Friday, 31 July 2009


Forsooth, methinks ye winds do bloweth offshore!

Like the majority of surfers, I don't live in sight of the waves. And although I do use the webcams nowadays to check conditions I've always been a keen watcher of the skies to help me decide where to head for the best surf.
I can't claim to know as much as these guys, but over the years I've become pretty good at working out what will be happening at my local beaches by gazing at the clouds.

Thursday, 30 July 2009


Nice little wave in Dubai - at a cost

An old friend of mine recently returned to Kernow after 15 years in the desert. We paddled out for a few reunion waves and I was impressed by how well he was surfing. He told me that he'd still managed to get waves in Dubai, but at the risk of being fined! Apparently 'sliding on the waves' is not acceptable and the police will fine you £80 if you are caught doing so.
Made me really appreciate the 2ft cross-shore slop we'd just shared for free.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009


to kill a mockingbird
The literary equivalent of a perfect wave

Imagine the perfect wave, imagine riding it perfectly, now imagine leaving the water and never paddling out again, ever.

This would be the surfing equivalent of Harper Lee's writing career, author of To Kill a Mockingbird. It was her debut novel, published in 1960 and an instant success. To date it has sold over 30 million copies, been translated into over 40 languages and has never been out of print. Widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of our time.

Try and imagine again riding a perfect wave, perfectly... Could you then turn your back on the chance to paddle out and do it again?

Harper Lee, has never published another word since her first and only novel nearly 50 years ago.

Monday, 27 July 2009


darren lago
D - Apres surf at Droskyn with beer & blanket

What can I say about Darren Lago?
"He came, he saw, he surfed" would be one way of summarising his sojourn in Kernow.
Within just a few short years this man of many talents progressed from sketchy first rides to pretty good noserider. Along the way sampling most of the wavey delights of West Cornwall whenever they were breaking. As well as snagging a couple of trips downunder for some right hand point break action.
Always up for it, always keen to paddle out, always going for it whatever the conditions, he's been a great compadre both in and out of the water. It's been an honour to follow the path with him for the last couple of years and I wish him and his family well as the next stage of their journey takes them to France.
I look forward to sharing some sunset waves again one day...
Au revoir & bon voyage D.

Saturday, 25 July 2009


Lester - Agent Orange - Upland

In danger of being branded an old hippy I thought I'd better reinforce my credentials as an old skate punk instead. Agent Orange weren't really 'surf' or 'punk', but they certainly nailed being a surf punk band and provided a soundtrack to a generation of 80s skaters. I still can't listen to Everything Turns Grey without also hearing trucks grinding coping (in my mind's ear anyway).

Friday, 24 July 2009


"We were serious political revolutionaries trying to overthrow the government... we were also on acid!"

John Sinclair; author, poet, activist, former manager of MC5 and founder of the White Panthers, the only American political party ever formed by a rock’n’roll band!

Not sure if he has ever had any connection with Kernow or surfing, but I think he'd fit right in and would be stylin on a longboard.

Thursday, 23 July 2009


"We plant the seed, nature grows the seed, we eat the seed"

Mini harvest today. Our first foray into growing veggies - it actually does amaze me that all we did was stick some seeds in the ground and with the addition of some sunshine and H2O these appeared.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009


The Pilgrimage - 50 places to surf before you die

Just got The Pilgrimage through the post, I do love a fresh book, and I'm really looking forward to delving into this one. Edited by Sean Doherty, author of MP, (which is well worth reading if you get a chance, in my opinion it's one of the best written surf books out there).

Need to add another shelf to the mini-library

Tuesday, 21 July 2009


Pimp my tractor

The farmers in this part of the world don't worry about the cosmetics. If its still got four wheels and an engine they'll keep using it.

Friday, 17 July 2009


Elvis, trying to be Hawaiian

I think I've become a little bit obsessed with Hawaii lately.

To the point of wondering if I could ever have a snowballs chance in hell of surfing like Rusty Keaulana at Makhaha, being able to afford some Heather Brown art and daydreaming of spending Christmas hanging out on the North Shore.

But in reality the closest I'll ever get will be wearing my "vacation" shirt at the weekends. Like Elvis.

Monday, 13 July 2009


Thread DVD
Surfing well is a lifetime's pursuit that's expressed in subtleties

This quote (above) from Patrick Trefz's Thread perfectly echoes the style and content of this DVD. Normally I'm just a sucker for Hawaiian longboarding movies, but this has a great feel and plenty of surprises and I find myself drawn back to it time and again.

And of-course there's some solid Pipeline in there too.

Saturday, 11 July 2009


Board graphics for a World Champ

Recently came across Emil Kozak, a Dane living in Barcelona. This kid seems to be dripping with talent and just gets things done. Could he be any more creative/productive? Take some time to check his work...

Thursday, 9 July 2009


The Royalist

Met up with Royal last night who is currently on a shaping sabbatical in Kernow. He's a top bloke and working hard to carve out a place for himself in the precarious world of surfboard shaping. Keep up the good work and good luck Royal.

Thursday, 2 July 2009


Never judge a book by its cover

It took me a while to sit down and read this book for two reasons.

The first being simply that I find the cover so unappealing. Clunky typography and boring image. But as the old saying goes; you should never judge a book by its cover and in this case that’s absolutely true.

The second is that I’d previously read two other surf books by British authors (Andy Martin – Stealing the Wave & Alex Wade – Surf Nation) and they were both so poor I just couldn’t face trying to work my way through yet another… But finding myself without something to read, I borrowed this from my local library. Despite my prejudices I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book is.

Probably what defines this narrative is that Tom Anderson lived and breathed surfing from an early age and then went on to follow a dream that saw him travel the globe enabling him to give us first hand accounts of his experiences along the way. Although treading a path that many have taken before, Anderson manages to give his unique take on the journey. Unlike the previously mentioned books by Martin and Wade which amount to little more than professional journalists attempting to piggy back onto a scene and culture they have discovered in middle age. You get the feeling all the way through Andersons adventure that he is totally authentic.

The descriptions will chime with anyone who has loaded a board bag in search of waves. While the insights and characters discovered along the way are refreshing and unique. A great little book about riding the wave of your dreams, but at its heart is really all about the stoke riding any wave with the right attitude can give you.

Thumbs up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009


Dive! Dive!

I've been riding a heavy, trad single-fin log almost exclusively for the past few years, rarely taking a shortboard out these days.

Warm summer sun, clear water, clean waves and a light wetsuit all add up to great fun on the mal, but I realised the other day that there's also another aspect that is often overlooked, not easy to master and an essential part of surfing - the duck-dive.

I really miss a good deep duck-dive.