There is no official surfing law, but there is a good and a bad way to behave when out in the water.
If you take care of yourself, your equipment, your fellow surfers and the environment, I promise karma will reward you with good waves.
With Brazil’s football demi-gods crashing down to earth this week, it’s perhaps time for Brazil to recognise and revere their homegrown surfing deities.
For the first time in history, Brazil’s professional men and women surfers have a serious chance of becoming World Champions in 2014.
So people of Brazil, save your tears. Celebrate and cheer on your surfing super heroes:
After 5 events in the 2014 WCT Gabriel Medina is ranked #1, having won the Quiksilver Gold Coast Pro and the Fiji Pro so far.
His unbelievable aerial acrobatics, ballsy barrel riding and latin flair means he’s tipped to be the first Brazilian to become ASP World Champion.
Gabriel Medina’s Bio:
• Born in Sao Paulo on 22 December 1993
• His hometown and break is Maresias, Sao paulo
• Started surfing aged 9
• Youngest surfer to ever win a WQS event (aged 15)
• Won ISA U18 World Title in 2010
• Joined the WCT mid-season in 2011
• Finished 12th on his WCT rookie year
• ASP break-through performer of the year 2011
• In 2012 he finished 7th on WCT
Adriana de Souza
Consistent, fearless and ferociously ambitious. With 10 years of competitive surfing experience Adriana has learnt a lot, and believes he can still win the world title.
Currently poised in 6th place on the WCT leaderboard, Adriana has the wisdom and will to leap into the lead and claim the ultimate surfing title.
Adriana de Souza’s Bio
• Born in Sao Paulo on 13 February 1987
• Home break: Florianópolis
• Started surfing aged 8
• 2003 won Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
• Youngest ASP World Junior Champ (aged 16)
• 2005 won WQS tour by largest margin in history
• Qualified for the world tour 2006
• WCT top 10 for 5 years straight (2008-2012)
• 2011 appeared in film Blue Crush 2
Silvana is currently ranked #1 on the WQS tour, and has a successful surfing history. She’s respected and admired on tour for her aerial abilities and flawless tube riding.
She stands out from the crowd with pre surf capoeira displays and her gallery of tattoos (especially the giant bell to commemorate her win at Bells Beach in 2009).
Silvana Lima’s Bio
• Born in Ceara on 28 October 1984
• Home break: Rio de Janeiro
• Started surfing aged 12
• 2005 scored the first perfect 10 in ASP Women’s history
• 2006 qualified for WCT
• Finished 3rd in 2007, 2nd in 2008 & 2009 on WCT
And these are not the only Brazilian surfers worthy of worship.
Maya Gabeira is carving a new path in women’s big wave riding and Carlos Burle is 6th in the ASP Big Wave world tour. Not to mention the long list of longboarders ruling the waves.
So come on Brazil, you’ve still got plenty to shout and dance about.
And this time they mean business, with:
• a new Kelly Says video
• an exclusive interview
• top surf tips for Tenerife
• an invite to tour Spain with Hannah
So what are you waiting for? Read on…
The new Kelly Says video
An exclusive interview
So Hannah, you reached the semi finals of the English surfing nationals, so surfing no matter what must have paid off right?
Hannah: To be fair, the waves were really, really small so it was kind of what I’m used to now! I got lucky I guess!
Dannie: She’s talking out of her bottom. She surfed really well, it wasn’t a case of getting lucky at all! So I like to think it must have paid off.
Dannie has mastered the straight hander and Hannah now has a mean cutty, what’s the next trick to master?
Hannah: I’m trying some fins out turns off the lip or breaking section which is quite fun, I’m getting there (slowly!) and also working on my backhand because I’m a lazy goofy footer!
Dannie: Aside from pig-dogging in crazy 6ft shallow bazzas?! Haha, I’m just working on my cutties and hitting the lip, or as I like to call it “doing the top”.
How long have you been a Def Leppard fan?
Hannah: Since forever!!!!
Dannie: What is “saccharine”? Does anyone even know?!
Have you ever cut the legs off a starfish?
Dannie: NO WAY! I’m a vegetarian! Well actually I’m a pescatarian/vegaquarian (I eat fish), so I suppose I could technically eat a starfish/cut off their leg. But no I haven’t. I’m sure I saw that fact on a kids TV show though, so it must be true.
Hannah: No I haven’t because I’m not weird.
Dannie: Hannah, that could be insulting to people that have cut off starfish’s legs.
Hannah: Shut up.
Top surf tips for Tenerife?
What’s your top tip for surfing Tenerife?
Dannie: Take Hannah as a guide! Don’t go out to Linekers Bar, that place is detrimental to your surfing (and your general health)! But just go, it’s so awesome.
