Recent Rants

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Joe Cardella of ART/LIFE, a limited edition fine art magazine, has hand-carved these marvelous surfboards with seaworthy images of squid, god of the sea, Neptune (check out his codpiece), a mermaid, and a bare-breasted blonde woman.

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The third annual Fog Fest Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest got under way at 11am on Saturday morning.

The contest takes place in an empty lot on Santa Rosa Ave. near the Corner of Palmetto. Contestants worked busily throughout most of the day, with festival-goers stopping to watch and ask questions.

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ASP Women's World Champion surfer, Carissa Moore, has been handed wildcards to surf against the men later this year. Red Bull caught up with Carissa to find out more.

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David Macomber is the face and artist behind the New Jersey based art brand Shark Sugar, which combines the organic nature of surfing with art. “Surfing, at its core, is so organic, natural and beautiful,” he says. Macomber uses scrap wood, steel, paint, and recycled surfboard debris or spare parts to create his innovative, organic artworks.

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Reader SidViscosity, who is up for a PhD in Microbial Biology, has just sent us this incredible map of the salinity of the world’s oceans, which according to NASA is the first of its kind.

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“Sometimes there are just not enough surfers in the lineup to get the best sets that come through,” says Chris Burkard. “This seems to be a common theme in the Pacific Northwest.” Photo: Burkard

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SANDED is a short film about the art of shaping surfboards in a modern fashion. It is a dramatic look at the mixture of man, machine & chemicals to make a wave riding tool that dates back to the ancient Polynesians. It was shot in one day without any preparation, on a single 400′ roll of film at the Chemistry Surfboards factory in Oceanside, CA.

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A look at San Diego's best beachbreak

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kineticpotato writes: So went to the local surf shops today trying to find a new wetsuit for surfing in the UK in Winter and came across a Gul store closing down. As all wetsuits were 50% or higher off I thought it was an opportunity to get a top of the range suit for insanely cheap.

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Steve writes: “Muy difícil entrada Esteban.” I have just returned to the crew’s tents and Jacobo is giving me a hard time about getting caught inside. I was the first one out that morning and was racing to get my fins and tethers on before the next set arrived but, as they say, timing is everything…

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On Wednesday night, the San Mateo County Harbor Commission approved Mavericks Invitational, Inc.'s bid to run the 2011-2012 Mavericks surf contest.

During the meeting, the Harbor District's move to raise fees by $10,000 for an overall permit fee of $30,000 was a sticking point during the meeting.

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