North Devon – Croyde, Saunton and Castrol Oil?

Yesterday’s new swell picked up over night and was looking punchy at dawn. As the sun rose so did the winds. They were predominantly offshore but slightly from the South, which put an uneasy wonk on the water’s surface. The howling offshore made it pretty much impossible to get in to anything, but still, a good days surf.

The winter sun was out in force, making it blinding to even look at the water’s surface. (Thank god for his invention of polarized sunnies 🙂 Is amazing to see how many people were in the water, even for January in the UK. As sea temps drop you would think the lineup would have thinned out slightly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing compared to summer, but still, a good turn out for a chilly January day. Surfing has boomed and is booming, and will continue to do so.

Low-tide, Croyde A-Frame coupled with 1000 Knot winds.

As I was power walking down the beach (trying to stretch the ankle out) I came across a dirty circular character littering the Devonshire coastline. An oil drum! Of all things it’s hardly what you want rolling past you in the surf. The owner had also wrote his name on it – Castrol.  It makes you wonder where it came from, was it at one time full of oil? ( I hope not) Oil companies are irresponsible, as are the majority of people with money to burn. They participate in a bit of ‘window dressing’ – making their company seem like it’s concerned about the environment, and then go and litter the globes most precious resource; the sea. I don’t care whether it contained oil or not, it’s the simple fact of you don’t want to be seeing a Castrol oil drum on a beach. Shame on Castrol.

Anyway this is how a UK beach should appear; clean and basked in morning sunshine.

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Surf News – Nike 6.0 nightsurf??

Whaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttttttttt??

Surfing at the best of times can prove challenging for most, but at night?

Nike 6.0 have stepped it up in approaching competition surfing with adding a huge twist. ‘Lets make it at night time!!!’

Held at England’s surf hub; Fistral beach, Newquay, this is going to be a very special event. The hottest European surfers will be there competing in a range of divisions for a share of ÂŁ15,000 prize pot.

Nike 6.0 arealso going to be hosting’cash for tricks’ . A 5 star event which basically does exactly as it says; boost a big air, nail a huge reverse or rail a huge floater and your in with a chance of bagging some money for your efforts.

If your in the area on July 8th – 9th take a look. Theres going to be plenty going on and a day/night out for all.

 

Surf Photography – Stuart Gibson Profile

No more do surf magazines require writing. Why? Because thanks to people like Stuart Gibson, the photographs do the talking.

There are plenty of surfers out there with a camera strapped around their neck trying to make a quick buck. Yet there are a select few that sit far above the majority. Gibson is up there with the best, top shelf material, Mt. Everest altitude, Eifel tower high- you get the point!

Being a world-class surf photographer you clearly need two things at your disposal; Crazy waves and crazy surfers. Gibson has both only a stones throw away from his doorstep.

He hails from the wild, rugged region of Tasmania, Australia. This beautiful yet difficult region is battered by huge storms, thus producing serious waves of consequence. This is not Hawaii, the surf community is small, tight, and have to brave the elements on a regular basis to score. Also, they are no pussycats, they take huge beatings at spots you would only watch from dry land.

Anyway let’s get to the snaps. Stuart has been photographing possibly the heaviest wave in the world;Shipsterns Bluff, so watch out for those ones.

This is just a fraction of what Stuart Gibson has to offer, please check out his sites at

stugibson.net

www.thecollective.net.au

All images below are available to order. Enjoy!

Urghhhhhh!!!! The Beast

Sunset Boost!

Below sea level

Pitched

Blue Reef West Tas

 

3 S’s. Santa. Surf. Shipsterns

East Coast Tas

Energy

Searching

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Surf news – Torrey Meister, naked surfing!

Torrey Meister: Spring Round Qualifier from INNERSECTION on Vimeo.

Oh wait, you cannot be missing the runner-up also, Tory Meister (great name I know) , who bagged 2nd place to Peter Devries with this lovely little adaptation of your traditional surf flick. Never before have I seen a guy so casually strut around in the buff and not give a damm. Respect Tory!!!!