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.
Six Foot and Clean evolved from our love of the surfing lifestyle, travelling and living out of vans.
Let’s go surfing
An online educational series with an aim to teach you how to make the best decision on where and when to surf .
It’s easy when you know how…
Series 1 – the very basics .
It may seem obvious but having the skills and knowledge to read and interpret surf reports and meteorological weather charts is vital to you catching waves and not . The thing is with surfing , most of the time we are forced to make compromises. The winds to strong, swell is to small or its just to bloody cold. Always waiting and searching for that occipitcal report when you know whatever happens it’s going to be firing and glassy AF. But the truth is these days a seldom and we make do with what we can , this series aims to educate you so no matter the weather and surf report you can get the best waves possible on the day 🙂 .
Step 1 – The wind
We have all been there, waking up at the break of day stepping out of our tents or crawling out the back of the car to freeze our bollocks off as we twist, turn and contort ourselves into a wetsuit which your growing ever more convinced has shrunk since you last did battle. And after all the effort and what to normal people seems insane you are stoked and pumped to walk over the crest of the dude which till now has blocked your view of the mornings perfect A frames. You make it to the view point board under your arm and you are greeted with wind blown mess , heart sinks (que the violins) as you realise the day you had planned to nail some manovers isn’t going to happen. But the day is not in Vein because you haven’t come this far not to got in !!! Now it’s that surfers determination coupled with some prior research and knowledge that’s going to improve your surfing.
The wind is what create swell miles out at sea and drives it towards us eger land dwelling surfs. Where swell meets the shallow waters we find surf. Simple enough . But it’s not just this swell you are looking at, the wind is just as important . One of the first things to consider is the winds direction and how it will effect the wave you are going to surf. If there is strong onshore wind you will most likely be faced will wind blown mess (waves which have been pushed over, creating what we see as white wash) , not great surfing conditions. The opposite happens with a strong off shore wind , this holds the face of the waves up for longer than normal results in a heavier more peaking wave more likely to close out and dump. These effects can be magnified or reduced with the strength of the winds.
IN A NUT SHELL.
Location, location, loaction, It is key that you choose the most ideal surf break for the condition on the day . Looking for those break that may be sheltered from high winds or that may be fetching more swell .
Here are a few screen grabs from today’s forecasts, see if you can get an idea of what the waves will be like from the information presented:
Keep your eyes out for those low wind days (like today) swell isn’t everything you can really improve and focus training when the waves a clean 🙂
More on swell, periods and weather charts to come.
Freo. Home to a thriving arts scene, independent retailers, creative thinkers and everyone else in between, all bound together by a humbling sense of community. I think it is fair to say that the 6 months i spent immersed in Freo life were some of the best I have had. As a traveller, Freo is the perfect place to stop and earn some coin for further travels, and the nearby airport in Perth is a spring board into Indonesia and we all know what that means…. Waves Waves Waves.
I have put together a Top 5 list of things to do during your time in Fremantle. These are not your standard “TOP 5”, so you wont find these in your lonely planet books or travel guides, these are a some local sweet spots and hidden gems.
The old Fremantle docks make for a beautiful setting as the sun sinks into sea lighting up the sky giving you the most spectacular panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. With nothing between you and the east coast of Africa, it’s a must do, believe me.
A very cool low key evening spot with good music and some outstanding bar snacks, be sure to try the jerky and the scratchings!. And of course their drinks are sublime, Holy Smokes boasts a massive range of high quality Bourbons so you’ll be sure to find a new favourite.
All the way up the west coast of Australia there are world famous surf breaks. But if you are short of time, then the best surf break in the local area is a spot in Cottesloe called the cove. A right hand reef break, with easy accessibility from the car park, its a low hassle way to get wet and get your fix.
Coffee, not something that is hard to come by in Fremantle and a lot of places do great coffee. However the coffee at Jack and the Bean topped with they exceptional service made it the go to spot. Start your day right and grab a brew from Jackie and the team.
If you are in Freo during the summer you have to get yourself down to the sunset markets, this is the pinnacle of the Fremantle’s community spirit. Friends and families getting together, hanging out with some beers and amazing food, all prepared by local foodies who delectable wholesome grub goes great with the beat of local musicians. Again a must do.
Thanks Fremantle, Stay stoked
For those of you who have never lived and traveled around in a van for an extended period of time, lets just say it can be a total roller coaster of frustration and fantasy. Along with losing everything ! ALL THE TIME ! Every second of the day !! To later find it in the weirdest place, stuffed inside a pillow case under all the pots and pans thinking “How the f@%k did that end up there”. You will also be grace with views and experience you can truly call your own because know body else is there doing the same things as you. The freedom and simply no f*!ks attitude to life will have you hooked, before you know it you will debating petrol prices and chasing sunsets like a dog chasing its tail.
But your main goal every evening will be to sleep undisturbed and totally free ! In the morning you will wake up with a smugg smile knowing your beat the system and out foxed the fox as you drive off with your middle finger up at “The Man”.
How to NOT get court but rangers on the road :
Get out there and live the dream !!!
The Nullarbor, or the Nulla-boring as it is often referred to!
Would I agree with this…. yes in a way I would, or at least I can sympathise with what people were saying when they described it as very long, very boring with absolutely nothing to see for the vast majority of the journey, because this is all very true. This two day slog across the barren lands of South and West Australia will test your mental sanity as your mind aimlessly wonders into regions of your psyche that have previously never been explored, your physical endurance is tested as you have to sit on your arse for 48 hours and drive into the never ending sunbaked horizon that is your new abyss and impending doom. It will also test your friendship and or relationship with your co pilot who is also battling the inevitable onset of becoming a zombie and driving on this road for the rest of eternity.
Butttttttt having said all that I wouldn’t choose any other way to cross the Nullabour for my first time, and *you should do the same and here’s why. It is truly a magical thing being able to look straight ahead, behind, left and right all the way to the horizon and see absolutely nothing at all. All there is, is you, your van and the road you have just driven which drift away behind and the endless road ahead which appears to be dropping off the edge of the world.
“That doesn’t sound that great Gus” and “How can nothingness be beautiful”
I wasn’t sure how to answer these because beauty comes in many forms, this one just so happened to come in the form of nothing. I have never been somewhere that I can see so far and see nothing, it was profoundly amazing, peaceful and actually a little bit worrying. ‘I don’t not want be stuck out here all alone’ *so plan your fuel stops and take extra in a tank ….. for those just in case moments. These worried moments were about the only exciting thing that occurred, oh and the bends in the road they put in every 500 years to make sure you are still awake. But chasing the sun west and running down the horizon for 48 hours is honestly an awesome feeling something I don’t think you can do many places on this earth. *So grab a cushion get a van and get going :).
Lets talk tactics and tips for this epic dance with the devil, should you also choose to take it on.
The ‘highway to hell’ (ACDC) is waiting for you. Go drive it 🙂
Thanks for reading
Stay stoked and drive safe .
Following on from part 1 of the great ocean road, this is what happened next 🙂
Lorne – Apollo Bay
This stretch of coastline in my opinion was the most beautiful, a postcard backdrop at every turn and magnificent waves on secluded beaches. *just stop and take it all in. Then as we traveled down the road the scenery totally changed from the romantic beauty of just a few kilometres before to being juxtaposed against a blackened and barren landscape that was left in the wake of a raging forest fire that had happened just the week before. This was a big reality hit and made us realise just how fragile this environment was and how it can be tarnished and left to ruin in an instant. *be thankfull for where you are and what you are doing, be humbled by your trip.
In true Ocean road style we turned a corner and pulled into Kennett River, were yet again we had a life time first experience – meeting some Kolas!
One of the best places in Australia to see kolas in the wild is just outside the Kola Café. 10 meters from were we parked our car we came across three wild kolas dozing happily in the shade of a eucalyptus tree. *Stop and see these adorable sleepy bears you will fall in love and definitely not regret it. From here we continued our drive to Apollo bay.
Apollo bay – Cape Bridgwater
The drive out of Apollo bay takes you deep into the tall tall tress and woodland of Otway national park that engulfs the cape. Roughly 15k into the woods you can turn down towards the second most southerly point of Australia were the oldest lighthouse station on the mainland still stands. Along your way down this route you can also a glimpse at some more cheeky koalas as they take their midday siestas in the sun.
