Re: Format

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finalists in the approaching lines slyder cup finless surf competition shaking hands

Surf contests; they’re funny things, aren’t they? I mean, the vast majority of surfers don’t ever compete in any sort of formal competition. Surfing is an activity that doesn’t require competition to validate it, and therefore most of us simply go surfing. The closest that we might get is when we surf a crowded peak…. Read more »

If Surfing Were a Village of 100 People

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brazilian surfer miguel pupo boosting a big frontside air and casting a shadow on the wave during the asp france contest in 2014

Take a hard look and you’ll find that the outward image of surfing isn’t that of the fair, balanced and accepting culture that many people would like it to be. If that world of surfing were condensed into a village of 100 people how would it compare to a similar village populated by the rest of… Read more »

Never Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

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Surf_Simply_Mat_Arney_Friday_am_boomer_feature

Let’s face it, most of us are more likely to find ourselves stood in the car park as part of a crowd of surfers mumbling excuses about being undergunned on a truly massive day, than sat out on our own with sufficient foam at our disposal catching unforgettable waves. We’ll rarely be outnumbered, and occasionally… Read more »

Hallowed Ground

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surfers checking the waves from a car park

As a tribe, we gather in unusual locations. Our meeting places, where stories are shared and surf culture is perpetuated are not, I would argue, in the ocean – that is where we surf. In the water our conversations are often stilted and broken, interrupted by the riding of waves or made difficult by wind… Read more »