Check out Western Australias Shaun Manners and Creed McTaggart as they go slab hunting and punting. Hit up play and enjoy peeps.
Caswell Bay, Wales is not only the proud home of Surfability UK CIC, the UK’s first fully inclusive and adaptive surf school, it is soon to the first Gower beach to have a disability changing place. And the team here at Surfability UK CIC HQ could not be more delighted about this news.
The changing place will be located in close proximity to the current toilet facilities and the blue badge parking spaces. Specialist equipment such as an electric hoist, shower, toilet and changing bed will be available to ensure that individuals with even the most severe disabilities will be able to access the beach and all it has to offer with dignity and privacy.
Local business woman and parent, Suzanne Morrison, who runs the award winning Bramwood Accessible Holiday Home on Gower has been a driving force behind this project. Suzanne has a son with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy and has said: “John requires 24/7 care, we therefore know what it takes to book a holiday without equipment and care. He is the inspiration behind this project.
“It is wonderful news for all the disabled people who need these facilities. We are so privileged to have the people with the expertise to give my son and others a wonderful experience. I am passionate about Gower and Swansea and about promoting what we have here and I am grateful to everyone from Swansea Council for their support through this process.”
With support from the Welsh Government’s Tourism Amenity Investment Scheme (TAIS), construction is expected in 2019. The Swansea Council expect that the changing facility will offer increased choice to around 250,000 disabled visitors looking for holiday destinations in the UK (read more here).
Feeling ready to catch your first wave or relive the stoke of your last? Surfability UK CIC surf all year round with disabled surfers of every skill level. There’s never been a better time to get in touch!
Go to the Maldives or the Mentawai islands? What a dilemma! Both are postcard perfect, filled with palm tree covered tropical islands and home to some of the best surf on Earth.
We caught up with surf travel specialists The Perfect Wave for more information on both options and how to score that trip of a lifetime with a special Carve discount…
The Perfect Wave is the world’s largest surf travel network and number one operator of surf charters in the Indian Ocean. We’re also big fans of Carve and we know that all you other Carve fans out there love nothing more than an awesome boat trip. So, to kick off 2019 in style we’re offering a special 10% discount on three of our favourite boats exclusively for you.
You’ve heard the stories, seen the photos and watched the videos of the world’s best surfers tearing apart mind-blowing reef breaks like Macaronis, Kandui, and Lance’s Right. There’s no reason you can’t experience that Mentawai magic yourself. Do it in maximum comfort aboard the Kai Dua, a spacious, floating surf resort for 8 to 12 guests, with tasty food and 15 cases of beer included in the price. It’s the ultimate option for groups of surf-loving friends.
Pick the full barrel experience itinerary to Central and South Mentawai, or surf more user-friendly spots in North Mentawai and Telos. All boats leave from Padang harbour. Regular packages start at £1853 for 9 nights.
The Maldives is the ultimate surf trip destination for a combination of great hospitality, fantastic food, deluxe accommodations and a wide range of waves from friendly walls to rippable bowls and playful tubes. We’ve got a value-for-money and a full bells-and-whistles option that tick all the boxes for groups of families or friends, and cover all the best spots in the archipelago.
Above: The Perfect Wave Cobia
Get the best bang for your buck surfing the marquee spots of the Malé Atolls aboard The Perfect Wave Cobia. The captain and crew are dedicated to making sure you and no more than 8 of your friends have the best surf experience possible in the Maldives. The boat is designed to cruise close to the reef, so you’ll always be a short paddle to the surf, and the chef is renowned for his tasty, all-you-can-eat feasts. Specifically built to be a sleek and sumptuous surf vessel, The Perfect Wave Handy is the luxurious new addition to The Perfect Wave Maldives charter fleet. Based in the remote, wave-rich Southern Atolls with an experienced surf guide, its sole purpose is to make sure you’re surfing the highest quality, least crowded spots on any given day.
The Cobia will be waiting for you upon arrival in Malé. Or you’ll catch a domestic flight to Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll where you’ll be greeted and taken straight aboard the Handy. Regular packages start at £1293 for 7 nights on the Cobia and £2107 for 8 nights on the Handy.
Ask for your special Carve discount -10% off Regular Packages available until 28 February. Contact one of our surf experience specialists to book or for more details on your trip of a lifetime! All prices per person.
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A postcard from a week in the forest. Starring Chippa Wilson and Dion Agius. With Jay Davies.
South West France, October 2018.
A Wasted Talent Short Film.
Filmed by Guillem Cruells and Yentl Touboul.
Water cinematography by Pierre David.
16mm by Yentl Touboul.
Edited by Guillem Cruells.
Supported by Monster Energy.
Soundtrack – Delta by Mount Kimbie + Mire by DIIV.
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The genial gent that is Kieren Perrow, lover of throaty right tubes, is stepping down from his role with the WSL. The Comish had the unenviable job of calling comps on or off. No one has a crystal ball to see what the surf is like the rest of the waiting period so it can’t be a fun job in that regard. But as the job is now LA-based and KP is Oz based he’s stepping down.
Taking over is the irrepressible Pat O’Connell, him off of the Endless Summer 2, Taylor’s films and generally regarded as one of the nicest guys in surfing. He also knows his stuff, as an ex-tour surfer and longtime industry bod. How he’s going to fit his new job title of ‘Senior Vice President, Tours and Head of Competition’ on his biz card remains to be seen.
The World Surf League (WSL) today announced that after six years in the position, Commissioner Kieren Perrow is stepping down to take on a supporting role at the WSL, which will leverage his decades of experience in evolving and championing the technical aspects of the sport.
“I’ve been a part of professional surfing my entire life, and I never imagined it would get to the level it’s at today,” Perrow said. “To be able to live out my dream on tour as a competitor, while also being a surfer rep and board member, was a massive high point in my career. However, getting to transition into my role as Commissioner and foster new talent and development pathways for surfers, has been even more rewarding. I’m really proud of my team and the WSL for all we have achieved together. With the role now needing to be based in Los Angeles, I’m taking this opportunity to step down and spend more time in Australia with my family, while continuing to be a part of professional surfing in a more focused capacity.”
Pat O’Connell, former WSL Championship Tour (CT) competitor and current VP of Sports Marketing at Hurley, will succeed Perrow in the newly titled WSL role of SVP, Tours & Head of Competition (formerly titled “The Commissioner”), overseeing the Commissioner’s Office roles and responsibilities. O’Connell will be based out of WSL Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
“Words can’t describe the amount of respect I have for the WSL, Kieren and his team,” O’Connell said. “From competitor to surfer rep to board member to commissioner, he really has given his all for surfing to get it to where it is today and I couldn’t be more thankful. It’s super hard to leave my family at Hurley as it’s been such a huge part of my life for more than 15 years. I’ve had an incredible experience at Hurley, but I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to lead the competitive aspects of surfing and further elevate the sport. I believe in the WSL, I believe in what it can be, and I’m stoked.”
O’Connell will officially begin his role on March 11, overseeing the development of all of the WSL’s tours – Championship Tour, Qualifying Series, Pro Junior Series, Big Wave Tour, Longboard Tour and Specialty Events and Series.
“Kieren’s leadership over the past six years has significantly contributed to the success and improvements across the sport, and we’re very pleased that he will continue to work with us in a new capacity,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “I am delighted that Pat O’Connell has agreed to join the WSL to fill KP’s shoes. He has held a number of diverse roles within surfing, both as a competitor and on the business side, and his passion for the sport is infectious. He will have the support of an incredible team at a time when momentum is building across all surfing disciplines and taking the sport to new levels.”