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

Al Knost is one of the best sliders around and has a close connection with a scene far removed from the modern marketplace hustle. Ryan Tatar tracked him down with his project partner Tyler Manson and gave us an insight into their freshest work. Words: Ryan Tatar Photos: Jamie Bott & Tyler Manson

A worthy addition to European surfing culture, the surfilmfestibal festival attempts to connect the global surfing community through moving picture, art and education. Words: Howard Swanwick. Photos: surfilmfestibal

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

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

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.

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

Drift tracked down Mark Jeremias and Jason Baffa, directors of ‘Singlefin: Yellow’, to talk about their new project, ‘One California Day’, and find out their thoughts on surf culture and tradition from Crescent City to Imperial Beach. Words: Jamie Bott

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

Big-wave riding is an awe-inspiring experience, but what happens when things go wrong? In an exclusive extract from his new book, Al Mennie explains what it's like to survive the mother of all wipeouts.

"I'm not interested in formulae when it comes to surfing and art." Ryan Lovelace talks to Chris Preston about trusting your eyes, hands, and feet, and adding another leaf to the weird-hull-alternative-vibe-tree. Photos: Morgan Maasen, Brandon DiPierri & Ryan Lovelace


The World is on Sale with British Airways

August 29, 2014 |  Words By:


Still looking for the perfect getaway? The World is on Sale with British Airways!

There’s great flight and holiday offers to over 100 destinations across the globe, for travel until June 2015. Plan your next escape. Hurry, sale ends 23 September!

Museum of British Surfing third annual Surf Swap Meet

August 29, 2014 |  Words By:

SurfSwapMeet_thumbThe third annual ‘Surf Swap Meet’ takes place at the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon on Sunday September 21st 2014.

The event will feature vintage surfboards & memorabilia – show, swap & sell; classic surf wagons – exhibit your rad wheels – cars, vans, bikes, scooters; shapers’ showcase – display of new custom shapes from British shapers.


#TBT Classic Allan Byrne

August 28, 2014 |  Words By:

AllanBryne_ThumbTaking it right back with some classic footage of the guru of the channel bottom: Allan Byrne.


Week three Winner Announced, Final week Comp open: Northcore Magnetic Wetsuit Hook

August 28, 2014 |  Words By:

northcore3_thumbThe team at Northcore have come up with a great new must-have surf accessory and they are giving away one a week for the next month to our lucky readers.

Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean Series

August 27, 2014 |  Words By:

SAS_AutumnBeachClean_thumbSurfers Against Sewage are appealing for volunteers to lead community beach cleans as part of the Autumn Beach Clean Series this October, to protect UK beaches, waves and wildlife from the marine litter crisis haunting our coastlines.


Gabriel Medina takes the win over Kelly Slater in colossal surf at the Billabong Pro Tahiti

August 26, 2014 |  Words By:

ASP_TahitiFinal_thumbThe final day got underway at the Billabong Pro Tahiti with 12 of the world’s best surfers taking to the water in 12 to 15 foot conditions for what is being dubbed the best World Championship Tour event in history.


Big Waves and Big Upsets as the Billabong Pro Tahiti continues

August 25, 2014 |  Words By:

After three consecutive lay days the Billabong Pro Tahiti was back on. Teahupo’o delivered a solid swell with 10-to-12-foot-plus barrels, laying the foundations for two perfect 10’s to be posted.
With conditions improving, the action packed day saw 36 of the world’s top surfers reduced to just 12, as the competition ran through the final heat of round two followed by round three.

The Malady Mass X Thomas Surfboards: Ursula

August 24, 2014 |  Words By:


“Ursula” is a collaboration between Jai Lee & Thomas Bexon. Their idea was to produce a traditional nose rider with a more modern feel. From its birth until its first sessions, watch Thomas Bexon & Jake Bowery unleash their sorcery at the Thomas Surfboards Factory.
Then head over the Noosa Heads to witness the magic riding of of Jai Lee, Fraser Biden & Ezra Norris…