C.J. Hobgood rode a motorcycle and broke his foot. He should be doing better by the time this comes out, but needless to say, he’ll be missing some events this year. Get well, C.J., you’re our favorite Hobgood (well, actually you’re in our top two).

Brian Conley came into the office the other day to autograph a giant-sized copy of the cover he was on. The huge cover is now hanging on the walls of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Jack’s Surf Shop in Huntington.

Christian Fletcher is blasting five-footers on Santa Cruz

Surfboards. “Riding Santa Cruz Surfboards is going to bring me back where I belong and fit in–the skateboard world,” says Christian. “Not to mention the S.C. boards are sick!”

Santa Cruz will release two new Christian Fletcher models in midsummer of 2004. Christian will join the ranks of seasoned Santa Cruz vets Shawn “Barney” Barron, Adam Replogle, Anthony Tashnick, Sean Petersen, Matt “Ratt” Schrodetz, and Bud Freitas.

Kelly Slater was looking good at the Teen Choice Awards. Kelly, along with Tony Hawk and Jillian Barberie, presented the award for “Teen Choice Hottest Guy.” It was a weird scene.

Duff’s Shoes just came out with some cool new sandals. The line is called “Things You Shouldn’t Step On,” and they have scary images on the top of the sandal’s footbed like glass, dog shit, and nails. That’s why they call them Things You Shouldn’t Step On sandals.

Matix Clothing and Lakai Footwear have announced that they are starting a surf team. The first teamrider is none other than former NSSA National Champ Anthony Petruso of Malibu, California.

Garret McNamara is now riding for No Fear. It’s a very fitting match because he’s got balls the size of Milwaukee. Toby Ogden (the new marketing guy at No Fear) put him on the team as his first order of business.

Bill “Beaker” Bryan captured his tenth world title at the 27th Annual World Championship Of Skimboarding presented by Hershey’s Milk. The contest was held at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach, California over the weekend of July 19 and 20.

The famous surf spot Jardim do Mar in Madeira is again under threat of destruction by the ongoing construction of a seaside promenade and accompanying seawall. Surfers on the island of Madeira are calling for international help in preserving what has been called the world’s best (and perhaps only) big-wave point break. The development is one of many coastal projects that are currently threatening more than half of the surf breaks on the island. A coalition of environmental groups is planning another public demonstration in November 2003 to protest the loss of recreational sites for the sport of surfing and to demand that environmental guidelines are met in all future projects. To get more information, visit Save The Waves Coalition at, or contact Executive Director Will Henry at

After you help save Madeira, help save a manatee. All you Floridians should pitch in and adopt a manatee. Those things are cool-looking, and they seem really nice. They get nailed by boats all the time, and that really sucks. Do something positive! Go to and save a cool beast.

There’s a new product on the market to help keep your feet clean and your wetsuit new. The Motomat is a square-shaped changing mat made of polyester, with three-inch-high sides, and it comes in a little bag–seems like a pretty good idea and costs about 40 bucks. Check it out at

Memorex has gotten all extreme and shit. Check out its newest recordable CDs that have cool action graphics. Superr sweet surf shot, brah.

There’re a lot of things to do in the bathroom besides defecate and masturbate. One of them is to make yourself look pretty for the ladies. A great way to do this is by using these cool new products from Aromapharmacy. Shaving cream, shampoo, soap with little surfers on the wrapper, and aromatherapy candles that help hangovers. Check it out: