Would you look at that cover? Don’t it just scream timeless bodyboarding? It’s not just Jared Houston’s perfect fisheye barrel that sums up our 192nd issue, it’s his meteoric rise to stardom – a changing of the guard that seamlessly echoes this magazine’s theme.
With three potentially major changes occurring in bodyboarding late last year, we spoke to three of the sport’s most influential figures to dissect what those events mean. Ben Player, Ryan Hardy and Terry McKenna all provide some frank and exclusive assessments of the sport and their careers in these pages that no avid bodyboarder should miss.
Other big-name stars in 192 include Chris James and Nick Gornall, two of the most fearsome freesurfers in the world. They guide you step-by-step through Gran Canaria, home of the world’s best bodyboarding wave. Lachlan Cramsie gets his first big magazine profile and looks on the verge of challenging some of the big boys on the world stage. Then you have premier bodyboarding journalist Andy Lawrence breaking down arguably the greatest day of competition ever witnessed in bodyboarding – a game-changing World Title race if there ever was one.
But when it comes to big names, none can eclipse that of Mike Stewart. He’s in these pages too, discussing his best and worst trips and the travel lessons learnt over an unparalleled career. It’s the perfect prelude to our travel guide and inspiration to make a change yourself and hit the open road.
Whether it’s bringing you exclusive interviews with the sport’s biggest names, dissecting the moments that matter with unrivalled finesse or simply showcasing some of the finest bodyboarding images on the planet, it’s at least clear Riptide hasn’t changed its core values one bit.
In This Issue.
"There is nothing permanent except for change." - Greek philosopher Heraclitus.
ALL HYPED UP
Lachlan Cramsie and those three little words.
And the winner is...bodyboarding. Andy Lawrence breaks down a day for the ages.
Three of bodyboarding's most influential figures dissect three of last year's defining moments.
Two of the world's best freesurfers guide you through Gran Canaria.