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Here we'll be hosting a wide selection of surf-stories and surfing-led features. From the history of the sport to the tales behind the creation of some of the industry's biggest brands, here we'll have specialist pieces about the latest developments in surfing and water sports technology as well as quirky tales and tributes to some of the surfing greats. 

  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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  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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  Earlier this year C-Skins and team riders Oli Adams & Vincent Duvignac ventured across the Atlantic to the East Coast of Canada. The goal was to test new suits where the sea came as close to frozen as possible.   Kitted out in C-Skins Winter 15 suits and accessories like the new Dryknit lining, they braved blizzards, minus degrees and a frozen sea.   Read on for the interview.     Either side of the runway the snow was packed as high as the plane. Another plane actually crashed trying to land.   So what was the forecast looking like...
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Earlier this month I went to the Elusive Welsh Open, a surf contest in South Wales at Porthcawl. I love going to Wales! The girls and guys who surf there are a good laugh. I always end up hooking up with my friends Georgie and Libby at surf contests as well as having gone on trips away with them too, so it's nice to know a few friendly faces already. Adam Laister, the videographer and landlocked surfer/snowboarder came along for the ride. The original plan had been to spend about 4 days in Wales, allowing us plenty of time to hunt...
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  We all have our own names for the weird things that go on in the water. Here are a few of our favourites.   Let us know yours and we'll add the best ones to the next installment of New Surfing Terms.                     Image sources: http://www.annievranizan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IMG_6319.jpg http://www.danalbertson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/surfers_waiting_r2.jpg http://www.surfcamppeaksnswells.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/paddle.jpg https://assets.rbl.ms/133647/640x364.jpg http://stokereport.com/files/userimages/Justin_JJung_Party-Wave.jpg http://www.evo.com/promos/upload/KBIs/bad_wetsuit.jpg...
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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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  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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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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  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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  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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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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Let’s be honest, dawnies are always going to be a gamble. The hope of scoring perfect, uncrowded waves is a great motivator, but I think any surfer that’s got up in the darkness and freezing cold must admit to questioning his sanity. I know I for one had to weigh up whether the surf would be worth it when my alarm rudely interrupted my sleep at stupid o clock in the morning. We were heading off to a nearby slab, which deals out unbelievable kegs and merciless beatings in equal measures. It’s a spot normally only attempted by spongers with...
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  Most people are sitting at home right now despairing over the summer coming to a close and having to go back to finishing work after dark and being very, very cold. But today I am going to spread hope with a story back from January.         In between the massive tempest storms over the winter me and a friend both skived off work to head down to Devon early Friday morning; looking at a stacked chart with a massive period and no wind. After an hour of driving in the dark we arrived at a supersized Croyde radiating...
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Jack Johns taking it to the next level. Photo by John Isaac.     The other day I had a go on one of Sally Parkin’s Original Surfboards. Commonly known as Bellyboards, they’ve made a huge comeback in the last few years.   As the name suggests, these were one of the pioneering designs during the birth of surfing in the UK. But more on that in a later article. Today I just want to share my thoughts on going from standing on a polyurethane board to lying on a plywood one. So here are the five things I learnt from...
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  What's the best thing to wear under your wetsuit? Boardies, boxers or my personal choice; old school naked. And which option is most comfortable and convenient?   Boardies Boardies, the standard choice of the newbie. Your first time sliding into the rubber and you're fully kitted in your beach boardies and your shiny new rash vest.  No need for a towel. You slip straight in, zip up and are immediately aware that you've become victim to a terrible wedgie and a rash vest which now fits like your sister's tube top. Ready to dive into your session you have no...
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First and foremost I am an artist. That’s what I told the career adviser at school and he told me the world was full of artists and I should be a Quantity Surveyor. Well, forty years on and I am still an artist….and an architect….and a farmer…and a surfer….so to heck with him! I’ve been painting the North Cornwall seascape ever since we set up home nearby in 1996. Getting to grip with a loose watercolour style which could evoke the energy of the Atlantic surf was a real challenge and took lots of experimentation before I ended up with...
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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.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    Monday, 11 January 2016
  • 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
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