Drift catches up with Portuguese genius photographer Hugo Silva, owner of www.undonephotos.com. Born on the south coast of Portugal in Portimão, Hugo now finds himself plying his trade near Lisbon in Carcavelos. His challenge has always been to capture the perfect swell, that one wave or the big manoeuvre.

A tale of surfing reefs in South Africa, but not knowing what you get yourself into. Drift contributor Tim Conibear points a finger at localism and finds three more pointing right back. Photos: Mike Reich

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.

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.

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

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]

In Florianopolis - Brazil's surf capital - during prime swell season, an incomplete line-up gets Clare Howdle thinking... (Photos 2, 3, 4&8: André Côrtes; photos 1&7: Zander Grinfeld, www.venncreative.co.uk)

...in the age of the programmable hand. San Diego's Josh Hall explains why he has chosen to tread the well-worn path of hand-shaping, in conversation with Andy Smith. Photos: Garrett Highhouse, T. Colla, Ryan Tatar

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

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

Mark Sankey and Alexa Poppe head through Spain and Portugal in search of a surfing paradise.


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Two steps forward…


October 30, 2014 |  Words By:

rip_thumbA compelling take on rip currents. Sometimes your friend but unfortunately so often your enemy. This guy definitely makes an enemy, but remains good humoured throughout.
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Surfing super slow-motion


October 29, 2014 |  Words By:

slowmo_thumbAwesome video shot at an incredible 1000 frames per second and featuring a host of stars. Another epic masterpiece from the legendary cinematographer Chris Bryan.
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Surfing doesn’t only happen in the ocean, surf is where we find it.


October 29, 2014 |  Words By:

lakes_thumbGreat Lake surfing has been a carefully guarded secret for decades; times have since changed. The past few years have seen a flourishing surf community braving the harsh conditions to surf powerful wind swells in the freshwater seas of the cold north in America.
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Big waves from Peniche


October 29, 2014 |  Words By:

peniche_thumbA nice collection from Papoa in Portugal featuring the large swells in October.
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El Cristo de Salinitas: best place to learn how to ride waves with a SUP in El Salvador


October 28, 2014 |  Words By:

sup_thumbAfter two decades of being absent from El Salvador, I returned home in March 2012 and asked my brother Luis Dominguez to show me places with SUP potential. He took me to places that had empty lineups but with no solid swell happening. One of those places was Cristo de Salinitas in the province of Sonsonate, which traditionally has not been associated with surfing at all. The first day I took my SUP there, the waves were one to two feet, and they were fat, and rides were relatively very long, similar to Hilo Bayfront, a spot that I used to SUP when I was first introduced to the magic of Stand Up Paddle back in the Big Island, Hawaii.
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Don’t know your Back Flips from your Blow Tails or your Cut Backs from your Kerrupt Flips?


October 28, 2014 |  Words By:

tricks_thumbEven if you do, you should check this informative masterclass of trick technology. An enticing combination of the pros pushing themselves, some top video editing and a great tune make this film well worth your time.
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Lifeguard review after Newquay tragedy


October 27, 2014 |  Words By:

newquay_thumbThe lifeguard cover at Mawgan Porth beach near Newquay is to be reviewed after the tragic deaths of three surfers possibly caught in a riptide.
The RNLI lifeguard patrols run from March to September with clear signage warning sea users outside of this time.
The adults believed to be in their 40s and 50s were taken unconscious from the sea while four children also caught in the same accident managed to get out unscathed.
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Elusive Open of Surf 2014: Morris takes the title West


October 27, 2014 |  Words By:

elusive_thumbWith a big storm front hitting the UK and after an anxious few days leading up to the event, the organisers decided to re-locate the comp to Coney Beach.
As the incoming tide pushed around the harbour wall the swell started to increase offering a variety of sections for the competitors to put in some big moves. Early round stand outs included Jordan Reed, James Jones, Ingemar Cressey, Nathaniel James, Cieran Hughes, Joe Morris, Emily Williams & Libby Vernon.
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