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Sunscreen Lessons - What You Should Know

Sun damage is a prick of a thing; sure it feels nice to feel the sun on your skin, and get some vitamin D in your body, but we all know the lethal dangers of too much exposure to the sun. You may also be aware that I am working on a natural sunscreen for SETT Surf. It is still a work in progress, but I wanted to update you on what I have learned during this process, so that you may be a bit more informed next time you go and grab some sun protective skincare products (be it SETT Surf's or otherwise). Disclaimer: this is based on my research and discussions, feel free to chime in and clarify or...

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5 Must Haves for your Tropical Surf Trip

Heading to the tropics for a surf trip soon? Lucky you! However, there is nothing, nothing, worse than going on that epic trip you saved all year for, and looked forward to for even longer, only for something avoidable ruin it. You can never be 100% sure, but you can plan to mitigate the obvious ones, so here are some tips to make sure you’re prepared to hit the ground running (surfing). Sun protection: Image courtesy of k9topcoat.com Given. Non-debatable. A must have. I don’t think I need to explain this one, its 2016 and we all know how bad over exposure to the sun's harmful rays is for our skin and greater health. You can still get your daily Vitamin D hit even...

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Scared of Sharks? This may help

Shark! That one word has an unmatched ability to throw a normally rational human into a hysterical, terrified mess.  Sharks are vilified like in films like Jaws and the stuff of folklore. Obviously there is something primal at play in the brain telling you to stay well clear of the shark's domain. Often video footage of sharks often portrays them as ruthless hunting machines; those black eyes being a window to a soul-less feeding machine. But, during my thorough analysis and scientific research (through mediums like Discovery Channel), it seems we are now learning how intelligent, calculated and most likely, uninterested in humans, sharks really are. Nevertheless, shark attacks happen and are horrible for victims, friends and family and the community...

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Summer Surf in Lisbon - A Photo Essay

Ok, so technically it has been spring, but with the thermometer pushing the 30 degrees celsius on several occasions now, it sure feels like summer. Some of you may be aware that since sending out Kickstarter rewards, I have based myself out of Lisbon. Why? Well, for one it has more surf than London, but then throw in cool culture & architecture, friendly people, and how remarkably cheap it is by Western Europe standards, and you come up with a pretty unbeatable option. Whilst I have been here predominantly working on building SETT, I have managed to get some waves in, and there have been a couple of great sessions in particular at Carcavelos, one of the closest beaches to...

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We are Killing our Oceans

As surfers, we should be the ocean’s equivalent of the canary down the mine; if the ocean isn’t healthy, it will probably be dirty, or smelly or something that will turn us off. Changes in surfer behaviour as a result of poor water quality, should immediately raise alarms. It is already happening in California where guidelines state to stay out of the water for up to 3 days after rain. At my home surfbreak in New Zealand, there have been reports of human faeces floating in the lineup (heartbreaking, I know...). In Morocco I saw, and could smell, raw effluent flowing freely into a lineup of perfect a-frame peaks; this evaporated my stoke levels and kept me on dry land. Infamously, Bali sees shocking scenes of rubbish lined barrels on an...

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