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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

Chris Burkard's photographs are about more than barrels, perfect point breaks, and carving radical lines – they capture a moment in which the surfer is a mere player and the real star is the scenery. Words: Dan Hamlin Photos: Chris Burkard

A world away from the average commercial surf competition, pushy dads and nervous groms, generations share the stoke at a contest that celebrates the original Hawaiian spirit. This is truly a unique perspective in surfing. Photos: Yves S

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

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

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.

Homeless at fourteen, prison by eighteen, Jonny Gibbings endured a violent and difficult start to life, resulting in being illiterate until late teens. Now a published author Jonny talks to Drift and shares his lifelong passion for Surf.

Kye Fitzgerald recounts the tale of the unusual return of Bobby Owens' magic board. Photos: Mark Onorati, Aitionn

Chris Preston chats to longboard maestro Steve Walden about his disappointment with the lack of recognition for the longboarding scene, what makes the Magic model magic, and working with GSI. 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


Surf Is Life 3

September 01, 2014 |  Words By:

SurfIsLife3_thumbSurf Is Life 3 is the latest instalment of a video series from French surfer Fred Compagnon. The film was shot using a Go Pro camera during a family surf trip to Indonesia last March. The whole family get in on the action, riding a variety of surf craft with some epic tandem rides from Fred and his son!


Southern California pumps

August 31, 2014 |  Words By:

CaliforniaPumps_thumbThis week surfers in Southern California were treated to some unseasonably good swell courtesy of Hurricane Marie. ‘Big Wednesday’ saw many great sessions go down, we’ve collected some of the best footage here.

The World is on Sale with British Airways

August 29, 2014 |  Words By:


Still looking for the perfect getaway? The World is on Sale with British Airways!

There’s great flight and holiday offers to over 100 destinations across the globe, for travel until June 2015. Plan your next escape. Hurry, sale ends 23 September!

Museum of British Surfing third annual Surf Swap Meet

August 29, 2014 |  Words By:

SurfSwapMeet_thumbThe third annual ‘Surf Swap Meet’ takes place at the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon on Sunday September 21st 2014.

The event will feature vintage surfboards & memorabilia – show, swap & sell; classic surf wagons – exhibit your rad wheels – cars, vans, bikes, scooters; shapers’ showcase – display of new custom shapes from British shapers.


#TBT Classic Allan Byrne

August 28, 2014 |  Words By:

AllanBryne_ThumbTaking it right back with some classic footage of the guru of the channel bottom: Allan Byrne.


Week three Winner Announced, Final week Comp open: Northcore Magnetic Wetsuit Hook

August 28, 2014 |  Words By:

northcore3_thumbThe team at Northcore have come up with a great new must-have surf accessory and they are giving away one a week for the next month to our lucky readers.

Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean Series

August 27, 2014 |  Words By:

SAS_AutumnBeachClean_thumbSurfers Against Sewage are appealing for volunteers to lead community beach cleans as part of the Autumn Beach Clean Series this October, to protect UK beaches, waves and wildlife from the marine litter crisis haunting our coastlines.


Gabriel Medina takes the win over Kelly Slater in colossal surf at the Billabong Pro Tahiti

August 26, 2014 |  Words By:

ASP_TahitiFinal_thumbThe final day got underway at the Billabong Pro Tahiti with 12 of the world’s best surfers taking to the water in 12 to 15 foot conditions for what is being dubbed the best World Championship Tour event in history.