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Cold-Water Bali or Myth?

Cold-Water Bali or Myth?

By Tony Butt   |   Dec 28, 2015 December 28, 2015

“Just go in,” said the woman’s voice. “There’s nobody there at the moment but the house is always left open. Yours is room two, upstairs.” I was calling ahead to the small guesthouse where we had booked a room. Slightly bewildered, I looked across at my traveling buddy, Martín. Read More

Above: The Mundaka sandbar behaving itself, winter 2014-15. Spain. Photo: Javi Muñoz

Mundaka: Surf but don’t touch

By Tony Butt   |   Jun 23, 2015 June 23, 2015

When the first surfers turned up at Mundaka around the late 1960s and set their eyes upon those perfect lefthanders, they had no reason to think the waves wouldn’t be there forever. Almost half a century later, we now know that Mundaka is a very special wave, perhaps unique… Read More

Wooden Big-Wave Guns: Two Techniques, Same Objective

Wooden Big-Wave Guns: Two Techniques, Same Objective

By Tony Butt   |   Feb 13, 2014 February 13, 2014

By Nowadays there are a lot of people making wooden surfboards. Environmentally it makes a great deal of sense. Wood is a natural, non-toxic material that is infinitely less harmful to work with than polyester, epoxy, polyethylene or polystyrene, and that can be assimilated back into the environment once… Read More

Flow

Flow

By Tony Butt   |   Apr 22, 2013 April 22, 2013

By Tony Butt You are out surfing on your own. Someone else paddles out, comes up to you and says, “How long have you been out here?” You think as hard as you can. In the end you take a stab at it and tell him about an hour. But… Read More

Above: The author dances with Nature. Photo: Tony Butt Collection

Dancing with Nature

By Tony Butt   |   May 30, 2012 May 30, 2012

“We still talk in terms of conquest. We still haven’t become mature enough to think of ourselves as only a tiny part of a vast and incredible universe. Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy… Read More

El Berberecho

El Berberecho

By Tony Butt   |   Feb 22, 2012 February 22, 2012

By Tony Butt One would think that the early nineties would be a relatively late stage to discover new surf in Europe. When I set off from Cornwall to Galicia in November 1992 in a van with two mates, all we were expecting to do was satisfy our own curiosity. Read More