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Jeff Schmucker inside a barreling wave

Jeff Schmucker is a fourth generation Eyre Peninsula local. He loves his surf, his fishing and the untamed South Australian coastline he calls home.   We caught up with Jeff and got his thoughts on the intense and daunting localism that parts of South Australia…

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Tai Graham embodies a rich heritage of Maori/Aussie/Balinese cultures which he blends into an inspiring life of surfing, working and savouring local life in Bali.   Tai reflects on his first waves in Indonesia, his role mentoring young surfers and about the place he loves…

sean ordonez shapes surfboards

As surfers challenge themselves and take their sport to another level they need tools to handle the journey and rise to the challenge with them.  Sean Ordonez crafts unique big wave guns that do just that.   Hear this master of big wave board construction…

Reef McIntosh has a mistress. She’s powerful, demanding and all consuming for him each winter in Hawaii. Her name is Pipeline. We join Reef for a chat in his frontyard at Pipe last Christmas to learn more about how she keeps him entranced, sometimes joyous…

Take a bunch of Aussie frothers, put them on a surf charter up in the Mentawais, add some fresh fish, cold beers, tall tales and a whole lot of warm Indo tubes and this is what you get… Good friends and family sharing the stoke,…

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We catch up with one of the surfing world’s leading shapers Jon Pyzel on the North Shore of Hawaii. We talk about how he tailors crafts for Pipeline and has been working with John John Florence for the past 16 years building boards for his…

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For Aussie waterman Jamie Mitchell paddling into big waves and clocking up serious air miles in the hunt for them is all in a day’s work. Take four minutes, buckle up and join him for a wild ride through 6 days jammed with four flights,…

This month the Barrel crew checks in with some seriously talented groms in Bali. If you’ve not heard of Sonny Perrussel and Made Tedi, just wait. You soon will. For these frothers it sure helps to have someone like Tai “Buddha” Graham sharing his wisdom,…

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When the big winter swells roll towards Hawaii and California it’s a helluva show to see surfers pack their big kahunas (and often a few gas cannisters) tightly into their wetsuits and take on the might of the ocean. The rewards are big. Amazing barrels,…

On our global hunt for barrels we get to meet some wonderful people and make connections with like-minded folk who share a love of barrels and a passion for the ocean. Baptiste Gossein, a Frenchman who has made Tahiti home, is one of these truly…