Friday, December 28, 2007

Sales are on

I have looked on the net today and have found many of the retail stores online offering surf gear and ridiculous prices. Some places are selling gear with offers of over 70% off.

I would recommend checking out your usual sites if you are interested in a new board or a new wetsuit pronto.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Olly pop Towel

Bright and colourful, the Ollypop surf towel doubles up as a key surf aid to help budding surfers practice their pop-ups!

Using the unique surfboard design with hand and foot print positioning, practice popping to your feet at home or on the beach.

Ollypop Surf Towels - The surf towel/surf aid to help surfers practice their pop-ups!

Great for children and adults, ages 6 and upwards.

· NEW! 'TOP TIPS' instruction label integrated into each towel

· 100% cotton & machine washable

· SIZE – 80 x 150cm

· Caters for goofy and regular foot surfers

· Suitable for all stand-up surfers regardless of board length or style

· Improve your surfing. Practice your pop-ups anytime, anywhere!
Ollypop Surf Towels - The surf towel/surf aid to help surfers practice their pop-ups!

Regular & Goofy foot friendly!

Regular - white hand & foot prints.
Goofy - dark hand & foot prints.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dangers of Big Wave Surfing

In a big wave wipeout, a breaking wave can push surfers down 20 to 50 (6.2 m to 15.5 m) feet below the surface. Once they stop spinning around, they have to quickly regain their equilibrium and figure out which way is up. They may have less than 20 seconds to get to the surface for a breath of air before the next wave hits them. Additionally, the water pressure at a depth of 20-50 feet can be strong enough to rupture one's eardrums. Strong currents and water action at those depths can also slam a surfer into a reef or even the floor, which can result in severe injuries or even death.

One of the greatest dangers is the risk of being held down by two or more consecutive waves without the chance to reach the surface for air. Surviving a triple hold-down is extremely difficult which is why it is important to know how to swim out of these situations.

Despite these hazards, very few big-wave surfers have ever died in the practice of the sport, with the notable exceptions of Mark Foo, who died surfing Mavericks on December 23rd, 1994, Donnie Solomon, who died exactly a year later at Waimea Bay, and Todd Chesser who died at Alligator Rock on the North Shore of Oahu on February 14th, 1997. A possible explanation for the relatively low fatality rate is experience; most big-wave surfers are highly skilled in the water and have likely trained themselves to handle the difficult conditions.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Surfing the Bore on the Severn

Surfing the Severn Bore has grown in popularity over the last few years and there can be up to 20 surfers trying to master surfing the bore and ride one of the longest waves in the world.

Surfers come from around the world to ride the Severn Bore and as far a field as Japan , Australia and the States.

But a word of warning you must be experienced surfer and get information from the who are a great group of people.

The current record for surfing the bore is Steve King who used a 10ft board and surfed for 1 hour and 17 minutes. Covering a distance of 7.6 miles reaching speeds up to 20 mph

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Reef Stash Sandals

Summer is here, and we all know how careless we get with keys and wallets, especially when we go swimming (most swimming trunks don’t have pockets). This is now a problem of the past. This summer get a pair of the Stash sandals from reef. Just like the name, you can stash cash, credit cards, and keys among other things in a pullout drawer located in the sole of the sandal. I wonder what happens when you step on water, or is the pull-out drawer waterproof? The sandals are available in brown, black, light grey and taupe.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rip Curl Renault Clio

Renowned surf and snowboard specialist Rip Curl has added its trademark styling to the Clios attractive, dynamic lines and the Rip Curl Clio features special Iceberg Blue paintwork and, optionally, 16-inch alloy wheels. The interior has a sporting feel, too, with bright red flourishes forming a spectacular contrast to a deep black backdrop. Practical and comfortable, the cabin is perfect for those who love the great outdoors. The Rip Curl Clio features equipment that is 100 per cent designed for beach or piste: the special rubber flooring and rigid boot box are impervious to sand or snow.

The Rip Curl Clio is also 100% dedicated to music, with an Audio Connection Box that links mobile music players to the in-car entertainment system. The two available engines – the TCE 100hp and 1.5 dCi FAP – are environmentally sensitive and ripe with innovations. They combine driving pleasure with low fuel consumption and emissions. This underlines Renault’s responsible attitude towards the environment as it seeks to reduce greenhouse gases and build cars that are 95 per cent recyclable by weight.

The Rip Curl Clio highlights a strong bond between Renault and Rip Curl – a long-term commitment that will evolve in the years to come. The two companies share a passion for freedom and mobility and are committed to respecting and protecting the planet. They will collaborate with an abundance of good humour and artistic creativity and the partnership stands out as different, offset approach to both the product and communicating.

