I dreamed a dream of surf gone by A dream that was so real I could taste the salt in my moustache, feel the warm summers breeze on my skin and toes on the… More
Here at GVSCO we are so fortunate and stoked to be working with some of the top atheletes in the world.
Youp Schmit encompasses what it mean to be a modern athlete, surfing and competing on the PWC World Tour and he has sent us this short documentary for all of us to enjoy:
What an inspiration and proof that we can achieve our biggest dreams !!!
Who are Six foot and clean I hear you scream !
Six Foot and Clean evolved from our love of the surfing lifestyle, travelling and living out of vans.
Not enough for you ?
Dylan as a brand have a reputation that proceeds them and so we were thrilled when they decided to be part of the GVSCo family! (available here)
Dylan Longbottom starting surfing at 6 years old in Cronulla, Sydney and shaped his first board in 1999, and still happens to believe it was the best board he has ever ridden! He is now based out of Bali. Mainly because Canggu is one of his favourite places to surf, has all kinds of waves and the community is so close, vibrant and they love surfing!
His brand has grown in popularity throughout the years and they were even chosen to be the brand used in the 2015 version of Point Break. They had to make up 20 different boards for the production and were ridden by Dylan himself and Laurie Towner throughout filming.
One of the most highly regarded surfer shaper’s in the world, Dylan is known for his big wave antics and his free surfing all around the globe.
The boards that you’ll find here are the end result of every tube, every air, every carve has made – It all flows through.
As one of the worlds best surfer/shaper’s, Dylan uses the direct influence and experience to create the most functional and responsive board’s he can.
With it being a known fact that he is a true traveller and test’s his equipment in all waves and condition’s, you know you can have confidence in what you’re getting.
Based out of Canguu in Bali and Woolongong in Australia, the brand has been growing significantly and is now available across the UK and Europe.
Make sure and pop over to the site, to check our Dylan’s boards. We are sure you wont be disappointed!
Native Moments is a novel written by Nic Schuck focusing on surfing and adventure. Nic got in touch a while back to ask if we would like to review his book and we were more than happy to oblige. Once again we dipped into our extensive pool of talent and decided that Grace Melville, one of our bloggers, an avid traveller and an English Literature student was the perfect person to write our first ever book review! So somewhere in-between all the turkey and red wine she sat down during Christmas and put this review together for you and we hope you enjoy! It may even inspire you to read the book?
Native Moments is a novel that takes the reader on a journey with the main character, Sanch Murray, as he seeks escape from traditional American life. With his arrogant, ex-pro surfer friend, Jack, the two embark on an adventure to Costa Rica, attracted by the low cost lifestyle and the great conditions for surfing.
The author presents the reader with two imperfect main characters who, despite their flaws, the reader cannot help but love and become invested in. Schuck gives much attention to character development, slowly unpicking the personalities of the characters in the story. The result is an intimate narration and the attraction to the characters is so strong that it makes up for occasional lapses in the quality of writing.
The story is easy to follow, keeps good pacing and also manages to surprise the reader at times. Most notably Sanch’s relationship with Andrea. It is left ambiguous whether she really cares about Sanch or whether she’s using him as a ticket back to America. Plus her being referred to as a ‘whore’ really muddies the waters around the authenticity of her attraction to Sanch. Regardless the characters are displayed with vibrant humour and colour, and we’re sad to see them go when the story pushes on.
Ultimately this book is a homage to the free spirited world of surfing and a celebration of a life not tethered down by materialistic wants and needs. Sanch Murray is escaping a life back home which would see him enter the Navy, a future he does not want for himself. This trip is a way to depart from his childhood and family tradition and carve out a new individual identity. What’s more the reader supports this decision and actively encourages him to continue down his chosen path. Schuck gives those who are stuck in a rut in their lives, uncertain of their future, a character to root for and hopefully a character to aspire to be.
Schuck clearly has a soft spot for Costa Rica and this shines through in his writing. If Costa Rica was not on your radar before, it will be after reading this book. This novel is one for those who are seeking adventure, and for those who already have the travelling bug, this story will leave you dying to get back out there and on your surfboard.
