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  As surfers, we’re pretty like-minded. We love the beach, the sea, the sun, even the cold. We love nature. But how many of us fit the environmentalist stereotype? Most of us are environmentally conscious and wouldn’t intentionally pollute. But we also have cars, we drive, we traverse the globe. We’re unknowingly hypocritical. We use mass-produced boards, mass-produced wax and our wetsuits are made from petroleum that harms the ocean. We all believe in environmental causes, but few of us ever follow this through with the products we use and the actions we take. Luckily, eco-friendly alternatives to surfing equipment are...
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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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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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  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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  As you might have noticed, it’s winter. Which means stonking waves, empty line ups and dawnies at midday. It also means bitter winds, red noses and your fingers being so frozen you can’t do up your flies after you get changed, leading to an awkward moment when you ask a stranger for help.   But it is possible to get the best of both worlds in these cold months. There’s nothing like the feeling of warming up after an epic glassy winter session. But what’s the best way? Here are our top five in no particular order. I’m sure you...
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Image from pulsarmedia.eu   Is your relationship with surfing too casual? Do you worry you might pass people in the street who have no idea just how laid back and surfy you are? Well fret no more. With this simple guide you can take something fun and turn it into an exhausting lifestyle choice. Bro.   Have a board for every condition. The first rule of taking surfing too seriously is always being prepared. You never know when your local beach break that's never produced anything above sloppy 4ft mush will break out the 30ft Waimean monsters. So get yourself a...
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  This morning I got out of bed and went for a surf. Except I didn’t. I went for what can only be described as a popandflop. I popped up, I flopped over, I gave up. Honestly I can’t remember the last time I was so lame. If there was a graph of my performance from every surf I’ve ever had, I don’t think I’ve ever been as high on the ‘Good’ scale as I was low on the ‘Crap’ scale today. And it got me thinking, what makes you really bad at surfing? We’ve all had those days where you’re...
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So you want to get the most out of your surfing and so get in the water as often as you can.  But sometimes you feel in a bit of a lull.  You persevere; but you don’t seem to get any better. Sound familiar? I often use my GoPro to watch me catching waves and help analyse what I think I am doing and what I am actually doing.  For example, stepping my front foot onto the deck too early then always moving it, giving a disjointed and jerky action I had no idea I was doing. Watching yourself surf (as...
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Ten things to do while waiting for a wave   A lull can be a gorgeous sight. A line of patient silhouettes silently bobbing up and down on a glistening seascape momentarily laid flat between sets. It’s the stuff of great paintings and not-quite-as-great poetry. And like a painting or a poem, having it imposed upon you for eight minutes at a time, four times an hour, gets a bit much. We’ve all been there. When you wait so long for a wave that Mother Nature seems less like the raging goddess of tsunamis and more like the old lady in...
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Surfing is ultimately a physical activity whether you view it as a sport, past-time or a religion. So it helps to have a strong, fit, healthy body.  Over the festive period many of us partied and the Baby Jesus saw that it was good. But the Baby Jesus, I am sure would probably tell you that balance is key. For the next 10 days leading up to my BALI trip. I will be detox-ing.. to a point. I'm not changing what I eat for my main meals. I do not need to loose weight.. These are my detox ground rules. No sugar....
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Throw out the sofa-dwelling, mince-pie-eating you that has been unearthed this Christmas, and utilise this stormy weather to get fit and ready to surf your hardest, before the good spring swells hit!!   Want to avoid that numb feeling in your extremities and keep your noggin toasty?   No more excuses that another left-over Christmas selection box is going give you that extra whale-blubber layer for extra insulation beneath your wettie.   Battle the stormy seas, frosty fingers from the bitterly unrelenting Baltic winds, the biting cold and a numb nose.   Spurn the cheat's version that comes in the acquiring...
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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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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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  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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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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Most of the time, when making boards for customers, I get asked.... What does this do? What will that do? And to be honest, most of the time, when asking a shaper, you get the right answer.  There are the times when you will ask someone who isn't necessarily wrong, but could lead you down the wrong path of what you want on your next surfboard. From experience, not just as a shaper, but someone who loves riding boards other than my own, speaking to shapers is by far the best thing you can do when it comes to knowing what...
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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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