DEEP Surf Magazine is a free surf publication serving the Central Coast of California. Based in Carpinteria, California, DEEP Surf Magazine serves Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. DEEP Surf Magazine is a California based surf magazine and concentrates on Central Coast California surfboard shapers, Central Coast California fin companies, Central Coast California surfers, Central Coast California surf industry leaders. We are a free surf magazine and dedicate ourselves to being "Your Central Coast Surf Magazine!
PHOTO ESSAY: NICK LIOTTA Intro by Chuck Graham Nick Liotta graduated from the now-defunct Brooks Institute of Photography four years ago, and carries the formal education he earned there into his professional work—which is the allure that came with the astronomical tuition at that fabled institution. The best teachers in the world can’t make up for drive and raw talent—both of which Liotta has in abundance. Check his portfolio in this issue to form your own opinion.
TRAVEL: LONG DISTANCE CONNECTION By Nicole Frank
Everyone knows Bali is just the departure point for true Indonesian adventure. Not that the wondrous island of longstanding Hindu tradition isn’t a beautiful place to visit all on it’s own, but the word has been out on Bali for about 25 years now—if it’s distant jungle-lined beaches and less-populated reef set ups you’re after, prepare for another couple of days traveling once you de-plane in Denpasar. That’s what Nicole Frank did with her pal Mike McCabe, and they’re still reeling from the experience.
DROPPING IN ON ABBY BROWN By Colin McCrindle Single-Double, that’s what the paddle heads call winning both the Molokai and Catalina races in one season. It’s a rare-enough accomplishment for veteran pros—much less for a young woman with barely two-years’ experience. But that’s just what Santa Barbara’s own Abby Brown has done in 2016. With a strength-to-weight ratio that rivals the fittest men around, Ms. Brown will be setting records for years to come, particularly since she’s not yet old enough to legally drink the beer she’s most obviously earned.
DROPPING IN ON TIM CURRAN By Greg Hoover Being a Curran in the land of Curren (even down in Ventura) can’t have been easy. But inventing inverted aerial surfing and laying down one’s own grooves on guitar has a way of differentiating a guy—even from a legend. “His Christian faith brought good to an area known for its hardcore localism,” Hoover writes of the ground-breaking surfer of 90s reknown. “That’s what it needed at the time, a surfer and a family to represent and bring out the good in the Silver Strand area of Oxnard.”
Rincon Classic Program 2017
Written by Andres Nuno
Monday, 23 January 2017 23:56
It's upon us again, the best local contest in one of the best surf spots in the world. The 2017 Rincon Classic, also affectionately known as RC17, looms on the horizon. We can't predict the surf conditions, but one thing remains true, high performance surfing will be there.
FIRST GEAR By Glenn Dubock A look at the indispensable pieces of gear that round-out the surf kits of some particular wave-sliders in the 805. Everything from a bucket (simple as it may seem, an essential addition to changing in the dirty lot at Rincon) to a wrist watch for counting-down those precious minuets left in a heat, and a Sprinter van for those with money to invest.
EARLY ON NOW By Chuck Graham Our man Graham writes a profile on surfer/artists (probably in that order) Jeremy Harper. While his paintings capture the unique quality of light on the south facing shores of Santa Barbara, Harper captures the energy of the waves he rides on his various CI sleds. When the waves are cranking it's hard to see how he keeps up with his art career, because Harper is always on it—yet he is clearly keeping up with an ever-growing body of work and client list.
TRAVEL PERU By Chris Keet Chris Keet has vision and a laser focus. With more than 20-years behind his thriving Surf Happens school and foundation, Keet turns obstacles into opportunities. Piecing together the elements to make a trip to Peru a reality for the winners of one of his early contest seasons, Keet and his group felt the full power of undiluted Southern Hemisphere waves in the chilly waters off Peru's rocky shores.
