Surfing Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Surfboard Foam: Polyurethane or Polystyrene Core?
What type of surfboard foam should you choose--polyurethane or polystyrene? Here are the pros and cons of each option.

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A surfer paddling
A surfer paddling. Surfing. Page 10.

A surfer riding a small right breaking wave backside
A surfer riding a small right breaking wave backside. Page 12.

A surfer catching a wave
A surfer catching a wave. Surfing. Page 14.

A left breaking wave
A left breaking wave. Surfing. Page 3.

A pier that creates a build up of sand which in turn creates a good bottom for surfing
A pier that creates a build up of sand which in turn creates a good bottom for surfing. Page 4.

Longboarder riding glassy left breaking wave
Longboarder riding glassy left breaking wave. Page 15.

Longboarder surfing a left on small clean day
Longboarder surfing a left on small clean day. Page 16.

Surfer catching a wave
Surfer catching a wave. Surfing. Page 17.

Surfers waiting in the lineup for the wave
Surfers waiting in the lineup for the wave. Page 20.

A surfer riding a longboard on a left breaking wave frontside
A surfer riding a longboard on a left breaking wave frontside. Page 18.

New Surfboard Reviews
With thousands of surfboard shapers and surfboard distributors out there, how do you know what boards rip? After riding these new surfboards, I write a detailed review of board design and performance, so you don't waste your money. If you are a shaper and have a new board model you want reviewed, please e-mail me at surfing@aboutguide.com

Surfing Products and Gear Reviews
Looking for surf gear? New and interesting surf products? I have tried some of the latest and most interesting surfing products and written honest reviews of their performance. Want your product reviewed? Write me at surfing@aboutguide.com

Famous Surfer Profiles
Famous surfer profiles are always fun to read since surfers come in all styles and personalities. So who are the greatest surfers or the most bizarre human beings? Who rips and who regularly kooks out? Meet every surfer from the Duke and Da Cat to Occy and Slater and beyond.

Learn How to Surf--Beginner
So you want to learn how to surf? Well, learn how to surf at the beginning level right here on your computer. These original surf instruction articles will take you through the learning process from beginner to ripper in no time.

Learn How to Surf--Advanced
So you have learned all the surfing basics, mastered the novice stuff, and are ready move on to the advanced surfing moves? Well, learn how to surf at an advanced level right here on your computer. These original surf instruction articles will take you through the learning process.

Surfboards at About.com: Buy, Repair, Design, History, and Shaping
The surfboard is the conductor of the ocean's energy that we, as surfers, spend our lives riding, dinging, waxing, and saving for. Here, we will begin with anatomy and history and move into design including surfboard design, fins, surfboard repair, surfboard picture, epoxy, longboard, surf board repair, foam, how to shape a surfboard, make, shaping, surfboard, surfing, surfboard shapers, history of surfboard, buy a surfboard ued, buy a new surfboard

Surfers
Surfer profiles. Surfing.

Surf Music - profiles and reviews from Dick Dale to Sublime and beyond
Surf music isn't easy to describe, but surfers know it when they hear it. It's music that generates stoke that begins in your soul and comes out in your performance. It's fun and infectious and makes you want to rip.

Steps to Refurbish an Old Surfboard
When a surfboard has been ridden hard, it eventually loses its vitality. This article explains how a surfer can easily infuse an old board with new life.

What Are the Parts of a Surfboard?
Your surfboard is made up of several parts. Each section or part of a surfboard has a specific purpose. Understanding these parts is important when buying a new or used surfboard.

How To Kill It On A Photo Trip
The best way to secure good action photographs while on a surf trip.

Top Five Best Surf Spots in Florida
Surfing is Florida is frustrating, but like any stretch of coast, it has its moments and its jewels. Everyone knows Sebastian, but Florida can offer a lot more. Check out the top 5 best surf spots in Florida.

The Best Beginner Surfboard is the FunBoard
If you are a beginning surfer, don't be swayed by the infinite choices of surfboards out there. Go for a funboard. Read on to find out exact dimensions for your first board and how to buy a beginner surfboard.

5 Daily Surfing Shifts
The five shifts that take place during a full surfing day, and how to plan accordingly.

Pop Out Surfboard Question - What Is a Pop-Out Surfboard?
Pop out surfboards are surfboards that are built from a mold rather than shaped from scratch. The surboard mold is based on an original shape and then mass produced by way of an assembly line process. This is a far flung approach from the the surfboard's artisan roots but is a sign of the times.

How to Do an Aerial in Surfing
It seems that these days every surfer knows how to do an aerial. Decades earlier, aerials were pure fantasy, but today any surfer worth his weight in wax needs to have at least one aerial variation in his/her repertoire. Learn how to do an aerial now.

How Do I Teach My Child How to Surf?
Want to teach your child how to surf? Remember, nurturing a young love affair with surfing starts with you, the teacher, so be patient and follow a few simple steps and your child will learn how to surf in no time.

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Who Invented Surfing?
Who Invented Surfing? For non-surfers, this question may seem pointless, but for surfers who see the art of wave riding as a spiritual and cultural touch stone, laying claim to the invention of surfing is an important one.

Best Rip Curl Riders Of All Time
The Rip Curl team has a long and very honorable history, and here we pay small tribute to it.

Rock Jump Like A Boss
The fine art of rock jumping, and the various types of rock jump.

Channel Islands Fred Rubble - Surfboard Review
Channel Islands' Fred Rubble is 2012's best selling surfboard. Check the review to see if it's worth all the hype (and your hard earned 700 bucks).

Shaping and Surfboard Design: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to shape a surfboard.

Shaping and Surfboard Design: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us a final shaped surfboard blank.

Shaping Basic Design Outline: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to shape a surfboard. Start with the basic outline.

Cutting out the Basic Surfboard Outline: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to shape a surfboard. This next step shows Charles cutting out the basic outline.

Measuring the Surfboard Shape: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to measure the surfboard tail, nose, and center point.

Shaping and Surfboard Design: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to shape a surfboard.

Planing the Surfboard Rocker: How to Shape and Plane a Surfboard Rocker
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to plane the rocker of a surfboard shape.

Planing the Surfboard Rocker: How to Shape and Plane a Surfboard Rocker
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to plane the rocker of a surfboard shape.

Planing the Surfboard Rails: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to plane out the rail panels.

Sanding the Surfboard Rails: How to Shape and Design a Surfboard
Have you ever wondered how a real surfboard is shaped? Surfboard shaping and design is an art being pushed out by the use of software and shaping machines, but there are some craftsmen still out there like Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards still desingning surfboards the old fashion way. Here, he shows us how to sand the surfboard rails.

The Original 54" Beater Soft Surfboard
The Original 54 soft surfboard looks like a stretched out body board and surfs like psycho little mini-fish. It floats and spins and slides and grabs waves easily. In short, the Original 54 Beater soft surfboard conforms to classic beginner board criteria. Read about my session...

Grant 'Twiggy' Baker's Big Wave Victories
Grant 'Twiggy' Baker's road to glory in the big wave arena.

