In a world where plastic bags are found in the deepest place in the ocean and where ocean levels are rising unchecked, it is good to know that there is only one difference between surfing and statistical environmental science. In the science of it the universe is in control. In surfing, you are. Because Science may provide an understanding of the universal experience, but it is our surfing that provides a universal understanding of our personal experience. Which is why, after 20 stoked years of publishing this magazine, we are even more stoked to tell you that all our environmental efforts are beginning to take hold.
Welcome to our Truth issue. And the surfers on the cutting edge that are pushing our sport forward to the outer limits of environmentalism, imagery, engineering and performance. So, with this in mind, we kick off this issue with a profound question. What the hell is wrong with us? Read our first article to find out. Next, as much as we speak of our surfboards having the soul of the shaper and the surfer in them, do fins have soul too? After all, unless you are a finless rider, nothing is possible without them. Could not the complicated engineering that goes into them, the very human energy that goes into their production, might this also have a scent of soul?
You can always depend on the Bingin open to be a blast. More like a family affair than a surf contest, the performances this year were out of this world. With the typically perfect waves, all the competitors ramped it up and ripped from take off to kick out. An annual event that should be on everyone’s calendar, do not miss next years celebration of the world’s best short wave. The results below speak for themselves. Be there!
In part two of our examination of Surfboard fins, we examine why surfboards are approached as if they are living things and yet fins, the very things that make surfboards possible to ride, are often just afterthoughts. When in fact it takes the same commitment to design, the same passion of thought and even greater cosmic science to create a surfboard fin. Might surfboard fins be infused with the same mythical, soulful elements of surfboards themselves?
Another amazing weekend, in an astonishing place, watching incredible surfing and Moto riding. The surf event got off to an early start. Ouch, because the night before a concert by “Sons of the East” had been taxing on quite a few. The spin on the Deus Slidetober Surf comp is that they supply all the boards. And all of them shaped at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm by a diverse cluster of shapers.