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.

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.

Drift caught up with big-wave surfer Carlos Burle on home territory in Brazil to find out why he considers big-wave riding to be a playground for the few who have earned the privilege. Photos: Al McKinnon

A road trip around the Scottish coastline reveals all of the anticipated joys along with a few unexpected pleasures. Words and Photos: Jonathan Barattini

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.

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

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.

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

Championed by surfers in the know for over 30 years, but largely ignored by mainstream riders; has the time finally come for the Bonzer to shine? Words: Steve Croft & Mark Sankey Photos: Alexa Poppe

Bing Copeland was a pioneer of the modern surf industry. In his excellent new retrospective, ‘Bing Surfboards – Fifty Years of Craftsmanship and Innovation’, Paul Holmes discovered what makes Bing tick. Words: Bing Copeland & Paul Holmes Photos: Courtesy of Bing Copeland

Self-confessed board hoarder Chris Preston expounds the delights to be found within his tardis-like garden shed, and explains how he came to favour the quiver approach to surfing. Photos by Jamie Bott [except no.3].


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.