Getting Barreled!

Getting barreled is possibly the best feeling on earth. If you don’t know what it’s like then check out Matt Lackey showing how it’s done at the Super Bank on the Gold Coast in Oz. If you do know what it’s like then you’re in a small percentage of privileged people in the world. Watch the vid for some great revision.

Oz so far

So, we are in Australia. We checked out Shark Island, but sadly there was no swell at all when we were in Sydney. Here is a shot of the setup at Shark Island though:

Shark Island setup

We also made our way to Margaret River for a few days (I’ve always wanted to surf The Box), but it was onshore most of the time we were there. I did get a surf in, but nothing amazing, and nothing at The Box:

The Box

It has been good seeing the places that I’ve only ever seen on video and in magazines though and seeing what the setups are like. It’s making me super amped to go missioning near my hometown to find some new breaks.

I got some really small, but fun and clean waves in Perth a few days ago. It was a fun little shorey and I was out on my own, which was both nice and surprising. We didn’t get any video that day, but there are a few pics. There is one below, but you can see a few more on our Facebook page. We will try to get a new video done as soon as we can.

Perth Shorey

Some Portugal Awesomeness!

This beach break in Portugal looks so flippin awesome!

A bit of Riley’s action…

A bit of surfing and bodyboarding action at Riley’s in Ireland:

Some Changes

So I have had some really good feedback on the Scotland vid, but also some very angry and also some concerned and constructive feedback. It may be hard to believe for some, but my intentions for the video really were good. It seems I may have missed the mark somewhat and was possibly a little naive about my voice over on the video. I have taken out most of the voice over to exclude spot names and some other stuff I mentioned and replaced the video on Vimeo with the new one. That means that any site with the video embedded will be showing the new one too. (I have uploaded and swapped out the video at the time of writing this, but it may take a couple of hours for the new upload to be transcoded by Vimeo)

I realise that for some it may seem to be too little too late, but I do apoligise to anyone that was offended and, for lack of a better phrase, pissed off by the voice over.

This was our first video and we are learning as we go so a sincere apology to the local surfers in the area and I hope you can believe that no harm was intended and this really was a case of believing I wasn’t giving any locations away.

The video is a little weird without the voice over and when I get some time I will do a new one that hopefully appeals to everyone.

To everyone who commented, thanks very much. I’m sure I still won’t be welcome in a lot of places, but I hope you’re all getting waves wherever you are and if you’re ever in East London, South Africa when we’re back there get in touch and I’ll take you surfing.

Video below:

The Backlash

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So I have had some really good feedback on the Scotland vid, but also some very angry and also some concerned and constructive feedback. It may be hard to believe for some, but my intentions for the video really were good. It seems I may have missed the mark somewhat and was possibly a little naive about my voice over on the video. I have taken out most of the voice over to exclude spot names and some other stuff I mentionedand replaced the video on Vimeo with the new one. That means that any site with the video embedded will be showing the new one too. (I have uploaded and swapped out the video at the time of writing this, but it may take a couple of hours for the new upload to be transcoded by Vimeo)

I realise that for some it may seem to be too little too late, but I do apoligise to anyone that was offended and, for lack of a better phrase, pissed off by the voice over.

This was our first video and we are learning as we go so a sincere apology to the local surfers in the area and I hope you can believe that no harm was intended and this really was a case of believing I wasn’t giving any locations away.

The video is a little weird without the voice over and when I get some time I will do a new one that hopefully appeals to everyone.

To everyone who commented, thanks very much. I’m sure I still won’t be welcome in a lot of places, but I hope you’re all getting waves wherever you are and if you’re ever in East London, South Africa when we’re back there get in touch and I’ll take you surfing.

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So just over 20 days ago I posted our first real travel video about our trip to Thurso, on the Scottish North Coast, and and the response has been great so far.

The video has been embedded on a bunch of different bodyboarding sites from around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

The Thurso Vid

Finally! I hope you enjoy it. Yes, that is me doing the voice-over and yes, I do know that I have an extremely monotonous voice.
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Thurso (Episode 2) from Video Surf Guide on Vimeo.

Thanks everyone! You’re Awesome!

There are lefts too

Still need to put in a few more late nights to get a decent video done so I bring you another tasty little image from Thurso in the meantime – one of my new favourite places on earth and definitely my favourite place in the UK so far. Most of what you’ll see is right hand breaks, but there are lefts too. If you don’t believe me take a look at this left hand slab I had the pleasure (and fear) of surfing:

bagpipes-550

It goes by the name of Bagpipes and has a beautifully messed up end section. It’s the kind of place that, if you got to surf it a lot, you could really wax, but the first time you paddle out and you aren’t used to the setup it’s pretty unnerving. I have some awesome local breaks back home that I miss a lot, but I would definitely love to have a local break like this one.

Footage coming soon…(ish) :)

In the meantime…

So our Thurso trip was nothing short of awesome!! I’m back at work though and have a lot to catch up on so it might be a little while until I can get around to creating a really decent post and video of the trip. So I thought that in the meantime I would add some pics every day or so until I have the next major post done. We’ll start off today with this little Scottish beauty…

Scottish Perfection

I’ll try to put in some late nights soon and get a post of the trip done asap…

Thurso so far…

There is a back-log of videos waiting to be edited and loaded onto the site, but for now we are enjoying the Scottish Highlands in Thurso.

So far Thurso has been very rainy and very cold – and I absolutely love it! The amount of spots and potential spots within a very small stretch of coast is freakin astonishing! The water is pretty cold, but a good wetsuit is all you need to be comfortable in the water.

The first day we were here we had some small waves in the 2 foot range, but they were some of the best 2 foot waves I’ve seen. Just reeling perfectly along a little reef. The next day the swell picked up a foot or two and we had some really good waves at the same reef. The next day was onshore and extremely windy and wet. But, the wind created some wind swell and today saw some bigger swell hitting the same reef again. The swell so far has been very westerly and doesn’t get into Thurso and the other spots that we have been waiting to score so we have been surfing a reef that picks up westerly swell in bounds. Check it out below… Read the rest of this entry »

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