Sunday, 27 July 2014

We all should.

Although there is a sweet shop element to walking in many of the surf shops these days and the temptation to take out a loan to get one is tempting. Alternatively visit your local shaper, if they don't take your ideas seriously talk to a UK shaper of your choice and throw the money their way. Most of your money will stay in the UK and go on to support other businesses, provide jobs and incomes for local families. its called the multiplier effect. If Personally I choose to support Gulf Stream Surfboards in Devon, and although not local to me down here in Sennen Jools and his team make some amazing boards.
If you do visit a shaper, make sure your ideas are clear; take some reference material like pictures and measurements. Its a bit like going to a tattooist. they need some idea of what your vision, once they have this then trust them to do a grand job.
Saying that, I have some great boards from around the world so I can't be too hypocritical.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

2 Minute Beach Clean

Yesterday my colleague Fay and I used the @2minutebeachclean to raise awareness of keeping our beaches clean and the benefits to the environment and ecosystems.

Our organisation Discover2empower is very new and we work with unemployed veterans and the wider community to reduce isolation, build confidence and self belief and motivation towards employment. The beach clean is such a great way to show people how making a small change in their lives can have a huge impact. Every course we run uses the great outdoors as much as possible for education and empowerment and for some it's the first time in a long time that someone has taken the time or effort to help them access this amazing environment we live in. Sadly this pile of rubbish (excluding coke cans) was found in the high tide seaweed on Wembury Beach in Devon. At least we made a little difference. To find out more our website can be see in a work in progress here.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Man Shed

Sometimes I do like to sit in the garage and look at my boards. Trouble is at the moment I spend more time looking at them than riding them!! Note to self...Make time..

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Its meeee.

A couple of shots from Mike Newman at Ocean Image of yours truly on a quiet day down on the seafront at Penzance with my boy Jago. Its not often anyone captures photos of me but stoked with these. Mike is an amazing photographer and when I got into Surf Photography down here in Sennen he was the local guy using film and just moving over to digital. He has made his career from taking great shots of the sights and culture that surround Penzance and Wild West and does a sterling job. Thanks Mike.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

NIce Rack

If I haven't mentioned it, but think I have quite a bit, I seem to be on a bit of a mission to get away on my bike at some point this year. My faithful Suzuki Van Van is amazing...not quick thats for sure, stylish to some, certainly not a custom cafe racer, but its reliable, cheap to run, comfortable and most of the critics love them, in fact as some might say in a positively cool way... its low and slow!!

Anyway, I've just had these racks made for the old gal and you can read all about them on my other blog that will hopefully become a bit of a travel journal in the life and times of a Man with a Van Van and you can see that right here.