Brad Melekian

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Breaking Down Pipe Masters

In December, the surf world once again descends on Oahu’s North Shore for the sport’s most prestigious event, the Pipe Masters, where competitors battle it out at the planet’s most famous—and...

Brad Melekian
Dec 17, 2012

Crashing Down

Behind surfing’s wall of silence, managers, sponsors, and the sport’s governing body knew Andy Irons had a problem. Now some of them are finally ready to talk about it.

Brad Melekian
Aug 1, 2011

Air Jordy

Brash phenom Jordy Smith is revolutionizing surfing with a new breed of above-the-wave tricks. He'll be the next great champion—if he can just grow up.

Brad Melekian
Dec 6, 2010

Last Drop

There were always rumors of drug abuse and binge drinking, but until Andy Irons died mysteriously in a Dallas hotel earlier this month, nobody close to the surfing legend was willing to talk.

Brad Melekian
Nov 22, 2010

Water Travel Hall of Fame 2010

Presenting the 14 best water vacations of 2010.

Abe Streep, Grayson Schaffer, Michael Roberts, Kyle Dickman, Brad Melekian, Mark Anders, Jen Schwartz, Sam Moulton, and Will Palmer
Jul 22, 2010

Rough Justice

Drop into the coral reef at Pipeline and you'll probably get hurt. Drop in on a member of Hawaii's locals-only Wolf Pack and you're just asking for trouble. Here, Kala Alexander—...

Brad Melekian
Dec 9, 2008

Laird Who?

Meet the heir to the throne of big-wave surfing

Brad Melekian
May 29, 2008

Board of Appeal

Swooping through your first full-rail turn on a Hess surfboard requires a suspension of disbelief. This thing is made of wood? Hand-constructed from sustainably harvested poplar, cork, and amapola by...

Brad Melekian
May 8, 2008

It's In the Water

The revival of a Hawaiian tradition gives us even more reasons to love the ocean

Brad Melekian
May 29, 2007