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  Heat by heat update from the European Surfing Championships 2015 Day 1 - 13th September By Jessie Tuckman   P1 – Longboarding Our man Sam Smart, AKA Rambo, drew well with Holland and Scotland challenging and also with Moroccan Adil El Harif surfing at home. It was always going to be a game of wave selection and using priority well against opponents. Opposing countries dropped scores first but Sam waited patiently and picked a good first wave putting him into the lead. He carried on throughout, picking prime waves that allowed him to use the rails, walk to the nose...
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  The English surf team for 2015 consists of:   Open     Photo by Sam Breeze     Sam Smart - Hailing from Sennen Cove, England's most westerly beach. Sam is the founder of the family surf school and the eldest of the Smart brothers. A true sportsman known not only for his impressive surfing but also a skilled professional boxer.     Photo by Sam Breeze   Seb Smart - Sharing the stoke of surfing along with his family, Seb has been smashing comps since he was a grom with wins in his age group at events such as the Ripcurl Grom Search and...
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  First up, remove that crusty old surfboard from wherever it's been hiding for the last ten years. Good places to look include the back of the shed, underneath a caravan and inside a hedge. Reminisce about the good times you had on it when you were 14.     Clean crap from board     Cut board in half with a jigsaw. Note: It's okay at this point to openly cry and whisper "I'm so sorry".     Cut a rectangular section out of one half of the board. About two fifths of the way up and half way in....
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  Two years ago, surfer Ian Battrick and photographer Tim Nunn released a book called Numb. It was a bit of a first. The subject matter was their feral cold water adventures through Canada, Norway, Iceland and Scotland. And when you look at the whole cold water movement we’re now surrounded by, it was way ahead of the curve. The book documented six years of travel, from deep snow, volcanoes and sub-zero temperatures in Iceland to encounters with bears and surviving weeks in barren wilderness in Canada. It was an instant classic; a hard-backed coffee table book stacked with images and...
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I'm not a big fan of the party wave, but it seems some days it's unavoidable to at least get dropped in on once. Surfing is becoming more popular as a one-time "have a go" sport, which is increasing the learner to proficient surfer ratio at popular beaches.   If you are lucky enough to get a decent wave to yourself in a lineup like these pictured, then good luck paddling back out as you duck and weave your way through the crowd.     Photo by MJ Photography   Just today I nearly collided with a (possibly Italian?) tourist who...
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Forget everything you know about surfing. Forget everything you know about motocross. In fact, just forget everything you know. This is the most important thing ever.   ...
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  According to the company, the board hovers using liquid nitrogen-fuelled superconductors and magnets. If you know what they are please enlighten us.   "It's very confidential information but we have been studying the flying car in our most advanced R&D area...Flying car means the car is just a little bit away from the road, so it doesn't have any friction or resistance from the road." says Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, a managing officer in Toyota's Technical Administration Group.   On a side note, I can't help but wonder how much Back to the Future 2 has accelerated the development of hoverboards. I...
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You might have seen I've been following the production of the new Point Break film. But now it looks like I've been focussing on the wrong movie. I've just seen the trailer for George Trimm's new surf film Forbidden Trim, currently pitching its little heart out on Kickstarter. God I love a cheesy low budget surfpoilation movie, and this has all the trappings of a classic.   Check it out:   Longboards, check. Helicopters, check. Guns, check. Gorilla, check. Shaky super-8 camera work, check. Sure, it doesn't have the production values of the new Point Break, but the script is way...
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  Rogue waves are vast surface-waves that occur spontaneously, often in open ocean. They are over twice the size of the significant wave height for a given sea state and are immensely unpredictable, causing chaos for large ships and ocean liners. They've puzzled scientists for decades and have only become definitively proven within the last few years.     Scientists in Germany have come up with a method that could change the future of big wave surfing. Due to the unpredictability of the waves and the lack of wave buoys and wave reading equipment in areas where they are more likely...
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  Kate Barattini is the American artist behind the Animal Shred series; beautiful paintings of surfers crossbred with animals. We caught up with her to see what it's all about.       Firstly, the obvious one. How did you come up with the idea to illustrate surfers as half-human, half-animal?   Kassia Meador gets all the credit for this one.  There is a beautiful photo of her surfing mainland Mex, she's hanging heels on this perfect glassy wave with overcast skies, and I instantly saw her with monarch butterfly wings. While bringing my idea to life I couldn't stop smiling...
