Surfing stories in the SI Vault
An Odd Sport And An Unusual ChampionBy Gilbert Rogin, October 18, 1965Once a sport enjoyed by a mere handful of thrill-seeking nuts, surfing has become the province of a mass of middle-class nuts who like to perform on small waves. Queen of these hot-doggers is Joyce Hoffman, who wins laughing at sea (right) and smiles when she collects her trophies (above).
Riding The Wave Of The East Coast's Surfing BoomBy Bob Ottum, July 18, 1966Californian Phil Edwards, the world's best on a board, celebrates the sport's startling surge along the Atlantic beaches.
The Closest Thing To Being BornBy Curry Kirkpatrick, February 22, 1971Body surfers are prone to hyperbole, but anyone who rides the waves at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif knows whereof he speaks. With breakers up to 22 feet, it's the hairiest trip going -- unless you count Brutal.
Riding The Wave Of The FutureBy Armen Keteyian, July 8, 1995American surfing has finally found a hero in Tommy Curren, a kid from California who's making big waves on the international pro circuit.
The Beloved Duke Of WaikikiBy Jim Gullo, September 17, 1990Duke Kahanamoku starred in two Olympics and made surfing popular worldwide.
The Last RideBy Richard Hoffer, January 9, 1995A treacherous surfing site claimed the life of big-wave legend Mark Foo.
Safety LastBy Jeff MacGregor, February 25, 2000For Laird Hamilton a day without the possibility of a spectacular death is like a day without sunshine.
Cooler Than ThouBy Karl Taro Greenfeld, February 18, 2005Quiksilver, which began with one pair of shorts, is now a billion-dollar company that sells the look and attitude of hard-core surfers. Staying on that cutting edge requires constant vigilance ... and the wisdom of Mr. Sunset.
Who Owns This Wave?By Mark Borden, April 18, 2005Free access or resort guests only? A slice of perfect surf a mile off tony Tavarua Island in Fiji underscores the sport's crucial debate.
The Jaws ParadigmBy Susan Casey, August 7, 2006Laird Hamilton was once one of only a handful of men with skill and the guys to ride the massive and murderous wave known as Jaws. But then came the bounty hunters and thrill-seekers, and the world's most dangerous sport suddenly got a whole lot scarier.