Five Material Stab Anointments
The “I’m not pious, but I’ll take the holiday” edition.
How good is Easter!
Every year it rolls around, different date each time, don’t really know why or what it means but hey: four day weekend! Now that the hangovers and fish sweats (is that a thing?) have subsided and the poor wretches among you are back at the desk, we thought it high time to induct a few material possessions into the Church of Stab Recommends. It’s a disorganised, but progressive cult: everyone’s welcome and there are no rules.
Sincerest Flattery Trunks
Elbowing some space for yourself in the boardshort market is tough, but there’s a rich surf trunk lineage that’s oft left untouched. Hats off to R. for tapping into that timeless Okanui cool. A gent throwing buckets in these would be quite a sight.
Shining Bastion of The Printed Surf Press
When you’ve made a few mags you can spot fillers borne of idleness from some distance. A low res photo with a bit of grain strewn over the top, curious blank space and meaningless Q+A interviews being some of the most common. Thankfully, there’s a surf rag who still pour over every sentence and photo, and they’ve been doing it for the best part of 30 years.
Ruby Slippers (You Don’t Have to Pinch)
The iconic ruby pumps worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz were recovered last year after 13 years on the lam. Their recovery (by the FBI, no less) has since made red shoes acceptable to wear. Pay tribute with these fine Cons heel-clickers.
RVCA’s 900th Slick Collab
RVCA can’t spell “no”, and thus continue to offer up the most eclectic collabs in our world. This time it’s a tasteful longsleeve with NYC’s chicest watering hole, The Flower Shop, who, incidentally, had a little Activision start up coin shovelled in from the Birdman himself, Sir Tony Hawk. Strange, but true.
Lord Of The Trains
Realising that you’ve spent the best part of a decade peddling myths as to the sophistication of your country of origin is humbling. Returning to the UK recently and realising that the once great seafaring is more backwards than it’s colonies was a revelation. And, reading the musings (written 40 years ago) of a learned man sitting on trains, listening and reporting what he sees has made it clear that the decline has been long and slow. Paul Theroux’s account of the old country is as useful a document in examining the mess they’re in now as any. A must read for any would-be anglophile.
How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4
The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.
‘Saturn’ Orbits Into Southern California
Quiksilver's newest film made landfall in Encinitas, and we were there to document the occasion.
The Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Returns In 2023
Can anyone beat John Florence and Carissa Moore in a three-week window?
What Will Airs Look Like In 10 Years?
The final installment of our editorial exploration into the nuances of airborne surfing.
Can A South African Cavern Queen With No Pipeline Experience Do Well At The Vans Pipe Masters?
Sophie Bell will have a steep learning curve in Hawaii.
After Years Of Tragic Shark Attacks, Surf Competition Returns To Reunion Island — And A CT Event Could Follow
"We compete at J-Bay and Margarets where there's the same problem." -Johanne Defay
Sharing Tubes And Hummus In The Middle East’s Surfing Jewel: Israel
No Contest does Tel Aviv!
Joao Chianca Wants A Pipeline Rematch With JJF
And ain't afraid to ride more foam to do it in the Vans Pipe Masters.
An Unorthodox Marriage Of Science And Surf
Cliff Kapono and The Mega Lab are changing stereotypes on all fronts.
Harry Bryant Dumps Crutches, Visualizes Pipeline Pits After Snapping Leg
“For once in my life, I’m taking something a bit more serious."
What If You Bought This Sumatran Surf Camp For $690k?
Making a blue print out of surfing's most recurring day dream.
Sierra Kerr On Greasing Full Rotes, Making Dad Cry & Her Concussion @ VSHPBME
'I haven’t got my license yet, but I'm thinking of buying a little truck.'
“There Definitely Needs To Be More Girls That Try Airs”
Caity Simmers' thoughts on her Vans Pipe Masters debut.
Preview: Who’s John John Florence Flushing Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl?
The final event of the CS schedule is almost upon us. Let's dissect.
Watch Now: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’
Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…
How A Magic Island Birthed One Of The Most Radical Surf And Skate Scenes In The World
Mateus Herdy, Pedro Barros and friends in Red Bull x Stab's No Contest, Brazil.