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

by David Miller
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A tribute to cold-water surfing

by Benita Hussain

From living on the street to champion big wave surfer

by Melissa Pretorius and Ashley Beer
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Surfing Argentina: An insider’s guide to the breaks of Mar del Plata

by McCabe Ford
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Portugal’s surf culture: the Algarve

by Marco Delgado

Meet the teacher and surfer inspiring kids in Mexico

by David Miller
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Why I despise drones

by The Inertia

Aerial drone footage of surfers in Newport Beach is beautiful

by Matt Hershberger
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8 reasons Portugal is the best place to learn how to surf

by Marco Delgado
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Arctic Swell: Surfing the ends of the earth

by David Miller

On surviving a shark attack and coming back stronger than ever

by Reid Levin

Watch this surf photog get battered to score the perfect shot [vid]

by The Inertia
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Watching surfers from beneath the waves is incredible and surreal

by Matt Hershberger

Just because you’re paralyzed doesn’t mean you can’t surf

by Matt Hershberger

An homage to the birthplace of modern travel

by David Miller
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What surfing should be

by David Miller
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5 life traps surfers should avoid

by Alexander Haro

Surfing the southern edge of the world: Fiordland, New Zealand

by Cody Forest Doucette
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