Josh Mulcoy and Noah Wegrich Score One of the Most Fickle Surf Spots in the World | SURFER

Roughly 20 years ago, when on a trip to Washington, Josh Mulcoy wandered into a store that sold maps. He walked over to one section of the store that held a map of the North Pacific displaying every coastline from Seattle up through Kodiak Island. The map itself was huge. He bought it and immediately hung it on his wall back home in Santa Cruz. Between work and surfing, he’d sit in front of the map and stare at every little crevice of coastline, imagining which bend and curve held a bevy of waves to explore. One particular section of the map always caught his eye—an island off the coast of British Columbia, north of Vancouver Island and just south of Alaska. On that island was a spit of land that looked like, on the right swell and tide, would be strewn with waves.

The island was called Haida Gwaii and Mulcoy eventually came to find out that it did, in fact, hold a treasure trove of waves. But it didn’t take long for him to realize that the scoring of said waves would be extremely challenging to say the least. The swell windows are particularly short in this part of the world. Winters are usually plagued with gale-force winds, which can morph anything remotely surfable into liquid mayhem. Not to mention, depending on where you were coming from, the journey to the swell-facing side of the island requires the use of airplanes, trucks and ferries, and if you miss-time one of those legs of your journey, you could miss the window of swell by mere hours.

A few months ago—despite Haida Gwaii’s inherent fickleness—Mulcoy returned to the coastline once more and brought Santa Cruz shredder Noah Wegrich along with him. The journey to the island, like always, was an adventurous (i.e. extremely long and tiring) one, but the payoff for Mulcoy and Wegrich was worth the trek. On the first day of their trip, they scored offshore-kissed tubes and rippable A-frames. But no more than a handful of hours later, the swell was gone.

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Catalyst Wins The Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Regional Qualifier | SURFER

Catalyst of San Clemente has won the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge West regional qualifier, derailing Huntington Surf & Sport’s bid for a fourth consecutive regional title. With the win, Catalyst will travel to Nicaragua in September to compete in the National Championship event at Mark & Dave’s Place.

Competitors were greeted with clean 2-4ft+ waves at 56th Street in Newport Beach, CA for stop four of the 2019 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge touring series. Four squads from a total field of eleven would move on to the final heat where an all-expenses paid trip to Nicaragua was on the line. Catalyst’s Ian Crane was the clear standout performer from round one, scoring a 2019 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge season high ten-point ride in the highly contestable morning conditions.

After three opening heats, the finals were set with the teams representing Catalyst, Catalyst Downtown, Huntington Surf & Sport, and Jack’s Hermosa making the cut.

Despite shifting conditions and late morning onshore winds beginning to creep up, the Ian Crane show continued into the finals. He whammied a critical 9.53 ride for a total wave score of 19.06, the highest score for the heat and a hefty contribution Catalyst’s total team tally. Fellow Catalyst surfers Nate Yeomans, Shaw Kobayashi, Kei Kobayashi, and Randy Gilkerson representing the downtown shop location threatened to overtake top honors from their comrades but were unable to secure the required 5.73 to take the lead. At the final horn, it was Catalyst taking the win with a total heat score of 34.12.

Congratulations to Catalyst team members Chris Ward, Ian Crane, Brandon Smith, and Jack Hopkins on their West OSSC title.

“The final was kind of bumpy but everyone ripped,” said Catalyst’s whammy surfer Ian Crane. “It was cool to be battling with the other Catalyst shop. We’re all friends and we’re all from San Clemente so it was an epic day and now we get to go from 4/3’s in Newport to trunks in Nicaragua!”

The Nixon Base Tide PRO-formance Award was presented to Ian Crane of Catalyst for his rail grab air reverse in the finals.

As Close As You Can Get to Flawless Teahupo’o Without a Board | SURFER

Last month, with one of the best swells to hit Tahiti in years on the way, cinematographer Andrew Kaineder packed his water housing and RED camera, prayed to the reef gods for protection from the sharp coral and set off to document the magnificent swell. It was indeed the same window that featured Matahi Drollet and his Tahitian friend Lorenzo Avvenenti claiming two of the best waves ridden last month in our “Clips of the Month” countdown.

Here Kaineder offers a moody look at a pulsing swell, creating a masterful Tahiti edit scored with an original soundtrack from Onic Studio. The piece above features locals Matahi Drollet, Tamau Tininrau, Tereva David, Mateia Miquily, Eimeo Czermak sharing the lineup with visiting surfers Kiron Jabour, Russell Bierke, Barron Mamiya, Billy Kemper and Benji Brand.

Matahi Drollet Tops Clips of the Month for May | Clips of the Month | SURFER

Counting down the top-10 surf clips for the month of May, featuring Matahi Drollet's Teahupo'o drainer that will go down in barrel-riding infamy .

