Surfing: a crowded lineup in Waikiki | Photo: Ron Jones/Creative Commons

Kenneth B. Liberman, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Oregon, has studied and analyzed the relationships between surfers, the rules of wave riding, and the moral values found in the surf. "Turn-Taking in the Surfers' Lineup" is one of the most relevant contributions to the knowledge of wave scarcity, surf etiquette, and the corresponding effects on surfers.

Surfing is facing a crisis as the number of surfers keeps rising in every country, leading to overcrowding at surfing breaks. Rides are becoming scarcer, even while the spirit of surfing remains resistant to being governed by rules that might alleviate the situation.

An Italian sociologist, Ugo Corte (2013: 25), describes this resistance to rules and writes, "Activities such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and BMX [have] been labeled 'lifestyle sports' because an ethos of anti-competitiveness, anti-regulations, high risk, personal freedom, and artistic expression differs from traditional mainstream sports."

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Brighton, UK: a classic surf spot less than 60 miles away from London | Photo: Les Chatfield/Creative Commons

London has one of the most active surfing communities in the world. It might sound odd, but there are tens of thousands of Londoners who take surfing very seriously. Let's unveil the most popular surf breaks located approximately less than two hours away from English capital.

They (still) don't have a river surfing wave, but they have the London Surf Film Festival. They don't have warm waters, but their London Surf Club is a classic institution running since 1981. Londoners surf; Londoners seek surf.

You can't always look at the dark side of life. Yes, London is rainy and foggy, but it has River Thames. And the City's iconic water channel flows into the North Sea. Which means that, technically, you could grab a stand-up paddle board and ride roughly 40 miles (96 kilometers) towards the ocean.

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Gabriel Medina: comfortable in French beach breaks | Photo: Kirstin/WSL

Gabriel Medina has conquered the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France, in Hossegor.

The Brazilian returned to the highest spot on the surf podium after defeating Bede Durbidge with a flawless performance. Will Medina be the spoiler, or will he have a shot at a back-to-back world title?

"It feels so good, I've been trying so hard this year. I'm so stoked, my board felt really good and everything went my way. I'm really glad to be back on the podium and especially for a win. It feels good to be back in France," said an emotional Gabriel Medina.

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