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22 Candice O’Donnell

The UK’s longboard champ is hanging up her competitive vest (for now) to focus on freesurfing and her art projects. Lucia Griggi gets the lowdown.

34 Girl’s Club

If the best female surfers on the planet need to go to surf school, then what hope for the rest of us? OK, so it’s a bit different if you have surf coaches like Shane Beschen pushing your surfing to a different level – that’s alright!

42 Barrels, Bintang and Bikinis

Bali has long been a destination for surfers looking for good waves and good times. This spring was no different as it seemed half of Cornwall decamped to Indo’s most famous island. We caught up with a few of the trippers.

66 The Girl from Paracuru

Silvana Lima is one of Brazil’s best exports (along with Brazilian heavy metal dons Sepultura). They both rock! We grabbed Silvana for a couple of minutes in between radical aerial manoeuvres...

70 How to Get Ahead in Surfing

Desperate for a job in the surf industry? You’re unlikely to come across a vacancy at the job centre, so we ask a few of the girls who work in the industry what their job entails, and how they got there.

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departments: Page 8 intro: ed’s choice | Page 12 juice: what’s in, what’s out and what’s been entertaining us | Page 20 musings: the hurdy gurdy man | Page 26 BEAUTY: rock chick make up and festival hair | Page 28 style: bold accessories | Page 30 TASTE: summer cocktails | Page 32 PEOPLE: keala – DJ and surfer | Page 38 PEOPLE: meet nicole morgan | Page 40 INSIGHT: steph and the girls | Page 56 FASHION: rock chick | Page 62 SHOPPING: perfect sunnies for summer | Page 76 TECHNIQUE: push your limits | Page 78 SURF SCHOOLS: directory and info | Page 82 ENVIRONMENT: end of the line | Page 84 YOGA: meditation | Page 86 STYLE: boardies | Page 88 FITNESS: work your bootie | Page 90 BOARDS: board guide | Page 94 HAPPENINGS: art shows, festivals and jellyfish. Louise Searle Alex Hapgood graphic design David Alcock production Mike Searle editor

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here was no doubt that this double-overhead-plus shot of Keala Kennelly at Puerto Escondido had to be the Editor’s Choice this issue. Keala – as usual – threw herself into a situation that smashed the expectations of women’s surfing. This wave is being hailed as one of the best tubes ever ridden by a woman, but to me it’s an incredibly sick pic of a surfer charging: male or female isn’t the point. This topic comes up in one of the other articles, Surf Like a Girl. Three of the world’s top surfers, Sofia Mulanovich, Sally Fitzgibbons and Maya Gabeira, are taken on the Red Bull girl’s surf camp to show the world that when it comes to high performance they can throw it down just as hard as the boys – it’s just a case of learning how to do it. Check out how they got on at camp on page 34. Plus, with the festival season well underway, this issue has a suitable

musical theme to it... Surfing and music go hand in hand: like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, strawberries and cream, and vodka and tonic – they’re all better together. So, aside from talking to Keala about ‘the ride of the life’, we ask her about her DJing exploits, and we also ask a few other top surfers how music influences them. Plus we’ve got some info on how to nail that much-sought-after job in the surf industry, a rundown of surf schools and what to look out for, and we head to Bali to share some memories with the girls who were lucky enough to escape there this spring. So: 3/2s on, plenty of beach-days, barbecues and late party nights to keep you busy: summer’s in full swing now girls! Make the most of it and enjoy the issue... Louise Searle, Editor SURFGIRL 011


juice Plastic Beach

Check out this stop motion video of plastic men going on a surfari – it’s a classic! The guy who made it is, quite simply, a genius. Using lino and paper to create the waves he's done an amazing job, and the little surfing Lego men are technically spot-on (watch out for the super-smooth 360°). We love them in their little van – so cute! Go to the video section of surgirlmag. com to check them out.

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These super high courts with monsters, eyes and teeth all over them are courtesy of edgy street brand Iron Fist (beloved of tattooed punks, skaters and celebs). Bizarre and amusing… But, come on, are you really wild enough to wear them?! Also available in flats from Schuh. £55 www.ironfistrocks.com

sounds of summer

Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald Tejay El-Nombre White, Sheffield Sunshine on a Rainy Day – Zoe Beth Conser, Staffs Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks Charlotte Workman In the Summertime – Thirsty Merc Siobban Lock, York and Caroline Brown, Australia In the Sun – Joseph Arthur Jess Banham, Surrey Everywhere I Go – Lissie Lucy Dinham, Saltash 012 SURFGIRL

bags to go

This is not just a bag this is a really, really useful bag. Da Kine make some of the best bags, with cool details and their Messenger bag is no exception. It’s good for all your important bits plus it has a padded laptop compartment. Perfect for girls on the go! Price: £49.98 available from www.orcashop.co.uk

summer scents

Euro perfumers Les Ettes have just launched a new fragrance in their line of non-alcoholic perfumes. Sol-ette is for girls who are passionate about boardsports. The fragrance doesn’t contain any products that are tested on animals. The perfumes retails at €30 www.lesettes.com/shop/. We’ve some bottles of Sol-ette to giveaway to SurfGirls who want to turn a few heads at the beach bars after another tough day in the water: enter at www.surfgirlmag.com.


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Four mop-haired cuties from Brooklyn combining BeachBoys-style surf guitar with melancholy 80s indie... What’s not to love?

summer boots Relentless Boardmasters Who: Newton Faulkner, Leftfield, Seasick Steve, The Gallows. When: 7-8 August Where: Watergate, Newquay Tickets: Weekend ticket from £60. www.relentlessboardmasters. com Over the years the Relentless Boardmasters Festival has transformed into the music festival by the sea. With a cliffside location at Watergate Bay, RBM is one of the most gorgeous venues in the country, and it’s the host to the biggest names to come to Cornwall, plus this year there's camping for the first time. We can’t wait! SAS Ball Who: Who knows? The not knowing was always the best bit. Previous headliners include Faithless. When: 3rd September Where: Porthtowan Tickets: £50. www.sasball.co.uk The original SAS Ball was the biggest and best party for years... Then things got too big and it was axed. So we’re beside ourselves with joy that it’s back, celebrating 20 years of Surfers Against Sewage this September with the Invinci-Ball. It’s going to be quite a bash... Jersey Live Who: Paul Weller, Groove Armada When: 4-5 September Where: Jersey, Channel Islands Tickets: Weekend ticket £84 from www.jerseylive.org.uk Head to sunny Jersey in early September and enjoy one of the country’s best new festivals. Since 2004 the 10,000 capacity crowd has been treated to an array of big name acts in the heart of this beautiful island.

One’s you may have missed... (But to put in your diary for next year!) Gold Coast Oceanfest Where: Croyde, North Devon When: June. www.goldcoastoceanfest.co.uk What to expect: A weekend of activities and headline bands. Sea Sessions Where: Bundoran, Ireland When: Late June. www.seasessions.com What to expect: Maximum craic!

Trade in last year’s biker boots for cropped cowboy ankle boots, and team with your daintiest summer frock. Yeehaa!

boyfriend’s pockets “Babe, I don’t want to take my bag.... Can you look after my phone/lip gloss/money/keys/ life!”

sunset beach picnics Just like a barbeque, except substitute charred sausages and cremated chicken for hampers of scrumptious preprepared delights – all laid out on tartan rugs.

tan lines Same shade of brown all over please... Surely that’s not too much to ask?!

cold wind The cloudless sky looks perfect and the sun’s so warm. But don’t be fooled into heading down the beach when a northeasterly is blowing... brrrr!

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the perfect beach party

After a hard day in the office (or a long day at the beach), what’s the best way to chill out, wind down and catch up with your mates? A beach party of course... What makes the perfect beach party? Here’s a few essentials you need for making sure the good times roll and you wake up with sand in your hair, and the alluring whiff of barbie-smoke in your clothes!

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Tunes

Cruisey dudes with guitars and amusing lyrics are an essential beach party ingredient.

Boy and girls: doesn’t matter so long as they spin a good yarn!

Fire

– Definitely. It gives you that back-to-basics vibe, plus it’s great for toasting marshmallows.

BBQ

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Great food

Take a hamper of yummy stuff – couscous salad, sarnies, potato salad with fresh herbs, brownies, cup cakes and fresh elderflower cordial (nice with vodka too).

etnies search for a model

The Etnies “Search for a Model” comp ended on 1st June. The top ten entries were chosen and, after a long, hard, into-the-early-hours debate, the winner was announced on the SurfGirl website on 1st July. Since things kicked off on the 29th April, the applications flooded in thick and fast and the Facebook page was buzzing with comments and votes. We got to see some real potential and, with a choice of 120 models, we definitely needed the public to help us choose the successful one. And the winner was (drum roll perrlease...): 18-year old Abi Glencross from Cornwall. Abi loves sport, surfing and Cornish ice-cream! So there you go – congratulations Abi! You’ll get to see Abi’s transformation in our next issue...

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Location

– Pumping surf and an amazing sunset: always the perfe ct backdrop.

Thanks to Ben and Al from Albnaza, and Debbie and Joe from Deluxe Cornwall for providing us with the beach party essentials!

different for girls

Louise Werner was the lead singer in Sleeper during the Britpop explosion of the 90s. Her autobiography covers the time from being a complete zero at school – with teenage dreams of making it as a rock start – to the reality of life on the road in a successful band and everything that went with it: the parties, tours, TV appearances, magazine covers. And then shows the gritty reality of the music industry when your fifteen minutes of fame are up... if you ever wondered what it’s like to be in a band and famous, then read this book. Available from Amazon £7.49.


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on the decks We scouted out a couple of female DJs and asked them for their Top Ten sure fire floor fillers – Here’s their guaranteed-to-get-you-groovin’ selection:

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Brazilian born DJ Elisa Do Brasil is one of the hottest female drum‘n’bass DJs around. She’s renowned for her silky smooth mixing, and her explosive sets. She’ll be playing the Sunset Beach Sessions at the Rip Curl & Hawaiian Tropic Girls Tour (www.girlstour.com) events in Europe this summer. Read an interview with Elisa at www.surfgirlmag.com. elisa’s Top 10 tunes: • Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal • Yuh Love – Vybz Cartel • Just A Second – London Elektricity, Apex Remix • My Way – Sid Vicious • People Get Ready – Aretha Franklin • To Zion – Lauryn Hill • Every Day – Netsky • Memory Lane – Netsky • Join The Dots – Subfocus • Bill – Gaza Kim and Liza Hype

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I’ve always been fascinated by DJ's for as long as I can remember, whether it was a local DJ or a big name like Jeremy Healy or Ali Whitehead. I used to stand by the side of the DJ booth just watching them mix and I loved it. I wanted to know how to do what they did, make people dance! I always noticed that if the DJ got the girls on the dance floor, then the guys would eventually follow. So I now try and mix up my set to please everyone. Lady C’s club floor fillers: • Passion – Gat Decor • Dirty Cash – Stevie V • You got the love – Candy Staton • Turn me on – Dirty Old Ann • Show Me Love – Laidback Luke remix • Finally – King of Tomorrow • Where Love Lives – Alison Limerick • Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke • Doctor Pressure – Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine • Make it Funky – Black Magic (freedom) Lady C will be playing at the Boardmasters in August.

October Rocks Musician and surf chick October has already played Glastonbury and toured the world, and The Guardian is tipping that she’s “set to rock the nation!”. Chicks with Sticks were lucky enough to have the incredibly talented singersongwriter play her beloved 1972 Gibson SG to a frenzied audience last year. Nat Fox got hold of her to find out what’s been going down since then... Hello October! Last time I saw you was summer 2009, we were drinking cider in the afternoon and you’d recently been for an interview at Sony. What’s been happening since then? Mmmm. Cider in the afternoon! Well, apart from gigging and a wee bit of modelling, I've been surfing an awful lot. It’s inspired my song writing and changed its direction: definitely more summery surf orientated. I've also been teaching my dog to surf! She caught her first wave on my shortboard and is better than I am! Your name’s pretty unusual – is there some significance or special connection with the month? No, It’s my real name – despite being born in May! So nope, not even conceived then! My mother is mad. How does surfing and the sea help you with the

creative process of writing and composing? Surfing has got me living very much in the present. I don’t worry about the future so much, which I think has relaxed my writing style. Sitting on your board out at sea is a totally magical experience, which makes me feel creative. If I’m the only one out there, I'll often burst into song! Summer’s here and that means festivals and warm water. What’s your perfect summer’s day? Well, obviously it starts with a dawnie! Followed by some rock pooling. Lunch on the beach then sets me up nicely for a skateboard with my dog. Then sea fishing off the rocks for dinner, before a sunset surf followed by a singsong round the campfire to cook the fish on! That’s what I do when I'm in Cornwall – happy days. For the full interview including October’s crazy hostage story go to www.surfgirlmag.com/ people. Also check out October’s website to find out more about her inspirational journey into the music scene www.octoberrocks.com

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Bustin’ Out

Sarah Beardmore can hold her own on the dancefloor like no one else we’ve seen this side of the Pineapple Dance Studios. We grabbed the break-dancing queen midway between busting out a phat Caterpillar and a Windmill to get a few pointers.

Technique For a good display there should be a mixture of moves... Maybe the worm, a hand plant, some spins, the six step – perhaps even a bit of running man. Linking moves is essential, and hearing and predicting the rhythm is crucial to getting the flow right so you can make the transition effortlessly from move to move. Amateur dramatics Think about incorporating some classic acting moves to mix it up and entertain your crowd even further. Favourites include: pushing the shopping trolley; catching a fish; driving a car; making a cake or, of course, some classic ‘stuck in a box’ mime antics. One of my favourites is pretending to slap myself in the head, throwing myself on the floor and then

picking myself back up again by my top. A gem. Setting yourself apart from the pack • Practice at home. YouTube some breakdance moves, and get your strength up by doing handstands. • Be confident and have commitment because once you make that step into the circle: there’s no turning back! • Choose your event: clubs, pubs (when there is enough room) and festivals are all great, but house parties win out as they generally mean that you can get a few props involved: classic.

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Choosing your time The best thing about a dance floor is that it gives party goers the opportunity to dance in the middle and have their twenty seconds of fame. When you’re up, you have to go completely crazy, and perhaps even get a little bit silly. Get it right and everyone will be telling you how cool you are for the remainder of the night (and be buying you drinks). Get it wrong and, well, you’ll be reminded about it by your mates for the next thirty years...

The dark side Places you’re most likely to get bruises include shoulders, chin, knees and elbows and, if you’re Nicole Morgan and like to incorporate the ‘floor slide’, then the top of your head. Limit your alcohol intake too, otherwise what you thought was an amazing worm into triple flip, will actually have been a lame handstand to kicking an innocent bystander in the head.

