Looks like those of us in Oz are stuck here for a while yet, so settle back and let PLB take you around the world. First up Portugal and the uber-groovy Eurico Romaguera, with words and photos by the equally cool Beatriz Fonseca and Joao ‘Brek’ Bracourt respectively. Definitely one of the more fascinating subjects featured in our pages, Eurico’s aquatic playground is the wild Atlantic coast and Beatriz and Brek masterfully present his style and character on both land and water.
Profile of Justine Mauvin. Our stranded travel tragic and regular PLB feature writer Lucy Small is back with a profile of French longboarder/musician/composer Justine Mauvin, rounded out with photos from all round the globe. A former WSL competitor, Justine from Reunion Island originally, isn’t just one of those topline surfers with a musical instrument as a hobby, her music with her band is as wonderful as her surfing and the current EP on Spotify is on high rotation in the PLB bunker.
Author of this profile John Wade describes North Shore legend Jock Sutherland as the Mick Jagger of the surfing world for his commitment and vibrancy into his golden years. Jock is still regularly surfing solid North Shore waves at 72, after initially coming to our attention in Oz after a second place behind Nat Young in the World Contest in 1966. The focus of this tale is the recovery of the trophy Jock won as the world’s best surfer in the Surfer Poll of 1969. Jock never actually got the trophy back then but it’s now well and truly in his possession thanks to some remarkable coincidences and more than a little karma. Great photos from then and now by Tim McCullough, Tom Keck, Jack McCoy, Bobby Owens and John himself. Eight-foot Pipe at 72 - inspirational!
There was plenty happening around Australia this winter too as you’d know with crowd numbers extreme, particularly in the main centres like the South-East Queensland and Byron areas, so we’ve thrown in 12 pages of the best of it from all corners of the country.
The best photos from around the world: Japan, Bali, Brazil, France, wherever. Definitely one of the best spreads we’ve done. Surf never sleeps!
Crystal Dzigas, one of our all-time favourite surfers, makes a return with son Damien this time after first featuring on this page in 2004.
The GG’s carefully curated life of luxury and indulgence is upset by that most unlikely of culprits - the Noosa bush turkey. But our hero more than rises to the occasion. Of course!
No need to whisper, it’s all right here, Surf Witches, Life on the Road, Kirra Klassic and more.
Jimmy O’Keefe reflects on underground shaper/designer GlennCat who recently emerged from self-imposed exile with the picture book foam physicist v foam hipster (pt 1) featuring some of his one-of-a-kind creations. Meow.
And maybe most importantly, we give away our 89th consecutive board - a hand-made Black Square Pro no less.