Departure Gate: Iceland

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iceland surf line up photo by eli magnusson

Blame it on continued improvements in wetsuit technology or on the current trend towards rugged outdoorsy-ness but, one way or the other, Iceland is “in” as a surf destination. And there’s really no reason why not. It does have novelty value, however above all else it also has really good, uncrowded waves – and that… Read more »

Departure Gate: Bells Beach

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Bells Beach

  As far back as most surfers can remember, the Easter long weekend has meant one thing: Bells. You’ve got to “win it to ring it”, and since 1961 surfers have been gathering on the Victorian coast just outside of Torquay to compete for the chance to shake the famous trophy loudly above their head…. Read more »

Departure Gate: Noosa Heads

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01-Noosa-Surf-Guide-feature-Romain- Juchereau

  February and March on the East Coast of Australia are the middle of cyclone season, a period when sub tropical cyclones push swell onto the myriad point breaks of the coast of Queensland. Whilst the WSL carnival kicks off on the Gold Coast, further north on the Sunshine Coast the other side of the… Read more »

Me, Myself and Surfing: Michael Kew

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Surfer in a backlit barrel at Rincon in California shot by Michael Kew

  Oregon-based writer, photographer and videographer Michael Kew is a surfer whose creative output has inspired so many other surfers to head off in search of empty waves.  Kew has travelled far and wide in his search for waves, from the frigid high latitudes to the more inaccessible islands of the tropics across every major… Read more »

Departure Gate: Barbados

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Bajan Surfer on the beach in Barbados

  Upon initial inspection, Barbados would appear to tick all of the boxes for an ideal surf-trip destination: a small island with waves on all coasts, consistent swell year round, at least one world class reef break, water warm enough to surf in boardshorts and palm trees on the beach. So, let’s go ahead and… Read more »