Stab Recommends: Pilfering All The Best Bits From The Past
And leaving the rest to rot.
There was a music teacher at my school nicknamed “Jesus” who told me (thick Scottish accent) “There’s nay point tryna be original, everything’s been done.”
Although a seemingly pessimistic rhetoric at the time, it’s since proved a prophetic way to experience the whims of trend. If you’re in your 30s then you’ve lived through the re-visiting of all the modern decades. 50s haircuts and tailoring, 60s boards, surfing, trunks and the rest. We did the country soul revamp where everyone (in the words of Jed Smith) started “dressing like wizards” – felt hats, beards, but not staffs, included. 80s mullets, 90s everything, hell, we’re even dabbling in the 2000s, which, irony aside, was the most heinous surfing decade when it came to fashion. You soon realise that a slither of sartorial ideas were nailed first time, but most weren’t. The trick isn’t coming up with something groundbreaking, it’s having the nouse to sort the meaningful from the trivial. Something to ponder while you leaf through this week’s fodder.
Bong’s Perfect Throwback
Ah, the Stubbies: surfing’s archival tournament where the competitors’ area was more a trip on Led Zep’s Starship than the sterile land of natural therapies and gels than it is today. The attire was more fun too, as referenced seamlessly by the Bong in their flawless retrospective release.
Cult Surf Booties
Cult. Surf. Booties. Yep, that’s a thing. Somehow. There are people out there who would be willing to fight someone should they ever drag the great O’Neill Ninja name through the mud, and for good reason. These booties are like cheating — incredibly grippy while still allowing you to feel your board. As in, actually feel your board. For real. You certainly won’t be packing them for a trip to Nova Scotia, but they’ll get you through winter in a lot of places.
Core Score Increasing Towelling
Working with Channel Islands, DHD, Mayhem, Pukas, and a handful more of the world’s best shapers, Slowtide’s range of shaper’s travel towels will increase your Core Score overnight.
Kelsen is surfers Mikey Feb and Jack Freestone, as well as skaters Sean Malto and Curren Caples. Well they’re the faces of it anyway. Handsome packaging, organic, smells divine… no complaints from the Stab gentry since prying open the box.
Surf Sartorialist Sig Pea Coast
Jared Mell’s remaining as part of surfing’s consciousness is solely thanks to the style of the man. Whether it’s negotiating myriad surfcraft or stepping out at various locales around the globe, he always looks flawless. When he makes a coat, we wear.
Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine
Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.
The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo
Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.
The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast
Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.
Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”
"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…
How A Former CT Surfer Gets “Absolute Beginners” Barreled In A Matter Of Months
Luke Stedman elaborates on his Blackball surf programs.
Sweeter Than Stolen Honey
A versatile Haydenshapes x Dylan Graves HP (and soft board) tested in weird waves.
15-Year-Old Ladybird Erin Brooks Makes Final In All-Men’s Tuberiding Event
And Clay Marzo takes the dub.
Are We Looking At Reef Sculpting The Wrong Way?
The pros, cons, possibilities, and mechanisms of changing reefs to suit our surfing desires.
The Gudang Trio Discusses Brotherhood And How To Make It To The Mountain Top Together
Positive sibling vibrations we should all aspire to.
Everyone’s Local Zone Has A Mythical Wave
Kai Lenny, Imaikalani DeVault, Eli Hanneman and friends get to surf theirs.
The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: Harry Bryant Vs. The Wedge
A lot of swell, stolen identities, surf masochists, mutilated noses, The Wedge, skull-crushing pylons, and…
First Look: The 2022 Electric Acid Surfboards
Did our questionable EAST gamble pay off for Mick Fanning's Maldivian quiver ?
How Boardshorts Work
They are your one chance to look cool while actually surfing. Don’t blow it.
A Surf/Snow/Music Fez In The Heart Of Melbourne
URBNSURF is throwing an action-sports/live music DOOF this month and Stab Premium members are getting…
Peace, Love, And Mung Beans: 7 Things I Learned From Mick Fanning
Ranging from surf travel hacks to philosophy to jingle lyrics.