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CALIFORNIA’S DEUS EX MACHINA HOSTS SANDY BENEFIT FOR ASBURY’S LIGHTLY SALTED SURF SHOP

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Deus ex Machina is a custom motorcycle and surfboard company based out of Australia that we are huge fans of. Their bikes are a work of art as are their surfboards. And we’re happy that Deus decided to call America home too when they opened a shop in Venice, California. Now if only they would […]


THE ZEN OF TUBE RIDING

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A row of set waves pushes in from the south. You align your vision down the beach, watching them bank off the jetties as you bubble with almost uncontainable fervor. Hustling toward the peak of an unclaimed wave, you turn and position yourself to catch this rolling salt water wall of energy. As you paddle, […]


A WEEK OF BIG SURF IN PHOTOS

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I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with winter here in New Jersey. I love this frigid bitch winter, as I look forward to bigger surf, empty beaches and less crowded line ups. The growling, gapping barrels, we surfers anticipate most of all. But in a world of duality, these pros are not left without their […]


AN INTERVIEW WITH PRO SURFER AND MONMOUTH BEACH RESIDENT TOM PETRIKEN

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Professional surfer Tom Petriken is a Point Pleasant native who now calls Monmouth Beach, NJ home. His surfing is smooth and precise, with an emphasis on style, slicing turns and a healthy aerial assault. Judging by his overall mellow mood and approach in the water, you would never suspect he is one of the best […]


THE WAITING GAME

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I lived through all the public service announcement style commercials of the eighties. Sizzling eggs frying in the pan. “This is your brain on drugs.” Then there’s that kid who gets caught smoking a joint and tells his dad, “I learned it from watching you!” And I can’t forget that creepy one, “it’s 10:30, do […]


SHAPER PAUL “FLY” BAYMORE

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It was sometime around 1997 when I first heard of this legit shaper working just outside the border of Bradley Beach in a garage next to Sudsy Mug in Neptune.  During a session at Newark Avenue in Bradley that spring, I finally met Paul “Fly” Baymore. There were only three of us in the water […]


AN INTERVIEW WITH KEITH NOONAN

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Surfing is a lifelong pursuit for those who are true to the path. It’s not something you do until you grow up and then ditch it to follow more “worthwhile” pursuits. The journey of surfing pushes forward till the aging body can no longer withstand it or when we finally die. So the constant images […]


FLATLINED AND REVIVED

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We started out the winter season of 2013 with two solid swells. The first, now known as the “Doomsday” swell, produced double overheard dredging barrels. The following swell the next week was somewhat similar, hollow, heavily pitching, chocolate milk brown tubes. Not quite as sizable as the preceding swell, yet tons of fun nonetheless. For […]


THROUGH THE LENS OF M.A. SPAGNUOLO

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I connected with photographer M.A. Spagnuolo after seeing his photos of surfer/shaper Charles Mencel. I reached out to him in regards to doing some work together for The Anchor, it just so happened a solid swell hit the next day. The waves were super clean, overhead and the sun was shining. It was an unusually […]


THE END OF THE WORLD SWELL

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We’ve been hearing about the end of days for years now. 12/21/2012 to be exact. As the date approached, misinformation and utter confusion accelerated. Some thought the end of the world was near. Others claimed it was the coming of a new enlightened age. More fantastic ideas like the entering of “Planet X” into our solar […]


A TUESDAY MORNING SURF

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I rolled up to the beach in Bradley this morning hoping there may be a left over logging wave. I wanted to sneak in a few before work. Some small lines were coming through but it was just too shallow. The waves appeared to line up, cresting nicely only to hit the sandbar and dump […]


A LOVE AFFAIR WITH SURFING

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If you’re what I would consider a true surfer, you need to surf as much as reasonably possible to function. You are a person who watches weather patterns almost obsessively. You calculate the arrival of each new swell to get what some may call a “fix”. To the best of your ability your life revolves […]


AN INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES MENCEL

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Charles Mencel is a local surfer and shaper (Mencel Surfboards) from Monmouth County. His surfing is focused on smooth, stylish and powerful carving turns that make him a stand out in any line up in the area. Charles is also a nice guy (we need more of those in the water) with some great insight […]


POST-SANDY SURFING IN LONG BRANCH

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If there was any silver lining from Hurricane Sandy (and come to think of it there really was none), it was the waves she produced as the surf cleaned up in her aftermath. New York photographer Christor Lukasiewicz caught the scene in Long Branch, post-Sandy. His pictures are above and below.


THE OCEAN IS MY TEMPLE

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“Communing with nature, dancing in the aquatic realm. Immersed in the womb of Planet Earth. I have found the purest of joy while surfing.” I’ve been known to call myself a DIY World Religions major, always in a somewhat humorous manner of course. Truth be told, I have, over the span of many years, researched […]


REBORN THROUGH SURFING

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I’ve had the supreme displeasure of feeling dead inside. About 6 years ago I was in the grip of a long and dark depression. I was barely able to eat and had very little will to keep living. I had lost over 40 pounds in those 2 years as the chronic melancholy crushed me without […]


CHRONICLES OF A TRAVELING SURF PHOTOGRAPHER

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This shot is of Alejandro Delgado from Manasquan.  Its a photo from last winter in Hawaii on a playful day at Keiki shore break on the North Shore of Oahu, the same break where Clark Little takes many of his empty wave shots.


CHAIZE SURFBOARDS

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Support your local shaper! In this case surfboards by Chris Chaize. Check out more of his boards at Lightly Salted Surf Mercado on the Asbury boardwalk. www.surfmercado.com


CHRONICLES OF A TRAVELING SURF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Brielle native Matt Catalano is a man who can’t sit still. That’s why he’s always on the move scouting out his next big wave location. Indo one week, Hawaii the next. Of course Matt doesn’t trave…l without his camera (and his surfboard). The result is some pretty spectacular surf photography from all over the world. […]



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