dad and child surfing

Share the stoke with your kid
Photo by David Quick/postandcourier.com

With only a few weeks left of sunshine and warm water in the UK, I want to motivate all you Surfer Mums and Dads to get your kids in the water before winter.

So here’s 3 of my favourite family surf videos to inspire you:

Raised on waves

Nolan and Tyler

The Flying Squirrel

 

In today’s world kids don’t get enough exercise. This is a fact.

There are far too many distractions for them. With a combination of video games and fast food fads we have an epidemic of low activity, and because of that, childhood obesity.

Naturally many parents are extremely concerned about their children, and want to keep them as active as possible. A great way to do that, as well as keep it fun for the kids, is watersports. There’s a huge range of watersports available for your children to try, wind surfing, water-skiing and kayaking to name but a few.

There are many reasons why getting your kids into water sports is a great idea, here are just three of them.

1. Health benefits

kid water skiing

Water skiing


As we’ve mentioned above, there is an obesity crisis that is about to explode. More and more kids do nothing but look at a computer screen all day. No-one wants their child to become one of the statistics, so you need to keep them active.

Watersports are a great choice if you want to keep your kids active. They won’t even notice they are exercising because they will be having too much fun. If it is a sport they develop a genuine enthusiasm for, like many kids do with watersports, then they are much more likely to want to do it all the time, which will lead to them staying fit and healthy long into the future.

Staying fit and healthy while they are young will help prevent heart disease and other conditions as they get older.

2. It can teach them discipline and hard work

kids surfing

Young surfers


Another common complaint about ‘the youth of today’ is that they are lazy and have no discipline. While this is probably an exaggeration, it is certainly true that learning discipline and hard work at a young age can help them later in life. The world depends on hardworking people, and hardworking people tend to be more successful, so anything that can teach them hard work and discipline at a young age is of great benefit.

Watersports are ideal for this, because they aren’t easy, and they take a lot of time and effort to master. This means that kids who want to master them (and most kids do), have to work hard, and develop a certain level of discipline.

This will help them significantly, as they will now have the skills to work hard during school, university, and beyond.

3. It is fun and they will meet new friends

kids in wetsuits

Equipped for waterspouts fun


Of course, it is difficult to instil the ideas of hard work, discipline, and keeping fit into kids. That is why they need something fun to ensure that they take on board the ideas that you are trying to teach them.

This is where watersports come in. From the first moment they get into a wetsuit they are going to have fun. They won’t even notice they’re staying fit and learning vital new life skills. They will also thank you for giving them the opportunity, which will help improve your relationship with your child.

Finally, socialisation is vital for kids. They need to gain friends from a large variety of different backgrounds. So, allowing your child to do watersports, especially in a group, will enable them to make friends with similar interests and improve their social skills.

To get geared up for your watersports adventure visit www.h2o-sports.co.uk for kids wetsuits and more. Get your little ones off of the couch and into the water today.

 

My daughter loves books. So in my continued quest to nurture a little surfer daughter, I’ve been introducing her to kids books with a surfing theme.

Here’s some of the books I’ve enjoyed. I hope they help you inspire the next generation of surfers.

Pigs might surf

Pigs Might Surf

By Ollie Miles & Anna Louise
Ages: 4-8ish

We all know pigs can’t fly, but did you know they can surf?

Bailie the piglet lived by the sea
in a pig hut made of wood.
He dreamed of the waves and the surfer he’d be,
Not the mud (like a good pig should)!

Bailie is a Cornish pig in search of adventure. With a spectacular view of the waves from his humble pig hut, Bailie dreams of jumping in the sea and surfing the beautiful blue waves.

But how will he escape and what will he surf on?

Meet the characters and download fun activities at http://www.pigsmightsurf.com

Cabo and Coral series

Cabo and Coral

By Dr Udo Wahn
Ages: 4 and above

Cabo and Coral are two children living and learning the Aloha way. Educational and inspiring, this series is perfect for drenching those spongy little minds with salt water wonderment.

From Cabo and Coral’s Secret Surf Spot to Cabo and Coral Reef Explorers, your children will be mesmerised by the illustrations, taught by the text and inspired by the stories of ocean adventures.

Endorsed by surfing legends, parents and children from around the world, these wonderful books are available in traditional paper books or digital downloads.

For the full range of Cabo and Coral books got to http://www.caboandcoral.com

Surf Creatures

Surf Creatures by Shaun Tomson

By Shaun Tomson
Ages: 3-8

Sadly, I can only find this book as an ‘app’, but if you have a smart phone then download this one for your kids.

The book describes an A-Z of sea creatures from anemones to the Zambezi shark. Vividly illustrated with witty prose, this app will capture the imaginations of all inquisitive children.

Either read it yourself, record your voice or have the surf legend and author Shaun Tomson enchant you with his smooth South African tones.

My daughter regularly reads and listens to Surf Creatures and asks questions every father wants to hear like “Daddy, what’s a Man O War”.

For previews, reviews and download go to http://www.surf-creatures.com

Andee the aqua naught

Andee and the Aquanaut

By Simon James House
Ages: 6-12

This fast action trilogy is about a young boy called Andee. He lives on an island with his parents, who are marine biologists in search of new sea-life that could cure illnesses.

In the first book, Andee makes friends with two young dolphins, Tingo and Tango. In a storm at sea his parents get swept away, and Andee is saved by his dolphin friends.

Special powers are given to him, allowing him to be one of the great and legendary Aquanauts of the Marine Kingdom. Can Andee fight off the evil that lurks in the depths of the oceans, and save all marine life? And will he ever get home to find his parents?

Whilst this trilogy isn’t strictly surf themed, it’s all about protecting the oceans. And the author is a surfer, so that’s good enough for me.

For more information on Andee and the marine charities supported visit http://andeetheaquanaut.com

Blue

Blue

By Lisa Glass
Ages: 14-20

Lisa Glass has written her cracking surf romance for young adults.

Iris is a sixteen year old, set for an amazing summer of love, friendship, loss and adventure. When the ultra-talented Zeke walks into Iris’s life, surfing soon becomes her passion.

But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit.

If you’re trying to tempt your moody teenager into the surf, this could help.

Blue is available at Amazon or Waterstones.

If you and your child have a favourite book about surfing that’s not been mentioned, please let us know in the comments below.

 
seventies surfer

Quote: Jack Kerouac, Dharma Bums
Image source: Jeff Divine

 

duct tape surfing

Duct tape surfing


The International Ocean Film Festival is coming to a theatre near you.

The festival, which originates in Australia, will feature a selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films and will be shown in 17 towns and cities across the UK.

Designed to mesmerize, educate and enthrall; the International Ocean Film Festival showcases more than two hours of sensational footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. A selection of 2014 highlights include:

Duct tape surfing


Eighteen years ago, a car accident left Pascale Honore paralysed from the waist down. Fascinated by the ocean, Pascale dreamed of being able to surf. With the help of a roll of duct tape and with the support of her sons’ friend Tyron Swan, a big wave surfer and professional diver, Pascale’s dream eventually became a reality. Share in her joy.

And Then We Swam


In May 2010, two British friends set off to row across the Indian Ocean in a second hand boat. Having zero rowing experience, they signed up for an organised race – only to find that a lack of entrants meant that there would be no support boat. After 116 grueling days at sea, the duo was within 8km of the finishing line when disaster struck. An incredible story of adventure, foolhardiness and survival.

Sportlife Saga: Water


Follow world champion free-diver Guillaume Néry deep below the water’s surface as he transforms the sport of free-diving into an art. Now a world-record holder, Guillaume reaches depths of more than 100m and can stay below the surface for more than seven minutes at a time. His forays into the big blue will leave you breathless.

2014 UK Tour Dates

4 September – Truro, Hall for Cornwall
6 September – Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion
13 September – Whitley Bay, Playhouse
16 September – London, Conway Hall
17 September – London, Conway Hall
19 September – Brighton, Brighton Dome (Corn Exchange)
20 September – Llandudno, Venue Cymru (The Hall)
23 September – Portsmouth, Kings Theatre
24 September – Leeds, The Carriageworks
25 September – Edinburgh, The Queen’s Hall
27 September – Inverness, Eden Court (Empire Theatre)
01 October – Exeter, Corn Exchange
02 October – Bath, The Komedia
03 October – Poole, The Lighthouse
11 October – Bristol, Victoria Rooms (Bristol University)
17 October – Cambridge, Lady Mitchell Hall (Cambridge University)
28 October – Malvern, Forum Theatre
30 October – Birmingham, Crescent Theatre

For tickets and information, go to www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk

 

Sharks and surfers are more likely to be foe than friend, but learn a little more about them and you might like them.

Shark Week aims to raise awareness and respect for sharks. In part this is done with a shark film-a-thon on the Discovery Channel, but here’s 10 interesting shark facts to whet your appetite:

shark week infographic

Infographic source: Avoca Water

 

sunset sons band

Cool surfer dudes, rockers and kitten lovers
Image source: Pinterest


The Sunset Sons are both surf fanatics and talented musicians, who’ve been rocking Europe’s surf community.

Now they’re hoping to make friends with more surfers and music lovers, on a new UK tour starting at the Boardmasters in Newquay, this weekend.

Refreshingly for a surf rock band, these guys actually surf. The band are based in Hossegor, they consist of 3 Brits and an Aussie, and get paid in surfboards (not 100% confirmed).

sunset sons polydor records

Sunset Sons getting first wage packet
Image source: Instagram

Sunset Sons have already tasted success:
• Signed to Polydor Records
• Le Surfing EP reached #6 in UK iTunes chart
• Zane Lowe branded them the ‘Next Hype’
• Played sold out gigs on the mountains and beaches of Europe
• Get regularly barreled on the beach breaks of Aquitaine

Their raw rock riffs and vocals, combined with fun surfer vibes, ensure you’ll be stomping your sandals to every track. Live sessions are essential if you enjoy a bit of crowd surfing; use of real surfboards are actively encouraged.

So catch them while you can at cosy venues across the UK, because soon they’ll only be playing giant stadiums and bonkers big festivals.

UK tour dates
07 AUG – BOARDMASTERS BEACH SESSIONS, FISTRAL BEACH, NEWQUAY
10 AUG – BOARDMASTERS, WATERGATE BAY, NEWQUAY
11 AUG – THE GREEN DOOR STORE, BRIGHTON
12 AUG – THE WINCHESTER, BOURNEMOUTH
14 AUG – RAMSGATE MUSIC HALL, RAMSGATE
16 AUG – GLASS BUTTER BEACH, LLANBEDROG
18 AUG – SURF CAFE, TYNEMOUTH
19 AUG – THE ARCH INN, ULLAPOOL
20 AUG – THE OLD BRIDGE INN, AVIEMORE

If you can’t make any of the gigs, here’s a taste of their fine tunes:

For more info on Sunset Sons visit:
Twitter – @SunsetSons
Facebook – www.facebook.com/SunsetSons

Or buy the Sunset Sons EP on iTunes.

 

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.

Rules of surfing infographic

Infographic source: Total Surfing Fitness

 

Brazil world cup flag

Hope for Brazil


…at surfing.

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:

Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina learning to fly
Image source: ESPN


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

adriano de souza

Adriano de Souza slotted
Image source: FCS


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 Lima

silvana lima

Silvana Lima flying high
Image source: UB


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.

 

surfer girls on tour

Hannah and Dannie – surfer girls on tour

Our favourite surfer girls Hannah Bristow and Dannie MacLegend are back.

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”.

Famous Hannah Bristow cutback

The Hannah Bristow cutty

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?

surfing friends local

MacLegend making friends with the locals

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

The ultimate surf tour vehicle

The ultimate mobile surf palace

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!

Girls on surf tour

Surfer girls on tour

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 :))

motorhome surf tour sunset

Dannie and Hannah drive off into the sunset

For more surf tour info visit We’re On Tour Travel.

For more adventures from Dannie and Hannah visit Kelly Says Surf.

 
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