Elder Statesmen: Shaun Tomson
Shaun Tomson - A Surfing Legend At 60

The Ballad Of Ross Clarke Jones
Don't Slow Down. The life and times of Ross Clarke-Jones

Mick Fanning - Pro Surfer - Australia
Mick Fanning is one of pro surfing's most radical talents. Hailing from Australia;s Gold Coast, Mick's surfing is blindingly fast and precise, earning him two world titles and the name

Goof Board Balance Board Review
“It felt just like riding the Goof Board!” That was 9 year-old Indie’s summation of riding his shortboard the first time. That's pretty solid testimonial for the Goof Board since that was after a few days of practicing on this training/ balance board.

G-Land, one of the ultimate lefts in the world.
The wave called Grajagan, on the edge of the jungles of Java, should be on every surfer's bucket list.

Philosophy and Definition of Surfing
What is surfing, you ask? For hardcore surfers and new surfers alike who wonder about surfing's greater meaning, here is a delightfully fluffy but enjoyably true definition and answer to a question that elludes description and interpretation. What is surfing...Really?

Learn How to Catch a Wave
Just learning to surf and want to learn how to catch a wave? Look no further. Catching a wave is the most essential step in the surfing process, but it can also be tricky. Learn more.

How To Prepare For The First Big Swell Of Winter
How to prepare for the first big swell of winter

Looking for Surfing Tips or an Answer to a Surfing Question? Surfing Tips and Questions Answered
Answers to frequently asked surfing questions and loads of surfing tips....but that's not all. Find surf culture and surf party ideas too. You'll find things you didn't know you didn't know about surfing. So click on and enjoy the ride.

How To Surf Really Small Waves
When the waves are tiny it's still possible to have loads of fun.

The Unwriten Rules Of Surf Traveling
The Unwritten Rules Of Surf Traveling

The Greatest Surf Footage Ever?
Benji Brand at Donkey Bay, and some of the best surf footage ever captured.

Surf Travel: Surf Travel Tips and Destinitions
Surf travel takes a basic vacation to another level, so don't just sit there. Take a surf trip. Take a vacation, go travel, and go surfing! If you love vacations, you love surfing, and you love to travel, then you will enjoy these surf travel articles and links below. Surf trips are a part of the surfing adventure experience, so hop a flight and get your surf on.

Teaching Your Child To Surf
The tips and tricks when teaching your child how to surf.

Learn How to Surf--Intermediate
So you have learned all the surfing basics, and are ready move on to the intermediate surfing moves? Well, learn how to surf at the next level right here on your computer. These original surf instruction articles will take you through the learning process.

Surfing: A Fresh Approach To Learning Pt2
A fresh approach to learning to surf

Surfing: The Early Years
A Fresh Look At Starting To Surf

Surfers Dig It - find out what surfers like
Surfers Dig It - Surfers don't really need a lot of stuff or things to maintain their field of happiness. However, there are some aspects of the lifestyle, some experiences, and some ideas that we collectively find especially enriching. Here is a list of some particularly awesome benefits to being a surfer. This is what surfers dig.

The Unwritten Rules Of Surfing
The unwritten rules of surfing, written here for your convenience.

Firewire Surfboards and The Dominator
Firewire Surfboards and The Dominator. Good in the sea, but great in wavepools.

Matty Wilkinson On A Winning Streak, Which Is Set To Continue.
Matt Wilkinson is silencing the critics, and could be a World Surf League contender for the 2016 World Title.

Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time
Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time? Who would you pick? Do you agree with my list? If not, let me know.

Tom Curren - Professional Surfer
Tom Curren was a a shy, quiet surfer who in 1980 began a journey that would leave behind echoes across the chasm of surfing culture that are still felt today. Tom Curren ruled competition and saved American surfing. Read more...

Pro Surfer - Musician - Donovan Frankenreiter
Pro Surfer and Musician Donovan Frankenreiter helped re-vision what is means to be a pro surfer. Mixing radical performance with retro equipment and creating his own soulful soundtrack along the way.

Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time
Top 5 Most Influential Surfers of All Time? Who would you pick? Do you agree with my list? If not, let me know. Page 2.

Kanoa Igarashi -Surfer Biography
The next Kelly Slater, super freak, surfing prodigy: these are just a few descriptions adorned by the media on a teenage surfer from Huntington Beach, California. His name is Kanoa Igarashi and he's just kid who gets good grades, speaks two languages, and loves to ride waves.

Greg Long - Professional big Wave Surfer - Biography
Greg Long is no ordinary professional surfer. The Californian regular foot makes his money the hard way: he paddles into the biggest waves the world has to offer. Learn more about one of surfing's most daring and ambitious athletes.

What is a Tow-in Surfboard?
The tow-in surfboard has become the ubiquitous tool of serious big wave surfers since the late 90's. Surfers from Hawaii to Tasmania to Portugal are breaking down boundaries that were beyond our imaginations. But what make a tow-in surfboard so effective for big waves?

The 5 Greatest Surfboard Shapers of All Time
How can you judge artists? How can I claim to pick the world's best surfboard shapers ever? It’s not a perfect list mainly because shaping is an art form and it’s not impossible to completely gauge the subjective value of art. However, here is my best attempt.

The History of the Surfboard Fin
The history of the surfboard fin illuminates the journey from wave sliding of the Ancient Hawaiians to today's explosive aerial acrobatics in addition to how the creative vision of surfing craftsmen changed the way we surf. Read on...

How to Surf Better Now
Want to surf better now? Finding that your surfing is stifled and maybe you are lacking that spark to ignite a blast to the next level. I've got 4 easy ways to make you a better surfer.

Surfing Cloudbreak – Tavarua, Fiji
If you have ever seen Cloudbreak spin off the reef miles offshore of the tiny island of Tavarua, then you have seen its perfection. It's one the world's great surfing wonders and the site of a yearly ASP championship event. Learn more...

Surf Safety Tips - How to stay safe while surfing
Staying safe while surfing is easy. Just be smart! Okay, that sounds a bit too simple. We all know the need to impress your friends or some girls on the beach can push seemingly intelligent folks into incredibly dangerous situations. Here are some easy guidelines to follow to keep you safe while surf.

Kelly Slater and Greg Webber and The Future of Wave Pools
Wave pools have yet to change the game. Surfing in the ocean still rules, and chlorine and concrete is still for rubber pool toys. But can an 11-time world surfing champ and a renowned Aussie shaper change all that?

Top Surfing Injuries
Here's a list of the top surfing injuries. All sports bring along possible health dangers, but surfing is sometimes seen as a non-threatening activity. However, there are some common injuries a new surfer should be careful of.

How to Avoid Surf Rash
Surf rash is part of surfing. You can't totally avoid it, but you can take a few steps to lessen its severity.

Fred hemmings - Hawaiian Surfer and Senator
Fred Hemmings did more for the sport of surfing than almost any individual in history. His steadfast approach to surfing big waves served him well as a trail blazing contest organizer and eventually as a Republican senator. Read on...

Common Mistakes Made by Beginning Surfers
Beginning surfers often make mistakes when learning the ropes of wave riding. Mostly, it's just a matter of technique, but there are a few common mistakes new surfers make that can not only affect their surfing performance but also their safety.

