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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 »


The Encyclopedia of Surfing Online

November 14th, 2011 by John Zanussi

When surfer, writer, and once editor of SURFER Magazine, Matt Warshaw wrote the Encyclopedia of Surfing in 2003, the internet was nowhere near what it is today so publishing it in book form made total sense – and that’s what he did. Jump almost ten years later to today and the physical book is becoming obsolete. The internet is huge and it’s become very easy for almost anyone to create and read all sorts of content online. Instead of letting the Encyclopedia of Surfing become just another dust collector on someone’s bookshelf, Matt has set out to totally digitize EOS and make it available on the web. With the help of the rest of the internet the project is in full swing and I was able to ask Matt some questions about the whole thing. 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 »

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 »

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, 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 »

Interviews, Technology

Interview with’s Ira Opper

April 1st, 2011 by John Zanussi

The future is now! We’ve reached a point where you can buy, download, and watch pretty much any surf movie movie right on your computer or even your mobile device. The place where you can do all this is and I got a chance to talk to the site’s creator and owner, Ira Opper. Along with our interview, we’ve got a way for you to save 50% on surf movies on The Surf Network. More »

Features, Interviews

Intervew with Zoltan Torkos

March 9th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Over the past couple of days, the internet has been buzzing with the news of Zoltan Torkos landing surfing’s first official kickflip. His video on YouTube has gone viral, gaining over 250,000 views in only a few days. I thought I’d shoot Zoltan an email and see if I could ask him a few questions about the whole deal. Well, he got back to me and cleared up a few things, including: what he thinks about Volcom not giving him the cash, the move being called a “Reimer Flip” not a kickflip, and most importantly, the story behind his first name. Read the interview below. More »


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