Meet the brands: Six Foot and Clean

Who are Six foot and clean I hear you scream !

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Six Foot and Clean evolved from our love of the surfing lifestyle, travelling and living out of vans.

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Meet the Craftsmen: Dylan Surfboards

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.

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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.

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 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!

 

 

 

SurfEars: Worth the Hype?

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.

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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.
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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

GVSCo.

 

#2minutebeachclean – The Mission to Save our Beaches!

We are honoured to be partnering with the #2minutebeachclean movement and selling their water bottles!

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#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.

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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.

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This is why #2minutebeachclean are dutifully selling these reusable stainless steel water flasks.

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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:

Website: beachclean.net/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/2minutebeachclean/

Stay stoked!

GVSCo.

Meet The Craftsmen! – Submariner

We are very happy to announce that our collaboration with the lovely guys at Submariner has finally launched on our website.

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The majority of brands we team up with are usually found via hours of trawling through Instagram but these guys were actually recommended to us by some of our most hardy surfing friends.

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These guys have been around since 2012 and have built themselves a reputation for creating clothing and technical gear that will last and is fit for purpose. We also happen to think they just also look bloody cool!

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The following is a brief history of their brand:

Submariner was founded on the North Devon coast in 2012, with the intention of creating practical clothes made ethically and entirely in the British Isles. From a  background steeped in surfing, climbing, and windsurfing, Howard Davey drew heavily on traditional maritime influences as well as the creative input from the wider community of north Devon and Cornwall based artists.

Along this Journey, long standing friend and like minded surfer Ben Thompson joined in 2014, to become partner and co founder, and  help develop Submariner to increase its offering to the wider surfing community. Today, Submariner sells through a network of local Devon and Cornwall based stockists and relies heavily on its support/feedback from the Maritime community it was setup to provide for.

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We are extremely proud to have these guys as part of our community as they fit the bill to an absolute T and we hope that you will all enjoy what they are doing as much as we do.

You can check out their full range over on the GVSCo. website, so pop on over and take a look – we are sure you won’t be disappointment!

Stay Stoked

GVSCo.

 

 

 

GVSCo website launch. We’re Live!

It has been a long road since 2014 and the humble beginnings of our social media campaigns. Over the two years we have developed and built an amazing following and that is down to you guys, believing, sharing and supporting us. We cannot thank you enough; all the time and work our end would have been for nothing if it wasn’t for all your constant support.

All of this love and work has brought us to this point the WEBSITE LAUNCH! We are so stoked to say that the website is now complete and live:

http://www.greatventuresurfco.com

Please get online and check it out, and let us know what you think. Additionally please spread the word as much as you can.

GVS Co. was set up with one mission in mind – to create a place where the surfing community can access the best independent and emerging brands throughout the surfing world. Our aim was to champion the little guy, promote the true craftsmen and to keep you up to date with the next big thing and we certainly believe we’ve achieved this.

We are working with people that we like and respect and it is very important to us that everyone we take on this journey, shares our passion for ethical manufacturing and are having a positive impact on the world.

We are constantly growing and evolving, bringing new brands and products on board so take a look around, sign up to the mailing list and keep in touch, and make sure you come along for the ride!

Much love, stay stoked,

GVSCo.

Revolwe – Help Kickstart their Eco Dream!

We are incredibly lucky here at GVSCo. to work with some amazing people and brands. We are really happy to introduce the latest crew to join our community.
 Revolwe™ and why we are doing this;
We’ve been surfing and doing water sports our entire life and feel a strong connection to the ocean.
There’s no better feeling to paddle out for pumping waves with your closest mates.
To see the stoke on each others face and just be there, in that magic moment!
This is something we want to give to our future kids, to your kids and everyone elses.
To be able to do this we need to enlighten the importans to keep on recycling and use waste as a resource along with sustainable and eco-friendly materials and to prove that you can create performing products with those materials.
Unfortunately the ocean is one of the most polluted places on earth.
Only ≈5% of plastics are recycled effectively, ≈40% ends up in landfills and  ≈33% ends up in our oceans.
That is 8 million tonnes of plastic leaking out in the oceans every year, killing the marine life and polluting the waves we love!

That is why we want to create the best surf products for both you as a surfer and the environment, without sacrificing performance.

We are developing a few products at the moment but first up is our leash.
Which we are now taking pre-orders on at kickstarter ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/revolwe/revolwetm-sustainable-surf-leash )
In our leashes we don’t use Neoprene for the ankle cuff, instead we are using Yulex Pure™.
By using that we are reducing the co2 emitted in the polymer manufacturing process by up to 80% compared to conventional neoprene.
We are also using polyester made from certified 100% post-consumer PET bottles, every 500 gram of recycled polyester yarn used in our products reduces
raw material usage and energy consumption by up to 61000 BTU’s, this is equivalent of 2 liters of gasoline.
Revolwe stands for;
Recycle – Use waste as a resource
Evolution – Develop the future
We – We are all in this together
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Meet the Labels! Tails and Whales

Founded in 2015 by Luis Vaz, Tails and Whales is dedicated to creating products that focus on form and function, as well as versatility, durability and most importantly, the user experience.

