Drift catches up with multi-award winning photographer Lucia Griggi whose office is the ocean and who is one of the most respected surf photographers in a male dominated industry. www.luciagriggi.com

Using locally sourced timber and having designed a manufacturing process that minimises waste, Mike LaVecchia of Grain Surfboards has cornered the market in beautiful, sustainable wooden boards. And the best bit? They ride like a dream. Photos: Nick LaVecchia

...in the age of the programmable hand. San Diego's Josh Hall explains why he has chosen to tread the well-worn path of hand-shaping, in conversation with Andy Smith. Photos: Garrett Highhouse, T. Colla, Ryan Tatar

Mark Leary's latest work deviates sharply from the usual surf photography portfolio, celebrating as it does the commonplace, everyday aspects of surfing instead of monster swells and awesome barrels. Chris Preston chats to him about moments captured.

Flitting between awesome waves at Aileens and Nelscott Reef is all in a week's work for Ireland's big-wave master Al Mennie. Words: Al Mennie Photos: Al Mennie, Gary McCall, Larry Jansky, Richard Hallman

Jeff Divine remembers the time when surfers were akin to outlaws, and his photographs capture the days of uncrowded line-ups, good vibes and barefoot living. Words: Michael Fordham Photos: Jeff Divine

Mark Sankey and Alexa Poppe uncover the isolation and challenges of the Mentawai Islands, and consider the challenge of balancing tourism and sustainability, in an environmentally sensitive surfing destination.

When it comes to surfcraft there's a newcomer making waves. Drift discovers the new world of handplaning with Cornwall's finest craftsmen. Words: Clare Howdle

Co-founder of the original Aussie counter-culture surf bible, Tracks, and director of 'Morning of the Earth', Alby Falzon lives up to his reputation as the spiritual father of the alternative surf lifestyle. Words: Jair Bortoleto Photos: Courtesy of Alby Falzon

A sign on the 130-year-old pier at Saltburn-by-the-Sea warns people not to jump off it. On a big surf day surfers make their way to the end of the sturdy 206 metre structure and jump like lemmings into the cold, murky North Sea. Words: Simon Palmer Photos: Ian Forsyth

God Went Surfing with The Devil is a film by Alex Klein, which documents the war-torn region of Gaza. At a time when tensions are high, this film investigates the attitudes and aspirations of a small pocket of people where surfing removes socio-political divisions and lets the ocean carry their aspirations for peace.


Lego from down below

July 24, 2014 |  Words By:

Lego_thumb4.8m pieces of Lego confined to a watery grave in 1997 after toppling off the top of a container ship have been reappearing on beaches across England.
The Tokio Express was about 20 miles off Land’s End on its way to New York when it was struck by what was described as a “once in a 100-year wave”. The ship stayed afloat, but as it listed 60 containers slipped out of site and into the murky English Channel.

#TBT Darrick Doerner

July 24, 2014 |  Words By:

The original big wave pioneer and tow-in surfing legend. Double D shows us how it should be done!

Secret surf contest 2014: Россия*

July 23, 2014 |  Words By:


Every year, Nixon organise one of the wildest and remote surf competitions on the planet.
Ten of the best European surfers are invited to an unknown surf destination, to battle against their own fears & human limits without the pressures of the public or the press.
This year the covert contest was hosted in the barren wilds of Kamchatka, *Russia.

Find Your Love — Soul & Surf (and Win!)

July 22, 2014 |  Words By:

Soulandsurf_thumbFind Your Love is a new short film from Soul & Surf that is inspired by a David Hieatt poem which questions our life dreams and goals and what truly makes us happy.

For many years Ed & Sofie Templeton had a scrap of paper, torn from a clothing brand’s catalogue, pinned to their fridge with this poem on it reminding them that life is short, to seize the day and that taking risks is good.

Wild seas and white lightning

July 21, 2014 |  Words By:


Even the legend that is Tom Curren thought the Goofies were going to go all the way but the South Atlantic had other plans.

Wilko blazed through ten-foot sets and on any other day, against any other surfer he would have been in the final, but the southern oceans were too much for backhand surfing.

Battle at the Bank

July 19, 2014 |  Words By:


Nate Behl, Dingo Morrison and Koa Rothman share a fun Mentawai right-hander.

SAS Raffle! Win £2,000 of Surf Kit & Perfect Waves!

July 18, 2014 |  Words By:


The SAS raffle is back and this time it is bigger than ever with prizes including £2000 worth of kit and be the first to ride the Bristol Wave Garden.
The draw takes place on 18 December so in perfect time for Christmas.

Still Swell at 85

July 17, 2014 |  Words By:


Possibly the worlds oldest competitive surfer Barry “Magoo” McGuigan is a lovable spirit with a profound message.

This great film explores Magoo’s perception of being involved with surfing since the advent of the sport and the deeply personal ways that surfing has shaped his philosophy to life.