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Peter Drouyn was the epitome of a competitive, Australian surf god in the 60s and 70s. The former pro surfer was filled with personality, charisma, masculinity and raw talent. He invented the man-on-man surf contest format and even introduced surfing to China. Peter has now since transformed into Westerly Windina, a woman in her 60s living in Queensland, Australia. Author and former pro surfer, Jamie Brisick has spent the last 5 years getting to know Westerly and documenting her life in a biography that just hit bookshelves today, and an upcoming documentary film. We recently sat down with Jamie in Malibu to hear more about the story of Westerly and what drew him to her in the first place.

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Peru is awesome. No, Peru is epic. As our guide on the trek to Machu Picchu so aptly put it,”Everything is bigger in Peru, except the people.” The land is just so lush and diverse, the waves so long and abundant, the food so fresh & good everywhere, and the people are so friendly and hospitable. For a surfer (especially a goofy footer) or anyone who enjoys the great outdoors for that matter, Peru should be on your bucket list. My recommendation would be to divide the trip up (regardless of duration) into surfing and the mountains – specifically a guided trek to Machu Picchu, and a trip to the rainforest if you have enough time. After spending only a couple weeks there, I barely scratched the surface of rad stuff to do in this amazing country, but here are some highlights from my journey to the land of lefts and a few recommendations along the way.

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Colin Tunstall is a busy guy. Since co-founding Saturdays Surf NYC with his two buddies Morgan and Josh, Colin has been taking on a constant whirlwind of projects surrounding the brand. From multiple stores in New York and Japan, to product & artist collaborations, a full clothing line, a magazine, and even their own blend of coffee, Saturdays has redefined what it means to be a surfer in the modern age and how the surfing lifestyle is perceived to a new, wider audience. We recently caught up with Colin in his apartment, right down the street from the Saturdays office to talk about what it means to be at the creative helm of such an influential brand and to check out his growing art collection.

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Every month we are updating a custom, curated Indoek Shop on Huckberry.com. As we break the annual spell of “June Gloom” out west and head into hotter, longer, sunnier days, we have assembled a collection of products for staying cool and relaxing outside.

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This is a prime example of why I love Kickstarter. Please help George Trimm bring us this rad surf flick reminiscent of grind house films from the 60s shot on Super 8. Here’s the plot: A special forces commando is chosen to go on a perilous mission, deep behind enemy lines. Kilroy is sent on a clandestine operation to uncover the mysteries of the Caldera Network. This mission thrusts Kilroy into a mystic and savage journey into the heart of the unknown. Join Kilroy as he battles ferocious beasts, ethereal gurus, and forbidding landscapes, using a group of surfers as cover to infiltrate and exact his revenge on the criminal thugs.

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In this clip Buckminster Fuller explains the concept of Vector Equilibrium using a stick model. This clip contains his phrase, “Nature Abhors That Equilibrium” and “You’re watching a beautiful thing.” The latter he states as he demonstrates the contraction of this model which represents the vector forces in the Universe as we know it. Science is cool.

Picking out the right surfboard is a tough decision, whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner. There are so many different sizes and styles of boards these days fit for any type of surfer and wave conditions – it can be a little overwhelming. We teamed up with our bros at Union Surfboards to make it easier for you to choose the right surfboard design with this helpful decision tree infographic.

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Cape Ann, Massachusetts is a rocky piece of land settled by religious zealots, pirates and witches 150 years before the founding of the United States. Simultaneously home to America’s oldest fishing and fine art community, this is an area where people are fiercely prideful. Here, blue-collar fisherman live side by side with classical musicians and blue-blooded aristocrats.

Keith Natti, a descendent of one of the early prominent families in the area, is someone who epitomizes this community. He is the owner and brains behind a multitude of surf related projects; Twin Lights Glassing, his high-end board glassing business; Natti Surfboards, his custom surfboard shapes and Pinecone Surfboards, his collaborative shapes with his son Gavin. He is also the only professional surf craftsman in an area where interest in the sport has grown exponentially. Natti Surfboards are now a ubiquitous sight at all the local surf spots. Sean Martin recently spent a cold and rainy week in Cape Ann with Natti to capture the life of a true New England waterman.

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Jordan Hoffart not only skates for a living, but he totally immersed himself in the sport at his home. The Canadian native made a personal skate utopia at his house in Vista, California. Hoffart pulled recourses from experienced friends, Josh Hawkins and Kyle Berard, in order to create a fully skate-able property equipped with mini-quarter pipe, lips, ledges, kickers, and a bowl that took around six weeks to build. Wouldn’t mind waking up to this everyday!

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Steve Zeldin is a surf media legend. In the year 2001, instead of the world ending with a space baby or Y2K fallout, Steve created the best surf publication of all time: Water Magazine. Water was an honest and refreshing take on modern surf culture at the time, in my opinion it elevated surfing to a new creative aesthetic and changed the surf media game forever. Before Water Mag, Steve was a jack-of-all-trades at Surfing, then Publisher / Editor-In-Chief at Transwold Surf. Now he is backing the latest in surf media gems, What Youth. Needless to say, his professional career has centered around documenting our beloved sport and the beautiful lifestyle that surrounds it. Last month I spent an afternoon with the great Zeldini at his beach-front pad in Newport Beach for a little glimpse into his world and to take many, many notes. Please note: This is a homage to Steve’s infamous 20-30 page Water Magazine interviews. In other words, because I am a super-fan of Steve’s work, this interview is a little longer than usual. So get cozy, apply some sunscreen for a little laptop tan and settle on in for the long read.

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In the Spring of 2014 a small group of close friends broke ground on a building project in Skamania County, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge. Their primary endeavor was a multi-platform tree house, but also included a skate bowl and a wood fired soaking tub as well. The crew came from all over the country and from a variety of backgrounds. Some were professional carpenters, others learned on the job, gaining experience along the way. The Cinder Cone is Foster Huntington’s short film that documents this year-long process of building his dream home with this community of tight knit friends. Check out the Kickstarter for the book here:

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