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Er, hello! I'm Alfie and I write stuff for a living. Anyone can do it! Obviously. I grew up in Cornwall. Mostly either by the sea, in it or under it. I've been surfing since I was about 14; back in the days when all I had was a thirty year-old shortboard, a wetsuit two sizes too small and acne. But I've come a long way since then. My face cleared up, my wetsuit fits and I've gone through a fair few boards. They were necessary casualties in my ongoing battle against nature (Nature 302 : Me 0. But I've got...
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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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  Just click the picture above and enter our Facebook competition now, it's easy!Also get automatic bonus entries by helping us promote the competition (use the link the details are the bottom of the page) Good luck ...
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There seems to be an unintentional theme of the cold in the cilps I've got for you this week.....anyway, enjoy!   1. Chris Friend:Sweden Here's Chris Friend's entry into this months "The Winter Session" Competiton, not the best waves but some awesome surfing.   2.Into The Mind ( DCP's Segment) The filming of this is stunning, and the editing, well that's just something else.   3. North of the Sun  This is just a teaser, so can't wait to see the full film.   4.Following Kyle Away from the cold for a bit......I can't imagine how long this took to edit....
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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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  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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Being a car-less surfer is a rough deal. Add to that the fact that I live 2 1/2 hours from the nearest surf area and you can imagine the planning it takes to get to the beach on those good swell days.  Luckily (and probably surprisingly) there is a small group of committed surfers in the Liverpool area that are organising trips to the beach at the slightest whiff of a swell. Last Sunday was one of those days. Early in the week, the charts had shown a solid long period swell was going to hit the SW of England over...
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Well where to start, I’m not too good at writing about myself, but here goes…. For the first years of my life I lived in London, and then (thank God) , when I was 6, Me and my family moved down to Cornwall. Now 17, I can’t stay away from the sea! I started surfing when I was about 13 with local grom club "Wave Slaves" in Newquay and from then have been hooked. My local break is South Fistral and it’s my favorite place to surf. The People , The Atmosphere, The Waves, Fistral’s definitely where I call home.  ...
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  Hello there dear reader, I believe an introduction is in order - it’s only polite after all. My name is Pete Hill, I’m 23 years old, I like long walks on the beach, getting caught out in the rain, sunsets….wait wrong website profile…hang on let’s try that again! OK, Pete Hill, 23, from North Devon, keen surfer and film-maker. I’m stoked to be having a go at writing on this blog, and have been asked to write a little about myself, my involvement in surfing, that sort of thing. So here goes!   I’ve lived in North Devon almost...
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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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What stick should I have under my feet is a question I ask myself before every surf and believe this is where so many people seem to get it wrong. Too many times have I been heading down the beach to 1ft slop and there will be someone heading out on a 6.4 gun with this tiny pin tail and I just feel sorry for them because you just know it’s not going to be anything but frustrating surf for them. So this is my quiver, only four boards, but with that I'm equipped for every condition the great British ocean...
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I spend so many hours every week clicking through thousands of links watching surf videos online. Watching these films gets me so stoked to surf or just do something creative, so I thiought I'd share my recent findings with you guys.     1. Diner for Deux So most of you will have probably seen this by now, but it's such a good edit and theres some rad surfing it I couldn't not share it! They say your either born with style or your not, Craig and Dane definitely were.     2. JACK Okay so this isn't a surf film,...
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A little naza-ray of sunshine (Nazaré)So no doubt you've all heard of, experienced, or been in the midst of the massive storms and swells that hit Britain a fortnight ago. However, how many of us can claim we were in the ocean, well and truly flailing in the depths of it? Although I was forced into the sea with an instructor rashie on and 48 surprisingly enthusiastic teens, I would not have been in there by choice. Though where most of us see unappealing atmospheres, a select few see their playground.   The first of the dream team of big wave...
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I'm a bodyboarder, living happily in west Cornwall. I try to take photos to showcase my love of the sponge in all its' glory - at heaving shore breaks or sketchy slabs... Well travelled, I've been to many of the usual haunts of a 30 year old male booger, and plenty of obscure places too. Having studied in Yorkshire and spent a lot of time in Scotland, I know the UK does have some special waves away from the hordes of the south west.   Made a DVD a few years back, check the intro here     http://vimeo.com/8648969 Again, trying to showcase...
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Me, myself and me again Where to start….. My name is Tad Drogomirecki (seems like a probable place); I was born 28th july 1989 and have lived in Westward Ho since then. I joined W.S.C (Westward Surf Club) when I was 13 years old and have never looked at any other sport the same. Surfing has taken over my life to the extent that I have even skipped great opportunities of work because my favourite spot was firing at 6ft with light off shores (well worth it). I’ve lost a lot of friends due to my passion for surfing as it...
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Last year I decided that I would like to try (my two left hands) at shaping my own surfboard. This opportunity became available to me as I am lucky enough to have a close friend who is a surfer/shaper and has been for the last 30 years. It really is quite remarkable when you see the fifty something frothing more about getting wet in the 2-3ft cross wind slop than anyone else around.  I have had many boards from Steve (the shaper) and have loved them all, so one day Steve said to me “why don’t you give it a try?” ...
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  Just to bless the morning.    Picture this. It's a Monday morning, the alarm clock's buzzing with that god awful ring tone, you've already hit the snooze button three times, it's dark outside, it's raining, it's freezing, the misses is giving you grief, and to make matters worse, you've ran out of coffee....Not a great start to the day. This is a common scene amongst many surfers locked in the 9-5 of work. “You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)  For plenty of us, waking up for a day's work can be a depressing chore....
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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.   ...

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    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.   ...

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    Monday, 11 January 2016
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