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  • August 7 - OK Family
    "I hope people will question the status quo. I hope that there will be even more questions they demand answers to." - Delfin Finley 23-year-old Los Angeles artist Delfin Finley’s hyper-real portraits leap off the canvas and hit somewhere deep and pensive. On the occasion of his first solo exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery, which runs through August 26, 2017, he reflects here on racism and its multifarious impacts on people of color.…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • July 28 - Excerpt
    The gnarly, in surfer speak, is one form of the sublime. When a wave, or wave moment, is dangerous, terrifying, or just really heavy, it is not necessarily said to be beautiful as well. - Aaron James Surfing is full of metaphor and symbolism. Yes, we are hedonistically dancing across waves, but we are also slicing and slashing great profundities. And those beatific moments between rides when we get to think and ponder and meditate on the great mandala that is the point…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • July 28 - OK Family
    “The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.” I…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • July 14 - Journey 2.0 /
    The drive from Los Angeles to San Diego is a two-hour spiral along the coast. It’s long enough to make your back a little sore and your mind a little hazy. Backseat dreams give way to freeway revelations, the kind of expansive thinking only found in the art of journeying. A fondness for the open road is clear in the deep-set cowboy eyes of Daniel Norris as soon as we pick him up outside his hotel. Starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, at just twenty-four years of age he’s a…
    By Zak Bush
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  • July 4 - OK Family
    You’ve probably heard about “Proximity,” the latest offering by Taylor Steele. The film follows eight of the world’s best surfers—four icons and four rising stars—on the search for new waves and inner truths in exotic destinations. Well there’s the moving image version, and there’s also the coffee table book, a collection of still shots by Surfer staff photographer Todd Glaser. “It was exciting getting to partner up with Taylor,” said Todd. “He told me he wanted to make the best film he…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • Now an iconic part of coastal style, stripes have been on a wild ride through history, giving 'Show your Stripes' a deeper meaning... dangerous moves In 1310, a cobbler in France was sentenced to death for the simple crime of wearing a striped tunic. In the Middle Ages, striped clothing was only worn by outcasts. Reserved for troubadours, jesters, and the undignified, stripes were even associated with devilish activity. For centuries, wearing them was a mark of…
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  • June 20 - Earth Week
    Ocean Conservancy, just released the report on their 2016 annual International Coastal Cleanup with the support of half a million people... Covering 15,000 miles and picking up close to 20 million pounds of trash, our IT’S NOT OK partners, Ocean Conservancy, just released the report on their 2016 annual International Coastal Cleanup with the support of half a million people, mainly volunteers. By the numbers alone it’s a staggering effort to clean up our beaches and ocean…
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  • June 20 - Fiji Pro
    In celebration of the OK Fiji Pro, we caught up with Kelly before departing to Tavarua, to get his insights on Fiji, Cloudbreak, Bula and beyond. Direct from the source, these are Kelly's personal thoughts on Outerknown sponsoring his favorite WSL event, and his perspectives on numerous dimensions of the brand. Dive into these handpicked nuggets of wisdom from Kelly, unfiltered.
    By Zak Bush
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  • June 16 - Fiji Pro
    The 2017 OK Fiji Pro was the adventure of a lifetime. From unpredictable Cloudbreak showdowns, massive upsets, the rise of the rookies, and epic lay days, Fiji didn't disappoint. We're humbled to have been part of it all. Here are a few highlights looking back at our time on that heart shaped island in the middle of the Pacific...
    By Zak Bush
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  • June 15 - Fiji Pro
    A sense of community runs deep through Tavarua. You can see it in every face that passes you by. The people have a rare sense of warmth and openness. They go above and beyond to remember your name and treat you like real family. Most of the men and women on Tavarua have worked there for generations and share a rich bond. Walk past the kitchen at sunset and you'll hear the cooks' voices singing or humming a song while preparing a masterpiece of island flavor. They're always there to…
    By Zak Bush
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  • June 12 - Fiji Pro
    In celebration of the OK Fiji Pro, we caught up with Kelly before departing to Tavarua, to get his insights on Fiji, Cloudbreak, Bula and beyond. Direct from the source, these are Kelly's personal thoughts on Outerknown sponsoring his favorite WSL event, and his perspectives on numerous dimensions of the brand. Dive into these handpicked nuggets of wisdom from Kelly, unfiltered.
    By Zak Bush
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  • June 6 - Fiji Pro
    Fishermen have a saying: “The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing.” The same might be said of surfers in the ocean, or, more pithily, in the tube. Jon Roseman has logged a boatload of tube time. The co-founder of the Tavarua Island Resort, he first visited Fiji in 1988, and has maybe spent more time in those long reeling lefts than any other surfer. Jamie Brisick: Nearly thirty years of Cloudbreak. Is there a…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • June 4 - Fiji Pro
    In celebration of the OK Fiji Pro, we caught up with Kelly before departing to Tavarua, to get his insights on Fiji, Cloudbreak, Bula and beyond. Direct from the source, these are Kelly's personal thoughts on Outerknown sponsoring his favorite WSL event, and his perspectives on numerous dimensions of the brand. Dive into these handpicked nuggets of wisdom from Kelly, unfiltered.
