Adrift with the Vanguard: Jared Mell – Newport’s ride-anything stylemaster, on being a student of longboarding, shortboarding and everything in between

Adrift with the Vanguard: Jared Mell – Newport’s ride-anything stylemaster, on being a student of longboarding, shortboarding and everything in between

That’s a group of people you wouldn’t think would surf together because they’re all so different, but at the end of the day it’s about having fun and having people you respect show you which boards to ride, which swells to go chase, where to go and how to act.

Over the span of ten days, the crew bounced between perfect reef breaks, swapping boards (many of them handshaped by the surfers themselves) and drawing inspiration from each other’s distinctive approaches to riding waves.

If you understand how different styles of boards work in different waves, that’s all helpful in you becoming more knowledgeable and a better surfer.

Now that I travel more, I’ve learned different tricks from guys like Bob McTavish and Neal Purchase Jr. in Australia, and Rich Pavel who is a great shaper here in Bali.

But I’ve learned a lot by watching shortboarders draw different lines, and then trying similar things on my boards and it actually helps.

Because they understand their craft and know what to ride in different conditions, they’re still surfing well and having so much fun.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

Adrift with the Vanguard: Jared Mell   Newports ride anything stylemaster, on being a student of longboarding, shortboarding and everything in between surf photo  Adrift with the Vanguard: Jared Mell   Newports ride anything stylemaster, on being a student of longboarding, shortboarding and everything in between surf photo  Adrift with the Vanguard: Jared Mell   Newports ride anything stylemaster, on being a student of longboarding, shortboarding and everything in between surf photo

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