Andy Martin

Andy Martin teaches French at Cambridge University and is the author of The Boxer and the Goalkeeper: Sartre vs Camus

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Andy Irons in action off Huntington Beach in California in 2009

Surfing: Rolling waves not joints as drug testers move in

ASP attempts to clean up sport's image to keep sponsors happy by bringing in random tests

Surfing in New York

‘New York Surfing’. Come again? It sounds like an oxymoron – on a par with ‘Antarctic agriculture’ – or some absurd Zen koan designed to blow the mind.

Sports active: Surf wars

Modern surfing is a global affair, but 30 years ago a surfer wasn't worth his board wax if he couldn't mix it with the legends of Hawaii's Waimea Bay. So when old-school values clashed with a cocky new breed, says Andy Martin, it kick-started an epic rivalry

ALL THE RAGE

The image of the surfer as laid-back, thrill-seeking dude is all wrong. Surfing has a long history of violence, and cases of surf rage are on the up. Andy Martin meets Johnny Boy Gomes, the Mike Tyson of the waves

Beam Us Up, Sandu

Teleportation is no longer total fantasy. Andy Martin meets Sandu Popescu, one of a new breed of DIY quantum physicists who are searching for a trap door in nature

Football: Museum of bare-faced cheek

Andy Martin At Large In France

Britain's national passion for a sex substitute

FOOTBALL is popular in Britain not because it is an easy game to play, requiring only a ball and a clearing. Nor does it capture the national psyche because of camaraderie and a collective enjoyment of skilful players. No, it is that it is an exercise in sublimation. At least, that was one theory offered yesterday at a conference on the psychology of the game.

Obituary: Rell Sunn

Rell Sunn, surfer: born Makaha, Oahu 1950; married Dave Parmenter (one daughter); died Makaha 2 January 1998.

Travel '98: March Hawaii

Whales die if they hit the beach, surfers die if they don't; otherwise, their reasons for wintering in the Pacific are the same.
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