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Five reasons girls are better at surfing   Let’s face it. Sally Fitzgibbons is surfing like Slater in his prime. Bethany Hamilton just won the Women’s Surf n' Sea Pipeline with one arm. And Carissa Moore can fly. Clearly the fairer sex has an unfair advantage. And here’s why:     5. Multitasking The average female can, in one moment, talk on the phone, write a letter, paint a picture and develop a cure for chickenpox. And talk on another phone. So really, navigating the line-up, incoming waves, close-out sets, rocks and tourists is the mental equivalent of a long nose...
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Fiji Bula! And welcome to Fiji, one of the most exciting stops on tour. The past couple of days have produced some big surf, and the forecast looks promising for a good contestable size during the running window.The venue: Cloudbreak is a crazy wave. Breaking a couple kilometres off the coast of Tavarua, it’s exposed to massive swells and can break up to 30ft+. Predominantly a barrel-riding contest, Cloudbreak tests the competitors in not only their skills, but the size of their cojones. If Cloudbreak gets too sketchy the contest can be moved to Restaurants.  Restaurants is more sheltered from the...
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Well this past season has felt a bit like “The Endless Winter”, with a ridiculous amount of storm surf battering the U.K. In North Cornwall the surfers have been frothing for months, with point breaks and reefs firing for weeks on end, and rare gems have shown that they’re capable of breaking more than just once-in-a-blue-moon. On St. Piran’s day though, the sun finally broke through the ever present cloud cover and shone over the sodden land. Spring had arrived. Even the howling South-Westerlies that we’ve become so accustomed to switched to Easterlies. All the conditions came together, everything apart from...
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  Ever think about converting a van? Here's one I made earlier.    Check out our campervan classifieds for local campers for sale....
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What feedback are we looking for? We've been getting great feedback about our forecast accuracy (keep them coming in so breaks can be tuned). Now we can turn our efforts to developing a new mobile friendly version of the Hotswell website. We are keen to get your feedback on any areas we can add or improve on. The mobile version of the break page will be a completely new layout, so here's your opportunity to help us create your perfect page for when you're out on the road. We are currently planning the following Table type layout (no slider) No Map or Compass...
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So the Quick Pro was won by the young Gabriel Medina. I don’t think anyone really expected it, and what was really interesting was that he won with just strong backhand rail surfing, no aerial trickeries. On the way to his win, he beat Taj, Mick, and Parko, who let’s be honest, were all favourites. http://www.aspworldtour.com/events/mct/649/drug-aware-margaret-river-pro I think it’s tough to predict who’s going to win at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro (The next CT stop), but I’m sure the Aussie’s and Hawaiians will dominate if it’s classic big and mean main break. If it’s smaller than it could turn...
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Introducing the Pasty Pocket®   The patented Pasty Pocket® keeps your favourite snack warm and dry during a long, cold surf. With the famous energy-supplying power of the pasty, you can now increase your surf time by up to 50%.   The pioneers behind the pocket  The Pasty Pocket® is the brainchild of wetsuit designers and Cornish bakers, who one fateful day noticed a gap in the market while sitting out back. Hundreds of designs, prototypes and pasties later and they’d patented the world’s first impermeable portable pastry purse. The rest, as they say, is history.     Here comes the science...
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Don't miss out on this amazing chance to win a next gen Soloshot 2 robotic cameraman and Sony Camera. It's all the kit you need to capture every one of your stoke sessions.Simply enter your top shots and get the most votes by April 30th to win! #Surfers, #Bodyboarders, #Kites, #Kayaks, #SUPers.. #MountainBike, #BMX, #Skate .... Anything awesome!...
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So the weekend of the 11th of jan 2014 was a big one for the surfer girls of Mexico. Why, you ask? Because it was the Damas Primero, the first all-girls surfing event the country has ever seen, and boy was it a goodie. Held at Pascuales, a thriving little Mexican beach town which, in the summer, is home to 20ft sandy bottomed barrels, and in the winter holds head high quick tubes. Around 30 girls of all ages committed for the event, and about twice as many guys came to oggle. I unfortunately have a seperated rib so have been...
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Image source: cargocollective.com Why do surfers make the best lovers?   As we all know, surfers are roughly one  gillion times better in bed than the average human. It’s a phenomenon that’s baffled our brightest scientists for generations. So today we’ll be delving deep, ahem, into this issue and coming to a reasonable conclusion why surfers are burdened with the libido of a drunk, horny T-Rex on steroids.   1. Modesty We don’t like to brag. As you may have noticed. Which is a very attractive quality. Sexual prowess speaks for itself and if ours could talk it would sound like...
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Here are some images of my friend Mark Baker. We have been on some great trips to various places, but the most memorable (for me) was a quick few days up to Scotland...Epic waves and morning light. I've been back numerous times since, and still never seen the conditions as good as they were that particular October dawn.             ...