BODYING UP By Chuck Graham Jim Issac gave up surfing with a board in the mid-1980s. Crowds were one factor, but more importantly, Issac found a level of intimacy with the wave that he couldn't get on a board. The pivotal moment in his transition from stand-up surfer to bodysurfer came when he watched the Ford family of Ojai frolicking in wedging A-frames like a pod of seals. “They were getting some beautiful barrels," Issac recalls, "I wanted some of that, so I got my fins and swam out."
Haoleween Vintage Surf Contest
Written by Andres Nuno
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 20:49
Haoleween Vintage Surf Contest
Sunday, October 23rd at Morro Rock
Costumes encouraged. Boards must be single fin or be longer than 8.5” First hear begins at 8:30 a.m. and mandatory riders meeting at 8 a.m. at Morro Rock. All participants receive a t-shirt and free lunch. Awards ceremony will be at Libertine Pub in Morro Bay immedietly following the event.
First place: $200; Second place: $100; and additional prizes for Best Party Wave, Beach Stoke, Best Costume and more!
SBCC Women’s Basketball Presents the Eighth Annual Surf Festival and Swap Meet
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Santa Barbara City College lower level parking lot (Across from Leadbetter Beach)
Vendors will have New and Used products available for viewing and purchase: Surf/skate/snow/bike ETC, art, jewelry, clothing, health & various other services. Ongoing activities include a Raffle with Great Prizes, Balance Competitions, Live Entertainment.
OCEAN VIEW: CHURCH OF THE ITINERANT PLANER By David Pu’u David Pu’u recently spotted the estimable Robert August on a trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. August, an amiable wave slider, shared some shaping knowledge, and considering that this is a man who has been crafting surfboards since well before the original Endless Summer, the words “living legend” really mean something in his case.
SHAPING HAPPINESS By Shawn Tracht Never has a man ridden a wider variety of surfboards than the Central Coast’s Shawn Tracht. He has also, apparently, never ridden a surfboard he didn’t like—which is as much a testament to his wave riding skills, as it is to his enthusiasm for the art form of surfboard design.
COFFEE WITH DARWIN By Michael Kew Conjuring the ghost of the seafaring father of the Theory of Evolution, Kew takes us to the Cocos-Keeling islands, where the waves are almost perfect and the atolls seem to float on the open sea.
THE GUIDING LIFE By Chuck Graham “Not everyone is going to make it as a professional surfer,” Graham writes, which is certainly true. But for those of us bitten hard by the surfing bug, the necessity of making a living and being on it can be hard to reconcile. Being a surf guide is one option, but be careful what you wish for.
Bali is well known for its many world class surf breaks. And although there are now a few generations of great Balinese surfers, the ocean has not traditionally been a playground for the people of the island (Uluwatu means “Evil Waters,” after all). But a core group of local surfers is working to improve ocean safety and awareness for their people.
THE SHAPE OFF’S YOUNGEST WINNER By Katie McLean
As a close associate of Ryan Lovelace, Katie McLean might be slightly biased in her reportage, but facts is facts ... A blind judging panel consisting of master shapers Gary Linden and Gerry Lopez, with Lopez’s son, Alex, unanimously deemed Lovelace’s version of a “Pipeliner” the winner of the Boardroom International Surfboard Show’s Shape Off—not that anyone watching Lovelace’s progression in recent years would be too surprised at his victory. The kid has chops.
INDIANOVA SUMMER – YE OLDE SEASONAL DETOUR By Michael Kew
Another far flung adventure with DEEP Mag’s International Correspondent, Michael Kew. This time to the land of maritime tradition, home of the great schooners in the Golden Age of Sail, as well as some damn fine point surf when the conditions come together. Crack a coldie and enjoy the journey from the comfort of the Central Coast ...
