Gran Canaria is already a favourite getaway for many Europeans. Year-round sunshine, virtually no rain and an abundance of home comforts have the tourists flocking in by the thousands. But Drift discovered a far better reason to visit - literally hundreds of hidden surf spots that can be yours alone to enjoy all year round.

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

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]

Tyler Warren's star is burning bright; his images feature prominently in magazines and his name's on everyone's lips right now, yet he pilots a steady course through the hype. Words: Chris Preston Photos: Kyle MacLennan

From cliff-top vantage points to harbour hop-offs, beach-side hammocks to unglamorous car parks, Mat Arney raids his photo archive to document a different perspective in surfing

From Gerry Lopez to machine shaping and the retro scene, Tim Stafford chews the fat with UK surf veteran - and mighty leader of the Foam Asylum - Nigel Semmens

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)

Drift catches up with multi-award winning photographer Lucia Griggi whose office is the ocean and who is one of the most respected surf photographers in a male dominated industry. www.luciagriggi.com

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

This is the story of an epic coastal journey from North Germany down to Morocco in an old Fiat Ducato. We documented the trip, the places we saw and the people we met. We called this Gen Süden www.gensueden.com. A project that focuses on being on the road with a van and a surfboard and all the great things that come with it.

"I'm not interested in formulae when it comes to surfing and art." Ryan Lovelace talks to Chris Preston about trusting your eyes, hands, and feet, and adding another leaf to the weird-hull-alternative-vibe-tree. Photos: Morgan Maasen, Brandon DiPierri & Ryan Lovelace


#openspaces


December 19, 2014 | Words By:

openspaces_thumb#openspaces is a photography book by Cornwall based Mackie Studio featuring photos taken exclusively in Cornwall on an iphone.

The photos were often taken before and after surfing, while out walking the dog or on the way to and from work and are a great snapshot (excuse the pun!) of life around the rugged and beautiful Cornish coastline.

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Charging the Barrel: Full Movie


November 13, 2014 | Words By:

charging_thumbCharging the Barrel serves as a glimpse into the relationship between the unpredictable Cornish surf and the “neoprene clad warriors” that strive to tame it.
Finian Pye, director, found his inspiration in the surf films that he was brought up with. The power of the sea, the clean cut waves and the steady sets inspired him to create several surf films of his own. His projects present a scene that contrasts starkly with those of traditional surf films.
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Reef 5 to 1 Fin Fair goes off!


October 31, 2014 | Words By:

Reef 5 to 1 Fin Fair goes off!Saturday the 25th October saw the 2nd Edition of the Approaching Lines 5 to 1 Fin Fair, presented by Reef go off. On the morning that saw summer officially transition into winter, finned fanatics of all persuasions came together at Porthtowan, Cornwall for this one-day gathering celebrating the art of wave-riding and the humble skeg.

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Plans to convert derelict building into surfing hub


October 06, 2014 | Words By:

tassy_thumb2Tassy Swallow, a pro-surfer from Cornwall is planning to convert a run-down, abandoned military barracks into a state-of-the-art surf education project dedicated to the promotion and celebration of all things surf.
Tassy has developed the idea for the SurfHouse from her Surf Ratz club which she set up two years ago to help young girls develop self-confidence, a positive body image, and a strong sense of their individual identity through surfing.
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The Cruel & Curious Sea II


September 23, 2014 | Words By:

Cruel&Curious_thumbThe Cruel & Curious Sea art and photography exhibition is set to return to North Cornwall for its second year. The exhibition will feature work from photographers, illustrators, multimedia creatives and sculptors celebrating the myth and murk of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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Great White spotted off Cornwall?


September 15, 2014 | Words By:

shark_thumbThis footage was caught by fisherman Nigel Hodge around 20 miles out to sea from Falmouth. The film was reviewed by shark expert David Turner, who told The Sun: “The most likely candidate is a great white.” However The Telegraph’s expert has taken the polar opposite opinion declaring “a hundred percent not a white shark, but clearly a young basking shark evidenced by the shape, position of its fins and various other traits.”
Who do you believe?
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Charging the Barrel – Trailer


September 15, 2014 | Words By:

charging_thumbCharging the Barrel tells the thoughts and experiences of three surfers from Penwith in Cornwall.
The film looks into what it is really like as opposed to the tropical sex/sun/sea kissed “perfect wave” stereotype more commonly associated with surfing.
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The devolution will not be televised…


June 22, 2014 | Words By:

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After a cold Cornish dawn session, I sit watching perfect head high waves breaking from the back of my clapped out but faithful old van. I reflect on how my surf went, its strange how it always looks so much glassier than it actually is. Yeah, I had a few nice waves, even got a little cover up (I think), I looked about at the time to see if anyone noticed, but didn’t get much of a reaction from the other early risers paddling out.

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