12 Things I Wish I Brought on my Bali Surf Trip
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
So you’re going on a surf trip to Bali in a few weeks’ time and you’re wondering what you should bring.  Here are the 12 things I wish I brought on my Bali surf trip. (BEFORE WE BEGIN!!!: There’s a complete master list of everything you need at the bottom of this article)   1) VASELINE: If the surf is solid (which it will be) you might end up paddling for 4-5 hours straight. All that rubbing will cause your armpits to catch on fire. Apply Vaseline under your arms before you get in the water and it’ll reduce the friction. 2) DING REPAIR KIT: Whether it’s from hitting a coral speed bum ..read more
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What to look for in a Wetsuit
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
So you’ve never bought, or maybe never even worn, a wetsuit before and you’re wondering what to look for in a wetsuit. When looking at how to buy a wetsuit, there are many important features to consider. We suggest narrowing the choice down in the following order of priority: Type of wetsuit Thickness of neoprene Zipper system Other important features   1. Type of Wetsuit Springsuit (i.e. springy or shorty) Design: Short arms and legs This wetsuit is designed for spring/summer conditions as it does not cover the forearms or lower legs. Pros: Better mobility in the arms and legs than ..read more
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The 5 Best Campsites Near Surf Beaches in NSW
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
The end of Aussie winter is in sight! Time to start planning your first camping trip and where better to camp than right in front of a pristine surf beach! This article will tell you everything you need to know about the best campsites in NSW located right in front of beautiful surf beaches. We also tell you where all the best surf spots and super fun activities are near each campsite so you never get bored. DISCLAIMER: We strongly recommend you bring a car to these campsites as there are some amazing surf breaks nearby that you’ll need a vehicle to get to. PLEASE NOTE: There is a detailed sum ..read more
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The 14 Best Surf Photographers on Instagram in 2021
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
There are so many mind-blowing surfing pics on Instagram it's hard to know which photographers to follow and watch.  In no particular order, we've compiled a list below of the 14 best surf photographers on Instagram so you can stop searching. 1) Hayden Richards Instagram: sa_rips Location: SA, Australia Hayden, or “Rich” as he prefers to be known, manages a caravan park in remote South Australia with his wife and four kids. The desolate and isolated coastline of this remote part of the world is perfectly captured in all of his shots with haunting beauty.     2 ..read more
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The 17 Best Local Custom Surfboard Shapers in Australia
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
You can never have too many surfboards in your quiver! It’s just a matter of finding the space to keep them all. Before you go forking out cash for your next factory-made generic shortboard, consider grabbing yourself a silky, hand-cut board from one of these local custom boardshapers. In no particular order, please see our list below of the 17 best local custom surfboard shapers in Australia. 1. Wayne Lowen Brand: Lowen88 Location: Gold Coast, QLD With 30 years’ experience in boardshaping, it’s no surprise that Wayne is one of the most highly regarded shapers in QLD. Check him out here ..read more
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Which Wetsuit Thickness is Best for Australia?
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
So you're about to purchase a wetsuit and you're not sure which thickness is right for Australian water temperatures. The right thickness depends on where in Australia you're surfing and what time of year. If you're surfing up in QLD during summer then you won't need anything more than a thin 1.5mm wetsuit top. However, down in Tasmania in the winter months the water temperature can drop as low as 11°C (54°F), in which case you'll need a thick 5mm steamer plus booties. What do the numbers mean in a wetsuit thickness (e.g. 3:2)? The 1st number is the thickness of the neopren ..read more
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The 11 Best Surf Barrels & Tubes in Surfing History
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
There is no better feeling in the world than getting a barrel (or tube) while surfing. Being surrounded by that curl of rushing water makes you appreciate the force and beauty of mother nature and is a sensation difficult to describe in writing. If you can’t experience the real thing, the next best option is to check out these videos below of the 9 best surf barrels and tubes in surfing history. 1. Koa Smith, Skeleton Bay, Namibia This wave is situated on the west coast of Namibia just south of Angola in an area known as the Skeleton Coast. The left-hand, sandy point break barrels so perfectl ..read more
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Which Wetsuit Thickness is Best for USA?
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
So you're about to purchase a wetsuit and you're not sure which thickness is right for US water temperatures. The right thickness depends on where in the US you're surfing and what time of year. If you're surfing down in Florida during summer then you won't need anything more than a thin 1.5mm wetsuit top. However, up in Massachusetts in the winter months the water temperature can drop as low as 42°F (6°C), in which case you'll need a thick 5mm steamer plus booties. What do the numbers mean in a wetsuit thickness (e.g. 3:2)? The 1st number ..read more
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What is the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing?
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
The Australian Grand Slam of Surfing is a series of three WSL professional surfing events held at the following locations: Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast: South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast, QLD Tweed Coast Pro: Cabarita Beach, Tweed Heads, NSW Margaret River Pro: Margaret River, WA When will the events be held? There will be a waiting period during 1st September - 31st October 2020. If the swell is firing at one of the three locations, competitors will be given three day’s notice to travel to the destination and prepare for the event. Each event runs for just two days. The green light has alr ..read more
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Surfboard Buying Guide (Shortboard) - Which Specifications Are Right For Me?
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by Angus Boyd
1y ago
This is a comprehensive buying guide for anyone looking to purchase a new short, fibreglass surfboard (i.e. shortboard). This guide includes a surfboard volume calculator and other useful tips about surfboard length, width, thickness and tail shape. Whether you’re buying a factory-made, generic board or a silky, custom-made one, it’s important to know which specifications and measurements are right for you. PLEASE READ BEFORE WE BEGIN: In order to determine which specifications are right for you, you’ll need to know the following: The size of waves you normally ride. Small (2-3ft). Medium ..read more
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