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Surfing in Cornwall pictures by Geoff Tydeman.

  • Fistral beach perfection
    The following shots show Cornish surfing in all its glory. N.B. All pictures in this Gallery are the sole property of Geoff Tydeman.

Surfing with GSD in South West Portugal

  • Algarve_surfing
    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.

Junior surfing at Caswell on monday 7th of August

  • P8070017
    The junior academy and Greg's group from Blaenau Gwent had great weather and surf.

Gallery of surf school lessons

  • Bend your knees.
    GSD is open all year on Gower, in addition to offering next step lessons on the Algarve in South West Portugal and small groups and 1-2-1 lessons on Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.

GSD staff training.

  • Brettcarvin
    When the Fall comes we head out to the Algarve for some late sun and warm waves. The beaches are empty and the local surfers super cool. Portugal Te Amo.

Caswell beach junior surfing pictures.

  • Another_star_of_the_future
    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 !

Fluidshotz, Surf and lifestyle photography.

  • France ?! Looks more like Hawaii !!
    All pictures are the personal property of and Chris Vaughan. 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

Summer Surfing

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    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.

Surfing at the Eisteddfod.

  • Dscf1108
    If you are coming to the show we are opposite the Scarlets and Ospreys stands. Enter the face that fits contest and get a new GSD sticker.

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September 02, 2006

New ATB Centre for Gower South west wales.

GSD to start Mountain Board Centre in 2007.   

Opening in April 2007, run by GSD as a means to keep that surfing feeling going even when it is flat !

Dirt boarding or ATB (all terrain boarding) is a great way to help improve basic skills such as turning and body dynamics.

More information will follow shortly including dirt board course information, mountain boarding school opening times, dirt boarding equipment including pads etc for this extreme sport.

What is mountain boarding ? 

Mountain boarding, also known as dirtboarding, is a new board sport, derived from snowboarding. It was originally intended to take the place of snowboarding during warm months while there was no snow available. It was only in the last 4 or 5 years that mountain boarding has developed into a sport in its own right.

Board description

A Typical Mountainboard A mountain board is similar to an oversized skateboard. The size of the deck is shorter than the average snowboard, approximately 100 cm in length with either three or four wheels. The wheels consist of small plastic hubs with tyres of between 8" and 12" diameter. The wheel size varies depending on which type of riding is done. For example, an 8" wheel would be for freestyle riding and jumping. The larger wheel is used by the downhill rider. Like a snowboard (and unlike a skateboard) the feet of the rider are attached to the board deck with bindings, however boots are not required. Most mountain boards these days also have 'channel trucks' which are a little like skateboard trucks but are spring-loaded to stiffen up turning. However skate style trucks are still popular for beginners boards and freestyle.

Riding styles
The two main styles of riding are downhill (either boarderX or freeride) and freestyle. Freeride is done on a variety of terrain, from ski resorts, when the snow has melted away, to downhill mountain bike courses, to woodlands and forests. More and more dedicated centres are being opened around the world specifically for the sport of mountain boarding. Racing tends to be either of slalom, two riders weaving between poles, or boarder cross, a category of racing that is similar to BMX courses, with berms and jumps.

Freestyle riding consists of ramp jumping; performing tricks which can be rotations (180, 360 and more degree turns), inverted tricks (back flips, front flips), and board grabs (tail grab and front grab).

A variation of mountain boarding is known as kiteboarding. This involves using a power kite to pull the rider on a mountain board and gives them the ability to use the kite to generate enough power to get some lift, normally several feet up in the air.

Rick Wilson of San Diego, California invented the first wheels used for mountain/dirtboarding in the early 1990's. Rick's wheels, known as "XT Wheels", were composed of a plastic core with rubber tractor tire style tread. The wheels were typically mounted on standard skateboards. Early dirtboarders customized longboards (about 36") using uncut skateboard decks from Vision Skateboards and configured them with 215 mm Independent trucks and German sealed bearings. Sky Hooks where often used for bindings facilitating increased control with the ability to quickly change stance.

The above definition was found on the following link  Wikipedia > mountain boarding

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Oahu, Hawaii.

  • Perfect_righthand_point_peeling_at_lani_
    I love Hawaii, it's that simple. Every wave tests you and your ability. I truly believe that if one is to be a surfer he/she must travel to the home of surfing to sample it's delights at least once.

Chris Bertish big wave surfer

  • Dungeons_pmarqua4
    Chris Bertish is not only a good friend of mine but one of the few people that I trust in the most challenging of surfing conditions. Chris, simply in my view is one of the best big wave surfers in the world.

Atlantic Island big wave surfing paradise

  • inside point
    This is an outdoor adventure paradise. The surf is of the highest standard with the North Atlantic throwing the largest rideable waves at the perfect points.

Pays Basque

  • Surf_more
    A great place to eat good food, surf excellent waves if your lucky. Go out of the silly season and you will score perfect waves.

Richard Mullins

  • B1
    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.

mountain boarding comes to Gower, Wild West Wales.

  • down the hill
    Next spring 2007 GSD will be operating a mountain board school here on Gower and hopefully Cornwall to work closely with the exsisting surf schools based in the same locations. As with the surfing our dirt boarding passion is going to be directed at offering quality courses for all, teaching this fun new extreme sport.

Cool camping vans for surfers.

  • Regius_1_008
    These cool campers are now available from the guys at the M.D has surfed for 30 plus years and travelled extensively in various types of surfer vehicles and came up with these beauties.

Surf lifestyle picture contest.

  • B
    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

Surfing lessons for everyone.

  • Dscf1111
    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.
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