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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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  This is starting to look pretty good. They've got some fantastic extreme athletes consulting on the stunts (Laird Hamilton says he is 'known as a big wave rider'. Perhaps a slight understatement.), which seem to be almost entirely shot for real. We won't know how well it all hangs together until the film comes out on January 8th 2016, but it looks like it'll be worth the price of a cinema ticket. Even just to see so many insane stunts on the big screen. Check out the featurette above and watch the trailer below:  ...
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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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  One of the projects I'm working on this year is a documentary covering the women's side of the UK Pro Surf Tour events. The videographers aim to capture the highs and lows of the surfers on tour and their opinions of what can improve the competition for them in the future. The ladies can often feel like a sideline to the popular and higher valued men's open surfers, so we hope that by creating a film around them they'll share the spotlight.   I am simply ideas, creative and surfer in the documentary. The videographer in charge is Molly Johnson, a...
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  What will probably happen when this film is released:   There’ll be a lot of bitching and moaning about remaking a classic. Which is ultimately free publicity. The film will come out and get average-to-good reviews. And the bitchers and moaners will still get in line to see it, so they can do informed bitching and moaning afterwards. The film’s marketing department will snip the bits of the reviews saying things like “Adrenaline-fueled” and “Heart-pumping action” and plaster them all over the posters. The actual film will indeed have loads of action, overly elaborate heists and a female lead...
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Luke can you tell us about your highlights of the last year? Definitely winning the pro junior in Lanzarote and qualifying for the World junior championships in Portugal in September/October of last year. What went through your mind when you won the Franito Pro Junior? It was a blur really, I was shocked but obviously just really happy, I put my head in my hands splashed the water and then looked at the beach with all my friends on the rocks on the water edge cheering and waiting for me, it was unreal.   Photo by Tony Dillon   You managed...
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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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Cribbar Big Wave is looking for a co-title sponsor to ensure the success of the greatest British surf contest ever. Cribbar Big Wave is hosting the competition to find the surfer who can ride the biggest wave at the Cribbar, whilst staying in control for a single complete ride. The surfers are to paddle in whilst water safety will be available on jet ski. Cribbar Big Wave's official website excitedly states, "In addition to the main event there will be a display of tow-in surfing, if time permits. Big Wave surfing is a part of Cornwalls culture. The Cribbar surf break has...
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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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  Blueprint Eyewear asked us to review a pair of their new sunglasses. So we did. But probably not how they were expecting.   We went for the Ashrock Electric Aqua (RRP £33 + p&p). See-through plastic frames and polarised lenses with solid blue tint. Firstly, let’s cover off all the standard review stuff people seem to care about: They’re strong, light, fit nicely and make the sun less offensive. Gold star. What caught our eye was the product description on the website. It says they’ll even turn your paunchy dad into a cool surf dude. Which got us thinking, how...
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  It is official, Surfing GB’s 2015 competition season has begun and the season is now in full swing as we saw the trophies awarded, bragging rights distributed and stoke shared in Bude over the weekend of April 25th & 26th in a record breaking 2015 Aquajuice British Schools Surf Championships.   122 entries from 38 Schools made up the entry for the event, which is a new record and confirms this events place as the most prestigious Schools surf event in Britain. In typical British fashion Mother Nature had a tough time making her mind up on the conditions she...
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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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  Surfers Against Sewage launches new 'Save Our Seas' Marine Litter Tattoo campaign to highlight the growing scale and permanence of the marine litter crisis.   The 'Save Our Seas' Marine Litter Tattoo campaign takes its inspiration from highly stylised maritime tattoos that are synonymous with the sea and those deeply connected to it – mariners, sailors, fishermen, seafarers, explorers and, in more recent times, surfers. As well as those seeking thrills, excitement and adventure connected to the coastline. As tattoos, the designs convey a strong sense of permanence, something the marine litter crisis is threatening if urgent action is not...
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Surfers, your feedback has been listened to; you like having global 3rd party liability cover when surfing. But you want more, you want PERSONAL ACCIDENT COVER! Surfing GB have worked with Endsleigh Insurers ans can deliver Surfing GB membership which includes personal accident cover! This means whether you are a Shortboarder, Longboarder, Bodyboarder or Stand Up Paddle Boarder - female, male, old, young, advanced, beginner, if you are a Surfing GB member you are insured when you ride those glorious waves! What does my cover actually mean and cover? Personal accident cover is designed to provide financial help if you have...
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David Purser is co-founder of Surf Organic Boards. Otherwise known as The guys making surfboards from dehydrated mushrooms. We caught up with David to find out what's going on. The finished board. Glassed and ready to go. H. So. Where did the idea come from? And don't say 'mushrooms'. D. In 2013 we met Gavin and Alex from Ecovative Design at the boardroom show in Southern California and knew we had to be involved. We spent the next 6 months collaborating and getting a mould built. And the next year learning how to grow a 6' mushroom and glass it into...
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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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  • 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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