Hannah: Don’t annoy the locals, wear lots of sun cream and be prepared to surf the funnest waves of your life. The south in Las Americas is perfect all year long, there are 6 breaks next to each other and 4 work in the winter and 2/3 work in the summer so you never really have to leave the south. It is all reef but its mellow reef!
Your Spanish is impressive, any useful Surf Lingo for a Gringo?
Hannah: No me saltes la ola, tu madre es una cabra. (Don’t drop in on my wave, your mum is a goat).
VOY! (It means “I’m going” so you shout it when you take off so no one drops in on you down the line)
Dannie: Puedo ver tu culo…y es bonitoooo jajaja (I can see your bum…and it’s niiiiice hahaha)
Gnarliest moment in Tenerife?
Dannie: Dodging those bluebottle jellyfish (the little cretins HURT), oh yeah and Bristow’s head (I nearly ran her over when she was filming me surfing in the water).
Hannah: Telling Dannie it was pretty mellow the day the big swell hit and paddling out and losing both my contact lenses and just getting set after set on the head. Oh and when Dannie nearly ran me over when I was filming her in the water!
Surf tour with Hannah
Hannah has started her own surf travel company We’re On Tour Travel, and wants you to surf tour with her.
We’re On Tour Travel have the ultimate mobile surf palaces, perfect for finding those surfing gems off the beaten track.
Here’s what Hannah (and Dannie) have to say about the new venture:
Why have you abandoned Blighty? Was the media attention too much for you?
Hannah: Well, Dannie went out for pizza in Newquay and messaged me to say some girls recognised her and asked if she was Dannie from Kelly Says so I thought I’d better get out of the country before fame got to my head.
Dannie: I’m still here, I just can’t get enough of fame, fortune and stag & hen parties!
Why Spain? Why Cadiz?
Hannah: In the winter it has such good waves with no one surfing. So we initially set up the surf tours there but we’ve been running a few in Portugal (which is only a 3/4hr drive away) and I fell in love with it.
So I decided to move all tours to Portugal after summer (September onwards) and we’re just updating the website now! It was just a lot more consistent with even more surf beaches. Also the flights to Faro are much cheaper for English people than they are to Spain, so everyone’s a winner!
Is MacLegend On Tour with you?
Hannah: Technically she’s not but she’s always here having a free holiday….
Dannie: I’m the official “Tour Tester”. It’s an extremely challenging and rewarding position.
Are you always the chauffeur or can people drive the motorhomes themselves?
Hannah: Me and my staff generally drive the motorhomes to the spots etc but if people want a bash then they are more than welcome to have a go at driving them!
Where do you go at the end of the day? Do you sleep in the motorhomes?
Hannah: We either stay on the beach in the motorhomes or drive to a wild camping spot and camp on a cliff overlooking the beach to watch the sunset. The motorhomes have been modified and are pretty awesome! They have a fully functioning bathroom with shower, bunk beds at the back and a double bed at the front and a kitchen/living area as well.
The beds are always made up as the living area is separate, so there’s absolutely no hassle! It’s like a cool apartment on wheels.
Dannie: It’s so awesome, and if you’re parked on a surf spot you can beat all the lazybones crowds down for a lovely dawny!
Has anyone drowned their sorrows on the booze back guarantee yet?
Hannah: Nope! We have a 100% success rate….so Dannie keeps asking if she can have all the free beer.
Dannie: When have I ever asked?!! (I just do it anyway :))
For more surf tour info visit We’re On Tour Travel.
For more adventures from Dannie and Hannah visit Kelly Says Surf.
Every Friday, as the sun rises over the beaches of Sydney, flouro clad surfers emerge from the grey streets and illuminate the waves of Bondi and Manly.
“Hurray, an eighties zombie surf movie” I hear you shout, but no. It’s just another Flouro Friday.
Flouro Friday was the inspiration of Grant Trebilco, founder of the One Wave project. Grant is bi-polar and knows more than most that ‘one wave is all it takes’.
So each Friday, Grant and his friends put on their favourite flouro gear and go surfing to raise mental health awareness:
Here are some ideas to inspire a surfing shopping spree, and to set you up for a summer of surfing.
SurfboardsThe most important piece of equipment is your surfboard. It is also the most personal purchase that you will make.
While the size of surfboard will be largely determined by your weight, size, experience level, and surf fitness, there are other important questions that you need to ask yourself. How often will you use the board? Where will you be surfing, what will the conditions be like and what sort of waves will you be riding? Do you want to improve, or are you just interested in surfing for fun?
Boards for beginners normally have a good combination of volume, length and width. Generally bigger boards are better for learning, but bigger doesn’t always relate to length. The volume will increase buoyancy and make it easier to catch waves, while a wide board will be more stable, and easier to paddle. Soft boards and pop-outs are particularly suitable for complete novices.
Surfers have a reputation for being a little bit eccentric, and surfboards often reflect their personality. Get yourself noticed with a whacky surfboard like Paul Fisher’s ‘Dick Surfboard‘ (the clue is in the name), or blend in with a more standard white board.