    By Zak Bush
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  • Finnegan, aboard Alias, an Australian “surf yacht,” in Fiji, 1978. Photo Courtesy of William Finnegan. "The speed runs were dreamlike. I had never seen a wave peel so mechanically." - William Finnegan William Finnegan is the author of Barbarian Days, a memoir of an epic surfing life that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 2016. The Pulitzer Prize Board described Barbarian Days as “an old-school adventure story, and intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie,…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • May 26 - Fiji Pro
    In celebration of the OK Fiji Pro, we caught up with Kelly before departing to Tavarua, to get his insights on Fiji, Cloudbreak, Bula and beyond. Direct from the source, these are Kelly's personal thoughts on Outerknown sponsoring his favorite WSL event, and his perspectives on numerous dimensions of the brand. Dive into these handpicked nuggets of wisdom from Kelly, unfiltered.
    By Zak Bush
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  • May 25 - Fiji Pro
    On a dark and stormy night, Kelly Slater had a stroke of inspiration... Kelly could be on some remote island in the middle of the Pacific or half-asleep on a plane in between 5 time zones, but when inspiration strikes, he always figures out a way to communicate it. A few months ago, Kelly was up late checking out wind-maps to get a sense of where to surf the next day. As he watched the Jet Stream spiral the winds, bending and twisting them into eye-catching…
    By Adam Zax
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  • May 25 - Fiji Pro
    "You can go and meet some of the most interesting people in the world... but everyone’s in soggy bathing suits, sunburned and stoked." - Mark Cunningham Mark Cunningham has been going to Tavarua for several decades, first as a lifeguard teaching basic life-saving and CPR to the boatmen back when the island was only just finding its footing as a proper resort, and more recently on Kelly Slater’s annual trip, which includes a vast array of interesting personalities, and nights…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • May 25 - Fiji Pro
    "These were not ordinary boards, they were boards ridden by all my favorite surfers..." - Jamie Brisick Wander around the 29-acre island of Tavarua and you find all kinds of marvelous things: a kava ceremony in full swing with hard clapping and baritone Bula!s, a 12-inch sea snake squirming its way up the beach, a huddle of boatmen sipping beers and talking story, a wife of a world champion surfer riding her first wave at Kiddieland. One afternoon in 2006 I came…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • May 25 - Fiji Pro
    In celebration of the OK Fiji Pro, we caught up with Kelly before departing to Tavarua, to get his insights on Fiji, Bula and beyond. Direct from the source, these are Kelly's personal thoughts on Outerknown sponsoring his favorite WSL event, and his perspectives on numerous dimensions of the brand.
    By Zak Bush
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  • Photographer Tom Servais’s first visit to Tavarua was in 1986. He’s been back countless times. Tom first shot Kelly in Fiji in 1992, and he’s been shooting him there ever since. “Everyone loves the Fijians,” he told me. “They know how to keep things in perspective. They just laugh and have fun. They’re very inspiring people. And that’s one of the things that keeps you going back.” Tom mined his archive and picked the following gems, presented chronologically, 25 years of Kelly Slater in Fiji—
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • May 24 - Fiji Pro
    In celebration of the OK Fiji Pro, we caught up with Kelly before departing to Tavarua, to get his insights on Fiji, Cloudbreak, Bula and beyond. Direct from the source, these are Kelly's personal thoughts on Outerknown sponsoring his favorite WSL event, and his perspectives on numerous dimensions of the brand. Dive into these handpicked nuggets of wisdom from Kelly, unfiltered.
    By Zak Bush
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  • May 24 - Fiji ProTop 5
    Who better to lead off our series of 'Top 5 Travel Destinations' then the man himself, Kelly Slater. He's constantly on the go from one WSL event to the next, making strike missions in between events to visit family, friends and chase swells. It's hard to name a country Mr. Slater hasn't visited. Below are the best of the best: the beaches, towns and islands that Kelly tries to hit each and every year, the places that mean the most to him on this planet. Take a…
    By Zak Bush
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  • May 24 - Fiji Pro
    In celebration of the OK Fiji Pro, we caught up with Kelly before departing to Tavarua, to get his insights on Fiji, Cloudbreak, Bula and beyond. Direct from the source, these are Kelly's personal thoughts on Outerknown sponsoring his favorite WSL event, and his perspectives on numerous dimensions of the brand. Dive into these handpicked nuggets of wisdom from Kelly, unfiltered.