You can find Native Moments available to buy on Amazon here.
We are very happy to bring you an interview from the extremely talented and motivated Tehillah McGuinness. Originally from South Africa, Tehillah has become a role model for many a surfer, both her athletic prowess and her business acumen are something to be admired. We are pumped to be hearing from her and will be keeping an eye on her throughout the coming years competitions!
Give a brief rundown on how you got into surfing?
I always loved the ocean and we pretty much grew up on the beach as kids. My mom enrolled us at our local lifesaving club when we were about 11 and I would always see my friends hanging out at the club house on weekends, surfing and having a good time. Everyone was so welcoming and it made me want to be a part of this ‘surfing family’. I remember telling my mom how much I wanted to surf and (as with everything I have wanted to do through my life), she surprised me with a surf board for my 13th birthday. I used it a few times, but I was still very much committed to running at the time. We moved to house right on the beach when I was 16 and that is when I really fell in love with the sport and the freedom I felt from it.
At what point did you realise that surfing was going to be more than just a hobby for you?
Literally, from the very first wave I ever caught something in me changed and I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I didn’t know what exactly and didn’t know how it was going to happen, but I just knew. It wasnt until I was in my early twenties and was working and studying in the health and fitness industry, along with signing with some of my very first sponsors that my vision became a bit clearer and I started to put my plans into motion, along with the incredible help from my family. Once I started experiencing how surfing was truly shaping my life and career I knew I wanted to share this with others.
Do you think your background in competitive running affects the way you train now/approach competitions?
It definitely has an effect, up until a certain point. I am a pretty competitive person by nature, which definitely stems back to my career in running from an early age. Don’t get me wrong I have had some serious battles with my snooze alarm, but on the whole I am passionate about what I do and that definitely helps me to focus and keeps me driven. When it comes to the actual competitive arena in surfing, I find this completely opposite to competing in running events. I know there is only a certain amount which I can control in any competitive situation but with surfing there are a lot external factors which have taken me a while to get used to again.
How do you deal with losing a competition?
I have a little cry and call my mom if she is not with me…haha 🙂 I know it sounds silly and I know I am not competing on the world tour where there is so much at stake, but I think I am so passionate about what I do and I juggle so much to be able to work, travel to contests and still have enough time to train and surf, that when I don’t achieve the result I would have liked to it is very disappointing. I know contests don’t define who I am, I do them because I enjoy them and they help me to keep improving my surfing. As my mom always reminds me – I have so much to be grateful for in my life and so many opportunities which have come from surfing, so I focus on the good and keep moving forward. I am trying to find the perfect balance between having fun with contests and enjoy the travelling/adventure part, rather than focus on the pressure…I will let you know when I find it 🙂
You get the opportunity to train a lot of celebrities in your work? Have you ever been star stuck? And have you had to deal with any divas?
haha…good question! Hmmm…In all honestly I can proudly say I have never had to work with any divas (yet) 🙂 I think an important factor is that all the celebrities I have worked with have come to me for help specifically, so they have been much more inclined to work with me, rather than feeling like they are forced to. I treat every client the same, whether a celebrity or not and although it feels a bit surreal at times I know that the celebrities I have trained, mostly just want to be treated like a ‘normal person’…no special treatment. This will probably sound strange but I have never really been star struck. I would say I have had more ‘Am I really sitting having a post training coffee with someone a just watched at the cinema a few months ago/ heard on the radio’ type moment. Its a little crazy but awesome 🙂
Which of your celebrity clients are the best at surfing?
Stay tuned… 😉
How do you motivate yourself on days that you feel tired or just not into it?