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Max Appeal

It seems everyone’s rocking the maxi dress these days. Recently spotted maxi’d–up celebs include Nicole Ritchie and Jessica Alba. You can see their appeal, and they’re the perfect option to get you from the beach to the bar this summer.

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Column Camo dress by Kuccia £45

Alameda dress by Rip Curl £60

Liyu dress by Billabong £60

Emma dress by O’Neill £50

Ladybird Maxi Dress by Ringspun £60


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What better way to entertain yourself and your friends as you sit round the campfire on those long hot summer evenings than strumming a few tunes on the guitar? Here are a few pointers to get you started if you don’t know your frets from your F chord.

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The instrument Start out with a classical guitar. Girls tend to have more delicate fingers than guys, and the nylon strings on a classical guitar are easier to hold down than a steel stringed acoustic. If you want to rock out, then electrics tend to have lighter strings and are easier to play, but then you need an amp and you can’t play them on the beach. The only other kit you’ll need is a tuner and some plectrums. Head to your local guitar shop for advice about what’s right for you and your guitar. Get online There are tons of websites and tutorials on YouTube with tips for beginners. One of the best is www. justinguitar.com, but a Google search will turn up plenty more. Websites like www.ultimate-guitar.com have tabs (like sheet music but easier) for every song you’re likely to want to play (from Rodeo Clowns to Roxanne). Learn the basics Learn some basic chords: A, C, D, D minor, E minor and G are all pretty key, and just practice strumming them and changing between them very slowly. It’s pretty tricky and can be quite frustrating at first, so set yourself targets – perhaps to learn a simple song in a month. Try and practice every day, even it’s just for 10 minutes. www.justinguitar.com has some great exercises that will soon get your fingers into the groove.  Sadly you will have to kiss goodbye to the nails on your left fretting hand (if you play right-handed), they get right in the way. Still no-one will notice when you’re playing the Pyramid stage at Glasto! 018 SURFGIRL

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Olympus Tough

Perfect for capturing festival shenanigans is the Olympus Mju TOUGH. The camera is perfect if it rains and shockproof to 1.5m so you don’t have to worry if it gets knocked out of your hand and into the inevitable festival mud. Available nationwide RRP £199.99.

Wax On...

Fresh from the ‘west-side’ USA, this street jewellery line from Miss Wax is launching in Europe this summer. The brand’s very first pieces were made from a shattered Dolly Parton record and has developed from there. This season’s range includes: lace collar necklaces; chunky knuckle rings; profanity earrings, and the awesome Come Together pendants. ‘Award Tour’ earrings, £15 www.misswax.com

Sun Shots

With all this great weather, protecting your skin from the dreaded sunburn has never been more important. So if you're off to a festival and want to avoid having to lug suntan oil bottles around the arena all day these little sachets of Sun Shots will do the job. Each SunShot has SPF 25 and is water resistant. Grab a pouch for £1.50 or a packet of 10 for £12 at most retailers. www.sunshots.co.uk.


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Once, a few years ago, I took guitar lessons from a man in a music shop on the Pacific Coast Highway. The advice he gave was just as soulful as his blues progressions.

He taught me how to jam in a jazz session and how to surf with lack of sessions. Being in that small, dimly lit room with a labyrinth of stringed instruments hanging on the wall, I felt like I was marinading in mellow melodies of wisdom not easily found. He explained the history of bluegrass, taught me how to make a mistake sound like music, and how to play a mood. One day he leaned back in his worn out chair and, softly squinted his eyes until they were almost closed, unexpectedly asked, “Do you surf?” “Yeah. Some,” I replied easily. “Do you do yoga?” “Not much.” “You know what the best thing for surfing is?” I shook my head and he went on, “Yoga. You know what the best thing for more surfing is?” Again I was silent. “More yoga,” he relayed profoundly.  Eventually, I stopped my lessons in the music store and it was not until much later that I found the truth in his advice on yoga and surfing. I was persuaded to take a yoga class at school last semester with my friend, which is when I discovered the harmony of the surfing yogi. My instructor also visits the surfing realm and together we discuss the perfect balance between the two arts. It is like they somehow complete each other. Doing yoga is like riding a still wave, still with a powerful energy. There is movement in the motionless. I can feel my surfing become smoother and more fluid after yoga sessions. And don't be fooled, it is so much harder than it looks. Sometimes I find myself pouring sweat and shaking from tired mussels. Yoga is judged because it looks odd or because it is for old, weird, hippie ladies: but it feels amazing. More people (guys) should just suck up their pride and let it out in a deep uijayi. These three – music, yoga and surfing – all have something in common, like pieces to a puzzle. They fit. Each a gift, tied together. It is like my teacher said, they are best for each other. Strung by a flow, a balance, a timing, that moves you. P.S. If you do take up yoga, you don't have to look like this guy. See Mar’s blog at www.surfgirlmag.com

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free spirit: candice o’donnell

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andice grew up under the influence of her father, Tony, a longboard lover himself. ‘He’s my surfing hero,’ says Candice. Her journey began as a bodyboarder and surf lifesaver, and she dedicates her first longboarding days to discovering Matt Beavis’ boards. Her current shaper, Mark Neville of Quiver Surfboards, brings the art of his craft to the effortless style of Candice, ‘I’m riding a 9’2” classic single fin at the moment,’ explains Candice. ‘It’s one of my favourite ever boards and

Candice O’Donnell is a free spirited soul and seasoned professional longboarder who lives life through the ocean, and through the artistic windows of painting and photography. Lucia Griggi took some time out to discover where this creativity comes from, and what’s driving her right now. Words: Lucia Griggi

is a great noserider.’ Aside from pushing the envelope with her surfing, Candice’s passion extends to – and in fact may be more directed towards – her artistic experimentations with paints, resins and varnish. She creates a mixed-media style using her photographs as a base, and develops her painting from there. They have a very urban feel, with writing on them, and are mounted on alternative surfaces – on anything that inspires her. She’s even exhibiting at the Roxy Jam in

Biarritz this summer instead of competing. ‘I’m really excited to be stepping back from the competitive side and expressing my creativity through my art and my love of photography.’ She says. ‘A lot of the girls are stepping back from the competitive side of surfing at present and concentrating more on their freesurfing.’ ‘Competing and training full time can become very demanding, and for every professional athlete there comes a day when they decide it’s time to either stop or to slow down.’ This sums up SURFGIRL 023


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Candice has stepped off the contest circuit for now, to concentrate on developing her craft.

Candice’s attitude to surfing – a sport that, at the end of the day, is for fun and should be pursued for the pure love of it. So, who’s influenced Candice’s distinct longboarding style and enabled her to achieve

woman’s longboarding. With her style, elegance and grace she’s an inspiration, and we’re always bouncing creative ideas off each other too.’ Other surfers who Candice cites as having shaped her style and attitude include Lisa Anderson, Lee Ann Curran and Leah Dawson from Hawaii.

Whatever I’m doing I find it interesting because it is a constant learning process. I like to push myself in all areas to pursue my dreams, and to feel like I am living my life to its fullest. so much in her sport? ‘There are so many great female surfers out there nowadays that it’s hard to say,’ says Candice. ‘Kassia Meador has been a major influence for me, and a real asset to 024 SURFGIRL

Artistic destiny? This recent focus on creativity obviously suits Candice and her outlook on life, so was it something she’d always imagined doing? ‘Creativity certainly runs through my family’, says Candice. ‘Whether it’s art, photography, design or music we all love to get involved. I feel proud to have worked with many great people along the way who have influenced me too. Surf art has a rich essence to it.’ Candice’s artistic streak also extends to music. ‘Music is extremely important to me and

from the moment I wake to the moment I go to sleep I have to listen to music. I grew up in a very musical household. My older brother is a very talented musician and plays an array of instruments: from the harmonica to the guitar to the drums. And I love to travel with my ukulele, and have jam sessions or musical outbursts wherever I can.’ Does Candice see herself being as successful with her art or music as she has been with her surfing? ‘Practice makes perfect and I still have loads to learn. Whatever I’m doing I find it interesting because it is a constant learning process. I like to push myself in all areas to pursue my dreams, and to feel like I am living my life to its fullest.’ So, any more projects on the pipeline, or new artistic directions planned? ‘I’m just going with the flow,’ says Candice casually. ‘I’ll keep you posted though!’


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Candice, South Fistral cruisin’.

Candice likes to be experimental both in and out of the ocean. She's just got an alaia (a finless wooden board) which is adding another dimension to her wave riding. So, what’s the new addition to your quiver? A Tom Wegner 5'11” alaia. It’s a finless paulownia wood board which is great for prone riding, but on the perfect wave you can stand up. Tell us a bit about it – how’s it made?  The alaia is an ancient style finless wood board, hand crafted from start to finish. The board needs care with oiling and sometimes some sanding or repair work, but it will take a lot of abuse and can last a lifetime if looked after correctly. What’s it like to ride? The alaia is a tricky thing to ride. Your patience will be tested, but once you’ve tuned in and stood up for the

first time, you'll never look back. The alaia teaches you about patience, timing, speed, and elegance. It’s really learning how to surf all over again. The way you ride an alaia is by using the edge of the board to hold across the wall of the wave, then you can break free for a controlled sideways slide like on butter, then grab the wave again for forward momentum. You play back and forth with your weight on the inside rail for forward momentum, where the board will grip the wave and take off again. What sort of conditions suit it best? For me the best conditions are clean and small days, preferably a point or a wave with a long wall. Is it better than a surfboard? It’s not better, it’s just different. It’s about having as many different experiences as you can with one element, and the alaia certainly gives you a different wave riding feeling. SURFGIRL 025


beauty: festival fever

party day and night! Hair and make up to get you in the festival mood.

Photos: Mike searle

SMOKin’ HOt Smokey eyes are still a firm favourite and, when paired with perfect nude lips, you can rock this look anywhere from a festival to a glam night out! How to work smokey eyes Step 1 Apply foundation and a translucent powder to the eye lid for an even application. Sweep a light eye shadow over the entire lid.

Step 2 (pHOtO 1) Work a black kohl liner across the top lash line and apply your chosen eye shadow – following the curve of your eye socket. Blend the eye shadow from the lash line to the socket line.

Step FiVe Apply foundation with a brush or fingers after you’ve done your eyes – this prevents eye shadow from dropping onto the face and looking messy. Step 3 (pHOtO 2) Line underneath the eye, beginning at the outside corner and moving towards the inner corner. To give the pencil line staying power, use a liner brush to sweep a layer of eye shadow over the pencil.

Step SiX Work a pink cream blush into the apples of your cheeks, and apply a touch of highlighter to your cheek bones. Step SeVen Finish with a layer of nude lip stick, try natural nymph by elf.

SUZI'S CHOSEN PRODUCTS Jemma Kidd i-tech liquid liner - £5.25 Quick dry, extreme last liquid liner in classic black to bold brights. elf Eyeliner & Shadow Stick - £3.50 Liner to create dramatic definition to eyes and shadow stick for soft highlighting colour.

Step 4 (pHOtO 3) Using an eye shadow brush continue to layer and blend the shadow deeply enough to create the dramatic smokey eyes effect. Work colour into the crease and outer corners to intensify. Finish off with a touch of silver shadow to the inner corners of the eyes and lots of mascara. 026 SURFGIRL

elf Mineral Lipstick - £3.50 A nourishing blend of exotic oils, natural waxes, vitamins and plant extracts to keep your lips hydrated. elf Shimmering facial whip - £1.50 Multipurpose, whipped colorant packed with vitamins B, C and E to instantly brighten and soothe your skin. www.suziwinter.co.uk


Hair Maintenance If you’re out and about this summer at festivals, parties or camping then looking gorgeous when you’re sleeping in a tent, up until dawn, and either a two-hour queue or 20 miles from the nearest toilets isn’t easy! With this in mind we asked Dudes hairdressers for some versatile styles to keep you looking fabulous at outdoor events this summer. Festival chick

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Step 1 Spray down hair to de-frizz, and section in to two halves. Plait in medium size plaits – around 10-15 over your whole head. Spray with Nexxus Sea Swell Ocean Air texture Mist £10 or Blend Sea Salt Spray £14.50 and sleep with the plaits in. Step 2 Remove the plaits and use your fingers to comb them out. Spray lightly with Keune Mineral Hair Spray £10.90 or any good quality hair spray to give it hold and keep the grease at bay. Step 3 To maintain this look use a good quality dry shampoo and

hairspray. You can re-plait your hair one evening to keep the festival wave look going for longer. For extra gloss spray lightly with Keune Brilliant Gloss Spray £9.90. Step 4 Finish off with a funky hat, bandana or headband and you’re 100% ready to PARTY!!

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Step 1 Before leaving put Nexxus Sea Swell onto dry hair, this creates volume. Then curl your hair with straighteners or a wand. Step 2 When you’re there, run your fingers through your hair and crunch with hair spray.

Step 3 If your fringe or the front of your hair looks like it might go a bit flat, then plait it across the front. Step 4 Add flowers, headbands and funky clips to mix it up and you’re good to go! www.dudesmodernbarbers.com SURFGIRL 027


accessories: summer jewellery

Summerdays During the hazy days of summer...add some dreamy, colourful jewellery for a beachy, blissed out look. Photos: Kate Czuczman Model: Natalie Fox Coloured Shell Necklace, Fat Face £20.00 www.fatface.com Earings Joy, Billabong £14 Necklace Jennie, Billabong £28 www.billabong.com

Button necklace, Lilly Loop £28 www.lillyloops.co.uk

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Necklace and braclets, Nalu Beads. From ÂŁ8.95 per bead www.nalubeads.com

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Keala: Never Outgunned Heavyweight charger Keala Kennelly has already scored the tube-of-the-year so far and, as if being able to surf at that level wasn’t talent enough, she can also mix it up on the decks. Is there anything she can’t do..? Izzy Keene got in the mix with the multitalented Ms Kennelly to find out. Words: Izzy Keene Sequence: ryan struck

Well Keala, you've been a busy lady! Huge congrats on that barrel you scored at Puerto Escondido - what a ride! Tell us what went down. I’d flown down to Puerto for a swell the week before, and was surfing the day Noel drowned there (big wave charger Noel Robinson). Everybody was shaken up by the experience. When I saw that big swell coming I decided to change my ticket to stay longer. I'm so glad I did, otherwise I would have left the day before I got that incredible wave. That morning I was standing on the beach with Coco and his jetski debating whether I should give it a go. A few guys had paddled out but I hadn't seen any makeable barrels yet. Then I saw Dylan pull into a bomb, and he got a sick barrel and came out. Right then I decided to go for it. I got on the ski and we went way out the back. Coco saw that wave coming and he got me in the perfect position. I let go of the rope and set my line and then the barrel started throwing over me. It was so big and hollow. At one point the section ahead started throwing even faster and I thought I wasn't going to make it out. I had to make some technical adjustments to get the speed, and when I came out I was so pumped! Coco came and got me and took me out to get an even bigger one. The next wave was bigger but it shut down at the end. I pulled in anyway and got to stand tall in that big barrel for a few moments before it detonated. I'm super stoked – it was a really good trip for me. How did you feel after a wave like that? I was stoked. There weren’t a lot of waves like that one out there that day, so I just felt extremely lucky and grateful to Coco for putting me in the right spot to get that barrel. Other than charging and making more of a name for yourself on the big wave circuit, what have you been up to? Before I went to Mex I was in LA doing some hosting jobs for Fuel TV and attending the Billabong XXL awards. I was meant to go to Mex for 9 days and I ended up staying for 3 weeks! That turned out to be a really fun trip for me. How do you prepare for a session in heavy surf?  Preparation happens all year round – putting in time in the gym, surfing, cross training. The day before I know it’s going to be a heavy session, I try to get a good night’s sleep and not drink too much alcohol! I think it also helps me to get my equipment waxed up and ready to go the night before so I have less to think about on the day.

