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.

The annual Fish Fry on Australia's Gold Coast gives shapers a non-commercial, non-competitive opportunity to come together and share ideas in a shameless celebration of the fabulous fish. Words: Tommy Leitch Photos: Jamie Bott

Joe Curren is the surfing equivalent of old growth, his style in the water and behind a lens is deeply rooted, contemplative and quietly powerful. Jair Bortoleto caught up with Joe to talk about family, travel, and shooting analogue in the digital age. Words: Jair Bortoleto Photos: Joe Curren

Rebel wave riders on a mission to enlighten the Western world to the true culture of the Middle East, blakkbox redefine the notion of surfers as beach bums who only care about the next wave. Photos: Cole Estrada & Anthony Allen

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.

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

Crime and punishment, it's all relative. A brush with the law is nothing more for most of us than a speeding fine or curt telling off, but we're a very privileged bunch... Words & photos: Carly Lorente

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

In Senegal the deserts of North Africa meet the jungles of the tropics. It's an open–minded Islamic country of many cultural experiences and idiosyncrasies; it's also one of the safest and democratic countries in Africa. And of course there's the surf... Words: Mark Sankey Photos: Alexa Poppe

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 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.


Cornwall through the eyes of…


July 12, 2013 | Words By:

Cornwall through the eyes of...Cornwall through the eyes of…is an art exhibition at Cafe Irie in Newquay with paintings by Lucy Smedley and photography by Alexa Poppe. The work on show is all inspired by the beautiful and ever changing landscape of Cornwall. The Exhibition opened on the 1st July and will run until the end of August. The opening night is on Friday 19th July.


Lucy is a 3D designer and can often be found in front of a computer screen, but swapping computers for canvasses gives her a lot pleasure, helps her to unwind and allows her to express her love of art, surfing and the great outdoors of Cornwall. Acrylics on canvas are her preferred medium and she loves using a palette of warm earthy browns and striking blues to add as much depth as possible to her paintings. Whilst painting is a relief from designing, her 3D background also influences her artwork. The paintings on show by Lucy are colourful and abstract renditions of the perfect wave.

Freelance photographer and designer Alexa Poppe has a passion for documentary style photography. The exhibition contains a series of black and white landscape photographs by Alexa, which show the different moods and everyday facets of Cornwall’s outdoor lifestyle. Alexa has captured these images whilst on her daily walk to check the surf with her dog. She has used black and white in her photographs to let the subject speak for itself, without the distraction or over saturation of colour, it’s raw, stripped back, honest and in this case reflects the pure essence and the many moods of the Cornish Coast and Countryside.

Two artists, two medias, but the same passion for the sea and the outdoors. This exhibition juxtaposes these two contrasting styles that are bonded by the same common thread. On show throughout July and August at Cafe Irie.

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