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Uproar over Nike's 'drug message' T-shirts

Sportswear giant Nike is facing a wave of criticism from politicians and pressure groups in America who accuse the multinational of glamorising drug use in its new T-shirt slogans.

Beach warfare as term 'lifeguard' is trademarked

Saving lives seems a noble pursuit, but the two organisations that patrol Australia's beaches, ready to save swimmers in trouble, are at loggerheads over the word "lifeguard".

Album: Duane Eddy, Road Trip (Mad Monkey)

The legendary twang guitarist's first album in 24 years mercifully contains none of the gimmicks used by his 1980s collaborators Art of Noise, just a timeless surf sound from producer, co-writer and obvious fan Richard Hawley.

Ben Howard, Lusty Glaze Beach, Newquay

With waves gently rolling in the background, cliffs looming overhead and wet sand wedged between the toes of a 1,000-strong crowd, up-and-coming West Country singer-songwriter Ben Howard's biggest headline show to date is no ordinary gig.

Pic of the Day: Surf's up as storm calms

Surfers returned to the seas at Bronte beach yesterday following days of high tides in Sydney, Australia. Adverse weather eased and sea conditions were reported as clean with swells of 1-3 feet.

Surfer drowns off Suffolk coast

A surfer has died after getting into difficulties off the coast of Suffolk.

Unilever and Procter & Gamble fined over price collusion

Consumer goods giants Unilever and Procter & Gamble have been slapped with fines totalling 315.2 million euros (£280.5 million) after they colluded to fix the price of washing machine detergent powder.

Kite surfing: Prepare to realise Da Vinci's dream

The warm waters and strong winds of Costa Rica's Bahia Salinas makes it the perfect location to learn to fly.

Travel By Numbers: Rio de Janeiro

Carnival starts today in this vibrant Brazilian city. Sally Hawkins calculates its year-round appeal

Surfers ride the river Severn

The Severn Bore makes its way up the river Severn through Gloucestershire. A number of bores travel up the river every year, some big enough to surf.

Don Winslow's San Diego: Hitting the waves with the dawn patrol

The sun warms my neck as I paddle out to sea, though it doesn't quite blunt the sting of a cold Pacific which is being churned into four-to-six-foot waves (with occasional plus-size sets) by a midwinter swell. To my left is Crystal Pier, a prominent local attraction; to my right is Bird Rock, a peninsula that funnels the walls of breaking water into nicely rideable peaks.

The Champion, By Tim Binding

Brash, forceful and principle-lite, the Thatcherite hero started making his presence felt in fiction long before Mrs Thatcher's fall. His exemplars – Terence Blacker's Jonty Fixx, Charles Bosham in Julian Rathbone's Nasty, Very (1984), the narrator of Michael Dibdin's Dirty Tricks (1991) – are now the subject of PhD theses with titles like "The Blue Horde: Fictive Imaginings of the Eighties Free Market". Two decades later his place has naturally been usurped by the post-Thatcherite – Majorite, or even Blairite – hero, of whom Clark "Large" Rossiter, frontman of Tim Binding's latest novel, is thoroughly representative.

Cornwall in January: pure surfing paradise

Nobody could accuse this lone surfer of being a fair-weather sportsman as he braved winter waves averaging 7C (before the chill factor) at Polzeath in Cornwall.

Hawaii: Tropical sun, surf - and heli-skiing

Hawaii's mild climate, warm ocean and gentle breezes make it the perfect holiday destination to visit any time of the year, but the variations in the weather across the islands can be quite surprising. Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique weather characteristics. On the nightly local news, you'll find surf reports for each side of the islands, along with wind and rainfall forecasts.

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