Board shortsYou won’t look at home on the beach unless you’ve got yourself a cool pair of ‘boardies’. Again these come in all shapes and designs.
Many designs use vibrant colour, distinctive images including Hawaiian floral patterns, and highlighted stitching. Tailored board shorts are a versatile choice, from chilling out at a beach restaurant to hanging with your homies post surf. Tailored shorts like those pictured above from Fellow are timeless classics. For additional comfort while surfing, choose seamless shorts or shorts with synthetic stitching.
WetsuitsOf course, if you’re more than a fair weather surfer, you’ll need to consider a wetsuit. This is a much bigger outlay than just shorts, and will require some greater consideration.
The most important factor is that it fits properly, otherwise even the most expensive wetsuit will leave you rubbed raw. Wetsuits come in full (with full length legs and arms), convertible (full length legs and detachable arms) and shortie (short arms and legs) designs.
Other surf accessoriesWhile your shorts and your board are all that you really need to get started, there are a few other pieces of equipment which will help you on your way.
Boots, hoods and gloves will be required for cold water surfing, surf wax and surfboard traction pads will help you stay on, and a surfboard leash or leg rope will ensure that you don’t become detached from your beloved surfboard. A keypod key safe will protect your car keys while on the water, and a lockjaw surfboard lock will help secure your board when not in use.
And of course, don’t forget the sun cream.
I’ve been looking around for my daughter’s first surfboard and there’s very little advice on buying surfboards for kids.
With 20 years surf experience and hours of internet research, here’s a handy summary:
|0-6||Body board||Soft & no fins||Hard to stand up & it ain't a surfboard||£10 – £40|
|6-12||Small softboard||Soft. Blunt flexible fins. Easy to catch waves. No wax required||Difficult to turn. Short lifespan||£70 – £300|
|13-16||Softboard Mini-mal Fish||Too much choice. Kid will choose on appearance.||Softboard – quickly out grow. Mini-mal – tough to turn. Fish – unstable.||£150 – £500|
If your child is under six there’s little point in buying them a proper surfboard, as they won’t be able to carry it to the shoreline and it‘ll be unwieldy in the water.
So be patient, buy them a bodyboard to play with in the shorebreak or rock pools. There’s nothing on a bodyboard that will hurt them either. However my daughter did almost strangle herself on the leash after a nasty wipeout, so always beware.
When your child is taller and used to waves, get a small softboard (also known as a foamy). I say small, because it helps if your child can carry it and control it in the water.
The main advantage of softboards is in the name, they’re soft!. So they’re unlikely to hurt your child. The fins are rubbery so shouldn’t cause more than a bruise. If you rush things and start with a shortboard or bigger foamy, your child could get scared or hurt by the board once in the water.
If your kid is keen, you could progress from softboard to proper surfboard in a summer. But it’s important not to rush things and go get a custom board made. Buoyancy and stability are still important.
A fish or mini-mal will make a good beginner board, as they make catching waves easy, turn easier than a softboard and perhaps more importantly for a teenager – they look cool.
When your heir is ripping with the rest of the them, it’s time to save up for best birthday present they’ll ever have. Their first full-on surfboard.
Buying a kids surfboard
Having had a good look around online for kids surfboards, I think BoardShop probably have the best range in the U.K.
In the U.S. you’ll struggle to beat RTD Kids for their amazing range of children’s surfboards. I wish they had a U.K. distributor.
As always check out your local surf shop, if you don’t use them we’ll lose them.
If you have any top tips for buying a kids surfboard please add a comment below.
The 1st Annual Approaching Lines Festival: The Cinematic Surf Sessions presented by Reef, has announced the official line up.
The Approaching Lines Festival is a three-night extravaganza showcasing the cream of UK and International surf filmmaking.
24th April 2014 – Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay, Cornwall.
25th April 2014 – The Poly, Falmouth, Cornwall
24th April 2014 – Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay, Cornwall.
Excited words from Chris Nelson, Festival Director:
“We’ve worked with filmmakers around the world to bring to the South West a hand-picked selection of the year’s most exciting surf films including a European Premiere, 3 UK Premieres and a host of award-winning movies,”
“The programme showcases the very best in waveriding, from cutting edge performance in films like Se7en Signs and Groove Move to thought provoking documentaries like The Salt Trail and mind-blowing travel epics like the Arctic-tripping The Cradle of Storms. Across the board, the cinematography is stunning, the sound tracks are epic and the surfing pushes things to a whole new level. I can’t wait to see the films played out in the way they were designed to be seen – on the big screen, in surround sound, amongst a stoked crew”
Tickets: Only £5
Available from: Lighthouse Cinema
Call: 01637 878650
Available from: The Poly
Call: 01326 319461
Exclusive evening passes available in limited numbers for just £8. Evening passes include entry to all the movies, plus a complimentary beer courtesy of our friends at Rebel Brewing Company.
For full line up details head to: http://approachinglines.com/festival-home/
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LINE UP
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: GROOVE MOVE, Dir: Jack Coleman, USA
UK PREMIERE: CRADLE OF STORMS, Dir: Ben Weiland, Bryce Lowe-White USA
UK PREMIERE: THE OLD THE YOUNG & THE SEA, Dir. Mario Hainzl, AUT
UK PREMIERE: SE7EN SIGNS, Dir: Nathan Myers, USA
CORNWALL PREMIERE: DONE Dir. Blake Kueny, USA
CORNWALL PREMIERE: THE SALT TRAIL Dir: Mark Waters, UK
CORNWALL PREMIERE: THE FORTUNE WILD Dir. Ben Gulliver, CAN
CORNWALL PREMIERE: RUSSIA Dir. Chris Burkard, Ben Weiland USA
CORNWALL PREMIERE: MISSING Dir: Taylor Steele, USA
Just 3 good causes asking you to help them, you’ll even get some goodies in return.
Instead of spending your cash online with a faceless retailer, get your surf goods from these guys and help a fellow surfer in the process.
The general idea is you ‘pledge’ some cash, which will help one of the surf projects below. In return you’ll get anything from a signed ‘thank you’ to a holiday in South Africa.
If the project does not raise enough money, then no money changes hands. The sad surfers will just have to try and raise money another way. But we want to make our fellow surfers happy don’t we? So see how and who you can help below:
The Wave Project appeal
The Wave Project is a not for profit company that helps disabled and disadvantaged children feel more positive and overcome challenges through surfing.
They need some special kit to help them deliver more free surf lessons to young people in need, in the South West.
With your help, The Wave Project will buy:
• New surf boards that are adapted for disabled children to hold
• 2 beach wheelchairs
• Some new winter wetsuits so they don’t get cold!
• A van to put it all in!
Here are some of the surf goodies you can get for your cash pledge:
• A private surf lesson with TV star Andy Jordan
• 3 x private surf lessons with two of the UK’s most successful pros, Russell Winter and Hannah Harding
• Adventure experiences for 4 doing your choice of sea-kayaking, mountain biking or coasteering
• Private 1:1 surf lessons at a beach or your choice
• T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, gifts and goodies!
Pledge your support for The Wave Project here.
Support Team GB Junior surfers
For the GB Junior Surf Team, boys and girls aged 14 to 17, their dream of competing at the very highest level is about to come true.
But to fulfil their dreams, the team must raise £25,000 to represent Great Britain at the International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championships, in Ecuador. They receive no government funding whatsoever and they are asking for your help to raise £10,000 towards our £25,000 target.
This group of young surfers are fantastic role models for their generation. So let’s help them compete in the Olympic games of surfing.
If we don’t support these junior surfers, we’ll never have a British surfer on the ASP tour in our generation.
Surf goodies include:
• lucky surf wax
• Cornish cream teas
• t-shirts, hoodies, and signed thank you cards
• 2 nights B&B in Hout Bay, South Africa
• Custom surfboard
• 5 nights in Bali
Pledge your support for the GB Junior Team here.
Johnny on the spot
Ben Martin is a Cornish surfer who needs help getting his surf diary phone app from prototype to product.
So why should you help someone trying to make money from a phone app? Well glad you asked:
• Ben’s not asking for a hand out, there’s lots of good stuff on offer for your pounds
• Ben is a fellow surfer trying to help other surfers
• It looks like a great app, and you’ll love it when it’s finished
The app: it’s simple really – a surfer takes a picture of the waves and all the live swell, tide, and wind information is stamped onto the image. The images can then be used to compare your favourite surf spots with forecast conditions, allowing a surfer to choose the best spot.
Surf goodies include:
• stickers & t-shirts
• premium surf app
• surf lesson
• week holiday in Cornwall with surf guide
Pledge your support for Johnny on the spot here.
There are only a few days left to raise funds for these worthy causes, so PLEASE HELP NOW.
I never knew I had a Surfer Dad. I was born in Margate, a place known for cockles and made famous by Chas & Dave, not rideable waves.
As a young train driver in London, my Dad read dogeared imports of Surfer, rather than Playboy. He let loose to The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones, not the Beatles.
During the ‘summer of love’ my Dad went on surf trips, instead of acid trips. Back then it was a 10 hour drive from London to Cornwall along narrow country lanes, so it was always an adventure.
However, my Dad never mastered the surfer/father balancing act. To be fair, we did live in Kent (my Dad still does), he had 2 sons and he got battered by the winter of discontent.
It wasn’t until I became a serious surfer that my Dad told me he was a surfer too. At first I didn’t believe him, but then he showed me these:
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