Thanks to Dave Jones for these superb surfing images and look forward to seeing more from his surf travels. If you are looking for decent surf shots of yourself and you are based in the Swansea/ Gower region then Dave is your man.
From September onwards it is time to pack your bags and visit the South West coast of Portugal. We run Live Surf Travel breaks and long weekends for intermediate and upwards surfers.
On Friday the 4th of August a small ground swell pushed on to Gower, part of the welsh surfing coastline. There to greet these perfect waves were the wave hungry junior surfing academy armed with their INT wave riding vehicles. Parents/guardians and spectators stood on the becah and cheered the surfers on. Yeeehhhaaaaa !
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Chris is as passionate about his photography as his surfing and aspires to be one of Wales' most exciting photographers.Chris is a surf coach for GSD surf school and a crewman on the Mumbles Lifeboat. Be sure to check out his site at www.fluidshotz.com
3rd of August at Caswell beach, Gower. A group of young people from all over the Uk hit the Welsh surf. The surf was perfect, with offshore winds and sun shining the group rode these perfect small waves with style. GSD welcomes them all to the surfing family.
After the worst period of weather in March most can recall it looks like this weekend could be cooking in comparison to what we have been use to that is checkout the following link > Swansea Weather on BBC it's showing 16c wow get the sun block out!
After cancelling so many lessons in the last month due to the weather and temp it looks like the season may start soon.. Positive thoughts for a fairly dry summer please!
Oh and I forget to mention looks like we will have good waves coming this weekend for a few days so enjoyo. :))
Well the forecast is looking better and better for the south west in particular Wales and Ireland as the swell direction is due south west and a long period which will mean many spots that only work in winter (yes, I know it is spring) should be pumping.
Many forecasters are highlighting 20 second energy starting later this arvo then the swell starts filling in for a super fun day on saturday and sunday with the swell potentially hanging around until the mid of next week (wind dependant) it could be a great way to kick off the Easter holidays for those left in the country that is!
The water is still baltic and winter wetsuits are still required including boots and gloves so pick your spot and enjoyo, Happy Easter everyone
You all know the saying from your training courses, 'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.." and believe me when you have 15 plus guys or girls all put together for a weekend of celebration and drinking then if not organised things can end up spoiling the weekend.
The main thing is it is all about him or her, what would they like to do on their last weekend of freedom?
Or in the case of some groups it is a case of just picking the stag up taking his bag of clothes off him and turning him into the groups gimp for the weekend. (This generally happens to stags as a pay back for past actions on similar weekends.)
On the whole though, there should be plenty of emails bouncing around suggesting locations, activities and places to stay. After much debate then the shortlist can be sent to all those that are going to vote and give thoughts on each.
Hopefully then this will arm the organiser to start planning, booking and getting the monies in and deposits paid.
After everything above has been sorted then, the group leader should produce an itineray for the weekend so everyone knows what is going on and when they are expected to meet etc.
The best plans can fail if, the group have not been consulted fully and individuals needs taken into account, for example one of the group does not like heights or another can not swim. The main thing for the planners to keep at the forefront of the planning is "TEAM" weekend focusing on fun for all and in particular the stag or hen.
You have many walking options here depending how fit you are feeling or perhaps what the weather is like, my favourite is walking along the Rhossili downs to the far end, 'sheeps jaw', then walking back along the beach watching the waves.
Other options include walking down to the wormshead, pay a visit to the national trust visitor centre on your way then head along the coastal path and you may find some secret bays that the pirates and smugglers used many years ago.
Or if you don't fancy doing much why not sit in one of the many cafes or even better visit The Wormshead hotel for pub grub and a local pint.
