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Live from Chopes and it is pumping. No idea what is going on as my French sucks, but hey, could be worse!

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Stone cold, not sober

Stone cold, not sober

“After many years of travelling the globe, dodging winter and Pursuing ‘the endless summer dream’, it was time for a change.. a spell at home chasing the best waves a UK winter has to offer, countless hours on the road, from being snowed in to spat out. Stone cold not sober showcases some of the UK’s finest waves. From the home of British surfing to the secrets of Cornwall. Get a beer and enjoy.” Harry Timson

Film by Ollie Treacher

London Surf / Film Festival Shorties comp is open!

London Surf / Film Festival Shorties comp is open!

London Surf /Film Festival 2019 Shorties Submissions Open!

Submissions are now open for the ninth edition of the London Surf / Film Festival Shorties short film contest.

Hosted 9 – 17 October, London Surf / Film Festival is a celebration of the cream of international surf culture. Bringing to the UK a hand picked line up of the very best surf films from across the globe – from hotly anticipated premieres to cult underground projects – accompanied by talks, icons, Q+As, live music, workshops, art shows, good times and more, LS/FF is a must-attend for anyone of a salty persuasion. 

While the main festival is a showcase for international filmmaking, The Shorties short film contest is open exclusively to established and emerging filmmakers from or based in Britain and Ireland. 

Surfing and surf culture are wide open to interpretation and filmmakers are invited to enter their shorts of up to 5 minutes in length that explore all aspects and angles through documentary, comedy, action, arthouse, animation or anything in between.  Shorties submissions close 9 September, find more details and enter online HERE.

“Short films are a central pillar of modern surf culture, a creative outlet for sharing stories and inspiring stoke,” says London Surf / Film Festival Director Demi Taylor. “We established The Shorties in 2011 to provide a platform for the wealth of homegrown creative talents here on our shores and it has quickly grown to become one of the most prestigious short film competitions for surf filmmakers in the world. As always we’ll be championing those projects that bring a fresh perspective to our culture, whether that’s through exceptional story telling, surfing or cinematography. Filmmaking is not about big cameras, it’s about big ideas ”

Shortlisted entries will be premiered on the big screen at the iconic Regent Street Cinema as part of the London Surf / Film Festival programme and considered by the screening panel, comprised of some of the most influential names in surfing and media, for awards including LS/FF Emerging Talent and Shortie of the Year. 

For more information about the festival please head to: londonsurffilmfestival.com

Chris and Demi the masterminds behind the whole event.

Machado Q&A

SURFER’S PARADISE: 60 SECONDS TO THE SEA

SURFER’S PARADISE: 60 SECONDS TO THE SEA

From Friday 19th July until Sunday 1st September 2019 – Pitch up from £10 per person, per night!

60 seconds – that’s all it takes to reach the water from Surfer’s Paradise. Get ready to roll out of bed, zip up the wetsuit, and hit the surf within minutes!

For the ultimate surfing getaway, why not book a break at Surfer’s Paradise in North Devon? Our season runs from Friday 19th July to Sunday 1st September 2019, meaning you can experience the famous Devon surf all summer long. With prime position amongst the sand dunes, Surfer’s Paradise campsite a stone’s throw from Croyde Bay Beach, one of the UK’s premier surfing destinations.

Not only will you find a fantastic surfing environment, Croyde Bay is also a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in North Devon. Whether you’re walking along the nearby coastal paths, relaxing on the beach or exploring the quaint local towns – a holiday at Surfer’s Paradise doesn’t stop at surfing!

Forgetful? We’re got you covered. Nearby Offshore Surf Shop has two handy locations just moments from Surfer’s Paradise (one directly on the beach and one next to Ruda Holiday Park’s reception). With a wide range of surfing gear to hire or purchase, there’s no need to panic if you forget that all important wetsuit!

As a guest at Surfer’s Paradise, you can make the most of the fantastic facilities at neighbouring Ruda Holiday Park. From tennis courts to an adventure pool, an on-park bar & restaurant to a fish ‘n’ chip takeaway, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to Ruda. You’ll also find handy amenities to make your camping trip even more comfortable, including a laundrette, cash machine and convenience store on the park.


The clear waters and golden sands of Croyde Bay keep surfers from around the world coming back time and time again; don’t miss out on this annual surfing fiasco!

Book your break

Simply call 0344 335 3677 or visit our website to book online, but hurry, with pitches only available between Friday 19th July and Sunday 1st September 2019 we sell out fast! Visit us as a small group or bring your friends. With a maximum party size of 10, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy summer with friends and family surfing in Croyde Bay!

Surf’s up!

3x World Champion Mick Fanning Tears His ACL In South Africa

3x World Champion Mick Fanning Tears His ACL In South Africa


Just got this painful news in from the Rip Curl crew … we sat down with Mick in France recently, interview in the upcoming end of August issue, he was on top form. Knees are surfer’s Achilles’ Heel with JJF and Coco Ho also out with bung hinges. Feel better soon champ.

Over the weekend 3x World Champion Mick Fanning injured himself on a Stab In The Dark magazine trip in South Africa. After an immediate flight home and a trip to the doctors, Fanning has confirmed he has torn his ACL, which will require surgery and a 6-12 months recovery process.

“I was in South Africa and I was coming out of a tube,” Mick explains when asked how the injury occurred. “I was going to do a layback cutback, drop-wallet carve sort of thing, and midway through the turn, I just felt my back knee pop out. You can see in the footage where the thing just collapsed, instant pain, just my whole leg was in pain. But once I got to the beach the pain had already subsided, which made me think… okay, that’s bad. So I went home, showered up, rang all my favourite doctor friends and booked a flight home.

“I got scans yesterday and I see the surgeon tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll get surgery in the next week or so. Then from talking to doctors, I think I’ll be in a brace from 1-2 weeks, a full locked-out brace, then hopefully off crutches after that. Then the rehab starts. They say that can take anywhere from 6-12 months.”

This ACL injury comes nearly 15 years after Fanning ripped his hamstring straight off the bone – an injury widely known as one of surfing’s most brutal. However after this hamstring injury in 2004 Fanning came back more powerful than ever, using the incident as fuel to his fire.

In true to Fanning form, Mick is already talking about speeding up the recovery process to get in the water sooner, stronger.

“Timeline wise, I’ll be aiming to be back in the water by January or February. That’s when cyclone season starts up here on the Gold Coast, and I would like to be ready for that.

“To be honest I’ve been pretty lazy for the past year or so – and I am sort of excited to be going down the path again of getting the body flowing and keeping the age barrier at a minimum. I’m fired up to get the body moving and feeling really good.

“I’ve still got big plans of Searching and now I’m even more fired up to get back to JBay!”

The 3x World Champion will have to take a step back from Searching for the next few months during his recovery process. Stay tuned.