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.

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

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

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

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.

Mat Arney hooks up with some old friends to go feral on the Arabian Peninsula and hunt down some truly isolated swell. Words & photos: Mat Arney

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

Luciano Burin catches up with Junior Faria, a pro surfer breaking the Brazilian mould, whose atmospheric photographs capture the happiness and freedom of 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

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

Follow cameraman Mike Lacey as he takes on Hawaii. An amazing collection of photos from the spiritual home of surfing. www.mikelaceyphotography.co.uk


Surfpop: Surf volunteer outreach program

October 24, 2014 |  Words By:

surfpop_thumbSurfpop is an organisation that aims to establish a way out for children from disadvantaged communities, leading them away from gang culture, crime and drugs. The ‘way out’ entails a new outlook on life, brought about by the love for surfing and the ocean.

#TBT Becky Benson

October 23, 2014 |  Words By:

tbt_thumbHawaiian pro surfer and 1977 world number three Becky Benson features in this week revisit to the archives. Sister to Blanch and daughter of surf cameraman Albert Benson, it is fair to say all three were big regulars on the North Shore of Oahu in the 70s.
Watch her moves to the suitable sounds of The Isley Brothers with Who’s that Lady.

Trying to find the best waves? Take a leaf out of his book

October 22, 2014 |  Words By:

rita_thumbPhotographer Rita Kluge was expecting to see surfers riding high when she went to capture a large swell near Sydney, she certainly wasn’t expecting them to be firmly rooted to the ground at the top of a massive tree like this guy though!

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.