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New surfers' reef fails to make waves

Town's £3m project, designed to create world-class breakers, is labelled a complete waste of money

Active travel: Beaches, boards and bravado in Brazil

The waves of Engenhoca are perfect for students of surfing, says Simon Usborne

Bustin' Down The Door (15)

It's amazing to think that until recently surfing didn't exist as a professional sport.

The Dawn Patrol, By Don Winslow

The private investigator is, by convention, a romantic figure, a free spirit, and in this witty and enjoyable crime thriller, Winslow has stretched that convention to the limits. Daniel Boone is a surfer and a prominent figure in the San Diego beach community. He drives a beat-up old van called the Boonemobile, and his friends are all surfers too, with names such as Johnny Banzai.

Riding giants: The young surfers who turned a dream into a billion-dollar industry

In 1975, when a gang of young pretenders challenged local tradition in Hawaii, the stage was set for surf war. Now an acclaimed film tells how this bitter conflict gave rise to a modern sport and a billion-dollar business

Coroner says Fai put 'others before himself'

The coroner investigating Sonny Fai's death said the Warriors rugby league player died because he "put the interests of others before himself".

Bananas, strawberries and ricotta on sourdough

Serves 1 (just multiply the amounts according to how many are eating)

Promotions lift Unilever's global sales

Unilever's star performer in western Europe is UK

First Person: 'I saved a surfer's life'

Sophie Grant-Crookston, 28

Child in hospital after man dies in surf mishap

A man died and a child is in hospital after both got into trouble while "boogie boarding" at a popular beach in Newquay, the coastguard said.

Katy Holland: Surf's up! Time to teach my beach boys how to take to the waves

Are we there yet? It's exhilarating to spend so much time in the sea, even if you do end up drinking most of it

Surfers celebrate 50 years of riding the waves as Britain basks in hottest weekend of the year

Britain is enjoying its sunniest and warmest weekend of the year. And not before time. In three weeks' time, the nights start drawing in again.

Break for the boarder: Biarritz is the perfect place for novice surfers to catch their first waves

Lawrence Dallaglio is on my plane. As I sit waiting for take-off, the former England and Wasps rugby player comes lumbering down the aisle, struggling to fit his massive frame between the seats. I smile at him as he passes; it's unclear whether he reciprocates or grimaces. Nor am I about to ask, because I'm more concerned with the plane's ability to take off with a man-mountain on board. Is there some ballast we could drop as a precaution?

Dry me kangaroo down, sport

An Austalian man walking on a Gold Coast toursit beach saw a young kangaroo hopped straight past him and into the sea.

Breath, By Tim Winton

Australian "cowboy" paramedic, Bruce Pike looks back to the teenage trauma and triumph that set the course of his ill-starred life. From cover to critics, Breath has been sold as a surfing novel.

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