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Busy times in Newquay are upon us

Most of August gets very busy in the water in Newquay, so here are a few pointers in finding a surf spot if you want to free surf.

Surfing at Fistral beach:

What usually happens at BM - Click image for larger version.

Its important to appreciate that about 1/3 or more of the beach can be allocated to surf comps when they run. If they are not running then you can surf at North Fistral.

Free surfing is permitted on Fistral generally, but not in the red and yellow flags which is for swimming and bodyboarders.

If you don’t realise that red and yellow flags mean no surfing and are a designated area for swimming and bodyboarding only… you should probably not be surfing on your own. Sign up for surf lessons!

It is usually less busy at low tides and more busy at high tide, as the waves tend to break closer to the shore – pushing free surfers into a smaller take off zone.

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I’m always fascinated by trends…what consumers buy into, their current shopping tastes and so on. This data is usually taken from sales, and then used to market more product at people.

However in the last few days it seems that due to all the rioting in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol etc… a new sort of buying trend has emerged…looting.

Now with looting its not been possible to measure sales…

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1. Anarchy in the UK – Sex Pistols
2. Fight the Power – Public Enemy
3. Time For Heroes – The Libertines
4. London’s Burning – The Clash
5. Smiley Culture – Police Officer
6. Misc Chants Black Panther Party
7. The Revolution will not be Televised – Gil Scott Heron
8. April 29, 1992 – Sublime
9. Take the Power Back – Rage Against The Machine
10. White Riot – The Clash
11. Babylon’s Burning – The Ruts
12. I Predict a Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
13. Panic – The Smiths
14. 69 Police – David Holmes
15. The Great Insurrection – Linton Kwesi Johnson
16. Design for Life – Manic Street Preachers

Listen to the music…And watch the videos below


Russell Winter wins Nike 6.0 night surf thumbnail

The Nike 6.0 night surf attracted a huge crowd tonight on Fistral beach for the finals. The big news was Russell Winter’s victory and Ben Skinner – who managed to land a fantastic air on a longboard during the finals!

The organisation and planning of the event by Nike was pretty impressive. A large stage was built for bands at North Fistral, and a big screen was put up so folks could watch the surfing.

There was some pretty entertaining commentary from Sam Lamiroy and Lee Bartlett. Also, I don’t think I have seen so many video cameras put to use for a surf event at Fistral…any post event footage should be pretty slick.

Whatever Nike did as their marketing for this event, it worked. It’d be fair to say that it was probably the largest crowd watching a surfing final most people had seen in the UK. From the womens final, through to the longboard event, cash for tricks and mens open final the crowds kept coming. The prize purse for surfers was also quite impressive too…You have to hand it to them, Nike certainly know how to do a surf comp in style…maybe they should sponsor Boardmasters next year.

The winners of the surf competition were as follows:

Mens Open: Russell Winter

Womens Open: Amy Stewart

Cash for Tricks: Reubyn Ash

Mens Longboard: Ben Skinner

Check out the gallery of photos below ( click on images for larger version).

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Newquay Surfer’s photos from Nike 6.0 cash for tricks thumbnail

This year’s night surf event was sponsored by Nike 6.0 and held at Fistral beach, Newqauay on the 8-9th of July. As part of the event a ‘Cash for tricks’ competition was run – this format encourages surfers to try out radical manoeuvres, with their best 3 moves counted as the surfers overall score.

Local surfers Alan Stokes, Oli Adams, Johnny Fryer and Bude’s Reubyn Ash were there to rip and entertain in small Fistral surf. Simply click on the thumbnail images below for the larger version.

Reubyn Ash photographed on the way into his heat

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The 6 hardest men of surfing

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Surfing is a sport fuelled by passionate individuals, but sometimes the passion can spill over…onto the streets, onto the beach, into competition heats…and even into parties.

In the world of surfing there are some that can blow your mind with their speed, power and flow…then chill your blood with their tough-guy reputation.

These are the guys you do not want to cross. They can carve a perfect line, but they aren’t scared to deliver a swift blow when required either.

Drop in on them? You’d have to have to be insane – or have a death wish…

Either way, it won’t end well…

So in no particular order here are Newquay Surfer’s top 6 tough guys of surfing.

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