As surfers sometimes we get caught up in our own world of chasing waves, which is all good and well, we know we like to switch off from the world any chance we can get.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or hardcore shredder it’s always good to keep up to date with what other surfers are putting down around the world.
It not only gets you frothing but also pushes your surfing to reach another level. One of the best ways to do this is to keep up to date with the latest in surfing and what other surfers are publishing online.
Here we lay down 13 of the best surf websites and blogs in no particular order to fuel your stoke and get you throwing more buckets and smacking more lips!
Number 1 on the list is a pure given. The WSL website is where we all go for live World Championship Tour (CT) event broadcasts. Other than being on location it’s the only place you can see the best male and female surfers in the world compete live for a world title.
Literally the highest level in surfing entertainment, every world championship tour event is broadcasted live and is jam-packed full of surfing drama. With the world’s best surfers doing mammoth airs to win heats, making the unmakeable barrels makeable and pushing the limits on what has never been done before in performance surfing to draw in even the shortest attention span.
While also being home to all the necessary information, schedules and regular updates on surfing’s other most popular events:
- Qualifying Series (QS)
- Big Wave Tour
- Junior Tour
- Long Board Tour
- Specialty Events
It’s the number 1 reason for a dramatic drop in productivity around the world if you work in an office whenever there’s a CT event on.
Not only does the WSL site broadcast live CT surfing heats but a regular collection of highlight videos from past heats and events. Along with the biggest of surfing’s current events as well as the antics, pro surfers get up to on lay days.
Giving you a great insight into not only what pro surfers get up to other than surfing but the charismatic personalities that makeup surfing’s pro tour and the great relationships they form outside of competing.
It’s a real insight into the true essence of surfing that is easily forgotten at times in crowded surfing areas around the world.
Big Wave Awards
WSL also has a page dedicated to the WSL big wave awards where you can check out the nominees pushing the absolute limits for each big wave category:
- Billabong Ride of the Year
- Biggest Paddle
- TAG Heuer XXL Biggest Wave
- Best Tube
- TAG Heuer Wipeout
- Men’s Performance
- Women’s Performance
Get involved with WSL’s fantasy surfing by picking your team of pro surfers for each CT event.
Create your own private league and invite your friends so you can compete against each other to see who picks the best surfers or join other leagues to match yourself against other surfers.
You are also given an event rank and overall rank against everyone in the world to see where you stand worldwide. It’s a whole lot of fun and makes every CT event even more fun when tuning in!
2. Surf Line
For everything surfing; live surf cams, reports, forecasts, videos, news, photos, travel and more.
Surf Line has the most comprehensive range of surf reports and surf cams in the world with live surf cams worldwide in most popular surfing destinations.
What makes it even better is that the website is well-organised, simple to use and clearly communicated considering it caters for surfing worldwide. Get registered and check it out, particularly if there is a surf cam near you.
Not only will this save you time by checking that the surf is on before you skip the office but if you like the site and get used to it, it will be your go-to wherever you are in the world.
Good mates Burger and the very charismatic surfer, Mason Ho, share a site to post their surfing antics for all to see. Burger in Paradise is done with mad style featuring a great collection of well put together videos with some pretty sick soundtracks.
From the North Shore of Hawaii, the duo lives a surfer’s dream.
Best of all… it’s just 100% surfing! Check it out.
4. Surf Careers
If you love surfing why not make a career out of it?
Surf Careers is a niche employment website for surfers. If you’re passionate about surfing and want to combine your passion with your work then register and set up a job alert to be notified when your dream job is posted.
It’s the only global employment site exclusively for Surf Industry professionals. Designed for Employers, Recruiters and job seekers it’s the perfect platform to connect like-minded people looking to employ or be employed.
Get onto Surf Careers, even to just check it out. You never know it might just give you that surfing life you’ve always dreamed of.
As the Daily Surf Videos slogan goes “Surf Videos on Tap” that’s exactly what you can expect, nothing more nothing less.
As a surfer what more do you want when you’re not in the surf. Best of all it’s updated daily!
Who is JOB? Inside the life of Jamie O’Brien.
