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Surf

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

It’s never too late to learn to surf

by Rochelle Grace

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

by Ailsa Ross
1

The ultimate list of airline surf baggage policies

by Matt Clark

Monster wave devours pro surfer on Maui’s North Shore

by Rory Moulton
2

The immense power of Mavericks in winter [vid]

by Michael Bonocore
2

Ericeira: Portugal’s Surf Mecca

by Alex Hapgood

In Peru, surfing the world’s longest wave

by Simeon Tegel
17

Top 10 surf spots (for mortals) in Hawaii

by Spencer Klein
1

Strange Rumblings: Surfing Iceland in search of Shangri La

by Rory Moulton
3

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
1

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

by Emily Nuchols
13

A surfer’s guide to Asturias, Spain

by Beebe Bahrami
28

A tribute to cold-water surfing

by Benita Hussain
2

Recently unearthed: Incredible vintage video of Kayaker pulling moves 30 years ahead of his time

by David Miller

From living on the street to champion big wave surfer

by Melissa Pretorius and Ashley Beer
11

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

by McCabe Ford
1

Portugal’s surf culture: the Algarve

by Marco Delgado
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