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.

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

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.

Sean Mattison has a reputation as a designer, a coach, and a businessman. His competitive experience, retail background and knowledge acquired from testing hundreds of surfboards made him one of the most versatile surfers in California. Words: Rui Ribeiro.

Rebel wave riders on a mission to enlighten the Western world to the true culture of the Middle East, blakkbox redefine the notion of surfers as beach bums who only care about the next wave. Photos: Cole Estrada & Anthony Allen

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.]

Surfboards come in all shapes and sizes, but none quite so unusual as the Meyerhoffer Peanut. Is this revolutionary design born of genius or madness? Chris Stevens finds out. [Photos 1, 3 & 8 by Chris Stevens; 4 & 7 by Nick Allen]

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

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

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

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


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.