david, Author at Carvemag.com
france // spain travel guide

france // spain travel guide

// France


VanTripper have been renting camper vans to surfers for over 7 years. Based just north Hossegor, in the quiet pine forests of Les Landes, we have a new fleet of VW vans. We enjoy keeping life simple; low prices with no hidden costs and easy online booking.

Progress Surfcamps

Our lovely campsite on the Atlantic Coast of France is the perfect getaway. This little paradise, Progress surf camp Moliets, is within walking distance of town and the beach and is the ideal surf destination for every surfer. Let the waves take you on a journey to the Progress surf camp in Moliets Plage, France

Kanaloa Beach House & Surf Lodge

Situated on the South Western Atlantic Coast, Kanaloa Beach House & Surf Lodge offers self-catered apartments or a B&B formula.  Equipment hire and surf, skate and yoga courses are available for all levels.  Just relax at the Kanaloa pool or enjoy a game of pétanque or table tennis.



Fancy surfing the pristine Norwegian coast with Gul rider Mark ‘Egor’ Harris as your guide and winning a GUL Viper wetsuit? If you’re nodding then read on…

Norway Frontier Surf Camp • When: 24 Feb – 3 March, 2018

Redefine the limits of your surfing world next winter. Gul and Foam Travel have teamed up to create a unique surf adventure experience in the south west region of Norway. Led by top British surfer and Gul team rider Mark ‘Egor’ Harris, you will be immersed in a land of pristine empty beaches and hidden point breaks. Fear no cold as your own brand new Gul Viper 6mm wetsuit (which you get to keep) is included in the package!

As well as offering vast potential for surf exploration, the Stavanger region is home to the stunning fjords which provide limitless hiking and SUP opportunities. There is also a ski resort close by giving the chance to snowboard and surf in the same day: the ultimate in bragging rights.

The Norway Frontier Surf Camp is ideal for surfers of all abilities. Surf coaching and video analysis is provided by Mark Harris and an ISA Level two surf coach. Each day after fuelling up at breakfast, you will be taken to the best location according to the conditions and your requirements to further gorge yourself on empty waves. In the evening there will be debriefs, general surf chat and dinner. If you are looking to profoundly deepen your knowledge and experiences within surfing, and to develop your skills through a combo anecdotal and structured learning in a stunning location with like-minded surfers, enter now!

Or you can book the trip through www.foamtravel.com

To win this epic trip and wetsuit

Simply tell us who invented “the steamer” wetsuit…

2 + 10 =

Gul Viper 6mm hooded Wetsuit RRP: £300.00.
The Viper wetsuit features less panels and more stretch than ever before! The Viper uses our Quadrate horizontal chest zip entry system keeping the zip off your back leaving your shoulders and back free to move. Features Thermospan and X-Flex super stretch neoprene on the main body panels gives an incredible 100% plus stretch making the Viper the perfect high performance suit.


– Your own new Gul Viper 6mm hooded wetsuit to keep, forever
– Seven nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation
– Five days surfing and adventure – Transfers and transport in Norway
– Video coaching with Gul team rider Mark Harris
– Beginner / intermediate board rental
– Frontier surfing experience
– Empty beach and point breaks, waves suitability: beginner to advanced
– Video and photos of your trip to take home
– The trip is worth £799.


Flights are not included in the holiday price, however airport transfers and transport in Norway is. Details of this will be provided when the winner is confirmed.

GETTING THERE: Flights to Stavanger from London airports are frequent and cheap. For this trip, we recommend British Airways BA746 LHR to SVG at 1015 on 24th Feb, and British Airways BA747 SVG to LHR at 1355 on 3rd March.

Carve Magazine Issue 179

Carve Magazine Issue 179

New issue is in stores this week and available on the app now for you iPad folk. For next time how about letting the postie take the strain and subscribe?!

Surfing is all about the slide

Them French sorts call the sliding sports like surfing, snowboarding and skating the ‘glisse’ sports.

Which is one of those onomatopoeia words. One that makes the noise of what it represents, the imitation of a sound. It’s the sound of water coming off your rail. Of powder whizzing under your skis.


This is surfing distilled to its essence as it has been since the days of wooden olos and alaia boards. A rider propelled at speed. It’s the same thrill of rollercoasters and jumping off stuff. Dicking about with gravity is fun. Goosing the inner ear balance sensors. Acceleration and speed do good things to our grey matter. It releases the happy juice.

Flying down the line of a fine walled up wave is a thrill. From the first fumbling shoreward tootle in the whitewater where you managed to stand up coherently for more than a second in some semblance of non-windmilling control to stylishly hooning down an overhead wall years down the line with a big grin on your face the rush is the same. It’s what keeps us coming back. The need, the craving, the urge for the glisse.

This is where the ‘sport’ of surfing ain’t a sport. If you’re blazing down a shimmering, Indonesian salty canvas at dawn there’s no sport. It’s pure self expression. Turn. Don’t do a turn. No one’s judging. No one’s scoring. If you want to trim the whole way holding your line through the power without swoops, turns or stunts then you’re surfing as much as the next guy loading and unloading his energy with bottom and top turns.

Just going fast is fun. Soul arching is called that for a reason. As soon as you start judging surfing you remove the fun. And surfing is all about fun. Never forget that.

In this issue we talk to a bunch of folk that appreciate the glide more than most: Britain’s current crop of world-class longboarders. To a man they advocate riding whatever board suits the waves on offer. Be it an old-school log, twinny or hand plane. Getting your glisse on whatever the weather is key.

So dive into this issue, enjoy the wisdom and stunning imagery contained within. Get inspired then go get your sliding fix.