THE ROAD TO CHINA By Glennie Rodgers
Showing up for her first day with Surf Happens when she was 7-years-old back in 2001, Glennie Rodgers little suspected she would one day help bring surfing to China. Now a fully-fledged surfer in her early-20s and an instructor with Surf Happens, Rodgers is indeed heading back to China to teach another summer surf camp with Surf Happens. Here, she shares her joy at “seeing a camper’s face light up after catching a wave.”
WILLIAM SHARP—MASTER BEHIND THE LENS By Greg Hoover
From Dog Town to the North Shore, Rincon to County Line — William Sharp has trained his lens on the most influential skaters and surfers of the past 40 years. Sharp’s “Waves of the World” posters have also helped many a surfer endure high school and long seasons of scraping together the cash to get to the places in his photos. Greg Hoover gives some backstory.
A SURFER’S WINTER Story and photos by David Pu’u
Pu’u has been watching the weather and waves of the Pacific for a long time. Offering a detailed account of the forces behind the remarkable surf of the 2016 winter, Pu’u reckons “this year was not to be anything resembling typical ... ”
LADIES ON THE RISE By Megan Waldrep
Four youthful surfers to keep an eye on from our local waters —Waldrep shares some insights from the next generation of wave riders in the Ventura/Santa Barbara region.
COLIN NEARMAN PHOTO ESSAY Intro by Chuck Graham
“You can tell when looking over Colin Nearman’s photos that he enjoys photographing his subjects,” Chuck writes. “Let’s face it. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing than it becomes a laborious chore.” Clearly not a problem for Nearman, as his portfolio shows.
Swimsuit Issue 2016 by Meadow Rose
The powers that be were on our side for DEEP’s 2016 Swimsuit Issue. With Ganna Walska Lotusland as our backdrop, photographer Meadow Rose behind the lens, models with beautiful and diverse looks, and suits and fashions from top surf shops on the central coast, DEEP brings you a new spin on a classic favorite. – Megan Waldrep
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 June 2016 16:13
Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festivals 2016
Written by Andres Nuno
Friday, 18 March 2016 00:27
Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festivals 2016
Join us at the fourth annual Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festivals in 2016! We will again have two evetns! Our first event is in Ventura on Saturday, May 21st at the San Buenaventura State Beach! Over 50 breweries, wineries, ciders and plenty of shapers, boards, and surf accesories! Our Carpinteria event takes place on Saturday, August 13th at the Carpinteria State Beach! Over 60 breweries, wineries, ciders and more of that surf flavor!
The "Beer Festival with a Surf Twist" presented by DEEP Surf Magazine was voted the #8 Beer Festival in all of the U.S. by BeerYeti.com and 2016 will only get better! This is a beer festival you can't miss! Over 145 beers poured from over 55 breweries in 2015!
Jean Michel Cousteau, raised aboard the famous ship Calypso with his even more famous father, Jacque Cousteau, carries the torch of ocean exploration with an urgent message of conservation. At 77-years-old, Cousteau feels the need “to move faster and faster” in a race against ecological destruction. Chuck Graham visits the offices of Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society for a look at the inspiring work of Jean Michel Cousteau.
Surf Travel Voyage - By Kristian Beadle
Trip Journal by Michael Chiacos. The 42ft trimaran, Aldebaran, has been sailing southward along the Mexican and Central American coasts for the past year in search of the usual treasures of surf-voyaging. Riding remote waves, filling coolers with fish, and reveling in tropical hues of light, crew members are having a grand time. But what makes this sailing adventure unique is the fact that it is completely financed by shared resources and a large helping of trust within the Santa Barbara community.
Coffin Wins Second Straight Rincon Classic - By Chris Keet
The Rincon Classic always lives up to its name, but this year’s event was even more classic than usual. Saturday’s buttery walls gave way to grinding surf in the waaay overhead range Sunday. Everyone, from the pros to the groms, put in solid performances and Conner Coffin will start his inaugural WCT year with an added boost of confidence from his hometown victory.
