Maui. Photo: Randy Son Of Robert


Surfing is one of the world’s oldest sports (with European sailors having observed surfers in Polynesia in the 18th century) and one of the most unique in the way that it’s developed into worldwide culture. It can be argued that no other sport, possibly with the exception of snowsports or paddling, is such a pure expression of how one interacts with his/her local environment. A common surf adage is “the best surfer is the one having the most fun.”

Traveling to explore and surf new breaks is a classic of modern surfing. This search for waves and the culture of surf in general has been exceptionally well-documented compared to other sports.

Our community of contributors, many of whom are surfers, pay homage to this tradition with ground level stories about surfing all over the world, articles about how to get started surfing, and photo essays that show local crews dedicated to the sport.

Surf Articles

Surfing was just announced for the 2020 Olympics. Here’s why that’s so rad

by Mike Cianciulli

The future of SUP is practically flying

by Blaze Nowara

Here’s what swimming next to an erupting volcano looks like

by Ana Bulnes

Rio’s filthy water is already making pro athletes sick. Just ask the surfers

by GlobalPost

7 reasons to date a girl who surfs

by Alexandra Lam

From Mauritius to Maui, this kitesurfer travels the world for epic kiting

by Rory Moulton

This surfer traveled California all winter chasing the El Nino swell. The results are amazing

by Rory Moulton

Caution: This couple’s adventure trip will have you packing your bags for the Western Sahara

by Rory Moulton

Caution: Don’t watch this video unless you’re ready to quit your job and travel the world

by Rory Moulton

Watch these female surfers go from longboards to barrels at Panama’s best breaks

by Rory Moulton

Watch: These wakeboarders tricked out an old cargo ship sitting in the water and made it a killer obstacle course

by Cathy Brown

This video will get you stoked on wavesailing — the badass sister sport of windsurfing

by Rory Moulton

From shaping to riding, this reel follows board-sport athletes as they get after it

by Rory Moulton

Is this the first woman to ever surf the long barrels of Namibia’s Skeleton Bay?

by Rory Moulton

This surfer and design icon is the original digital nomad

by Rory Moulton

Check out this paddleboarder get taken out by a shark — while riding a wave

by Rory Moulton

This crew’s road trip from Montreal to Baja will make you super fired up to go travel

by Alice Latham

Just watching the trailer for the first surf film shot entirely in 4K is captivating

by Rory Moulton
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