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

The reason this surf champ got disqualified will make your day

by Matt Hershberger

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

by Simeon Tegel

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

It’s never too late to learn to surf

by Rochelle Grace

Monster wave devours pro surfer on Maui’s North Shore

by Rory Moulton

The immense power of Mavericks in winter [vid]

by Michael Bonocore

Ericeira: Portugal’s Surf Mecca

by Alex Hapgood

In Peru, surfing the world’s longest wave

by Simeon Tegel

Top 10 surf spots (for mortals) in Hawaii

by Spencer Klein

Strange Rumblings: Surfing Iceland in search of Shangri La

by Rory Moulton

A surfer’s guide to the Algarve Coast, Portugal

by Rhys Stacker

Can I Surf That: The rowdy waterwomen of stand up paddleboarding

by Rory Moulton

The Coast: An epic reminder to do what you love, today

by Emily Nuchols

A surfer’s guide to Asturias, Spain

by Beebe Bahrami

A tribute to cold-water surfing

by Benita Hussain
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