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Features, Interviews

Hey Bra! Junior Pro Keanu Asing Talks US Open

August 4th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Keanu Asing from Ewa Beach, Hawaii is one of the top junior surfers in the world at 18 years old. In April, he dominated the ASP 1-Star Unsound Pro here on Long Island, defeating local Long Beach poster-boy Balaram Stack. Now at the Nike US Open of Surfing, Keanu’s in a good place to do the same thing. This year, the juniors have really been throwing their weight around, derailing top seed pros in underdog victories. Encompassing that “no-worry, just have fun” Hawaiian attitude, Keanu is hoping to win his next heat in the semi-finals on Saturday. We had the chance to catch up with him amidst all the chaos at Huntington Beach. Take a look at what Keanu had to say about the US Open, the Quiksilver Pro New York and Shark Week! More »

Art, Features, Local

What’s Summer in New Jersey, If Not Sticky and Full of Great Stories?

August 2nd, 2011 by Casey Butler

Surfers of the Pacific may know a good burrito, but their Atlantic counterparts know that crab cakes and beer are tough to top in terms of summer eats. Jersey surfers, in particular, also tend to appreciate the blurry distinction between life on a barrier island and that on the “mainland,” the beauty of surfing in the snow, and sharing stories with friends–both old and new. On Friday, July 22nd, surfers from up and down the New Jersey coast gathered at Tuckerton Seaport to gorge on all of the above at Black Sails Publications and Intercourse Brewery’s Singlefins, Boardwalks, & Storytalks II. More »

Features, Interviews

A Chat with Sally Fitzgibbons

July 13th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Last month Sally Fitzgibbons won the Swatch Girls Pro France and is quickly closing the gap between her and, the current number 1 in the Women’s ranking, Carissa Moore. Shortly after the contest we were able to ask Sally a bunch of questions about the tour, her surfing, her everyday life, and her thoughts on the Quiky Pro New York. More »

Features, Interviews, Photography

Artist Profile: David Macomber of Shark Sugar

June 27th, 2011 by Samantha Rupert

When I think of surf art, I usually think of surfboard murals, spray paint, canvases cascading with wave scenes, barreling photos and some puka shells thrown in. I’ve rarely seen everything rolled into one style. David Macomber of Shark Sugar does just that. A New Jersey-lifer, Macomber combines all elements of the NJ surf scene to create a truly innovative, beautiful style of art. Using an array of surfboard debris, paint, wood, steel and photos, Macomber builds inspiring and nostalgic pieces that look good hanging on any surface around. In fact, he has become one of my favorite surf artists. So, if you aren’t from the East Coast and haven’t heard what Shark Sugar is, you’re about to find out. More »

Art, Features, Interviews

Artist Interview: Drew Brophy

May 11th, 2011 by John Zanussi

When you think of surf artists, Drew Brophy should be one of the artists to immediately pop in your mind. The guy went from living, surfing and painting his own boards in South Carolina to living in Hawaii and airbrushing boards to painting thousands and thousands of boards for Lost Enterprises. He’s been one of my favorite artists since I was a grom and if you’ve been surfing for any period of time, chances are you’ve seen some of his incredible work. Drew doesn’t work directly in the surf industry anymore but he’s still keeping busy and creating art. When not out surfing or hanging with his fam, he and his wife run an art agency called Son of the Sea and he has his own tv show in Southern California. Drew is a living legend in the surf community and I was very fortunate to have the chance to ask him some questions, which he was kind enough to answer. More »

Features, Photo Feature, Photography

Spring Fling on the Jersey Shore

May 10th, 2011 by John Zanussi

The last Friday in April was a perfect example of how fun the waves can be on the East Coast in the Spring. A moderately sized Southeast swell arrived and with the mostly West winds, the Jersey Shore was once again the call. Luckily for us, photographer Griffin Lotz was out most of the day capturing the fun that was had and shared the photos with us. More »

Features, Interviews

A Friendly Friend: Interview With Pro Surfer Chris Friend

May 9th, 2011 by Samantha Rupert

After taking third in the ASP 4-Star Protest Vendee Pro in late April, up-and-coming WQS surfer Chris Friend took the time to answer some questions for SURFBANG about his foot recovery, competing in Europe and traveling the world. Remember to check after the interview for two little introductory videos of Friend’s shredding talents. Trust me, you’ll want to watch them! More »

Features, Interviews, Photography

Photographer Profile: Greg Heine of Northeast Sessions

April 25th, 2011 by John Zanussi

In the second edition of our Photographer Profile series I had a chat with a friend of mine, Greg Heine. Greg started taking photos as a hobby after graduating high school while attending college in Boston and has since honed his skills enough that he started his own site, Northeast Sessions. Besides being a rad dude who surfs well and listens to the most G’ed up rap music out of anyone I know, he’s got a keen eye for photography and it shows. Take a look at some of his photos along with the short interview below. More »

Features, Photo Feature, Photography

April Showers Brings…WAVES!

April 19th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Chilly days of heavy winds, thunderstorms, and torrential downpours followed by a day of sunny skies and 60 degree air temps means it’s officially spring time in the Northeast. With all that squally weather usually comes some excellent waves and depending on what the wind does after the weather moves away determines where it will be going off. In the case of this past Sunday the winds were West, which to me (and most other surfers in the area) means getting in your car and driving to New Jersey where it will be offshore and most likely firing. The famous saying is that April showers bring May flowers but in our case on the East Coast it also means that April Showers brings waves! More »

Features, Photography, Surf Trips

5 Days in Puerto Rico

April 12th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Puerto Rico has become a second home for me over the past couple years. My family has a house down in Rincon so it makes it easy for me to make the trip whenever I have the free time. I spent 5 days down there last week and although I didn’t surf as much as I usually would because of the lack of waves, I still had a ton of fun. Here are a handful of photos I took with both my iPhone and Canon DSLR that capture some of my favorite places and things in Puerto Rico. More »

Features, Photography

KS10 Double Take

April 1st, 2011 by John Zanussi

I was watching the Quiksilver Moments video, when right around the 18:26 mark, they show Kelly Slater acknowledging the crowd in Puerto Rico right after he won number 10 and guess who’s in frame taking pictures? Me. More »


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