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The three million dollar Chinese storm

August 1, 2022

Anyone happen to notice a group of 14 young Chinese surfers roaming about the lineups of Southern California lately? 

If so, you witnessed a cog in China’s master plan to someday surf their way onto the Olympic podium. They’ve sent their top surfers to California to train for four months ahead of the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach — the first qualification event for the 2024 Games. 

Keep reading on Stab Mag.


Have you ever considered a surf trip to Colombia?

October 27, 2022

As this small, rickety taxi came within view of the ocean, I felt ready to surf whatever was on offer. It’s been one of those scenarios where I hadn’t surfed in more than a month and was desperate for it.

I unstrapped my board from the taxi’s roof and stood on my tiptoes to get a better view of the waves, and… was pleasantly surprised by what was unfolding before me. 

Elegantly smooth waves wrapped around a jetty, gracefully gliding for hundreds of metres down a sand-bottom point. It was only waist-to-thigh high or so, but the way the swell lines could be seen bending out to sea reminded me of a mini J-Bay.

Keep reading on Magicseaweed.


A year after my father’s death, I’m still getting to know him; turns out his time with Pranksters wasn’t so merry

October 6, 2022

“The Pranksters are a bunch of a–holes.”

My late father wrote that after spending years hovering on the fringes of the Merry Pranksters — the 1960s band of hippies, social critics and acid-trippers who orbited around author Ken Kesey and spent time drifting about Santa Cruz County well before my birth.

But according to my dad, Dean Quarnstrom, who chronicled his time with the Pranksters in his journals, they were also pretentious, untrustworthy and noninclusive as they followed Kesey, their unquestioned leader.

Keep reading on Lookout Santa Cruz.


Op-Ed: Is the Kelly Slater Wave Co. system obsolete already?

November 2, 2022

It’s been seven years since Kelly Slater first unveiled his dream wave, captivating the minds of anyone who has ever touched a surfboard.

The central-California pool broke down the door for what was once thought possible by creating 10-second barrels over 100 miles from the ocean. 

But the world of wave pool technology has grown lightyears since that eureka moment and, commercially speaking, Kelly Slater Wave Co.’s (KSWC) pool has fallen behind.

Keep reading on Wavepool Magazine.


Portfolio archives:

Stab Magazine (paywall)


Teton Gravity Research


Magicseaweed


The Inertia


Lookout Santa Cruz


Rip Curl Indonesia


Wavepool Mag


American Surf Mag


International Surfing Association

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El Paso Inc.


The Outdoor Journal

Various articles published.


El Sol de Tijuana


Blue Man Hoop

Article contributor to the Golden State Warriors blog.


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