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To get amped I usually listen to house music. Especially house music that has big chunky beats.

Is there any particular music that you listen to before a heavy session? To get amped I usually listen to house music. Especially house music that has big chunky beats. What have you recently added to your iPod? La Roux, Lykke Li, Little Dragon, Dalminjo, The Angel, Lenka, some of Yeah Yeah Yeah's remixes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, and a few tracks off the new Gorillaz album. You charge in the surf but SurfGirl’s heard that you kill it on the decks too... How long have you been spinning tunes for? It’s been a hobby of mine for five or six years. How long did it take before you felt ready to play in public? Ha! I still get stressed out about playing in public. It took a long time and I still mess up sometimes. It’s similar to surfing in that you can spend a lifetime trying to master it. Vinyl vs. CDs? Where do you stand? Though the newer CD decks are amazing and super convenient (and what I use more often), nothing feels better than vinyl.  Who are your biggest musical influences? Danny Tenaglia, The Martinez Brothers, Cevin Fisher, Chus and Ceballos, Jesse Garcia, Marques Wyatt, Blaze, Maw, Miguel Migs. What makes a good party? Super-fun people that want to have a good time and don’t have attitude, good music, quality cocktails, and a good sound system. Surfer, DJ and actress: what can we expect to see from Keala in the next year? I honestly don’t know. I try to go where life takes me — sometimes I am pushing in one direction and then get pulled in another direction entirely. I will be surfing a lot, and if any acting jobs come my way then they do... And I’m sure there will be a few DJ gigs thrown in there somewhere too. SURFGIRL 031


taste: cocktails

summer cocktails

What better way to celebrate the summer than with some lush cocktails after a long, hot day at the beach. We asked cocktail guru Simon Radcliffe to come up with some cool tasting, thirst quenching, in-your-face cocktails for SurfGirl. He did just that and the results were amazing! Give them a try yourself for summer drinks with a difference – hic… Photos: mike searle

Dark Chocolate and Black Cherry Martini 1 shot Vodka ½ shot Cherry Heering ½ shot Mozart Dark Chocolate To make: Shake all of the ingredients and then fine strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Grape Effect 8 seedless white grapes 5 fresh mint leaves 2 shots Cognac ½ shot sugar syrup Pelorus Cloudy Bay sparkling wine To make: Muddle the fruit and mint together in the shaker, then add the cognac and sugar syrup. Shake and strain into a chilled champagne flute, top with Cloudy Bay.

Apple and Elderflower Collins 1 shot gin or vodka 1 shot St Germain Elderflower Liqueur Juice of ½ lemon ½ shot sugar syrup ½ shot elderflower cordial 2 shots cloudy apple juice Soda 1 apple To make: Shake all the ingredients apart from the soda, strain into a long chilled glass and then add the soda. Garnish with a wedge of apple.

Raspberry and Honey Bellini ½ shot Chambord ½ shot 42 Bellow Manuka Honey vodka 1 shot raspberry puree Pelorus Cloudy Bay sparkling wine 1 raspberry To make: Shake all the ingredients and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with Cloudy Bay and garnish with a fresh raspberry.

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Girls can’t surf? Yes they can! The Red Bull Surf Camp in Peru puts the world’s top female surfers through their paces.

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left to right: Sally Fitzgibbons during video analysis of her ride. Maya Gabeira warming up for her next session. Sally Fitzgibbons in her element.

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t’s said that, surfing is a man’s world. For a woman, carving out a spot in the lineup is hardly an easy feat. The criticism is that girls are less extreme, less powerful, less innovative. Therefore, the highest praise a girl’s apt to get is that they surf like a boy. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Sofía Mulanovich (PER), Maya Gabeira (BRA) and Nadja de Col (PER) are out to prove the world otherwise. That’s the main reason the four of them congregated on the Peruvian shore at the end of May. As part of the Red Bull Surfing Girls Only camp, it was time to show the doubters that when it comes to high-performance surfing the girls can throw it down just as hard as the boys. An intimate performance camp with four coaches on hand, Sally, Sofia, Maya and Nadja came to Peru to brush up on their techniques and hopefully elevate their game to an even higher level. Around the world the surf media has lauded this current generation of women as the ones who are apt to shatter the gender barrier. “I believe we still have a long way to go, but we have moved a step forward,” explains Sally. “I believe it’s possible to get to where the men are, we just need to work on some of their techniques.” “Training with guys is good for the girls because men are very competitive, which leads them to try harder every time. The girls see this, and learn from it,” says Andy Walshe, high performance manager for Red Bull Surfing. However, girls-only training sessions are also special, and are specifically focused on how the female body operates in motion. Furthermore, the female mind is a whole different world in which the coaches must immerse themselves. “Female psychology is very different from male psychology,” says Walshe. “In a setting as intimate 034 SURFGIRL

as this, it is much more likely that the girls come out of their shell and let us know what their goals and dreams are. We want to get to know them better, so we can help them.” The camp’s small group was yet another unique feature: only four girls took part and enjoyed the intense days of practice. “Having coaches as great as Dan Ross, Shane Beschen and Andy Walshe almost to myself is amazing and great for my surfing,” said Sofia. Young Nadja de Col also reaped the benefits from the experience. “Even though you know who the coaches are, you really notice what amazing surfers they are when they see you surfing,” added Nadja, “and they come over to you and tell you to move your foot this way, or five centimeters to this side, and suddenly, you are able to manoeuvre in ways you never thought possible.” The idea behind a camp as small as this one is that the coaches can concentrate on the needs of each surfer and tailor a program to help each of them individually. “Large groups don’t allow much oneon-one time with the surfers. In the Lima camp, we’ve had plenty of it,” explained Dan Ross, coach for Red Bull Surfing. And he’s not lying. Individual analysis for each girl’s surfing technique was the recurring theme during the camp week. While the surfers were off at sea, one of the coaches would videotape every move they made, so they could see what they were doing and how to improve it as soon as they hit the shore. This coaching method, known as instant video analysis, was complemented with further video analysis once the girls arrived at the Red Bull beach house in Señoritas. An overhead projector was the star of the living room, constantly showing the videos on one of the walls, while the surfers gathered with the coaches to go through their moves and mistakes in a more personal manner.

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“it was time to show the doubters that when it comes to highperformance surfing the girls can throw it down just as hard as the boys.�

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Sally Fitzgibbons shredding the waves of Peru.

“I believe it’s possible to get to where the men are, we just need to work on some of their techniques.” – Sally Fitzgibbons

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Nadja De Col, Sally Fitzgibbons and Sofia Mulanovich enjoying their time inbetween surfing sessions.

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clockwise: Sofia Mulanovich during the intense five-day training camp. Maya Gabeira perfectly prepared for her next competition. The camp also focused on important nutritional questions. Nadja De Col improving her aerials outside the water.

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“Each surfer is different and has to work on different things,” said Walshe. “The training regime we planned for Sofía is different to that of Sally’s, which is also different to Maya’s and Nadja’s.” The surfers’ nutrition was another important topic discussed during the camp. Surfers use up a lot of energy while at sea, and it is very important for them to know exactly what to eat and drink to make up for the loss. Fish is usually one of the main sources of protein in the surfers’ diet. “We usually include fish in our diet because it’s so easy to get, as we are always working by the sea,” says Ross. While at camp, the girls learnt a new way to cook fish: making ceviche. Renowned local chef Christian Bravo arrived at the Red Bull beach house to give the four girls a private lesson on how to make this traditional Peruvian dish. But the Red Bull Surfing Girls Only camp was not all work. There was some play mixed in there. During one afternoon, Sofía, Sally and Nadja learnt something about ancient Peru. The girls traded their surfboards for “caballitos de totora” (traditional boats made with canes, that are still used by fishermen),

and tried to surf the waves just like the ancient Peruvians from the MocheChimú culture. After a few failed attempts and some wipeouts, the girls could finally dominate the boats. “It was amazing and really fun,” said Sofia. “However, it was really hard to stand up and manoeuvre because the boats don’t have keels, and they weigh a lot.” The high performance training in the camp showed the most modern surfing techniques. During the five days that the Red Bull Surfing Girls Only camp took place there were specific trainings for aerial manoeuvres (using a trampoline and a skateboard to simulate the action at sea). The girls also worked on their paddling technique, their wave selection criteria and nutrition. A mock competition that simulated the heats and rounds of a WCT tour stop was the grand finale. “This week has helped all of us. Each one came with an idea of what she wanted to improve on, and achieved it”, said Maya. “Now we just have to use what we have learned, and show everyone how capable women can be when they’re turned loose in the sea.”

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roll up close: nicole morgan

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Nicole Morgan

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Committed Irish ripper Nicole Morgan is always planning her next trip or contest. She’s just got married too, but she's but not letting that slow her down... SurfGirl caught up with her on the eve of a trip to the Maldives with the Brit crew.

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You’ve just come back from a road trip in Europe and tackled a couple of WQS events. How did that go? Competing on the WQS was a great experience on a number of levels. It was daunting to be surfing against some of the ‘names’ of surfing, like Sally Fitzgibbons and Steph Gilmore, but It was exciting to have an opportunity to show people that girls from Ireland and the UK can actually surf – the surprise on people’s faces when you say where you're from never gets old! It was inspiring (if a little frustrating!) to see how much the level of women’s surfing has risen in recent years. I may not have achieved the results that I was looking for, but I’m pretty happy with my surfing at the minute – I just struggled to get the waves in my two heats. But, well, that's competition! The social aspect was really good fun too, and I had a lot of good times with some cool new friends.  Have you got the world’s most understanding boss? (Nicole’s qualified as a physio) Ha ha! No, I don’t have a boss at the minute as I’m pretty much surfing, training and travelling full time and just pick up a little bit of physio work here and there over the winter or in between trips. My lovely man Niall is pretty understanding though, seeing as I’m always away in amazing places and he goes to work every day. He rocks!  

in the summer and tolerable in the winter, mainly because with reefs we don't have to duckdive so much, which definitely means we don’t get cold as quickly as people who surf beachbreaks all winter. The downside is that our climate isn’t great and we get a lot of wind and rain, so surf conditions aren’t good every day. But I can’t complain from a surf point of view, if we had warm water, sunshine and lots of surf we would have crazy numbers of surfers around like in Oz or Hawaii, so it’s pretty good the way it is.

it's too busy! And your fave board? My Diverse 5'10" x 17 7/8" x 2", ‘cos it just goes in anything – from 6 foot reef breaks to 2 foot beachies, it's my ‘Little Miss Dependable’ board.

What’s so great about Irish surfing? As well as the number of spots, the atmosphere in the water is pretty mellow and most people out there are surfing because they love it, and it's a genuine part of their life. There are signs of that changing a little bit now that surfing is getting more popular and the crowds are increasing. But all in all it is a cool atmosphere out there and good fun. Favourite break at home and abroad? At home it has always been ‘The Peak’, a really good A-frame reef break that has remained my favourite wave from when I first started surfing reefs right through to now (when I’m surfing lots of other trickier reefs around home). On a small day it’s super fun and

Which female surfer would you most like to surf like? If I could combine Stephanie Gilmore’s style with Carissa Moore’s technical ability, Sally Fitzgibbon’s athleticism and Silvana Lima’s flair.... I reckon I’d settle with that!

If I could combine Stephanie Gilmore’s style with Carissa Moore’s technical ability, Sally Fitzgibbon’s athleticism and Silvana Lima’s flair.... I reckon I’d settle with that!

Can you describe where you live, and what it’s like? Ireland, namely Bundoran, which is a great spot to live as a surfer. There are a huge selection of waves around: mostly reefs (which are way more fun in my opinion!), and some good beachbreaks. Some of our reefs are mellow, others are moderate and some are pretty heavy – so there’s a great selection to choose from depending on swell direction, wind, ability and your nerve! The water temperature is ok

Top tunes to amp you for a surf? I don’t listen to music that much before a surf, but if I did it would be something like Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Grinspoon, Powderfinger, Hard-Fi or Interpol – that kind of stuff.

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playful and just a lovely shape to do loads of carves, slashes, re-entries and floaters. On a big day it’s good for big solid drops, big bottom turns, open face carves and barrel sections: so much fun! Abroad it has to be a couple of left-handers I surfed in the Telo and Mentawai Island chains – there are too many good ones to choose from really – and if I could take the crowd out of Rocky Point in Hawaii I would probably rate that up there too, but

What’s your favourite day of the week? Any day that’s 6 foot and offshore.

The most random thing you’ve done? Gone to check the surf somewhere in Hawaii and ended up jumping out of a plane 20 minutes later instead! Best hangover cure? Well, when you wake up with one, swearing ‘never to drink again’, that definitely makes you feel a tad better. Then – even though you will probably surf like a numpty – just jump into the sea and that generally flushes it out of your system.

Have you been watching the World Cup? Who’ve you been rooting for? Yeah, I'm loving it. I’ve been neighbourly and cheered on the English. I always have a soft spot for Spain too though, and I was rooting for the French to get their asses handed to them after their cheating antics to qualify ahead of Ireland. Ha ha, they had a shocker though! Oui oui and bon voyage back to Paris boys (not that I’m bitter). Any top tips for up and coming surf girls? Stick at it, even though it’s hard at the start, and even though our conditions can be pretty challenging. Push yourself hard, it’ll be worth it in the end when you're ripping. To any up and comers who want to be competitive: look at and aspire to reach the standard of the top international girls and set your bar up there. Don’t be content with getting to the top of Irish or British surfing – don’t settle for being a big fish in a small pond! SURFGIRL 039


The pulse of the ocean, the rhythm of the beat... They move you in similar ways. We asked a few of the top surf girls what it means to them. Photos: simon williams Laura Enever, Narabeen, Oz, ISA World Junior Champ

Some of the best advice I’ve been given is that, when you’re riding a wave, imagine you are listening to music – surfing to the beat, feeling the rhythm.

