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Surfing Life #336 TECHNIQUE ’17

This edition of Surfing Life comes with a promise. It will make you a better surfer. Technique? It’s everything in this game and if you’re tired of surfing like a kook (we are), here’s an instruction manual to a better experience.

You’ll discover the divine secrets of John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith (and others). Jon Pyzel, John John’s shaper, will supercharge your quiver. You’ll learn how to paddle better, duck-dive deeper, turn harder and fly higher. And if you’ve never flown at all? Get ready to snap on a pair of wings.

Recent Features

The Wood Sniffer

Is wood the way forward for a truly sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to our current PU and epoxy boards?

The Search: Freight Train

No matter where in the world you’re coming from, the time and effort it takes to get to this wave pushes you to your limits.

I knew Jack O’Neill

A short documentary and tribute to Jack O'Neill, the inventor of the wetsuit and oceanic pioneer.

The Surfing Life of … The Malherbes

A life story about early surf exploration in the Mentawais and juggling home and domestic life in suburbia while the inner wild child tugs at your heart.


Arpad Leclere, 16. Born in Belgium and raised in Bali. Surfs as cool as Gerry Lopez did we say he's only 16?!

How To...

Surfing Sweden

HOW TO – Chasing Swell and Shadows in Sweden

Surfing in Sweden is for the brave. And, possibly the insane. Icy water, icier winds and long drives combine for hotly contested waves. What's not to love!
Mikala Jones inside the barrel

How To: Film inside the barrel with Mikala Jones

Mikala Jones is one of the best barrel riders in the world. He also pioneered GoPro POV angles inside the barrel. So there's no person better qualified to teach you as to how it's done.
Vicco Lineup shot

If you’ve ever had shoulder pain while surfing. Read this!

How many times have the waves been excellent, but the paddle out is beyond you? Read this, and do this for stronger paddling shoulders.

HOW TO: Beating Out Back Injuries and Surfing Better

Cara-Lee Goullée from Stoke Physio, gives us the good oil on protecting our back from injury and looking after it once it is hurt.

How To: Get Strong Ankles for Strong Surfing

As a surfer, the contact between your feet and your board is one of the most crucial aspects of wave riding.

The Truth About Your Ruined Knees

A look into the vast world of surfing and knee injuries. Part one.

Technique: The Classic Pro Turn

On automatic, somewhere in north-west Sumatra.

Stretching The Truth

Breaking down the generic pre-surf warm-up, and why it just doesn't work. But, what does?

Training For Red Bull Cape Fear

With Mark Mathews.

How to Survive Being Held Under At Nazare

Three monsters later, Andrew Cotton gives away his secrets.