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  • June 6, 2016 • Digital Edition

    June 2016 (Issue #193)

    Some say it comes from Napoleon Bonaparte’s early 19th century decree that “A good sketch is better than a long speech.” Or Russian author Ivan Turgenev’s 1861 declaration that “The drawing shows me at one glance what might be...

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  • May 6, 2016 • Digital Edition

    May 2016 (Issue #192)

    For most surfers, travel is the sole constant in their lives. But let’s be honest — to many of us, particularly those in their 30s and 40s, the importance of adventure takes a back seat to more pressing issues. Like starting a family....

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  • March 9, 2016 • Digital Edition

    March 2016 (Issue #191)

    I’m a collector at heart. OK, maybe hoarder is a better word — although I’ll put my organizational skills up against anyone’s. But there’s one thing I’ve never had the urge to collect: surfboards. I have four that I’ll never...

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  • January 7, 2016 • Digital Edition

    January 2016 (Issue #190)

    25 years. 190 issues. 21,112 pages. Only three other American surf magazines have made it to a similar milestone: Surfer, Surfing, and The Surfer’s Journal. But to this day, ESM remains committed to one coast and one community, in all...

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  • November 20, 2015 • Digital Edition

    November 2015 (Issue #189)

    You young’uns might not remember, but eight years ago, Alek Parker, Jerry Ricciotti, and friends released a little movie by the name of The Best Laid Plans. As we said in our 2007 ESeMMY Awards, the 50-minute film represented the...

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  • October 7, 2015 • Digital Edition

    October 2015 (Issue # 188)

    In this line of work, it’s sometimes difficult to feel like you’re truly making a difference. Contests won, waves ridden, trips taken, photos captured, video clips banked… all of it matters. But when you weigh the act of surfing...

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  • August 20, 2015 • Digital Edition

    September 2015 ( Issue #187)

    Ever wonder about the secret to a top surfer’s success? Or what the groovy guys are thinking when the chips get laid down? That’s how we went into this issue’s profile on Justin Quintal, who’s won every East Coast...

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  • July 15, 2015 • Digital Edition

    August 2015 (Issue #186)

    The Who Da Guy issue is my favorite of the year — and also my least favorite. On the one hand, we get the chance to individually profile more surfers than in any other issue. This year, we were able to tell 26 different stories:...

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  • June 3, 2015 • Digital Edition

    June 2015 (Issue #185)

    Eight years ago, when I started working at ESM, surf photography was a totally different beast. No social media. No smartphones. No GoPros. #Nofilters. Very few DSLRs. In the pre-Dropbox and WeTransfer days, I can’t even remember how...

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  • April 22, 2015 • Digital Edition

    May 2015 (Issue #184)

    The older ESM gets, the more we gravitate toward the why of riding waves than the how. Take this issue’s Will Skudin profile, for example. Everyone who knows East Coast surfing knows that Will is our most visible big-wave rider. But did...

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