Surfing Is Hard...but Learning Doesn't Have to Suck

I remember my first wave like it was yesterday… It was a hot summer day at Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was 10 years old and my mom had enrolled me and my cousin in a surf school that offered group lessons on the weekends. The instructors

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Daughters of the Sea with Suri Barrera

It wasn't that long ago that El Salvador was a destination reserved for the most intrepid of surfers. In the 1970s the first wave of surf explorers rejoiced for their discovery of famous right-hand point breaks, like Punta Roca and Punta Mango, but the development of the country

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Into the Jungle with Mayköl Espinoza

For the past 3 years, Thermal has partnered with Mayköl Espinoza as our go-to guide for the Osa Peninsula, in Costa Rica. For those who don’t know, the Osa is home to the 2nd highest biodiversity index in the world, after the Amazon Rainforest. It is also home to

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How Did We Find Pablo?

Years before Thermal was born, I made a friendship in Mexico that would go on to change the course of our lives.  At the time I was the photographer and creative director for a small-batch mezcal brand, Maguey Melate, and traveled all around the state of Oaxaca to visit farms

Coastal Guardians

Waves of Inspiration

Let’s be real, whether it's in your everyday life or seen on your Instagram feed, there’s a lot of heaviness in the world. Even if you are far from danger, it can be hard to handle and you don’t need to be an expert to

Coastal Guardians

Guide Spotlight: Tereva David, Tahiti.

Out in the vast blue expanse of the South Pacific are the islands of Polynesia, home to a culture that is just as much a part of the ocean as they are to any piece of land. There are over 1,000 islands, spread across an area that is more

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What We're Watching, Vol 1: Wade in the Water

One project that has been near and dear to our hearts here at Thermal is the documentary film Wade in the Water: A Journey into Black Surfing and Aquatic Culture (WITW). The film is a blend of narratives featuring multiple stories that help the viewer get a better sense of

The Surf Trip of a Lifetime in Oaxaca, Mexico

Join Zeke Choi, Shiloh Tennberg, Gabriel Tennberg and John Hook as they scour the Mexican coastline finding perfect waves and a week-long experience to remember.

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