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  As surfers, we’re pretty like-minded. We love the beach, the sea, the sun, even the cold. We love nature. But how many of us fit the environmentalist stereotype? Most of us are environmentally conscious and wouldn’t intentionally pollute. But we also have cars, we drive, we traverse the globe. We’re unknowingly hypocritical. We use mass-produced boards, mass-produced wax and our wetsuits are made from petroleum that harms the ocean. We all believe in environmental causes, but few of us ever follow this through with the products we use and the actions we take. Luckily, eco-friendly alternatives to surfing equipment are...
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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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 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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  • 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.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    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.   ...

    by Alfie Hayward
    Monday, 11 January 2016
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