Tetsuhiko Endo The Inertia Surf Editor
Drones – they are the whining heralds of a brave new world that snuck up and overtook us when we weren’t looking. We must recognize the beauty of the few remaining spaces free of tv and surveillance cameras. If we cannot, then we will lose as least part of that which made the whole thing worthwhile to begin with.
When the last carcass of the last cetacean floats listlessly to the bottom of a barren, toxic sea, let it be said that we were just as culpable as they, and that we made a big show of doing less when we had to the power to do more.
The year is winding down, which means that anyone involved with words are putting their two cents into those year-end lists that never encompass the entire year. So what are your two cents?
The Surfer’s Path was never the prettiest, most influential, or highest selling rag on the market, but it was always one of the best, and we are poorer for its loss.
I realized that it wasn’t the contests or the photos or the video clips that mattered. In fact, all of that shit was peripheral to the real story, and that story was just having fun. God help us all if surfing loses sight of that.
I went to the Surfer Poll awards last night with a small camera and took pictures of things that I found interesting. I am not a photographer. For those who don’t know, the Surfer Poll is a popularity contest.
How can you bet against the kid in Hawaii? John John Florence has Pipe locked up.
Pristine lineups are certainly being “discovered” by more people and crowded out, but this is just as much a function of extreme demographic pressures in well-known surfing areas as it is any effect of spots being revealed in the media through photos or the odd contest.
Get yours, f*ck the haters, and let the devil take the hindmost–this is Hobbes’ view of humanity. Coincidentally, there is probably no better philosophical description of the modern, crowded surfing lineup.
We are reaching a critical moment in extreme sports in which the meaning of life, and the meaning of sport itself is cannibalized by the search for the torrid spectacle of tempting death.
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