A dynamic design retouched by young talents

Clio has been a major success for Renault’s designers. Its compact lines are simultaneously dynamic, robust, flowing and attractive. For this limited edition model, Renault handed its paintbrushes and spray guns to Rip Curl, whose artists were able to express their sensitivity and graphic flair. Clio’s protective side strips are embellished with the Rip Curl motif and the hatchback incorporates an original graphic incorporating the brand’s name. The Rip Curl Clio is also the first Renault to feature a new body colour, Iceberg Blue, which provides a neat link between glacier and ocean.

Inside, the emphasis has been placed on comfort and alluring d├ęcor. Attention to detail is a Rip Curl trademark: the bespoke trim includes red inserts on the dash panel which complement the sides of the seats, anti-slip door sill strips and Rip Curl insignia on the front headrest tags and centre console facia.

Standard features tailored to young adventurers 100% action: the specification includes equipment designed especially for younger drivers, their hobbies and their thirst for adventure. Hence the rubber floor mats in the front and the storage box in the boot. The latter is big enough to accommodate all the kit you’ll need for your snow or surf trip.

100% music: located in the glovebox, the Audio Connection Box provides a direct link between iPods®/MP3 players (via USB or jack) and the car stereo, which has steering wheel-mounted controls.

100% voyager: occupants are well catered for in the user-friendly, comfortable cabin. Clio remains the benchmark within its segment.

Respect for the environment

A range of engine options underlines the Rip Curl Clio’s dynamism and driver appeal. It also reaffirms Renault’s commitment to developing environmentally sensitive technology. The new TCE 100hp (73kW) engine is fitted with a low-inertia turbo and delivers remarkable performance, because it combines the power of a 1.4-litre engine with the torque of a 1.6 (145Nm) and the economy of a 1.2 (the 650rpm idling speed helps save fuel). Its CO2 emissions are rated at just 140g/km and it has been developed to set new performance and economy standards within this power band. Its true capacity is just 1,149cc and this tiny jewel is more economical than any rival engine in the combined cycle, where the Rip Curl Clio returns 5.9l/100km. The Rip Curl Clio is also available with a 1.5 dCi 85hh diesel engine with particulate filter: in this guise it emits 126g/km of CO2 and sips fuel at just 4.8l/100km (58.9mpg) in the combined cycle. Another new, ecologically sound development, the filter features an injector within the exhaust system. It’s a shrewd innovation that was subject to a number of patent applications during its evolution. In keeping with consumer demands, the Rip Curl Clio is available with a range of clean, thrifty engines to enhance its environmental credentials. The Rip Curl Clio is also 95 per cent recyclable by weight, which illustrates that Renault shares its partner’s real-world cares and concerns.

A lasting partnership

The Rip Curl Clio limited edition heralds the dawn of a multi-year partnership and this commitment is founded on three pillars: a common passion for freedom and mobility, a commitment to safety and environmental respect and creative forward thinking.

For each partner, this is a fresh approach to both the product and communicating. It’s a tough challenge, but potentially very rewarding.

- Renault will put its automotive know-how, all-round excellence and industrial power at the disposal of a rising brand and its armada of young fans who love surfing, snowboarding, music and the planet. Renault has placed its confidence in the Australian company’s creative talents, who have put the finishing touches to this limited edition model and contributed significantly to the original launch announcement. Furthermore, Renault will join Rip Curl in supporting surfing in Europe and protecting sensitive areas where the sport takes place (Rip Curl Planet Project).

- Rip Curl brings Renault its slightly off-the-wall creativity and a taste for innovation. This leading surf brand is renowned for its technical prowess and is also a byword for dependability in its field. Still privately owned, Rip Curl retains its spirit of adventure and even has its own lifestyle ethos, known as 'The Search'.

The Rip Curl Clio is, ultimately, a form of expression using words and styling cues that will be familiar to surfers and snowboarders. It is blessed with a healthy dose of irreverence and should under no circumstances be taken too seriously. The Renault Rip Curl Clio insignia symbolises an unusual – but incredibly dynamic – crossbreed.

Source: Renault

Thursday, December 13, 2007

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Indoboard

Now I love this invention. Yes, its expensive for what it is but when you consider how long its going to make and the tools you'll need you might as well bite the bullet and get one. They are great. They say it exercises your inner core. I'd agree with that statement I'd go to say it will make you a better surfer, snowboarder, skateboarder in fact anything that relies on balance. It is more extreme than your average exercise tool. Wipeouts are common. As too the board slipping out from under you causing you too throw the boards into the wall. It comes with a free dvd and if you go to the website they have numerous videos online to watch. Get one and enjoy.

BA ban surfboards on all flights

So British Airways have decided to stop carrying surfboards on their trans-atlantic flights. Its crazy these guys are doing this. I've never understood why carriers make such a big deal with boards and the like. They need to realise they will lose business. Where are they going to draw the line. Will they allow golf clubs. Thank goodness Richard Branson has jumped in with Virgin and come up wth the goods.