Articles written by: Ryan Curtin

Ryan Curtin is a writer, surfer, traveler, and cultivator of extravagant beards. He enjoys northeast winters, corduroy pants, yerba mate and offshore winds. When he isn’t crafting elegant prose for various internet blogs, Ryan is likely either breaking hearts and saving lives as an ocean lifeguard or shredding copious amounts of gnar.

10 Best Urban Hiking Trails in America

10 Best Urban Hiking Trails in America

For most folks, hiking is pretty much just walking around with extra granola bars. It’s the everyman’s outdoor pursuit, and one of the few recognized outdoor activities in which you can participate accidentally. Most people equate hiking with the great outdoors, and that’s okay. But what exactly makes any one [...]

Best Places to Snowboard and Surf in the Same Day

Best Places to Snowboard and Surf in the Same Day

Ah, the classic dilemma. Do I slide on frozen water, or liquid water? Our planet is small and mostly water, so why choose? The following is a list of places where you can absolutely bro-out and snowboard and surf in the same day. Southern California Some call it the California [...]

How to Pack a Surfboard for Air Travel

How to Pack a Surfboard for Air Travel

Surf travel can be rough on your gear. Airline workers, cab drivers, and minibus operators have better things to do than worry about your pintail. If you think you can explain the proper method of attaching a board to a tuk-tuk in perfect Indonesian, then go for it, but a [...]

How to Pack for a Surf Trip to the Tropics

How to Pack for a Surf Trip to the Tropics

Packing for the tropics should be easy. You don’t need much. Still, many people tend to make some serious mistakes when packing for their first surf trips to the tropics. Packing too much can be cumbersome. Packing too little can be deadly. While it’s always tempting to utilize the ol’ [...]

4 Cold Water Surf Destinations You Never Considered

4 Cold Water Surf Destinations You Never Considered

Most people don’t want to wear booties on a surf trip. We go on surf trips to escape. A surf trip should be relaxing and warm, right? Maybe not. Anyone that has been to Bali or Costa Rica lately knows that crowds are growing and show no signs of stopping. [...]

Cross Training Strategies for Heavy Surf Conditions

Cross Training Strategies for Heavy Surf Conditions

Full disclosure: I am not a big wave surfer. I’ve never paddled at Mavs. I don’t do tow-ins. You won’t see me at the Eddie. I mostly surf very cold closeouts. With that said, I do like to charge on alternate Wednesdays.  I have been caught inside at Puerto Escondido [...]

5 Best Surf Spots on South Africa’s Garden Route

5 Best Surf Spots on South Africa’s Garden Route

When most surfers think of South Africa, they immediately picture the long, roping rights of J-Bay’s supertubes, the big-wave mutants of Cape Town’s Dungeons, or the warm beach break tubes of Durban. South Africa happens to be one of the most surf-spoiled countries on earth, and the Garden Route offers a [...]