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Part two of our ‘Best of 2014’ round-up!
This time enjoy the very best of the features on Drift this year!
Once again a big thanks to everyone who has contributed, read our newsletters or visited the site!
Here’s to 2015, we hope you have a great year…

Mentawai Dreaming

Mark Sankey and Alexa Poppe uncover the isolation and challenges of the Mentawai Islands, and consider the challenge of balancing tourism and sustainability, in an environmentally sensitive surfing destination.

Underneath the Golden Gate Bridge

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

The Iberian Traverse

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

Everybody Loves the Sunshine

The Sunshine Coast. Home to some of the world’s most accomplished surfers, including marquee names like Julian Wilson and Mitch Coleborn. As a result, the region is fast becoming a breeding ground for some of the most progressive young surfers that Australia, and the world, has ever seen.

The Real Rio

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

Hawaii Heaven

Follow cameraman Mike Lacey as he takes on Hawaii. An amazing collection of photos from the spiritual home of surfing. www.mikelaceyphotography.co.uk

Dawn Patrol
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.
The Life Aquatic
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

The Gen Süden Project

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.

The slabs of Ericeira

Portugal has a massive open secret… Follow Matt Button to discover what is going down.

Morocco’s best kept secret

Follow Alexandra Gossink as she uncovers the true Morocco. www.ilovetheseaside.com Photo credits: Geert-Jan Middelkoop, Martijn Lansdaal & Alexandra Gossink

Switch-Foot is back

The original seminal surf book Switch-Foot will be back in its third incarnation thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. It is nearly ten years (2005) since the first Switch-Foot book took to the surfing world, creating ripple effects wherever it went.

Reading shadows

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.

Portugal Perfeito

Drift catches up with Portuguese genius photographer Hugo Silva, owner of www.undonephotos.com. Born on the south coast of Portugal in Portimão, Hugo now finds himself plying his trade near Lisbon in Carcavelos. His challenge has always been to capture the perfect swell, that one wave or the big manoeuvre.

Surfing 365

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.

Knowledge is Power

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.

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