el nino '97


VENICE, CA — While Venice has enjoyed some sizable surf this winter, it's not every day that it goes off like it's 1997.Good that consumer video cameras were plentiful back then. Good that a couple of Swede transplants happened to have one such cam at the beach one late millennium El Nino day. Good there were good surfers out. All good...Thanks to Kent Andersson for throwing the dog a vid bone. He edited this footage shot by friend Tommy Persson. Check out the crucialness below.And enjoy the shred.(If you recognize yourself as one of the shredders, do let the Doglord ...

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mirror sky


If surfing is the new golf—and I think we can all agree that it kinda is—then Venice is one of those hardscrabble city courses. Balthustrol the breakwater ain't... Nor is it Trestles, or even El Porto — storied and serviceable SoCal breaks (respectively). On the other hand, the best golfer in the world came from a municipal course not far from South Central, the best surfer, from NASCAR country. Which is not to suggest some young phenom is about to rise from these streets. At least not that I'm aware of. What I will suggest is that it can be far preferable squeezing ...

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Alison Copeland, Owner, Rock'er Board Shop


Though there have always been female surfers and there are more now than ever, surfing remains a dude-dominated bro-fest. Surf shops, too. An exception is Mar Vista, California's Rock'er Board Shop, owned and operated by forty-something California native, Alison Copeland. After a long and successful career in fashion, Copeland opened Rock'er only to learn that the gig, like surfing, came with its share of indignities... Lesson One: Beware the Surfalo The term surfalo may conjure images of the smoke-breathing beasts at your local surf break. But the Colberty-ish word was in fact coined by Copeland to describe a new variation on an ...

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