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"There's a storm coming!" Words too often used in films. Usually mocked in the UK. But now it's serious. There really is a storm coming! Actually, there's been a storm blowing for weeks now. Relentless winds and swells have been firing up the Atlantic for quite some time. It's set to get heavier.This is definitely the most active winter I can remember. The UK and Ireland have been battered by big high tides and large swells. Devastation and disruption across coastal communities everywhere. Tens of thousands of homes are without power across the south of England.There's been an awful lot of...
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The story of my back injury is one that I’ve told many times. Bude, where I live, is a pretty small town and everyone I bump into on the street asks what happened and how I’m getting on. The community spirit is actually amazing and I’m only just realizing how much I appreciate it.  It all happened back in September, in some woods near where I live. I’ve been going to these woods for years and playing around on the rope swings there for as long as I can remember. But this visit was no ordinary visit. I fell from a...
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    Parking space with a view.  The Point is a pretty special place. I reckon on its day it can rival any wave in England. When it’s on it produces long, grinding left hand walls, plus throaty barrel sections to challenge even the most confident surfers. And boy, there are some confident surfers out there! Some of the best surfers in the U.K and even Europe can call this place their local spot, having grown up surfing it and having spent years getting to know the reef up close and personal. The Ash brothers, Reubyn and Joss, are so comfortable...
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I'm going to Bali in 3 weeks. My first time in tropical water and I can't wait. When it comes to top tips when going to Bali I know the girl to turn to. Sarah 'Gonk' Shelton-Palmer. Without a doubt. Our wave-hunting trips in the late Summer definitely got me amped for Bali. She's a cooha.  "Take loads if bikinis because you will live in them and they don't always last long. Waterproof sun cream and really good zinc for your face! The local insect repellant is way cheaper and it smells like perfume! BOOM! Maybe a thin waterproof for when it pisses it...
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"How you's goin? (said in a terrible Australian accent) So, since arriving in Australia I have noticed that there appears to be a strong 'hippy culture' amongst the surfing types down under. The laid-back 'one love' approach that many surfers seem to have really is magical especially when lots of surfers come together. I have changed the way I eat, exercise and just generally live to go hand in hand with my surfing. I've made a lot of friends that are great lovers of all things natural and organic, they have inspired me to take a different path with my diet...
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I am going to Bali in approximately 3 weeks and 3 days. I have been on a few surf trips and tend to be quite a 'dab hand' at packing, partly to do with the fact that I am fairly low maintenance (beauty/products wise, not generally). But I also have a tendancy to forget things and I'm not always sure what girls need to take (because yes, girls, being girls no matter how low or high maintenance, have to approach packing in a different fashion to men, we just do). So I will be gathering helpful hints and tips from girl...
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.. from whence dost thou hail sweet Sea Bean?! The boy and I decided to do a spot of beach combing after going to a showing of the film 'Wrecking Season' organised by BAAM (BudeArtsAndMusic) an organisation that are bringing creative, exciting projects to Bude and surrounding areas. The boy found and gave me a Sea Bean. I have since become very attached to this Sea Bean and have named him Jorge. I am trying to work our what it is and where it comes from. Perhaps you can help.. I found it at Welcombe in North Devon. It floats. It...
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I was inundated by Facebook statuses and comments about Pipe Masters last Saturday night. Computer said 'no'. I missed it. Not too gutted that I missed it after the show I got today. Woke up early. After an anxious evening worrying that I had broken the washing machine. And stressing that I was in big trouble. When my parents get home creeping down the stairs saying .. "Guys... guys... I've done something bad." Only to have my Dad say "Worse things happen at sea." Plans to check the surf temporarily delayed due to exhaust malfunction.. Surf check over the border. With...
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...yes you! This year, after passing my lifeguarding qualy I started getting involved with the Crackington Surf Club Juniors. Alan Birt has been running the Nipper and Juniors for... well a bloody long time. When I was a wee one he was doing it. Alan is still doing the Nippers but felt it was time for someone else to battle the 12-16yr olds. It's been a great year. Lots of learning curbs, and yes sometimes I do want to strangle the little beggers. But ultimately it is the most rewarding weekly commitment that I have.  This Winter I organised an 'Under...
