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Drowned

5 stories by our editors about near-death experiences and how they survived.

Over His Head

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

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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.