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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Northcore team talk big waves, boards and the surfing life

Northcore Europe is a core surf brand with some of the best accessories and hardware in the business. They also have a great team who talk about their own personal surfing journeys in this great short film.....

Monday, 26 July 2010

San Diego surfer swallowed by massive Great white shark!

We can see locals call this statue the Cardiff Kook...and over time it looks like its taken a fair amount of abuse in various forms but this prank is a classic. Heres the story:

"The statue named 'Magic Carpet Ride', created by artist Matthew Antichevich sits located on Coast Highway 101. This morning it was surrounded by a sculpture of a great white shark. The often-abused statue of a surfer in Encinitas was turned into a Jaws-dropping artwork early Saturday morning by a group of unknown pranksters.

Nearby campers at San Elijo State Beach said they heard a ruckus near the statue about 4 a.m., but didn’t see or hear how the pranksters were able to put the giant shark around the surfer. The shark didn’t appear without warning. Large sharklike fins had been placed on the other side of the highway earlier this week then, over the course of the past two days, the fins moved closer to the statue, as if the shark was circling in on its prey.

A large seam along the shark’s jaw indicates it was transported in two large pieces and then stuck together with a foamlike sealer that also made it look like the beast was bursting through the surface of the ocean.

The statue, called "Magic Carpet Ride," was made by artist Matthew Antichevich and erected in 2007 at a cost of $120,000 paid. It was said to be the first to honor surfing in San Diego County. But the reaction from local surfers was cool at best, and heated at worst, as they found the surfer to fall short of the image they thought their sport should project.

Criticism since before it was unveiled back in July of 2007 ranged from; "I'm not impressed with it," in a 2007 interview, to "It looks more like a dancer than a surfer to me." For years, many have seen the statue as an unrealistic depiction of a surfer. "Sometimes he's called the 'Cardiff Kook.' Sometimes 'Fairy Mary.' He's little 'fem' and the surfers don't really care for him," said a Cardiff resident.

The “Cardiff Kook,” has routinely been dressed in different costumes by snarky locals. At various times, the statue of the young male surfer has been adorned with a ballerina’s tutu and luche libre wrestler’s mask, a woman’s bikini and other costumes, most recently a tennis outfit with racket. But the shark attack took pranks on the statue to a new level.

That may be why so many have already signed a petition taped to the side of the display to keep the shark up."

Friday, 23 July 2010

The new VW T6 transporter?

Visit any UK and ireland surf spot and chances are amongst the assembled surf vans will be a VW. The association with surfers and VW goes way back with the old beetles and Split screens being the surf transport of choice.

These Vee Dubs look cool but arent exactly the best things to drive especially long distances, so thankfully we now have the option of the T5 transporter...well that choice may be about to be extended soon with the introduction of the T6 in 2011 or 2012. I'm personally not sure about the looks of this particular design but see for yourself below...

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Blue Crush 2 The Movie to be released spring 2011

So Blue Crush the original was a little bit cheesy, but very watchable with some great surf footage from theNorth Shore so Blue Crush 2 shot on location in South Africa could be one to watch with a release date of Spring 2011. Heres the blurb:

"The search for the ultimate wave becomes an exotic and exhilarating journey of self-discovery and heartfelt friendship in Blue Crush 2, currently filming on location along the wild coast of South Africa, famous for its bone crushing waves. The all-new movie installment based on 2002’s hugely popular Blue Crush, which starred Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez, follows an adventurous young woman on the surf adventure of a lifetime.

The film’s hot, young, international cast includes Sasha Jackson (“One Tree Hill”), Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3-D), Elizabeth Mathis (Enchanted), Ben Milliken (Newcastle) and newcomer Chris Fisher. In Blue Crush 2, a young California girl treks across her late mother’s beloved South African beaches riding some of the world’s most spectacular waves, while making lifelong friends and gaining new insights into her past and future. Filmed along the beautiful coastline of South Africa, Blue Crush 2 features some of the most picturesque beaches on the planet, including the renowned “home of the perfect wave,” Jeffrey’s Bay (aka “J-Bay”), North Beach, Glenmore, Banana Beach and Coffee Bay.

The film also features many world-class female surfers from the Roxy team, some of whom currently hold a Women’s World Ranking from the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)1 including: Sally Fitzgibbons (#1), Laura Enever (#3), Bianca Buitendag (#14-tied) Rosy Hodge (#17-tied), Tanika Hoffman, and Danielle Le Roux. Additional female surfers featured in the film include Sarah Baum (#24-tied), Roxy Louw, Tarryn Chudleigh, Kirsty Delport, Mia Hordyk, Morag Steele and Heidi Palmboom.

