There is no getting around it, at this time of year it’s pretty chilly in the water. However as with most things there is an upside, the waves can be be better and quieter. So it really is swings and roundabouts! To get over the chillyness I always glove, hood and bootie up in the winter. My old pair of booties have done a fantastic job over the last few years but unfortunately I’ve had to retire them. They’ve…

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  I had walked through Kimberly Park in Falmouth several times and seen students doing what looked like tight rope walking, only they weren’t high up over Niagara Falls with a long stick in their hands – they were about a foot off the ground and between two trees. It was only recently that I saw a video of Slacklining on youtube and finally realised what they were actually doing. Slacklining is the sport of balancing on a length of…

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  I first saw a Kelly Kettle at a rock festival, I remember being wowed by the simplicity and brilliance of it’s design. I gazed across our groups camp, looking enviously on as the Kettle’s owner boiled water with ease. So what is a Kelly Kettle? To find out the answer we need to travel back in time over a hundred years to the 1890’s to Lough Conn, County Mayo in Ireland, where a young farmer and fisherman called Patrick…

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  I’ve been getting a bit of a move on with my Christmas shopping and today I’m going to tell you about one of the best presents I’ve bought so far. You’ve got to promise not to tell anyone though (it’s a secret). Okay, now you’re sworn to secrecy, I’ll tell you all about it. A lover of the vintage seaside style, the recipient is going to be over the moon with this colourful vintage-look deckchair from Deckchair Stripes. The…

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  This is a great gift for any surfer or water sports enthusiast. A hooded changing robe is the gift that keeps on giving and everyone needs one in their life! Basically it has two great benefits: Number One It keeps you warm and toasty. In the cold bleak winter the worst thing about surfing is getting changed in and out of your suit. This simple invention makes changing a breeze and lets you get into your warm and snugly…

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  This week has brought two big signs of the cold: Number one – I lit the first fire of the season in my house. Number two – I scraped ice from my vans windshield for the first time this winter. I have been wishing I was an Arctic Fox. Bit random I know but let me explain: When winter time is coming the Arctic Fox adapts, it changes from a chocolaty brown to a snow white colour. Not only…

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  Lot’s people don’t use phone cases and say things like “It doesn’t matter, it’s insured!” When I purchased my iPhone I looked into phone insurance and when you really start having a good read up about it, it doesn’t look like it’s worth the money. Not when the price of an iPhone handset is in the hundreds! If you’re likely to have a problem with your phone, it’s going to be because you got it wet or dropped it.…

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  If you’re struggling for Christmas present ideas for your surfing friend or loved one, then here is my first idea for you: A quality surf watch. I’ve been a big fan of Breo watches ever since one of my good friends showed me his. I use a Breo – Roam Elite whilst surfing, as it’s so light and compact that you completely forget you’re even wearing it. The Roam Elite is like a thick rubber band with a tiny…

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  They say that a dog is man’s best friend, I think that ‘they’ are wrong – It’s the hoody. I don’t mean the hoodies that hang around shopping centres and David Cameron is so keen to hug, I’m talking about the warm, winter essential. Everyone has one: their long serving, warm, comfy, reliable hoody. They are there for you through everything, times good and times bad. The post winter’s surf warm-up, the long walks on the beach and for…

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  Here is a classic Cornish walk which you’re guaranteed not to get lost on – the entire length of Perranporth beach, from Droskyn Point all the way to Penhale Sands and back. Important: This walk is only achievable at low tide. This is a fantastic walk to do with your dogs, but note that although dogs are allowed on Perranporth beach every day of the year; that during the summer months of July and August all dogs must be…

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