Still on Storm Watch
The surf has definitely been there, but the storms haven been lackluster to say the least. This rare El Niño event hasn't made much of a dent in a drought that's not showing any signs of relinquishing its grip on the west. There's certainly been plenty of epic, memorable days with high pressure bringing clean conditions to the Central and South Coasts. The El Niño of 2015-16 hasn't resembled anything like those of the past—the storm-ravaging El Niños of 1982-83 or 1997-98 packed a wallop with record rain levels—but at least the surf has met expectations. Lots of good, clean days spread the crowds out with low profile spots in top form. Here inside the DEEP offices we've been scouring photo submissions and making our selections to splash across several pages devoted to an El Niño weak on moisture but holding its own in pumping, consistent swells.
Revolution Surf Co. Surf Trips
Written by Andres Nuno
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:35
REVOLUTION SURF CO. SURF TRIPS!
Mentawai boat trips are the quintessential surf trip that we feel every surfer should experience at least once in a lifetime, although many surfers go back every year to get their fill of tropical surf. Revolution charters exclusively with the D'Bora vessel in the Mentawais for epic surf adventures. Whether one is looking to charge the biggest barrels or just surf fun waves with their friends, fish and enjoy a relaxing holiday, the D’Bora with her expert surfguides and crew can accommodate.
Some of my fondest memories of the ocean are centered on El Niños years. The first one I remember was the winter of '82-83 when the storms, wind, and rain combined with high surf and tidal surges so strong that it sent flooding up State Street and took out the lower Leadbetter parking lot like series of mini tsunamis.
Docks were broken apart in the harbor, and then held together by chains and pulleys — the ocean so alive that each night as I lay down to sleep, listening to the clanging of the halyards against the masts, I fancied the wind and waves might carry our boat out to sea. That winter my mom took me out of school when the biggest storms hit so we could go watch the surfers at Sandspit, and see the huge explosions of foam and backwash off of the breakwater.
It was that winter that I truly began to dream of becoming a surfer, manning up and getting my own board and starting my adventure proper. One particularly large storm brought the world’s best to my backyard, and I distinctly remember watching Tom Curren pull in and make it out of eight barrels on one wave, and Davey Smith doing crazy backside pig dogs and coming out into wrap around rebound reverses off the white water. Both were way ahead of their time, and were to become my heroes. To me it looked like they were super heroes and what they did on the waves the closest thing to flying. Fed by the desire to follow in their footsteps, I took fl ight as well.
Now, some 32 years later, as the El Niño of 2015/2016 is just getting underway, I can’t help but think about the generations of local surfers with butterflies in their tummies at the mere thought of El Niño, the sleeping child, truly awakening — that feeling of nostalgia for those old enough to have lived through El Niños past, and the building anticipation for all those who will experience this one. After running the Rincon Classic for 16 years, I constantly think about how the conditions will come together for the event. Will it be sunny, will it be rainy, will conditions come together so astoundingly to be not only classic, but legendary?
For Rincon Classic alum, Conner Coffin, it’s a guarantee that this will be remembered as the El Niño that he made the World Championship Tour. What lies on the other side of that qualification? Like this year’s El Niño, results are yet to be seen, but predictions are for a strong Santa Barbara storm season.
For me, it will most likely have to do with memories shared with my two and four-year-old boys, and our experience of the El Niño event, and all the extremes that it will involve. This past Fall, with 72-degree water and an Indian summer preceding El Niño like never before, Maddox and Jack James Keet caught their first waves at Rincon. A few small ones on the inside on their own, and then for two months thereafter every Friday, which became "Father Fridays," we shared tandem rides from the top of the cove to the freeway. The squeals of “again” and “one more wave,” smiles, and some amazing rides with my boys will most likely define some of the best waves of my life, and may be better than any I will get on my own this El Niño year. Well, maybe ... The season is, after all, just getting under way.
Welcome to the 2016 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic presented by Hurley. 2016 marks the 16th consecutive year produced by Surf Happens, and will be one for the record books. Conner Coffin, is on tour and the poster boy for the event—Way to bring it home and inspire the next generation!
