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John John Florence, 14 for Five years Collected Thoughts 124

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Looking at this photo, it seems like so long ago. John John was this young, long haired blonde kid who surfed Pipe. I remember seeing him paddling out in pretty big conditions and thinking that he was going to drown. But he didn’t. And then he caught one of those big waves. But that’s all he did, right? Because for the longest time, very few people thought he would grow into anything more than a Pipe specialist. And while Kolohe was getting all the attention, John John kept surfing and slowly started to show people what he could do outside of Hawaii. Vans boat trips and Lost Atlas alley oops. O’Neill turned to Hurley, and after a while everyone had forgotten that John John was 14 for five years. —Nate Lawrence

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Greyson Fletcher and Riley Blakeway at the premiere of Team Average 2.0 Collected Thoughts 063

Last night we went out in LA to support our good friend Riley Blakeway and magazine buddies Monster Children for the premiere of their Team Average project: A trip featuring surfers and skaters shredding together across a foreign land. This time it was New Zealand with Chippa Wilson, Dylan Rieder, Greyson Fletcher, Alex Grey, Jack…

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Craig Anderson and Kai Neville plan the future Collected Thoughts 062

Road trips are like tidal waves, the stories drift like the soundtrack. It was maybe around Wollongong zone on a recent road trip south where Craig and I started talking about the future. Jobs after surfing and hopefully a dreamy retirement. No hucking yourself into the flats on howling onshore wedges — just the old…

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Beyond the Pipe Cam Collected Thoughts 061

There’s a lot of mud on the backroads and wind on the water. But it’s Hawaii and it’s really good to be here. The North Shore sweats counterculture and bleeds secrets. Secrets about brave, intense people who appreciate respect, a firm handshake and shoeless feet indoors. It’s been a pleasure spending our first day reacquainting…

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Christian Fletcher, Bali 2013 Collected Thoughts 060

Hunter S. Thompson claimed: “There is no honest way to explain [the edge] because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” And while we certainly know that’s true, we seem to have found someone who’s managed to straddle it longer than anyone, refusing to fall off…

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Deadline Update Collected Thoughts 059

OK, we’re not as fucked as before. But when you make a lot of rad shit, this sort of thing happens. And someone famous once said, miss a deadline or blow the budget no one remembers. Do shit work, they remember forever. Something like that. Anyway, we’re very hard at work on Issue 6, The…

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Creed McTaggard in Panama Collected Thoughts 058

“I could picture myself just going there and hiding out for like 4 months and losing myself — just getting super spiritual and surfing.” —Creed McTaggart There wasn’t a lot of hoopla and planning that went into this trip, just a couple quick plane rides, a bumpy van trip down a dirt road and then…

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A dispatch on airwind from C.S. Louis in South Africa Collected Thoughts 057

Editor’s note: For those of you familiar with our printed books, you may recognize the name C.S. Louis from a variety of pieces he’s written in them. He’s long-winded and a literary and literal contradiction. But he keeps us on our toes and always shoots us straight. He ran into Brendon Gibbens and Noa Deane…

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South African corner pocket Collected Thoughts 056

Brendon Gibbens and Noa Deane are on the run. Bali to Oz to Indo again and now they’re hunting ramps in South Africa, Brendon’s hometown. Apparently they’ve stumbled upon some ridiculous cross shore winds and some crazy back beach setups like this one. They’re both filming for an upcoming project that we’ll fill you in…

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Dolan Stearns tre flip, Lake Henshaw Dam Collected Thoughts 055

“I was nervous for sure — but more nervous-excited just to skate the spot.” Dolan Stearns recently stomped this tre flip at the Lake Henshaw dam. It’s an ad in Thrasher. It’s a famous spot (Geoff Rowley backside 3’s into it in Extremely Sorry), and you’re definitely not supposed to be there — let alone…

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Bullshit rodeo in Spain durring filming for This Is Us: France Collected Thoughts 054

As Dane Reynolds pointed out to us yesterday on Instagram, there is a new film coming out called, “This is Us.” It is about the boy band One Directions and the trailer has 11 million views — so it would appear they’re doing quite well. Psyched for them. Funny, the concept isn’t much different than…

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What Youth Issue 6 is finished Collected Thoughts 053

Someone was looking out for us this week. A two week long flat spell has plagued southern California — and we hardly noticed. We’ve been locked in the What Youth laboratory, staying fit on the mini ramp, icing our brand new Merricks, just waiting for this day, today, when the printer man walks into the…

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Fortunate cookies durring a wild deadline week Collected Thoughts 052

Dion Agius literally walked the hard drive from the editing bay out into the parking lot Friday night to play Nti Sheeto for the first time in front of well-over 300 people at our HQ. We warmed up the crowd with a classic screening of Ozzie Wright’s 156 Tricks and then hit play and rocked…

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