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Here we'll be hosting a wide selection of surf-stories and surfing-led features. From the history of the sport to the tales behind the creation of some of the industry's biggest brands, here we'll have specialist pieces about the latest developments in surfing and water sports technology as well as quirky tales and tributes to some of the surfing greats. 

  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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  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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  Earlier this year C-Skins and team riders Oli Adams & Vincent Duvignac ventured across the Atlantic to the East Coast of Canada. The goal was to test new suits where the sea came as close to frozen as possible.   Kitted out in C-Skins Winter 15 suits and accessories like the new Dryknit lining, they braved blizzards, minus degrees and a frozen sea.   Read on for the interview.     Either side of the runway the snow was packed as high as the plane. Another plane actually crashed trying to land.   So what was the forecast looking like...
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Earlier this month I went to the Elusive Welsh Open, a surf contest in South Wales at Porthcawl. I love going to Wales! The girls and guys who surf there are a good laugh. I always end up hooking up with my friends Georgie and Libby at surf contests as well as having gone on trips away with them too, so it's nice to know a few friendly faces already. Adam Laister, the videographer and landlocked surfer/snowboarder came along for the ride. The original plan had been to spend about 4 days in Wales, allowing us plenty of time to hunt...
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  We all have our own names for the weird things that go on in the water. Here are a few of our favourites.   Let us know yours and we'll add the best ones to the next installment of New Surfing Terms.                     Image sources: http://www.annievranizan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IMG_6319.jpg http://www.danalbertson.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/surfers_waiting_r2.jpg http://www.surfcamppeaksnswells.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/paddle.jpg https://assets.rbl.ms/133647/640x364.jpg http://stokereport.com/files/userimages/Justin_JJung_Party-Wave.jpg http://www.evo.com/promos/upload/KBIs/bad_wetsuit.jpg...
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I'm not a big fan of the party wave, but it seems some days it's unavoidable to at least get dropped in on once. Surfing is becoming more popular as a one-time "have a go" sport, which is increasing the learner to proficient surfer ratio at popular beaches.   If you are lucky enough to get a decent wave to yourself in a lineup like these pictured, then good luck paddling back out as you duck and weave your way through the crowd.     Photo by MJ Photography   Just today I nearly collided with a (possibly Italian?) tourist who...
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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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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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  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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