I have to have a strong word with myself…followed by a strong cup of coffee:) In the last few months I have felt completely swamped and I guess the strange beauty of the media and social media is that people only get to see a tiny fraction of your day. Not how you are truly feeling emotionally, your worries, your lack of motivation or any of the other barriers we all face on a daily basis. On the same side people don’t always see the ‘wow…I feel so blessed’ moments or witness the little miracles that happen on a daily basis. I thank God for my blessings and the life I live everyday, especially with all the crazy things happening in the world every second of the day. My mom helps me to put everything in my life into perspective and one day it all clicked. I asked myself, ‘who am I doing this all for?’. Its not for my own ego or self praise…its for my mom and my family. As a testament to all their sacrifices and support every single day of my life. To all the brands and people who support me and make so many things possible. To all the lives I want to help and change through what I am doing. This is what pushes me, what drives me and makes me go that extra mile when I just want to sleep for another hour or take a day off. I think when you realise who or what you are chasing your dreams for and the reason why you do it, you find something within you that drives you like never before. You find your ‘WHY’. Don’t get me wrong, I am not super human – I wake up some mornings and my body aches, I am tired and I have very little motivation. I think it is a privilege to be able to feel those aches and emotions…to be able to have the opportunity to chase your dreams when so many wake up to war or poverty. That is what motivates me.
You’re an ambassador for Women’s Sports, how important is it getting young girls into sports?
I truly believe it can have life changing effects. Even if its not surfing, I believe any sport you love will have a positive effect on your mental and physical well being. I know people are sick of speaking about body image but it is a HUGE issue, which is not made easier by the media. I believe taking part in sport will help to take the pressure off ‘working out to look a certain way’ and actually help you to focus more on the skill and enjoy the benefits of having a ‘healthy body’ and mind. Sport builds confidence, builds friendships and helps you to stay active which has a positive knock on effect in all areas of your life. As a spokeswomen for Women’s Sports I want to encourage women to be confident and happy in their own skin. To be brave, bold and beautiful!
If you could change one thing about the way the world of competitive surfing works…what would it be?
Wow…tough question. I may have to get back to you on this on! 🙂
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Business wise, we are all working on so much as a family (my mother and siblings) and to have everything come together in the way we pray and dream about is definitely top priority. With my family, spreading the love of surfing, growing our businesses, having achieved my own personal sporting goals and making a difference in the lives of others will make me a very happy Tee:)
Dream surfing location?
Put my family and I on a boat somewhere tropical with great waves and we can be best friends 🙂
Scariest surfing moment?
I broke my hand a few years ago and that was a pretty scary moment for me. Just looking back now and what could have happened, as the spot I was surfing was very shallow and when I surfaced (after going over the falls) I was standing in ankle deep water. I definitely had my guardian angels working over time that day. Sorry guys
Favourite and least favourite thing about surfing/ocean?
Favourite – Having a break from technology, doing something I love, being in nature with family and friends and just creating the best memories.
Least Favourite – Reefs, sharks, crowds and ‘flying’ surfboards 🙂
We loved hearing from Tehillah and as we say, we will be keeping a close eye on how she gets on and with her comps this year and will keep you all up to date!
We are in the lucky position to be sent some of the best new products in the surf market and are also lucky to have a great team of bloggers, photographers and sportsmen as part of our community. So when we were sent a couple of pairs of SurfEars we decided to get some members of our team to take them for a spin and to let us know what they thought!
These crafty inventions came into being after one of the inventors got a serious ear infection on a trip to Morocco. They were tired of poorly performing ear plugs so they spent a long while testing and developing what they believe to be the best ear plugs on the market.
The two reviews come from our very own Mr Brown – he is our man in the know when it comes to surfing. He has surfed most of his life on the sunny coasts of Australia and knows a few things when it comes to getting in the water! Our second review comes for Nick Corkill – the Bristolian who is proving to be a rising star in the world of surf photography.
Review 1: By Mr Brown
I don’t suffer from surfers ear, but I really struggle with too much water getting in both my ears when I duck dive. I usually spend a minute trying to jolt the water out of my ears every time I paddle back out after catching a wave.
I have a pair of water ear plugs from the pharmacy, but they don’t have a secure way of staying with me when I’m surfing. They are fine for the swimming pool, but I’ve never chanced them in the ocean. So I was very excited to have an opportunity to test a product that at first impressions seemed to address this issue.
