Ben Wilkinson is a big wave surfer who seeks out slabs. Literally. The dude makes custom wood pieces and surfs the biggest waves on the North Shore. Get to know him better.
Snowboarding began as a way of riding waves in their frozen form. There are still plenty of snow riders who take their inspiration from surf style—and plenty of surfers who are just as stoked to get up into the mountains. Each year at Mt. Bachelor, the Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge celebrates the links between the sports, with a course full of spines, transitions and banked corners shaped into stationary waves for laybacks, tail throws and rail turns. It’s a gathering of the tribe that’s judged like a surf contest, with speed, creativity and flow being the main objectives. But ultimately, as Gerry says, winning isn’t the point: “When you can come and have a good time and leave with a smile on your face…then that’s a good event.”
As days turn to darkness and the cold of winter sets in... A collision of art and science meets the philosophies behind making state of the art wetsuits. Featuring: Surfer – Dan Ross Artist – Jess Leitmanis Wetsuit guru – Hub Hubbard Directed, edited and interviews by Danny Johnson. Filmed by Caleb Graham, Ben Leitmanis and Spencer Frost.
When you’re exploring far-off places, it helps to be ready for just about everything. On a recent sailing trip through a remote part of the Pacific, a crew from Patagonia made the most of the ever-changing conditions, scoring all-time kiting, fishing, surfing and diving—along with a few perfect barrels in some of the clearest water in the world. Featuring Kohl Christensen, Hank Gaskell, Jason Slezak, Reo Stevens and more.
Last winter an unexpected invitation led freediver and spearfisher Kimi Werner to Isla Robinson Crusoe, a remote outpost 400 miles off the Chilean coast. Sharing experiences with new friends both in and out of the water, Kimi was welcomed into a resilient community still recovering from the devastating tsunami of 2010. The island’s residents are learning that connecting with nature means connecting with each other—and that’s often the best way to get back on our feet again.
Ramón Navarro found his passion riding the biggest waves on the planet. But his accomplishments in giant surf are just one part of a bigger vision to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean coast. Watch The Fisherman's Son, recently named Best Film at the 2015 Allianz Portuguese Surf Film Festival.
Kohl Christensen, Ben Wilkinson, Aaron Ungerleider and Josh Redman surf big waves in Cape Town, South Africa before heading up to the mystical left-hand pointbreak in Namibia. Joined in Cape Town by a handful of big-wave chargers the crew scored amazing conditions throughout the trip.