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The brand name originated from the whale, the giant mammal of the deep sea that has adapted it’s form over time to flourish in its natural environment with a strong tail that propels it’s functional movement. This is the core behind the brand identity and what we aim to achieve with some elements of biomimicry to the whale: adaptability, movement, balance and simplicity. Each product resembles and reflects a whale species closest to its design. The Bowhead, a multi-function backpack, is the first product to sprout from Tails and Whales.

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The name represents durability, thickness and a ruggedness that Bowhead Whales possess. As the oldest mammal, the Bowhead represents longevity and quality – a product that is made to last. The Bowhead is the swiss army knife of backpacks, designed to alleviate the pains of organizing and storing surf gear  – on your back, in your car and on and the airplane –  making it  it easier to travel to  your favorite surf-spot, regardless of the distance. The Bowhead is made of water-resistant Cordura, and provides a 35L of total storage space while still being FAA-compliant for carry on travel. The bag is divided into compartments so surfers can keep their gear organized and maintain a separation between wet and dry gear: it includes 5 separate storage areas (2 large, 1 medium and 2 small), all secured with reinforced waterproof YKK Zippers.

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In addition to the standard shoulder straps, the Bowhead features a hook and strap mechanism that allows surfers to attach their bag to the backseat of the car in a matter of seconds. This helps you to organize all your gear while maintaining trunk space, and allows for easy access to the pockets. This unique design also allows the customer to unfold the back into a flat plane that can be used to protect your surfboards while travelling, used as a chair at a busy airport, or as an additional division to store more items. The Bowhead provides all of the features that people have come to expect from a high-quality backpack, and adds a unique level of functionality and performance designed for active explorers that require a higher level of versatility, durability and efficiency.

Our Story

Tails and Whales is owned by Canvaz Design Studio, based in Matosinhos, Portugal. Canvaz was founded and is run by Luis Vaz, an avid surfer, traveller and professional UI/UX designer with over 10 years of experience in branding, marketing, advertising and mobile/web design. Canvaz focuses primarily on developing best-in-class digital interfaces and crafting seamless user experiences for consumer products. Tails and Whales was founded as the Studio’s performance brand, and will focus on the design and development of fashionable and functional gear for outdoor sports – specifically, surfing. The Studio includes a workspace that serves as the company’s headquarters, as well as a showroom for Tails and Whales branded product; all 500 meters from the Beach.

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Inspiration

My profession is as a UI/UX designer, and my passion is surfing. I have spent many early mornings warming up with a cup of coffee just before dawn, trying to preheat my body before jumping into the cold water for a sunrise surf session. I’ve also spent countless hours travelling – driving, flying, walking – in search of the best swell in isolated places. Being able to pick up and move quickly to wherever mother nature decides to create a swell, requires a certain amount of efficiency and discipline in one’s preparations. You don’t want to rush to the beach, only to find that you’ve forgotten your surf wax, or finish your session and not have anywhere to put that soaked wetsuit. But you also have to be cognizant of not overloading or over-packing your bag – being quick, nimble and versatile is the name of the game. To that end, I was always struggling to find a bag that suited my needs; being both large enough to carry my gear, but comfortable and compact enough to travel easily with, and of course durable enough to take a beating. The Tails and Whales performance brand, and our flagship product, The Bowhead surf bag, was born out of my own desire to solve these issues for myself.

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“I started out to create a backpack that allowed me to keep my surf gear organized – large enough to fit the necessities, but compact enough not to slow me down while I went searching for the swell. After selling a number of my own prototypes – literally right off my back – I decided it was time to make a business out of it, which is how Tails and Whales was born.” – Luis Vaz, Founder of Tails and Whales

You can find these guys here and we will also be stocking them in our long awaited store!

Web: http://store.tailsandwhales.com/

Bowhead Product: http://bowhead.tailsandwhales.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tailsandwhales

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tailsandwhales

Fancy: https://fancy.com/TailsandWhales

Tumblr: http://officialtailsandwhales.tumblr.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/luismvaz

 

 

Surfing Fitness Tips – By SBS Boards

A few more guides from the guys over at SBS boards to help us improve and develop our surfing skills.

Definitely going to be hitting some of these up before heading out on our surf trips this summer!

The SBS Guide To Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP).

The lovely guys over at SBS boards have put together a great video for anyone who is looking to get into Paddleboarding this summer and or even if you are just looking to improve.

We hope you find it as useful as we do!

You can also check out their selection of lovely Paddleboards here.