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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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Five reasons girls are better at surfing   Let’s face it. Sally Fitzgibbons is surfing like Slater in his prime. Bethany Hamilton just won the Women’s Surf n' Sea Pipeline with one arm. And Carissa Moore can fly. Clearly the fairer sex has an unfair advantage. And here’s why:     5. Multitasking The average female can, in one moment, talk on the phone, write a letter, paint a picture and develop a cure for chickenpox. And talk on another phone. So really, navigating the line-up, incoming waves, close-out sets, rocks and tourists is the mental equivalent of a long nose...
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So the weekend of the 11th of jan 2014 was a big one for the surfer girls of Mexico. Why, you ask? Because it was the Damas Primero, the first all-girls surfing event the country has ever seen, and boy was it a goodie. Held at Pascuales, a thriving little Mexican beach town which, in the summer, is home to 20ft sandy bottomed barrels, and in the winter holds head high quick tubes. Around 30 girls of all ages committed for the event, and about twice as many guys came to oggle. I unfortunately have a seperated rib so have been...
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  In January a small group of us embarked on a journey to Fuerteventura for 10 days of sun and surfing. We spent our days travelling around the island in our Fiat Pandas to different surf spots, catching the waves of our lives and feeling a million miles away from the cold and dark seas in the UK. Sea and air temperatures averaged around 20 degrees and flights are frequent from many aiports across the UK. The island is uncrowded with a chilled surfing vibe surrounded by dormant volcanos offering an interesting backdrop to every surf.  Staying in the north of the...
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Taking everything but the kitchen sink. Well in my case when I packed to travel the world I think I may of taken the kitchen sink, along with all the kitchen appliances. Travelling lightly wasn't really an option once you've decided to travel with all your toys. Toys being two 8ft SUPS, wetsuits and longboards alongside suitcases that were just within the weight! Taking all your toys comes at a price (literally) in so many ways as the airline will take every advantage of the fact that you have to take your very heavy items by attempting to charge the earth...
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So a month has been and gone in our beautiful Sayulita, a small tourist town halfway down the Pacific coast. It was the first stop on our journey and the perfect place to start. Being just an hours bus journey away from Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a breeze to get to and from. Just head to any bus stand and there'll be a guide there, tell him where you want to go and he'll point out and stop the bus for you. Most bus journeys are pretty cheap, around 20 Pesos, so try and avoid giving them big notes. They hate...
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Cloudbreak situated around a mile off the island Tavarua Fiji, was discovered by a man called David Clark and his brother in 1982 when they camped out at the spot and found a perfect left hand wave resulting in them leasing the land and the surf spot, then further more making them the created and owners of Tavarua surf resort that is very popular today. Cloudbreak has been known to get to as big as 23ft!! It can require a whole range of surfboards, the best swell is said to be anything huge and from the South. So I interviewed a...
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Whitest sand Goes hand in hand With the clear blue ocean It's the best potion To cure the stresses of life Keep it simple, eat everything with rice The island way of living Involves giving Not in the way of material But one that is spiritual The most helpful kind With a thoughtful mind But in contrast The tourist targeter's will be fast Once you're away from the main road, you're think at last No more hassle Just the locals with their cattle Coconuts and Palm leaf huts Stray muts Fresh fruit An atmosphere that's almost mute Thats the way it...
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A bit about the conditions and atmosphere of each beach we have surfed on the Central Coast Aussie... Umina (said in a strong bogan accent)"friendly training wave"Is our local. It's an exposed estuary beach break with a slow wave, critical sections at high and low tide. A break for everyone, extremely friendly atmosphere and the lifeguards give you leeway on the rules e.g for kitesurfing you can be in between the flags as long as you're not near people. Quiet because there are 'better beaches around'.   Copacabana & McMasters You can go to Copa if you feel like you're fit enough...
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It's the crack of dawn The rising sun is beckoning youIt's a routine with natureInstead of a shower the ocean refreshes Instead of an alarm clock the sun awakens But the wind does not Theres no time to waste every minute that you spend contemplating The closer the wind gets As you toss and turn within your four walls, exhausted from staying up watching the screen You could be grabbing your wetsuit, your coffee and most importantly your board! Tick tock, tick tock You wake up to the whistling of the wind at your window pane It's 11am You approach the...