Surfing is growing worldwide, the new generations & older heads need to learn (or re-learn) the rules of the road or it will be no fun for anyone.
p.s if you can not be bothered to read the rules below, I have added a must watch video at the bottom of this blog post, hopefully you will be able to watch that (all surfers should)
Prevention rather than cure
1) Surf with a buddy 2) The surfer on the wave has priority, so get out of their way 3) If paddling out and a surfer is heading towards you, simply head into the impact zone (or soup), thereby not ruining the surfers ride 4) If surfing a wave like the 'reef' or Crab Island, never cut corners, paddle all the way around so as to stay clear of the surfing zone 5) Do not sit in front of a take off spot, as if someone takes off on the outside they have a really good chance of running you over. Go back to rule number 2 the surfer has priority not you sitting on the inside catching the small waves 6) Ensure that the equipment you are using is 'fit for the purpose' and that you have a leg rope as it is irresponsible to surf a longboard/shortboard/piece of cheese in busy surf breaks without a leg rope and more importantly at busy beaches with swimmers, as if you lose the love of your life it will bounce with speed towards the shore and do a good imitation of a bowling ball taking all the skittles out on its lone trip to the beach 7) If you are hiring a surfboard ensure that you have had a surf lesson from an approved surf school and then only hire softboards which are good enough for 90percent of the surfing population on any given British day anyway. 8) Know the beach/coastline you are going to surf before you jump in, speak to locals, check info on websites such as beachwizard, magicseaweed, surfs up etc and if there is a beach rescue service have a chat with them about potential dangers 9) The list goes on and on for more info check out the RNLI website. 10) Do not stick your head in the sand or in the way of another surfer, get trained and know before you go
Here are some recent articles relating to crowds and behaviour in the surf:
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There are several walks from Mumbles village that we (my wife plus 2 toddlers) walk on dry days and yesterday despite the cutting wind was no exception. We set out from Langland corner (.5 miles from Mumbles) then walked to Caswell bay following the bus route. At Caswell Bay we took the coastal path heading back to Langland Bay.
Pic below Caswell Bay
The first picture at top is one of the stunning views from the coastal path which winds itself along to Langland Bay, we saw the resident seal floating in the tidal current enjoying the early spring sunshine.
Then the final push takes you down into Langland Bay picture below:
Both beaches have cafes and food outlets, we like the Langland Braz' nearest one to the point as you come from Caswell Bay, it also has free wifi so you you can catch up with your social life 2.0!!
You can always take a pack lunch and thermos flask and use one of the many benches to sit down and enjoy the views and peace... and then of course that is a free activity for you all.
Well talk about bad sports, the relatives down under are doing what they accuse the poms of and that is having a massive WHINGE all because our Rhossili Beach on the amazing Gower coastline (hosting many beaches that could have won the award including Three Cliffs Bay) was voted so highly above their beaches.
Here are some articles relating to the big whinge and some links for visiting us and surfing at Rhossili Bay.
We all owe so much to the football club for the massive exposure brought to the region, this has certainly been enhanced in part by their (Barcelona) style of football and the professional conduct of all involved with the Swans has also gained much admiration world wide.
The whole of the Swansea bay region will be glued to the TV sets come sunday arvo to cheer on the boys.
It is going to be a fantastic sporting weekend with the 6 nations on Saturday with Wales hoping to win in the olympic stadium, Italy and a cracking game in prospect with England playing the French (if they turn up).
To finish this quick post off, the Swansea Bay region had some fantastic news from the Trip Advisor site regarding Rhossili Bay, (pic below) news article links below, we run surfing lessons at rhossili during the summer months only 3 hours by train from London!!
Here are just a few of Richards surf shots, how good would it be to have your logo on his boards! Well now here is your chance, he needs a sponsor for the forthcoming years to help him compete on the BPSA and travel the world surfing radical waves.
These cool campers are now available from the guys at www.surfseekers.co.uk the M.D has surfed for 30 plus years and travelled extensively in various types of surfer vehicles and came up with these beauties.
At the Eisteddfod Swansea 2006 our Welsh speaking surfing coaches held a Picture contest. Fun was had by all including some as young as three years old. Local Welsh artist Rhys Mason was on hand to pick the top pictures and they have been selected for our surf blog.
Four of the artists will be recieve a phone call over the next week to claim their free surf day at Caswell with us.
Thank you to all the young people that entered and had fun at the Eisteddfod
GSD surfing staff are available for events and exhibitions around the UK. If you would like us to visit your show please contact us. We offer a surfing lesson, surf contests and offer great prizes. We have worked on stands including the Welsh Tourist Board and Welsh Assembly.