Meet the brands: West Coast Wax




 

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•West is Best•

 

From the same lovely and dedicated people who brought you Six Foot and Clean soap, these busy bees also produce handmade surfing wax.

West Coast Surf Wax is hand crafted on the beautiful and wild west coast of Wales. They produced their first batch back in 2007, then called Hills Organic Surf Wax, it was too expensive to produce on a small scale and so it evolved into the all natural West Coast Surf Wax.


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From start to finish every bar is hand crafted on our production site, from mixing to pouring, to wrapping and packing. Every ingredient used is sustainably sourced and 100% natural, providing an organic solution to traction, whilst reducing the reliance on oil.

A small independent company, all of their products are created and tested by a team of surfers, so you know this stuffs legit!

We love these guys and everything they are doing, putting  effort into a creative space and making it work. Its not easy to doing something different but it sure is rewarding. Make a change and make a difference, head over to the site to find out more and purchase this amazing product.



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www.greatventuresurfco.com/collections/west-coast-wax



 

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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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A Wintery Weekend in Croyde – by Nick Corkill

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!

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How to Improve Your Surfing: A Step by Step Guide. Part 1. 

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 .

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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.

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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:

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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 🙂
Stay stoked

More on swell, periods  and weather charts to come.

Gus

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2016 Boardmasters Results

After an action packed weekend down at Boardmasters Alice Lemoigne and Edouard Delpero have come out victors. Although the conditions weren’t great and local hero Ben Skinner went out in the Quarter finals there was plenty of other great surfers to keep the packed beach occupied.

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Boardmasters – Here we come!

Tonight after a very long day at work we are grabbing our stuff and hitting the road down to Newquay. We are planning 5 days of surfing, watching the pro’s, seeing some great bands and probably a few craft beers along the way too!

After bypassing Boardmasters for a couple of years it seems to have fallen back in favour with the WSL and as you will see from the following, they seem pretty pumped to be back!

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The Boardmasters, Cornwall, a long-standing tradition of music and surfing festival in the U.K is coming back this summer, unfolding from August 10-14 at the iconic birthplace of England’s surfing, Fistral beach.

Re-appearing on the WSL schedules in 2015 after a two-year hiatus, the Boardmasters comes back even stronger this summer, adding a men and women’s QS1,000 divisions to the existing longboarding events.

“We are so stoked to see the return of World Surf League sanctioning across all disciplines of our event,” Andrew Topham, Boardmasters Festival Director said. “This really drives the level of surfing within the UK and will inspire the next generation of British surfers towards competing at the highest level. Since 1981, Boardmasters has always been the pinnacle of British surfing and this once again takes us to another level. We are really excited to see another huge crowd on the beach cheering some of the best surfing that will be witnessed on Cornish shores this year.”

A classic event amongst the European and international field of qualifying series campaigners, this event has been host to many of the current world’s best surfers and will once again be the center of attention come August.

“WSL is very pleased to be returning once again to the Boardmasters and it is great to see our involvement grow with the addition of a men’s and women’s QS event,” Rob Gunning, European Tour Manager said. “As we expand across Europe the Boardmasters is for us a key event as it is one of our longest running and most high profile events. The on-site activities, crowds plus the music festival make the Boardmasters very special. It will be great for not only International and visiting European surfers but also for the local Brits who will get a chance to compete on the international stage. The women’s QS event will be a first for the Boardmasters and it is fantastic to see women’s professional surfing included in the schedule.”

The venue: Fistral beach is a 750m stretch of white sand backed by steep dunes and overlooked by the Headland Hotel, an iconic landmark. Sitting just a short walk from the center of Newquay, Fistral is the most popular surfing location in the country, invaded by thousands of waves enthusiasts of all-level each summer.

When the sun sets and competition is called off, the Boardmasters Music Festival becomes the main attraction with national and international artists taking the various stages set overlooking Watergate Bay, just north of the town. With the festival extending over five full days from August 10-14, there’s a flurry of performances for music aficionados. For more information and an up-to-date list of headliners, head on to boardmasters.co.uk.

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The Isle of May – Puffin Watching! By Nicole Duncan

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Scotland you should definitely try and make your way over to the Isle of May. The Isle of May is a small island located off the East coast of Scotland and is a National Nature Reserve site. Considering it is a tiny island, it is home to a huge amount of of wildlife including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, Cormorants, Terns and Grey Seals and although there are no permanent residents there are often people staying there for a few days to study the animals and plants.

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The only way you can get to the island is by taking a boat trip from Anstruther or Crail, it takes around an hour, but no worries, there is a bar on the boat!!

