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A day at the beach: ‘I looked through the tunnel of water at all the people hollering for me’
The waves at Tasmania’s Shipstern Bluff are notoriously big. When she was 18, Lizzie Stokely faced them for the first time – and decided to surf them

22, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Blue skies and 18C water: why surfing in southern Spain is the perfect winter escape
A new surf camp in Andalucía offers sunshine and a high chance of perfect waves, combined with low prices and a friendly vibe

Sam Haddad

19, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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A day at the beach: ‘I gawped as surfers carved along the huge waves. It was too late to back out’
Out of her group of beginner surfer friends, Gill Hutchison was by far the worst. She tried and failed, until the seemingly impossible happened

Gill Hutchison

11, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘Three times the size of our house’: watching surfers ride Portugal’s monster waves
This small Portuguese town is a mecca for those brave enough to surf some of Europe’s biggest rollers, and gawping at their feats makes the perfect winter break

Annabelle Thorpe

04, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Surfing survivors, friendly sharks and Alaskan plastic: the 2022 Ocean Film festival
The latest UK tour of aquatic documentaries highlights the beauty and fragility of the blue planet – and human interaction with it

Rachel Dixon

20, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘Our most successful holiday’: 10 trips our teenage kids loved
From hiking in the Lakes to surfing in Biarritz, our writers share their success stories and tips on how you and your kids can have a happy holiday

Guardian writers

09, Jul, 2022 @9:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Hossegor, France: sand, surf and the best sunsets in the world
Surfer and board maker Damien Marly suggests food, walks, bike rides and nights out in the breezy Atlantic resort

Interview by John Brunton

13, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Surf schools: five of the best places in the UK to learn
How to get involved in the UK’s growing surf scene, whether you are a pro or a newbie

Sarah Turner

05, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Surf’s up: how to care for wetsuits and steamers
From avoiding stretched shoulders and broken zippers, to what to do with an unravelling seam, surfers share their advice on making wetsuits last

Lucianne Tonti

18, Apr, 2022 @5:30 PM

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That’s swell: why north Devon has just become a World Surfing Reserve
The celebrated UK coastline has joined the likes of Malibu and the Gold Coast as a global surfing hotspot. We pick five of its finest beaches for riding the waves

Nina Zietman

12, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘Never, ever look down’: a middle-aged guide to catching waves
Braving board burn and wipeouts, Alison Rourke fulfilled a lifelong dream and learned to surf – between two cyclones and the remnants of a tsunami

Alison Rourke

06, Feb, 2022 @4:30 PM

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A day at the beach: ‘I got a weird feeling that this dolphin was trying to tell me something’
Lifelong surfer Andrew McKenna has experienced his share of false alarms with fins – but he’d never seen a dolphin moving with such purpose

Andrew McKenna as told to Dani Wright

30, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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