Surf Sun Glasses and Goggles - Reviews
Surfing Sunglasses protect your eyes from the effects of both sun and wind while you enjoy a good surf session. So, to help you navigate the different surf sun glass choices out there, I have reviewed some new brands. Read the review.

How to Keep Surfing into Your 30’s and 40’s
Want to stay fit and keep surfing into your 30's and 40's? It's not that difficult. Read about the simple things that can keep you surfing well into your golden years.

How to do a Layback Snap
The layback snap can look like a fly-away attempt at a maneuver way out your range or it can appear a stylish nuance to a beyond radical snap in the pocket. Find out how to make your layback snap functional and fashionable on your next wave during your next session.

How to Buy a PWC - Jet Ski - for Surfing
Jet skis (personal water craft) have been around for decades, but more recently they have become indispensable in providing safety as well as a needed bit of torque for surfers looking to ride the biggest waves in the world. Learn how to buy a jet ski for surfing.

How to Make a Late drop
There are loads of great advanced surfing tricks, but making a late drop in big surf may be the most important move to learn. It can make your session and save you from a nasty hold down or a scrape across the reef. Learn how to make a late drop.

Tips for Surfing a Contest Heat
Surfing in a contest looks easy, but if you have ever done it, you know that's not always the case. To take something as organic and artistic as surfing and force it into the confines of a contest heat is a challenge. Therefore, here are a few easy tips to maximize both your points and the fun in your next heat.

How to win a Contest Heat
Want to win your next contest heat? Sadly, if you think that surfing great is how it's done, you are only half right. Today's contests require a whole new perspective. You've got to change your approach if you want those high scores by mixing great surfing with contest strategy. So if you want to win, read on...

How to Get Ready to Surf Big Waves
Surfing big waves is the ultimate level of performance our sport has to offer. It requires a combination of mental clarity, emotional regulation, and physical endurance. So the bottom line is that even with all the technological advances helping hands, surfers still need to be ready for those moments in big surf when things don’t go as planned. In reality, plan on things not going as planned. And here is how you do it.

Sun Bum Sunscreen - Review
Skin cancer is a real danger for serious surfers. You've got to have good sun screen. I had the chance to try out Sun Bum sunscreen and put it through 12 hours of surfing in the hot sun. How did it perform? Read on...

Surfing Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania
Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania is part surfing dream and part surfing nightmare. Rocks and sharks and cold and sheer isolation make this wave something to behold, but also something to fear. Shipstern has moved the limits of surfing to a level most surfers hoped would never come. If you are thinking about surfing this unholy paradise, read this first.

Brett Simpson - Pro Surfer Brett Simpson
Brett Simpson is a pro surfer from Huntington Beach, California. Known for aerials and big home town contest wins that garnered worldwide attention, Brett Simpson has made the move from Huntington to the world.

Surfing in the Azores
Situated prominently in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Azores is a volcanic archipelago with a Portuguese population, and a location that pits its coastline in a direct line of pretty much every swell in the Atlantic.

Clyde Aikau - Hawaiian Surfing Legend
Clyde Aikau is one of surfing's great names. In terms of performance and lineage, Clyde Aikau stands as a link from Hawaiian pro surfing's past and modern big wave surfing's future.

Surfing in Florida: What To Expect
It can be a waiting game,but good waves do come in this state with 1,197 miles of coastline and toasty water temperature most of the year.

Surfing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro is a metropolis with rich cultural heritage, loads of beautiful people, and even some good waves to be had. The city and its surrounding country offer year round warm weather and easy access to waves. Learn about surfing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Elephant Surf Compression Surf Shorts - Review
Ever get thigh rash from surfing? Has your board ever slipped from between your legs when you are going for a wave? Ever get sore legs from surfing all day? Elephant Surf says they have surf specific compression shorts that will help. Read the review.

Bernard "Midget" Farrelly - Professional Surfer
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How to do a Frontside Snap - Surfing
The frontsode snap is both functional and flashy. A good snap in the right section of the wave can throw buckets of spray and put you in the sweet spot for the next maneuver. Learn how to do a frontside snap.

How to Wipeout in the Barrel
If you are going to wipeout when you are surfing, then you should at least be in the barrel. However, there is an art to a good wipeout in the barrel. So read on and find out how to properly fall in the tube.

Surf Mat Review - The Fourth Gear Flyer Fatty
I have always been intrigued by surf mats. They look fun and fast and totally unconventional. I finally got my hands on one. I put the Fatty from Fourth Gear Flyer through the motions over a series of fun surf days. How did it go? Here's my review.

Dane Reynolds' #4 from Channel Islands
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Australia's Surfing History
Australia is the super power surfing. Once a land of criminals and castaways, the continent is now an Eden for beach goers and surfers. Australia's surfing history is rich and dynamic. Learn how Australia has changed surfing and how surfing has changed Australia.

Parts of a Bodyboard
Bodyboards are built to certain specifications. Each change in shape or construction nuance can affect the speed and control of the board or tailor its ride for specific riders and waves. Learn how each part of a bodyboard is important to the overall ride.

Reunion Island: Plagued By Sharks
Reunion Island has perfect waves, but the shark problem leaves them unridden.

How to Stand Up on a Surfboard
Learning how to stand up on a surfboard is tricky but more rewarding than you can imagine. If you are a beginning surfer who wants to learn how to stand up on a surfboard, you have

Surfer Girls - surfing articles, links, and hot surfer profiles
For those whose surf interests are a bit more gender-specific (for surfer girls that is), you can scope out information, articles, websites, etc. Just for the ladies.

Surf Video and Picture Galleries - Video and Surf Picture Galleries
Surf Video and surf pictures - Scope out all the photos and videoes of the latest surf action. Big waves, small waves, locals, and pros...I am sorting through the greatest and most radical surf video and pictures.

Surf Slang with Definitions: Definitions of Surf Slang Words with Sentences
Surf slang is descriptive and rich, but surf slang is also complex and subtle in context. Learn surf slang definitions and usage of common words spoken formally and informally to describe the sport, personalities, and lifestyle of surfing.

Surfer Girl Links
Links for girls who are looking for surf info, culture, style, and products.

Surf Theme Party Ideas
Alright all you partiers out there! Most of us don't need an excuse to throw a party. So whether it's your birthday, your child's birthday, an anniversary, or you just wanna have fun, why not add a twist to your shin-dig by incorporating a theme. For young or old, these party ideas can add flair to your soiree and also make for some good conversation.

Surfing Problems and their Remedies
Many problems arise in the day-to-day life of a surfer, and here are some articles to help you with everything from slippery wax and rashes to broken leashes and jellyfish stings.

Surf Video - Surfing DVD and Surf Video Reviews
Watching surf videos and DVDs is not just good fun; watching surf movies also helps you hone your surfing skills. Observing surf technique and viewing the possibilities you never thought about will push your surfing to the next level. Browse these surf video and DVD reviews and decide for yourself which flicks you want and what movies to avoid.

International Surfspots
New surfers can come here and experience waves all around the world. Some big, some long, some not so big and long. From far away lands to your home break, we'll eventually find them all.

Surf Product Review
This page offers reviews of new and/or popular surfing related products. Whether it's FCS fins or Sex Wax, these pages will eventually cover the bulk. Many products are effective and others don't make the grade. For example, you probably haven't seen webbed gloves around lately.

Surfing Vacations and Surf Camps at About.com
Take what you learn on my site and venture into the surfing arena. Surf camps are great places to meet new people and ride new waves while getting face-to-face instruction. You can even take your family! Includes surf camps, surfing, surf, surfing, surf camp links, Hawaii surf camps, Costa Rica surf camps, California surf camps, learn to surf, surfing vacations.

Surf Adventure Related Jobs and Careers
We are all looking for a job that is some way related he water. Here are some ideas, sites, and search engines that may help. Includes: watersports jobs, surfing, jobs, adventure careers, careers, paid to surf, waves, ocean related occupations, make money surfing, nature lover jobs.

Surf Fitness at About.com
It takes more than a few sessions a week to reach your full surfing potential, especially as you get older. Therefore, surfers must sometimes go beyond the beach to ensure they stay flexible and strong to not only boost performance, but also to avoid injury. Here, there are articles and links to help you surf healthier...longer.

Surf Travel Gear---Product Reviews
Before you plan your next surfing adventure, stop here and scope all the travel gear I have reviewed for you. Lots of luggage and accessories abound. If you have a product you want reviewed, shoot me an email at surfing@aboutguide.com.

Free Surf Wave Forecasting at About.com
Free, informative articles that teach the art of surf forecasting complete with tons of tools and links to ensure you get the best waves and understand the ocean around you and includes free surf forecasting swell surfing oahu california florida big picture ocean planning waves predicting surfing swells storms wave models WAM Learn how to catch the best waves pitch direction tutorial recreation watersports sports

Surf Travel
Global surf destinations. Surfing.

Pro Profiles
Professional surfer profiles. Surfing.

Surf News Network at About.com: Hawaii, Pro Surfing, Interviews, Bethany Hamilton
Surf news from around the world and across the Net: surf news network, surf news, Bethany Hamilton, shark attack, hawaii surf news, associating of surfing professionals, professional surfing, Kelly Slater, Occy, Joel Parkinson,ASP, pro surfing, interviews, Taj Burrow, contests, world tour, Tahiti, Big Waves

Bodyboarding and Bodyboards: Learn About Beginning Bodyboarding and Bodyboards
Thinking about beginning bodyboarding or buying a new bodyboard? Read surfing articles, learn new bodyboarding tricks and learn how to buy new gear before heading out for your next session.

Surfing Related Ailments
Surfing is a fun, healthy sport for all ages; however, there are some health injuries that may arise from a life of surfing. Examples include chronic “surfer’s ear”, skin cancer, knee and back injuries, pterygia, and more. Check out articles and links below that will help surfers who are dealing with these health problems.

Waves Of The World
So many waves to surf, such little time

Big Wave Surfing
The biggest waves in the world and the people who surf them

The Death Of Brock Little
The Passing Of Hawaiian Big Wave Surfer Brock Little.

The Turtle Bay Resort On The North Shore Has It All.
The best place to stay on Oahu, Hawaii. Just a few minute's drive away from Sunset, Pipeline and Waimea, but far enough away to be quiet and classy.

Charter Boat Etiquette
The unwritten rules of decent behaviour on a surf charter boat.

10 of the Biggest Surfable Waves On The Planet
The ten biggest, heaviest and scariest waves in the world that surfers dare to ride.

Impact Zone Surfing Definition
A definition of the surfing term

All About Bonzai Pipeline Hawaii
Bonzai Pipeline (now know as Pipe), located on Oahu, Hawaii on the famed North Shore is the definitive surfing arena. Many dangerous waves have been discovered since Bonzai Pipeline was first surfed in Hawaii, but no wave can match Pipeline for its perfect combination of power, beauty, and pure surfing spectacle. Learn all you need to know about surfing Bonzai Pipeline, Hawaii.

Best Surfing Documentaries Ever Made
In the beginning, there were just random grainy clips of single waves or short session. However, not until the late 50's and early 60's did the surf video clip find its home among a greater narrative that is the surfing documentary.

About the First Surfboards
Here's a complete look at the history of the surfboard, from its humble beginnings to the shortboard revolution. This is part one of a two-part article.

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Causes of Delamination in Surfboards
Learn about the causes of surfboard delamination.

5 Great Movies About Surfing
Surf Movies: A list of the most memorable modern Hollywood surf movies from Big Wednesday and North Shore to Pointbreak and Blue Crush.

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Most Influential Female Pro Surfers of All Time
Here is my list of professional surfing’s most influential women. I will not call them girls or chicks and I will not assess them on looks or bikini bodies. These women are surfers and this about competitive surfing.

All About Fish Surfboards and Funboards
About a decade ago, the fish surfboard rose from the ashes of the 70's, offering surfers another option. The fish boasts loads of speed and maneuverability, but what makes a fish surfboard a fish surfboard? Also, the fish's strange older and more boring cousin, the funboard, is still another alternative to the average shortboard. Learn more.

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An index of categories in the

7 Things that go wrong that are not your travel agents fault.
When booking a surf trip, not everything is your travel agent's fault.

How To Deal With Dead Time
If you're stuck on an island and there's no surf, don't let yourself go crazy.

Matt Biolos' Guide To Every Surfers' Three Board Quiver.
Legendary Mayhem surfboard shaper Matt Biolos explains the three most important surfboards that should be in everyone's quiver.

How To Pack Your Bags For A Surf Trip
Depending on your destination and the waves you're going to be surfing, you need to pack accordingly.

The Secret Tips On Long Haul Travel
If you have to travel long-haul, there are some hacks to make it a whole lot better...

How To Have A Marathon Session, with Ahaun Tomson
Shaun Tomson on the art of marathon sessions, and why a short surf session is probably not doing much for you.

Surfboard Shapers and Commitment
To get good surfboards, you need to know your surfboard shaper.

Rock Your First Longboard Session Like A Boss
The soul and the art of your first long board session.

How To Pack Your Boards For That One Big Trip
Packing your surfboards correctly will avoid drama while traveling.

Advice For Surfing A Secret Spot
Tips and tricks for surfing a secret spot

Just How Popular Is Surfing?
Surfing might be popular, but luckily it's not that popular.

Broadening Your Quiver
Adding a few extra boards to your quiver

Advice For Surfing At A Famous Spot
The tips and tricks to paddling out at a famous surf spot.

Free Surfer Dave Rastovich
Dave 'Rasta' Rastovich gets paid to go surfing, and is pretty good at it.

How To Go Off The Radar
In this crazy connected world, sometimes all we need is a bit of peace and quiet, and a few waves...

Preparing For Big Waves
When the waves get big, you really do want to be prepared.

Taking Your Surfing On The Road
The secrets behind having a good surfing road trip.

The Best Man Made Wave Ever!
The man-made wave game has just been changed, forever.

How To Have Fun When The Waves Are Terrible
How to make the most of it when the conditions are average.

Surfing Makes You Fat
Surfing might not be keeping you thin, but it's actually ok.

Foam Is Your Friend
Extra volume in your surfboard will help you become a better surfer.

How To Properly Clean Coral Cuts
How to clean your coral cuts. Surfing.

Banzai Pipeline
The Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii is without a doubt the most dangerous wave in the world.

