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The tale of my growing radiation fear as I traipsed through North Eastern Japan—meeting and interviewing local surfers—is finally out in Surfer magazine’s big issue. All of the contamination paranoia on the West Coast of the United States got me pondering the plight of surfers closest to the Fukushima-Daiichi meltdown. What were they thinking, I wondered. Pick up a copy and find out.

IMG_1313This is the "wave splitting shrine." Standing on an average corner between a convenience store and a noodle shop, this shrine marks the place where tsunami waters have halted their inland march. The shrine lists tsunami events that stopped here as early as 800 A.D. I admonishes future generations not to build closer to the ocean than this point. It was a warning that wan not heeded.IMG_1231

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The annual Big Issue details the biggest challenges faced by today's surfers.

The annual Big Issue details the biggest challenges faced by today’s surfers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with Alex Gray and Pete Devries, cover boy Josh Mulcoy struck gold on their exploration of the Aluetian Islands. Also in the issue is my profile of Josh, a surf wander whose flare for extreme conditions was almost predetermined.

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I’d like to thank the good editors at The Surfer’s Journal for excerpting my essay “Margaritaville,” for issue 23.2. The piece details my visit with the Gulf Coast’s Sterling and Yancy Spencer during the B.P. Oil Spill of 2010. As soon as I arrived, a hurricane formed off of the Yucatan Peninsula, which meant unexpected waves but also that millions of gallons of crude oil could wash ashore with the swell. We surfed until it did. The story is printed in Drive Fast and Take Chances: Fair Warning from Surfers.

 

Excerpt from "Margaritaville," an essay in Drive Fast and Take Chances.

Excerpt from “Margaritaville,” an essay in Drive Fast and Take Chances.

TSJ Issue 23.2

TSJ Issue 23.2

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