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Some places, like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal, produce freakishly huge waves. AP Photo/Armando Franca

What makes the world’s biggest surfable waves?

Some beaches in the world tend to consistently produce huge waves. Places like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal and Mavericks in California are famous for their waves because of the shape of the seafloor.
Professional female surfers have been advocating for decades for equal pay, access to events, visibility and sponsorship. Ed Sloane / EPA

Women’s surfing riding wave towards gender equity

The World Surfing League has announced that it will offer equal pay to male and female athletes. In a sport dominated by hyper-masculinity, this is a significant step.
Marc in het Panhuis demonstrating that surfers require fins in their surfboards for stability and control during manoeuvres. Jones Beach Boardriders Club

Surfing the 3D printing wave: the changing face of surfboard fin production

3D printing looms as a gamechanger for the surfing industry as surfboard and fin technology become increasingly high-tech.
In sharks’ territory. Warm Winds Surf Shop/Flickr

Culling sharks won’t protect surfers

Professional surfers have called for culling sharks to reduce the risk of attacks. A shark biologist explains why culling will not work and surfers should accept risk when they enter the water.
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Surfing helps veterans cope with PTSD

Talking therapy for people with post-traumatic stress disorder is one suggestion. A new study finds that surfing may be beneficial too.

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