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Once you land you get a quick talk about the island and what to expect and then you are set on your way. One bt of advice I would strongly recommend that you follow is to **stay out of the way of the Terns!    The season in which the boat trips happen also coincides with breeding season and this makes them very territorial and they will swoop and peck at you if they think that you are too close to their nests. Be warned they do actually hit you, I learned this the hard way!

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Once you get past the terrors that are the Terns, the rest of the trip is far more relaxing! You are left to wander around the island using the paths that have been marked out, avoiding the 46,000 puffin nests that are hidden in the surrounding earth. The abundance of wildlife around the island is incredible and for anyone even slightly interested in photography it is an absolute dream.

There is also a huge population of seals on the island and one of them decided to follow us around for a while! We also even managed to catch a glimpse of a dolphin but unfortunately we weren’t able to get any pictures of them.

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The main reason for taking this trip however is to see the puffins and you literally couldn’t miss them as there are over 100,000 of them on the island at the height of summer!

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Top Tips for the Isle of May:

**Dress for cold weather/rain, have layers so you can take them off if you are warm.

**Take a hat or a jacket with a hood to save you from the Tern attacks!

**Take a packed lunch as there are no shops on the island and you can only buy snacks and drinks on the boat.

**Make sure your camera is fully charged as you will have LOADs of things you will want to take photos of.

You get to stay on the island for just under three hours, so this gives you pleanty of time to take all the photographs you would like and then once you return to the mainland, make sure and visit the Anstruther Fish and Chip bar – it has won the best chippy in Scotland for several years and it certainly lives up to the name!

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Central London – The Food Guide! By Nicole Duncan

When exploring London, deciding where to go to eat and drink can get quite overwhelming as there are SO many options! I have put together a collection of my top recommendations along with a few sneaky tips  and tricks for your time in this fabulous capital city.

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First of all a few essential apps to download:

  • **City mapper – This app will tell you all combination of  trains/tubes/walking/taxi etc that you would need to take to get to your destination. An absolute must have.
  • **Uber so that you can get taxis quickly and cheaply.

If you do decided to go to any of the following places it might be a good idea to try and book, some places don’t do bookings at all in which case just turn up but always good to double check this. Be warned you will need to wait to get seated in most places – but this is ok as they usually have a bar!

Bone Daddies – This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. It serves a series of different Ramen  (hearty Asian noodle soup) and you can pair that up with a number of  different sides. The service is fast and friendly, it is reasonably priced and the accompanying 70/80s punk music is a great addition to the experience. You also have bibs and hair bobbles on the tables, to stop getting Ramen all over you!

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Caravan Kings Cross – Famous for it’s breakfast and it’s relaxed attitude, this is a great place to grab some nice coffee and have some delicious food. Based in a listed Victorian building, the setting is almost as good as the food!.

Franco Manca is a sourdough pizza place which started off as a small independent restaurant in Brixton Village. It has exploded in popularity and is now all over the city! It is reasonably priced and has a great relaxed atmosphere.

Flat Iron – This is a steak house that only has one cut on it’s menu which is the ‘Flat Iron’. They will occasionally have other specials on but their menu is incredibly small, simple and extremely tasty. The best part of all of this is that it is only £10 for the Flat Iron steak which in London is an absolute steal! You also get given a meat cleaver instead of a knife and these are available to buy too, should you wish to. Cheap and delicious and good craft beers too!

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Wahaca is a Mexican street food restaurant- really good and reasonably priced too. Does amazing cocktails and you can choose either to get 3 or 4 of the smaller dishes or one of larger main plates. It is very different to your bog standard Mexican burrito joint and offers a wide variety of seasonal and exciting options. This is also another place which started off with just one restaurant and has spread like wildfire across the city.

Bubbledogs – Offers up the unusual combination of Champagne and gourmet hot dogs. It is a bit of a gimmick to be honest but never the less quite a fun night out ** Also note that through the back there is a secret Restaurant called The Kitchen Table. This won a Michelin star back in 2014 and you have the unique experience of sitting around the kitchen and watching and interacting with the chef.

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Honest Burger – in my opinion is one of the best burgers in London and the rosemary chips are not to be missed! Again, this venue also has some nice craft beers.

Breakfast Club – As you would guess,  is a great place for breakfasts and I love it’s huge menu of pancakes! It is an American themed restaurant and in it’s Spittalfields branch even has it’s own Speakeasy bar. **To get into this bar you need to go through the SMEG fridge door and then give a password. (Password can be found on the website or their twitter). The bar is called ‘The Mayor of Scardey Cat Town’ and it has a great menu of cocktails and accompanying bar food menu.

