Christian Wolthers riding on of his cat bottom longboards in Guatemala
Christian Wolthers riding on of his cat bottom longboards in Guatemala
Joe Thompson surfing a nice left-hander in the Bahamas
Local surfer Joe Thompson knows where to go.

Viking: Behind the Brand

Christian Wolthers riding on of his cat bottom longboards in Guatemala

Viking is a U.S based corporation producing top quality performance surfboards. Their boards are distributed from coast to coast and abroad, including Florida, Hawaii, Southern California as well as Europe, …

Getaway: A Bahamian Vacation for Watermen (and waterwomen)

Joe Thompson surfing a nice left-hander in the Bahamas

From Tops and Marbles to Tows and Barrels Despite its proximity, The Bahamas has always been a step or two behind the developed Western world, at least in terms of …

Sound Check: Half Undressed

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  The Only Thing Cool About Half-Naked Dudes Click to listen to “Demons” while you read this wicked review. Gainesville Rock City. The Less Than Jake moniker-turned-title bestowed on this …

Economy vs Empty: Crowd Surfing in Africa

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A Surfing Conundrum Alan van Gysen’s Skeleton Bay photo conveys more than just an ethereal dream-wave, it also shows the throng of 4x4s reloading the crowded point. Photo: Alan van …

Front Row: Ben Taddiken

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I met Taddiken on a trip to the Exumas–the fittingly idealistic string of cays in the central Bahamas–where I pegged him as just another sailor passing through, stopping at the over-priced (but worth it) Norman’s Cay bar for a drink. Wrong.

6 Ways to Survive The Surfless Summer

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For surfers, not surfing is torture. Florida surfers are generally tortured from May – September, except for the odd hurricane swell. But you can survive it! Here’re some tips for alternative summer activities for when surfing in Florida just isn’t an option.

Summer Reprieve: Nicaragua

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Pining away in a summer heatwave-flatspell… checking regularly for swirling blops of blue and yellow and orange to materialize miraculously on the summer swell charts (and not be a mirage!)… …

Spreading the Love: Surfers for Autism knows how it’s done

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Yes, we’re bias. The vast majority of the small Refraction Mag team are former UF alumni, and while we do our best to be objective, we always get a little …

Sterling Spencer Is Anchor Man!

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Because, as writers, designers, and SoFLa surfers (and, of course, it being summertime) we here at Refraction don’t have a hellovalotta obligations. Nay, we wake early in the morning (because …

28th Rich Salick Pro/Am

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Legendary surf-surrealist artist, Dan Mackin, is one of the big-name sponsors (alongside Ron Jon, Anarchy, and, of course, Salick Surfboards) of the 28th Annual NKF Rick Salick Pro/Am Surf Festival. …