Tetsuhiko Endo

Tetsuhiko Endo is The Inertia's Surf Editor. Ted has never been to Hawai’i, surfs with a hunch, and can count the number of times he has pulled out of barrels. The only thing that qualifies him to write about surfing is that he grew up right next to the world headquarters of Hollister, in Columbus, Ohio. And his mind is slightly askew. That helps things along. He also writes for National Geographic, the New York Times, Popular Science, SURFER Magazine, The Surfer’s Path, Huck, and 3sesenta.

Largest Waves in 18 Years Beckon Big-Wave Surfers to Hawaii

Of the many ways in which El Niño weirds the global weather (see what it is doing for skiers), none is quite so dramatic as the very large storms it creates in the Pacific, which in turn create very large waves. This year the amount of very large waves being surfed in the Pacific Ocean,…

Big-Wave Surfer Carlos Burle on the Dramatic Rescue and Ride at Nazaré

Last Monday Brazilian Carlos Burle almost lost his tow partner, Maya Gabeira, then rode what many are calling the biggest wave in the history of surfing in Nazaré, Portugal. The official measurements aren’t in yet, but however the numbers fall, it is not a ride, or a day that will soon be forgotten. Almost as…

Into the Mind: Ski Film Director Dave Mossop on Fear, Happiness, Mortality

Only at the San Sebastián film festival can the director of a ski film sit down for an interview in a hotel lobby directly in between Oliver Stone and Diego Luna. That was where Dave Mossop found himself ahead of the world premiere of his latest visual feast, Into the Mind. Coming hot off the…

Climbing Prodigy David Lama on Trust, Attitude, and Friendship

While Hugh Jackman is being fawned over by a horde of reporters down the street, David Lama sits on a hotel patio in the midst of movie directors and European starlets awaiting his next interview. There is a stillness to him that draws the attention. He maintains a certain economy of movement that is almost…

Ski-BASE Pioneer’s Wife Sherry McConkey on Danger, Loss, Parenthood

Sherry McConkey has spent the better part of the last year touring the world with a biopic of her husband, the professional skier and pioneering wingsuiter Shane McConkey who died in a ski-BASE jumping accident in 2009.  The movie, which she co-produced, hopes to set the record straight about the life and legacy of her…

Top Surfers Name the World’s Most Dangerous Waves, Plus Surf Spots for the Rest of Us

See surfing photos submitted to us by adventurers like you >> For all of human history, waves have been a byword for “danger.” They drown swimmers, sink ships, and swamp entire towns with an inexorability and indifference that mocks the frailty of man in the intermittent roar and murmur of moving water. While many old…