Jaws - The Best Big Wave Spot In The World.
Jaws / Peahi is the best big wave location in the world.

Punto
Punta De Lobos gets big, it gets scary, and it has one of the worst paddle-outs in the known world.

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii - The Seven Mile Miracle.
The North Shore of Oahu - The Seven Mile Miracle of Surfing

Surfing In Norway
Not that many people consider Norway as a surfing destination, but there are some perfect waves in Valhalla.

Simon And The Thruster
When Simon Anderson invented the three-fin Thruster, the surfing world was changed forever.

Surfer Breaks Guinness World Record
Guinness World Record for Longest Surf Session broken by South African surfer Josh Enslin.

The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddia Aikau Big Wave Invitational
The Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational - the greatest big wave event on the planet.

Four Famous Surfboards.
Four very famous surfboards, once belonging to Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, Martin Potter and Mark Occhilupo.

Dungeons and Big Waves
Dungeons and big waves in South Africa.

So Many Sharks
Why are there so many shark attacks?

Treat Your Surfboard Well and Make it Last
Learn how to properly take care of your surfboard so it is safe to ride on and will last a long time. Follow these tips and your stick has a better chance at a long life. Page 2.

How to Take Care of Your Surfboard
Learn how to properly take care of your surfboard. It is, after all, you most precious object. Am I right, brothers and sisters?

The Myth Of The Secret Spot
The Myth Of The Secret Spot - do they even exist?

Surf Camps: Where Are We Going?
Exclusivity at surf camps - an investigation.

The Evolution Of Donkey Bay
The Evolution Of Donkey Bay. Surfing.

What's Up With Dane Reynolds?
What's Up With Dane Reynolds - The Best Freesurfer In The World

The Discovery Of Lance's Right
There have been many discoveries in the Mentawais, but none as exciting as the discovery of Lances Right.

The Discovery Of Nias, Lagundri Bay, Indonesia
When Nias in Indonesia was discovered, the world became an oyster to surfers the world over.

The Kelly Slater Brands
Kelly Slater might be nearing retirement, but he is just starting in the world of business

6 Ways To Prepare For Big Waves
When the waves get big, here are a few hacks to help you get over the ledge.

Jordy Smith's 4 Big Wins
Jordy Smith and his four Championship Tour victories.

4 Things To Remember As Your Summer Approaches
When summer comes to town, so your surfing game has to change...

The Quiksilver Bankruptcy - What It Means
Quiksilver enters bankruptcy, and things will never be the same again.

5 World Class Waves To Be Found In Ireland
Going surfing in Ireland is somewhat unconventional as surf destinations go, but the rewards can be high.

5 Ways To Have Fun On A Surf Trip To Bali
A surf trip to Bali is crowded and a little bit intense these days, but if you know where to go and what to do you can still score some great waves!

The Art Of Surfing Through The Winter
Keep surfing through the dark and cold winter, and before you know it, summer will be back.

The Various Stages Of A Standard Surf Check
The simple surf check is a lot more complex that what it first appears.

5 Nasty Characters You Might Encounter While Traveling
The various people you might find while embarking on a surf trip, and how to deal with them.

5 Of The Best Lefts In The World
Some of the best left-handers to surf in the world.

5 Perfect Right-hand Point-break Waves
Five of the best right-handers in the known surfing universe.

5 Ways To Stay Surf Fit While Land Locked
Are you out of the water for some reason? Here are 5 ways to keep for for your return to the water.

6 Legendary Billabong Surfers
These are the 6 best Billabong surfers of all time.

6 Surfing Books You Must Read
Six surfing books to inspire and entertain you when there are no waves around.

The Mick Fanning Shark Attack: A Perspective
Mick Fanning encounters a shark whilst surfing in the World Surf League JBay Open surfing event, and survives the encounter.

Grajagan. What Is It, And Where Is It?
The incredible Indonesian wave known as Grajagan or G-Land, has a pretty cool story behind it.

There are many waves in JBay
There is a lot more to surfing Supers in Jeffreys Bay, with a handful of other good waves just around the corners.

4 Crazy Big Wave Locations
Some of the craziest big waves out there, if you're brave enough.

The Brazilian Storm
The Brazilian Storm - the biggest force in professional surfing right now.

Scary Hawaiian Surf Spots
The waves of the North Shore of Oahu can be pretty scary at times.

6 Surfing World Champions.
Some interesting behind-the- scenes information about six of our surfing world champions.

Tragic Surfing Deaths
Famous surfers who have died, like Andy Irons and Mark Foo, and how they passed away.

5 Elements Of Good Surfing Explained
surf, surfing, power surfing, surf style, Kelly Slater, competitive surfing, professional surfing

Jordy Smith Profile
surf, sufing, professional surfing, World Surf League, Jordy Smith,Lyndall Smith, Kelly Slater

5 Of The Most Perfect Waves In The World
Surf travel, surfing Indonesia, surfing South Africa, surfing Mauritius, surfboards, travel, Indian Ocean, surfing Australia Gold Coast

5 Incredible Surfing Destinations
Surfing travel destinations, exotic surf destinations, unusual places to go surfing.

4 Beginner's Guidelines for Picking Your First Surfboard
The key to learning how to surf is picking the right surfboard. These 4 simple guidelines will help you choose the best board for you.

Surfing Links
Here are numerous links to sites that will help you to learn more about surfing as a sport, art, and lifestyle.

Free Surfing Video Games
Okay, so surfing video games won't get you wet. But if you can't get to the beach today and you're stuck in your cubicle dreaming of your next session, click on and drop into some surfing video games that might give you that needed blast of stoke to hold you over for a few hours.

Surf Culture and Travel Information
Surfing lends itself to travel pretty well. What we really want is perfect waves in perfect places. That may take a little creativity and research. Here, you can read about exotic locations around the world and find the luggage and gear to get you there.

Jay dimartino, Late drop on a right-hander...Small fun Florida Surfing Picture
Jay dimartino, Late drop on a right-hander...Small fun Florida Surfing Picture. Page 3.

Matt Desantis...Small fun Florida Surfing Picture
Matt Desantis...Small fun Florida Surfing Picture. Page 2.

River Surfing FAQ
Another frequently asked question and answer about surfing. Is the ocean the only place you can ride waves?

Internet Surf Forecasting - Made Easy
If you are going to surf the Internet, then at least allow the Internet to find you some surf. Finding out when and where the waves will be within the next few days or next few hours is quite simple. Read more...

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What's the best surfboard for small waves?
Most surfers spend their days riding small waves. That's the sad reality, but many wave riders fail to take advantage of the numerous surfboard variants that can greatly enhance their small wave surfing experience. So, what's the best surfboard for small waves?

How to remove sea urchin spines from your feet
If your local surf spot is a warm water reef break, or you are planning to take a surf trip to the Caribbean or Bali, you will be bumping uglies with sea urchin spines soon enough. So how do you remove sea urchin spines from your feet?

Quad-Fin Surfboards - Handling and Performance
Quad fin surfboards began their assent in the early eighties, finding legitimacy under the feet of Glen (Mr. X) Winton and have found new significance as the board of choice among modern surfing's elite in both small and big surf. The question is: Why and how do quad surfboards work.

