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Feed your passion for water sports with our captivating surf & travel guides. Read inspiring adventure stories and surf news, and amp up your skills with tips & tricks from experienced surfers worldwide.

10 Epic Surf Songs to Get You in the Surfing Mood [Updated]

Music is a universal language, the perfect way to enhance or showcase certain feelings. 

The Extended Glossary of Surfing Terms and Slang

Yo, duuuude! Rad barrels out there!

Surf talk has got to be one of the most unique and recognizable lingos in the English language. Countless movies have portrayed the special way surfers speak, and even cartoons are using the surf terms for comedic relief.

8 Surfer-Based Ocean Conservation Organizations You Can Join Today to Make a Difference Tomorrow

The awe-inspiring coastlines we all love so much are under serious threat. Surfers are among those who see and experience ocean pollution first-hand, and it is now becoming more clear than ever that these lands might not still be around for future generations to enjoy. 

Your Brain on Surfing [Infographic]

Surfing feels good. There’s no denying that. Time slows down when you’re riding a wave, you don’t really think about anything and the rest of the world just vanishes. You are in awe. You are in the flow. But what does that mean, and how does that translate into your brain activity? 

5 Inspiring Books About Surfing That Everyone Should Read

If you go beyond the misconception that surfing is just another sport, you will find that reading and riding waves have very much in common. There are tales, autobiographies, documented history, and classic novels crafted around the art of catching waves and the surf lifestyle.

Here’s Exactly Why Surfing Is So Addictive (According to Science)

Very few (legal!) things in this world are as addictive as surfing. The search for the perfect wave is never-ending, but the journey itself is incredibly fulfilling, and with each step that you come closer to reaching your goal, you will feel like floating on cloud nine.

Top 30 Surf Blogs for Surfers and Water Sports Enthusiasts

Surf legend Philip Edwards, credited with being the first professional surfer and making the first signature surfboard in the world, famously said that “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. We strongly agree with him and we also believe that surfing is so much more than just a sport; it is a lifestyle and, for some, a religion.

Beach or Snow? Surf & Ski on the Same Day in these 5 Locations

Oh decisions, decisions… Christmas is knocking on our doorstep, snow has already started to fall and ski resorts are opening their doors for the season. At the same time, the surf is pumping too. How can you possibly pick one or the other?

The Ultimate Surf Gift List: What to Buy a Surfer for Christmas

Some of us are preparing our wish list for Christmas while others are already buying presents. While I strongly believe that giving love, friendship and kindness is more important than material presents, the latter are always welcome. Moreover, they sometimes have the power to make dreams come true.

10 Famous Surfing Quotes to Inspire You in 2018

Surfers are laid-back folks. In fact, they tend to be men and women of few words who live to surf and surf to live! They love action and they do most of their reflecting and meditation right there in the water, either while waiting for the next big wave, or when they’re inside a barrel. This is probably why wise words from surfers aren’t all that easy to come by!

The 4 Best Surfers of All Time Who Have Made Surfing History

Riding waves as a water sport is a gift that has been passed on to us by our Polynesian ancestors, with a history of over 4,000 years. Today, more and more people have developed a passion for He’e Nalu, “sliding on waves.” 

Ready to Move to the Coast? 10 Charming Surf Cities You’ll Never Want to Leave!

So, after years of reflections, you’ve finally decided that moving on the coast might be the right thing for you. Congratulations! Now all you have to do is decide where you want to go, which might just be the trickiest part of all. Oh, are you not ready to take the plunge just yet? Don’t fret, you can still spend your vacations or even relocate in a surf town for a few months and see how it works out. 

10 Sensational Guinness World Records in the World of Surfing

World records are one of the best ways to become officially amazing. But sometimes, breaking a record involves taking great risks, which might make you wonder what is it that drives people to get into the Guinness Book of Records in the first place? Well, that’s just like asking why would an athlete train to run faster or jump higher. Guinness records are more than just facts; they are a way to measure ourselves. 

Popular Summer Hashtags to Show off all the Fun You're Having in the Water

Everyone loves to post some good old summer fun on their accounts, and by sharing and uploading photos they can recollect those fun times memories throughout the year. But how do you get your posts to stand out? Why, optimized hashtags, of course! Hashtags are everywhere, and if you really want to get noticed and reach your audience, you too must learn to use them.

Surf Fashion Staples that Will Never Go Out of Style

Say ‘surfer’ and everyone thinks about a bronzed chap with perfect curls on a sun-drenched beach, surfboard under one arm, wearing a pair of cool board shorts and waiting for the perfect wave. Say ‘surfer girl’ and you’ll picture a blonde-haired beauty with an enviable tan wearing denim shorts and a bikini top. 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Living the Van Life

Study hard, find a well-paid job, save money, buy a house, buy a car, have kids, buy a bigger car, feel trapped every single day. Why? Because society tells you to? Maybe you do not want those things, perhaps you want to spend your money on meaningful experiences, escape the rat race and gain control over your life. 

Tube Riding: the Definitive Guide to the Holy Grail of Surfing

Getting barreled is the Holy Grail of surfing, that perfect moment when you are riding under the curling lip of the wave. Being inside the whimsical tunneling area created by a wave about to break, also referred to as tube riding or getting shacked, is on top of any surfer’s bucket list.

The 6 Daredevils Who Charged the Biggest Waves Ever Surfed

There is surfing and there is… big wave surfing, a completely different ball game. It takes guts, years of training and experience, a healthy dose of curiosity and taking calculated risks. Even then, anything can go wrong when faced with huge bodies of water that might come tumbling down on you at any given moment.

The Badass Women of Big Wave Surfing Today

For years, women have strived to be included in big wave competitions, while organizers argued that heavy waves like the notorious Mavericks or Jaws are just too dangerous for chicks. It’s a man’s world, but there are some ladies out there that are proving themselves fit to take over the stage and kick some ass!

Fighting Off and Surviving a Shark Attack like a Pro

Oh, that precious moment when we are surfing into the sunset, no one in sight, complete tranquility, just you and the waves. And yet, you feel as though you’re not alone. You look around and see a shark’s fin nearing. What do you do?

Surf Culture: Then and Now

There are sports that are inevitably competitive, like tennis or football, where there simply has to be a winner. The same cannot be said about surfing. There are indeed competitions, but not against adversaries. Surfers compete against themselves and the waves, and technique, boldness and innovation are what matter most. It is precisely this kind of journey of self-discovery that brings surfers together as a distinct cultural group.

10 Awesome Instagram Surf Accounts You Must Follow

It’s no secret that surfers are some of the greatest fun loving people out there! The best way to get in on the fun, aside from grabbing your surfboard and hitting the beach, is to follow some of the best surf accounts available on the web.

5 Bizarre Superstitions Surfers Believe In

Are you afraid of walking under ladders? Or maybe nothing is as frightening as having a black cat cross your path? Does the number 13 give you the creeps every time you see it? Superstitions are as old as time yet they don’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. This is mainly because some people insist on believing and living by them for fear of jeopardizing their well-being. 

15 Surf Cities in the US that You Absolutely Need to Visit

Any surfer knows that finding a good surf location isn’t the easiest of tasks. Thankfully, the U.S. offers a large selection of awesome surf spots. 

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