Rebecca Woods, Copacabana, Pro Surfer

What I love most about music is that if I’m a little unmotivated I can put on an amp mix and my mood will change, and I find myself singing the song to myself in the line-up. It clears the mind, relaxes the body and frees the soul to surf and express yourself how you want on that day.

Jen Smith, California, ASP World Longboard Champ

Almost every time I surf I find myself humming or singing a song. It’s usually the last song I was listening to in my car. I can't help it, so I try to listen to something that will keep me in a good mindset during a session. I love how, when surfers play music, their musical style usually reflects their surfing.

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Claire Bevaqulia, Perth, Western Australia, Pro Surfer

For me music is about expressing myself and enhancing my emotions. I could surf with anything – from opera to hip hop – depending on my energy and mood. I’m very versatile and open minded when it comes to melodies, but if I want to get really weird and act like I’m from another planet I just need some deep bass and sub woofers – and any inhibitions that I have fade away very quickly...


Steph Gilmore, NSW, Australia, ASP Triple World Champ Stylish surfing is most important to me. Music also comes in waves, and surfing with style means timing and rhythm. I think I surf like Jamiroquai, but I wish I surfed more like Jimmy Hendrix!

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bali. every surfers dream destination and here’s one reason why. classic padang padang

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Bali is the ultimate tropical paradise, the epicentre of the surfing world and the spiritual home of the rogue surfer in all of us. For many the requisite Indo search for bikini sessions, barrels and Bintang is – in keeping with the temples that cover the islands – little short of a surfing pilgrimage. This issue we thought we’d pay homage to the ultimate archipelago, so we asked a few SurfGirls about their thoughts, memories and the sacred surf experiences they’ve shared in Bali.

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This is why you came to Indo right? To actually go surfing; not to bar hop in Kuta or lie on the beach. So here’s how to make the most of it while you can… Get up – Dawny the hell out of it when the surf’s good. Up in the dark, on the beach at first light, you’ll get three hours empty surfing in before the hungover masses arrive. Stay close – Staying in a little warung at Padang or Ulu’s is a sure way to get more waves. Sure you’ve not got the bright lights of Kuta but you’ll be on it from dawn, don’t need transport and you’ll save heaps of cash. When there’s swell stay out of town, when its flat go party. Simples. Check the charts – If the wind’s going weird then hit the east side, or further north, there’s plenty of options, Canggu’s fun as hell onshore anyways. Figure out the spots – There are heaps of waves on Bali that all work on different conditions. Get a good guidebook and get your head round it. Don’t just surf the same reef every day (unless Padang is cooking obviously). Be cool – The locals are super tolerant. Keep it that way by being respectful in the water. If you break a stick and don’t want to bring it home give it to a local grom to get fixed up.


Indo traveller Krisha loves the freedom the islands offer.

Krisha Sowinski I first visited Indonesia 12 years ago in 1998. My favourite spots to visit in Bali are Balian, Impossibles and Canggu. I love Indo because it’s great for travelling on a budget, it has amazing waves and you can experience plenty of culture and insane scenery. When I’m there I mainly get around by scooter, which is the cheapest way and gives you plenty of freedom, but can be scary as you have to get through heaps of traffic. My friend Sarah suffered a pretty big wipeout on a scooter when she slammed hard on a pot hole the road. She needed three injections and five stitches, so as they say over there: hati hati (be careful!). Sometimes I just love to buzz around the streets though, just to get some breeze and check out all the street sellers. If you want to look for surf clothes then there are plenty of big surf store outlets – I try not to get too sucked in as you can get lost in a shopping frenzy for hours (although this is a great way to pass time if you’re letting cuts heal and can’t go in the water!). Religion is a huge part of the Indonesian culture, and there are some places where it’s important to cover up and show respect to the locals. There are heaps of temples to visit and people leave offerings in the street in banana-leaf-weaved baskets – they put incense sticks and rice which smells so good you often see the street dogs getting stuck in – for them it’s a daily dog bowl. The local food is amazing, I really enjoy nasi campur with chili, fish, peanuts and tempe. A yummy cheap meal. Mojo’s burrito is also good for when you’re over noodles and rice. The night life in Indo is crazy – there are plenty of places to go. If I am out, then I’ll start out at Alley cats where they have a pool table and (most importantly!) Bintang. Aikon is also a good bar with drinks promotions for girls, then follow that with Sky Garden, and just down the road from there is a burger place that opens late – perfect for midnight munchies! In the day time it’s good to get out of Kuta and go surf the beautiful beaches. There are plenty of breaks all the way from the North in Medewi down through to Uluwatu on the south – so if you look you can find uncrowded spots. There are so many islands to visit in Indonesia, but Bali is a perfect base camp for sorting out visa runs and having western food in between visiting the other islands. You can be here and feel a sense of freedom that has been lost in England – and add sunshine and surf into the mix and I’m happy!

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Hannah impressed the Brit crew with her surfing.

Hannah Harding I thought spending five months in Indo would be a bit much, but in actual fact it wasn’t enough time at all – it seemed to go so quickly. Bali is home of endless lefts (well, a few rights, especially during our winter months) and the east side of the golden island, from Nusa Dua to Padang Bai is alive – with Keramas as the star attraction and the now aptly named Kodak Point (because there’s usually more pros in the water and photographers on the beach than anywhere else). As well as being the clove cigarette capital of the world, Bali is On the road Indo stylee. also the moped Mecca with mopeds outnumbering cars 50 to 1. It’s much quicker and cooler sitting in traffic on a moped than in a car or minibus, and 046 SURFGIRL

also a lot easier finding a parking space. On the flip side it’s probably one of the most dangerous things you can do in Indo, losing concentration for a split second can end in disaster. I think nearly everyone that goes near a ped has ended up with a ‘Bali tattoo’ at some point (a burn from the exhaust), especially after a Bintang or two. Our road-trip to Lakey’s entailed a very long drive across two islands on a glorified goat track with barely any tarmac to be seen, and then travelling on a rust bucket of a ferry. All with luggage and surfboards, and mountain ranges, hairpin bends, fishing villages, jungle, goats, chickens, cows, water buffalo and crazy bus drivers... Being on the road isn’t particularly kind to your back or your bum either, but thankfully Indo is also the land of the cheap massage. Although after those pothole filled hours and rusty bumpy ferries a chiropractor may have been more appropriate. Finally getting to Lakey’s was a great relief, the waves were pumping and I was amped to get in and wash away all the dust and god knows what else from the journey. We looked like we had been down the mines for a week, nothing a little Lakey Peak perfection couldn’t cure though! And, although it was an amazing experience, I would probably think twice about doing the drive again: flying takes about 45-minutes whereas it took us 26-hours..!


Nat Fox Being goofy I was super stoked to unleash my unnatural stance on Bali’s perfect left hand reefs, and to soak up as much culture and as many activities as the tiny Indian Ocean island had to offer. The most memorable day I had though, was spent with the Soul Surf Project – a non profit organisation that uses surfing as a tool to educate and inspire Indonesia’s many orphans. The Soul Surf Project was set up by Dutchman Rodney Westerlaken back in 2007, and now has a centre in Seminyak, near Kuta. Rodney set up the project after volunteering at an orphanage near Denpasar on a previous surf trip. He’d surf every day after work, and the kids were so intrigued that he organised a three day event so that they could have a go themselves. That first event gave 60 orphans the opportunity of learning to surf, and the Soul Surf Project was born. The programme is composed of three environmental, and then five surf lessons. The first lessons include a beach clean where the kids collect waste and bring what they find back to the classroom to examine. They go through the decomposing and decaying process with the aid of booklets and educational material made in conjunction with Eco Bali – Bali’s flourishing recycling company. Once they’ve covered theory and homework on the environment, the real fun begins and the kids learn how to surf. Also incorporated into the programme are other activities such as yoga and art classes, as well as the benefits of learning and improving their English. What is amazing is that without the hard work and dedication of the Soul Surf Project, the orphans wouldn’t have a chance to enjoy the waves that Bali is renowned for. On a deeper level they are also able to explore new skills that could one day lead to a career and a way to create a more independent and financially secure future for themselves and their future families. It’s clear that Soul Surf are organised and well-structured and, with backing from sponsors such as Surfer Girl shop, Quiksilver, Redz surfboards and the Blue Ocean restaurant, they have funding for transport, equipment and meals. But they are still in need of financial support, with the long term goal being to set up a surf school managed and run by the orphans. So: yes, Bali has incredible waves, culture and people, but it was the chance to witness real positive change through surfing that really made my trip. For more details about the project and how you can help out, or volunteer, check out www. soulsurfprojectbali.com

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Nat heading out.

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Gwen Spurlock If you’ve never been to Bali before then – as soon as you land and come out of ‘arrivals’ – you’ll realise that the place is like no other… The people are CRAZY! You have to be in the right frame of mind to deal with the Balinese because they’re all hollering around trying to get your attention. The thing is once you’re in the water everyone is pretty calm, and I’ve found the Balinese to be really nice and friendly. On my last trip, after being in the hustle and bustle of Kuta, all we wanted was some peace and to surf nonstop. The waves were going pretty small so we made our way three hours down the coast to the little surf village of Balian. This place for me was paradise - it was beautiful and the people were funny. At dinner one night we sang with the Balinese women and they couldn’t stop laughing at us because we had learnt a Balinese song. Unfortunately we didn’t know what the words meant, but apparently it was very rude! That was an experience I’ll never forget and proved that, even though the language can be a barrier, fun and friendship can be understood everywhere. 


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Kate’s eye captured the beauty of Bali perfectly.

Kate Czuczman It took a week of intense psychological warfare with a volcano before I was able to change my Facebook status to ‘surfing in paradise until further notice’. So, needless to say, I was extremely thankful to be in Bali, and everywhere I looked there seemed to me more and more to be thankful for: turquoise seas, perfect machine like waves that were unexpectedly ‘me’ sized, fallen frangipani all around to wear in my hair, and so much colour that I couldn’t decide whether to surf or take photographs.  Wherever we went we seemed to trip over small colourful offerings made by the Balinese to their Hindu gods. Each is a small work of art constructed with enormous care and placed everywhere from beaches, to homes, to the middle of the road. I noticed my first offering at Denpasar airport as I was handing over my $25 visa fee – a small palm leaf tray filled with rice, flowers, a ritz biscuit, a cigarette and, of course, a smoking incense stick. All around you in Bali are the petals and remains of these once perfect creations, yet still the same care and attention is given to preparing new ones over and over again throughout the day. I like this time dedicated everyday to create something beautiful to give thanks and appreciate what you have... It’s a reminder to us all to slow down and value the small things.

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Pauline Ado My first thought was: the traffic in Bali is wild. It’s everyone for themselves! When we first got into Kuta we were choked by the number of cars and motorbikes in the street. It was so noisy and messy, and we then rented a motorbike so we could check some spots. Amandine was driving and I was at the back, holding on tight, We saw the Balinese dancing in the Uluwatu Temple. Even though the story was explained to us I think we didn't get the meaning of the whole dancing. The women were doing very meticulous movements with their hands (we read somewhere that every move has a meaning), and in the final scene the main character walked in the fire! We surfed in Uluwatu because it was getting the most swell. I'm a regular so I prefer rights, but I have to say this left is amazing and almost everyone can surf there (except when it's very big of course), and everyone was having fun! After our morning session we stopped at a little warung (food stall) to refill with a fresh fruit juice and some nasi goreng (fried rice) right in front of the spot. What we also liked about this spot is how many people from different countries you meet. Surfers from everywhere in the world are there: Americans, Australians, Brazilians, Europeans, Japanese... Meeting all those different people was very enriching. Pauline not missing her French homeland one little bit.

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Karma making it look easy.

Karma Worthington The most important place in Bali to me is Medewi, on the west coast. I have been travelling to Bali with my parents since I was two-years-old, and my family and I have a special connection with a family who live by the beach at Medewi. Gede’s Homestay is situated on the boulder beach. There are six rooms, three upstairs and three downstairs. There is a small restaurant out the front where they serve traditional Indonesian food, which overlooks a lefthand pointbreak. The homestay is named after the husband of the family, Gede. His wife, Ketut, is always working with a massive smile on her face, the most cheerful lady I have ever met. She has seen me grow up from two-years-old until now! When I went back this year for the first time in four-years, her face lit up as soon as she saw me and she knew exactly who I was. 'Kama, kama, look how big you are! Where’s Mama and Papa?' It was so welcoming! Medewi is such a relaxing place to stay and spend time. The wave is a playful left, perfect for perfecting manoeuvres, there is a pool over the road, and two trees to tie up a hammock, watch the waves and refuel. Indo perfection!

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Desert Point, flawless.

Desert Point – Located on the SW tip of Lombok, across the Lombok Strait from Bali, Desert point also marks the bio-geographical beginning of Australasia and the end of Asia – as the Wallace line lies in the channel. Needing a big swell at the right angle to get going scoring Deserts is no easy task. The options are either boating in or feraling it on land. Probably the longest barrel in the whole of Indo, Deserts is a fickle but essential gem. Arguably the spot with one of the most perfect line-ups in the world, the photo from the hill is an iconic view in surfing. On a good day the barrel grows in size as the wave peels down the reef.

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Uluwatu – The coral real estate that started the Indonesian gold rush that goes on to this day. First “discovered” in August 1971 by film-maker Alby Falzon, his footage of 14-year old Aussie Steve Cooney and Seppo Rusty Miller streaking across perfect green walls in the seminal film Morning Of The Earth opened the world’s eyes to the potential of Bali and beyond. Nearly 40-years later the lure of Outside Corner, The Peak and the sublime Racetracks remains strong. Reliable and working from 2 to 12-feet it’s the default wave for many Bali trips. Until you’ve descended into the cave and paddled out you won’t know. Of course getting back into the cave on a big day when the tides pushing can be an interesting experience!

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Padang Padang – Myth has it that Aussie Richard Harvey was the first to slide across the fearsome Padang reef in 1973. He picked his way down the rocky coast from Ulu’s on a big day to see what he could find. He rode three waves and retreated as, without a soul in sight, it wouldn’t of been a good place to get hurt. It made it un-named onto celluloid in Free Ride in ’77 and wasn’t named in the media until 1980. PP needs a whopping swell to get going and when it does the whole world will be on it, unsurprising as it’s one of the best barrels in the world, it’s also a great place to snap your board and park yourself on the reef… shieldsy

G-Land – Located on the edge of the jungle at the SE tip of Java, G-Land is the daddy of all Indo spots. It’s a multi section reef with something for everyone from big open walls at Money Trees to the insane freight train kegs at Speedies. First surfed in 1972 by Seppo’s Bill Boyum and Bob Laverty, who’d spotted the wave on a plane ride to Bali, they motor biked all the way from Bali to the village of Grajagan and then hiked in with supplies. They surfed it for three perfect days before running out of food. On return to Bali Laverty died in a surfing accident at Ulu’s. While Bill’s brother Mike went on to to start the original surf camp; which in the early 80s was bringing in $250,000 a season. Mike Boyum went on to find Cloud 9 in the Philippines and died there while on the 45th day of a purifying fast.

