Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is the co-author of 180 South: Conquerors of the Useless. He resides in Santa Barbara, California and works for Patagonia as a staff photographer, writer and product tester.

The Malloy Brothers’ Humble Ascent in Surfing
Photo: Jeff Johnson
The Malloy Brothers’ Humble Ascent in Surfing
Jeff Johnson

It’s 2002. Dan Malloy, the youngest of the Malloy brothers, is surfing in a contest at Sunset Beach on Oʻahu. He is 25 years old and upholding a foundation built by his two older brothers, which has made him the most hopeful of the Malloy clan to excel in the competitive surfing world. But it’s…

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Viva Los Fun Hogs – A #Funhogging Origin Story
Viva Los Fun Hogs – A #Funhogging Origin Story
Viva Los Fun Hogs – A #Funhogging Origin Story
Jeff Johnson

I used to dread the summers on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Famous for its winter surf, surfers from all over the world come to see what they are made of during a certain time of year. In the summertime, the waves go away and the crowds dissipate. My friends and I dreaded the…

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Beyond and Back: Climbing Middle Cathedral with Mikey Schaefer
Beyond and Back: Climbing Middle Cathedral with Mikey Schaefer
Beyond and Back: Climbing Middle Cathedral with Mikey Schaefer
Jeff Johnson

Middle Cathedral: the ugly stepbrother of El Capitan that sits just across the valley, shoulders slumped, hiding his dark north-facing flanks that almost never see sun. The monolith hosts many seldom-climbed classics: Stoner’s Highway, the Direct North Buttress or DMB (more commonly known as the “do not bother”), Quicksilver and Mother Earth, to name a…

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Beyond and Back: Fred Beckey
Photo: Jeff Johnson
Beyond and Back: Fred Beckey
Jeff Johnson

I first met Fred Beckey about 6 years ago at the Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree. He was sitting at a corner booth surrounded by young women (in their 40’s), empty pint glasses, and wearing an ear-to-ear grin. I was told he had more first ascents than anyone in the world. He was in his…

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Beyond and Back: Protest the Dams
Beyond and Back: Protest the Dams
Beyond and Back: Protest the Dams
Jeff Johnson

During such dire times as we are in now, I would like to pass on this story I wrote in 2008. It is an outtake from the book 180° South. It has never been published. During the making of the film I spent a few months down in Chile hanging out with fishermen and gauchos…

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Beyond and Back: 180° South/Yvon Chouinard
Yvon Chouinard and Tom Frost. Photo: Tom Frost Collection
Beyond and Back: 180° South/Yvon Chouinard
Jeff Johnson

Its been over a year since the initial premiere of our film 180°South at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. After that we had a west-coast tour. Then, for the next four months, it played at selected theaters around the country. There were some international shows as well – Spain, Australia, Japan, Canada, to name a few. It was an…

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Beyond and Back: Indian Creek
Beyond and Back: Indian Creek
Beyond and Back: Indian Creek
Jeff Johnson

I’ve dreamt of Indian Creek for years but had never made the voyage. Now I had an excuse. The Patagonia Design Offsite was to be in Utah this month and I wanted to attend. This would be my first trip to Moab and Indian Creek. I picked up my friend Bill Beckwith in San Francisco.…

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Beyond and Back: Rivers Cuomo Wears Patagonia
Rivers Cuomo
Beyond and Back: Rivers Cuomo Wears Patagonia
Jeff Johnson

I said in my initial entry that I would occasionally talk about or mention product. This is only because I am very passionate about technical product. I love it when a piece of gear works exactly how it was intended when used in the conditions it was designed for. For instance: when I’m making an…

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Beyond and Back: Scott Parrish
Beyond and Back: Scott Parrish
Beyond and Back: Scott Parrish
Jeff Johnson

Scott Parry climbing “Steppin Out” 5.10d, Yosemite Valley. Photo: Jeff Johnson Phew … I’m back! Finally. Got back a couple months ago after being out of the country for half a year. Long story, too long. I’ll get to that later. You know how it is when you come back from traveling; an estrangement occurs.…

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Beyond and Back: Surfing Malibu with Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy
Beyond and Back: Surfing Malibu with Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy
Beyond and Back: Surfing Malibu with Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy
Jeff Johnson

by Jeff Johnson Sometimes you forget about your own backyard. While passing through Ventura the other day I had heard about a building south swell. So I hooked up with Patagonia Surf ambassadors Mary Osborne and Chris Malloy and headed south. We ended up posting up all afternoon at a spot north of Malibu. The…

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Beyond and Back: Climbing in Yosemite
Beyond and Back: Climbing in Yosemite
Beyond and Back: Climbing in Yosemite
Jeff Johnson

The other day while wandering around Camp 4 in Yosemite I ran into Patagonia ambassador Timmy O’Neill. He was hanging around the SARS site with his brother Sean and some guy named Aron. Timmy asked me if I wanted to climb the Manure Pile with him and Aron. “Sure,” I said. Walking to the parking…

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Beyond and Back: A Patagonia Employee’s Travels by Sprinter Van
Beyond and Back: A Patagonia Employee’s Travels by Sprinter Van
Beyond and Back: A Patagonia Employee’s Travels by Sprinter Van
Jeff Johnson

Ventura, California Departure: June 8, 2007 Let me introduce myself. My name is Jeff though sometimes people call me Tofu. Yes, I am employed by Patagonia. I work as a photographer, writer, and assist in the testing and production of Patagonia products. I am hitting the road in my van for an undetermined amount of time, simply to…

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Beyond and Back: Liz Clark and Belinda Baggs
Beyond and Back: Liz Clark and Belinda Baggs
Beyond and Back: Liz Clark and Belinda Baggs
Jeff Johnson

by Jeff Johnson Editor's note: We're stoked to introduce a new feature on The Cleanest Line from Bend to Baja author/photographer Jeff Johnson. Jeff's work has appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, Surfer’s Path, Alpinist, Surfing, Surfer and the Patagonia catalog. When we don't have him chained to a desk at Pat. HQ in Ventura, Jeff…

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