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The Inertia

Aloha, and welcome to The Inertia

We’re not sure how you got here, but we’re glad it happened. Whether you landed on an interesting news article, a video about sharks, or googled “Best Beginner Surfboards,” you made it to the best surf and outdoor publication on the good ‘ol fashioned ‘net. Nice to meet you.

A little about us. Founded in 2010, The Inertia is the definitive voice of surf and outdoors. We approach the natural world and its devoted culture with curiosity, optimism, and respect. We take pride in bringing our passion for the oceans and mountains to life through original films, reporting, and monumental gatherings. We aim to make a positive impact on our planet through partnerships with nonprofits working hard to preserve earth’s sacred places.

Since you made it, we wanted to do the courtesy of rounding up some of our favorite features since we hit the big red button to go live over a decade ago. We’re also on Facebook , Instagram, and YouTube where you can follow us for more awesome content. Without further ado, here are a few of our staff’s favorite features so we can get another chance at a first impression.

Gerry Lopez joins The Inertia Podcast


The Day I Was Voted Off Tour

Freesurf legend Rob Machado explains what it was like when the Championship Tour didn’t want him anymore.

Essay: How Snowboarding Got Me To Stop Smoking Weed

Sometimes, our addictive tendencies are best soothed with a shred.

Selema Masekela Is Right: Action Sports Still Has a Long Way to Go

Selema Masekela has seen it all in the world of entertainment and action sports. He weighs in on race and alternative pursuits.

Did a Surfer’s Death from a Brain-Eating Amoeba Reveal a Serious Loophole in Regulating Wave Parks?

The death of Fabrizio Stabile may have drastically impacted the future and regulation of artificial waves. Our in-depth reporting was subsequently cited worldwide.

Is This the Dystopian Future of Surf

In this short fiction piece we find a future where the coast is too toxic for humans to survive and wave pools rule the surfing world.

Listen: Gerry Lopez Believes Meditation, Surfing, and Powder Can Make the World a Better Place

Gerry Lopez talks about the incredible power of positivity. Find more podcasts from The Inertia, here.

Here’s What I’m Doing to Raise a Rad Little Girl That Plays Hard

Dads, teach your daughters well. Here’s how one of our favorite dads is doing it.

Kelly Slater Headspace Interview



Kassia Meador, Leah Dawson, and Lola Mignot are building a bright future for women’s surfing.

Ride and Seek

Big wave surfer Ian Walsh joins iconic snowboarders Danny Davis, Nick Russell, and Jeremy Jones for a strike mission in the Sierra Nevada backcountry.

Skim River

Blair Conklin rides America’s best river waves finless.

HEADSPACE: Kelly Slater

Enjoy the first part of a candid interview, where, for fifteen minutes, you get to meet Kelly Slater, the person.

Holy Meola!

Holy Meola! is a punchy portrait of (arguably) the most unique and talented brother-sister duo in the surf world today: Matt and Lily Meola.

San Onofre’s Nuclear Waste Dilemma

Nearly four million pounds of nuclear waste is currently sitting at San Onofre, next to a fault line, the ocean, and a major population center.

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Inspire Courses

Learn from the best and brightest in surfing and the outdoors with courses on longboarding, avalanche safetysurf photography, big wave surfing, shark safety, healthy eating, and more.

We host a yearly summit focused on celebrating all that is moving forward in the worlds of surf, snow, and the outdoors. Check out these two great talks from our virtual summit last year, and stay tuned for EVOLVE 2021 this December.

Find two quick profiles from our 2020’s virtual programming, below.

Chris Burkard: Inspiring change through creativity.
Kai Lenny: How innovation is at the core of everything he’s achieved in the water.

We Reviewed the Best Earplugs for Surfing


We love gear – who doesn’t? But there’s a lot out there to choose from, so with single-item reviews and category roundups we do our best to arm you with information before you buy.

The Best Wetsuits for Winter in 2021
What to do With Your Car Keys While Surfing
The Best Earplugs for Surfing
Best Snow Bibs for Backcountry Skiing and Riding
The Best Women’s Wetsuits for Surfing
The Best Cameras for Surf Photography

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