Test Day 1, 18th October 2016
Location: Yanchep, Western Australia.
2 – 3ft
It was a particularly classic sunny Perth day, but with a moderate SW swell the conditions called for short drive up the coast to this not so secret spot that loves a bit of SW swell. It was a great spot to test out Surf Ears for the first time as there is generally a lot of duck diving due to the consistency of the waves and the skate park nature of the line up – lots of take off zones.
The test didn’t start well, as I had carelessly tossed the SurfEars casing in to a very messy boot when packing the car up – so I struggled to find them once I was suited up. Maybe a brighter casing would avoid such issues? Or I could not completely disregard the convenient carabiner which is attached to the case. I now know better!
Removing the SurfEars from the casing is a breeze, no tangles etc.
Placing the SurfEar plugs in my ears was even easier and I really like the extra orange element which hooks under the hard cartilage in the middle of my ear. Its a nice security check that you’ve placed them correctly.
Paddling out, I duck dived a few wide set waves which proved two things instantly.
No water was coming into my ears.
The SurfEars were securely placed in my ears.
We surfed for 2 hours and I didn’t have any issues with water leakage or the plugs coming out.
As the wind picked up and turned side shore I did have some struggles hearing people talking to me from a distance of more than 5metres, but so much better than my soon to be extinct swimming plugs. I didn’t expect to hear the same as I do without the plugs, but it was still a huge improvement.
SurfEars will be a ubiquitous piece of surf hardware for me moving forward, in the ocean and in the pool.
Review 2: By Nick Corkill
I’d never used any before so didn’t quite no what to expect! I decided to use them over the course of 2 days during a trip to Wales.
Day 1 – The surf was pretty heavy and obviously being the photographer I was in the ‘kill zone’ all day. I was sure that the earplugs wouldn’t last the day after the bashing that I had taken but even though we left with slightly bruised and sore bodies, I left the water with two ear plugs!
Day 2 – The surf had died down a little and so was able to check out the affect the plugs were having on my surf a little more. The sound quality was pretty good, a little muffled but then again, you’ve got ear plugs in right! More importantly the fact they were stopping water getting in my ears was pretty damn good. They also folded really nicely into my ear and were comfortable to wear.
Overall – 5 stars all the way! I will definitely wear them again!
Well it seems that SurfEars were a great success, with both of our reviewers saying that they would use them again! If you fancy picking up a set you can find them here.
Also if you get a chance to try them out, make sure and let us know how you get on!
Thanks for reading!
We love to see people getting out and enjoying the British surf – no matter the weather! Nick has once again made us get itchy feet and we can’t wait to get back out on the water!
We are honoured to be partnering with the #2minutebeachclean movement and selling their water bottles!
#2minutebeachclean is an incredible movement run by The Beach Clean Network Limited who are an non-profit charity based here in the UK. They are standing up and taking action against marine litter and plastic pollution on beaches all across the globe.
Martin Dorey founded the charity back in 2009, but the social media phenomenon that is #2minutebeachclean began in the winter of 2013/14. Since then it has exploded with support from beach and sea goers, wild life lovers and the general public all looking to make a difference in just 2 minutes of cleaning when they’re at the beach.
This wonderful charity is funded by sponsorships from beach clean stations and sales of merchandise. This is where we step in!
If you watch #2minutebeachclean’s video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNGhAERqxLA) you will see that a staggering 38 Million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the UK each day. This is a simply mind blowing number of plastics that will take years and years to disappear, some may never even disappear. The negative impact this will have will be irreversible.
This is why #2minutebeachclean are dutifully selling these reusable stainless steel water flasks.
We, Great Venture Surf Company (GVSCo) have partnered with Martin and #2minutebeachclean and will be selling these brilliant water flask on our site here! We will also have them at our stall at The Mill Xmas Fair:
If you wish to follow #2minutebeachclean and perhaps even post you and your marine litter next time your down at the beach. You can follow their brilliant journey here: