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We put surf-related products through rigorous testing to give an honest, unbiased review.

  So a nice guy from Copenhagen sent us some watches to review. The brand’s called Soerensen and makes watches you can wear in and out of the water; at business meetings and the like. What was interesting though, was their target audience. The watches are designed for the ‘Gentleman Surfer’. And it got me thinking, what is a Gentleman Surfer? Am I one? I mean, I own regular suits as well as wetsuits. So I decided to find out just what a Gentleman Surfer might be. All while wearing a stylish new watch of course.   First up, I went...
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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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 Nick and Alfie putting the Hot in Hotswell.   Here at Hotswell we’re dedicated to improving the surf industry by playing with cool new stuff people send us for free. Today it’s Bamboozz Sunglasses; sexy, eco-friendly bamboo-framed shades with polarised lenses and a nifty little tube case thingy. But how well do they stand up to our rigorous testing criteria?     Test one How cool do you look when someone says “That’s impossible” and you whip them off your face and say “Or is it?” 4/5 Since you’ll probably be the only person around wearing bamboo sunglasses, you’ll look like...
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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.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    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.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    Monday, 11 January 2016
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