Gran Canaria is already a favourite getaway for many Europeans. Year-round sunshine, virtually no rain and an abundance of home comforts have the tourists flocking in by the thousands. But Drift discovered a far better reason to visit - literally hundreds of hidden surf spots that can be yours alone to enjoy all year round.

Following the demise of Clark Foam, 'eco' boards and alternatives to petro-chemical products have been the focus of developments in surfboard technology. Words: Mark Sankey Photos: Alexa Poppe

This isn't a shameless plug. This is an encounter with a British company doing something special with surfboards. While the industry is focused on the multi-buck movers and shakers parading their eco-wares, let's not forget our homegrown talent. Words: Howard Swanwick Photos: John Morgan and Jamie Bott

As the Campbell brothers wrap up a European shaping tour, Mark Sankey discovers Bournemouth's hidden Californian connection, and why old designs aren't necessarily retro. Photos and design by Alexa Poppe

Looking to the future with an eye firmly on the past, Tom Wegener has reintroduced the transport of kings to surfing's elite. His boards are works of art, but it's his veg patch that really floating Tom's boat right now... Words: Tommy Leitch Photos: Jamie Bott

During December 1970 and January 1971, my father, my brother Duncan and I designed the first Bonzer. It was the beginning of an amazing journey. Words: Malcolm Campbell. Photos: Miguel Barreira

Rob Lion of Royal Surfboards and Paul Smith of Glide Surfboards in Cork, Ireland meet with Zephaniah Carrigg, purveyor of functional and beautiful surf craft, on a recent visit to the island. Photos: Danny O'Callaghan

Portugal has a massive open secret... Follow Matt Button to discover what is going down.

Drift caught up with big-wave surfer Carlos Burle on home territory in Brazil to find out why he considers big-wave riding to be a playground for the few who have earned the privilege. Photos: Al McKinnon

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

Joe Curren is the surfing equivalent of old growth, his style in the water and behind a lens is deeply rooted, contemplative and quietly powerful. Jair Bortoleto caught up with Joe to talk about family, travel, and shooting analogue in the digital age. Words: Jair Bortoleto Photos: Joe Curren


Daily

Gabriel Medina claims historic World Title


December 20, 2014 |  Words By:

asp_thumbThe climatic finish to the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour finally got underway at what’s being dubbed by the ASP as “the most dramatic day in the 44-year storied history of the Pipe Masters.”
The day ran from round three into the finals, seeing 20-year-old Gabriel Medina taking the first ASP men’s world surfing title for Brazil – with inspired performances and the event’s only perfect 10.
Not only did we see Medina crowned World Title, Julian Wilson took the win at the event and the Vans Triple Crown of surfing.
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#openspaces


December 19, 2014 |  Words By:

openspaces_thumb#openspaces is a photography book by Cornwall based Mackie Studio featuring photos taken exclusively in Cornwall on an iphone.

The photos were often taken before and after surfing, while out walking the dog or on the way to and from work and are a great snapshot (excuse the pun!) of life around the rugged and beautiful Cornish coastline.

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GhostSwimmer Shark drone


December 19, 2014 |  Words By:

drone_thumbAs if the real things were not enough of a concern, the US navy has released a video of their latest project an autonomous shark drone called GhostSwimmer. Nicknamed Silent NEMO the robo-shark has been developed to swim into enemy territory, and it can also be used to guard and inspect the hulls of US navel ships.
Researchers from the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell and Boston Engineering tested the prototype at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia. The robot can be controlled with a joystick or be programmed to swim on its own.
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Ice cold surfing from the film of the year


December 19, 2014 |  Words By:

shangrila_thumbFrom the surf film of the year (according to 2014 Surfer poll awards) Strange Rumblings In Shangri La comes some epic ice surfing.
The team behind the film have delivered an early Christmas present by releasing the complete Iceland section of the film for our viewing pleasure. Directed by Joe G and featuring the surfing of Dion Agius, Nate Tyler, and Brendon Gibbens, this clip exhibits a
unique combination of ultra-high performance surfing set amidst the crazy backdrop of the south coast of Iceland.
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London Surf / Film Festival ‘Lines on Water’ charity art auction


December 18, 2014 |  Words By:

lsff_thumbAs the 2014 London Surf / Film Festival charity art auction draws to a close, it’s your last opportunity to own one of the incredible one off pieces created for the ‘Lines on Water’ exhibition in support of #2minutebeachclean and Water Aid.
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Best Surfing Fails 2014


December 17, 2014 |  Words By:

fail_thumbWe have trawled the interwebs so you don’t have to and we are proud to bring you the definitive top ten surfing fails of 2014. Never could a finer collection of people in pain and agony be found – luckily most of that suffering is in their own embarrassment!
From the professional to the kook, the spring breaker to the seriously scared – we think we have this all sewn up! If you think otherwise we would love to hear from you!
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Surfing Lake Tahoe


December 16, 2014 |  Words By:

tahoe_thumbStrong winds from the Pacific Ocean caused big swells on Lake Tahoe, which surfers couldn’t resist. The winds gusted up to 60mph and the waves don’t need any more encouragement than that (Neither do the surfers of course). The storm had already caused flooding in parts of California and heavy snow was falling at the nearby Boreal Mountain Resort. If you wanted to live the dream from ‘Surf to Snow’ you can do from Tahoe to Boreal in little over half an hour. Not a bad day out.
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Last chance to enter: SAS 2014 Raffle


December 16, 2014 |  Words By:

sas_thumbThe 2014 SAS Raffle is closing soon! There are some great prizes to be won this year, including £2000 to spend at Magic Seaweed, an Otter Surfboard and a morning session for you and your mates at the Bristol Wave before it even opens.
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