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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.

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Out of Open Ocean


Costa Rica: Enter Adventure


Taylor Steele: On Passion


Josh Kerr on doing what you love

The best places to go cold-water surfing this winter

What the heck is foil surfing? Everything you need to know about this wild sport

Ricochet, the surfing therapy dog, is the canine ambassador for surfers with disabilities

The Kilauea lava is destroying popular Hawaii surf spots

Why Peru is the most underrated surfing destination

The most badass female surf communities around the world

Best waves for beginners to learn to surf around the world

How to get started surfing

10 mistakes learner surfers make (and how to fix them)

The definitive guide to surfing in San Francisco and the Bay Area: beginners to experts

Kitesurfing icebergs in Greenland

Skeleton Bay, Namibia has the most otherworldly waves you’ve ever seen

These guys created a brand new sport: Drone Surfing

Meet the hero lifeguards who patrol the world’s most dangerous beach

This wave in the Pacific Northwest is one of the most dangerous breaks in the world

24 Hours in Wasaga Beach

The future of SUP is practically flying

Here’s what swimming next to an erupting volcano looks like

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