Two weeks ago, when Matahi Drollet posted a video on Instagram of himself getting spit out of Teahupo’o cavern, pros and fans alike started claiming it was one of the best barrels ever ridden. So when compiling this month’s Clips of the Month, we had ourselves an obvious pick for the top spot. But Drollet’s mind-boggling clip wasn’t the only memorable one to surface from the incredible run of swell to hit Tahiti this month. Cinematographer Ryan Moss was on hand to document both swells for Red Bull’s Sessions series, single-handedly capturing a ton of jaw-dropping waves–two of which topped our list of Clips of the Month for May. Press play and enjoy rewatching Drollet’s internet-breaking wave and nine additional amazing rides from Stephanie Gilmore, Griffin Colapinto, Italo Ferreira, Lorenzo Avvenenti and more.

#1: Matahi Drollet | Teahupo’o, Tahiti
Filmed by Ryan Moss

#2: Lorenzo Avvenenti | Teahupo’o, Tahiti
Filmed by Ryan Moss

#3: Mikala Jones | Indonesia
Filmed by Mikala Jones/Robbie Crawford

#4: Parker Coffin | Waco, Texas
Filmed by Mini Blanchard

#5: Italo Ferreira | Uluwatu, Bali Indoenesia
Filmed by Marcelo Dada

#6: Josh Cattlin | Northwest Australia
Filmed by Myles Carroll

#7: Griffin Colapinto | The Box, Western Australia
Filmed by Cole Yamane

#8 Makai McNamara | Pipeline, Oahu
Filmed by Cesar Feliciano

#9 Filipe Toledo | Keramas, Bali Indonesia
Filmed by WSL

#10: Italo Ferreira | The Box, Western Australia
Filmed by the WSL

The Cortex Cruiser by Jason Woodside ">Want to Win this Drivable Art Piece by Jason Woodside?

This luxury sedan is called the "Cortex Cruiser" and it can be all yours.

Throughout the decades, there's been an inextricable relationship between surfers and eccentric cars. This love affair is rooted in utility. In the ’50s, termite-infested woodies provided surfers both room and board—and room for their boards—on the cheap. Bondo-spotted Volkswagen buses became the standard issue of the ’60s. Eventually, any rust bucket with wheels that could get a surfer and their blade to some waves was used, abused and customized to better fit a surfy existence.

SURFER Magazine has always been fond of these weird whips, especially ones with added flare. In the late ’50s, SURFER founder, John Severson, painted flower petals and waves all over his North Shore jalopy. The car's name, "Sunset Special", was tagged in one of his whimsical fonts across its doors. There's a picture of this car in SURFER's very first issue with a couple of D-finned logs popping out of its back window.

In the late ’60s, SURFER's resident artist, Rick Griffin, painted psychedelic eyeballs getting barreled in cosmic lineups all over a beat-to-hell school bus. He then packed the bus full of shortboard revolutionaries and women and headed up California's coast in pursuit of fun waves and good times. You probably remember this scene from Severson's 1970 film, "Pacific Vibrations".

Just when you thought the freewheeling days of surfers' wild-style cars were dead, white-washed by neutrally monotone Sprinter vans running into the six figures, an artist like James Woodside comes along and throws some color back on the scene. After scoring a 1982 Mercedes Benz 240d, Woodside blasted the luxury sedan with his artistic stylings and, like a cherry on top, slapped some surf racks on its roof. The "Cortex Cruiser" was born.

SURFER recently caught up with Woodside to talk about the Cortex Cruiser, which he and our friends at Vissla are giving away. The Cortex Cruiser can be yours by clicking here:

Behind The Photo: Steve Sherman’s Momentum Generation Archive (Part 2)

Alternative Lines in the Arctic | Scenes From Coldwater Journal

To watch the full film, click here to find it on iTunes: ;amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">Freezing, expensive to score and almost impossible to accurately forecast, Alaska is and always will be one of surfing’s most extreme frontiers. Director and cinematographer Ben Weiland knows, as he’s traveled there for surf more times than most, documenting plenty of scores and skunks alike. Here, Weiland trains his lens on Anna Ehrgott and Nole Cossart, who find themselves surfing dreamy conditions in the kind of beautiful isolation that keeps coldwater surfers coming back for more. It’s all part of Weiland's latest film, "Coldwater Journal", which documents his longtime obsession with chasing perfect, uncrowded waves to some of the earth's chilliest fringes, and documents Weiland’s journey with fellow coldwater connoisseurs Alex Gray, Dane Gudauskas, Timmy Reyes, Sam Hammer, Cyrus Sutton, Keith Malloy and more. From the bear-infested shores of Russia, to the storm-ravaged coasts of the Aleutian Islands, “Coldwater Journal” chronicles a different kind of surf travel, and celebrates the spirit of true explorers.

To read more about "Coldwater Journal," click here for an interview with Ben:

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TROUBLE: The Lisa Andersen Story (TRAILER) ">Last year, surf journalist Chas Smith was busy putting the finishing touches on his new documentary, “Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story”, when we rang him for an interview about the forthcoming film about one of the most recognizable names in surfing. "Lisa was always one of my favorite surfers to watch," he told us. "How she approaches surfing is so beautiful and what she does is so amazing."