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Er, hello! I'm Alfie and I write stuff for a living. Anyone can do it! Obviously. I grew up in Cornwall. Mostly either by the sea, in it or under it. I've been surfing since I was about 14; back in the days when all I had was a thirty year-old shortboard, a wetsuit two sizes too small and acne. But I've come a long way since then. My face cleared up, my wetsuit fits and I've gone through a fair few boards. They were necessary casualties in my ongoing battle against nature (Nature 302 : Me 0. But I've got...
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  It’s a simple fact that as a surfer in Britain we need more gear than those people lucky enough to be living in warmer climates. However what we lack in water temperature is made up for by the epic winter swells we get and minimal crowds. I’m already noticing how the mornings and evenings have started being icy and bitter, yet this is only the start of it. This is why it is essential to get a decent winter wetsuit to make the most of what the surf has to offer and to make those winter surf sessions last as...
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This week I'm going to have a little talk about the mind boggling 'volume' in surfboards! It's quite a strange thing, volume in surfboards. Some surfers can tell if a board is big enough or has enough float for them just by picking it up and having a good old feel. And there are also guys and girls out there that just buy a board and then find out that it's either too floaty or they're sat up to their necks when they're in the lineup. I get asked quite regularly 'how much volume does this board have?' 'how much volume...
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  Just click the picture above and enter our Facebook competition now, it's easy!Also get automatic bonus entries by helping us promote the competition (use the link the details are the bottom of the page) Good luck ...
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There seems to be an unintentional theme of the cold in the cilps I've got for you this week.....anyway, enjoy!   1. Chris Friend:Sweden Here's Chris Friend's entry into this months "The Winter Session" Competiton, not the best waves but some awesome surfing.   2.Into The Mind ( DCP's Segment) The filming of this is stunning, and the editing, well that's just something else.   3. North of the Sun  This is just a teaser, so can't wait to see the full film.   4.Following Kyle Away from the cold for a bit......I can't imagine how long this took to edit....
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Ten tips for surfing on a shoestring   I don’t know about you but I’m not rich. And let’s face it, if you spend more than four hours a week in the water, you probably aren’t either. Maybe it’s because surfing is so much more fun than work, or maybe the lifestyle just attracts the less employable. Whatever. The point is surfers tend to be poor. And wet. So how do you make the most of it? Well you probably know a fair few tricks already, but here are my top ten ways to bodge your life and make a road...
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  I've only been here in the land of Mexico for a week, but I've already learnt heaps. One of the most vital lessons being to take every opportunity you can, and don't turn anything down...unless it's 2 for 1 double strength chile margaritas, you can turn those down. I'm just gunna describe a day we had last week to demonstrate just how much it can pay of to seize an opportunity.     Some time last week Luc and I started off the day as normal, with a moonlit Dawny on the main beach in Sayulita, on our way back...
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        Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag     So for me, packing for my big trip consisted of lists, and a hell of a lot of them. I had lists for clothes, surf spots, flights...you name it, I listed it. So in terms of preparation and organisation this is the best way I can recommend to stay on top of it all, so I'm just gunna help out with a few reminders of the most vital parts of your trip (I've even made a list for this article, it's borderline OCD). Okay so first...
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The Barefoot Guide to the Central Coast Down under part one... Thinking of taking a trip down under?! why are you even thinking about it? book a ticket right now. Well maybe just wait a few minutes and read this first (both parts) so you can get an idea of what it's like ... So I thought I'd give you a bit of an insight into what to expect financially upon visiting the country, so its not so much of a shock to your wallet (but I've also included a lot of information that's not about such a dry subject, so bear...
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Being a car-less surfer is a rough deal. Add to that the fact that I live 2 1/2 hours from the nearest surf area and you can imagine the planning it takes to get to the beach on those good swell days.  Luckily (and probably surprisingly) there is a small group of committed surfers in the Liverpool area that are organising trips to the beach at the slightest whiff of a swell. Last Sunday was one of those days. Early in the week, the charts had shown a solid long period swell was going to hit the SW of England over...
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  • 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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  • 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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