ON THE COVER
New England’s Mike Trahan photographed by Steve Fitzpatrick at Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico.
BEST COVER BLURB EVER?
“Power Source: Plug Into Puerto Rico”
WORDS TO LIVE BY
“I guess your biggest challenge is yourself — it’s all about how you surf and keepin’ yourself focused, concentrating on what you’ve got to do and not worrying about what everyone else is doing.” –Party Of Five: Cory Lopez
WORD OF MOUTH
“I’ve been thinking a lot about that, actually, and I think the one with the most points at the end of the year is gonna win.”–Details: Resident smart-ass Kelly Slater predicts World Tour outcomes
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…
“Now, with a structural outline in place, a professional surfing tour on the East Coast may slowly be coming to reality. Officially named ESApro! (with the exclamation), the ESA and Broom will strive to provide the means and opportunities for pro surfers to improve their skills and further their careers.” –Pro Life
MOST CLAIRVOYANT CLAIM
“CJ’s got flow and he knows where to put it and he knows the system. Give him a little time to get the feel for it, put him in some exotic locations, and watch him bubble up. The potential a few years down the road is just unbelievable.”–Party Of Five
MY, HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED
“After several years of fiery debate, vociferous local rancor, and several injunctions, the on-again, off-again Cape Hatteras Lighthouse relocation project has finally begun in order to prevent its tumbling into the sea.” –Big News: Move It Or Lose It
HOWEVER, SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
“One of the island’s most fearless surfers, longtime shaper Werner Vega has been helping push the limits of riding Puerto Rico’s biggest swells for many years. When Big Tuesday thundered into town on February 2nd, Werner was ready with finely calibrated equipment and a local’s knowledge honed at the fiercest breaks on the most critical days.” –Power Source
“I would get off on working @ your shop. (Do you get to touch the ESM chicks?) I’ve been working on my computer for a while, maken flyers & stuff, and I think I have it wired. All my friends say I’m the bomb. I’ve inclosed some of my mom’s favorites.” –Intercourse/Discourse: Flushable Applicant
NOW THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT!
“A bit of serendipity and a mutha of a north swell brought together three of the five East Coast ASP World Tour competitors to Sebastian Inlet on Groundhog Day. Bryan Hewitson, Shea Lopez, and CJ Hobgood were ripping the Inlet lefts along with Damien Hobgood and Matt Kechele, who hooked a handful of some of the heaviest Sebastian barrels we’ve seen in years. –Southeast Blahs
“Truly, PR packs the heaviest punch of any spot in our scope. And while such swells are the extremes of a ten-year period, no East Coast surf destination generates as much consistency, size, and sheer variety for a thousand miles.” –Power Source
SURE WISH WE WERE THERE
“Pity all poor saps south of RI on Feb. 26th, one of the biggest and best days in a year, according to a wide range of sources from Cape Cod to the Bay of Fundy. Mass mad man, Roger Beal, says that Fri was pushing 20’ faces in the morning, cleaning up to a more manageable 12’+ by afternoon.” –Northeast Blahs
WE TOLD YOU SO
“Forget what you’ve heard about surfing La Chatarra and her hidden north coast siblings, San Juan’s greatest challenge lurks in the form of iron-clad traffic, a swarming hive of motorized machismo that epitomizes the phrase: ‘drive to win.’” –The Point