Hopefully by the time DEEP’s readers see this issue, the California coast will be in the throes of this much ballyhooed El Niño episode. All indications are it is to be explosive, powerful—all the superlatives that accompany such a weather anomaly.
You wouldn’t be able to tell considering how October, November and December have gone downright balmy for the most part. Not a lot of surf, a day here and there, but I’m still having to do all the other things to stay engaged and ready for what could be a wet second half of the winter. I got a couple of new boards, so I’m inspired and the water is still warm. Still seeing massive swarms of pelagic red crabs piled up on the cobble at the Channel Islands.
I took a day before working the islands in mid-November and kayaked to Santa Cruz Island, taking advantage of a light north wind pushing me at least toward the oil platforms and crisp, clear conditions. That’s when I saw a huge dorsal fin cruising on the oncoming swell in front of me heading eastward before vanishing. There was a nervous moment, but I determined it wasn’t the mighty whitey—no tail dorsal. Still, I ramped up my pace all the way across the shipping lane, dodging a few container ships before I was inside the park. We live in such a great region of the state. Where else can you do stuff like this?
And where else do you get to surf in a contest at a perfect point break and it’s one of the best surf spots on the West Coast? The Rincon Classic is on the horizon again, with the potential of it being memorable due to the impending El Niño. Hope you’ll enjoy this
issue and hopefully the surf will be there too.
Chuck Graham, Editor
CONNER COFFIN QUALIFIES FOR WCT - By Chuck Graham
It’s slender odds making the cut into surfing’s upper echelon—but it ain’t luck. It’s a grueling program of constant travel and performance. It takes training, commitment, and focus, all of which Conner Coffin has brought to bear
on his long road to qualification. Chuck Graham breaks down Coffi n’s break-out year.
44 BRIANA DIAMOND PHOTO ESSAY- Intro by Chuck Graham
Briana Diamond has been surfing and taking photos since she was a seven-year-old girl. Now 23, with a degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography, Diamond brings 16 years of surf experience to her camera game.
50 OCEAN LIFE AND THE GREAT WHITE SHARK - By David Pu’u
Carcharodon carcharias: Say the words, feel the fear. Carcharodon: Greek, karcharos = sharpen + Greek, odous teeth carcharias: From the Greek ‘karcharios’ which refers to man-eater sharks. David Pu’u shares some experiences from swimming with the toothy ones, and off ers advice on how to share the line up and when to head in.
58 TRAVEL ICELAND - By Michael Kew / Photos by Chris Burkard
Baby, it’s cold outside — and nobody knows it better than Michael Kew and Chris Burkhard, who teamed up with surfers, Chadd Konig and Anna Ehrgott, and climbers, Chris Sharma and Paul Robinson, for a rock climbing/wave riding mission to Iceland. Even in mid-summer, there’s plenty of wind and rain up there on the edge of the Arctic Circle.
Written by Andres Nuno
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 18:28
Rincon Classic Waiting Period
The 2016 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic presented by Hurley official waiting period begins Saturday and Sunday January 16 and 17, 2016.
Chris Keet and the crew at Surf Happens are already prepping for this season’s Rincon Classic. 33-years running (the past 16 produced by Surf Happens), the Classic always showcases the best point surf practitioners and area pros with Indicator through the Rivermouth cleared of the usual crowds for six man heats to run — an opportunity for local standouts to express themselves on a wide open ocean dance floor.
There will be a kick-off party at Rincon Brewery when the forecast looks good for the weekend. Any bets on what date the contest will run? There aught to be plenty of swell this year, anyway … Hurley wetsuits will offer demos, as will Channel Islands Surfboards, Matt Moore, Yater, J7, and Jon Pyzel. An all ages competition, the Rincon Classic has divisions ranging from 12 and under “Gremlins” to 55+ “Legends.” Specialty events like the Locals Only Legacy, the Rincon Brewery (RB) Professional Division, the second annual King of the Queen, Battle of the Surf Shops featuring teams from local shops, and the Expression Session in which Hurley and Channel Islands Surfboards have selected some of the best surfers in the world to exhibit championship surfing. Contest registration is open December 1-31, 2015, at www.rinconclassic.com.
