After two long days of dramatic negotiations, the environmental activist “hostages” aboard the Japanese whaling vessel have been handed over to Australian officials. Something fishy was definitely going on. CNN has more.
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Should you be in Santa Barbara on January 27th, we recommend you check out the highly anticipated “Bustin’ Down The Door“, premiering at the city’s annual film festival. An action-docu-drama (we just made that up), the film focuses on the 1975 turmoil when Oz and South African surfers Mark Richards, Rabbit Bartholomew, and Shaun Tomson made their debut on the North Shore, crashing headlong into a culture that wasn’t ready for a revolution.
Before there was a Banksy or a Shepard Fairey there was Barry “Twist” McGee, who’s critically acclaimed “graffiti” is credited with legitimizing the street art genre. While his immensely popular works now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, this former b-boy remains incredibly private and aloof. Lucky for us Swindle was able to rattle his cage for one of the most in-depth interviews he’s done in over a decade.
For everyone who bitches that the surf industry is run by kooks who don’t surf, come on over to our house. Our men’s buyer, Christine, won the commitment challenge over New Year’s when she and her posse rambled 13 tough hours past the boarder to San Juanico’s legendary Scorpion Bay. What used to be a super sleepy, semi-secret fishing village is slowing growing into one of Baja’s more popular surf destinations, complete with a camp, a small restaurant and bar, and handfuls of trailer-living ex-pats enjoying life on the outskirts. But the surf itself is still holding strong, with three point breaks that offer consistent right-handers, especially during big south swells. Christine was nice enough to let us post some of her photos, as long as we swore not to reveal their secret spots. (more…)