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Our Contributors

The Surfing Handbook wouldn’t be what it is without our authors and contributors!  We are proud to publish writing from surfers around the globe, of all skill levels.  If you’d like to write for us, please send an email to with your idea for an article.

  • Aslinda Ali

    Aslinda is a globewanderer whose primary occupation right now is to meditate on her wave-riding, one swell at a time. She is currently on a worldwide quest to find the best wave of her life
  • Alex Joyce

    Alex Joyce is a writer, scientist and surfer. He has travelled across Europe, Africa, Asia, The Americas and Australia in pursuit of waves. He is currently making a documentary called "Together We Surf" about a recent surf trip to Mexico. He resides in Ireland where the weather is shit.
  • Andy Martinez

    Andy lives in the Bay Area and attends the Engineering School at UCSD. He is very excited to be in warmer weather and nice surf!
  • Dave Christensen

    Dave Christensen is a surfer/musician/artist based out of Laguna Beach, California.
  • Duke Murphy

    Duke is an Army Brat, who went into the Navy for twenty years. Now retired from the Navy and still working, he still supports the Navy, his wife and two dogs, and a real bad surfing habit. Aloha, Mahalo from Virginia Beach.
  • Hugh MacDonald

    Hugh lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. He chases cold waves up and down the rocky coastline year round, and is blessed to have a beautiful better half who understands why.
  • Kris Manske

    Kris Manske is a San Diego surfer and former president of San Diego Surf Ladies.
  • Marion Stratford

    Marion Stratford is a freelance writer from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. A surfer for 45 years, he has covered surfing as a correspondent for the Florida Times-Union and is currently a National Surfing Examiner with
  • Ray Gorman

    Ray Gorman has been in and around the waters of Long Island for over 40 years. Prefers Dawn Patrols and 'secret' spots to avoid crowds, if only to be able to get in 18 holes later on. Currently lives in Astoria, NY and still makes that drive to the beach to check the sky every chance he gets...
  • Hayley Gordon

    Hayley Gordon has been surfing for over 20 years. Riding both shortboards and longboards, she's traveled the world to surf but mainly sticks to her two home locations of San Diego and Long Island.
  • Stefan Slater

    Stefan Slater is from Los Angeles, CA. He is a freelance writer and started surfing when he was 14. His favorite surf spots in L.A. are Malibu Point, El Porto, and County Line.
  • Shawn Tracht

    Shawn Tracht is a Central California surfer who has been teaching English for 8 years. He is an avid writer, having a column in Deep Magazine ( about surfboard design, as well as a free-lance writer in various other surf magazines, both print and online. Though Shawn is sponsored as a surfer by Patagonia, Dakine, Etnies, and Central Coast Surfboards, Shawn loves being a father and husband most.
  • Tommy DePalma

    Tommy DePalma is a lifetime surfer, spending most of his time on the North Carolina coast. He enjoys traveling up and down the East Coast in search of great waves and empty breaks.
  • RobLongboards

    Just loggin
  • Thomas S. Garlinghouse

    Tom Garlinghouse is a free-lance writer who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his girlfriend, Lauren, two dogs, three cats, and a rabbit. He is an avid surfer who can frequently be found haunting the numerous reef breaks north of Santa Cruz.
  • Ted Whitaker

    Ted is an artist, filmmaker and surfer. He surfs any craft from retro twin, log and shortboards. His favorite New Zealand bird is the Kakapo.
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