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As everyone’s always telling us, it’s hard to define surfing. It’s so diverse, so different for every one of us and so distinct from wave to wave that it’s something that exists almost entirely in our own minds and memories. However vivid your description, animated your acting or steady-handed your filming, you can never really put someone else in your proverbial booties when you’ve just ridden the wave of your life, it’s something almost personal. The “did you see that!?” that’s so hard to resist is actually as apt a question as you could ask. Did they see that? Probably not,...
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I’m Ned. I was born in 1988 in Shropshire, a land so devoid of surfing (and so full of sheep) that it’s hard to imagine how I even ended up here.  As a kid, backcountry and freestyle skiing was the only sport that really got me going and after a few seasons working as an instructor in my late teens, I was pretty certain it would stay that way. Then, about 2 years ago, reality struck and it was time to get a job in the UK. With mates still doing seasons, it wasn’t easy to don the suit and type...
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Camping in the green room, kegged, shacked, tubed, pitted, slotted, covered up, in the womb. We surfers have more colloquialisms for getting barrelled than the Inuits have for snow. Being inside a barrel is quite possibly the highlight of surfing, and we spend an inordinate amount of time hunting for those few seconds.   In the U.K, we have a wide variety of waves to get barrelled on, from wedging beachies, slabbing reefs, to the longest barrels of your life on a point. Each different type of barrel requires a slightly altered technique, and each individual spot can take years...
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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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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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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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So unless you've been living under a rock for the past week you'll have known that Newquay really took a battering from the storm that hit. Here are some photos and a short video of whats left of the beach bar at Fistral, these were taken on the 5.1.14 and today a new, bigger swell is coming in so I doubt most of this is still as it is in these photos/video...                            ...
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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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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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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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"There's a storm coming!" Words too often used in films. Usually mocked in the UK. But now it's serious. There really is a storm coming! Actually, there's been a storm blowing for weeks now. Relentless winds and swells have been firing up the Atlantic for quite some time. It's set to get heavier.This is definitely the most active winter I can remember. The UK and Ireland have been battered by big high tides and large swells. Devastation and disruption across coastal communities everywhere. Tens of thousands of homes are without power across the south of England.There's been an awful lot of...
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The story of my back injury is one that I’ve told many times. Bude, where I live, is a pretty small town and everyone I bump into on the street asks what happened and how I’m getting on. The community spirit is actually amazing and I’m only just realizing how much I appreciate it.  It all happened back in September, in some woods near where I live. I’ve been going to these woods for years and playing around on the rope swings there for as long as I can remember. But this visit was no ordinary visit. I fell from a...
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    Parking space with a view.  The Point is a pretty special place. I reckon on its day it can rival any wave in England. When it’s on it produces long, grinding left hand walls, plus throaty barrel sections to challenge even the most confident surfers. And boy, there are some confident surfers out there! Some of the best surfers in the U.K and even Europe can call this place their local spot, having grown up surfing it and having spent years getting to know the reef up close and personal. The Ash brothers, Reubyn and Joss, are so comfortable...
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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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"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 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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.. from whence dost thou hail sweet Sea Bean?! The boy and I decided to do a spot of beach combing after going to a showing of the film 'Wrecking Season' organised by BAAM (BudeArtsAndMusic) an organisation that are bringing creative, exciting projects to Bude and surrounding areas. The boy found and gave me a Sea Bean. I have since become very attached to this Sea Bean and have named him Jorge. I am trying to work our what it is and where it comes from. Perhaps you can help.. I found it at Welcombe in North Devon. It floats. It...
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I was inundated by Facebook statuses and comments about Pipe Masters last Saturday night. Computer said 'no'. I missed it. Not too gutted that I missed it after the show I got today. Woke up early. After an anxious evening worrying that I had broken the washing machine. And stressing that I was in big trouble. When my parents get home creeping down the stairs saying .. "Guys... guys... I've done something bad." Only to have my Dad say "Worse things happen at sea." Plans to check the surf temporarily delayed due to exhaust malfunction.. Surf check over the border. With...
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...yes you! This year, after passing my lifeguarding qualy I started getting involved with the Crackington Surf Club Juniors. Alan Birt has been running the Nipper and Juniors for... well a bloody long time. When I was a wee one he was doing it. Alan is still doing the Nippers but felt it was time for someone else to battle the 12-16yr olds. It's been a great year. Lots of learning curbs, and yes sometimes I do want to strangle the little beggers. But ultimately it is the most rewarding weekly commitment that I have.  This Winter I organised an 'Under...
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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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    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.   ...

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    Monday, 01 February 2016
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