The Top 5 Biggest Waves in the World
Where are the top 5 biggest, gnarliest, and heaviest waves in the world? You might be surprised.

Basic Surfing Tips for Beginners
Beginning surfers can always use some basic tips to make sure every session is the best it can be and so they can learn to surf more quickly. These basic surf tips will have you shredding with a smile in no time flat.

Polyester or Epoxy?
For a time, I sang the praises of epoxy surfboards. Once I bought my first epoxy, I practically swore offpolyester resin for good. I mean really, epoxy is

How to Choose a Longboard Surfboard
Longboard surfboards are insane for riding small waves. They are also great for beginning surfers. So, if you are looking to buy yourself a longboard, grab a gander at this handy piece that will help you choose the best board for you.

How Much Money Does A Pro Surfer Make?
How Much Money Does A Pro Surfer Make? Since surfers negotiate individual salaries and their other income is so diverse, the industry has been notoriously mum on the issue. So let's delve into the fiduciary side of surfing and see if we can figure out if pro surfing is the career for you.

Gearing up for Summer: Best Surfboards for Summer
With summer fast approaching, you need to get outfitted with the right equipment. There are fish and longboards and short boards and hybrids. All the choices can make your head spin. But what's the right board for you and what will work best this summer surf season? Based on my reviews, here are the boards I think will help you catch the most waves and rip the hardest this summer.

What Are Parts of a Wave for Surfing?
Surfers use every part of a wave for surfing. So naturally, surfers have a name for each part of a wave. Take a quick course in the parts of a surfing wave.

Different Types of Surfing Waves and Breaks
With so many types of surfing waves and surf breaks, it is essential that a surfer understands the different directions, personalities and myriad of different reasons waves break. Wind and swell directions as well as bottom contour are all variables to surfable waves formation. Read on...

Surf- Choose the Right Surf Spot - How to Choose the Right Surf Spot
Learning how to choose a spot to surf can be challenging, especially for beginning surfers. But this is the place to learn how to choose the perfect beach for surfing. Learn how a beginner can correctly choose a surf break to practice his/her surfing.

What Is an Epoxy Surfboard?
What is an epoxy surfboard you ask? Every shaper offers epoxy as an option and it seems that everyone is riding one, but what makes an epoxy surfboard different from a board made with polyurethane resin? Read on...

Which Way Should I Place My Surfboard on My Car Racks?
It’s been debated. However, simple aerodynamics and common sense prevails. Learn the proper way to position your board en route to your next session.

Stick - Surf Slang Definition
Stick is yet another surf slang term added to the surfing dictionary. Here you'll read a definition and sentence explaining the meaning of the surf term.

Learn How to Hang Ten - Longboarding
Hang ten. To the general public, “hang Ten” is a term that has become synonymous with old school surfing as both a fashion statement and iconic catch phrase, but to actual surfers, it’s a serious longboard maneuver that takes style, grace, and balance. In some ways, it’s magical.

Gabriel Medina Biography: Brazilian Professional Surfer
Brazilian professional surfer, Gabriel Medina, came from nowhere to finish his rookie year in the top 12 of the ASP World Tour at the age of 17. Lightening fast and infinitely creative, Medina has put the old guard on notice. Learn more...

How to Fix a Surfboard Ding in Under 15 Minutes
Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a pro, you're going to ding your surfboard. And with minor dings, you don't want to drop your surfboard off at a surf shop to get it fixed. It could take days and cost you valuable surf time. So learn how to fix a surfboard ding and save money and time in the process.

7S Superfish Surfboard Review
The 7S Superfish is a great surfboard for any level rider, but I believe this surfboard would greatly help beginning surfers who may have trouble catching waves or turning their big beginner surfboards. This fish surfboard is loose and fast, and its innovative step-deck design gives it the feel of a thinner board while still being maneuverable in small, crappy surf.

How to Judge a Surf Contest Heat
Jay DiMartino, the guide at About.com, has written many articles on surfing, surf technique, and surf culture. board, surf board, surfboard, surfboard repair, surfing, wax, deck, fins, fiberglass, clean, fix, dings, sock, board, bag, board,

How to Improve Your Paddling Power and Endurance
Paddling is the backbone of surfing. You really paddle more than you actually surf, so it makes sense that being a strong paddler will help you become a better surfer. But sometimes, the ocean does not cooperate. Here are some non-surfing techniques to help you become a better paddler.

How to Buy a Used Surfboard
Why learn how to buy a used surfboard? The benefit to buying a used surfboard is that it will be much cheaper and (as a beginner) you will feel much less remorse as you ding and destroy said surfboard. Plus, buying a used board is better for environment. Therefore, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you buy a used surfboard

Surfing Speed - How to Pump Down a Wave
How do I pump down a wave and get more surfing speed? This is a good question since there is no maneuver in surfing that is possible without speed (except maybe a wipeout). And pumping will give you all the speed you need. You especially need effective pumping when you are surfing small, mushy waves. These tips will help.

Learn How to Surf--How to Ride a Wave
Learn How to Surf--How to Ride a Wave: Jay DiMartino explains how to surf (or angle)across the face of a wave. It's another step in learning how to surf for beginners.

How to Surf and Hit the Lip: Learn how to surf better now - Hit the Lip
Learn How to Surf: Want to learn how to hit the lip hard? You came to the right place. This surf instruction article will help beginning to advanced surfers to blast maneuvers like a lip bashing re-entry. This article focuses on how to surf better and how to correctly bash, hit, and whack the lip of a wave.

How to Hit the Lip
Want to learn how to hit the lip hard? You came to the right place. This surf instruction article will help beginning to advanced surfers to blast maneuvers like a lip bashing re-entry. This is a surf instruction article focusing on how to correctly bash, hit, and whack the lip of a wave. Page 2.

Benefits of a Surfer's Rash Guard
What is a Rash Guard? It sounds like some creamy ointment used to keep your red bumps at bay, but in the surfing world, it's a little different. Read more...

Surfboard Travel Boardbag: 9:Fish Bag-a-Rack Surf Travel Boardbag
Going on a surf trip? The 9:Fish Bag-A-Rack is both surfboard travel bag and surfboard roof rack. The side straps will secure your surfboard to any car's roof. It even has straps to hold another board on top. Molded, ergonomic handle. Straps have padded sleeves to protect car and boards. Overall, pretty cool.

Surfboard Travel Boardbag: 9:Fish Bag-a-Rack Surf Travel Boardbag
Going on a surf trip? The 9:Fish Bag-A-Rack is both surfboard travel bag and surfboard roof rack. The side straps will secure your surfboard to any car's roof. It even has straps to hold another board on top. Molded, ergonomic handle. Straps have padded sleeves to protect car and boards. Overall, pretty cool.

Surfboard Travel Boardbag: 9:Fish Bag-a-Rack Surf Travel Boardbag
Going on a surf trip? The 9:Fish Bag-A-Rack is both surfboard travel bag and surfboard roof rack. The side straps will secure your surfboard to any car's roof. It even has straps to hold another board on top. Molded, ergonomic handle. Straps have padded sleeves to protect car and boards. Overall, pretty cool.

