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Dom Joly: The problem with surfing in LA is that the water's really cold

Weird World of Sport: There's a queuing system and woe betide you if you try to jump it... man

Traveller's Guide: Nicaragua

Central America's largest country is more than just a land of lakes and volcanoes – it is also rich in culture.

Guy Adams: Siding with the snappers in surf war

LA Notebook

Watersports: Welcome to a 'land of water'

Aquitaine’s aquatic options include canoeing, canal boats and lily gardens

Wild waves in West Africa

Emily Dugan dons her wetsuit and confronts her fears in the face of the Ngor 'right'

David Flatman: Sun, sea and surf? I'll settle for the showers

View from the front row with Bath & England prop

Kiteboarder killed by sharks in rare deadly attack

A lifeguard who rescued the victim of a shark attack off Florida's Atlantic coast said yesterday he could see several sharks breaking the surface and blood in the water as he approached in rough surf.

Strife on the ocean waves as surf rage grips Australia

Sydney beach forced to display etiquette of the sea as novice board-riders anger locals

Happy Families, By Carlos Fuentes

Fuentes's new short-story collection takes a look at varying shades of familial unhappiness. In the opening story, a woman gives up her job as a much-groped flight attendant and returns to her parents' home to surf the net; while in "The Armed Family" an ambitious young man reveals his brother's hiding place to the military police.

Trail of the unexpected: Surfers set for Dorset

Bournemouth's long-awaited artificial reef has opened for surfers. Ben Mondy tests the water

Dude alert: How to keep beach teens in the classroom

Young people who are mad about beach sports can follow their passion at an academy that gets them through A-levels and into university.

Dead surfer had been arrested over child porn

A firefighter who died while surfing had been arrested just two days before his death on suspicion of child porn offences, police confirmed today.

Album: The Raveonettes, In and Out of Control, (Fierce Panda)

This Danish duo has always had a sombre and uniquely Nordic take on 1960s Americana, the inevitable result of listening to the Beach Boys in a country where it's too chilly to surf.

The Couch Surfer: ‘Swayze’s character in Point Break was a compelling film role model’

Tim Walker: Real adrenaline junkies can be lonely, insensitive gits who don’t look at all like Bodhi

Board game: Ruby Wax makes waves in Hawaii

The lifeguards are handsome (if incomprehensible), the food is fantastic – and everything's covered in flowers. Welcome to Hawaii, where everyone says 'Aloha'
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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence