Welcome To Stab Issue #86
A collection of things we love.
Stab clocked frequent flyer points to produce issue 86: South Africa, Bali, Los Angeles, Western Australia. Perhaps not the lightest carbon footprint, sure, and not enough accumulated miles to acquire an elevated rewards status, but our flight paths were all born of pure… necessity. Surfing as a sport, lifestyle, pastime – whatever you wanna call it – has long been a global game. And even in the age of immediacy, we can’t create something we’re proud of by sitting at a desk, scrolling Stab-a-gram. No, this issue we wanted to be overambitious and jet lagged.
So to create the piece up front, we touched down in Johannesburg with Dane Reynolds for our second instalment of Stab In The Dark. We commissioned 13 of the world’s best shapers to deliver their top line, high performance boards (sans any recognisable logos), and had one of the world’s best high performance surfers test-drive them. The results may surprise you. But, the trip’s real revelation was how much Dane Reynolds knows about boards. His insights are absolutely worth your time.
And while we love the champagne end of the spectrum, we can also dig all (read: most) other kinds of surf crafts. Not everyone is a Formula 1 driver, nor wants to drive a race car. Sometimes you just wanna breeze down the line. Surfing these days is an all-inclusive affair! “If you’re not affecting anybody or harming anybody or impacting them in a negative sense, then who cares what you ride?” asks extraordinary Hawaiian waterman (and a Stab fav), Kai Lenny. He met with Julian Wilson and charming Argentinean longboarder, Alessia Marietti, in Bali to produce our Style cover feature. Three different surfers, riding three very different boards – a hydrofoil, a performance thruster and a longboard. The aim? To create a visual representation of surfing’s new mantra: Any time in the water is a good time.
And while surf’s bright new open-mindedness engages, there’s nothing quite like a return to the old fashioned values that first drew you to this game. Namely: Sourcing empty waves with only your pals on the takeoff spot. So, we tagged along to WA with some of Globe’s finest during their latest footage-gathering run. In between sessions, we jammed with Mr Joe G on the current state of surf films. His views solidify just why he is one of the greats of our generation.
And, to end high, we sent a production team to downtown Los Angeles, where we captured imagery of the exceedingly pleasant surfer/model Ivy Miller in a hotel penthouse suite. There’s far more to Ivy than one might assume. Besides being a talented surfer – who’ll happily endure 10-hour bus rides to surf Pasquales – she’s sharp, witty and charming. For a brave photo essay and one of Ivy’s best bad first date stories, dive into the Style portion of this magazine.
Welcome to the many, wonderful faces of surfing.
Stab Surfer of the Year: John John Florence, Italo Ferreira, Balaram Stack, Rolo Montes, and Shaun Manners
Day 9: "You can't do better than his year last year." - John John Florence
Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth
A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.
Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions
They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.
The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5
Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.
Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise
Can you guess who?
Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson
Because it's the right thing to do, of course.
Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content.
A toast to ‘Toasted.’
Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela
Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…
“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”
How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…
A toes in the sand, phone in the lagoon account of the 10th Eddie Aikau…
Breaking: Another CT Rookie Injured Before First Event
Sophie McCulloch pulls out of Pipeline due to Snapper Rocks snafu.
Watch: ‘Toasted,’ By Caity Simmers
Your favorite surfer directs, edits, and stars in her first feature film.
On-Duty North Shore Lifeguard Luke Shepardson Wins The Eddie Aikau
Local man prevails over 39 big-wave heavyweights at 29ft @ 19 seconds Waimea.
The Eddie Aikau Invitational Is On
Grab a beverage and enjoy surfing's Super Bowl Sunday
The Women’s CT Is About To See A Generational Shift
Only three women have won a Title in the past 15 years. Here's why that's…
“One For Marcio” – Albee Layer’s Tribute To Mad Dog
Imagine treating 30ft Jaws like Backdoor.
Stab Surfer of the Year: Noa Deane, Jamie O’Brien, Parker Coffin, Cliff Kapono, and Brendan Buckley
Day 7: "It's like he feels more comfortable when it’s as gnarly as it gets."…