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  A little while ago I was surfing with a friend at our local break. We were a bit to the right of the main peak. Because there were about 30 other people over there. And after a while we noticed a funny thing. In about an hour and a half of being in the water, we’d seen a lot of waves being ridden at the main peak. But only by about five or six people. Out of about 30. It was the same few people getting the waves every time. So I couldn’t help but wonder, what’s everyone else doing?...
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  This is starting to look pretty good. They've got some fantastic extreme athletes consulting on the stunts (Laird Hamilton says he is 'known as a big wave rider'. Perhaps a slight understatement.), which seem to be almost entirely shot for real. We won't know how well it all hangs together until the film comes out on January 8th 2016, but it looks like it'll be worth the price of a cinema ticket. Even just to see so many insane stunts on the big screen. Check out the featurette above and watch the trailer below:  ...
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Machter was weary. His neck hurt from the constant, up-raised, unnatural position into which he had forced it for so long that now, as he surfaced only to see that he was caught inside and would surely suffer yet another impossible beating, he started to wonder whether it had all been worth it. Started, but stopped, because as usual there was no time to ask questions, only time to upend himself, grab a lungful of air and scratch for the bottom, there to the world of silent trauma where maybe he would minimise, if not evade, the pain that was as...
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  There’s a bit of an in-joke here in the Westcountry that August is known as Great White Season. Not because of any sort of big shark migration, but because every year someone goes running to the papers with the story of how they saw a fin in the sea and it was definitely Jaws. And frankly, we in the surfing industry are getting a bit sick of it. Not only is every single story 90% bollocks, it’s also damaging to tourism.     Let's take a look at the Sun's front page image from above, suggesting there was a Great...
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  One of the projects I'm working on this year is a documentary covering the women's side of the UK Pro Surf Tour events. The videographers aim to capture the highs and lows of the surfers on tour and their opinions of what can improve the competition for them in the future. The ladies can often feel like a sideline to the popular and higher valued men's open surfers, so we hope that by creating a film around them they'll share the spotlight.   I am simply ideas, creative and surfer in the documentary. The videographer in charge is Molly Johnson, a...
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  What will probably happen when this film is released:   There’ll be a lot of bitching and moaning about remaking a classic. Which is ultimately free publicity. The film will come out and get average-to-good reviews. And the bitchers and moaners will still get in line to see it, so they can do informed bitching and moaning afterwards. The film’s marketing department will snip the bits of the reviews saying things like “Adrenaline-fueled” and “Heart-pumping action” and plaster them all over the posters. The actual film will indeed have loads of action, overly elaborate heists and a female lead...
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Luke can you tell us about your highlights of the last year? Definitely winning the pro junior in Lanzarote and qualifying for the World junior championships in Portugal in September/October of last year. What went through your mind when you won the Franito Pro Junior? It was a blur really, I was shocked but obviously just really happy, I put my head in my hands splashed the water and then looked at the beach with all my friends on the rocks on the water edge cheering and waiting for me, it was unreal.   Photo by Tony Dillon   You managed...
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  Make sure you’re prepared for a UK summer Although summer is a fickle thing in the UK, something a lot of us runaway from, most of the local troopers have no choice but to stick around, endure the inevitable flats spells, fight the crowds and risk a 2mm summer suit. Surviving summer doesn’t sound too hard, you’ve dared the chilly peaks through winter and hopefully experienced many a session more than worth fighting the cold for, summer will be easy. But the unsympathetic reality is that summer within the UK is hard, a lack of waves above three foot and...
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Of course you do, as it’s one of the most painful and long winded shopping experiences you’ll ever have to go through. I’m not exaggerating even slightly. Being the type of person that on the one hand, spends about 50% of my life in the water, yet also wants to look presentable and slightly less drowned-rat-esque when out of the water; it seems as thought there’s an on-going toss up between practicality and style. To me it’s simple to pair the two together, and apparently that’s exactly how BLKCHURCH, a fresh new brand outta Devon, feel too. These guys not only...
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Cribbar Big Wave is looking for a co-title sponsor to ensure the success of the greatest British surf contest ever. Cribbar Big Wave is hosting the competition to find the surfer who can ride the biggest wave at the Cribbar, whilst staying in control for a single complete ride. The surfers are to paddle in whilst water safety will be available on jet ski. Cribbar Big Wave's official website excitedly states, "In addition to the main event there will be a display of tow-in surfing, if time permits. Big Wave surfing is a part of Cornwalls culture. The Cribbar surf break has...
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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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    Monday, 01 February 2016
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