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Epic Octoberfest at Woolabcombe Sands

We’d been planning a little surf trip down to North Devon for about a month and randomly choose the last weekend in September. Having travelled to Devon so many times and invariably missing out on epic conditions (such is the life of a landlocked surfer), we went with an open mind and tried to have little …

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Woolacombe surfing and camping trip

A few photos from our recent trip to Woolacombe in North Devon. Rich and Seb Me cooking up a storm on the trangia Rose basking in the summer sun! Stoked to be so warm! Pleased with her moves, Rose celebrates! Barricane sunset #1 Woolacombe sunset #1 Barricane sunset #2 Barricane sunset #3 Barricane sunset #4 …

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Documenting a wipeout

Here’s a sequence of shots taken from my Go Pro Surf Hero camera that captured a little wipeout I had whilst in Newquay surfing with my mates!

Penhale & Watergate: The first autumn swell

Last week Rich and I made the trip down to Newquay for our first surf of the autumn. Richie Dog was well overdue for some wave action and had to give his water wings a bit of a dusting off upon arrival (but soon after was back to true canine ways). We stayed with Glen …

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BSA and RLSS certificates

Yep it is official, month’s of training in the pool and gym, plus the 3 weeks I spent down in the South West have come up trumps and I am now a fully qualified RLSS Beach Lifeguard and BSA Level 1 Surf Instructor. Throw in a little defib and the principles of first aid and …

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Full circle with Mike Young and the Escape Surf School

I am back off to Newquay tomorrow to embark on the second part of my BSA Surf Instructor course. To become a fully qualified Level 1 Instructor you have to gain 20 hours of “work experience” in a BSA-approved surf school, helping out with lessons etc. It seems fitting that the school that I ended …

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Lucky number 7: Bilbo 9’1 The Wave Wizard Surfboard

Yes, I went all self-indulgent again and decided to reward my BSA/RLSS course efforts with a new board. I actually bought it mid-week, before I completed the course as I had been watching The Seedling (one of Thomas Campbell’s fine surf films), and was digging all the nose-riding and old skool moves. So I officially went …

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BSA Surf Instructor & National Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NBLQ)

For the past 10 years (post University) I have worked pretty much exclusively in London in the web and advertising industry. The work and people (for the most part) have been pretty cool and I’ve been lucky enough to create a little niche for myself that enables me to earn reasonable money. For the past …

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May Bank Holiday surfing in Newquay, Cornwall

I’ve finally got around to putting up a few pics from our trip to Newquay last month. We had a good time, great weather (as usual) and a few reasonable waves and one defining sunset season at Fistral on the last night. This time around Alan Stokes and Ollie weren’t around, but I still managed …

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Newquay surf-fest May 2009

Next weekend will be the second trip we’ll make down to Cornwall this year. Hopefully we’ll score some waves and get a little surf stoke going. Living in a landlocked village in the middle of Essex, I don’t get to surf every day, or every weekend for that matter, so to surf once a month …

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