We asked pro surfer Jamie O’Brien his secret for having more fun in the waves. His answer? A foamie.

High-performance kit for dropping in

Here are five places that can teach you how to build everything from a surfboard to a teardrop trailer

A $20,000 board designed by a New York City graffiti artist

These are the boards the world’s top surfers used at the annual Titans of Mavericks surf contest in Northern California

A big northwest swell lit the North Shore's Banzai Pipeline, providing spectacular makes and even more spectacular slams.

Build your own surfboard, then jump in the water to test it at this Maine-based workshop

First there was an algae-based surfboard. Now we have El Portobello—a sustainable board you can grow yourself.

A surfboard manufacturer and UCSD researchers teamed up to create the world’s first sustainable, algae-based surfboard, which they'll have the pros test before producing it commercially.

Good for the conscience, great for the surf

These stripes could keep you from becoming shark bait

Designed to make the most of subpar conditions

The latest trend in surfboard design is stout, full figures. All four of the boards we selected, from the short and fat Third World Exotic Surfboards Ghostbuster to the 5'11" Lost Bottom Feeder, are under seven feet long, maneuverable, and built with plenty of width and thickness to make catching waves easy.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including WaveJet's Personal Water Propulsion Pod.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Channel Islands Black Flag Whip surfboard.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Stewart LSW surfboard.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Rusty Dwart surfboard.

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