Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon

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Judging the World's Biggest Waves

With a world record on the line, determining the winner of the Billabong XXL "Biggest Wave" award turned into one of the toughest judgment calls in big wave surfing's history.

Chris Dixon
May 7, 2014

Essentials for Your Purpose-Driven Van

"I bought my first VW Westfalia Vanagon camper back in 1999, and have since owned five of them. I finally settled on a gorgeous 1991 model—lucked into via Craigslist for $9,000 a few years ago."

Chris Dixon
Apr 7, 2014

Getting around the laws that make overnight seaside camping frustratingly difficult

Chris Dixon
Jul 23, 2013

The Greatest Car Ever Built

Why the intrepid Vanagon has once again earned its place as the ultimate outdoor vehicle

Chris Dixon
May 13, 2013

One of the greatest big-wave surfers alive nearly died on a 50-footer in December. Now many in the surfing world are blaming another heavyweight—and the jet-powered board he was riding.

Chris Dixon
Mar 27, 2013

South Carolina surfers and other Lowcountry residents can't stop talking about two white sharks that have been spotted just off the East Coast. But these 16-foot giants may have been swimming in our waters all along.

Chris Dixon
Jan 3, 2013

New rescue technology is emboldening surfers to take bigger risks than ever before. Which means epic rides—and wipeouts.

Chris Dixon
Dec 11, 2012

Four technologies that are changing surfing safety

Chris Dixon
Dec 11, 2012

No Bull: Dissecting 'The One That Got Away'

When a YouTube video showing a "big-ass" shark snatching a tasty red drum off the end of a fishing pole went viral last week, Chris Dixon, who lives on the water in the area, wondered if he should be more concerned. He spoke to Arnold Postell, a senior biologist at the South Carolina Aquarium, to find out.

Chris Dixon
Jul 24, 2012

The judging panel at last week's Global Big Wave Awards determined that Garrett McNamara's much-discussed wave in Portugal this past November was 78 feet, or one foot taller than Mike Parsons' record-holding monster. But the measurements of both waves are so crude as to mean absolutely nothing.

Chris Dixon
May 11, 2012

Big-Wave Paddle Battle

In the wake of a controversial ESPN interview, big wave surfers tell Laird Hamilton to put up or shut up

Chris Dixon
Mar 19, 2012

Surf Prophet

On the afternoon of December 26, 2011, surf forecasting guru and media mogul Sean Collins died of a heart attack. What will the loss of the sport’s oracle mean for the surfing industry and for the sport?

Chris Dixon
Jan 16, 2012

Something Radical This Way Comes

Now more than ever, the world could use some bright ideas. Like these.

Abe Streep, Brian Mockenhaupt, Steve Bramucci, Will Taylor, Aaron Gulley, Kate Siber, Grayson Schaffer, Chris Dixon, Sam Moulton, and Kyle Dickman
Dec 7, 2010