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  The WakeJet is the brainchild of Swedish entrepreneur Philip Werner. Technically speaking, it’s a wirelessly controlled, jet-propulsion wakeboard. In our mind, it’s the hoverboard Biff rides in Back to the Future II. We caught up with Philip about what compelled him to build it and what it means for the future of surfing and wakeboarding (and James Bond).     Philip jetting out some wake in The Great Pelles Canal in the Swedish archipelago.   H:         We've all looked at our board and thought it'd be cool to have a jet engine in the back. What made you actually do...
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For every five bad days of weather there is always one incredible one, which makes you realise what an amazing part of the world Iceland is. Ian Battrick is pretty much the most committed individual you’ll ever meet, whether that is surfing or creating his own wetsuit brand Lunasurf. Just taking a moment to soak up a brief glimpse of sun up here close to the Arctic Circle. This road has a 100 foot drop straight into a fjord, it’s icy as hell and the day before this was closed by an avalanche, it’s sketchy. Ian just taking a moment to check out...
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Had enough of your old board , check out the guys at Pistache and see how to create something amazing!!  ...
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  Obviously there's nothing more romantic than surfing. But it seems to get overlooked on Valentine's Day. So at Hotswell we've come up with some surfy Valentine's cards for that special someone in your life. Nawww.   For those too honest for their own good   For the movie buffs   For the head-over-heels   For the patient   For the stomach butterflies   For the realists   For the dreamers   For the honeymooners   For the imaginative    For those who know what they've got   For the hopeful    For the poetic  ...
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Going to make this a once a week feature for the next couple of weeks. I’ve found from looking at old pictures, a true test of how bad marine litter has become is to look at trips were I wasn’t actually shooting it. So starting with Mexico, here’s a glimpse at a very high energy pacific beach break. It’s pretty interesting that aside from a few plastic bottles all of the litter it is just smaller pieces of plastic. Mostly along the tide line, but still there; coloured dots in every shot. At the time I didn’t bat an eye lid,...
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  The Mojo Reefskin is the world’s first surfsuit layer to offer extra protection from reef-induced injuries. Hotswell sat down with its inventor Jamie Richards to find out what it’s all about.   The Mojo Reefskin uses RGB foam pads as the main source of protection. Can you tell us a bit about them? The RGB foam pads are lightweight, very flexible and made using a special formula that enables the RGB foam to repeatedly absorb and dissipate the bulk of an impact so that the direct impact to the wearer is minimised. The combination of the RGB foam and the...
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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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  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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Manage the Damage With the rise of surf travel over the past decade, hardcore surfers are finding their perfect wave in some of the world’s most exotic locations. And though the adventure trail may be a little more trodden, the intrepid explorer can still score uncrowded waves and have the trip of a lifetime surfing tropical reefs. Like all real adventure, the reward is not without risk, and what lies beneath these perfect barrelling waves can bite.   Nick Shearman putting the Reefskin to the test   Jamie Richards came up with the idea for the Mojo Reefskin after copping a...
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Cheers for all the emails and messages of support for this project, it's been a while coming I know. Got one question from a friend Craig over here in Suffolk, wanting to know if the marine litter issue is a problem I've found because I'm looking or something that has always been there. He doesn’t surf so spends a lot less time on the beach than surfers do, but it got me thinking. If marine litter is making it onto beaches now, it would have been over the last ten years. And I’m bound to have the odd shot from Iceland I...
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  Welcome to the first full on expedition of The Plastic Project. It’s first of a flurry of missions this winter. This is the overview of the first of three expeditions to Iceland, as well as the general feature I have interviews with local environmentalists, analysis of some of the plastic and litter as well as some more surfing to come. So enjoy part 1; an introduction to life on the road in Iceland searching for waves and rubbish. It’s cold, ice has formed a solid crust on the windscreen and side windows, except where my head rests. The potential for...
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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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Let’s be honest, dawnies are always going to be a gamble. The hope of scoring perfect, uncrowded waves is a great motivator, but I think any surfer that’s got up in the darkness and freezing cold must admit to questioning his sanity. I know I for one had to weigh up whether the surf would be worth it when my alarm rudely interrupted my sleep at stupid o clock in the morning. We were heading off to a nearby slab, which deals out unbelievable kegs and merciless beatings in equal measures. It’s a spot normally only attempted by spongers with...
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  Most people are sitting at home right now despairing over the summer coming to a close and having to go back to finishing work after dark and being very, very cold. But today I am going to spread hope with a story back from January.         In between the massive tempest storms over the winter me and a friend both skived off work to head down to Devon early Friday morning; looking at a stacked chart with a massive period and no wind. After an hour of driving in the dark we arrived at a supersized Croyde radiating...
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    Britain’s best competitive Surfers took on the stormy seas of Cornwall’s Fistral Beach over the weekend to battle it out for prestigious national championship titles. With the junior national titles already decided back in September, this year’s Nationals would stand alone for the first time, whilst also serving as the final of the UK Pro Surf Tour for 2014. Over 70 entries were seen for the men’s open, seniors, masters, veterans and the women’s open divisions, and with a varying forecast in hand the event organisers at Surfing GB (SGB) and The UK Pro Surf Tour (UKPST) had...
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  France for me has long been paradise. For the last 25 years I’ve made a pilgrimage to the sand bars of Hossegor and Capbreton. And now I look back, there's always been rubbish on the beaches. I remember one particularly stormy spell followed by one of those perfect barreling days where we were literally surfing through rubbish. It sticks in my mind because there was a manikin in the water which we all thought was a body. That was 17 years ago, and there has been a lot more plastic and other rubbish entering the water ever since. Back then...
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Me and Josh Kerr     So then, you wanna go to France? Try it in October when the France Quik Pro is on. Although this year's was, to be honest, not as grand as 2012 when we were down at La Graviere watching people like Parko get those ultimate stand up barrels, or unbelievably landed airs by Julian Wilson. Alas due to storms the sand banks have altered and the competition area had to be changed but hopefully they'll return to their former glory.  Don't get me wrong, the heats weren't terrible; they were pretty entertaining. There were some upsets and...
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 Nick and Alfie putting the Hot in Hotswell.   Here at Hotswell we’re dedicated to improving the surf industry by playing with cool new stuff people send us for free. Today it’s Bamboozz Sunglasses; sexy, eco-friendly bamboo-framed shades with polarised lenses and a nifty little tube case thingy. But how well do they stand up to our rigorous testing criteria?     Test one How cool do you look when someone says “That’s impossible” and you whip them off your face and say “Or is it?” 4/5 Since you’ll probably be the only person around wearing bamboo sunglasses, you’ll look like...
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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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  • 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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