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

38 of the most surreal beaches and coastlines on the planet

by Michelle Schusterman

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

by Rory Moulton

6 best surf spots in Nicaragua

by Ethan Walker

7 reasons to date a girl who surfs

by Alexandra Lam

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

by Alice Latham

Top 10 surf spots (for mortals) in Hawaii

by Spencer Klein

Surfing Argentina: An insider’s guide to the breaks of Mar del Plata

by McCabe Ford

Watch these surfers score otherworldly reef breaks all over the Indian Ocean

by Rory Moulton

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

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

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

by Rory Moulton

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

by Rory Moulton

Damien Hobgood pulls off a California Double

by Matador Media House

SUP and surf mission at Big Sur: 7 defining moments

by Ben Horton

Watch: This has to be the wipeout of the decade

by Matt Hershberger

A look inside the rising surf culture of India

by Uma Muthuraaman

These are what perfect surfing conditions look like

by Morgane Croissant
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