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  • May 24 - Journey 2.0
    This past October, ten entrepreneurs from around the world came together to soak up insights from sustainability leaders and Levi Strauss & Co. trailblazers. Fellows spent three days, literally from dawn to dusk, sharing ideas and challenging themselves to dig deep into the vital issue of water impact in the apparel industry. It was a transformative experience. Last summer, our co-founder and creative director, John Moore, got an email out of the blue saying he was one of the…
    By Adam Zax
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  • May 20 - Earth Week
    For Nick Mallos, Director of the Trash Free Seas Program at Ocean Conservancy, the ocean is an obsession that’s stayed with him his entire life. “I somehow got lucky enough to make caring for the ocean my career.” As a kid in Pennsylvania spending his summers at the beach, Nick dreamed of chasing waves as a professional surfer. “I still have (and surf often) my first board: a 6’2” Kechele. I surfed all the time, but you have to accept reality sometimes, especially when you live in…
    By Adam Zax
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  • I met Bruce Gilbert about a decade ago in Hawaii when he was traveling around the world with Kelly Slater. Wise, insightful, old soulish, Bruce also had excellent taste in and knowledge of music. I did not know that he was a music supervisor on sabbatical. I did not know that ten years down the track he’d become one of the most sought after music supervisors in the game, working on shows like “Orange is the New Black,” “Transparent,” “Crashing,” and “G.L.O.W.” (which airs June 23rd). He…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • May 4 - OK Family
    It’s a secret as closely guarded as the crown jewels or the nuclear codes. A mystery that pales in comparison to Roswell, Stonehenge, or even the lost city of Atlantis. What is this highly-classified secret? Kelly Slater’s pre-surf smoothie recipe. What’s not a secret is that Kelly cares about what he’s putting into his body (and what he’s putting on his body). The guy’s 45, insanely fit, and that has a lot to do with his nutrition packed diet. Throughout the years it’s been whispered…
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  • May 4 - OK Family
    "Rus is a local aboriginal who spends the majority of the contest with his didgeridoo, supporting all of the surfers and blessing the waves/contest." - Todd Glaser “The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • April 20 - Earth Week
    Seven years have passed since the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded about forty miles off the Louisiana coast, a devastating crisis that claimed the lives of eleven people, injured hundreds, ravaged over 1300 miles of coastline, and infiltrated a vast marine environment full of abundant wildlife. 205 million gallons of crude oil spewed out into the open ocean for 87 days, creating the largest and most destructive marine oil spill in history. Watching the unstoppable black sheets of oil…
    By Adam Zax
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  • April 19 - Journey 2.0
    After a long winter of epic rainfall, our golden state has finally escaped a crushing drought. Everywhere you look, from overflowing creeks to canyons exploding with wildflowers, spring this year feels like one giant smile. Fresh from sunny Los Angeles, we collaborated with our friends at Mr Porter to create a limited-edition collection of gear designed to help shed those winter blues.
    By Zak Bush
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  • April 5 - Journey 2.0
    Austin Kino is a crewmember of the Hōkūle’a, a performance-accurate full-scale replica of a wa’akaulua, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Launched in 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, she is best known for her 1976 Hawai’i to Tahiti voyage completed with exclusively Polynesian navigation techniques. The primary goal of the voyage was to explore the anthropological theory of the Asiatic origin of native Oceanic people, of Polynesians and Hawai’ians in particular, as the…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 31 - Q&A
    Bunker 77 tells the story of Bunker Spreckels, riveting surfer, international playboy, big game hunter, spinning heel kick thrower, rock ‘n’ roll animal. The film teems with high-octane wave riding and colorful tales of this Zelig on a bladey single fin. I have been privy to the creation and realization of this project—the filmmaker, Takuji Masuda, is a longtime friend. I have watched him work on, struggle with, become tormented by, nearly give up on, persist, find…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 22 - Op-Ed
    “A lot of life is just blind faith, pushing through the flat spots. But if we’re going to do something, it’s important that we give it 100%.” We were in Tae Kwon Do class, we were sparring, we were about 45 minutes into our hour-long session when our instructor, Mr. Rhee, spoke loudly in that commanding voice of his. “Okay, over here,” he said, waving the dozen of us yellow belts into the center of the dojang. “In the bathroom there’s Windex and paper towels. I want you…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 21 - Journey 2.0
    con·tin·u·ance (n.): a past, present and future of chasing waves & making friends, a life in the water... Few people have spent as much time on the road with Kelly as friend and acclaimed surf photographer Todd Glaser. Todd has seen it all; from last minute strike missions to remote parts of the Pacific to fan frenzies in Tokyo & World Title wins. Here's his behind the scenes look into stop one of the 2017 WSL Tour: Snapper Rocks.
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  • March 16 - OK Family
    Azad Al-Barazi is an Olympian swimmer and an LA County lifeguard. He holds dual citizenship between his parents’ nation, Syria, and the US, where he grew up. Last year, when he came across a slew of headlines that read, “Aleppo is burning!” it hit him somewhere deep. He researched humanitarian aid organizations, found Emergency Response Centre International and Euro Relief, and booked the next flight to Greece.
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • No surfer’s backpack is complete without some version of a trusty poncho. After literally thousands of years, it’s still maybe the most comfortable and versatile garment on earth. A Poncho in Machu Picchu (Say that five times fast.) The poncho’s origins are somewhere high in the misty cloud forests of the Andes. Traces of ponchos have been found in pre-Incan burial sites, suggesting they’re truly one of the earliest pieces of clothing ever created. With just a large piece of hearty…
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  • March 7 - Journey 2.0
    THREE GENERATIONS OF OUTERKNOWN WITH DEEP ROOTS ON THE NORTH SHORE. Oahu means 'The Gathering Place' in Hawaiian, and that's just what happened when old and new friends got together this past winter on the North Shore.
