Surfing websites are a lifeline for most of us. Whether you’re looking for the latest surf reports, grabbing some essential surf gear, or binging epic surf videos, these websites have got you covered.
I’m the first to admit I may have watched a few too many surf comps at one of my previous jobs, but it’s perfect for long, flat spells with no waves.
So let’s paddle straight out with number one on our list, the big dogs of competitive surfing and controversy.
1. World Surf League (WSL)
The World Surf League is the home of professional surfing, offering live events, rankings, and all things pro surf.
- Live streaming of surf competitions
- Latest rankings and stats
- Exclusive interviews with pro surfers
- Highlight videos from past events
WSL is your one-stop shop for all things professional surfing, from the WCT to the big wave awards. If you’re keen on following the world’s best surfers and want to keep tabs on the latest competitions, this is the place to be.
They’ve been under fire recently with changing CEOs, format changes, questionable judging, and mild revolts from the surfers on tour. It’s probably not easy running global surfing, but with these guys cutting J-Bay (easily one of the best events on tour) this year, it’s more fuel for the fire.
Surfline provides the most comprehensive surf reports, forecasts, and coastal weather reports for surfers worldwide.
- Surf forecasts
- Live surf cams worldwide
- News and articles on swells, surf science and forecasting
Surfline is the go-to for reliable surf conditions and live cams. Now, that’s not to say they don’t get it wrong. I’ve turned up to the beach with a pumping forecast to be met with knee-high waves, but it’s pretty good for the most part.
The painful part is lots of their webcams are locked up behind their Premium membership, so be ready to part with that well-earned cash.
3. XCEL Wetsuits
XCEL Wetsuits online store offers top-of-the-line wetsuits and surf gear that are hard to beat.
- High-quality suits
- Surf accessories
- Gear guides
XCEL is my favourite when it comes to staying toasty in the depths of winter. They’re a great fit if you’re on the skinnier, bean-pole side like me, and the seams and pads last for a good few seasons. Don’t miss our guide on some of today’s top wetsuit brands for more of our favourite rubber.
4. Stab Mag
Stab Mag is a stylish surf magazine with a bit of a cool kid vibe that covers culture, fashion, and, of course, surfing.
- Surf culture and fashion
- Exclusive interviews
- General news in the surfing world
- High-quality photography
Stab Mag is where surf culture meets high fashion. If you’re into the lifestyle aspect of surfing, this is your go-to source for all things chic and surf-related, with a slightly dry, sarcastic approach that many enjoy.
They also host one of my favourite pieces of surf media to date, Stab in The Dark. This pits a pro surfer against 15 mystery surfboards in an elimination-style contest with only one board left for the unveiling at the end.
5. Honest Surf
Honest Surf is your trusted source for anything surfing. We’ve got tips on surf travel, guides to take your surfing to the next level and even a list of the top surfing websites.
- Gear reviews and the latest news
- Surfing tips that will fast-track your progression
- Travel guides for surf destinations
- Surf industry deep dives
Honest Surf is all about you, the reader. We’re here to help surfers of all levels navigate their journey with the right help and advice with no subscriptions or costs.
So, if you want no-nonsense surf advice, bookmark this site to stay updated with all the latest guides, reviews and news dedicated to surfing.
6. The Inertia
The Inertia is a platform that voices the perspectives of the global surf community with some of the best writers and surf journalists around.
- Thought-provoking articles
- Surf-related environmental issues
- Surf culture
The Inertia goes beyond the waves to tackle issues that matter to the surf community, like sustainability and mental health. It’s an excellent read for those who like to think a bit more deeply about the sport and its impact.
Surf-Forecast.com offers surf forecasts and reports for over 7,000 of the world’s best surf spots and a no-cost alternative to Surfline’s reports.
- Detailed surf forecasts
- Global surf spots
- Windsurfing and kitesurfing info
This site is a forecasting powerhouse. It may not have an extensive list of webcams, but If you’re planning a surf trip, this is your go-to for spot-on forecasts, locally and globally.
This is where I go when Surfline’s limited five-day forecast isn’t good enough, and I need some long-range data
8. Barefoot Surf Tutorials
Barefoot Surf Tutorials offers online surf tutorials tailored for beginners and intermediates.
- Surf tutorials
- Progression tips
- Technique breakdowns
If you want to improve any part of your surfing game, Barefoot Surf Tutorials offers some of the best online coaching. Their breakdowns are easy to understand and super effective.
If you’re stuck on your pop-up or want to try and catch more waves, these guys are well worth a look.
Outerknown is a surf brand founded by world champion, GOAT and all-around shredder Kelly Slater. Offering sustainable surfwear for men and women, it’s top-notch gear if you’ve got a bit of money in the bank.
- Sustainable surfwear
- Lifestyle articles
- Surf culture
Outerknown is where sustainability meets the ocean. Their clothing is top-notch, and their gear offers a fresh perspective on surf culture.
If you’re all about ethical sourcing and planet-friendly manufacturing, then Outerknown is going to be well worth a browse.
A platform where you can find and book surf camps worldwide with thousands of reviews from customers and a whole heap of surf destinations to choose from.
- Surf camp bookings
- Surf holiday packages
- Reviews and ratings
If you want to book a surf trip without the hassle, this website is your go-to. They offer a whole range of options, from beginner camps to pro-level retreats.
You can book camps at some of Indo’s heaviest reefs or opt for perfect peeling rollers on the beginner camps.
From John John Florence to Filipe Toledo, Hurley has some of the world’s most famous surfers as brand ambassadors.
- Performance surfwear
- Lifestyle apparel
- Quality, affordable wetsuits
From great tees to equally good wetsuits, you can’t go wrong with Hurley for great surf gear for the whole family.
12. Real Surf Forum
Real Surf Forum is a community-driven platform where surfers can discuss everything from wave conditions to gear recommendations.
- Community discussions
- Gear recommendations
- Cover everything surfing and more
Real Surf Forum is like the local surf shop of the internet. It’s a place to get advice, share experiences, and even vent about that guy who dropped in on your last session. It’s all about community, which every surfer can appreciate.
Volcom is a lifestyle brand that blends surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding culture with a rebellious counter-culture approach.
- Surf and skate apparel
- Exclusive collaborations
- Environmental initiatives
Volcom is more than just a surf brand; it’s a lifestyle. Their apparel is as versatile as it is stylish, and their commitment to sustainability is something every surfer can get behind.
They’ve got a whole range of surf-skate-inspired clothing, and they’re making waves in the wetsuit game with some great new neoprene in their online store.
And there we have it—the ultimate list of surfing websites that should be on every surfer’s radar.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, these websites offer a treasure trove of information, gear, and community spirit.
Now, what are you waiting for? The waves aren’t going to ride themselves! 🌊