a reputation as one of the hottest surfing scenes on the continent. Cold Hawaii is a loosely defined area that spans from Agger to Hanstholm, with […]

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HOOKED ON A FEELING | Surfing phenom Sage Erickson has sought the rush of winning since she was 14 – VC Reporter | Times Media Group
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HOOKED ON A FEELING | Surfing phenom Sage Erickson has sought the rush of winning since she was 14 – VC Reporter | Times Media Group

PICTURED: Sage Erickson shredding the waves. Photo by Alana Spencer by Madeline Nathaus “Surfing is what I know and part of who I am,” said Ojai-born professional surfer Sage Erickson, 31. “I love the unpredictability and the challenge of adapting to conditions. You don’t pay for it, and no one is in control of it […]

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Nonstop North Shore
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Nonstop North Shore

How good has Pipeline been since the beginning of 2022? So good that anytime we start typing any word that starts with the letter “p”, our laptop autofills “Pumping Pipeline.” Yeah, in caps. It’s not that we’ve run out of titles (though we’re getting close). It’s just that…well, it’s been pumping. And it’s Pipeline. Plus, […]

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8 Best Beaches In Southern California, Ranked By Their Surf
Surfing California

8 Best Beaches In Southern California, Ranked By Their Surf

Any Californian will probably tell a newcomer that they’re proud of their state’s prolific surf spots – and many of the best are in the southern parts of California. Home to a number of infamous beaches said to be some of North America’s top surfing areas, it’s not too difficult to find decent waves to […]

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The Travel Mom is surfing and sipping her way through California
Surfing California

The Travel Mom is surfing and sipping her way through California

Spring is here and that means a lot of people are ready to get out and explore. Our friends Emily Kaufman and Tommy Didario are back to share how they are surfing and sipping their way through California. They joined us from the sandy beaches of “Surf City USA”, aka Huntington Beach, California where there […]

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Janet MacPherson, a Kind of First Wave Feminist in Surfing, Dies at 84
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Janet MacPherson, a Kind of First Wave Feminist in Surfing, Dies at 84

“Only the burliest men could handle the big hardwood surfboards of the first half of the 20th century,” he said. But by the time Ms. MacPherson was a teenager, some board makers were trying different materials and more manageable designs. “So Janet was in the right place to benefit from shorter, lighter surfboards,” he noted. […]

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Dog-Surfing Contest Comes to Flagler Beach as Mayor and Commissioner Hope to Ride the Next Viral Wave | FlaglerLive
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Dog-Surfing Contest Comes to Flagler Beach as Mayor and Commissioner Hope to Ride the Next Viral Wave | FlaglerLive

Dog surfing is one of the goofiest and most beloved contrivances of the American mind since Letterman’s stupid pet tricks. But if its origins are obscure, it’s here now: there’s a “World Dog Surfing Championships” in California (where else?), local dog-surfing competitions have popped up along the California and Florida coasts, and something like the […]

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California Legislation Seeks to Set Criteria for Designating State Surfing Reserves
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California Legislation Seeks to Set Criteria for Designating State Surfing Reserves

Photo: Unsplash California designated surfing as its state sport in 2018. More than just a tourism draw, the designation meant the Golden State would have to take on greater responsibility in caring for and preserving its coastline. Southern California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin’s proposed legislation, AB 2177, appears to be a logical move toward accomplishing that. […]

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Jamie O’Brien and Lucas Chumbo Surf Very Crowded Pipeline
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Jamie O’Brien and Lucas Chumbo Surf Very Crowded Pipeline

[embedded content] One of the perks of living on the North Shore is the fact that you live basically on top of some of the best waves in the world. It lends itself to a certain type of surfer — one who is very good at getting barreled. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of […]

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