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  • March 6 - OK Family
    The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • February 17 - Earth Week /
    In the deep, cold waters about a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, a mountain of water rises from the depths. Crowned with a shock of foam like some ferocious sea monster, this Pacific avalanche surges up anywhere from sixty to a hundred feet high, drowning out the horizon and forcing you to surrender to a world of water. The lineup stretches over a mile and is littered with sharks and shipwrecks. Wonder why they call it the Apocalypse Swell?
    By Adam Zax
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  • February 16 - Journey 2.0
    On January 20TH 2017, protesters blocked traffic at Los Angeles International Airport, One of America's largest travel hubs. They rallied for equality, civil rights, and to stand up against a Muslim travel ban. Photographer Abby Ross was there to document. Here are her photos. Abby Ross grew up in Stowe, Vermont and now calls Los Angeles home. With a yen for travel that has taken her everywhere from Democratic Republic of congo, Somalia and Haiti to Europe and Central America, Abby had…
    By Zak Bush
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  • February 13 - Product Evolution
    Who made your clothes? Not what store you bought them from, or what company designed them, but who made them? The people –– flesh and blood, hopes and dreams –– who sourced and stitched the clothes that live and breathe on our bodies. Who are they? This year we’re proud to be going a step further to ensure that the community that makes our clothes are treated fairly and come to work every day knowing they’ll be safe and supported. For us, there are two critical halves to a balanced and…
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  • February 6 - Journey / Product Evolution
    A pillar of global style, flight jackets are one of those classic styles that never get old. In celebration of our revolutionary, 100% recycled Evolution Flight Jacket dropping in Spring 2017, now’s a good time to cruise through this jacket’s past, present & future: It gets chilly up in the clouds and in 1917 the U.S. Army produced a heavy-duty flight jacket to outfit those high-altitude skirmishes. Originally made of ‘Seal Skin leather’ (not sustainable…) before switching to ‘Horsehide…
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  • February 4 - Excerpt
    "With the California drought and global climate change, it might be thought of as environmentally conscious, a recycling and repurposing of sorts." - Jamie Brisick There was a time when sneaking into a backyard to skate an empty pool was a criminal act. Today, what with the California drought and global climate change, it might be thought of as environmentally conscious, a recycling and repurposing of sorts. Tino Razo knows all about this. For the last couple of years, he…
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  • February 1 - Outerknown Family
    “The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.”
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • January 20 - A Morning With
    Photo: Kate Simon “There’s a price on their head that makes them almost impossible to protect. But we’re not giving up." - Eric Goode “I’m going to tell you a secret,” says Eric Goode, the globetrotting turtle crusader, as his sea-glass eyes look out over acres of orange groves and terracotta roofed turtle houses. “People always talk about rhino horns and the ivory trade, but right now there are some turtles that are just as valuable. There’s a price on their head that…
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  • January 13 - Outerknown Family
    “The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.”
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • January 6 - Top 5
    Taylor Steele is an expert at going off the beaten path. "I love locations that make me feel like a child again, places that spark my curiosity because they're so intensely different than home. Places that buzz with insects, traffic and foreign music. Places with unfamiliar smells like smoke or tropical vegetation, anywhere the aura feels unique and I'm pushed out of my comfort zone."
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  • December 11 - Op-Ed /
    In a white-walled studio at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a student asked about getting published. This is a common theme for writers and photographers who are just starting out—they want to see their work in print, they want validation, an audience. I found myself resorting to surf metaphor.
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 30 - Op-Ed
    It has been three weeks since we made a most controversial sort of history here in the United States and elected Donald Trump to the highest office in our country. Emotions have been raw ever since that fateful Tuesday with an unsettling mix of story lines dominating the news cycles and a palatable sense of uncertainty in full bloom both in the streets and on the internet.