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Keramas – A new kid on the block, this east side beauty has only been on the radar the last few years but is now the media’s darling. Firm favourite for the dawny and the place to be for the world’s photo-bagging, footage-grabbing pros. In the main season the trade winds are onshore so you need to be on it first light. It’s a bit of right relief in the land of the left. Fun as hell when small, serious and painful when big this reef may be about performance but it’s no softy. A new road up the east side opened up this stretch a few years back leading to the discovery of Keramas and a brace of other fun beachies.

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summer sunnies:

love your eyes

This summers sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes – retro, sporty, aviator, brat pack. Which style suits you? Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion item, they also protect your eyes from the worst that the sun can throw at you.

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ou can peek at the sun very briefly with the naked eye with no damage, but anything passed a brief flirtation like that and it’s gonna be doing you no favours. A good stare at the sun can cause phosphene artifacts and temporary blindness- that’s what happens when you torch your retina with 4milliwatts of pure undiluted sunlight. UV exposure also gradually yellows the lens of the eye and is thought to contribute to the formation of cataracts, that’s just generally, not from looking at the sun either. If you do look at the sun, unavoidable on late evening summer surfs on the west coast, then 100 seconds is all it takes to for the UV to induce sunburn like lesions on your retina. So you get the picture, the sun maybe our friend but it doesn’t do our eyes any good at all. Sunnies in the surf are hard to work so you need to protect your eyes whenever possible on land. Being near the ocean is a double whammy as the water reflects the suns rays back up at you. This may mean surfers have a lovely tanned under chin but it also means we are more at risk of eye damage than most people. Cataracts

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and poor vision in old age are one thing, the benign growth of the scary and hard to pronounce ‘Pterygium’ is another. In essence a conjunctive growth on the eye caused by over exposure to sun and wind it’s not something you want to consider; Google it to see what can happen. Symptoms include persistent redness, inflammation and itchy eyes. In advanced cases the pterygium can affect vision as it invades the cornea and can cause all manner of problems. So those surfers you think are permanently baked due to the red eyes are probably just in the early stages of pterygium… Convinced sunnies are an essential now? Look after your peepers, not like you can get another set, buy decent sunglasses with good lenses and be confident you are buying safe shades by looking for the European Standard CE mark or British Standard BSEN 1836:1997. In other words buy a reputable brand like those featured here, those ones from down the market may be cheap and fashionable this week but they won’t protect your precious eyeballs from interstellar radiation.


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The Girl from

Paracuru

Quite simply: Silvana Lima rocks - bustin' out airs like Johnny Rotten's attitude filled punk daughter. We thought we'd better find out a bit more about the bold Brazilian. Where are you from? What’s it like? I am from Paracuru, Brazil. Brazil is a beautiful place although there are areas where I am from that have poor parts.   What was it like growing up there? I had a very difficult childhood. My mother took care of five children by herself and was very poor - we did not have money to eat and I took care of the car parks to earn a little money to help at home, so I very much appreciate the place that I am in today.

How did you get in to surfing? I lived across the beach and watched my older brothers and their friends surf. I was always watching them and wanted to be in the water too so one day I tried it. At first I would use a piece of wood until I found a friend to borrow a board from. I was very fond of both football and surfing, but when I started to get good waves I fell in love with surfing and I then chose the surf. With this everything worked out and now I can help my family to eat today, thank God. I would very much like to reach the top and I’m certain this would be very good for the evolution of surfing for the girls in Brazil. What do you think of the women’s tour? I think the women’s tour is growing and we are gaining more publicity and media too. The girls are being more radical, that I love! I feel very good about the tour.  What did you think when you made it onto the tour? That I’m surfing well and I will fight for the title even more every year I’m on tour! How’s life on tour? Tour life is hard work but fun. There is a lot of travelling away from home, but it has been a great opportunity for me to surf waves all around the world and to gain as much experience as I can. I love being on tour and surfing as hard as I can. What would you like to achieve this year? I would like to gain the world title and it would be great to take this home to Brazil. I will fight for it! How many boards do you have in your quiver? I have a lot. Thirty plus! My favourite board is my 5’8” rounded pin. It’s the board that I won Bells Beach on last year. Where are your favourite spots? Ronco do Mar (Paracuru, Ceara. Brazil), Xangu (Indonesia), Maui (Hawaii). What scares you? I am not afraid – I do my job and I hope to show positive surfing on every wave that I ride.

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- I do my job and I hope to show positive surfing on every wave that I ride.''

What do your tattoos show? I have 6 tattoos, each one has a feeling, but the one I like most is the trophy I have of Bells Beach. What does a typical day involve? I always wake up early, eat some fruit and then go for the first surf of the day. I then come back and take a coffee break! Then I go to English school, and after lunch I rest a little bit and then go surfing again. When I have finished surfing I have a training session with my personal trainer, a gym session sometimes, and other times I’m at the pool or on the beach. In the evening I usually watch a video before I go to sleep – which is normally very early! Will you still be on the tour in ten years time? I will stay on tour for many years I believe! Do you worry about the environment? I worry a lot about the environment, and I always try to help in some way or another. Do you worry about death? I don’t worry about death, I think God knows what he is doing!

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What do you think is the biggest hope for humanity? The greatest hope for humanity is our children. We should take care of nature so our children can have a better way of life. Describe your life in five words. God, surf, love, peace and health!

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how to get ahead in surfing Does that dream ‘surf job’ really exist? If so: how do you get it?! We find out and get some insider tips from those who are already there. You may think that working in the surf industry is all glamour, pro surfers and beach parties, but in reality it’s a bit more down to earth than that. A lot of jobs tend to be marketing and sales orientated and, ok, you do get to party like it’s 1999 and have a lot of fun sometimes, but in reality you probably won’t be clearing your diary because Kelly Slater’s in town and wondering if you’re free for lunch. We asked a few girls who work in the industry what their jobs entail and how they got there.

Sophie Paget Marketing, Sales and PR

What do you do? Marketing and PR Manager for O’Neill Clothing in the UK. How did you get into it? A decent business degree and a passion for sports. What's the pay like? Enough for me to have a snow and beach holiday every year – so I’m happy! Is there a typical day? An average day is answering a load of emails; updating our social network sites; brainstorming with my assistant; packing up and planning ‘points of sale’; choosing adverts to feature; planning seasonal campaigns and what stories and messages we want to share with media, retailers and the public. There’s plenty going on and I love the variety of my job. What’s the best way of getting work? Determination and a little bit of luck. With Marketing and PR it’s good to talk – get contacts in the industry and you’re more likely to hear about job opportunities. Would you recommend it? Absolutely! Every job has its dull desk days – but if it’s an industry you’re passionate about then they’re not so dull. Then there are the days out of the office – this year we’re sponsoring some great events which, naturally, I must attend! Cold Water Classic Surf Events, UK Pro Wakeboard Tour and London Freeze – none of which I mind giving up a weekend for!

Mel Enright PR

What do you do? I am a PR Director at Tea and Cake PR, a fashion/sports lifestyle agency, where I oversee a team who work predominately for the brands: Quiksilver, Roxy and Roxy Heart. Is there a typical day? Each day is pretty varied depending on what projects and events are happening. My usual morning entails reading all the relevant media for consumer and specialist surf/snow/skate, and then meeting with the team to organise plans for projects, client reports and media

sell ins for the week. I also meet with journalists in the showroom, or book lunch or breakfasts to discuss our clients and collections. If we’re pitching, I’ll organise brainstorms, research and the production of pitches. What’s the best way of getting work? When you are starting in PR, get your CV out to the brands and companies that you love – for either a placement or for an advertised role. I would advise doing as many placements as you can when you’re at college as this world is all about contacts and recommendations. Of course this also means that no matter what’s coming at you, present a cheery and helpful disposition. Show you are engaged in the world you’re wanting to be part of too, and immerse yourself in surfing/boarding culture and the creative culture around it.

Lucia Griggi Photographer

What do you do? I am a professional surf photographer and work full time shooting within the industry internationally. I shoot action in and out of the water and fashion shoots for the industry on location, and in the studio photographing products. How did you get into it? I worked shooting surfers at surf schools for a year before travelling off to Morocco to teach surfing. In 2005 I started working with my photography for a PR agency and started to get commissions. I had some coverage in local newspapers and surf magazines alongside London based press. I then worked on the pro surf tour and ventured onto the international scene soon after. I never anticipated or planned to be a photographer – it was a hobby, which became my life and now my life revolves around my camera. What’s the pay like? The pay is good if you can compare it with a 9-5 job. I charge anywhere form £500-800 for a day’s work, and for fashion shoots around £5k for five day’s work. Compared to other areas of photography the surf industry – I would say – would be on the lower end of the scale, we compromise the money for the lifestyle. Try to get into the commercial side of things and you can charge the big bucks! (Or weddings haha!) Is there a typical day? Check the surf forecast, plan a shoot or if the weather’s bad go for a surf myself. Check emails and Facebook! If not on location then I have interviews, photo archives to filter through or selling continued on page 73

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Sarah James Intern

What do you do? I’m a second year student studying Surf Science and Technology at the University of Plymouth. I’m currently doing a three month internship placement at Coffin on Cake PR. Why an internship? I applied for the intern role because I wanted to find out where I could take my career after I graduate. Experience is so important when you’re applying for a job, especially in the surf industry, and a good internship makes your CV look so much better than just having a degree. What do you do? My internship involves working with the latest clothing collections and events from brands like Rip Curl and Pull-In, and I’ve learnt so much about board sports PR, marketing, magazines and fashion. I’ve also learnt a lot about business, and now know there are many different routes to take within the industry – it’s not as straightforward as just getting the job you want. It’s competitive and you’ve really got to work hard for it! Any advice to potential interns? Be persistent, keen to learn, work hard and get to know as many people as you can. 072 SURFGIRL


stock imagery to book publishers and companies. I also have at least one good gossip to a girlfriend! If I’m on location then I organize my assistant and prepare my camera equipment the night before, then I can get to the shoot and work. What’s the best way of getting work? To be honest I’m not sure. Clients generally contact me first, but I would say put a portfolio together and network as much as you can. Would you recommend it? Hell yes! I think it’s one of the hardest things I have ever fallen into! It’s such a competitive profession with a load of people wanting to get into it all the time. A lot of work is needed to put yourself out there in the beginning and you’ve got to be adventurous. The good side of being a surf photographer is the freedom to travel, and sit on beaches, and swim in the sea 340 days of the year.

near two years to learn what you need to know to be a journalist. The best education is learning on the job, and the best training is just to practice. If I did it again, I’d skip the degree and do loads of work placements instead and really work to develop a specialism early on. A specialist journalist will always have a huge advantage over a generalist – even if the generalist is a better speller, interviewer and writer. What’s the pay like? Chaotic. With the rise of the internet, people have come to expect information to be free. Before the digital age most of us were used to shelling out some cash in exchange for our newspapers and magazines, which meant that publications could afford to pay their journalists. It’s not all gloomy though – the flip side is that the web makes it easier than ever to expand your skill set to include photography, filming, podcasting and blogging. Also, if you have a specialism – such as surfing, coastal living or adventure sports – you’re ideally placed to get copywriting gigs, which typically pay better than traditional journalism. Is there a typical day? Weirdly, the writing part of the job never takes as long as all the preparation. Some days research and organisation takes up most of my time, so I’ll sit in front of my laptop pitching feature ideas, liaising with contacts, chasing invoices, reading the news, fielding press releases and setting up interviews. Other days I’ll run around town attending press previews, meeting with PRs, interviewing people on the phone or in person and transcribing tapes. If I’m really lucky I’ll wake up and find myself on a press trip in the UK or abroad. What’s the best way of getting work? The best advice anyone ever gave me was to get an internship. I started on a magazine as the work experience person, and in my second week I was sitting on a horse with a mallet in hand learning to play polo for a feature. Within two years I was editing the title, and that’s not really all that unusual. Work experience gives you instant inside access within a publishing company so you get the very best contacts and opportunities going. I think it’s a small price to pay. Would you recommend it? This is a great path because it allows you to dovetail your interests with your work. In a way, you don’t have to squeeze in the fun stuff at weekends or after 5pm – there’s a lot of scope to integrate the fun stuff into your paid work. It would be easy to find a career that pays better, but nearly impossible to find one with as much freedom and variety. My friends with real jobs view mine as a constant holiday!

“The best education is learning on the job, and the best training is just to practice. If I did it again, I’d skip the degree and do loads of work placements instead and really work to develop a specialism early on.”

Katy Thomas Music Promoter/Programmer

What do you do? I’m responsible for booking bands for many of Cornwall’s premier music events like the Boardmasters and the SAS Ball. How did you get into it? I had to start my own business, because when I moved to Cornwall in 1997 after working in the record industry for 12-years, there were no music jobs. So I started working as a waitress, and then joined SAS as the Ball organiser. I realised that, apart from the Ball, there wasn’t really much live music going on in Cornwall so, after being at SAS for six years I decided to start my own regional promotions company and SW1 was born, hence I got the job I always wanted: and in Cornwall! What does a typical day involve? An office day would mean spending a lot of my time emailing and talking to live booking agents, mostly based in London, who each have a roster of bands and DJs that they represent. When we’re working on the Boardmasters we go through all the options of headliners that we and our clients (the organisers) want to look at, and then find out if they are a) available, and b) if they fit within the budget. Once the headliners are booked we begin to work on the rest of the line up – we book over 100 bands for Boardmasters – so there is a lot of emailing offers to agents and then working through contracts and dealing with Tour managers to make sure that we have what they need at the festival. If I’m at the festivals or shows I would be managing the musicproduction, which means that our team will be on site very early, getting dressing rooms ready, liaising with our tech crews, sorting out the tour managers and bands when they arrive (making sure they have what they need: passes, food, showers, internet, surfing lessons!), liaising with stage crews to make sure that the bands are on and off stage when they are supposed to be, waving them off, cleaning up the dressing rooms and laying them out again in preparation to do the whole thing again the next day... How would you describe your job in 5 words? Busy, challenging, fun, superb, unique!

