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.

Flitting between awesome waves at Aileens and Nelscott Reef is all in a week's work for Ireland's big-wave master Al Mennie. Words: Al Mennie Photos: Al Mennie, Gary McCall, Larry Jansky, Richard Hallman

When the ‘Apocalypse Now’ film crew packed up and left the Philippine coastal town of Baler, they left one important item behind – a surfboard. More than 30 years on and this quiet backwater is home to a stoked crew of welcoming locals. Words: Mark Sankey Photos: 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]

Tucked away at the top of a hill near Gwenver beach in Cornwall, Skewjacks was the definitive 1970s surf camp. Drift took four of its founding fathers - Dicky, Harvey, Jamo and Mickey - to the pub and reminisced about good times gone by. Words: Jamie Bott Credit & thanks to Graham Shephard & Mel Sedgwick

Portugal explodes onto the global big wave circuit with a handful of household names and a freakish wave canyon. Photos: Jorge Leal and Wilson Ribeiro.

Cyrus Sutton made an impression on the international film circuit with his 2003 breakthrough movie 'Riding Waves'. Now the EMMY award-winning documentary maker has turned his attention to the divergent surf scenes of Australia's Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Words: Tommy Leitch Photos: Courtesy of Cyrus Sutton

Meeting a legend is something few people have the opportunity to do. During a short stay in California last winter Dave Muir created his own luck in finding Skip Frye at home. He was welcomed in to take a look around. Words: Dave Muir Photos: Dave Muir and Skip Frye

Mark Sankey discusses the merits and faults of EPS with two of Britain's finest craftsmen, Mark Dickinson and Rob Lion, both of whom have been shaping the stuff with style for a good few years now... [photos by Ollie Banks]

Mat Arney hooks up with some old friends to go feral on the Arabian Peninsula and hunt down some truly isolated swell. Words & photos: Mat Arney

Self-confessed board hoarder Chris Preston expounds the delights to be found within his tardis-like garden shed, and explains how he came to favour the quiver approach to surfing. Photos by Jamie Bott [except no.3].


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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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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