Image of CSO by Surfers Against Sewage

Great news about bathing water…or is it?

Today’s news that water quality at over 70% of UK beaches is officially ‘excellent’ is great isn’t it? Well on the one hand it is. Surfers Against Sewage have been fighting for cleaner seas since the early 1990s and the constant pressure on politicians and water companies is paying.......[read more]

Image of Brighton Dawn by Laurence Pulford

Not Not California?

Over a decade ago, a certain Richard Gregory made an excellent little film about surfing in Brighton called Not California. The title was inspired by  the answer he gave to a passer by who asked ‘What’s the surf like, mate?’ while he was trudging up the beach after a.......[read more]

image of somerset flooded

Global weirding…or the new normal?

Officially now the wettest January on record, it has also certainly been a surf-rich winter in my ‘hood. While the Secretary of State for flooding is reportedly a climate change sceptic, the Prime Minister seems to accept that extreme events like the weather since the end of December is.......[read more]

Image of Turner: Fishermen upon a Lee-Shore, in Squally Weather from The Guardian website

JMW Turner – surf artist extraordinaire?

The great English landscape artist JMW Turner who died in 1851 isn’t normally known as a great surf artist. Understandably, he isn’t thought to have ever ventured onto anything like a surfboard or bellyboard or have featured in Britain’s surfing history. But he undoubtedly had a good eye for.......[read more]

Typhoon Haiyan from BBC

Typhoon Haiyan – a symptom of oceans in crisis

The devastating Typhoon Haiyan that’s killed thousands and brought untold destruction to the Philippines is probably the most severe storm in centuries. We should all dig deep and contribute to the Disaster Emergency Committee which is co-ordinating the British response. £25 will feed a family for a week. But.......[read more]

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A surfer’s dilemma – should I stay or should I go?

The word’s of the great Clash song, ‘should I stay or should I go?’ often go through my head . Here are my top tips for avoiding  another surfer’s dilemma 1. Often, I’m standing looking at the underwhelming surf from the top of a cliff and I’m wondering if it’s.......[read more]

image of quiver dither by Samina Khan

A surfer’s dilemma – what to do about quiver dither?

At 5.15am the other morning, I found myself checking surf forecasts, unpacking and repacking surfboards and generally dithering about which board to take on a weekend surf trip – a classic attack of quiver dither. Many surfers own more than one board and are therefore susceptible to quiver dither........[read more]

image of flooding in santa domingo from National Geographic

Surfer’s guide to the latest UN climate change report

Today the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its latest report on the effects of climate change in Stockholm. In scientific, political and conspiracy theorist circles this is big news. It’s compiled by a smorgasbord of top climate scientists from lots of different countries and every word.......[read more]

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Winter’s coming – time to hang up the wetsuit?

Less than a fortnight to go before the end of the official bathing season in the UK (30th September). Will I be hanging up my wetsuit until 1st May next year when the 2014 bathing season starts? Er, no. Where I live, the surfing season starts when the bathing season.......[read more]

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Give this man a knighthood – arise (Sir) Simon Anderson

On Sunday, the man who has done more than anyone alive for surfboard design is visiting the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, North Devon. He is generally accredited with inventing the thruster in the early 80s which revolutionised surfboard design – turning slippery but fast twinnies into grippy.......[read more]

image journal

  • not yesterday
  • Inverted perceptions
  • Exotic location
  • Standing stones
  • Surrealism
  • Vapourous ships of the dawn
  • Metal detectors behind me
  • Hands up this is a stick up
  • It's behind you
  • Stiff offshore
  • First drop in temperature for weeks
  • Towers of rain
  • Great anvils of moisture
  • The architect of the tide
  • Bird botherer
  • Serene scene

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