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  • November 21 - Op-Ed
    The view from the rock pool in Palm Beach, Sydney is murky green, with shafts of amber sunlight that dance with the seaweed and rocks on the bottom. This is the lap swimming view, of course. It’s an image I associate with wellbeing, mental health, healing. I know it well. In the year after my wife died I spent two months in Sydney. Nearly every morning I swam back and forth in the Palm Beach rock pool, sometimes in the afternoon too. It’s 50 meters long; I’d typically do ten lengths.…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 14 - Q&A
    Artist/environmentalist Anne de Carbuccia makes “time shrines,” integrating her fascination with ancient culture, art, and photography. She travels far and wide for her work, creating and staging time shrines in symbolically significant environments. In 2015, she founded the non-profit organization Time Shrine Foundation as a way to fund efforts to raise awareness and protect the environment. Her most recent show, ONE • One Planet One Future, runs until November 21 at Westbeth Center for…
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  • November 11 - Journey 2.0 /
    Thirty plus hours of travel always feels like a time warp. I’ve been doing a lot of four to five day trips this year to all corners of the globe; Australia, Japan, Uruguay, Sweden, Canada and Mexico. Day feels like night, night feels like day and I still haven’t figured out a way to beat jetlag no matter what I do. Needless to say, after three commercial flights, a charter flight and a long off road drive, and with my back killing me, I was so excited to see Africa for the first time,…
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  • October 28 - Journey 2.0 /
    Highly successful, work-around-the-clock chefs often carry an extra 30 lbs. and knock back a bottle or three of wine per night. Not Travis Lett. His salt-matted blond locks and rich suntan and broad shoulders speak more of the surf than the kitchen. Yet he is at it everyday, working ridiculously long hours at his restaurants, Gjelina and Gjusta, in Venice, California. “I don’t take days off and sit on the beach,” he told me. “Learning how to be a chef, a businessman, and a company owner…
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  • October 26 - The Nomadic Life
    Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our 7th installment focuses on Canadian photographer Myles McGinness. Where did you grow up & how did you become interested in documenting travel? I was raised on a blend of snow and salt water. From as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with the mountains and the ocean. I was born in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, and then raised in California, Texas,…
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  • October 19 - Op-Ed
    They rode Logan Earth Skis with Bennett trucks and Road Rider 4s. They pulled Berts, power slides, 360s, Mark Richards-inspired swoops. They wore raggedy Vans deck shoes, Op cord shorts, frayed T-shirts. And boxers—no serious skater wore butt huggers. They did not know it at the time, they preferred not to intellectualize, it went against the id of their ravages, but they were projecting, imagining, reappropriating. These were not the blacktop banks of Paul Revere Middle School in…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • October 13 - Journey 2.0 /
    From a soft oversized tee to the perfectly worn in flannel, it's nearly impossible to keep our favorite items out of the closets of our favorite girls. We connected with Ray and Leila, a couple of our stylish friends and had them spend the day in their top picks from our fall collection. They took us around some of their neighborhood spots and we snapped some pictures along the way. Here are six of their favorite fall pieces worn their own way.
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  • September 27 - Gallery
    The first title from T. Adler Books to whack me over the head was “Dora Lives: The Authorized Story of Miki Dora.” Wrapped in signature translucent dust jacket, the cover shows a tightly-cropped shot of the legendary surfer cross-stepping on the board. The book brims with emotion and barefoot hedonism. Photos are often imperfect in the best possible way—skewed compositions, soft focus, light leaks, a touch over- or under-exposed. The stories, captions, and timeline are whimsical and fun.…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • September 27 - Excerpt
    Eating Glass is Jocko Weyland’s most recent book, a collection of short stories, anecdotes, reflections, and ruminations that stretch from his early years in Colorado and California, to his adulthood in New York, to Europe and points beyond. There are tales of smoking weed in vans while on the search for skateboard nirvana. There are stories of selling ice cream on French beaches that ooze sunscreen and exposed flesh. Here’s how the book’s publisher, 19 / 80 Éditions, puts it:…
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  • September 19 - Product Evolution
    For Fall's "Limited Supply: No Fake Smiles" our Supply Shirt features a few one of a kind details, hand made ceramic buttons from our friend Tanner Trowbridge the founder of Stoneware button Co. We figured it was appropriate to hit up Tanner and pick his brain about his process. Here's what he had to say: Zak Bush: How did you get started with ceramics? Tanner Trowbridge: My mother signed me up for a summer course while I was in middle school- probably to keep me out of trouble but I…
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  • September 16 - Product Evolution
    Guess what? most waterproofing isn't biodegradeable. Trace chemicals are being found on mountains and trails around the world. We love the outdoors. We don't want to be stopped by the elements. When it rains or when it snows we stay outside. We surf, we run, we hike no matter what mother nature throws at us. When we travel, we try our hardest to leave no trace. Whenever we can, we clean up after ourselves and we leave environments better then we found them . We hold our garments…
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  • September 14 - Q&A
    In an age when everyone is an artist and consumerism a well-tuned craft, New England-bred multi-disciplinarian Gordon Holden challenges the established bounds of fine art with his aptly named Consume Cool branding. Appropriating the Coca-Cola logo, Consume Cool has found its way onto everything from shopping carts to corn-hole yard games and even Holden’s own bicep. “Pop art is just art imitating life. But when art becomes so enmeshed in life, that’s something new. It’s like…
    By Paige Silveria
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  • September 6 - Op-Ed
    The Home Depot that now sits in place of the legendary Stardust Ballroom. Photo: Jamie Brisick "Entering the venue that night, I was first stunned by the wall-to-wall punks, then frightened by how sinister everyone looked." - Jamie Brisick Today, a Home Depot, but in 1979 the 5612 Sunset Boulevard address belonged to the Stardust Ballroom, a roller skating rink turned nightclub. And on November 30 of that year, I saw my first punk show: Iggy Pop. Earlier that summer I had…
