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.

The alaia has become something of a shining star in recent years. Mark Sankey shares a photo essay of Cornish alaia riders. Photos: Lionel Duffau, taken at Crantock and Bundoran.

We're all aware of Rio de Janeiro and its most famous charms - the football, carnival, Sugarloaf, Copacabana, Caipirinhas, the girls, the parties - but what of the city's surfing and the culture associated with it? Drift checks out the stand out characteristics of 'the marvellous city'! Photography: Benoit Fournier / www.benoit-fournier.com

Big-wave riding is an awe-inspiring experience, but what happens when things go wrong? In an exclusive extract from his new book, Al Mennie explains what it's like to survive the mother of all wipeouts.

Hidden away in a Falmouth boatyard among the classic lines of traditional timber ships is an unusual surfboard factory: one in which the boards are finished with wood and natural oils. Here tradition meets modernism. This is Glass Tiger. Words: Mark Sankey Action photos: Kirstin Prisk Other photos & design: Alexa Poppe

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)

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.

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

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

When it comes to surfcraft there's a newcomer making waves. Drift discovers the new world of handplaning with Cornwall's finest craftsmen. Words: Clare Howdle

James Bowden recently explored the farthest shores of the British Isles, taking nothing more than his van, good friends and good expectations. He recounts his journey through the lens...


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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Seb Smart surfing Sumatra


April 08, 2014 | Words By: Howard

Seb Smart surfing Sumatra He’s a talented chap. And no one has told him to fcuk off back to England either! Which is always nice. Sorry…

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United surf film trailer


September 06, 2013 | Words By:

United Surf Film TrailerThe full trailer for the upcoming British surf film, United. Filmed in Devon, Cornwall and Costa Rica to showcase some of the UK’s top surfing talent. Featuring Stuart Campbell, Ben Haworth, Beau Bromham, Angus Murray, Jordan Reed, Ben Howey and more.

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Atlantic Bridge – Autumn


September 03, 2013 | Words By:

Atlantic Bridge - AutumnAtlantic Bridge are an acoustic guitar duo consisting of two surfing brothers from Cornwall playing indie, folk and rock.
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