The Cleanest Line
Tony Butt

Tony Butt

Tony Butt holds a BSc in Ocean Science and a PhD in Physical Oceanography. He divides his time between northwest Spain and southwest South Africa, makes a meager living teaching and writing about waves and the coastal environment, and works with NGOs like Surfers Against Sewage and Save the Waves. His published books include Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing (2014), The Surfers Guide to Waves, Coasts and Climates (2009) and Guide to Sustainable Surfing (2011).


Medium-Wave Surfing in Spain and South Africa

Medium-Wave Surfing in Spain and South Africa

Aug 8, 2013 August 8, 2013

By Sometimes, to find the best solution to a problem, one has to be unafraid of trying out unconventional or seemingly counterintuitive ideas. Sometimes you have to go back and look at the original problem in a different light and think about what you are trying to achieve. When… Read More

Flow State, Explained

Flow State, Explained

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

[Photo: Stéphane M. Grueso]

A Surfer Remembers the Prestige Oil Spill in Spain

Dec 4, 2012 December 4, 2012

We are constantly reminded that our oil-based consumer society, with our excessive use of plastics, obsession with air travel and inefficient ways of heating and lighting our homes, will eventually lead to environmental suicide in the form of global warming and resource depletion. But… Read More

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

The Science of Finding Harmony in Doing Extreme Sports

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

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

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