Ben Marcus

Overboard

When 50-year-old South African surfer Brett Archibald fell from a chartered 72-foot motor-boat this past spring, during an overnight crossing from Sumatra to the Mentawai Islands, he was some 40...

Easy Rollers

The best beaches for practicing your moves offer slow, gentle waves and a no-pressure atmosphere. Here are six of our faves.

Over His Head

A Pipeline prodigy makes—and rides—some very big waves

The Best North American Beginner Surf Spots

The best beaches for practicing your moves offer gentle waves and a no-pressure atmosphere. Here, over 20 of the best beginner breaks in the country to get your feet wet.