On November 11, a 30-foot swell rolled across the Pacific, setting in motion the first-ever all-women big-wave surfing contest in the World Surf League. It was one for the record books.
A big northwest swell lit the North Shore's Banzai Pipeline, providing spectacular makes and even more spectacular slams.
When it came time to find someone for the cover of our annual happiness issue, Stephanie Gilmore jumped off the page. With six world surfing titles and a balanced outlook on life we could all learn from, the surf star lives by some pretty simple words: "I'm going to just enjoy exactly where I am." Fortunately for Gilmore, she is usually in places like Hawaii, Mexico, and Sri Lanka chasing the biggest waves she can find. We caught up with one of surfing's best photographers, Morgan Maassen, who has been shooting Gilmore for years, both on and off the water. Maassen says it best, "Stephanie always has three things on her: a magic surfboard, some sort of exotic guitar, and her golden smile."
Cold-weather surfers are cut from a different cloth. Eager to travel north, these guys dodge icebergs between sets and aren't afraid to freeze for the perfect Arctic barrel. Photographer Chris Burkard has the heart of a cold-weather surfer but more impressively, the eye to capture these stunning Nordic scenes from places such as Iceland, Norway, and Russia.
After Kelly Slater posted this Clark Little photo to his Instagram account, Little saw his followers increase by thousands. He now has more than 500,000 followers on Instagram.
Check out Encyclopedia of Surfing and dive into surfing history.
At the tip of Long Island, ten miles past the last of the overhyped Hamptons, the small town of Montauk offeres rugged coastline, wide-open beaches, and arguably the best surfing on the East Coast. Here are Danny Clinch's photos of local surfers who know the lowdown.
Teenage surfing phenom Carissa Moore clinched her first ASP World Title in July, becoming the youngest winner in women's pro tour history. She was ASP Rookie of the Year in 2010, and finished third overall in ASP standings even after missing one of the season's eight events to attend her high school graduation. Moore, 18, is the first American woman to hold the title since Lisa Andersen won in 1997. Photography by Jason Kenworthy.
Outside Magazine offers free photo galleries. See the best in outdoor photography, featuring top pictures of surfer Courtney Conlogue.
- Page 1