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Exploring Jamaica’s Growing Surf Scene

Traditionally, when people imagine surfing hot spots, Jamaica isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind. SoCal? Sure. The Gold Coast? Why not. But Jamaica? Not so much. But that perception is slowly, but surely, beginning to change.

Led in recent years by efforts by outside groups–most notably the Gudauskas Brothers' Positive Vibe Warriors organization–a fledgling surf culture is beginning to grow in the Caribbean nation, which is appropriate given the abundance of beautiful breaks the island plays home to.

Surfer Magazine decided to document how surfing has taken roots in the island in recent years in its edit "Feel the Rhythm" by following around Ivah Wilmot and Shama Beckford–two local figureheads in the community who are leading the charge for the island's growing surf community. Give it a watch, and start planning your next surf trip to the Land of Wood and Water.

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Surf Instructor Under Scrutiny After Venice Beach Leash Pull
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Surf Instructor Under Scrutiny After Venice Beach Leash Pull

Surf Instructor Under Scrutiny After Venice Beach Leash Pull

"We are filing a police report now that we have more footage from another vantage point.” @blackgirlssurf An incident occurred in the surf on Wednesday at Venice Beach. A female surfer, Danielle Lyons, who is a member of the all girls surf club “Black Girls Surf” had her leash yanked by surf instructor Wagner Lima, owner of the Brazilian Surf Club. In the video posted by the Black Girls Surf Club Facebook page, it appears Wager dropped in late and then decided to yank the chain on Lyon’s

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Felicity Palmateer to Release Nude Surf Film
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Felicity Palmateer to Release Nude Surf Film

Felicity Palmateer to Release Nude Surf Film

A nude film is a bold statement, but a nude surfing film? That’s even more audacious and exactly what professional surfer Felicity Palmateer has in the works to release this December. The film entitled has been a project of hers for the past three years and was shot in Fiji, Hawaii, and all throughout Australia. Palmateer, who is also an artist, is simply referring to the four-minute film as an “art project.” The surfer is aware that it will cause a stir, positive or negative, and is ready

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Kai Lenny’s 20-Foot Airdrop and Other News from the Jaws Competition
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Kai Lenny’s 20-Foot Airdrop and Other News from the Jaws Competition

Kai Lenny’s 20-Foot Airdrop and Other News from the Jaws Competition

It’s not everyday that a big wave competition gets called off due to big waves (i.e. there was a moral dilemma to keep it running because death was on the table), yet that’s exactly what happened Monday afternoon at Jaws after a few competitors headed back to the boats with injuries. The eventual champion Billy Kemper got knocked out while trying to bust through a 25-foot backdoor barrel.  Related: Watch: Billy Kemper Wins WSL’s 2018 Jaws Challenge “I don’t really remember much. I just