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  • August 31 - Op-Ed
    Waiting at the gate at Heathrow in that half-asleep state where you don’t so much dream as feel the echoes of your years on earth, I woke and realized I have been coming here for five decades. My first trip to the British Isles was in 1972. I was five. In Toughskins and Keds, I visited Stonehenge and Tintagel Castle and the Brontë Parsonage Museum. I ate greasy fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. Skipping stones on the Lakes of Killarney with my brothers, I grabbed a thin rock that…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • August 23 - Top 5
    Alex Grossman knows a thing or two about food. As creative director of Bon Appétit, he travels widely to the world’s hottest restaurants. But his eating odyssey didn’t start there. His first job, at age 12, was a dishwasher. Through his twenties he worked nearly every job there is in restaurants, from award-winning establishments like Le Bernardin to greasy spoon joints. He’s passionate about his work: “I love taking the foods everyone’s seen over and over—roast…
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  • August 15 - Gallery
    Dave Homcy’s family portrait series was inspired by those Wild West old-time photos that look like a scene out of Deadwood. “I ran across one of those of my family a while back and thought, That’s so funny, the family portrait! I’ve always thought family is so important. Everybody has a family. Good or bad, family is a big part of who we are.” Homcy began the series about a decade ago. Many of the families in the photos are close friends, people he stays with while working as a D.P. and…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • August 8 - The Nomadic Life
    Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our 7th installment focuses on Canadian photographer Jeremy Koreski and a rare edit of his 35mm film photography. 1. What sparked your interest in exploring, how did photography get into the mix? Jeremy Koreski: My interest in exploring came from growing up in place like Clayoquot Sound, a small town on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada with parents that were…
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  • August 1 - Q&A
    Sandow Birk’s “American Qur’an is a mammoth undertaking. In short, he has translated the entire Qur’an into a series of paintings set in contemporary USA. It’s taken him nine years to finish. It’s culminated in a book, “American Qur’an,” published by Liveright, and a bunch of exhibitions. “No matter what you think of Islam,” said Birk, “you can argue that the Qur’an is the most important book on the planet in the last twenty years—because of politics and world events and wars. And so for…
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  • July 28 - Video
    The sun and rain swap places as quickly as the wind changes directions. If your mission is to get lost, this is your place. The landscape is large and lonely. The sea is shifty, powerful, relentless & cold… Inspired by the Pacific Northwest we introduce our Fall 2016 Collection: Northern Exposure, Autumn layers built on our foundation of sustainability, style, and travel.
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  • July 26 - Gallery
    Well we're almost through the end of July of 2016 and our friend and director / photographer Saam Gabbay has been keeping busy. You'll remember his work from our 'Nomadic Life' series that featured him a few months back. If you haven't read it, find it here. Saam's been on the road non-stop since. hitting 4 continents in this short amount of time. Here's a breakdown of Saam's travels thus far in his own words... I don’t make new years resolutions but I do write a sentence in my…
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  • July 21 - Journey / Op-Ed
    "New cameras come out every year increasing in speed and quality. It makes the act of taking a professional quality photo an ongoing struggle, something I’ve for whatever reason pushed back against." - Zak Bush These days it’s rare to have a piece of technical equipment last more than 18 months no matter what field you’re in. The world we live in is constantly rebooting, upgrading and improving at an exponential rate. As a photographer I’m right in the middle of this…
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  • I grew up in a seaside town called Bulli about an hour south of the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Australia. We’re separated by The Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world behind Yellowstone. It’s the perfect buffer zone from the busiest city in the country, beautiful mountains that lead into the sea. A knee injury led me to pick up my first camera in 2007, it was a blessing in disguise that changed my life. I was immobile for several months so I just read the…
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  • July 8 - Video
    The surf magazines don't talk about lapsed Catholics." That's how this riveting short film starts; that's what got me in the gut the first time I watched it, and the dozens of times I have watched it since. We are a blue-sky, smiley-faced, shaka-flashing culture. "Lapsed Catholics" is not this. It's dark, grey, elegiac. t's about wearing the wrath of that great metaphor that is the ocean on your head. "What does it mean?" I asked the director, Todd Stewart. "My relationship with surfing…
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  • The ‘Nomadic Collection’ is finally here. An assortment of minimalist styles that won't compromise your travel budget. Our first item, ‘The Nomadic Trunk’ is a stylish boardshort built for surfing from 100% recycled polyester with a 19" out seam and slightly more democratic fit so it appeals to a wide cross-section of men. By pre-ordering enough inventory of this trunk we are able to offer it at $65 without compromising our responsible mission or quality standards.…
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  • Just about a year ago we sent legendary waterman Mark Cunningham (who now, after a few weeks on the open ocean prefers be referred to as a "shallow waterman") on a journey to the Caribbean, to tag along with the crew from the 5 Gyres Institute and learn a little more about what they do as an organization. Every time Mark travels, he documents the journey in a notebook via magazine clippings, artifacts he collects along the way, and stream of consciousness prose. It's a way of…
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  • July 1 - OK Family
    Lookout & Wonderland are Yusuke Tsukamoto and Niki Livingston, a husband and wife art-making duo based in Los Angeles. Yusuke comes from Chiba, Japan; Niki from Florida. They met in Los Angeles in 2004 and have been working together ever since. Their latest show, “Absolute Magnitude: Knowing, Ignorance And Being,” is a collaborative, narrative-based work of naturally dyed and appliquéd flags that examines the nature of consciousness and personal reality. We caught up the modern way, over email.
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  • June 29 - Sustainability
    "Since 1970 industrial hemp has been categorized a as class #1 drug by the federal government... the same category as cocaine, heroin & LSD" Since the beginning, we here at Outerknown have been making some of our favorite styles from naturally grown hemp. The plant is a tremendous resource for us and many others both domestically and around the world. One of the earliest known cultivated crops, hemp has had a supporting role in human evolution for centuries. From…
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  • June 20 - Gallery
    "My friends were getting some of the best rides of their lives competing in honor of Eddie and I was grounded on a tarmac in downtown Honolulu." - Mike Coots The anticipation of the event had been building for 7 years. The last time the Eddie ran back in 2009, I'd photographed it from the sky the. That day had been the most thrilling, unique and challenging photo shoot I'd ever done. The following winter I'd hoped for another chance to shoot the event from above but it…
    By Mike Coots
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  • ‘Limited Supply’ items are designed when inspiration strikes regardless of seasonal timing or market demand. Often between main collections, we’ll discover a fabric or come up with a concept that we just decide to run with. We're pleased to announce our second ‘Limited Supply’ collection exclusively available here on our flagship website. This second capsule - "Just Add Water" features pieces made entirely in the USA from the finest Japanese cotton.
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  • June 17 - OK Family
    Outerknown’s second US retail installation is currently taking place inside General Admi52ion at 52 Brooks St. in the heart of Venice, California. For the takeover, the shop's been set up to immerse visitors into our Summer 2016 collection. Key pieces and detailed descriptions on a oversized peg board wall bring the collection to life in a multi-dimensional way. The installation is on display through the end of June. If you haven't had a chance to check out our summer…
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  • June 6 - Q&A
    Fergal Smith is very much at home in massive, tripling-up, evil-inducing waves. He is a professional surfer, but not in the traditional sense. In West Clare, Ireland, where he lives, he started a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. He also ran for the Green Party in the 2016 General Election as a candidate in the Clare constituency. He did not win, but he learned a thing or two, which we’ll get into in a second. I read about him recently in Surf Europe. He said something…
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  • June 6 - Op-Ed
    There’s a hint of Southern Italy’s Amalfi coast, a trace of Sydney’s Tamarama, an acute déjà vu-ishness: I know that nook, those boats, that flight of stairs, just not sure exactly where? Which is precisely the point. Jules de Balincourt’s Sanctuary is a sensorial speedball. It’s oil on panel, yes, but it also contains the burn of hot sun on shoulders, the waft of briny sea and fresh catch (sardines?), the slap and hiss of waves on shore, the mood-lifter and other-worldly purr that is…
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  • In our third installment of “Outerknown Talks” we decided to confront an issue that was a little closer to home and invite the team from LA based non-profit Heal The Bay to come past the office. Their first fight over 30 years ago, was to end the dumping of untreated wastewater into the Santa Monica Bay. Since they’ve continued to advocate for the health, cleanliness, and safety of the costal waters and greater watershed of greater Los Angeles.
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  • May 18 - Op-Ed
    Whether we write them down or not, we all have bucket lists. For some they’re simple; learn a second language or drive cross-country. Other's lists are deeper and more complex. What I've found is that once you really start living, checking off those things that you need to do before "kicking the bucket", the list doesn't get any smaller. Instead, it starts growing. Those life changing experiences that you feel you need end up opening your eyes, to new ideas, new adventures and new challenges.
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  • May 17 - Gallery
    Photographer Jeff Divine has been a key figure in the surf world for nearly five decades. His portraits, landscapes, and action shots have helped shape the culture, and given us a richer understanding of what surfing means. I asked him about his excellent work in the ‘70s, and how it was different to today: “I wasn’t following other photographers, because there weren’t many around,” he told me. “I had to figure it out on my own. I’d sit in my car at Sunset Beach…
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  • May 12 - Q&A
    You can get surfing lessons, kite surfing lessons, SUP lessons, but to my knowledge there is no such thing as bodysurfing lessons. And rightly so. A big part of bodysurfing’s allure is its free-form, dance-with-water expressiveness. But there are tips that can enhance the experience. And who better to give them than The Human Fish himself, Mark Cunningham? I have watched Mark streak Superman-like across a fifteen foot wall of sapphire blue at Pipeline.