Shannon Denny Journalist

What do you do? I’m a freelance journalist, editor and copywriter. How did you get into it? After university I did a two-year MA in communications in the US. There are some useful courses out there, but you don’t really need to devote anywhere

Claire Lynch Core Sports Manager

What do you do? I’m the Core Sports Manager for Relentless Energy Drink. How did you get into it? Six years ago I used to work in Fashion PR and Marketing in London but didn’t feel like I fitted in. I decided to go freelance and got my first gig with Saltrock (thank you Martin!). Six months later I scored an internship with Sports Vision on what is the very successful Relentless Boardmasters, and from there I worked my way up into the PR and Marketing of the Festival. Relentless Energy then came onto the scene and I jumped at the chance to work with them. Is there a typical day? Normally managing the Relentless Energy core sports athlete and event sponsorships, and generally working with everyone involved with Relentless on the projects and festivals we’ve got going on. It’s a diverse role with very creative people and no two days are the same. As I look after surf, skate, BMX and Wakeboard, I could be working on creative projects such as the Powers of Three film one day, and then the athlete lounges at Relentless Wakestock the next. It’s always busy and always different. Would you recommend it? YES! 100 times yes! It definitely has its SURFGIRL 073


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challenges and it’s a competitive world out there, but if you meet people who are into core sports for the right reasons then supporting the industry’s athletes and events is hugely rewarding.

Hannah Wright Sales Manager

What do you do? I am the South West Brand Manager for Billabong. I sell men's and women’s Billabong clothing and accessories into core independent boardsports shops. How did you get into it? I started working at a surf shop in Exeter whilst at college and, seeing what it was like on the other side of the desk, I decided that becoming a sales rep was what I wanted to do. I’ve now been working for Billabong for the last 3 years. What’s the pay like? The main thing to focus on is the OTE (on target earnings). This can massively bump up your salary if you reach the goals the company has set you. Is there a typical day? In selling season I generally have 3 appointments a day. Out of season it’s a case of heading to see my customer’s shops, and how busy the shop is and how much they need me to do in terms of merchandising dictates how long I stay. What’s the best way of getting work? I found that working in a shop to start was hugely beneficial as it helped to broaden my knowledge of the skate and snow market as well as surfing. Going to local trade shows was useful as well, as it shows you what the brands are doing. Whichever part of the industry you want to get into though, you need to be bright, enthusiastic and resilient – as some days can be tough, but the good days always outweigh the bad!

Natalie Fox Surf Instructor

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What do you do? I’m a freelance surf instructor, and am also involved with surf holidays for several companies – Roxy, Oakley, Errant and Surf Maroc. Where do you work? As I’m freelance and registered self employed I’m in charge of booking in work for myself. In the summer season I tend to work in Newquay rotating between several surf schools, and during the winter I head to a UK surf camp in Taghazout, Morocco. What’s the best way of getting work? Making contacts and building relationships with companies and individuals is vital – whether it’s in the pub,

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in the surf or through the internet. It’s also a case of putting yourself out there and seizing opportunities that arise. If you’re always reliable, professional and do you your job well then you’ll be in demand. And the industry is pretty small, so if you’re an asset to your surf school then word tends to get around. It’s imperative to get a diary (I would be lost without mine) and, of course, making sure you turn up with plenty of time for a cup of tea before a lesson. Would you recommend it? I would definitely recommend it, although it’s seasonal and the work isn’t always consistent. You have to take whatever you can get – you can’t be picky if you have rent to pay, because it could go quiet. With the surf industry growing though, I’m lucky to have carved out a niche, and I’m focusing more on girl’s holidays too.

Izzy Keene Retail

What do you do? I’m a store manager and an assistant buyer. How did you get into it? I worked my way up in retail from Sales Assistant to Store Manager. I was always interested in the creative side of retail and began training and focusing on VM (Visual Merchandising). The buyer wanted me to see how a collection is bought so I could understand how to sit it in store, and I loved seeing the full process of a buy, and the end result. After that I was asked to go along to ‘buys’ more and more. It wasn’t long before I was looking through the ranges and putting the collections together myself which the buyer would tweak before we finally went ahead. I’m pretty lucky to have gained the experience I have. In the high-street it would have taken me a lot longer to get involved with the buying process, but with independent stores you get the chance to see behind the scenes much more quickly What's the pay like? It depends a lot on who you’re working for and where. In a small independent in Cornwall it’s not great, but that’s the price you pay to live down here – I’ve got the lifestyle! There are good perks to the job though, and freebies are always great! Is there a typical day? Day-to-day running of the store and dealing with brands, ensuring the store looks great, pushing bestsellers and constantly working closely with loyal customers would be a standard day. Buying is two seasons a year, so it’s not in my daily role, but it breaks up the day-to-day shop environment when it’s on, which always feels refreshing! What’s the best way of getting work? If you’re starting from the bottom then stick with it and be willing to go beyond the job description. Enthusiastic employees are always fresh to work with, and this has done me a lot of good. You can do courses to get ahead too, but I enjoyed working my way up – I feel like I know retail like the back of my hand now. Would you recommend it? If you have a love for fashion – definitely! Retail is an easy industry to get involved in, with loads of avenues to explore. If you're willing to put in the hours you can work up pretty easily – especially in a high street chain. With the economic climate it can be tough, but there’s nothing better than being in a store knowing you picked each collection, especially when it starts selling out! Final word? Always ask questions and go the extra mile.


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pushing your limits Words: celine gehret Becoming A Better surFer tAkes time AnD is All ABout chAllenging yourselF — so Don’t just cruise ArounD, hAving A chAt AnD seeing who’s in the lineup next time you’re out, think ABout pushing yourselF A little Bit Further. celine gehret gives us some pushing it pointers to mAke sure you’re A stAnDout in the wAter this summer. 1. Don't be intimidated Isn’t it great getting nice long rides, cruising along and just taking it all in? I love it! I do it a lot and I see a lot of other surfers ‘just cruising’. Cruising’s fine, but you need to be careful of just staying in your comfort zone. It may be because you don’t want to risk falling off that perfect peeling wave and miss out which is fair enough, but if you want to improve your surfing you need to start pushing your limits a bit more, maybe pulling bigger moves (go more radical!), going out in larger surf or trying to learn a new manoeuvre. If you want to push your limits by trying out bigger manoeuvres, then practise them first in surf that you feel really comfortable in — say 076 SURFGIRL

shoulder to head high easy surf at your favourite break. Don’t try new and crazy things when you’re out of your comfort zone (when the surf’s way too big, or you’re at a new spot). You don’t want to hurt yourself and it will only put you off. Once you’re comfortable pulling the move in easy surf, just do the same when it’s bigger! And remember that a bigger wave has got more power, so you’ll have to put more effort and strength into your turn to pull it off. Don’t be intimidated, trust in your ability and go for it! 2. Feel the fear... And go anyway! How do you know your limits if you don’t push them? If you’re determined to paddle for that big

wave, then do it. Don’t hesitate, and never pull back at the last second — that’s when the classic ‘pulled over’ wipeout happens. I’ve done it loads of time and it’s never much fun! Feel and embrace the fear. I get a real rush from big drops, and that fear then transforms into pure adrenaline, it’s an amazing feeling! When I go for a big wave and I feel the fear building up, I just shout at myself inside ‘You can do it!’. It might sound silly, but it really works. If you doubt yourself and think that you’ll fall, then you probably will. Your ability has a lot to do with your mindset and your attitude, so have a positive attitude and trust in your ability. Once you’ve made that drop, you’ll be buzzing for the next one


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The road to becoming a stand-out ripper at your local break can be a long and arduous one. And hassling your boyfriend or your mates to coach you is never a good idea (a bit like learning to drive with your parents!). Your best bet is to enrol with the pros, and find a decent surf school to guide you through those early days – and don't think that a couple of lessons are enough and you've got it wired: one-on-one coaching is a great way to fast track your surfing and can cut out months of flapping around in the white water.

With an ever changing playing field, the crazy amount of variables involved and the surf fitness that is required, learning can be a slow, tiring and tricky process. Take a look at other sports – tennis, golf, skiing and football. It's standard to be coached and take lessons if you hope to get anywhere. If you have a friend or family member that wants to learn to surf, book them into a surf school. It will save them hours of struggling on their own, using clear, developed techniques to get to their feet and enjoy the waves. Most schools have a 70% stand up rate in the first lesson, after a week of lessons a newbie will have learned skills that could have taken them a year or more to grasp through struggling on their own.  Getting the right coaching in the correct environment can decide whether someone falls in love with surfing or falls at the first hurdle. But what makes a good surf school? According to the British Surfing Association (BSA) there are 97 surf schools in the UK now.  Remember, surf coaching isn’t only for novices that want to try the sport for the first time. Coaching is available for surfers of all abilities. Some of the countries top surfers offer their services to help iron out your cutback, sort out your style or help you to win a national title.  With Magic Seaweed and other surf forecasting websites it’s fairly easy to pick a day that is four or five days ahead that you can see has suitable conditions (most surf schools will be cool with you booking in advance by a few days, except for the busiest of times in August).  An ideal forecast for learners would be two-foot waves, a light offshore wind and if you can juggle your 078 SURFGIRL

time off, try to learn during the week as it will be much quieter than the weekend. Also rainy summer days are much quieter than sunny days. After all, you’re getting wet anyway so rain or shine doesn’t really matter. If you have to book your surf lesson weeks or months in advance check out the online beach guides to make sure you will be using a beach that is suitable for riders of all abilities. When you book, double check with the person that you speak to which beach you will be using, what the tidal position will be at the time of your lesson and how busy they expect the beach to be. Most surf schools require their clients to be 8 years old and upwards. There is no upper age limit, every pupil just needs to be able to swim 50 metres in open water. Before choosing a school check out their website. The schools that are run professionally and offer good customer service and safety standards soon get a good reputation quickly. Ask around and do some investigation on the web. The majority of UK schools vary from £20 - £35 for a 2-3 hour beginner group lesson, all equipment

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cheap isn’t necessarily good, you will find that you pay for what you get with regards to quality and group size. The top coaches in the country will charge upwards of £100 for a session, often including video analysis, feedback and goal setting.

So you’ve had your first lesson, now you’re hooked. Where now? After your first lesson a novice surfer can benefit from more coaching from a school at the correct level for their ability. This would offer knowledge and experience in: • Outback surfing • Ocean awareness • Surfing etiquette • Correct equipment for ability • Surfing and paddling technique • Board control

• Safety By taking tuition, then clocking up water time to perfect the new techniques, then going for further coaching the incline of your surfing learning curve should be steep. Coaching is the responsible way to learn to surf and it's an investment as you'll learn quicker and as a result enjoy it more! As you continue to improve with your surfing you will occasionally feel as though you’ve reached a plateau in your performance. That’s a great time to get some coaching. Often a few simple words of advice and a demonstration can make a huge difference. Once you are analysed by a professional coach using video feedback you will realise the many ways that you can quickly improve. Surfing is all about having fun, getting some pointers to improve your enjoyment is the key to taking your riding experience to the next level.

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dorset Surf Steps Surf Steps are the only BSA Centre of Excellence based on the South Coast and the closest to London. Tel: 0800 043 7873 or 07733 895538 Email: info@bournemouthsurfschool.co.uk Web: www.bournemouthsurfschool.co.uk Address: Toft Steps, Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH5 1BN devon Surf South West British Surfing Association ‘Centre of Excellence’. The first B.S.A. Level 4 Centre. Learn, improve, excel with the surfing professionals. Established 1996. Tel: 01271 890400 Email: info@surfsouthwest.com Web: www.surfsouthwest.com Address: Croyde Bay, Devon. EX33 1NZ & Saunton Beach, Devon. EX33 1LG

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Point Breaks UK Ltd The first surf school in Croyde, lessons are a massive 3½ hours, ratio is 1:6. You’ll be standing in no time. Tel: 07776 148 679 Email: james@pointbreaks.com Web: www.pointbreaks.com Address: Meeting Place: Baggy Point National Trust Car Park, Croyde.

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Walking on Waves WOW! Surf with former British Champion. Safest, best beach to learn. Professionial Coaching by your side in the waves. Tel: 07889363051 Email: sarah@walkingonwaves.co.uk Web: www.walkingonwaves.co.uk Address: Breakers, Saunton, Braunton, N.Devon, N. Devon, EX33 1LG

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Discovery Surf School Run by Martin and Annika Connolly, Discovery Surf School provides professional coaching for all ages and abilities with an emphasis on safe, quality tuition in small groups. Tel: 07813 639622 E-mail: martin@discoverysurf.com   Web: www.discoverysurf.com Address: Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon AND Whitsand Bay (West of Looe, South East Cornwall) scotland Clan Surf Adventures Scottish north west and east coast surf trips. Established 1991. Dedicated to seeking the best waves our coast can offer. Always! Tel: 0141 339 6523 Email: info@clanskates.co.uk Web: www.clanskates.co.uk Address: 45 Hyndland Street, Partick, Glasgow ireland Bundoran Surf Co. Bundoran Surf School offers surf lessons all year round for all ages and abilities. Week long surf camps for kids and adults. Tel: 071 9841968 / 087 9572924 Email: info@bundoransurfco.com Website: www.bundoransurfco.com Address: Bundoran Surf Co., Main Street, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

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(cornwall continued) Rip Curl English Surfing Federation Surf School We are a BSA Centre of Excellence based overlooking Fistral beach in Newquay. We offer daily surfing and bodyboarding lessons for all ages and abilities. Check out our range of weekend coaching events there’s something for everyone! Tel: 01637 879571 Email: Rob@englishsurfschool.com Website: www.ripcurlesfsurfschool.com Address: The Rip Curl English Surfing Federation Surf School, Carnmarth Hotel, 22 Headland Road, Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HN Crantock Bay surf school Our school offers surf and stand up paddle lessons with our friendly staff being BSA and RNLI qualified coaches Tel: 0800 0231404 / 07779584177 Website: www.crantockbaysurfschool.com Address: 2 Lanherne Avenue, St Mawgan, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4EL

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Lusty Glaze Surf School Fun, safe surf lessons on a privately owned beach in Newquay. Part of The Adventure Centre at Lusty Glaze Beach. Tel: 01637 872444 Email: info@adventure-centre.org Website: www.adventure-centre.org Address: Lusty Glaze Beach, Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3AE

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Surf’s Up Surf School Family run business started in 1995, now a BSA ‘Centre of Excellence’. Top level coaching for beginners to Elite surfers Tel: 01208 862003 Email: info@surfsupsurfschool.com Website: www.surfsupsurfschool.com Address: The Beach House, Polzeath, Wadebridge, PL27 6TB

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Cornwall Surf Academy Summer’s here! Get a 20% discount on all girls surf lessons and hire. Call or email to book now. Tel: 01637 831369 Email: info@cornwallsurfacademy.com Web: www.cornwallsurfacademy.com Address: Cornwall Surf Academy, Holywell Bay Holiday Park, Holywell Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5PR

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Shore Surf Shore Surf School Centre of Excellence offering ladies only surf classes with female coaches throughout 2010. Tel: 01736 755556 / 07855 755556 Email: info@shoresurf.com Website: www.shoresurf.com Address: St Ives Bay Holiday Park Centre of Excellence, Godrevy National Trust car park surf camp, Hayle, Cornwall