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Sticks and Sushi – This is a chain of restaurants from Denmark and specialisies in traditional Sushi and Yakatori sticks and is absolutely delicious. They also have ahuge wine and cocktail menu that goes along with the food nicely!

-Big Easy – This is another American themed restaurant however this is a place that specialising in BBQ’d meat and food of the South.  ** I would definitely advise pre-booking here. It also has a huge selection of Bourbon and cocktails. It is a little more expensive than some of the other places on the list but the portion sizes are huge and you also get your own bib whilst eating, so you can get some great pictures too!

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I hope this has made things a bit simpler for you and that you find something which tickles your fancy! Make sure and let us know how you get on!

GVS Co xx

 

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Gwithian – The Photography Edit by Nick Corkill

Over Easter Nick went down to the West Coast of Cornwall to the small town of Gwithian. Even with some horrendous weather and a huge storm he still managed to get some cracking pictures!

If you would like to see some more from Nick you can also find his instagram here and his website here!

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Wild Wales Pt.3 By Josh Peck

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Overnight I stayed in the Pen-y-Pass hostel, and amazingly comfortably and welcoming YHA (No I was not paid by them to say that!) but after a few too many pints and a decent fish and chips I was out like a light. For the second day I had planned to do The North face of Tryffan, a very challenging and steep scramble up what I like to refer as “the dragons back”. Another early start, I arrived fresh and alert at the base at 7am. All Packed and ready to go, a quick drink and I was of, walking around kilometer to the start point taking in the scenery and weather as I go. From the start Tryffan plays its tricks on you, hiding the route, loose rocks and black ice where all immediate problems I faced. An initial path of stepping-stones and cut grooves guide you up the initial 250metres, but just like Snowdons ridge line the path quickly faded into thin air. Those feeling of isolation and worry slowly start creeping into your mind, the fear of something going wrong and being left for dead are all to real when you are the only sign of life on the mountain.  Pushing on, I am forever stopping to re-asses my route. Unlike most other climbs there is no clear and defined route up Tryffans north ridge, instead several routes follow several different directions. The most frustrating feeling if following a defined route and loosing it, blindly pushing on believing to be on the right course only to have it disappear under your feet. Looking down you can see each of the individual trails, each of course being easier than the route I decided to take. I always work on a rule of 3 summits when climbing, the first you climb is always blind, and from here there are another 2 you have to traverse. Reaching the first summit I scour the plateau for any signs of footprints. No such luck, im the first and only guy up here today and possibly this week so going to have to take it extra careful. As the clouds begin to roll in the temperature begins to drop, and the slush at my feet begins to give way to a hard layer of ice underneath. Passing Cannon rock I reach the second plateau and straight ahead the nose of the north ridge juts out in front of me. An intimidating mass of Granite boulders and sheet ice, there is only one way up and I’m going to have to get over this.

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Strapping on my crampons and pulling out my ice axe, I began to hack away at the ice in front of my to get a good footing, progress has ground to a halt but better to be safe than sorry. 1 hour later and I have managed to carve out a reasonable path up the ridge, complete with a few bum-clenching moments. But at last my hard work pays of, and I can see how the ground is beginning to steadily level out revealing the summits greatest prize, the Twin sisters. Two giant rectangular blocks of stone sit at the highest point at Tryffan, and look as though someone has driven a wedge between to separate them. They say for good luck your meant to climb and jump the gap between them, but in these conditions id rather make my own luck.

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Orientating my compass and quickly checking my map, I aim for the second lower summit, I have no plans on conquering this, but now I need a way of this mountain, iv got what I came for.  Sheet snow covering everything, descending becomes just as arduous as the climb its self. The risk of falling through a snow covered gap or twisting my ankle is all to real, its no good getting all the way up here to fuck up on the way down!

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Passing the south summit on my left I drop out of the cloud line. With the view opening up, I look back up behind me to see the summit I have just conquered, a feeling of great pride overwhelms me as this has been on my list for years, but no time to stop and rest I have to get down and get home! For another 40 minutes I keep descending over the far side of mountain, watching each footstep to ensure I don’t slide and take a tumble. As I progress the ground steadily becomes smoother and the rocks begin to dwindle in size and my pace begins to quicken. Finally down into bristly ridge I remove my crampons and stuff them in my bag, a quick photo opportunity and now there is nothing but a nice clearly defined, stone path taking me down to the carpark, surrounded on all sides by wales finest mountains!