Growth of Surfing in China: At What Cost?

Surfing corporations and governing bodies see China as a huge new market and potential audience. Former Association of Surfing Professionals CEO Brodie Carr claimed that, “China is a powerful athletic country, a vast country and marketplace with a potential billion-strong audience for us.” Given declining surf product sales in the…

Sacred Vows

As Dane Reynolds patently reaffirmed for us this past year, often the most interesting things about surfing the planet are not the waves you score, but rather the people you meet and experiences you have beyond your sessions. Like him, I relish this aspect of surf travel and have always…

Ruffo’s Arrest and the ASP’s Anti-Doping Policy

I was surprised last fall when I opened my copy of The New York Times and saw a photo of Santa Cruz surfer Anthony Ruffo lying serenely on a beach. Ruffo? In the Times? Weird. The story was heartbreaking – former pro surfer busted for dealing meth, awaiting trial, making progress…