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  Surf trips are typified by the search, that quest for perfect waves. Professional nomads like Kepa Acero have made a career from it and brands put ‘the search’ at the forefront of their marketing.   But time is precious for us mere mortals and as we get older our search tends to wane as real life responsibilities try to wave block us. One or two short trips a year means the pressure is on because we all know that there’s only one thing worse than crap surf at home and that’s not scoring abroad. With a combination of apprehension and...
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With the recent general election most of the Great British people seem to have been under stress. Who to vote for? Can you trust them? Do you even understand their policies? I can tell you one thing for sure. It's finished. Result is in, numbers are crunched. So let’s not waste any more time talking about it. Let us move on to a more light hearted subject.   Wipeouts!   Photo: Richard JB Lipscombe   They can be big! Or small. P.s Small ones can still hurt. I've injured myself in 2ft shorebreak, but been able to take a 6ft set on...
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  Blueprint Eyewear asked us to review a pair of their new sunglasses. So we did. But probably not how they were expecting.   We went for the Ashrock Electric Aqua (RRP £33 + p&p). See-through plastic frames and polarised lenses with solid blue tint. Firstly, let’s cover off all the standard review stuff people seem to care about: They’re strong, light, fit nicely and make the sun less offensive. Gold star. What caught our eye was the product description on the website. It says they’ll even turn your paunchy dad into a cool surf dude. Which got us thinking, how...
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  It is official, Surfing GB’s 2015 competition season has begun and the season is now in full swing as we saw the trophies awarded, bragging rights distributed and stoke shared in Bude over the weekend of April 25th & 26th in a record breaking 2015 Aquajuice British Schools Surf Championships.   122 entries from 38 Schools made up the entry for the event, which is a new record and confirms this events place as the most prestigious Schools surf event in Britain. In typical British fashion Mother Nature had a tough time making her mind up on the conditions she...
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After a hard day in the surf it’s nice to unwind, kick back, see the sites and meet the locals. With earth known as ‘The blue planet’ it's hardly surprising to learn there's a teaming night life in the ocean depths. But beware! Take heed of these warnings should you venture on a subaquatic night out.   Sharks     With over 400 species of shark there are only a few which are bad party companions and only then if you're small fry. Even the famous great white is a quiet party goer unless provoked or hungry.   Advice: Be polite. Hope they ate before they came...
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  Ah the good old days. The days of duct tape repairs, a rope for a leash and a permanent layer of salt in your eyebrows. When your bed was a sleeping bag in your mate’s car. When going out for dinner meant going fishing. When men were men. These days, not so much. This isn’t Waimea, nor is it the 1950s. And most of us aren’t sixteen anymore (those of you who are, if you’re not doing all of the above you’re doing it wrong). Surfing means having a job. Jobs usually happen in buildings. Buildings are usually found in...
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Marathon runners often experience a sensation named 'hitting the wall'. The notion describes a kind of fatigue, a stage in the run where they must make a vital decision: run on, or give up. This can happen at any stage. For me it once in a blue moon happens at 3k, occasionally at 5k and regularly at 10k, legs feel heavy, saliva drowns my mouth and sweat bathes my eyes and upper lip. Tasty. Some people get this at 20k or 40k, same experience, different stage. The most challenging wall that I've hit so far is this one, right now. Five...
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  Surfers Against Sewage launches new 'Save Our Seas' Marine Litter Tattoo campaign to highlight the growing scale and permanence of the marine litter crisis.   The 'Save Our Seas' Marine Litter Tattoo campaign takes its inspiration from highly stylised maritime tattoos that are synonymous with the sea and those deeply connected to it – mariners, sailors, fishermen, seafarers, explorers and, in more recent times, surfers. As well as those seeking thrills, excitement and adventure connected to the coastline. As tattoos, the designs convey a strong sense of permanence, something the marine litter crisis is threatening if urgent action is not...
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Surfers, your feedback has been listened to; you like having global 3rd party liability cover when surfing. But you want more, you want PERSONAL ACCIDENT COVER! Surfing GB have worked with Endsleigh Insurers ans can deliver Surfing GB membership which includes personal accident cover! This means whether you are a Shortboarder, Longboarder, Bodyboarder or Stand Up Paddle Boarder - female, male, old, young, advanced, beginner, if you are a Surfing GB member you are insured when you ride those glorious waves! What does my cover actually mean and cover? Personal accident cover is designed to provide financial help if you have...
