I realize we may come off as Slater-worshippers here, but c’mon, what surfer isn’t one? It can’t be noted enough that Kelly is in a league of his own at age 42 in a tight race for the current world title and being the oldest (and formerly youngest) pro athlete to win surfing world titles. In regards to the 720 (or 540) he pulled off in Portugal, Michael Roberts claims, “What he did on that windy day in Portugal would have been like Michael Jordan winning the NBA slam-dunk contest while playing for the Washington Wizards—if Jordan was also still contending for a championship and an MVP award.” Read this great article that got the champ the cover of Outside Mag here:

Last winter my good friend Bradley Carbone and I were on a snowboarding trip in Vermont when he took a freak spill and suffered a life changing C5 spinal cord injury. The fall left him paralyzed with significant physical and financial challenges, which include medical, rehabilitation, and living expenses that go above the limits of insurance coverage. Friends, colleagues and artists have set up a site featuring donated art works and products for auction to help Bradley with his ongoing financial burdens. Please take a moment to check it out and help spread the word. The auction closes Monday, December 15th.

This holiday season try something new: instead of buying presents, give gifts. Instead of being a consumer, be a human citizen. Stop giving people more thoughtless stuff they don’t need as a representation of your love for them. Spend time with them doing things that are meaningful. This year our holiday gift guide focuses not on material possessions, but instead we give you some ideas and card templates for gifts that you can share with loved ones through real-world experiences. We have also compiled a list of some of our favorite charities that you can donate to in someones’s name.


Earlier this year, after over two decades as the face of Quiksilver, Kelly Slater chose not to renew his sponsorship contract. Instead, He’s teamed up with acclaimed menswear designer John Moore (VSTR, Quiksilver Women’s, M.Nii) to launch Outerknown. Geared towards the more sophisticated, fashionable and well-traveled surfer – Outerknown’s first collection lands Autumn 2015. Read an article from Business Of Fashion with the two minds here:

The hotel world has changed quite a bit over the past couple decades, going from dumpy little boxes with rooms that you would spend as little time as possibly in to beautifully designed oases that you’d want to make your home. The latest edition to the hotel revolution is 1 Hotels. Yes, you’ll find your obligatory reclaimed wood and fresh organic foods, but it seems like 1 Hotels is really drawing a line in the sand and committing to creating a cause (not a brand) that represents something larger than themselves…”A Cause built off a simple idea: the world around us is beautiful and we want to keep it that way.” Currently 1 Hotels has locations at Central Park, NYC and South Beach, with another to be located at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

As long time fans of Made Publishers, we were excited to see the latest edition of Nourished. If you’re not familiar with Nourished, they take on a holistic approach in presenting articles on food & nutrition, health & wellbeing, travel and beauty. Each issue is also beautifully designed with incredible photography and writing. Edition Two of Nourished features, amongst many other great articles, Nike Gobal Concept Director Kristin Reiter, Steve Schwartz from Art of Tea, and a recipe for a warming apple, pear and ginger pie (just in time for the holidays!).
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This week’s dose of surf porn comes with a high dose of serotonin from the high octane surfing of Oliver Kurtz on his travels to Hawaii, California, Panama, Mexico, Azores and more. Enjoy the extra dose of serotonin on this fine Sunday!

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Using the perfect balance of wood, metal, concrete, and glass, there are many new and beautifully designed houses being constructed around the world. There are also many books documenting them. The thing that lacks in some of those publications is the ability to show a truly lived in space and what makes a house, a home. France based New Zealand photographer Mary Gaudin has done just that and captured fourteen wonderfully lived in modernist homes in the city of Wellington, NZ. Her photos show the perfect marriage of nature, structure, and humanity, and that sometimes going just a little bit further down the path will reveal some amazing things.

It’s a sad truth, the majority of our beloved U.S. state license plates are poorly designed and quite embarrassing (we love ya, but what’s up with that ‘M’, Michigan?). With all the poor uses of color, typography, and imagery, I’m sure even the guys in prison banging these suckers out are probably wondering ‘what the hell’. Looks like designer Jonathan Lawrence was also fed up with looking at all these little, mobile, rectangular design disasters, and started the State Plates Project. He’s tasked designers all around the country to redesign a state plate of their choice and there’s some real gems in the bunch, even worthy of your VW Vanagon. Keep checking back on the project’s site as new plate designs are soon to be added.
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Last week the world saw its first glimpse at the long anticipated new Star Wars movie directed by JJ Abrams set to hit theaters next December. The teaser trailer has been racking up the views and nerd commentary by the second and a ton of parodies have since been released. This one by Jonah Feingold takes the cake so far though – what would the trailer look like if Wes Anderson directed it? Nailed it…
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This past September Cyrus Sutton hit the road up north along the Pacific coast with his girlfriend Michelle, camera, and drone to visit a slew of his friends. A few of these folks were Eric Ethans, founder of the Suja juice company who lives in Tahoe, Lee Leatherman, son of Leatherman multi-tool founder Tim Leatherman in Oregon, social media maven Foster Huntington and his rad dream compound up in Washington, Joe Curren and Ryan Lovelace. Epic journey, epic crew, epic views. These guys are living the dream.
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Pioneer surf cinematographer, filmmaker and board designer George Greenough recently found some lost 16mm waveriding footage from the late ‘60s. It has never been seen until now. Long before HD video cameras went digital and dinky, Santa Barbara native George Greenough was strapping a full-sized film camera to his back and capturing POV footage from inside the tube. Not only did he envision the shot, he hand-built the water housing for his camera to make it happen. It was just one innovation of many from a man who helped define modern surfing as much as anyone in history.