Matt Rohrer shares some of the highlights of his conversations with Bay Area surfer Jimmy Holt, focal point of one of the few surfing photos to ever appear in National Geographic Magazine. Selected photos: Jim Shaw

Photographer Ben Thouard joins the Oxbow team aboard the Windward as they trawl pristine Pacific atolls in search of adventure, virgin waves and new opportunities.

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].

A tale of surfing reefs in South Africa, but not knowing what you get yourself into. Drift contributor Tim Conibear points a finger at localism and finds three more pointing right back. Photos: Mike Reich

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

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


VSTR | Kepa Acero in Angola

November 08, 2012 | Words By:

Our Man Kepa has just returned from an amazing trip to Angola. Over the next few weeks vstr.com will be featuring the short films he has made documenting his travels.


Angola started like every good story starts, not knowing exactly what was gonna happen, where I was going and who I was gonna meet in a country of a hard history. The big and unknown continent, Africa 40 years of wars in Angola, poverty, misery and tuff conditions for a white man with a surfboard.

It´s pretty scary feeling, hard to describe how that fear, somehow, makes a surfer feel alive. It´s a great feeling, like being born again. You want to find the waves, but also, you need to meet people… and that is what will make the surfing experience go to another dimension. You know that, apart from the surf adventure, it will be a fascinating human experience that you would never ever forget.

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