Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson is a writer and editor at Patagonia. After several years in California, he’s now based in northern British Columbia.

Fire Up the Test Tank

There’s nothing more important than having waves a few minutes away.

Malcolm Johnson
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Drawing from the Landscape

Patagonia Designers on the ‘Celebrating Public Lands’ Collection

Malcolm Johnson
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Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters

“For us, the tide is the boss,” says Adam James of Hama Hama Oysters, a fifth-generation, family-run shellfish farm on Washington’s Puget Sound. “In late August and September, we’ll be out there on the beach harvesting at 3 or 4 a.m., and when the sun finally comes up you can’t help but pause. It reminds…

Malcolm Johnson
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The Slab Hunter: Ben Wilkinson Woodwork

It didn’t take long for Ben Wilkinson to figure out that there was freedom to be had in working for himself—and that freedom was the first requirement if he wanted to go surfing whenever the waves got huge. “I left home when I was 16,” he remembers, “which was old enough in my eyes. But…

Malcolm Johnson
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On the Vulnerable British Columbia Coast, Looks Are Deceiving

If you’ve ever read a story about surfing on the Canadian coast, you’re pretty sure to have read a few boilerplate paragraphs about how pristine it is in this part of the world. How bears and wolves stroll past the tent sites on the shoreline, perhaps, or how the lineups are alive with seals and…

Malcolm Johnson
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In Haida Gwaii

I’d been dreaming about Haida Gwaii for as long as I could remember. Or, if not quite as long as I could remember, at least since my time as a skinny, bespectacled kid in public school, staring wide-eyed at the Haida totems in front of the Royal British Columbia Museum. In more recent years, with…

Malcolm Johnson
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Backyard Adventures: Surfing and Hiking Lone Cone in Tofino

A few weeks ago some of the folks from the California office cruised up to our part of the coast. Glen Morden, one of Patagonia’s product designers, is a transplanted Canadian, so he was piloting the minivan as they rolled across the Island and into town. They showed up on a typical Tofino day—thick cloud,…

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