The original seminal surf book Switch-Foot will be back in its third incarnation thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. It is nearly ten years (2005) since the first Switch-Foot book took to the surfing world, creating ripple effects wherever it went.

Drift checks in with Andrew Crockett following the release of the much-anticipated 'Switch-Foot II', a tribute to surfing's counter-culture.

Ireland's fierce and unpredictable breaks have been valued by its home-grown big wave riders for some years now, but competition has been a long time coming. All that changed with the inaugral Mullaghmore Tow Session 2011. Conn Osborne got in harm's way to steal a photo essay.

From Gerry Lopez to machine shaping and the retro scene, Tim Stafford chews the fat with UK surf veteran - and mighty leader of the Foam Asylum - Nigel Semmens

Matt Rohrer shares some of the highlights of his conversations with Bay Area surfer Jimmy Holt, focal point of one of the few surfing photos to ever appear in National Geographic Magazine. Selected photos: Jim Shaw

The Sunshine Coast. Home to some of the world's most accomplished surfers, including marquee names like Julian Wilson and Mitch Coleborn. As a result, the region is fast becoming a breeding ground for some of the most progressive young surfers that Australia, and the world, has ever seen.

Richard James and his brother Andrew recently finished shooting their first film, a surf trip of 30,000 kilometres along the west cost of Africa. Words and photos: Richard James

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

Chris Brunt chats to west Penwith's prodigal son and professional journeyman Sam Bleakley about his thirst for adventure and love of longboarding. [All photos by Chris Brunt.]

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

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.


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Scarborough Surfing Festival 2014


October 02, 2014 |  Words By:

scarborough This weekend will see thousands flock to North Bay in Scarborough for the annual Surf Festival. The UK’s finest will also be in town as they compete in round three of the UK Pro Surf Tour.
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Surfing GB one step closer to governing body recognition


October 02, 2014 |  Words By:

surfinggb_thumbSurfing GB has announced that after three years of hard work it has now achieved Stage 1 of its application for recognition as governing body for UK surfing.
Surfing has not had a UK-wide Governing Body since the collapse of the British Surfing Association (BSA) in 2010 and as a result no major UK Government funding for Surfing has been available to help grassroots projects, support surf clubs, coaches and schools, or look after the safety and enjoyment of all those who surf in the UK.
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#TBT Sebastian Inlet: Hurricane Felix, 1995


October 02, 2014 |  Words By:

tbt_thumb One of the US high-performance hotspots, especially after a hurricane has swept through. Home to legendary household names including King Kelly and Matt Kechele, the crowded spot was once referenced “Part talent show, part photo studio, part boxing ring.” by Swell.com
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The Stormrider: Magnetic Interchange Technology


October 02, 2014 |  Words By:

stormrider_thumbThe Stormrider is a new advanced range of sunglasses that transform instantly from lifestyle eyewear to versatile performance specific gear by quickly adding or removing the Switch magnetic eyecups that best suit your environment or outdoor pursuit.
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Haworth Highlights


October 01, 2014 |  Words By:

Haworth_thumbA round up vid from Ben Haworth utilising just about anything he can lay his hands on: Long boards, short boards, single fin and fish.
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GoPro Hero4 to be released with a budget version for just £99


October 01, 2014 |  Words By:

gopro_thumbThe ultimate action camera that has changed the way we view our lives, not least the surf, is back in a new incarnation. The Hero4.
Available in three models, the H4 has most bases covered with some significant upgrades in power and quality. The flagship camera, the Black edition, shoots in 4K at 30fps. The new Silver edition now features a built in touchscreen, which will save you having to sync the device to your phone to see what is going on. Finally they have launched a new budget version simply called the Hero that comes in at an amazing £99.
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SharkStopper: Personal shark repellent


September 30, 2014 |  Words By:

sharkstopper_thumbThe Sharkstopper device claims it will make you sound like one of a sharks few predators, the orca (or killer whale) and is a brand new invention seeking funding on crowdfunding site Kickstarter
(If you missed the recent video of a pool of orcas taking down a tiger shark then check out the video at the bottom of this story. You can see why they might be scared)
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Swell Voyage


September 29, 2014 |  Words By:

salty_thumbThis is an article from Salty at Heart Magazine, a bi-annual inspirational surf/art culture magazine. Click here to learn more.
Our featured traveler for this issue is the lovely world traveler, environmentalist, surfer, Patagonia ambassador, and experienced captain and seafarer, Liz Clark. She has traversed thousands of miles of ocean waters aboard her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, and has come a long way from Los Angeles.
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