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I've been taking photos for a while now, and thought I'd share a few old classics as well as a few recent shots, from the epic winter we have enjoyed here in the south west. Enjoy the shots...I'm off for a beer.             Martin Yelland...
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  In January a small group of us embarked on a journey to Fuerteventura for 10 days of sun and surfing. We spent our days travelling around the island in our Fiat Pandas to different surf spots, catching the waves of our lives and feeling a million miles away from the cold and dark seas in the UK. Sea and air temperatures averaged around 20 degrees and flights are frequent from many aiports across the UK. The island is uncrowded with a chilled surfing vibe surrounded by dormant volcanos offering an interesting backdrop to every surf.  Staying in the north of the...
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Well it was like some great celestial switch had been flicked, and in the space of pretty much one day we went from the depths of the stormiest winter, to a pretty pleasant, if breezy, spring!     St. Piran’s day was celebrated in Cornwall on the 5th of March, and the revellers were treated to wall to wall sunshine, and more importantly, legit surf. It was pretty much the first time everyone has surfed a beach around here in ages. This season has done crazy things to the sandbanks. Rocks are exposed where there were never rocks before, beaches have...
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Taking everything but the kitchen sink. Well in my case when I packed to travel the world I think I may of taken the kitchen sink, along with all the kitchen appliances. Travelling lightly wasn't really an option once you've decided to travel with all your toys. Toys being two 8ft SUPS, wetsuits and longboards alongside suitcases that were just within the weight! Taking all your toys comes at a price (literally) in so many ways as the airline will take every advantage of the fact that you have to take your very heavy items by attempting to charge the earth...
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    This Friday three Newquay surfers Josh Hughes, Rhys John and Arron Evans will be setting off on a challenge to cycle from the north to the south of France to raise money for a local surf foundation. Here I caught up with Josh and Rhys and asked them a few questions about their challenge.   Where are you cycling from/to? JH: We are cycling from Calais in the NE of France, down to Labenne in the SW corner. -Why are you doing it? RJ: We are doing the ride to help GroundSwell raise money to run future projects. We...
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So a month has been and gone in our beautiful Sayulita, a small tourist town halfway down the Pacific coast. It was the first stop on our journey and the perfect place to start. Being just an hours bus journey away from Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a breeze to get to and from. Just head to any bus stand and there'll be a guide there, tell him where you want to go and he'll point out and stop the bus for you. Most bus journeys are pretty cheap, around 20 Pesos, so try and avoid giving them big notes. They hate...
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Well it's been a pretty crazy winter, that's for sure! I've strived to capture the many mood swings of this past season with photographs and video footage, and I've included a few below. From firing points somewhere in the U.K, to stormy seas off Wales, I've been getting quite a variety of shots recently. 1) Summerleaze, Bude. Yeah believe it or not, this is actually Summerleaze! It breaks like this occasionally, but I think the photo's a bit deceiving. I don't think it was as good to surf as it looks here! 2) Near Bude. Another shot from really early on...
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Cloudbreak situated around a mile off the island Tavarua Fiji, was discovered by a man called David Clark and his brother in 1982 when they camped out at the spot and found a perfect left hand wave resulting in them leasing the land and the surf spot, then further more making them the created and owners of Tavarua surf resort that is very popular today. Cloudbreak has been known to get to as big as 23ft!! It can require a whole range of surfboards, the best swell is said to be anything huge and from the South. So I interviewed a...
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Whitest sand Goes hand in hand With the clear blue ocean It's the best potion To cure the stresses of life Keep it simple, eat everything with rice The island way of living Involves giving Not in the way of material But one that is spiritual The most helpful kind With a thoughtful mind But in contrast The tourist targeter's will be fast Once you're away from the main road, you're think at last No more hassle Just the locals with their cattle Coconuts and Palm leaf huts Stray muts Fresh fruit An atmosphere that's almost mute Thats the way it...
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  • Surfing Valentine's Cards ~ Now you can actually buy them!

      Surfers are sweet. Sometimes salty, but mostly sweet. And to prove it here are some surfing-themed Valentine's cards. You can buy them from our Zazzle shop. Or if you're skint, just copy and paste one of the images below onto your Valentine's Facebook page. If that doesn't do the trick, they clearly have no feelings. Click on any image to view it in the shop.   ...

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    Monday, 01 February 2016
  • Six Species of Surfer

      Admit it. We're a weird bunch. Here are six of the creatures you'll find yourself mingling with in the line up.   (Illustrations by Andi Pratt. Check out more of his crazy work here and on Instagram.)     And all together:       So which one are you? Or are you a different beast entirely? Let us know in the comments below.   ...

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    Monday, 11 January 2016
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