Smith was drawn to the 4x World Champ for many reasons, one of them being the fact that he felt her story had been undertold in the past. "I felt like her story hadn't been told the same way as the Bustin' Down the Door guys or Kelly, or whatever," Smith told us. "There are a bunch of great surf documentaries, but I don't know that there's one about one specific woman. To me Lisa is the one. She should be the first."

Andersen ran away from her Florida home when she was only 16 years old, and the road to becoming a 4x World Champ--and the unofficial face of women's surfing in the '90s--was far from easy. It's that the story--the one with all of Andersen's highs and lows--that Smith helps to share in his new documentary, which is now available for purchase on iTunes. If you'd like to watch it, click here:

Behind The Photo: Steve Sherman’s Momentum Generation Archive

Northwest Australia is a Tube Hound’s Paradise | Amp Sessions | SURFER

In the latest installment of "Amp Sessions", underground rippers Josh Cattlin and Felix Leaver score barrels galore in northwest Australia.

Eighteen-year-old Josh Cattlin and 19-year-old Felix Leaver are two working-class chargers from Yallingup in the southwest of Australia. When they’re not on the back end of a shovel or picking grapes for a bottle of Margaret River Cab Sav, they're venturing around the Australian coastline, looking for good wind, shallow-bottomed reef and big surf. On a recent road trip through the northwest, where long, dusty dirt roads give way to open bays glistening with offshore points and reefs, Cattlin and Leaver go looking for hollow fare--and they find it in spades. In the latest installment of "Amp Sessions" above, filmed and edited by Myles Carroll, Cattlin and Leaver reap the benefits of a strike mission gone right.

Creative Kin | Baja

“Maybe we should just burn it,” joked woodworking artist Jay Nelson, looking at the gorgeous wooden A-frame structure that he had built with the help of a dozen or so of his fellow Vissla Creators & Innovators.

Ending the trip with a fire ritual would have made a strange sort of sense, as there was something Burning Man-esque about this particular adventure in Northern Baja. The wooden sculpture sat on a bluff overlooking a dazzling stretch of the Pacific and was flanked by a mobile shaping bay just a few yards away, and a glassing tent a stone’s throw down the hill from there. The entire headland had been a buzzing hive of activity all week, with an eclectic group of creative surfers working together on art projects and shaping and glassing surfboards.

There was a late night resin rave, when master glasser Alex “Superwolf” Villalobos did abstract laminations while the rest of the crew watched through Mexican lager-tinted lenses and blasted strange music. Boards with names like “The Pschadelic Cow” and “The Sphinxster” came into being. Donald Brink made a set of fins that could probably be used to hunt wild game if civilization crumbled and you needed squirrel meat bad enough.

But just as fascinating as the things being built on land were the lines being drawn in the water, as the crew assembled each morning at the cliff’s edge, surveying the swell, selecting their craft and sharing some glassy peaks. From Hawaiian Cliff Kapono’s timeless knock-knee approach to filmmaker Jack Coleman’s finless joyriding, there was no shortage of aquatic inspiration for the group to feed off of.

Press play to watch highlights from the truly unique meeting of the minds in Northern Baja, featuring Derrick Disney, Cliff Kapono, Donald Brink, Thomas Campbell, Nick Melanson, Jay Nelson, Evan Marks, Jack Coleman, Alex “Superwolf” Villalobos, Jeff McCallum, Mitch King, Travis Reynolds, Jason Woodside and Danny Hess.

Should The Next Cape Fear Event Run at This Brazilian Slab? SURFER

Triple-ups, waves thicker than they are tall, below-sea-level slabs, tow-ins--we must be talking about Shipstern Bluff, right? Not exactly. Itacoatiara, Brazil--as we discovered last week on social media--is home to some very heavy waves. The latest discovery, a wave named "Shock", has caught the eye of local pros and tow teams. Last week, Daniel Rodrigues, Felipe Cesarano, Gabriel Sampaio, Ian Vas and Ziul Andueza whipped into a handful of these Brazilian mutant waves and they have the edit above to show for it.

What's strange and equally is impressive is that this new wave is both a slab and a wedge, a bounce off the cliff adds an extra element of surprise. See for yourself in this little edit filmed by Lucca Biot and Matheus Couto.

The Wedge Welcomes The First South Swell of the Summer | SURFER

It's not uncommon for California to see early frontrunner south swells as early as March. That was not the case this year. Mother Nature was stubborn, giving us our first taste of summertime south swells in mid-May. While most beachbreaks saw walled corduroy with some frayed ends to race, some spots stood out more than others. The Wedge was one of those spots.

Here are a couple of the best rides from the morning of May 14th. Tommy Cantrell, Sage Burke, Johnny Weber and friends made good use of a semi-surfable session at Newport's most infamous A-frame closeout.