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At the start of December I had no intentions of going on a surf trip for numerous reasons, mainly financial. However, a link to some cheap flights and minor persuasion later, I found myself going through the familiar security checks at Manchester Airport having booked a 'Merry Christmas to me' week in the small fishing town of Taghazout in Morocco, renowned for it's quality right hand point surf. Killer Point firing at dusk.   After having impulsively booked the flights and sorting some rough accommodation plans, I then realised I hadn't even booked work off! Luckily after a quick text to...
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"How you's goin? (said in a terrible Australian accent) So, since arriving in Australia I have noticed that there appears to be a strong 'hippy culture' amongst the surfing types down under. The laid-back 'one love' approach that many surfers seem to have really is magical especially when lots of surfers come together. I have changed the way I eat, exercise and just generally live to go hand in hand with my surfing. I've made a lot of friends that are great lovers of all things natural and organic, they have inspired me to take a different path with my diet...
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  I've only been here in the land of Mexico for a week, but I've already learnt heaps. One of the most vital lessons being to take every opportunity you can, and don't turn anything down...unless it's 2 for 1 double strength chile margaritas, you can turn those down. I'm just gunna describe a day we had last week to demonstrate just how much it can pay of to seize an opportunity.     Some time last week Luc and I started off the day as normal, with a moonlit Dawny on the main beach in Sayulita, on our way back...
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        Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag     So for me, packing for my big trip consisted of lists, and a hell of a lot of them. I had lists for clothes, surf spots, flights...you name it, I listed it. So in terms of preparation and organisation this is the best way I can recommend to stay on top of it all, so I'm just gunna help out with a few reminders of the most vital parts of your trip (I've even made a list for this article, it's borderline OCD). Okay so first...
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The Barefoot Guide to the Central Coast Down under part one... Thinking of taking a trip down under?! why are you even thinking about it? book a ticket right now. Well maybe just wait a few minutes and read this first (both parts) so you can get an idea of what it's like ... So I thought I'd give you a bit of an insight into what to expect financially upon visiting the country, so its not so much of a shock to your wallet (but I've also included a lot of information that's not about such a dry subject, so bear...
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How it all started... I've always loved brightening something up that seemed a bit boring, or making it more feminine. I bought a pack of Posca pens (surf art pens) off the internet; I'd highly recommend them to anyone that was thinking of giving it a go! So once they arrived I just thought "hey I am no artist but why not give it a go!". My first personal little project was a paddle, it was my boyfriends but he gave it to me and put a pink handle on it, which inspired me to carry on the feminine theme throughout...
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Bondi is as commercialised as you'd Imagine It to be, you know the type... Boys in flat caps carrying they're shortboards thinking that their the dudes of Australia. But I must admit it is nice to see such mix of surf culture as I'm currently living in a little cul- de- sac off the Central Coast, which has one shop quite the opposite of Bondi. It's got quite a hippy vibe which brings a all whole new ball game of surfers to the local swell. Its an experience in its self to visit Bondi, one thing's for sure... you'll never be...
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Is it worth getting the Dive Housing for my Go Pro one or two?... take a look and decide for yourself! I was unsure if i should bother buying a dive housing for my Go Pro (original, so old school) before leaving to the crystal clear waters of Australia ..But now I am so glad I did! Before buying it I did a few days research on how much difference it makes having a flat lens with the dive housing rather than the using the original housing with dome lens (that seems to have major focusing problems underwater). And do you...
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  G'Day! I honestly don't think life could get any better? I've arrived in paradise, I can hear the waves lapping against the most stunning shore line I've ever seen while I write this. My local beach a five minute walk or a two minute skate away. It's all Kind of still sinking in. Even the name of the beach 'Pearl beach' just portrays a beautiful image in your mind, something along the lines of turquoise crystal clear blue water, warm golden sand...So whatever picture you have in your mind right now times the beautifulness of that by about one thousand and...
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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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