Brad Melekian

Brad Melekian

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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 deadliest—break. Here’s a look behind surfing’s biggest spectacle.

Brad Melekian
Dec 17, 2012

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

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

There were always rumors of drug abuse and binge drinking, but until Andy Irons died mysteriously in a Dallas hotel, nobody close to the surfing legend was willing to talk. In an exclusive, friends and sponsors break surfing's code of silence to recount the tragic descent and final days of the sport's most troubled star.

Brad Melekian
Nov 22, 2010

Because the heat of summer is upon us, we scoured the globe for the greatest sailing, fishing, paddling, diving, floating, surfing—you get the idea—trips out there. And since you can't always pop over to Indonesia, we picked a few close-to-home adventures, too.

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

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—surfer, actor, businessman, and the North Shore's most notorious enforcer—opens up about localism in the lineup, how to earn his respect, and his hopes for a m

Brad Melekian
Dec 9, 2008

Meet the heir to the throne of big-wave surfing

Brad Melekian
May 29, 2008

Brad Melekian
May 8, 2008

Keep your mouth shut and the masses won't follow

Brad Melekian
Jul 25, 2007

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

Brad Melekian
May 29, 2007