Carve Magazine Issue 176

Carve Magazine Issue 176

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?!

ALWAYS LOOK AROUND THE NEXT CORNER

The surf world is all mapped out right? There’s no more exploring left to do… Well pard best serve yourself a big cup of ‘nope’. The location of the wave you see on the cover, and in all its glory on this spread, is known to all of four people. Yep. Four. Loose lips ain’t sank no ships. We’ve no idea where it is, but assume it might be Africa. But it could be anywhere that’s got a sandy coast and is toasty warm. Namibia’s Skeleton Bay*, and further up the potential in Angola as evidenced by Kepa and some of the Saffas, are all recent additions to the surf consciousness. Long, thigh-burning, mind-blowing waves all and definitely worth the adventure to go find them.

Which gives you hope if you’re jaded by the same old same old and crowds at your local. And it’s not just far flung exotic places. There are plenty of places in the British Isles that are rarely surfed. You just need to put in the effort to get past the easy option of spots with a car park and a cafe right out front. A decent pair of hiking boots and an OS map and you’ll be surfing by yourself before long. Even well trodden spots like Portugal, we didn’t score that hard as it was a bit of a ghost swell, but even near Lisbon and Peniche we surfed super fun waves without another soul in the water. Like anything the more you put in to something the more you get out of it. Surfing is an addiction, and once you’re hooked there’s no escape. But the addiction is easy to sate. Explore, look around the next corner, new horizons, fresh experiences, make the most of your surfing life. At home and abroad there’s so much to do and see. Go find it… Sharpy Editor

* Word from the Namib locals is the longshore drift that created the sandbar of infinite GoPro barrel dreams is digging holes in the bar. So the points not connecting all the way down. But even in sections it’s still stupendous.


Ain’t No Wave Pool – Mick Fanning on #TheSearch by Rip Curl

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Carve Magazine Issue 175

Carve Magazine Issue 175

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The people in this issue have all chosen life. From Mick Fanning who tasted the steel of life’s double-edged sword and decided he had to escape to see the world and trace his roots to his father’s land. Dan Ross and Al Mackinnon who travelled off the beaten path on a whim and scored solo perfection. William Aliotti who flew to Sao Tome and found kids making skateboards from the lumps of wood off packing pallets and surfboards from plywood. Then there’s legends like Rabbit Bartholomew and Simon Anderson who dreamt of and invented a new way of life in the face of doubters and haters so they could surf all day, every day, and still rip to this day.

You have one life but as a surfer you have infinite choices. The wave riders of the past turned their backs on a society that didn’t understand. They went out to explore the world, meet new people and see new places. They broke down barriers and climbed over walls ignoring cultural stereotypes, skin colours, race and religion. They recognised that diversity just made life more exciting. As a result the surfers themselves became interesting, and eventually influential, right to the point where everyone wanted the T-Shirt.

Right now there is a whole lot of ridiculous stuff happening in the world. So it is a time of choices. You can accept what haters and the power hungry tell you or you can make your own mind up and do your own thing. We hope you can do what everyone in the mag did: make the right choice and try to live your dream.

 

Carve Magazine Issue 174

Carve Magazine Issue 174

New issue is in stores and available on the app for you iPad folk. Get it while it’s hot!  For next issue how about letting the postie take the strain and subscribe!

From the Editor… 

Life throws you curve balls and whatever the opposite of that is with equal measure. Got to take the rough with the smooth and other such tired cliches.
For all the good times there comes bad. It’s the rollercoaster of life which hopefully ends up with you somewhere in the positive.
Autumn has been delivering in spades at home and in Europe. A brace of great days in our isles and from Bundoran to Coxos the kind of red letter days that make anyone from those parts that isn’t at home green with envy and longing. Yes, Gearoid, I’m talking about you. But seeing Donegal all over the Insty off it’s face good while you stare out of a French window at ten foot onshore closeouts is understandably going to make you eat another pain au chocolate in glum resignation.
These are the swings and roundabouts of being a surfer. You go one place hoping to score and Mama Nature turns around and unleashes the good gravy on your home turf.
On those days where pretty much all of Europe is as good as it gets it’s amazing to see the shots scroll past. Instant gratification lets you know how good places are but it also lets you know what you’re missing.
So. Two sided coin that.
This slightly rambling editorial is in part inspired by extreme tiredness from running around after said waves and also by the down times that some of our crew here at Orca are going through. Good people hitting unavoidable rough patches in their own lives whom we can only support and be there for, no matter what.
It’s been a tricky issue to bring together with key folk missing but curveballs are just that. You take a swipe at it and hope for the best.
Sharpy, Editor

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