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  • May 7 - Q&A
    "it took moving to California to open my eyes to the great things about Australia: the space, the light, the air, the clean water, empty beaches and an abundance of waves." - Damion Fuller Moving outside of an urban environment can be tough when you’re constrained by the day to day routine of a 9-to-5. It's families like Damion and Fern's who appreciate having access to nature that make it happen. I trekked down from Sydney the other week to check out their pad, an A-framed…
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  • April 26 - Q&A
    Born and raised in Florida, Dave Homcy moved to Hawaii in the nineties to pursue a career in surf cinematography and photography. He was a quick study. Within a short while he was working as a director of photography on Shelter and A Broke Down Melody. His ace camera skills can be seen in the documentaries Surfwise and Come Hell or High Water. In 2014 he co-directed Beyond the Surface with his wife, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, an all-girl surf film shot throughout southern India. Dave’s…
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  • April 21 - Earth Week
    Drawings: Katsuo Design Once again, Earth Day is upon us. It's that special time of year when our planet’s health gets top billing and we all fall over ourselves in a Spring fever of recycling day dreams and sustainability fantasies. And while the groovy green pomp and circumstance certainly adds up to one heck of a party with a purpose, too often we are left with a bit of an environmental hangover in the weeks after. Like New Year’s Resolutions fading fast by the first weeks…
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • April 19 - Q&A
    “Johnny Cash: American Rebel,” a two-hour CMT documentary, is a revealing, enchanting, and surprising portrait of the legendary musician. It presents sides of him that few diehard fans were aware of. The film is directed by Jordan Tappis, who we featured here a few months ago. Last time he and I played a game where we threw small rocks at a single big rock. The loser became the winner’s bitch in a way that was vaguely fetishistic. This time we were far less interesting. We drank…
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  • April 12 - The Nomadic Life
    Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our fifth installment focuses on filmmaker, photographer, musician and director Saam Gabbay. 1. Where did you grow up and who introduced you to photography? SG: My father essentially lost his tech and gear privacy when I was born. From the moment I started walking I raided his stuff, fist making it to the 8-track player, then the reel-to-reel and piano and ending at…
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  • April 7 - Earth Week
    No matter what part of this planet you call home, even if you are a couple thousand miles from the nearest coastline, the ocean is fundamental to your survival. Covering roughly 3/4ths of the earth’s surface, serving as a potent CO2 bank and processing center, and home to an ever fragile web of life and teeny tiny organisms that are paramount in putting oxygen into the atmosphere, healthy oceans make life on land possible. As Reef Check founder and coral reef ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson…
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  • March 31 - Gallery
    The late ‘60s/early ‘70s saw a heap of change in the world—and a heap of change in surfing. Boards dropped from ten-foot logs to seven-foot pocket rockets. Wave riders zapped up and down the face, going wherever their imaginations would take them. Hawaii became an epicenter of experimentation—in lifestyle, in boards, in surfing wholesale. Surfer/photographer Rusty Miller was right in the thick of it. His book, Turning Point II Surf Portraits and Stories Hawaii: Oahu – Kauai – Maui…
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  • March 24 - Excerpt
    I first encountered Oscar Niemeyer’s work in a book. I was staying in Rio, Barra da Tijuca, a “nouveau” neighborhood notorious for its horrible architecture. Niemeyer’s architecture had curves, abstract forms, sexiness. I learned of a home called Casa das Canoas in São Conrado, not far from Barra da Tijuca, and I went straight there, on the bus. Casa das Canoas is located up a long winding hill, which I walked up, backpack over shoulder, sweating in the heat. I passed a favela, a pair of…
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  • March 15 - Gallery
    Several years ago I attended a weeklong photography course at Santa Fe Workshops, one of the most high-level photo schools in the country. At the time I was shooting voraciously, mostly portraiture and travel. I was enrolled in “Lighting on Location”—I was clueless when it came to using strobes. The instructor had a studio in Los Angeles; he shot a lot of celebrity and corporate portraiture. Concurrent with our workshop were two others, one of which was a travel photography workshop,…
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  • March 10 - Top 5
    Our second installment of 'Top 5 Travel Destinations' features one of the best surf photographer of modern time, Todd Glaser. Constantly on assignment, he's used to packing last minute and hitting the road at a moments notice to capture the best surfer riding the best waves around the world. In between shoots he finds time to travel and explore with his wife Jenna. Below is Todd's list of the best of the best: the waves, cities and regions that he tries to hit each and every year. The…
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  • March 4 - Earth Week
    There have been 16 5-Gyre expeditions since the first one. Cummings and Eriksen and a rotating cast of researchers, scientists, students, and activists have visited gyres around the world, taking samples in all 3 oceans and in both the northern and southern hemispheres. With only 5 to 10% of all plastic produced currently being recovered, there is no shortage of trouble lurking in the oceans. Current estimates figure there to be at least 270,000 metric tons of plastic out to sea. “It’s…
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  • February 23 - Gallery
    Born and raised in Portland, Oregon and based in NYC, Adrian Gaut first studied to be a painter, then found his way to photography. He shoots everything, but his first love—and perhaps his specialty—is architecture. I met up with him on a recent trip to LA. We sipped green tea at a friend’s Malibu home while he took me through some of his favorite architecture images, most of which were shot abroad. “There’s a sense of discovery that comes with travel,” he told me. “The idea that you…
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  • February 22 - Earth Week
    Explore the foundations of Outerknown in this short video with our founder, Kelly Slater by following our supply chain from a fishing boat in the North Atlantic to the Econyl recycling facility in Slovenia where discarded nets are regenerated into first grade nylon then back to the Outerknown design studio in Southern California to see how that nylon can be used in our garments.
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  • February 11 - Earth Week
    For centuries, alpacas have been a prized and precious possession for the Incan people of Peru. A relative of the llama, the high-elevation loving alpaca has been fundamental to the culture of the region, providing everything from clothing and companionship to serving as the underpinning of an economic system throughout the Andean Altiplano areas of Peru, Bolivia and Chile in the years prior to the Spanish conquest. It is impossible to tell the story of the people of Peru without also…
    By Ethan Stewart
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