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The age of having an arsenal of 6’1″ thrusters has gone the way of the beta tape. In its place, the modern surfer has stacked their quiver with a range of boards that suit nearly every occasion. From a fish to a hybrid thruster to a step-up and everything in between, if you want to make the most of the conditions year round, you’re going to need the proper equipment under your feet.

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Somewhere this afternoon on the California coast, a great white shark has crossed paths with a swimmer or a surfer—while shark attacks are very rare, shark expert Patric Douglas told Patch that we share nearby waters with sharks every single day.

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Dear September,
What happened? You came on so strong and now you hardly ever call, except to tell us what a great time you're having back East. You were drunk, weren't you? And you think we're just going to wait here by the phone? Huh?

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For the last ten years, a small group of skilled watermen has been chasing big swells around the world. Jason Murray, Quiksilver’s Director of Photography, followed along on their journey, documenting the madness as the surfers challenged nature, themselves, and big wave surfing’s limitations.

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Rant - The Ostrich
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Mike Smolowe grew up outside of Philadelphia, where the nearest ocean is an hour away and across another state.He didn’t surf until he was 16 years old, but like so many, he has welcomed the ocean into his life as an equal. After moving to Santa Barbara, he went to Brooks Institute of Photography and graduated just over a year ago.

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Samoa Beach -- On September 11, 2011 Benjie Rose was surfing 40 yards from shore at Samoa Beach at the Power Poles break just across the bridge from Eureka. There were several surfers in close proximity to Rose with one surfer, David, only a few feet away. It was 12:20 PM and he had been on the water about 45 minutes.

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As Playland’s fun house, giant slides, pie shop and Kookie Kabob restaurant were torn down in the fall of 1972, a mysterious brick structure facing the Great Highway was fully revealed.

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The 10-foot surf–encouraged by winds from Hurricane Katina–off of Jones Beach last week was not as forgiving to local surfers as it was to the pros who competed in the Quiksilver Pro. Local surfer and owner of Island Riders surf, kite, wake, and SUP shop, Zachary Gottfried, was reported missing last Thursday, September 8th.

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Keala Kennelly is one tough chick. Probably the toughest in our surf world. She also happens to be the most successful woman surfer in Teahupo'o contest history with three wins, and she helped lead the tow charge there by becoming the first woman to whip into the mutant beast back in 2005.

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San Francisco’s Ocean Beach could lose 92 percent of its beach area, drop tens of millions of dollars in economic value and sustain hundreds of millions of dollars in damages due to erosion caused by rising seas, according to a new study.

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And I thought Yetis in the lineup were scary... Pic posted of Swami's by @surfysurfy on Twitter.... Careful out there, kids.

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