WHO would you turn to for surf fitness advice? Taj Burrow? Maybe not until recently…
Does fitness improve your contest results? Correlation is not causation, but Joel Parkinson’s fairy tale run to 2012’s World Title was during his fittest year on tour, a fitness resultant from his training for the gruelling 32 mile Molokai 2 Oahu paddle race (he came 3rd).
Taj has always been one of the perkiest, poppiest, surfers on tour. This vim and vigour atop the surfboard was not always matched by an enthusiasm for monotonous hours in the gym, a continuity Johnny Gannon has been working hard to change. Fast forward to the Quik Pro and Snapper in 2013 and imagine one of the world’s most innovative surfers retrofitted with a steel core and yards of new muscle behind those snaps…
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith