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“It was a beautiful, harmonious, peaceful look-
ing planet, blue with white clouds. A planet that
gave you a deep sense of home, of being, of
identity. Looking at it from space gives you an
instant global consciousness”.
-Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the
t is the waves that bind us together.
That give us our Global consciousness.
Waves speak hundreds of different languages
to millions of different surfers. And yet, the
message is the same. Come to me. Hitch a
ride on my energy. And I will blow your mind. I
will give you the greatest individual moments
of your lives. I will share my secrets. I will drive
your passion. I will shape your body. I will
shape your mind.
In this issue we examine this message and
the Global Consciousness it creates. We start
our adventure here at home, in Sumbawa with
Mason Ho and his famous Dad, Michael. A
sacred session that pushed the boundaries of
modern performance. We then check in with
the President of the United States, Mr. Barack
Obama. His legacy in tatters due to an absurd
election season, one of Obama’s last actions
will also be his most lasting. And it will directly
affect every surfer on earth. The creation of
the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National
Monument in the Pacific Ocean. The largest
environmentally protected place on earth. All
for us. Then we travel to a far off island, off
Atlantic North West Africa. One of the most
remote islands in the world, to examine the
lost art of surfing alone, without cameras or
dreams of Go Pro selfie clips. Just surfing for
the sake of it in raw, unknown waves. A test of
one’s own motivations. In this issue we were
also stoked to hear from the Russians. In an
extraordinary photo portfolio, the results of this
year’s SURF JAM photo contest, that gives us
a look at a surfing existence as far from our
tropical world as it gets. Sub-zero surfing that
would test the mettle of anyone. Our Russian
brother’s love for surfing is strong. We then
examination the best aerial of the year from
our current World Champion, John John Flor-
ence. And with all this talk of Wave pools, we
also hear why Olympic surfing will never work
unless it is synthesized. Not the best news
for the most nature-intimate sport on earth.
Our science corner this month examines the
incredible Micro-photography of the elements
that actually allow us to stand up and balance
on a surfboard. And our Global surfing issue
comes to a close with a remarkable photo pro-
ject by Russian photographer Olga Sinenko. A
look deep into our past but with today’s Cang-
gu surfing. You will have to see it to believe it.
So open up and enjoy this new issue. Become
part of our Global consciousness. It’s not as
tough as it sounds. After all, Edgar Mitchell
said it best. We are just stars wrapped in skin.
Photo: Trevor Murphy