On the cover: Pulse advent. “Ocean swells travel separate paths for thousands of miles,” says photographer Trent Mitchell. “I’m interested in the displays of chaos and synergy at this point of union.” Features: THE DISTANT ISLANDS Photos by Ben Thouard A foray into the sprawling Tuamotu Archipelago, roughly 80 specs of land spread across a patch of water the size of Western Europe.
PLEASURE UNITS By Brad Melekian The latest wave pools might define the border between surfing as we know it and its transformation into something…other.
RUMBLIN’ By Kyle DeNuccio Painter. Board Builder. Wrench. Brian Bent is more than the sum of his parts.
BETTER SURFING THROUGH CHEMISTRY By Steve Barilotti The rise, fall, and resonance of the 1960s wax-works, Surf Research.