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

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

Watch these California surfers dominate Pacific grade hurricane swells

by Blaze Nowara

Watch: Aussie stunt rider catches massive Tahitian waves… on a dirt bike

by Morgane Croissant

This man is bringing surfing to Gaza’s dangerous seas

by Laura Dean

The 5 hardest things about #Vanlife

by Mark Wetzler

Check this radical day in the life perspective of a woman surfer in Australia

by Alice Latham

66 surfers in Huntington Beach ride a single board to break the world record

by Kristen Bor

13 of the sickest spots to wakeboard in the US

by Alex Scola

Surfing in the frigid North Sea is absolutely epic

by Matt Hershberger

9 reasons Idaho is the capital of American whitewater

by David Miller

Surfers don’t freak out easily. Here’s why they’re freaking out in Peru

by Simeon Tegel

The reason this surf champ got disqualified will make your day

by Matt Hershberger

Some people drink margaritas on Cinco De Mayo… Other people SURF

by Blaze Nowara

The dangers of surfing pipeline

by Rory Moulton

The ultimate list of airline surf baggage policies

by Matt Clark

Watch these surfers score epic waves in NY during recent blizzard [vid]

by Ailsa Ross
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