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Zach Weisberg
Zach Weisberg is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Inertia, Surfing's Definitive Online Community. Weisberg is a former Editor at SURFER Magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Forbes, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Surfer’s Journal, and many other publications. Based in Venice, California, Weisberg recently completed his MBA at the USC Marshall School of Business ('13). He believes in good, good energy. Learn more about Zach at

Entries by Zach Weisberg

World's Best Surfers Fight GMOs in Hawaii Protest

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:38 AM

"All people have to do is look this shit up, and you will be pissed," said Mark Healey, a man who has made a global reputation by surfing some of the largest waves on the planet. Today, Mark is standing in the pouring rain at the Haleiwa Beach...

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5 Surfers Battle Billionaire for Beach Access in California

(5) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 9:53 AM

On a brisk fall morning last October, five surfers walked across private property in San Mateo County, California to surf the waves at Martin's Beach. The beach had previously been accessible to the public via a small fee for years before it was taken under new ownership, and suddenly access...

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10 Reasons Surfing Improves Humanity

(21) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 12:59 PM

I've met enough dedicated surfers who are absolute jerks to know that surfing alone cannot save humanity. However, after spending nearly 15 years immersed in the sport, I believe elements of surfing have the potential to ground human beings in a uniquely meaningful way. Below are 10 of them. Don't...

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Surfers Walk in Martin's Beach Access Trial

(7) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Thursday, in a modest courthouse in Redwood City, California, five surfers faced up to a year of jail time and thousand dollar fines for the simple act of surfing on the hotly contested San Mateo property known as Martin's Beach. The land was recently acquired by Venture Capitalist...

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The Psychology of Big Wave Surfing

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 3:53 PM

A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to launch a documentary film series through The Inertia that would tell the best stories in surfing. Period. Where the emphasis is on storytelling, and surfing serves as a gorgeous backdrop for compelling themes that all humans -- not...

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Celebrating Nick Gabaldon, the First "Documented" African American Surfer

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Our lives revolve around stories. When told correctly, stories have the power to inspire, challenge, and organize ideas in an otherwise puzzling world. They often provide a framework for understanding ourselves, so when a story realizes its potential, it's an absolutely transcendent event. Nick Gabaldon's is one such...

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Confronting Bigotry in Surfing

(11) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 5:55 PM

On December 12, 2009 on the North Shore of Oahu just a few hours after Mick Fanning cemented his second ASP World Title, Stab Magazine writer Chas Smith and the newly-crowned two-time World Champion shared an awkward and unpleasant exchange that resulted in Fanning calling Smith a "f--cking Jew" several...

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New York Hosts the First Million-Dollar Surf Contest

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 5:15 PM

And so it's decided. After much speculation, the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and Quiksilver officially announced that the sixth stop of the 2011 ASP World Tour will take place in Long Island, NY and go by the name: The Quiksilver Pro New York.

While the...

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Seeking Truth in The Social Network

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 3:56 PM

Consider the fact that one in fourteen people on the planet has a Facebook account. That means that, by the numbers, every single United States citizen (every single person) is a Facebook 190 million more people.[1] To say Facebook is big is like saying Motley Crüe had drug...

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Hands Across the Sand Movement Makes a Bold Visual Statement Against Offshore Drilling

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 1:50 PM

With fingers clasped in solidarity and feet planted firmly in the sand, nearly one hundred strangers stood hand in hand on the beach just north of the San Clemente Pier in Orange County, California on Saturday afternoon. The group was participating in the Hands Across the Sand movement,...

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Surfers Lament the Largest Oil Spill in U.S. History

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 4:35 PM

Sixty-six days after BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana and catalyzed the worst oil spill in U.S. history (one that also killed eleven workers and injured seven others), Americans stare shame-faced at the black shadow in the Gulf of Mexico. It's huge....

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