Again we had been told previously that morning to stop at every chance to take in the views so we did!! *I advise that you to do the same. If you don’t pull up and walk down a few dusty dirt tracks you will miss the rugged beauty of the sheer cliffs that fall way into the deep blue like a theatre curtain waiting its first premier. These views can be seen all along this stretch of coast line but are most impressive at the site of the 12 apostles.*An absolute must. Although you might have to wade your way through a few coach loads of tourists and swat away the endless onslaught of flies the back drop to your new profile picture is awaiting you and is 100% worth the time and effort to see and capture.
The next stop on this leg of the ocean road was a sleepy little town of Cape Bridgwater. I say town but what I really mean is a single beach side cafe really. We were quite underwhelmed at first but once we had seen the good surf, remote location and white sands that stretch as far as the eye can see we were hooked. A 40 minute walk along the rocky cliffs takes you to Victoria’s highest point and just below you can see the main lands only colony of Australian and New Zealand fur seals. *Again a must do and see.
If you do make it down to this cute little bay, one thing you have to do is keep driving up the hill and out to the headland. You will not see another soul and the wind farm that sits on top of the rocky mars like landscape will transport you to another world. I stood there watching and listening to the huge swell smashing against the battered coast line and found a peaceful sense of belonging fall over me. I have always felt at home by the sea, and this experience truly humbled me and hit home that I want and need to inspire other to feel the way I did then.
I left more inspired, energetic and passionate about the world and what I have to offer, so please get yourself somewhere you can feel inspired and humbled!!! *Mine is by the coast find yours and visit it often.
Gus Warriner – this lovely man is the first blogger on our team and just so happens to be the founder and one of the owners of the company! He is currently on a two year adventure, travelling around Australia and Bali. He is big into his surfing, kayaking, climbing and music. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for his blogs – they are sure to keep you entertained!!
You can also keep up to date and follow his adventures on his instagram, which can be found here
The Great Ocean Road
Australia’s Great Ocean Road, the most tranquil section of coastal road you will ever drive. Meandering gracefully 373 kilometres along the sea front of Victoria this picture perfect road trip begins in Torquay, from here it’s twist and turns blows you away right up until to its eventual end in Nelson. This is a must do if you are in Australia do not be a fool a miss out!
We have some precious do’s and dont’s, top tips and handy hints that we have learnt along the way and those breath taking pictures I have been talking about. So hopefully this will give you some idea of what it is like to drive this truly epic road yourself.
The breath taking views from start to finish will make you feel as if you are living life inside a screen saver, around every corner is yet another jaw dropping mind bendingly beautiful photo opportunity. *So keep your camera close and get ready to pull over at every opportunity, trust me.
The self proclaimed surf capital of Australia is where we spent our first day and night. This easy going little surf town has a lovely buzz about it with good bars and restaurants, you will very quickly slip in beach mode. *After a day on the beach take yourself up to the top of the headland to watch the sun setting over the coast ahead and all of a sudden life has a new rose tinted glow around it.
The road from Torquay – Lorne
*Get up early and enjoy the morning activities of the wildlife around you and maybe ever a sunrise, but that might be pushing it.
Once your up you can start on the road again. We decided that our next camp was going to be in the town of Lorne down the road. This stretch of coast is home to one of the world most infamous surf breaks ‘bells beach’ a 15 minute detour off the GOR but well worth the drive, stunning cliffs that drop into a sea of blue *another must see.
Back on the Ocean road and we next found ourselves at the seafront town of Anglesea. Not a lot there but we *rented a couple of surfboards from ‘Go ride a wave’ and chilled out at ‘Main beach’ which was an ideal way to spend the day.
After sunning ourselves we made headway for our evening destination of Lorne a busy seaside settlement that is home to loads of individual surfer boutiques, café restaurants and loads of incredible *nature walk in the Great Otway national park. We did a morning trip to see *Erskine falls a short drive inside the national park a stunning drive through an ancient forest towering over you leading the way to the falls, once you are there, be careful as the rocks are slippy, I found out the hard way!
If you are a traveler on a budget be careful because this is the kind of place where you can spend money without knowing, everything from the ice creams on the beach to the cool surf shack on the boulevard are selling something that you will no doubt want. *So be thrifty and remember there is more to come.
Keep you eyes pealed for next weeks post ‘Adelaide and onwards’.
A lovely little song from the founder of GVS Co. I am sure you will all agree he is a pretty talented man!
Gus graduated from Uni about a month ago and since then, has done his very best not to stay inside! He has been splitting his time between working in the woods and teaching children outdoor education – he truly is the spirit of the Great Venture!