Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Surfing Bali


Water Dancer from Sea Gypsy Films on Vimeo.

Back in the day I used to live in Bali and this little vid reminded me of the good life.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tony Plant

Tony Plant must be well known, surely. He should be. He's a guerrilla style artist, he commandeers nature as his canvas and then just buggers off and leaves it...I mean anyone can enjoy it. Surely that's what art should be...................... His work floats my boat.

Tube take


It kind of got me thinking a bit this piccy. I'm glad to know that that step I feel when a wave sucks out from out of me is actually real, you can see it right under him. Where me and this guy difer is belief, he believes he will make it, well not this wave but may be the next. I on the other hand, know I wouldn't and would have long since adopted "wipe out pose and face"
 Great shot, bet he got a cold flush or worse on this.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Style

 




 
 


 
 
 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kenitra revisted.

Last year some time I went off to Morocco and got some pretty good waves in pretty good conditions. I did go and check out the fabled rivermouth wave of Kenitra in the north which was horrendously polluted. Click here to refresh your memory.
 I have to say I couldn't see myself surfing the place under any condition as the water suggested a bit more than a quick sprint to the lav.
 Anyway Chav freshly back from a few years in Casablanca dug up a picture of the place doing its thing..................I for one am still not going out there. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blah

What leaving waves behind can lead you too.

What humans have lead our planet too.

What leads me to feel disatisfied with what I have.

What makes me think "iT'S ALL GOOD"
I'm glad these guys are around.

Martin Harley is always on the playlist.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lazy days







Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Secret spot beer

Couldn t help but lament my former favourite right when I saw this beauty in my favourite warehouse....beers of the world


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Small tight tubes

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Joel Fitzgerald shaping.



 Times in Cornwall have been barren on the wave and weather front. Constant rain, wind and no quality swell has meant that not alot has been happening on the surf scene.....I checked out this short film by Joel Fitzgerald about shaping, which I loved. Hope you do to.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I feel sick

Maldive Boat trip



I knew there was a reason why I am staying and surfing in the English "summer" which has been the worst for weather and waves I have ever known....imagine shelling the Sputnik to go to the Maldives and then that happening.....still good opportunity to Robinson Crusoe it and beat the crowds.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Queens sticks to retro quiver

On her diamond Jubilee Prince Philip took her to Regents Park shaping shack, despite Phil the Greek's advice for her to get contemporary and go parabolic and pull the rails in, Queenie just couldn't bear the idea of losing her hot dogging trim lines.................keel fins and flat rockered till the end.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Night surfing Pipeline

Monday, May 14, 2012

Laird Hamilton workout







I've been looking for my inspiration to get a health kick on......you realise how far behind you can get when you watch Laird and his pal's here................... made me feel a bit like, well there's no point starting 'cause you're never gone get there.

WORKLOAD


1 Circuit (1 Hr 15 minutes Total)

20-30 seconds in-between moves

22 Exercises In This Circuit – Some Moves are Repeated

15-20 Reps of Everything



GOALS

Quality Technique, Range of motion, Endurance, and Flexibility. The goal is to do high reps with heavy weight. Laird’s exercises incorporate 2-3 muscle groups per each exercise.



EXERCISES

(Video 1)

1. Cable Machine Front Cable Raises - Balancing on Indo Board

2. Over Head Ab Press on Declined Bench - Weight Plate

3. Pull Ups with Legs at 90 Degree Angle on Hack Squat -360 Body Hang Stretch

4. Single Leg Wall Sit with Rotator Cuff (against stationary Object)

5. Cable Machine – Rotating Ab Twist in Squat Position (Middle to Side)

6. Upright Row on Indo Board

7. Golf Ball Stance (Foot Torture)

8. Dips with a Single Dumbbell between thighs

9. Push up to Hop Up (demoed by Hutch) similar to a ½ burpie

10. Stability Ball Balance Squat with Shoulder Flys

11. Cable Lunge Squat with a Chest Fly



[12,13,14 - 3 Circuits]

12. 1 Minute Wall Sit (single leg 90 degree) 1 with rotator cuff

13. 1 Minute Wall Sit (single leg 90 degree) 1 with bicep curl

14. 1 Minute Handstands



15. Lying Sliders Burn Out - In/Out – Side/Side (Hips Up)

16. Bosu Ball Ab Reach Up – Hands to Toes (lift arms up at the same time as legs)

17. Straight Leg Deadlift with Dumbbells (on elevated structure)

18. Wide Cable Lat Pull-down (stand on stability ball or indo board)

19. Back Lunge on Slider with Overhead Shoulder Hold

20. Leg Extension with a Shoulder Press

21. AB-CORE Leg Twist on Declined Bench (bend legs, use hips and core for height)

22. Face Down on Stability Ball on Bench - lift legs up, scissor, lower back down

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cornish waves

There are waves in Cornwall I haven't and cannot surf. There are waves in Cornwall that are still mythical. They are not down a track I haven't tried yet, they are not so rare, that hours of driving and gallons of petrol put me off. They are not so fabled that I do not possess photographs of them. Here are the photos of a Cornish wave I have not ridden. May be one day.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012


One of the World's major newspapers, yes The Cornishman,  featured a slice of a spring south swell in deepest darkest Penwith.

Surfing the backwash off newlyn harbour...hope the shopping trolley scheme was good.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dolphin


It's so cold still in Cornwall, that despite the alleged onslaught of spring, which has largely taken the shape of driving winds and rain, the dolphins have had enough too and have been attempting to leave the frigid waters in search of warmer climbs.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pasty Tax March!



As you may have heard the British Government rather than sort out millionaire scoundrels, tax dodgers, and dole bludgers etc, has decided to attempt to reclaim our national deficit by taxing pasties ..............This is tantamount to taxing surfing so I implore all to take to Falmouth Moor on the 29th of this month to highlight the governments dangerous move and of course to celebrate all things pasty!



Knob head!

 Could pasties bring down a government? It's been around longer, cheaper and serves a purpose that's obvious for all to see.

Monday, April 16, 2012

RIP Michael Peterson



MP died on the 27th of March 2012, reknown for being in a class of his own until his battle with schizophrenia took over from competitive surfing, the legendary natural-footer had been suffering from diabetes caused by his schizophrenia medication for some time. He had a seizure and died in his bed at home aged 59...no doubt he will be missed by many but most especially his family.



Tsunami in Indo 2012


I believe this tsunami followed the quake last month, although much smaller than other tsunamis of late, its a reminder.

 The latest quake was a rubbing of two plates, less likely to cause large sea displacement unlike a head on, forcing under of a plate which is where large water displacement happens. Still...there's no way of knowing at the time of the incident.

 Head for higher ground.



I believe this video was taken in

Friday, April 13, 2012

Surf trip firsts.


 My first ever surf trip, with Tomo and Dinners. Bit of a clash of styles really. Tomo (seated) was a pot smoking, van dwelling, 6ft skateboard riding longboarder with a penson for all things experimental, whilst Dinners was a rugby playing, pasty eating bastion  of conservatism.....good times on the Gower though riding mini mals and skating.

 My first surf trip to Australia and my first and last commerically organised surf trip. From Sydney to Byron bay up the East coast in 10 days, so much fun. We camped and surfed loads of right hand points, swapping boards and beers the whole way up. Met some uber cool Sydney girls who had me to stay for a week when I got back to Sydney in their swanky pads...good times.


My Second surf trip to Oz (which lasted a year!) with a non surfing Castles. Unfortunately for him he got a little burnt on his first day. Having flown from London to Cairns, I told him I was in Byron and he duly got off his 20 plus hour flight straight onto a 20 plus hour bus journey, only to find I had chased some waves elsewhere, leaving him knackered with nothing...he simply fell asleep on the beach for 12 hours straignt......he fainted shortly after this photo was taken!


Still after the fainting we woke the next day to find, Main Beach Byron was pretty good which is a relatively rare event.....Castles took this photo.....from the shade.

 First Japanese surf trip with Akemi.....the waves were pretty good although we were greated by some pretty far out locals who forbid us playing music in the car park....most un japanese.

 First Japanese surf with the JET program (teachers), the first of many, which taught me that you can live on a beach in some style with a little bit of thought.


First Surf trip to Bali with Usueke....memorable for the fact neither of us could speak each others language...tricky especially when you consider the cultural differences. Usueke had only been on flag following japanese organised tours before and when we arrived at losman in the middle of nowhere with hours to kill waiting for tides etc, he didn't have a clue how to just chill out. Ironically over the years I learnt enough Japanese to repeat this trip many times....Usueke got so good at chilling he tried to quite his job and go walkabout.....the Onishi Town Mayor laid the blame squarely at my feet for leading a son of Onishi down the wrong path ....nearly fifteen years later usueke is still an avid surfer, though sadly our paths have not crossed for some time.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Penzance boy drops in at Pipe

Eddie Read.. Penzance raised lad currently residing in OZ, has been chasing waves on his sponge for years both competitively and free surfing, and he rips. I was totally stoked to see him in a "Surfer" magazine video clip......yup that's Eddie Getting shacked on 2.20 in....totally dropping in on the guy deep in the hole! No harm done, all made it!

 Eddie Went.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chav in Maroc


Chav with only a few months left in Casablanca where he's been "working" at an International school has been putting in the hours to make sure that no swell goes unsurfed.

From the left points of the north to the southern rights, Chav and his mates have been getting stuck in. 


It's time he grew up, and came back to England and saw his mates but there's no telling him. It's funny a few years back he said he didn't want to be one of those people who roamed the world endlessly who had no roots....but he and the lovely and long sufffering Jenny seemed hooked.





Car parking charges are lower than Cornwall but I bet those bastards at Praa sands, Sennen etc are already eyeing the possibilities.





That lovely shot when it all makes sense.



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