The fourth annual Rincon Classic Video Contest also runs with submissions due December 15th, and judged by Branden Aroyan — winners announced at the premier party at the Channel Islands Surf Shop in Santa Barbara (36 Anacapa Street), January 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
One of the best things about surfing is the relative lack of gear required — a board, a bar of wax, a wetsuit or sometimes just trunks. Yet somehow, most surfers seem to acquire a lot of stuff, from multiple boards to various wetsuits, booties, swim fins, backpacks, board bags, jackets and clothes, skateboards, camping gear, etc. Welcome to the DEEP Gear Guide, a comprehensive list of items you may or may not actually need, although the holidays are coming up.
Inside you will also find!
A CHRIS PAPALEO PHOTO ESSAY Intro by Chuck Graham Since gromethood, Chris Papaleo has had a vision: To get a job in the surf industry. With hard work, focus, and a little luck he got his opportunity. Now, almost a decade on, he has become one of Ventura county’s go-to lensmen.
TRAVEL EAST COAST By Daniel Hamlin The Central Coast can get chilly — hood and booties chilly — but cold offshores at dawn ain’t nothing compared to what the Right Coast crew deal with. Dan Hamlin explores the physiological effects of true coldwater surfing.
PADDLE CATALINA By Colin McCrindle For a summer that was mostly characterized by record-breaking warm water and long, glassy beach days, this year’s Catalina Classic —one of the most prestigious paddle events in the world — was more grueling than usual, with mixed swells and contrary winds. Colin McCrindle feels the burn and reports from the channel.
COMMUNITY By Jason Lesh A steady stream of international surfers have been visiting Nias since the late 70s in a fairly one-sided exchange: “we” come for the waves, while “they” struggle with limited resources. A donation from Channel Islands Surfboards supports the deepening talent pool of Sumatran surfers.
The September/October 2015 issue features our BEST BOARD BUYERS GUIDE to date! Over 115 boards from over 35 different shapers are inside!
In this issue you will find:
Gone Surfing With …
A new feature in DEEP with Christian Beamish, featuring surfers from SLO to Ventura – the boards they ride, the life they live on these wave rich shores.
Tri-County Shapers Symposium
Surfboard designs from the Central Coast, covering all genres: Longboards to Minies and everything in between. The elite shapers of the region share their 2015/16 board offerings.
2015 DEEP Board Buyer’s Guide
With a strong El Nino predicted, West Coast surfers are gearing up for a solid winter of waves. Check out the latest shapes from the area’s finest artisans. Whether you’re seeking giant outer reef waves or groomed point peelers , you’ll find the board for the job here.
From Greenough to Pendarvis down in San Diego, a particular few surfers have explored the possibilities of controlled flex in surfboards. The “Flying A” stringer, developed by Rick Avant, continues in the vein with applied flex parameters to both long and shortboards. Author Dan Kuras shares his feedback and the evolution of the concept.
DEEP Mag’s far flung correspondent, Michael Kew, goes all Lakshadweep and explores some of the lesser known corners of the Indian Ocean with Charles Darwin, among others.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 23:41
Once again David Pu'u captures a glorius day at the beach for our annual Swimsuit Issue! Models Katie McLean, Rose Huizenga and Cayden Edman head down to the beach to enjoy some sunshine, surfing and surfing dogs.
Check out the 2015 DEEP May/June issue featuring our annual Swimsuit Issue, Surf Camp Guide and great features including; New Zealand Travel, February 2015 Swell Photo Essay, and all of the columns you have grown to love!