Surfing, sailing and seaweed spas: the pull of the ocean in Country Sligo

Ireland has woken up to its world-class waves and in Strandhill, County Sligo, locals and blow-ins have both found an antidote to city living. The town is making a name for itself not only for surfing, but for outdoor adventures and its seaweed spa, too. A National Surf Centre is set to open this autumn, putting this welcoming town on the map.

Get on board: why there’s never been a better time to take up surfing

Surfing’s popularity is rising. Find out how surfing has been shown to improve mental and physical health, making the sport an ideal wellness holiday, with advice on how to start surf training.

Indian Ocean 101

101 ways to experience the best of the region, from surfing Madagascar's southern coast and community projects in Sri Lanka to eco retreats and ultra-luxury private island resorts. Here's a taster of our Indian Ocean 101 guide - free with the Jan/Feb 2014 issue

Surf & sand: 10 of the best South African beaches

South Africa has over 1,600 miles of coast, from its border with Namibia in the west to its Indian Ocean border with Mozambique in the east. We pick out the best beaches en route.
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Watch Surfer Ride Record-Breaking Wave

This wall of water has broken the world record as the largest wave ever to be surfed. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa surfed the 80-foot (24.4-metre) wave in Nazaré, Portugal. The feat took place in November 2017 but the wave and surfer are just now being honoured by the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards. Previously, Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara held the record of 78 feet (23.8 metres) in 2011. The beach, named Praia do Norte, lies close to a fishing village of Nazaré and has become known for some of the largest surfing waves in the world.
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2018 Adventurer of the Year Emi Koch

Emi Koch is bringing surfing to children around the world in an effort to empower coastal communities.
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Rare Double Ride Off Praia do Norte

Watch this pair of surfers perform an astonishing double ride on a massive swell near Portugal's Praia do Norte.