Performing daring stunts and conquering some of the wildest surf ever seen on film on the men’s side is Taj Burrow, Jordy Smith and Travis Logie who are ranked #1, #2 and #36 respectively on ASP’s Men’s World Rankings2. The film also features big wave surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Rudi Palmboom Sr, Casey Grant, Warwick Wright, Mikey February and Andrew “Roosta” Lange.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Jordy Smith Takes win a Billabong pro J-bay

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa; - Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, has claimed his maiden ASP elite victory, taking out the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay over Adam Melling (AUS), 25, in front of a capacity hometown crowd.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay was nothing but blaring Vuvuzelas and roars from the bluff as these two titans went tit-for-tat in an incredible Final exchange. The young South African proved the victor, dominating from the outset and securing an emotional first win.


"This is the best day of my life," Smith said. "The crowd on the beach has been supporting me the last few days and hearing the cheers and the Vuvuzelas just gets me fired up to perform. It feels like they're pushing me along. I couldn't have done it without them."

Friday, 16 July 2010

Billabong Pro J-Bay 2010 kicks of in style

Billabong Pro News update:

"The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay is back on this morning with clean, consistent three-to-four foot (1.5 metre) waves racing down the point.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will look to complete the remaining 14 heats of Round 2 before entering into Round 3. Depending on the consistency of the conditions throughout the day, event organizers will consider the option of activating the Dual Heat System.

“We have another beautiful day of swell on offer this morning and we’ll be commencing as soon as possible with the first heat looking to start around 7:30am,” Richie Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’re running 30-minute heats at the moment, but will monitor conditions to see if there is an opportunity to run the Dual Heat System and take advantage of the surf we have today.”

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay 2010

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay 2010 kicks of in less than a week- Joel Parkisnon is out with a badly sliced foot after a wipeout at his home break of Snapper Rocks and Kelly Slater is still on for world title number 10! Heres the ASP news on the event:

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the greatest assemblage of surfing talent in history journeys to South Africa for the next thrilling instalment of the 2010 ASP World Title race and the dramatic mid-year field reduction from the ASP Top 45 to 32.

Kelly Slater (USA), 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1, has recovered from a slow start (Equal 9th) at the season opener on the Gold Coast with a victory at Bells Beach and a Runner-Up in Brazil to land him in his current No. 1 spot. A threat in any conditions, but especially considering the upcoming events, Slater is poised to make a run at an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title in 2010.

“I feel less pressure this year and that's a good thing,” Slater said. “I didn't have what I would call a very good year for myself last year, and this one started out slowly but sped up as I found focus through the injury at Bells. From here on out, I stay aware of what I need to.”

A four-time past champion at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (1996, 2003, 2005, 2008), the long righthanders suit the iconic natural-footer’s approach perfectly, and the Floridian is eager to return to the singlet and to elite competition after the lengthy break.

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will be webcast LIVE via For more information, log onto

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Student drowns at Fistral Beach Newquay

Last Sunday the 27th June will be a day most England football fans will want to try and forget, but following the defeat against Germany the disappointment was soon brought into perspective as we watched from a headland looking over Fistral beach, Newquay, as a life or death drama unfolded.

We watched as the Lifeguards, Coastguards, RNLI, police and Navy air sea rescue all joined in a search for what later emerged was a missing swimmer. Heres a brief summary from the BBC:

"The alarm was raised by a surfer who spotted a man and woman in trouble in the water at Fistral Beach in Newquay at about 1645 BST.

The surfer rescued the woman but was unable to reach the 22-year-old Indonesian student from Newcastle University.

The Indonesian woman, who has not been named, is in a stable condition at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske."

We heard that the student got into difficulties in the heavy shorebreak at North Fistral where a solid 4ft swell was running, and he most likely was caught in a rip and disappeared.

For more info on ocean saftey and rips try these 2 resources:

Surfing safety

Friday, 2 July 2010

Billabong Pro 2010 at J-Bay

ASP News:

The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, is poised to be one for the ages as the best assemblage of surfing talent in history prepare to do battle on one of the world’s greatest canvases, the iconic righthanders of Jeffreys Bay.

After three events this season, the ASP World Tour journeys to South Africa amidst a red-hot ASP World Title race as well as the cutthroat, mid-year field reduction to the ASP Top 32.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, reigning ASP World Champion, has had an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, collecting two 9ths and a Runner Up, putting him in the ASP World No. 4 spot. A former two-time winner of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (2002, 2006), Fanning will look to regain some magic in South Africa in order to rein in former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1 Kelly Slater (USA), 38.

The waiting period for the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will begin on Friday, July 15 and run through July 25, 2010. The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay will be webcast LIVE via For more information, log onto
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