A profile of shaper Chris Jones: If you surf sooner or later you’ll end up at Chris Jones’ door. Who else can offer you fifty years of shaping experience? Who else was there at the beginning? CJ, legendary shaper/surfer, rugby fanatic, pasty connoisseur is this morning sanding down a vintage Tiki for restoration.

Devastated by more than a decade of civil war, the Republic of Liberia is still in a serious state of flux. Could surfing bring a new hope and more peaceful future to this West African nation? Words & photos: Nicholai Lidow & Kate Thomas. Additional photos: Ted Grambeau & Jamie Bott

Meeting a legend is something few people have the opportunity to do. During a short stay in California last winter Dave Muir created his own luck in finding Skip Frye at home. He was welcomed in to take a look around. Words: Dave Muir Photos: Dave Muir and Skip Frye

From cliff-top vantage points to harbour hop-offs, beach-side hammocks to unglamorous car parks, Mat Arney raids his photo archive to document a different perspective in surfing

A shaper with a real passion for his craft, Tyler Hatzikian has consistently refused to compromise the quality or the integrity of his work in order to make a quick buck. He talked to Drift about nose-riding, refining longboard design and his reluctance to take the limelight. Words & photos: Jamie Bott

Two of the most influential people on the surf-inspired art scene, Jeff Raglus and Gerry Wedd have been making their mark on everything from surfboards to teapots since the 1970s. Thirty years later, they're still as productive as ever... Words: Tommy Leitch Photos: Jamie Bott

Stephen Jones, director of triple-award-winning surf film El Mar Mi Alma, shares his vision of the surf-blessed land of Chile, its people, and the ocean that defines it.

Photographer Ben Thouard joins the Oxbow team aboard the Windward as they trawl pristine Pacific atolls in search of adventure, virgin waves and new opportunities.

James Bowden kissed goodbye to Blighty and set off for Tasmania's wild in January this year. He shares some of his findings along the way with his own distinctive style.

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

From WQS warrior to independent filmmaker via a AUS$27,000 debt, Johnny Abegg has trod an unconventional path through life so far, and proves that a relentlessly positive outlook and upbeat character can see you through the toughest times... Words: Mark Sankey Photos: Johnny Abegg


Volcom presents Ryan Burch: The Rush of the Continuous Rhythm

October 21, 2014 |  Words By:

Ryan Burch IndoRyan Burch shares his thoughts on self-expression and how riding the asymmetrical boards he shapes fits into that, then shows us how well these strange looking craft go at pumping Desert Point and G-Land.

The most dangerous surf breaks in the world

October 21, 2014 |  Words By:

big_thumbA smart infographic showing off the big wave surf breaks of the world. From Puerto Rico to Portugal, California to County Donegal. If you want it big then this is the place to find it.

Mick Fanning Wins the Moche Rip Curl Pro

October 21, 2014 |  Words By:

asp_thumbMick Fanning claimed victory at the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal after defeating Jordy Smith, in clean three-to-five foot barrels, during the finals at Supertubos in Peniche. The win marks Fanning’s third event victory of the season, after Bells Beach and Jefferys Bay, placing him at No. 2 in the world rankings.

Airwave: The inflatable surf reef

October 20, 2014 |  Words By:

reef_thumbAn Australian has come up with a new type of artificial reef that could be the solution to our damaged ocean ecosystems. The Surfing Airwave works by anchoring a uniquely shaped sail on the bottom of the ocean, blowing it up with air and then waiting for the next swell to produce waves on it.
In its simplicity it sounds like a plan that could definitely work. That said, one imagines it is no mean feat to tie down a large sack of air especially while a large swell is bashing it from above.

Slater pulls 540 or 720 or something else? Debate rages hard…

October 20, 2014 |  Words By:

slater_thumbWhatever it was officially, it is now open to huge worldwide debate. Take a trawl around the world’s surf press and you won’t find a single straight answer. The one thing we can be sure of is that it was an awesome trick, just a shame it was outside of comp time at the ASP in Portugal.

Medina and Slater eliminated from the Moche Rip Curl Pro

October 19, 2014 |  Words By:

asp_thumbSupertubos delivered some major upsets as current world title contenders, Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina, were eliminated by Aritz Aranburu and Brett Simpson in their round three bouts. Medina’s early exit ends his chances of claiming the world surfing crown in Portugal, pushing the title race to the final event in Hawaii.

Big Wave Surfing in Reverse

October 17, 2014 |  Words By:

laird_reverseA short, sharp session of fun as Laird Hamilton take on Peahi backwards. He even jumps through a rainbow. Good man.

#TBT Pipeline over the years

October 16, 2014 |  Words By:

tbt_thumbClassic surfing this week from the original monster tube Pipeline. The beautiful but terrifying Hawaiian break is accompanied by the pumping tunes of Aceyalone singing ‘Cornbread, Eddie and Me’.
Want more Pipeline? Check out Drift’s feature from photographer Mike Lacey here