Jamie O’Brien lives the dream. A champion pro surfer and one of the best barrel riders the world has ever seen. From the North Shore of Hawaii, he travels the world with a crew of friends that are down for whatever in a show that captures the craziness of his everyday life.
From crazy antics at Pipe to digging the river at Waimea to create the rippable river wave, the show is full of good times and plenty of amazing surfing.
Who is JOB? Watch and find out.
The Real Surf Forum has a lot of input and engagement from the surfing community with well-known people such as Nick Carroll contributing regularly.
Register and share some positive input, become a contributor in a way that everyone benefits.
Surfing forums have long been a channel for abuse where some force strong and stubborn opinions. Go in with an open mind and you might just learn a lot from some credible people in the know within the surfing community.
8. Surf Science
Surf Science is a place to learn about surfing and surfboards. They bring knowledge from experts, shapers, coaches, and pros. Covering topics such as surfing tips, surfboard design and product reviews it’s is a great site to educate yourself on the aspects of surfing you may not be right up to speed on.
By better understanding the various aspects of surfing, even the simplest aspects, you will improve faster and have more fun in the water. Even Kelly Slater is still learning, the best always strive to be better!
They have an impressive directory with over 1,500 surfboard models and more than 5,000 user-generated reviews to help you find a surfboard that will work for you. By using their “Surfboard Match” tool that asks you a range of questions in regards to:
- Surfing conditions
- Surfing Profile
Based on the questions you answered, Surf Science suggests a range of suitable surfboards for you. It’s a quick bit of fun and may even open up you up to a different type of board you may never have considered.
We can’t forget about Youtube. It’s everyone’s favourite go-to video option when all else fails on a flat day.
With 72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, there is literally an endless supply of surfing footage for you to dive into. Currently, there are about 70,400 results for “Andy Irons surfing” alone.
The world’s number one action-adventure sports channel and is jam-packed loaded with surfing.
Garage boasts the world’s most comprehensive adventure sports film and tv library, representing over 3,000 titles including many of the most well known and loved brands in the space. Best of all Garage has 310 of the all-time best surfing movies ready for your viewing pleasure with a reasonable subscription price.
Garage produces award-winning feature films and TV shows which are offered exclusively first on our own platform.
On the Garage site, you have a number of options:
1 – RENT
Simply select the rental option for a movie and you will be directed to the payment page. Fill out the details and pay securely with a credit card or PayPal, and you will then be able to watch the movie for 24 hours. It’s that simple!
2 – SUBSCRIBE
Simply select the subscription option when you want to watch a movie and you will be directed to the payment page. Fill out the details and pay securely with a credit card or PayPal for a recurring monthly period, and you will then be able to watch hundreds of films at your leisure!
3 – FREE MOVIES!
Occasionally Garage may provide some movies or TV programs for free on the site. You can enjoy these at no cost (other than any data charges which may apply between yourself and your Internet Service Provider ISP).
It’s that simple. And if you do decide to subscribe and watch as much as you want, remember you can cancel at any time as there are no lock-in contracts.
If you are looking to improve your surfing like most surfers then look no further! Cris Mills is an extremely qualified and passionate surfing guru that helps surfers of all levels increase their surfing performance.
His website is a goldmine of surfing specific information that will take your surfing to the next level and beyond. Take a look at his Instagram account as well, he is very active there also with a tonne of useful advice.
12. Surfer Magazine
Another great surfing website that provides a tonne of surfing resources. Have a rummage through their content and geek out on the articles that fuel your froth. They include breaking news with in-depth scoops on the latest news, videos, features, forums and more. All in all, it is a huge website with a tonne of surfing value, just what you would expect from a brand that has been around since 1962!
The number 1 place to go for trending surf articles. Stab gets the low down on high-performance surfing and is never afraid to go the distance for any controversial stories. Check them out they love a story!
This list of our top 13 picks of the best surf blogs and websites so far is sure to get you amping and ready to chase more waves than ever, even on the days when a grovel is required. We are all here to learn more and surf better so if you can pick up one valuable tip from this article then we’ll be stoked!
Written by Arlo Gibb.