The Sunday Joint

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-19-2019: EOS 2.0 IS LIVE

Hey All, It took 18 months (I guessed six when we started, ha!), but Encyclopedia of Surfing 2.0 is finally up—stripped and ripped and rebuilt front to back, inside and out. Click here and jump right in if you like. Or read on to find out what’s new. MORE PRICING AND PAYMENT OPTIONS: Still three bucks a month if you want to go that way, but now there’s an annual plan too ($30), a gift subscripti...

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-12-2019: TAYLOR STEELE, BILL FINNEGAN, MARK RENNEKER, BOB COOPER

Hey All, “Taylor Steele Likes it Rough” and “Searching for the Perfect Phrase” are the latest History of Surfing chapters. I recently watched the first 15 minutes of Steele’s career-launching video Momentum, and it always cheers me up to remember that the first surfer onscreen isn’t Slater or Machado or any of the other hairless young-stud teens who would later collectively be celebrated as the M...

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-5-2019: SUNNY GARCIA, MIKE DOYLE, LEE PEGUS

Hey All, I profiled Sunny Garcia twice for SURFER, and for 30-some-odd years brought his name up whenever the topic was powerful turns, or anger, or gold-standard charisma. “Sunny Garcia comes off like no other 17-year-old in surfing,” I said in 1988. "He does not have a high school diploma, a driver’s license, or a bank account. He does have presence.” Sunny and I were friends, or close to it. ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-28-2019: SURF MAGS, JOE ROLAND, STANLEY "SAVAGE" PARK, LANCE CARSON

Hey All, “Last Call for Print Media,” the newest History of Surfing chapter, looks at our once beloved and now beleaguered Fourth Estate. Surfing and SURFER both soared in the ’90s and ’00s, before getting kneecapped by digital media; Surfing went dark in 2017, and SURFER, recently purchased by American Media, may end up as a circular for National Enquirer. On the plus side, the 190s gave us the ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-21-2019: SURF-CAMS, BEN AIPA

Hey All, “A Webcam for Every Wave” is the new History of Surfing chapter, the posting of which took me back to my own slightly shameful first experience with cams, back in 1997 or thereabouts. The first cam in San Francisco, located at the corner of Taraval and Great Highway, was bolted to a flagpole atop the roof of a good friend’s house (he was renting, the owner lived on the top floor, I lived...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-14-2019: LAIRD HAMILTON, DAN DUANE, PETER VAN DYKE

Hey All, I went full Hamilton last week, posting both the “Laird Means Lord” and “Tahitian Scream” chapters in History of Surfing. I realized that a lot of you have reached what could kindly be termed the Laird saturation point. Maybe it happened when he gave a hearty “athletes need the fuel they need” defense of doping king Lance Armstrong. Maybe it was when he offered that two-for-one piece of ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 4-7-2019: TOW SURFING ORIGINS, KELLY'S POOL, BUZZY KERBOX

Hey All, “Open Throttle” describes the opening phase of tow-in, and is the latest History of Surfing chapter. I’m sitting here trying to figure out what was more shocking, that early tow stuff or Slater's pool. The latter, I guess. Kelly squashing Adriano de Souza’s world title celebration with his new pool wasn’t just the biggest and meanest flex in surf history, but the best-ever reveal. The En...

SUNDAY JOINT, 3-31-2019: MAVS '94, DRU HARRISON, RIP BADDY TRALOAR

Hey All, “A Monster in Half Moon Bay” and “Mark Foo’s Last Ride,” both on Mavericks, are the latest chapters to go up on History of Surfing, and I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t pimp either one on Facebook. I still enjoy and use FB enough that it’d be hypocritical to dump on the platform itself—although I can’t be the only EOS enthusiast who lays awake at night thinking of Mark Zuckerberg’s ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 3-24-2019: MATT ARCHBOLD, CHRISTIAN FLETCHER, RORY RUSSELL

Hey All, “I Believe I Can Fly” is the latest History of Surfing chapter, and it gets into those critical but frequently awkward early years of the aerial. Much of the piece has to do with Christian Fletcher and Matt Archbold, and in an Instagram post last week I said that, of the two, Arch had the greater surfing gift. I stand by that remark but should have clarified. I lived in San Clemente dur...

SUNDAY JOINT, 3-17-2019: BLAKE'S HOLLOW PROMISES; RIP DICK DALE AND GARY PROPPER

Hey All, It was a terrible week for loud, hustling, hyper-talented surf-world gods of the 1960s. Hotdog ace and 1966 East Coast Champion Gary Propper died in his sleep a few nights ago at age 72 (no word yet as to cause), and surf guitar king Dick Dale passed yesterday at age 82—again, no cause yet cited, although he had a long history of health issues. Dale did not, unfortunately, “die onstage i...