Drift speaks to Jim Heimann - cultural anthropologist, graphic design historian and author of a new publication TASCHEN's 365 Day-by-Day Surfing - a collection of vintage photographs and art works that will have you waxing nostalgic for bygone beach vibes.

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

London ad exec Tom Birmingham set off in November in search of adventure on the Southwest Indian coastline. Accompanied by guesthouse owners Ed and Sofie of Soul and Surf in Kerala, he soon found himself surfing uncharted waves to an audience of school children and fisherman. Words and Photos: Tom Birmingham

A surfer from Noosa's sun drenched shores obsessed with the dark world of gothic horror, Jai Lee's personal struggles and addiction to noseriding have twisted his creativity. Words: Chris Preston Photos: Thomas Robinson (pp 1&3), Andy Staley (pp4)and Dane Peterson

Dreamt up over 20 years ago by Renaud and Thomas Cardinal, two French brothers with a passion for board making, UWL has grown to become one of the biggest factories in Europe, while building a reputation based on performance and quality. Rui Ribeiro talks with Renaud about the past, present and future of UWL...

Chris Preston chats to Neil Randall of if6was9 about his radical take on traditional board design, Noosa's retro vibe, and his love of vintage style. Photos Dane Peterson

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.

The Mentawais have given a lot to surfers; now it's time to give something back. Kate and Luke Gerson celebrate the beauty of these islands and highlight the continued need for aid following the recent earthquake.

Jeff Divine remembers the time when surfers were akin to outlaws, and his photographs capture the days of uncrowded line-ups, good vibes and barefoot living. Words: Michael Fordham Photos: Jeff Divine

This isn't a shameless plug. This is an encounter with a British company doing something special with surfboards. While the industry is focused on the multi-buck movers and shakers parading their eco-wares, let's not forget our homegrown talent. Words: Howard Swanwick Photos: John Morgan and Jamie Bott

Co-founder of the original Aussie counter-culture surf bible, Tracks, and director of 'Morning of the Earth', Alby Falzon lives up to his reputation as the spiritual father of the alternative surf lifestyle. Words: Jair Bortoleto Photos: Courtesy of Alby Falzon


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The quest for the last German wave


November 25, 2014 |  Words By:

germany_thumb3Most surfers dream of being the first to discover that perfect wave with nobody around to ruin it. But in a time when almost every phenomena in the western world is documented, and every surfable wave surfed, the chances of this dream becoming a reality rarely exists.
Step in Ira Mowen, originally from Santa Cruz but now a Berlin resident who has discovered one last untouched treasure. A beautiful, crisp, unspoilt, virgin wave which remarkably comes from a land without an ocean – this wave has never been surfed, let alone documented.
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MCTAVISH – ‘Dedicated to the Craft Series’ Episode two: Christian Barker


November 25, 2014 |  Words By:

dedicated_thumbCompelled to spend his entire life riding waves Bob McTavish started building surfboards in 1962. Today, over 50 years later, his vision is alive and well at the McTavish Factory in Byron Bay, Australia.
This collection of portraits gives a glimpse into the people and moments that are … dedicated to the craft.
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Nate Behl: All Day


November 24, 2014 |  Words By:

behl_thumbRay Wilcoxen and Nate Behl wrap up their Indonesian tour with a bang as they take on a classic Mentawais monster righthander.
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One Billion Rising


November 24, 2014 |  Words By:

rise_thumbThe photos in this piece were taken on a beautiful summer day on Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. A bunch of compassionate surfers paddled out together to stand up to violence against women and bring awareness to the issue, both locally and globally.
According to a statistic released by the UN, one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
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Surfing Munich’s English Garden


November 21, 2014 |  Words By:

eisbach_thumbThe Eisbach river in Munich is famed for its surfing and as a result the Germans are considered the forefathers of the standing wave. Some 10,000 boarders are believed to have hit the landlocked hotspot for their slice of the action with at least 1000 regulars. Kayakers are also known to get in on the shallow cold action and it isn’t unknown for the odd fracas to break out as it is generally considered for surfers only!
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Buzzing on ‘Surf Culture’ | BBSF 2014


November 21, 2014 |  Words By:

byron_thumbFilmed at Byron Bay Surf Festival – three days of music, art, crafts, film, lifestyle, tipi markets, shaper displays and a whole array of activities from woodwork fin and hand plane workshops to free beach yoga & pilates classes, health and fitness presentations, indigo tie dye board bag making and surf literature talks, book launches, discussion panels, interviews, short film comps and freestyle surf sessions proved delectably exhausting.
There was a hell-of-a-lot going on which created a buzz in town that lasted well beyond the festival weekend.
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#TBT Severn Bore 1975


November 20, 2014 |  Words By:

severn_thumbAnother Thursday delve into the archives, this week with a traditional English masterclass on bore surfing shot way back in 1975.
The Severn bore has the third biggest tidal range in the world at nearly 50ft wide, surpassed only by two bores in Canada. When all of the elements align the height of the wave has been known to reach a whopping 6ft.

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Serie Waves Surfart


November 20, 2014 |  Words By:

tom_thumbSerie Waves are a collection of works by Brazilian artist Tom Veiga transmitting feelings of wind and sea, the warmth of the sun and the movement that waves transmit.
Veiga was born in Curitiba in Southern Brazil but now plys his trade on the south coast of Santa Catarina. The draw of the sea and the outdoors has always been a big feature in his life. Fortunately his talents have not gone unnoticed and he can name such marques as Billabong and Reef in his client list.
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