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Gwithian Academy of Surfing Learn the basics or fine-tune your surfing at our Centre of Excellence. We can help you achieve your surfing goals. Tel: 01736 755493 Email: tyson@surfacademy.co.uk Website: www.surfacademy.co.uk Address: Godrevy House, Prosper Hill, Gwithian, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5BW

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environment: the end of the line

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If your favourite foods include tuna mayo sandwiches, cod and chips or sushi, then it’s time you checked out whether there really are plenty more fish in the sea. Shannon Denny investigates The End of the Line. Illustration: Laurie McCall We choose to occupy the sea for recreation and we use it as our own watery playground. For some of the earth’s creatures though, it is home. And according to the documentary The End of the Line, it’s not a great place to be living right now. Debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival last year, Rupert Murray’s 80-minute feature

there’s more than a dash of James Bond about it too. We travel from glassy blue Bahamian lagoons, to a Tokyo fish auction, to high-profile government meetings (complete with evil characters in possession of exotic Euro-trash accents). The plot thickens when we meet a former bluefin tuna fisherman turned whistle-blower – his long lens at the ready to spy on some dodgy practices in

personally comfortable seeing within the space of an hour, but the natural drama underneath the ocean’s surface helps to transform the movie from documentary into nail-biting thriller.

reveals the truth about the devastating effect that overfishing is having on the planet’s ecosystems. Imagine a world without fish, and then stop imagining - that reality could arrive sooner than we think: as early as 2048. Although this is hard-hitting factual reportage,

Maltese waters. The action is truly global too: from the coddepleted shores of the Atlantic to the coasts of Senegal, highlighting the reality that this is a global problem in need of far-reaching solutions. Of course the footage includes more sharks than I’m

on the decks of fishing trawlers as impossibly macabre instruments of slaughter appear and are plunged into their blue bodies, and blood stains the seawater crimson. But in spite of the gruesome elements, the film’s mission isn’t actually to put you off your

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Horror on the High Seas And there are violent fight scenes too – plenty of them. Tuna the size of heavyweight boxers thrash


sashimi platter. With interviews from scientists and a host of worrying graphs and projections, it aims to show that large-scale industrial fishing has been corrupted with irresponsible practices that need to be contained. Fishing methods have become so efficient that capacity far outstrips supply, and with so many species now facing extinction the overfished trend can only continue as numbers decline. The investigative reporter Charles Clover, whose book of the same name inspired the film, leads by example in confronting politicians and celebrities to change the policies that shape the way we – the consumers – eat and buy fish. The film turns the spotlight on luxury Mayfair restaurant Nobu, the popular Wagamama chain, cheeky old Jamie Oliver, and even salty old sea dog Captain Birdseye. So – what if political bigwigs, fancy eateries and fussy diners decide not to heed the warnings? Then we’ll irrevocably cheat

Responsible consumption As one of the film’s experts says: “It’s critical, it’s crash, it’s do-something-about-it time,” and The End of the Line has three main messages for those of us who want to do the right thing: • Ask before you order Eat only sustainable seafood and purchase fish bearing the Marine Stewardship Council certification. Refuse to eat actively endangered species, such as the bluefin and bigeye tunas, or skate. • Put pressure on politicians Lawmakers need to be urged to respect the findings of scientists and to act on their recommendations to limit overfishing. • Join the campaign At present only three percent of the world's oceans are marine protected areas. Lobby to

Action plan: fish fact sources:

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The World Wildlife Foundation didn’t become the planet’s leading independent environmental organisation by overcomplicating matters. Their website offers 10 easy tips for buying seafood, visit www.wwf.org.uk and commit them to memory.

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Saving species from extinction starts at the supermarket. Use The Marine Conservation Society Pocket Good Fish Guide to inform your buying decisions – download it at www.mcsuk.org. For desktop reference, bookmark www.fishonline.org.

ourselves out of a source of nutrition that sustains human life, we’ll destroy the livelihood that currently keeps thousands of people in employment, and we’ll disrupt and destroy parts of the ecosystem that covers 70% of the planet.

establish more marine reserves, where industrial fishing isn’t allowed and where fish stocks can replenish themselves. Snag the DVD for yourself – The End of the Line is £10. www.shop.endoftheline.com

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The MCS cares about fish, but it cares about humans too. Discover Britain’s cleanest bathing beaches in their new Good Beach Guide at www.goodbeachguide. co.uk. You can also use the site to report sewage pollution, and they’ll use your evidence in their mission to clean up the sea. SURFGIRL 083


meditation Words: sam mcgee

Take some time out from your day and focus on making life a bit more chilled out by learning some meditation techniques, from yoga teacher Sam McGee. In can be challenging trying to fit meditation into a busy daily life. So try your first session at a time when you’re fully chilled and relaxed – maybe after a good day on the beach.

The preparation Begin by sitting still in a comfortable position. Lotus is the preferred posture to sit in but can be difficult, so if you can’t make this then try ‘easy pose’ (crossed legged), or half lotus (with only one foot crossed). What is important is that the head, neck and spine are kept in one line. Yoga postures will help to develop the strength of your back muscles and improve posture, so over time it will be easier to sit still for longer.  

The meditation

In a comfortable upright position start to become aware of your body, and release any tension from your neck, shoulders and hips. Then become aware of the senses: listening, touching, seeing and smelling, and be fully ‘present’ in these observations. Experience the body in relation to these experiences and your surroundings. Taking the meditation further and concentrate your gaze on an outer, small object like the tip of your nose, or a flower – preferably something at eye level. Hold a soft, intentioned gaze on the object and fully experience the point of focus. This technique is known as Trataka. Trataka helps to induce a sense of withdrawal and to deepen concentration of the mind. An alternative technique is to gather your attention to a spot between your eyebrows and hold your attention there until that intense spot is felt. Then close your eyes and continue to focus on that spot.   When the mind is focused, become aware of your breath. It needs to be slow and steady, with breath flowing in and out of the nostrils. During meditation the rhythm of the breath should slow and become even between your in and your out breath.   Be aware of thoughts as they flow in and out, and keep the breath flowing. Try to bring awareness away from your thoughts and back to a point of focus: the breath, the tip of the nose or the flower. With practice, the levels of concentration and the space between the thoughts will increase, allowing your mind to become still and you to enter a meditative state... Article compiled by Sam Magee, London based yoga teacher and founder of Yamarama.com.

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summer special: work your bootie!

Get beautiful buns and luscious legs ready for those summer beach days, with Miss-Fit. Words: Carolyn andrews Photos: Mike searle

Fear not though, there are plenty of exercises that can help you to tone up and — providing you stick with it — you’ll see and feel the difference within a few weeks. Walking, running and cycling all help to tone up, but to really target this area and get things shaping up nicely, try these bottom-busting, leg toning exercises to kick start your programme. They’ll pert up your bottom and help shape up your legs too. Plus they’re great for surfing as they’ll build your strength which equals more power in the surf. So, get your butt into gear and give these exercises a blast… Make sure you are thoroughly warmed up before beginning and aim for three sessions a week, alternating 3 or 4 exercises per workout. Workout in a circuit format where you complete every exercise once, then rest for 1-2 minutes. Then repeat the circuit again. Aim for 15 reps of each exercises building up to 3 circuits and gradually adding weight with each exercise. Push yourself but know your limits — the last few reps should be difficult, but without losing form or the correct technique. If it starts getting too easy then up the weight or increase the reps, or to really up the intensity add stepups, squats, jumps, or a short high-intensity sprint between each circuit — this will really get the heart pumping and the legs burning. And remember to stretch thoroughly afterwards if you want to avoid buttock ache the next day!

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Butt, Bootie, Bottom, Buns... Call it what you like but most women want a perfect shaped bottom perched pertly on a fine pair of toned pins. Unfortunately this doesn’t just happen if we’re sat on our backsides all day, and most of us have to work hard to get our lower body into tiptop shape.


exercises

Hip Lifts on the floor

Hamstring Curls on Ball

• Lie face up • Knees bent. Heals in line with your butt bones and feet facing forward • Take a breath in and start to tilt the pelvis back • Exhale and slowly peel the spine off the floor one vertebrae at a time • Squeeze the gluts • Come into a ski slope position with your knees in line with your hips and shoulders • Lower your back down slowly one vertebrae at a time as you inhale and repeat • Don’t hyper extend and raise your hips too high

• Lie face up with your feet placed on the apex of the ball • Engage the core by drawing your belly button towards your spine • Lift your hips so your ankles are in line with hips and shoulders • Maintain a neutral spine • Roll the ball towards the body as you exhale • Then reverse the movement, keeping the core engaged • Don’t lower the hips between reps • Always keep in good alignment throughout and keep your pelvis stable

Squats

One Leg Squat

• Take a breath and activate the core • Bend at the hips and lower until the thighs are parallel to the ground (or as far as you can comfortably go) • Keep your heels flat on the floor and your knees behind the toe line • Exhale as you stand up and keep your core engaged throughout

• Stand on one leg or on one leg on the side of a step • Take a breath and activate your core • Lower into a squat position • Keep your ‘standing leg’ strong, heel flat on the floor and the knee behind the toe line • Exhale as you push back up, and keep your core engaged • Keep your chest lifted and good postural alignment throughout

Lunges

One leg Squat on a Swiss Ball

• Step forward into a lunge position • Engage your core • Ensure your feet are a hip width apart with the pelvis facing forward • Lower down so your hips drop vertically. Don’t let your body lean forward. • Keep the heel of the front foot flat on the floor with the knee always behind the toe line, and the heel of the back foot off the ground • At the bottom position there should be a 90° bend in both knees • Keep the hips facing forward and the shoulders even • Exhale as you push up • Maintain a neutral spine and good postural alignment throughout

• Place one foot on the Swiss Ball behind you • Take a breath, activate the core and stabilise the pelvis •Lower whilst keeping the front heel flat on the floor and keeping the knee behind the toe line • Keep the back foot balanced on the ball / bench •Exhale as you return, keeping the core activated and staying in perfect alignment

The safety blurb: The information found within this article is for general information only. Miss-Fit or the publishers of SurfGirl are not responsible or liable for any injuries or damage occurred by performing any of the exercises given or diagnosis made by a user based on the information shown within this article. All exercises are performed at your own risk. Always consult your own GP if you're in any way concerned about your health and before commencing an exercise programme.

ALSO TRy: Dynamic Squat / Jump

Step ups

• Take a breath and activate the core • Squat down • Exhale and spring/power back up lifting both feet off the floor and raising your arms above your head (into a jump) • Return to the squat position and repeat

• Face the step (the higher the step the more difficult) • Activate the core • Exhale as you step up placing whole foot on the step following with the other foot • Step back down and repeat • Keep perfect alignment

Check out www.surf-fit.co.uk for more exercises to keep you surf and beach fit.


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equipment: surfboards

If you feel your surfing’s not progressing this summer then think about trying something different. Nothing injects a fresh rush of enthusiasm like getting a new board. We thought we’d help out if you are extending your overdraft and investing, so we’re taking a look at the different board types you can opt for, and giving you some top tips for finding that magic board: it’s out there somewhere — you just need to know what to look for. Photos: Mike Searle

Where should I start? Surf shops are a great place to begin your search. It’s always good to get the gen from staff who know the boards and the shapers, you can ask as many questions as needs be so that they can help you in your choice. And shop around: even if you think you’ve definitely found ‘that’ board, go to a few more shops – it’s very easy to fall in love with any shiny new board! Alternatively, cut out the middle man and go straight to the shaper (just Google surfboard shapers in your local area). Take your old board with you, as a good shaper can glean a lot from looking at this and questioning you about your standard of surfing — be honest, it’s not the time to show off! If the shaper has understood your needs properly you should come away with a new board that’s going to take your surfing up a level: and it will be one of a kind! Also lots of shops and shapers have test centres or test shapes so you can borrow them and try before you buy. It’s wicked fun and gives you the opportunity of riding lots of different shapes before parting with your cash. But before you leave the house head to carvemag.com, as they’ve got a fantastic short and retro board guide to send you off in the right direction. What should I look for? Don’t be put off by the jargon. If you can take someone with you who knows about surfing and 090 SURFGIRL

has seen you surf, and also check out the shop or shaper’s website as they often have lots of indepth info about their boards so you can buff up before hitting the shops. Make sure you understand these key elements of surfboard design before you hit the shops and hand over your credit card: Volume. Volume is crucial, and is often overlooked. In simple terms: the more volume you have the better your board floats and the easier it is to paddle and catch waves. But (this is important!) more volume doesn’t necessarily mean a longer board – you don’t have to stay on a mini–mal until you’ve got the upper body strength of Silvana Lima. Lots of shorter boards nowadays have as much volume as boards half a foot longer, so you get all the benefits of ‘less board’ without the arm ache and frustration. rocker. This is how much bend is in your board (a board with a lot of rocker looking more like a banana!). Having more rocker enables you to get your board into more critical sections of the wave, but too much also means that your board is ‘pushing more water’ when you’re paddling it, or if the waves are sloppy (lots of boards shaped overseas have too much rocker for typical UK waves). If you aren’t quite at the ‘ripping’ stage yet, then steer clear of anything too radical in the rocker department.

rails. Rails (the edges of the board) come in all shapes and sizes and have a lot more to them than you would credit when you’re looking down a row of gleaming new boards. In simple terms you have ‘soft rails’ and ‘hard rails’. On a soft rail the edge of the board has an even, semi circular contour, whereas on a hard rail the curve is nearer the bottom of the board. Hard rails make a board more responsive but less forgiving, whereas soft rails give you a bit more leeway. All boards have hard rails towards the tail which become softer as you move up the board, but there are an infinite number of permutations... tail. A few years ago tail types were pretty clear-cut, but the waters have become more muddied in recent times and many modern tails are a mixture. The most widely used and versatile tail is a squash tail (imagine your board with a totally square tail, and then just round the edges off neatly!). This type of tail is wide and quite forgiving and is good for most types of surf. For bigger days and more critical waves a pin tail has less area and allows the water a smooth exit from the board so is the choice of big wave riders and tube–hounds. The rounded pin is the more common ‘in between’ option offering speed and manoeuvrability. A swallow tail is the easiest tail to spot as, well, it looks like a swallow’s tail! It shares similar characteristics with the other main tail types: wider for stability, but with similar ‘hold’ on the wave to a pintail.


