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Watch Panama Is Certain Starring Taj Burrow and Dion Agius

“I’m free! Best feeling ever! So many trips to come!”

This is what Taj Burrow wrote me when I congratulated him on his plans for retirement from World Tour competition. Taj has been competing on surfing’s World Tour for 18 years. And as we speak, he’s probably doing a Skull Drag in Fiji where he’s celebrating with fellow competitors during the lay days of what will be his final event on the tour. Good for him. And a fine way to send off one of the most influentially important surfers in our history.

With a new daughter and a reinvigorated zest for surfing and living, Taj is hanging up the jersey, but he’s far from done adding to a near perfect career. We actually dubbed him The World’s Greatest Professional Surfer of All-Time for his unending influence and authenticity to an activity/sport/lifestyle that is in serious flux. While Kelly and his wave pool and world titles are there in the mainstream eye, we have our Taj. Forever and always. And while he never won a World Title, his impact on our lives has been arguably greater than any world champ to the core surf fan of this generation. Hardly a debate if you ask me.

We recently got the invite to tag along on a trip to Panama with Taj and good friend Dion Agius — perhaps a glimpse at “retirement” for Taj. What we saw and experienced was nothing different than we’ve always known: world’s best surfer, world’s best dude. Ripping, smiling, laughing and pinching himself at being gifted the opportunity to inspire us all with his surfing and living. It’s all here, you can see it in his perfect railwork, tube riding and nonchalant kickouts. We love Taj and never won’t.

Check out the rest of the trip and photography by John Respondek in What Youth Issue 14, on sale now.

 

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Some Kind of Vacation Prequel 3: Ian Crane is a great road tripper

We kinda got skunked the whole time. For the most part we just drove in circle. It was something like three fun surfs in a week. But I’d do it again right now.”—Ian Crane Yeah, we got skunked, but it wasn’t all for not. We hit the road to rip and see what kind of…

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Watch: “Long Beach, NY” When we all flock to the city to surf: Starring Balaram Stack, Oliver Kurtz, Ian Crane, Shane Borland and more

When things come together at the coast in New York it can make for some really good times. As you’ll see here: Hurricane Maria sent waves that had both west coast and east coast dudes flocking into town. Balaram Stack hosted the boys and it sure makes you wanna contemplate a move to the East…

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Some Kind of Vacation Prequil 2 of our road trip presented by Richer Poorer with Evan Mock, Ian Crane, Dylan Goodale and friends along the California coast

This teaser for Some Kind of Vacation features Evan Mock. A Hawaiian. A skateboarder…who surfs too. Evan is one of those annoying kids who is good at everything and charming as all hell. He would jump out of the van when we’d see a skate spot and make us all watch him rip it. Then…

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Watch “Inside Magenta” Skateboard through Paris with Vivien Feil of Magenta Skateboards and learn about their new collab with Adidas

Vivien Feil started Magenta Skateboards in 2010 with his brother Jean and friend Soy Panday. And it started as a means of continuing to thrive off the creative spontaneity that skating always represented: as the celebration of being weird through skating and using that to fill the void that existed in that realm of skating….

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Some Kind of Vacation Richer Poorer x What Youth present a mess of a road trip across California.

California is a damn fine playground. And while you could call it our backyard, we wanted to explore the next layer. We loaded up a van a few different times. And we went. With Ian Crane, Evan Mock, Dylan Goodale and we met up with everyone we know all over the place. It will eventually…

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About Tomorrow What Youth Issue 18 and much more…Live tonight at midnight PST

We came in this morning and the lights wouldn’t work. But I just fucking fixed em. And we’re off again. It was sunny outside and we might have found cover in a few waves out front. But enough about our morning, above you’ll see something preparing you for what’s to come tomorrow. And a lot…

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New Scenery, New Noise A new film: Skating, surfing and snowboarding in the all day light of Sweden and Norway I Presented by Adidas

Drinking gets you closer to the Gods in Norway. Or so they say. And we just got up close and personal with them. You’ll remember a few months back when we had a problem “just saying yes” to everything. This is the result of that: a trip through Scandinavia with an eclectic crew that included Chippa…

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Watch “Vinho Verde” Really good surfing in the oldest world of Portugal with Mitch Coleborn, Soli Bailey, Mitch Crews and Dusty Payne

Vinho Verde is actually white wine. But the bottle in green and the taste is terrific. And in Portugal, you can drink with any and every meal you choose. It accents buttery white fish perfectly. Post surf in Portugal, few things sound better. And as you’ll see here in this new short starring Mitch, Soli,…

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Watch “El Norte” A skate trip through Northern Spain supported by Globe

A trip usually suggests planning, an itinerary, some form of goal or destination. That’s a trip. This was more an impulsive 48 hour mission into the Basque Country. A place renowned for it’s good weather and gluten fuelled cuisine. Turns out we chose the only two days of summer when the sun went into hiding,…

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Day Off With Colin Moran When your job is surfing whats a day off look like

To get a better idea of what his day (off) at home looks like in Newport Beach — to see a little more of the underground surf culture here. Presented by D’BLANC. Check out Colin in our latest video from over the summer, Everything’s Wrong But in the Right Place:  

Eric Dressen’s Salad Bowl in Christiania We threw a party where there aren’t any rules. This is that.

Christiania is in Copenhagen. It is a largely self governed neighborhood of CPH, and hidden inside is a very fun bowl to skate. We joined up with Eric Dressen, the CPH Pro dudes and Monster to throw an event and bowl jam at the Wonderland Skate Bowl. And when you throw a party in a…

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A Weekend in San Francisco Skating the city with Jake Anderson and Kevin Terpening presented by Stussy

We went to San Francisco with Jake Anderson and Kevin Terpening as part of Stussy’s Wet Dreams California tour, which turned out to just be a good reason to go up north with some of our favorite dudes. We’ve still never been able to say no to San Francisco. Never will.

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