Surfboard Travel Boardbag: 9:Fish Bag-a-Rack Surf Travel Boardbag
Going on a surf trip? The 9:Fish Bag-A-Rack is both surfboard travel bag and surfboard roof rack. The side straps will secure your surfboard to any car's roof. It even has straps to hold another board on top. Molded, ergonomic handle. Straps have padded sleeves to protect car and boards. Overall, pretty cool.

Surfboard Travel Boardbag: 9:Fish Bag-a-Rack Surf Travel Boardbag
Going on a surf trip? The 9:Fish Bag-A-Rack is both surfboard travel bag and surfboard roof rack. The side straps will secure your surfboard to any car's roof. It even has straps to hold another board on top. Molded, ergonomic handle. Straps have padded sleeves to protect car and boards. Overall, pretty cool.

Surfboard Travel Boardbag: 9:Fish Bag-a-Rack Surf Travel Boardbag
Going on a surf trip? The 9:Fish Bag-A-Rack is both surfboard travel bag and surfboard roof rack. The side straps will secure your surfboard to any car's roof. It even has straps to hold another board on top. Molded, ergonomic handle. Straps have padded sleeves to protect car and boards. Overall, pretty cool.

Surf Style - What is Surf Style?
What is surf style? Surf Style is something mystical and beautiful. But what really makes up a surfer's style?

Surf Style - What is Surf Style?
What is surf style? Surf Style is something mystical and beautiful. But what really makes up a surfer's style? Page 2.

Surfboard Leash Question? What is a Surfboard Leash?
What is a Surfboard Leash? Where did the surfboard leash come from? Why do we wear surfboard leashes? Learn the history, mystique, and reasons behind wearing a surfboard leash or legrope.

Surfboard Leash Question? What is a Surfboard Leash?
What is a Surfboard Leash? Where did the surfboard leash come from? Why do we wear surfboard leashes? Learn the history, mystique, and reasons behind wearing a surfboard leash or legrope. Page 2.

Surfing Question: What is a Dawn Patrol?
For those unfamiliar with the term, “dawn patrol” refers to a surfer’s arrival at the beach at or just before sunrise. The inclusion of the word “patrol” is idiosyncratic with the common conception of the casual surf attitude; however, the connotation of some militaristic mission impossible is justified.

How to Fix a Broken Surfboard Leash
What do you do when your leash or your leash string breaks?

Shaka: Hawaii's Hand Gesture of Aloha
The Shaka sign is a hand greeting that has been a fixture in Hawaiian culture for decades. The goodwill gesture is closely tied to surfing culture.

Adult Beach Party Theme
Looking for party theme ideas? Here you'll find all you need to throw a surfing party. Decorations, menu, dress, invitation ideas and more.

Pterygium (Surfer's Eye) - Treatment and Removal
The general cause of pterygia is believed to be excessive exposure to sun and wind; however, genetics has been cited as a major determiner as well.

Hypothermia - Surfing and Hypothermia
Hypothermia is a potentially deadly condition for surfers and boaters as the winter takes hold and the ocean comes alive. However, hypothermia is also an issue in the more temperate zones as well. Surfers need to understand what hypothermia is and how to avoid it. Read on my friends...

Punt Air
Surf Slang Definition: Punt. Surfing / Bodyboarding.

Tombstone and surfing? - definition of tombstone
How is a tombstone related to surfing? A tombstone is an ominous object in any situation, but in surfing it can be a sign of danger. Read on...

The Strong Board - Exercise Balance Board Review
I have reviewed several different boards in the past, but the newest incarnation from Strong Board looks to be not just the most solid and durable but board yet but also the most useful for training beyond simple surf specific balance exercise.

How to Become a Pro Surfer (Part 1)
Think you have what it takes to become a pro surfer? Then you better get to work early. New surfers are being born every second and the level of surfing is improving exponentially with each insane video clip posted on Youtube. Find out what it takes.

Interview with Frosty Hesson (Part 1)
In the film Chasing Mavericks Frosty Frosty Hesson is played by Gerard Butler. However, you can meet the real Frosty in his forthcoming memoir Making Mavericks> in which the life-long surfer and coach recounts his turbulent childhood and life as a surfer. I had the chance to speak to Hesson just prior to the release of his book and film.

Surfing and Knee Injuries
Surfing is a relatively safe sport. Besides some skin cancer and shark attack risks and the occasional spinal injury from surfing gnarled up shore pound, the odds are you will make it back from the next session pretty well unscathed. However, knee injuries among surfers are common in today's high performance version of the sport.

How to do a Backside Re-entry
The backside re-entry is a fun and visually exciting addition to your surfing. There are loads of variations to the backside re-entry which include hitting the lip or spinning a reverse, but either way you carve it, you need to learn how to do a backside re-entry. Learn how.

The Different Types of Surfboard Wax
Surfboard wax has been a staple among surfers since the early 1900's, but changes and choice have taken this simple concept and diversified it into a more effective yet more confusing concept. So, what are the different types of surfboard wax? Read on...

Gear Review - Goof Board Freestyle
The Goof Board Freestyle can be a great way to stay loose and strong during extended flat spells. Or as in my house, I just leave the thing in my living room and someone is almost always bound to jump on.

Surfer Profile - Lisa Anderson
Blending equal parts feminine beauty and animal aggression, Lisa Anderson shattered the surfer-chick mold and reached iconic status by single-handedly changing our perception of women who ride waves.

What do I do when I get caught inside by a huge set?
It's your biggest fear. A huge set is bearing down on you and you know you will be soundly pummeled. What will you do? Well, read on to learn what to do if you get caught inside in huge surf.

Band Review - Surf Punks
The Surf Punks made surfing sound both stupid and dangerous. But it also sounded like a whole lot of fun when put to an infectious pop-punk rhythm. Come with me back to the early 80's and meet the mutant Beach Boys.

Interview with Dennis Dragon of the Surf Punks
Punk rock dirt balls the Surf Punks epitomized the grimy underbelly of the southern California surf scene in the 1970's and 80's. Check out my interview with Surf Punks co-founder and drummer Dennis Dragon.

Big Wave Surfing Tips
Strangely, the unridden realm of big wave surfing is now a cliche. Most big wave spots have devolved into a carnival atmosphere of boats, cameras, and even helicopters trying to get the best vantage point, but it's no game. Here are some tips to help you venture into bigger surf.

Surfing's Greatest Rivalries: Paddle Versus Tow Surfing
Surfing big waves has always been the holy grail of surfing, but the concept of towing into waves made the grail something everyone could drink from. Paddle surfers did not take it lying down.

Carissa Moore
Carissa Moore has been on the surf world's radar since she was 9 and has since proven every single expectation of her future success valid and then some. Find out how a little girl from Honolulu became the young queen of professional surfing.

How to Make Bad Waves Good - Change your surfing attitude
Most of us are destined to surf crappy waves for the majority of our surfing life, but that doesn't mean we have to be miserable. Learn how to make bad waves good.

Surfing India
Surfing in India can be tricky but rewarding. With a rich culture and massive potential for uncrowded waves, the home of Bollywood might be your next surf trip.

Jack Johnson - Surf Music Biography
Pro surfer, film maker, and #1 selling musician who grew up on the beach at Pipeline - Jack Johnson, we get it, you're awesome.

