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The Surfrider Foundation

The Group Protecting America’s Surf

What began as a group of surfers protecting their local surf spot has expanded into the largest national organization solely dedicated to America's coastlines.

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Vicarious Swells

15 Great Surf Instagram Accounts

When you're stuck at a desk, in a flyover state, or just someplace where the ocean's flat, open Instagram and surf vicariously through these guys' and girls' feeds.

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A '60s Surfer's Haven on the Space Coast

72 Hours in Cocoa Beach

Off the coast of Central Florida, Cocoa Beach was the old stomping ground of America's first astronauts. Today, it's returned to its roots as a small surfing community. Here's where to stay, catch waves and eat tacos.

A portrait of a changing beach town

Sunset in Montauk

In the last decade of summers, more and more tourists have pushed farther down Long Island until, invariably, they've arrived at its end: the little town of Montauk. With increased tourism comes money, but for many in Montauk, it also brings a yearly headache of inebriated vacationers, rising rent prices, congested beaches and changing culture in between harsh, wasteland-like winters. We set out to Montauk to talk to six locals -- a policeman, a teacher, a surfer, a scenester, a fisherman and a retiree -- about why and how Montauk is changing.

Out Of The Limelight, Into The Sun

Viewfinder: This Is Dane Reynolds

Dane Reynolds sparked controversy in 2012 when he dropped out of competitive surfing. This short film follows him as he seeks to rediscover his inspiration.

Photo Essay
Storming the East Coast's best surf town

48 Hours of Sun and Swell in Montauk

When we invited Forest Woodward, one of our favorite photographers, to Montauk for the weekend, we had no idea we’d be graced with the best waves we’ve seen in years.

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Bringing wild shores to your mundane coffee table

Photo Essay: Distant Shores

Surf photographer Chris Burkard’s latest project is a 180-page hardcover with photos from diverse locations including Alaska, Chile, Iceland, India and Japan. These photos, which Burkard shared with GP, document his adventures traveling across the world as he captured photos of surfers and the natural world they inhabit.

Giving "Chillwave" a New Meaning

Gray Skies, Snow, and Surfing

In New England, winter surfers spend the summer dreaming of frigid waters, storms and angry seas.

Buying Guide
Armoring up for battle with frigid surf

Kit: Winter Surfing

When it comes time to hit the surf and temps are in the 30s rather than the 70s, the right gear is the difference between channeling Bodhi and becoming intimate with the symptoms of hypothermia. While it's admittedly tough to be toasty in water less than half your body's normal temperature, with the right kit you can at least pursue your hobby and live to tell about it. Below are our picks for the gear you'll need for winter surfing.

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Portrait of a Surf Photographer's Life

Viewfinder: Dark Side of the Lens

Mickey Smith lives behind the camera, treading water and capturing extreme surfers while avoiding waves, sharks and loose surfboards. This is the story of his passionate pursuit of the perfect surfing moment.

Q&A
Lifelong surf legend

30 Minutes With: Robert August

If you’re looking for a lesson in the good life, look no further than Robert August. At 18 he starred in The Endless Summer, the first great surfing film, taking him on a seven-month world tour of uncharted breaks. The rest, as they say, is history. August went on to launch an eponymous line of surfboards, which he still shapes today. We caught up with him at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to talk about parenting, lamb chops and the difference between monkeys and people.

Shaka brah!

Josh Oldenburg Surfboards

We've all seen surfboards, but how many of us have seen them being made? Watch the process come alive in "Josh Oldenburg Surfboards", a short video directed by Andrew Truong and Jeffrey Tang. It features footage from the workshop of Josh Oldenburg, a new player in San Diego's one-off surfboard shaping scene.

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Board meeting

Surf’s Up: 5 Great All-Around Surfboards

Choosing a surfboard is no simple matter. There are lots of factors to consider, like the shape of the board, the size, rocker and rails, tails and fins. There are eggs and fish -- and we’re not talking about breakfast options. The ideal board for beginners is long, wide and thick since it's stable for both paddling and for taking off on a wave. Here are five that fit that description to a T.

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A Gear Patrol Film

On Location: Oakley Pro Bali, Indonesia

When we catch a glimpse of the surfing community, we always slap our heads collectively and wonder why we didn't pursue a life of beaches, sun, and drinks with little umbrellas. We had one such moment this summer. Fortunately, there was plenty of time to reflect on our life decisions while enjoying the beaches, sun and drinks with little umbrellas in Bali, Indonesia, where we covered the Oakley Pro Bali, the fifth stop of the year on the pro surfing tour.

Out of the Water, I Am Nothing

Hess Surfboards

Maybe it started for you the first time you watched a set roll in, before you knew what a set was, and gazed in open-mouthed amazement as the locals made it look oh-so-easy. Or maybe you just caught 30 minutes

Wax on, in style

Indoek Surfboard Wax Kit

Surfboard wax sure doesn't sound sexy but it's a surfers most important tool, next to his board. Well, it's high tide time someone took it to the next level. The Todd St. John designed Indoek Wax Kit is made from

El Mar, Mi Alma

In Chile, the sea is the great provider for many of its inhabitants. It is also a place to unwind and enjoy life. The new trailer for El Mar, Mi Alma, made by Rebel Waltz Films, is a documentary that is split into 2 parts. The first is a

Summertime, and the shredding's easy

Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight

Wondering what to do with all that leftover footage from a recent project? Well you could follow in the footsteps of Matt Kleiner and piece together a stunning video from whatever's left on the cutting room floor. Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight is the result of Matt's leftover

Surfin’ Safari

Quiksilver for J.Crew Board Shorts

Bringing back memories of surfing’s explosion from fringe extreme sport to mainline hobby: Quiksilver for J. Crew has come ashore just in time for summer. Hit the surf in a dash of retro style harkening memories of time when long

Summer Rain

Nemo Helio Pressure Shower

Perfect for remote work sites, camping, a day at the beach, or after muddin' on your favorite trail, the Nemo Helio Pressure Shower will have you smelling like a rose on your birthday deathbed (end lyrics). The Helio shower boasts

Pacific Pirates

[vimeo 26694098 w=650 h=365] When murmurs started to circulate that Fiji was set to receive some of the biggest swells the island had seen in 20 years, Billabong organized a crew of top surfers including Dean Bowen, Scardy, Nick Vasicek, and Mikey Brennan to capitalize on the rare opportunity. The entire

Top Grain

Grain Surfboards

Instead of riding a disposable foam board you're likely to toss after a few seasons, switch back to wood and ride a hand-crafted board built to last a lifetime. Using just one-third of the wood required for traditional boards, Grain

The Evolution of the Revolution

Meyerhoffer 2 Surfboard

Thomas Meyerhoffer's portfolio is something other product designers would kill to call their own -- or certainly smash their 27-Cinema Displays in sacrifice. His first success came in 1994, when he designed the first pair of wrap-around-lens ski goggles, the Smith

GP Goes Down Under for Our First Surfing Lesson

Surf Tips for the Zoo; And By Zoo, I Mean City Beaches

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By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Roger Dawkins Surfing at a crowded city beach can be a real adventure. I've been living at Bondi in Sydney for a few years now and I've seen it all: guys trying to learn on tiny toothpicks