Why would three apparently sensible friends from Sydney take on a search for the coldest most uninhabited wave imaginable? Well it started when Remi Brand, on some mad flight of fancy, googled “Can you surf in Alaska?” and apparently inspired by the results he and mates Jake Foster and Josh Miller took the long journey early this year. With words by Jake and land and water shots by Remi (yes he swum it!) the 10 pages drop you right there in the icy waters. All in the comfort of your warm loungeroom of course.
Covid-19 has had many unexpected consequences, some actually quite good. Brazilian livewire Augusto Olinto found himself in Bali with no chance to get home but he jagged some incredible, uncrowded conditions in front of the talented Russian photographer Konstantin Trubavin. Some great water angles of the acrobatic but still classical Augusto.
All corners of the earth this issue from Alaska and Bali and now to the tropical paradise of Costa Rica where 2005 World Longboard Champ Kristy Murphy and her business partner surfer/photographer/writer Cat Slatinsky have one of their Siren Surf Adventures venues. The venture has a serious focus on sustainability and conservation with a strong emphasis on the perils of single use plastic which meshes well with the current Costa Rican policy settings. Cat supplies some inspiring photos of Kristy who surfs every day and has definitely still got it!
Regular contributor Lucy Small profiles Max, a recent addition to the WSL Longboard Tour who impressed last year in his first event in Taiwan on a waterlogged ’90s tri-fin Tudor Takayama. On his own very particular path, Max lives in the inner West in Sydney, is doing a PhD in biomolecular engineering and has some unusual surf travel habits as a result of his family history of surfing in the South Australian desert. The photos really emphasise his diverse surfing playgrounds and undoubted adaptability and talent.
Miki Dora is probably the most interesting/notorious surfer of all time and when you put the story of his last surfboard together with noted surf historian Ian Lording and Phil Grace, the board’s creator and Miki’s mate, then hello PLB! The great but relatively unsung surfer/shaper from Victoria has for the last 30 years spend half of each year in France and over that time became friendly with Miki. Ian extracts some interesting anecdotes and classic historical photos from Phil. Dora lives!
Kirra Molnar from Noosa combines a big brain (she has two degrees and her own business) with competing on the WSL Tour. And her mum features on page 30!
Closer to home this issue the GG hides out on Fraser with an old compadre and catches up on some colourful local history.
The usual and often unusual news you’ve come to expect. Big day at MBay, Sumner SurfABLE Sessions, the Wilson family soul arch, Rod Dale’s riff on the merits of older surfers, and the Port Macquarie Surf Museum. What more could you possible want?
Jimmy O’Keefe, who has a little first-hand knowledge about these things, reviews Quantum Health, My Journey Back from Lyme, Cancer and Chronic Illness by long-time PLB contributor and surf photographer Di Ellis.
Our 88th subscriber giveaway board (yes 88!), a wonderfully fine Nose Sugar model from Fine Surfcraft by Andrew Warhurst – now up for grabs for current subscribers. Whacko!