Quiksilver Surf Pack
That said, in my search for hardcore surf luggage that affords the traveling surfer all the needed items while keeping the hands free to carry boards and slap malaria bearing mosquitoes while slashing at the thick jungle foliage (Ok…That would take three hands) en route to some mythical left point just beyond a booby-trapped Mayan temple, I stumbled across the aptly named

Liquid Shredder Element Softboard Review
Just as fiberglass surfboard construction is no longer the only game in “hard” surfboard technology, soft surfboards have also evolved. Case in point, I just tried out a Liquid Shredder Element soft surfboard. Well, I didn’t try it, but rather, my 7 year old son did. And I think he dug it.

Anacapa Pro Standard from Al Merrick
Imagine that a company wants you to review a new product. You are thinking wax or maybe sunscreen. Not so…Instead, upon your doorstep, wrapped in cardboard like some massive Christmas gift on steroids is a brand spanking new, six foot one inch, brilliant white, squash tail gem designed by Al friggin Merrick! Yes, Al Merrick of Tom Curren-buried rail roundhouse-10 second tube ride-Kelly Slater-championship-deluxe-shred machine fame.

Webber FatBurner
I recently gave the Webber Fatburner a test is some really fun three foot Florida surf. Here is where the Fatburner’s fatness really shines. Who says obesity in America is always a bad thing? This

Quiksilver Outer Wear
Known globally for their commitment to surfing style and performance for decades, the folks at Quiksilver have been spreading their influence as the surfing boundaries have expanded and the surfing attitude has made its way to the inland masses. Therefore, it’s only natural that as the temperature drops, Quiksilver would also drop some serious snow board outer gear dripping with all the mellow cool of hot Caribbean reef break.

How to Become a Surf Instructor
Want to learn how to become a surf instructor? Surf instruction is now every parent’s choice for summer camp fun. Whether you like it or not, this new industry opens up some opportunities for surfers who want you get paid to surf and travel. Now, you can fund your wondrous wandering years by teaching kids and adults how to ride a few waves.

How to Avoid Shark Attacks While Surfing
Shark Attacks have been on the surfing map since the earliest days of the sport, but in reality, very few surfers are attacked by sharks (and much fewer are ever killed by sharks). However, if you want to lower your risk even more, you can use these tips to avoid a shark attack while surfing.

Surf Mats - A Short History
Before the modern surfboard, there was the surf mat. Developed in Australia but exploded in America,the surf mat has become a unique and slowly growing niche in the wave riding universe.

Review - Tom Curren's new EP Summerland Road
While it’s pretty hard to separate Tom Curren from his surfing legacy, his new collection of songs - Summerland Road - is worthy of standing alone on its own merits with no help from the ocean although we know they wouldn’t exist without it. Read my review.

How to get Tubed Frontside
The tube is where you want to be. Sure, maneuvers are fun, but a good tube ride transcends competition and progressive performance. It's a clean line and perfect wave. A step back to the most pure and most satisfying aspect of surfing. Learn how to get tubed.

Which fins are best? FCS or Futures?
Fins keep your board on track and allow you to push your turns deep into the pit, but with two solid fin companies (FCS and Futures) vying for your cash, how can you choose? I try to make sense of it all.

History of Surf Music
Surf music captured the fun and adventure of surfing. The history of surf music shows a genre peak in the 1963 but remains an integral in popular culture. Instrumental and vocal bands made up the basic categories of surf music. Learn more about the history of surf music.

Surfing The Wedge
The Wedge churns inside-out and then unloads without discretion to the delight of wave riders, tourists and general by-standers. The Wedge; so called because of how the massive swells drag on the extremely shallow sandbar, bounce off the jetty, and then collide into a massive pyramid of death; is located on the east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California.

Skin Cancer and Surfing
Skin cancer is a notorious issue among surfers. We'd rather not even discuss it because every serious surfer knows that he/she will have to pay the piper for all those epic sessions. Dedicated surfers wittingly put themselves at risk of developing skin cancer every single day. So how can we avoid this deadly disease? Read on.

Is Surfing the Right Sport for You?
Learning to surf seems like a no-brainer. Get a board and some shorts, and you're out there. Pretty simple, right? However, surfing isn't right for everyone. But how do you know if surfing is the right sport for you?

What skills do I need to be a good surfer?
What skills do I need to be a good surfer? Find out if you have what it takes to a great surfer?

What Does it Take to Become a Pro Surfer?
What Does it Take to Become a Pro Surfer? It's not all barrels, babes, and beer. Today, pro surfing is covered by ESPN and sponsored by Target. While the waves remain the same, the sport has changed. Being a pro surfer is a job. Learn more...

Joel Parkinson - Biography
Joel Parkinson is a surfer's surfer. His approach drips with style. However, ASP judges don't recognize style as we know it. The argument is that style is a subjective concept that cannot be defined numerically. But if style was a factor, Joel “Parko” Parkinson should have world champ years ago.

Michel Bourez - Professional Surfer Biography
Forceful and smooth, Michel Bourez is proving that you can succeed in modern surfing with just power and talent. Leave tactics and fireworks to the kids. Michel Bourez rips hard and rides the barrel deep. That's it. No fluff. Is that why they call him Spartan?

Alana Blanchard - Surfer - Model - Biography
Surfer, model Alana Blanchard has etched out a new path for the modern professional female surfer. With both talent and looks, the Kauai-based ripper has backed up every bikini shoot with a win against the world's best young surfers.

Lakey Peterson - Surfer - Interview (Part 1)
Lakey Peterson is following in the tradition of her family. For some that is dubious, but for Lakey, it means competing to win and giving back to the world. Read her interview.

Stephanie Gilmore Professional Surfer
Stephanie Gilmore grew up in New South Wales, Australia. The long, winding point walls of Snapper Rocks became a canvas for her art where she developed her surfing, looking to Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson for inspiration.

What is Bodyboarding?
Tom Morey invented the

How to Link Maneuvers and Surf with Flow
What really constitutes a good surfer? I mean, we all know it when we see it; if you were trying to explain that intangible element that separates the great from the mediocre, what would you say? Speed maybe. Power, sure. Balance and style…no doubt. But for me, thinking like a contest judge, a surf writer, and a guy who is a hopeless fiend for the sport…It’s all about flow. It’s how a surfer links his maneuvers.

How to Hang Five - Longboard Surfing
Longboard surfing went through a radical progressive change over the last decade, but the classic moves like hanging five and cross-stepping are still part of the sport's core. Here's how to perform the timeless

Interview with Charles Williams of Impact Surfboards
It’s easy to miss the Impact Surfboards center of operations. Located just over the Indian River from one of South Florida’s most consistently rippable waves and lost among the many boat yards and trailer homes of Ft. Pierce and secured behind a chain link fence amid the pungent stench of fresh resin exists the nerve center of a surfboard company that has been quietly churning out state of the art equipment and epitomizing the surfing lifestyle for decades.

Shortboards - What Makes a Shortboard a Shortboard?
The high performance shortboard is the weapon of choice for the world's top surfers. But what makes a shortboard a shortboard? How is it different from a longboard or fish?