WAS THIS THE BIGGEST NAZARÉ EVER?

WAS THIS THE BIGGEST NAZARÉ EVER?

The Atlantic has been on fire this year storm wise. All that energy that buffeted us and left a trail of devastation across Europe saw some rather large ocean going rollers heading to Nazare in Portugal. Yes. The place that hosts the arguably biggest waves in the world.
Sancho hot stepped it from Pe’ahi to luck into a mega bomb and Hugo Vau, one of the core long time crew, got possibly one of the biggest ever.
It’s hard to get your head around waves this large. But here they are.
As for the more sheltered corners of Portugal … well, yep, they were pumping.

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Win a pair of Vans UR Hi MTE shoes

Win a pair of Vans UR Hi MTE shoes

Vans have launched their new Ultra HiMTE series. It is water proof so ideal for surfers or skaters, especially in the British winter!

The Vans UltraRange Hi MTE is a versatile shoe with additions designed for the elements. Featuring a brand new UltraCush Lite midsole compound offering the ultimate in comfort and cushioning, plus a sock-fit bootie construction with seamless internals to reduce weight, rubbing, and hotspots.
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Surfers three times more likely to carry ‘antibiotic resistant superbugs’

Surfers three times more likely to carry ‘antibiotic resistant superbugs’


Dr Anne Leonard interviews surfers on a beach in Cornwall, UK. Photo credit: University of Exeter.

A study from University of Exeter Medical School surfers are three three times more likely to host an antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’ in their guts than non-surfers

Researchers wanted to find out if surfers were more vulnerable the super bugs that pollute beaches via CSO’s and farm run off.

Samples from 143 surfers who surfed at least three times a month and compared them to samples from 130 people who had little exposure to the sea.

The findings of the Beach Bums study, published in the journal Environment International, showed 9% of surfers were carrying an anti biotic resistant E. coli compared to only 3% of samples taken from the non-surfers.

Surfers were also 4-times more likely to harbour bacteria that contain mobile genes that make bacteria resistant to the multiple antibiotics. The bugs are able to pass on resistance DNA to other bugs in the body.

The rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria has been globally recognised as one of the greatest future global health challenges. As bacteria become immune to antibiotics, the ability to treat common infections diminishes. The 2016 O’Neill report on antimicrobial resistance warned superbugs could kill 10 million people a year worldwide by 2050 unless action is taken.

Harmful bacteria contaminate sea water and beaches via sewage and water run-off from farm crops treated with manure. CSO (Combined Sewer Overflows) regularly affect UK beaches in the the winter with most discharges unmonitored as water companies switch off equipment out of ‘bathing season’ (May 15th until September 30th) – read ‘in peak surf season’ (October -April).

David Smith, science and policy officer at Surfers Against Sewage, said: “The Beach Bums study highlights an emerging threat to surfers and body boarders in the UK. Recognising coastal waters as a pathway for antibiotic resistance can allow policy makers to make changes to protect water users and the wider public from the threat of antibiotic resistance.” He also recommended people use the SAS Safer Seas App which warns of sewage and run off pollution…

Unfortunately the SAS Safer Seas App doesn’t work in peak season for surfing and CSO discharges as the water companies won’t hand over data… so thousands of surfers are unknowingly exposing themselves to the bacteria.

“This research is the first of its kind to identify an association between surfing and gut colonisation by antibiotic resistant bacteria,” said Dr Anne Leonard, of the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the research.

The increasing prevalence of drug resistance in bacteria has led to England’s chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, to warn of an approaching “post-antibiotic apocalypse”.

Santa Marina – Below The Line

Santa Marina – Below The Line

Few days ago “La Isla” the popular name for this righthand break in Cantabria (Spain), woke up with pumping waves and the classic local crew were ready to do the their best on this beautiful break. Check out the drone footage filmed up close and personal in this sick little edit.

01847 – A Scottish surf film

01847 – A Scottish surf film

01847″ is a the 2017 Thurso Surf Film filmed by Malcolm Anderson last season and put together by Rups featuring the following surfers; Chris Clarke, Chris Noble, Neil Simmonds, Dave Adams, Scotty Main, Hamper MacLeod, Dylan MacDonald, Ian Battrick, Mark Cameron, Nic Von Rupp, Ben Larg & Mark Boyd.

BOARDMASTERS ‘BLUE MONDAY’ GIVEAWAY

BOARDMASTERS ‘BLUE MONDAY’ GIVEAWAY

January 15th is officially calculated as ‘the most depressing day of the year’, also known as Blue Monday. To help put a positive spin on the saddest day of the year, Boardmasters is offering the chance to win a bunch of epic prizes in its biggest competition EVER.

Prizes in the ultimate Boardmasters ‘Blue Monday’ giveaway include –

2 x VIP Tickets
Flight over Boardmasters for two
£100 Drinks Vouchers
Luxury Boutique Glamping for two
Side of Stage Viewing
Boardmasters x Marley Get Together Mini Speaker
PLUS Two places on Boardmasters Surf Camps in Moliets, France, 30th June – 7th July 2018 – including the Surf Coaching + Yoga package and Boardmasters Bus coach travel

T+C’S
• Entrants must be 18 years of age or over
• Entrants must hold a valid passport to attend Boardmasters Surf Camps in Moliets at the time of travel, 30th June – 7th July 2018
• Competition closes at 23:59 on Sunday 21st January 2018
• Competition winner chosen and notified on Monday 22nd January 2018 via email