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David Purser is co-founder of Surf Organic Boards. Otherwise known as The guys making surfboards from dehydrated mushrooms. We caught up with David to find out what's going on. The finished board. Glassed and ready to go. H. So. Where did the idea come from? And don't say 'mushrooms'. D. In 2013 we met Gavin and Alex from Ecovative Design at the boardroom show in Southern California and knew we had to be involved. We spent the next 6 months collaborating and getting a mould built. And the next year learning how to grow a 6' mushroom and glass it into...
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  The WakeJet is the brainchild of Swedish entrepreneur Philip Werner. Technically speaking, it’s a wirelessly controlled, jet-propulsion wakeboard. In our mind, it’s the hoverboard Biff rides in Back to the Future II. We caught up with Philip about what compelled him to build it and what it means for the future of surfing and wakeboarding (and James Bond).     Philip jetting out some wake in The Great Pelles Canal in the Swedish archipelago.   H:         We've all looked at our board and thought it'd be cool to have a jet engine in the back. What made you actually do...
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For every five bad days of weather there is always one incredible one, which makes you realise what an amazing part of the world Iceland is. Ian Battrick is pretty much the most committed individual you’ll ever meet, whether that is surfing or creating his own wetsuit brand Lunasurf. Just taking a moment to soak up a brief glimpse of sun up here close to the Arctic Circle. This road has a 100 foot drop straight into a fjord, it’s icy as hell and the day before this was closed by an avalanche, it’s sketchy. Ian just taking a moment to check out...
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Had enough of your old board , check out the guys at Pistache and see how to create something amazing!!  ...
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  Obviously there's nothing more romantic than surfing. But it seems to get overlooked on Valentine's Day. So at Hotswell we've come up with some surfy Valentine's cards for that special someone in your life. Nawww.   For those too honest for their own good   For the movie buffs   For the head-over-heels   For the patient   For the stomach butterflies   For the realists   For the dreamers   For the honeymooners   For the imaginative    For those who know what they've got   For the hopeful    For the poetic  ...
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Going to make this a once a week feature for the next couple of weeks. I’ve found from looking at old pictures, a true test of how bad marine litter has become is to look at trips were I wasn’t actually shooting it. So starting with Mexico, here’s a glimpse at a very high energy pacific beach break. It’s pretty interesting that aside from a few plastic bottles all of the litter it is just smaller pieces of plastic. Mostly along the tide line, but still there; coloured dots in every shot. At the time I didn’t bat an eye lid,...
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  The Mojo Reefskin is the world’s first surfsuit layer to offer extra protection from reef-induced injuries. Hotswell sat down with its inventor Jamie Richards to find out what it’s all about.   The Mojo Reefskin uses RGB foam pads as the main source of protection. Can you tell us a bit about them? The RGB foam pads are lightweight, very flexible and made using a special formula that enables the RGB foam to repeatedly absorb and dissipate the bulk of an impact so that the direct impact to the wearer is minimised. The combination of the RGB foam and the...
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  One of the great things about surfing is there seems to be no end to the ways you can combine it with really dumb ideas. And we all know getting hurt in new and original ways is part of becoming a pro. So here are a few of our favourite Stupid Things to do in the Sea. If you can think of any more drop them in the comments below.   Naked surfing Image: nakedsurfbuddies.blogspot.com   Why it’s stupidHalf the reason we wear swimsuits and wetsuits is because the human body wasn’t designed for surfing. The male form in particular...
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  They say New Zealand’s on the other side of the world. And it’s true. I’ve checked. What they don’t say is the 27 hour journey isn’t measured in hours. It’s measured in movies, free beers and something between sleep and cramp. The day of travel around the world feels like cheating when you consider how many cooler ways there are to get there. Plane journeys are like a teleporter. You get in, you get taken somewhere, you get off. Back in the golden age of world exploring seafaring travellers would risk life and limb for a footprint on untrodden shores...
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Manage the Damage With the rise of surf travel over the past decade, hardcore surfers are finding their perfect wave in some of the world’s most exotic locations. And though the adventure trail may be a little more trodden, the intrepid explorer can still score uncrowded waves and have the trip of a lifetime surfing tropical reefs. Like all real adventure, the reward is not without risk, and what lies beneath these perfect barrelling waves can bite.   Nick Shearman putting the Reefskin to the test   Jamie Richards came up with the idea for the Mojo Reefskin after copping a...
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Cheers for all the emails and messages of support for this project, it's been a while coming I know. Got one question from a friend Craig over here in Suffolk, wanting to know if the marine litter issue is a problem I've found because I'm looking or something that has always been there. He doesn’t surf so spends a lot less time on the beach than surfers do, but it got me thinking. If marine litter is making it onto beaches now, it would have been over the last ten years. And I’m bound to have the odd shot from Iceland I...
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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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  • 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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