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Features, Interviews, Surf Movies

Surfing And Sharks

May 3rd, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

All surfers have some kind of relationship or stigma with sharks. They are the mysteriously fascinating predators that swim beneath your feet when you’re waiting for a set, the creatures that can smell the blood from your reef rash from miles away and the animals that have a reputation for being brutal killers, when they are just misunderstood and horrifically portrayed. If you know anything about sharks, you know South Africa is the hot spot. In June, when the swell starts pumping, the sharks roll in, following the sardines on their migration. Only in South African waters can you see a 2-ton great white shark breach the surface in powerful fashion as it bombards its seal dinner. More »

Features, Interviews, Surf Movies

“Fire And Water”: More Than a NY Surf Documentary

April 11th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

Rarely, there comes a time when I fall in love with a story—when I discover a story that is about more than surfing, more than news, more than money and more than just plain inspiration.  Instead, it’s a story about irrevocable passion and spirit of life. It’s about people making connections and overcoming life-threatening obstacles to put things into perspective and make life worth fighting for. It’s about fire and water. More »

Features, Interviews, Surf Movies

“By The Way” Sheds Light On Unsung Surfers

March 26th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

Southampton, N.Y. native and 27-year-old filmmaker Hayley Gordon never expected her women’s surf film “By The Way” to reach over 31,000 views and be featured on Surfer Magazine’s website, but after a few weeks, her first real surf project turned into a big hit. More »

Features, Technology

Sound Off: ASP Pay-Per-View Webcasts

March 15th, 2012 by John Zanussi

The buzz around the online surf community is that the ASP is discussing a pay-per-view model for the live webcasts of tour events. Times are still tough these days, and if industry leaders like Quiksilver and Billabong are having trouble making a profit, how can anyone expect the problem-riddled Association of Surfing Professionals to stay afloat? Charging users to watch live webcasts is a good idea in theory, but will it be successful in the long run? More »

Clothing, Features

A Distinct Junction Between New York and California Surf Style

March 2nd, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

Concocted with the edginess of the urban surf scene in New York combined with the laid back southern California beach scene, break out online clothing retailer Distinct Junction seeks to provide quality surf and skate-style clothing to creative individuals. More »

Features, Interviews, Ladies

Carissa Moore Talks Triple Crown and Hopes For Future

December 19th, 2011 by John Zanussi

This year was full of major controversies, complications, and scandal in the sport of surfing. Aside from the truth about Andy Irons’ death, the implementation of big-ticket tour events, and Kelly Slater’s premature crowning tritely referred to as “Title-gate,” surfing once again saw a steep decline in the appreciation and support of women’s surfing. But did anyone really notice? We did. More »

Features, iPhone, Photography

Summer 2011 As Seen Through My iPhone

November 8th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Fall is in full effect here in New York and winter is just around the corner. It’s too bad because summer is my favorite season and it always seems to go by to fast. Luckily for me, and now you, I took a ton of photos with my iPhone that capture some of the good times I had. As you’ll see in the photos, a lot of my summer is spent on the water whether it’s surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, or at the beach. I also enjoy eating good food, drinking beers, and playing in NYC. More »

Contests, Features, Photography

Quiksilver Pro New York Final Day Photos

September 11th, 2011 by John Zanussi

One of SURFBANG’s good friend, Tom LaGrassa was down in Long Beach for the final day of the Quiksilver Pro New York. Tom wasn’t just hanging out, he was also taking a ton of great photos of all the action. We hand-picked some of our favorite photos from the set and have them for your viewing pleasure below. More »

Contests, Events, Features, Photography

Quiksilver Pro New York Pre-Event Photos

September 3rd, 2011 by John Zanussi

The wait for the world’s largest surf contest is almost over. Tomorrow is the trials and the day after is the first day of an 11 day waiting period for the Quiksilver Pro New York. Long Beach is already buzzing and luckily for me, I found a place to stay for the next two weeks a block away from the beach and a few blocks from the event site. After “moving in” this morning, I walked down to National Blvd and snapped the following photos of the pre-event happenings. More »

Features, Projects

Handplane Goodness

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

I’ve been bodysurfing since before I could even surf and since then it’s stayed one of my favorite things to do in the ocean. In all my years of bodysurfing I’ve never used any sort of handplane so it’s about time I stepped my game up and tried it out. Instead of going out and buying one, I did some research on the internet, watched a few videos and then spent most of yesterday afternoon crafting two custom handplanes out of an old skateboard deck. Below are some photos from the process. More »

Features, Interviews, Tweet of the Week

Better Late Than Never: Gorkin Gets A Spot in the Quiksilver Pro New York Trials

August 12th, 2011 by John Zanussi

It all started at the end of last month when the Quiksilver announced the surfers that would be competing in the trials for the Quiksilver Pro New York. Mixed in with a handful of international surfers were a couple of East Coast guys including, but not limited to, New Jersey and New York poster surfers Sam Hammer and Balaram Stack, respectively. Also from New York was the Trials for the Trials winner, Leif Engstrom. A few Floridians were on the list too, but to my surprise, there was one guy missing from the list who definitely deserved a spot and that was Aaron Cormican. Now, through the weird powers of social media and help from the 10x world champ, Gorkin has a spot in the trials. We caught up with him and asked him a little about how it all happened. More »


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