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Model: Stephanie Gilmore Pro specifications: 6'1” x 18½” x 2¼” For aspiring world champions. This board is perfect for girls riding at elite level, and offers the speed, drive and high performance capabilities that have seen Steph take the World Tour by storm! From £500 tel: +33 (0)5 58 41 78 00 Website: www.ripcurl.com

Tiki

Model: Tiki Performer specifications: 6'10” x 20¾" x 2¾" The Tiki Performer has a wide nose template that makes paddling and catching waves a breeze. Combine this with a narrow tail that can easily be put on a rail to turn, and the forward fin placement (when set up as a quad), and the performer can be put through a carve much more easily. When set up as 2+1 it surfs with a smooth flow that seems to complement most girls’ natural style. Plus it’s available in SLX: a stronger and lighter construction than PU or custom. From £335. tel: 01217 812442 Website: www.tikisurf.co.uk

Circle One

Model: Custom Thruster Funboard specifications: 7’2” x 21½” x 2¼” The funboard’s got a round tail, single concave to slight vee and has a thruster fin set up. It’s hand shaped by Jeff Townsley from an EPS foam blank with genuine wood stringer, and has an innovative sandwich construction with epoxy resin and fibreglass combined with layers of nero-cross link honeycomb material. £315 tel: 01363 773005 / 07909 530710 Website: www.circle-one.co.uk

TakeOff

Model: Retro Egg specifications: 7’2” x 21¼” x 2 3/8” The Retro revival is here to stay and we’ve seen many women attracted to this style of surfing because of its grace and beauty. The 7’2” has good width and volume through the centre half of the board with a drawn in tail and nose which will help with your turns. Plus the 2+1 fin setup allows you to play with the configuration of your fins to suit your style and your performance levels. £265

TakeOff

Model: Flying Carpet specifications: 7’2” x 22” x 3” The Flying Carpet has a wide nose template and upper third of the board that draws back into a narrow tail. This means that you’ll enjoy good buoyancy and increased paddling speed enabling you to pick up waves more easily, and the narrower tail will help you to make nice carving turns. It can be set up as a classic single fin, which will give you a more flowing style with longer drawn out turns, or a 2+1 which allows for a slightly more progressive style. £265

TakeOff

Model: Longboard specifications: 9’1” x 22¾” x 3” This 9’1” is a classic nose–rider longboard. Perfect for knee to head high days and a board that we recommend to girls who are just starting out and aren’t afraid of taking on a slightly longer board. The large surface area, buoyancy and wide tail mean that this board will pick up waves with ease. £335 email: info@takeoffsurfboards.co.uk tel: 01208 78845 Web: www.takeoffsurfboards.co.uk SURFGIRL 091


magic boards

Got It. But What type of Board do I need? You have to be honest with yourself about your surfing ability for this one, as that will play the main part in the type of board you should go for. Mini–mals: The classic first board that has revolutionised the ‘learning to surf’ experience (no more splashing around on your mate’s 5’10”!). Nice and stable with plenty of volume and ideal for getting your confidence in the whitewater, and for taking on your first few unbroken waves. Can be quite cumbersome (and dangerous!) in bigger surf. fish: Fish are shorter than mini–mals, but have plenty of that all important volume. They are nice and easy to catch waves on and will turn and get down the line more quickly than a mini–mal, but have little rocker and a flat bottom shape so can be hard to handle when it gets bigger. shortboard: The most common type of board, a ‘shortboard’ isn’t necessarily short. All shortboards have a similar shape though: narrower than their fish and mini–mal counterparts, and with more rocker. Shortboards are the most versatile type of board and can perform quicker turns and more radical manoeuvres than other boards. You can move from a mini–mal down to a longer shortboard, and you can have high volume shortboards – a 090 SURFGIRL

clever shaper can squeeze the volume of a 6’6” shortboard into a 6’0” (often a great ‘step down’ choice). longboard: A discipline in its own right, and with as many permutations and combinations as shortboards: from the wafer thin high performance boards to the single fin soul–arch machines. A good choice if you’re moving on from a mini–mal, but you may be limiting yourself in terms of the days that you can make it out back...

standard off–the–peg model but smaller to girls, then it may be hard to paddle. For a guy finding it hard to paddle a shorter board you might suggest a wider template, like a fish, but for girls these wide tailed boards are hard to turn without being able to apply pressure directly on the rail. Tiki did a board test day with SurfGirl a couple of years ago and by far the most appropriate board turned out to be a small Magic Carpet style board. The combination of wide front section for paddling and narrow round pin tail which could easily be 'leant' into a turn proved to be a winner.”

hoW Much should I pay? The most important thing about getting a board is choosing the right one for where you’re at with your surfing, and for the style of surfing that you’re in to. So don’t buy a £550 board ‘cos you like the spray, and don’t spend £50 on eBay because, well, it was only £50! Work out what your perfect stick is, set yourself a price limit, and go find it. It will be out there.

so hoW do I fInd My ‘MaGIc Board’? We’re all different, as Trevor Clayton from Down The Line Surf Shop says, “Some surfers like super-rockered wafers, some flatter, thicker boards. There’s no right or wrong – just what works for you. Try everything once, use any test centres you can, never write off any advice, and talk to shapers and salesmen. You’ll be glad you did.”

do GIrls need dIfferent Boards to Boys? There isn’t really a black and white answer here, as Phil Bridges explains, “It's easy to generalise when suggesting boards to girls and offer the same board but perhaps a bit smaller or thinner. In reality it's more complex than that: girls have smaller feet, are lighter and have less powerful shoulders (but more natural grace!). If you offer a

so, be open minded, do try different boards (an awareness of how different shapes perform will improve your overall surfing too), and get to know what works for you. Once you’ve found your magic board then get to know it well and don’t chop and change. Work on building a good relationship with your shaper or shop salesman and it could be the start of a beautiful partnership!


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happenings Get in the groove! Here’s what’s going down plus there’s lots more news at www.surfgirlmag.com

jellyfish have invaded waters off the British coast.” Don’t panic then! Lion’s Mane jellyfish (the largest known species of jellyfish: it can grow up to 8 feet across!) have been spotted around Sennen and Kynance Cove in Cornwall. Their toxic

Eating Waves – Surf Art Extravaganza

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The Driftwood Gallery is holding a surf art event this summer – Eating Waves. The gallery will be showcasing local talent such as Sam Walsh and Tony Curtis alongside bigger names like John Severson and Thomas Campbell. Lucia Griggi will also be exhibiting her photographs and Sketch (aka Harry Daily) whose music covers, surfing poster art, and general surf culture prints are becoming ever more collectable, will be showing his stuff too.

sting can cause muscle paralysis, leading to suffocation and heart attack. Don’t go shaking their tentacles then: If you see ‘em: avoid ‘em!

Jellyfish Invasion With warmer than average sea temperatures this year, it’s official: we’ve been invaded! You may have noticed loads of purple jellyfish in the water and, according to the Daily Mail: “Swarms of giant venomous

NZ dub stars return to Cornwall New Zealand’s Salmonella Dub will play the Walkabout in Newquay on Monday 20 September. Touring in support of their auspicious 7th studio album the incredibly dynamic ‘Freak Controller’ which is a medley of roots, rock and electronic dance styles featuring an exciting line up of guest vocalists and collaborative writing processes

Let Battle Commence... Brace yourself for the Agent 18 Inter-Company Surf and Bodyboard Battle, presented by Carve, The Rip Curl ESF Surf School and The Carnmarth hotel, which is being held on July 18 at Fistral Beach. There's a barbecue party at the Carnmarth Hotel afterwards. Check carvemag.com for full details and an entry form.

SurfGirl and Surf Sistas Week To kick it all off there’s a preview night on July 30 from 6-9pm – anybody interested in the creative side of surfing should get themselves down there… Plus, as well as showcasing some fantastic artists, a piece of art will also be donated in aid of Surfers Against Sewage. For more information go to www.driftwoodgallery.co.uk.

and is led by Natalie Fox. There are only a few spots left so get to www.surfgirlmag.com/ news and sign yourself up!

Not long now until the ultimate SurfGirl and Surf Sistas event. If you’re looking for a surfing holiday with a difference and want to really improve your surfing then this is for you. The course is jam packed with plenty of water-time as well as other surf-essentials, such as understanding swell reports and exploring board design. It’s on in Newquay from 25-31 July

with pumping live drums on the drum and bass influenced tracks and Dub shakes. Tickets for this event are £12 in advance and are available from www.seetickets.com and Hall For Cornwall box office 01872 2200260. Over 18's only.

Blowin’ in the Wind This is Bob Dylan's son Jakob – hellooo! And he sounds pretty good too. If you fancy checking him out then you can find him at the Port Eliot festival in Cornwall later this month (23rd-25th July) where he’ll be joining an eclectic musical line up including Alabama 3 and another famous son, Harper Simon (yup, Paul Simon). Plus there's plenty going on for fashionistas, including

All Set For Boardmasters It’s only weeks away now until the Relentless Boardmasters Festival takes place in Newquay and we're already excited about this year's line up. Up at the Watergate Bay Music Festival site, Newton Faulkner and Seasick Steve are playing on Friday 6th while dance legends Leftfield will headline Saturday 7th. Friday is backed up by Xavier Rudd, recent number one Plan B, Ou est Le Swimming Pool and more while Leftfield are being supported by Chase and Status Live, Tinie Tempah and Example. With the Relentless, Vans ‘Off the Wall’ and Desperados stages rockin' aplenty there's something for everyone and plenty to get excited about. Not only is there the Watergate show but down at the beach the awesome Relentless Beach Sessions at Fistral will kick off on Wednesday 4th with The Futureheads, followed by Natty and the Reverend Soundsystem. During the day the 5 Star ASP World Qualifying Series surf event takes place. Some of the world’s best surfers will arrive in Newquay to take part in the $120,000 event with the aim of taking the cash and even more importantly the points on offer that will catapult them into the “dream tour” and a life of surf super stardom. Also some of the biggest names in skate will take part in the Vans Summer Sessions, the highest profile vert skate event in the UK. There will as well be loads going on at the beach such as the all important retail village. Check out the full line up at www.relentlessboadmasters. com the Central St Martin’s College of Fashion and Design workshops, and the legendary Barbara Hulanicki (of Biba fame), who’ll be joining forces with Luella Bartley to make free clothes live for festival punters. For all the info on this something-for-everyone festy get to www.porteliot.com.

Underwater sculptures light up British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater creations are truly breathtaking, and he has 200 new underwater sculptures ready to be installed in the Cancun National Marine Park. Aside from the miraculous artistic achievement, the artificial reefs where the sculptures are going also relieve some of the pressure from Cancun’s natural reefs which have been overfished and over-visited.

See the development of the existing sculptures and how they’ve developed coral growth over time at www. underwatersculpure.com – beautiful and weird!


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happenings contests Movistar Peru Classic Silvana Lima has claimed the Movistar Peru Classic 2010, beating Sally Fitzgibbons in clean twoto-three foot righthanders in San Bartolo. Lima wasted little time in the final bout, assaulting the glassy righthanders with a barrage of hi-fi fin throws and searing carves, amassing the highest heat total of the event – a 16.50 out of a possible 20 – to beat her young Australian opponent. “I feel great!” said Lima after the final. “I knew I needed to put up high scores early on because Sally had been surfing so well all event. I have some really good boards and I felt like I’ve been surfing well. I’m so stoked right now!” The win was the third tour success of Lima’s career, and catapults the South American from 7th to 3rd on the ASP Women’s World Tour ranking. Next stop on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour is the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in October. For more information log on to www. aspworldtour.com Current ASP Women’s World Tour Top 5 1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 4716 pts 2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4224 pts 3. Silvana Lima (BRA) 3612 pts 4. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 3588 pts

Salt Rock Open Congratulations go to Sarah Beardmore who was crowned Women’s Champion for the second year in a row, beating unlucky birthday girl Gwen Spurlock into second place at the Salt Rock Open in Croyde 29-31st May. There were strong performances too from third and fourth placed finalists Beth Mason and Celine Gehret, but Sarah was thrilled to retain her crown.Raine Jackson won the King of Watersports Highest Scoring Wave for women with a fantastic score of 8.5 and received a £200 skateboard.

Gul Night Surf 2010 The floodlit final took place on Saturday 19th June and the women’s event was taken by Anne Cecile, making it a double for the French in the finals (by all accounts they were making up for there country’s performance in the World cup!). Nicole Morgan was runner up, followed by Gwen

Books

The Complete Guide to Surf Fitness – Lee Stanbury

Fitness guru Lee Stanbury is a man with a passion for surf fitness. He knows that if you have a dedicated surfing workout you’ll improve your surfing, surf longer, and catch more

waves. What surfer wouldn’t want that? In The Complete Guide to Surf Fitness, Lee has condensed his vast knowledge into 208 illustrated pages with dozens of exercises and workouts. The guide covers everything from stretching and flexibility exercises through to core strength, resistance training and free weights. He also looks at the use of exercise equipment such as medicine balls, Swiss balls, and Indo boards, as well as a swimming programme and specific tips for young surfers. Plus there are sections on how to warm up and cool down correctly, get out back quicker, relax during hold-downs, improve your ‘explosive strength’ and pop-up faster. A surf fitness bible that will turn you into a wave riding machine! Published this July, £19.99. www. orcashop.co.uk

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Spurlock in third and Hannah Harding in fourth place. Fireworks ended the night and the bands and DJ’s meant everyone partyed into the early hours. The weather and surf were great which made for a fab event www.gul.com

The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little Waimea shorebreak surfer turned art photographer, Clark Little, has published over 100 of his best images in this genuinely amazing coffee table book. The shots will blow you away, and you’ll get to see the angles of the barrel that are normally reserved for Hawaiian surfers and bodyboards. $100 from ClarkLittlePhotography.com.

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Summer

wish list Cool things for surf girls!

At the beach

Look hot but stay cool with the Roxy Minx 2. They're really fashionable, yet can handle every day wear and tear with little effort. £79.99

Stunning affordable luxury accommodation in the heart of Newquay with amazing sea views, style and comfort. Located a stones throw walk to the beach, ‘The Pad’ is an ideal spot for surfers, walkers and those who need a break from the city life or for a great holiday right near the beach. Sleeps 6. Single sex groups welcome. Check out the views on the webcam at dudesmodernbarbers.com 30 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1LN Tel: 01637 859795 Mobile: 07815 717342 Part of the Dudes Modern Barbers Chain Email: dudesltd@btinternet.com

www.thepadnewquay.co.uk www.dudesmodernbarbers.com

On the road

Give your board a bit more love, you don't want it looking sad and yellow. Wrap it up with an O+E Board sock! They come in two funky colours and different sizes. 6'0 £24.99, 6'6 and 7'0 £25.99

Penhallow Filling Station, Henver Road, Newquay 01637 859475 www.thepantrynewquay.com

Deli stocking quality local produce Freshly made sandwiches and salad boxes

Party, party

Add an Icon peace and love necklace to a simple outfit and you get effortless beach beauty! Perfect for daytime or night time. Only £12.99

All available online at

www.orcashop.co.uk or call 01637 878074.

New Roxy sunnies available now at orcashop.co.uk the online surfshop

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