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Forever Summer: The Soul & Surf Story

The story of Soul & Surf is the sort of tale that many people daydream about calling their own. In 2009 Ed and Sofie Templeton left their lives in Brighton behind and set up a unique surf and yoga destination in India.

Its Always Summer Somewhere Giveaway

It's always great to see where you take your Riz's. So for a chance to win a pair another pair of shorts, share the summer love and share your best inspirational photo's on Instagram

Escape: A Stretch of Sand to Call Your Own

The beach: that thin slither of sand between civilisation and the sea, where so many of us go to get away from it all. It’s a popular destination and not without good reason, but that doesn't mean that you can't find yourself a beach to call your own.

Urban Escapes: Lidos

Summer in the city has the potential to be a touch stifling when we’re fortunate enough to experience a prolonged spell of hot and sunny weather here in the UK, but the great British institution of the lido offers a welcome escape from the heat of the streets.

Exploring the Philippines

Consisting of over 7,500 islands that trickle down the western edge of the Pacific Rim, separating the South China Sea from the Philippine Sea and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines are an archipelago that still holds a great allure for those looking to escape and explore.


Few things capture the imagination like an island. Ever since man has been able to cross water we have had a fascination with islands; large, small, sandy with a lone palm tree standing in the centre, volcanic and covered in dense jungle or a coral atoll. We are captivated by them all.


A beautiful edit of black and white images taken from the recent SURFexplore trip to Madagascar. Here we focus on the journey rather than the destination. The search for new waves in this epic landscape and a unique setting to test our shorts.


After 3 months of living at sea in the Maldives, Matt Smith is now back busy on the farm in Ireland. Bit of a contrast, but that's what we love about Matt. We catch up briefly with the Honest Captain about his latest adventures. Warm water souls, cold Irish soils, both rich in treasure...


Long Pacific afternoons soon melt away the restlessness of winter city routines. Escape is about breaking loose. And Nicaragua requires few formalities. No shirt. No shoes. No hay falla. Life becomes simple. Board. Shorts . And away you go...


'Been a bonkers first month here in the Maldives, The Southern and Indian ocean are alive. Constant SE Swells and the occasional SW swell and light winds for this time of year. We have been surfing alone most days staying in the quiet regions. Me and Sophie have been playing a lot of chess..' READ THE FULL POST


Brilliant Corners is a surf / travel documentary showing a wonderful slice of Bajan culture. Presented by Sam Bleakley, it's a refreshing and articulate take on coastlines and communities, brought to life with Sam's passion and signature surf style. His shorts look pretty rad too.


Like something out of an adventure book, this is a place where our minds still rest. On a recent trip to the Philippines we found this Swiss Family Robinson style tree house. It had no walls, windows and entrance was via ladder. We called it ' the nest ', a place you never want to leave.