Extremehorizon Surfing Blog

Extremehorizon surf blog providing: regular surfing news, updates, stories, surf pictures, product reviews, surfer interviews and anything from the world of actions sports which is begging to be blogged!

Slice surfboard fins launch in Europe

We’re loving these new “Slice” surfboard fins. Made with 8mm Hexcore centres, Slice fins are Ultra Light , very strong and with a tiny amount of tip flex. They come in a range of funky colours and standard FCS compatible sizes. Nice

Slice surfboard fins

 

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All new 5th Generation Keypod launches this week

KEYPOD 5G Keysafe – The original and worlds best action sports Key safe!

KEYPOD is the original and one of the toughest Key safes on the market. Extremehorizon designed and manufactured the very first KEYPODback in 2005 – if it’s not a KEYPOD it’s not an original!

The all new 5th generation KEYPOD car key safe is a simple, robust, portable, weather resistant, secure storage safe for keys and other valuables designed to deter would be thieves so that they move on to an easier target. It blends a four digit combination padlock with an integrated storage cavity which is large enough to hold all know modern electronic vehicle keys (and immobilisors), household keys, spare change, credit cards and even some mobile phones.

5th Generation Keypod

 

KEYPODis an essential piece of kit with a huge range of applications including use by; surfers, kayakers, windsurfers, mountain bikers, walkers, kite surfers, shooters, camping, back packing, beach goers, divers, gym users, caravan owners, shed owners, car hire companies, shared vehicle owners, sailors, Moto-X, construction companies…the list goes on!

Features on the 5G KEYPOD:

  • The 10mm thick steel padlock shackle dual notches at the either side of the shackle base to deter it from being forced open
  • A storage lid which pivots from the base on a full width steel pin engineered into the hinge for additional strength
  • Dual lid locking points to further enhance secure closer
  • Integrated shackle combination reset mechanism allowing, simple, fast personal combination settings to be applied and changed as often as you like.
  • Foam backed body to prevent scratching of surfaces.
  • Super tough 3mm thick alloy body painted in sleek matt blacked finished making the Keypod resistant to corrosion
  • Four number combination wheel with 10,000 combination options
  • Internal dimensions: Length 9cm x Width 6.3cm x Depth 2.8cm. Fits all known vehicle keys and immobilisers
  • Simple maintainance, wiping dry of any water or dirt after use and occasional oiling of the mechanism will ensure years of reliable use

 Just place in your keys etc, choose a solid anchor point on the car to secure the padlock shackle, close the lid and shackle and set the combination….safe keys!

Buy ONLINE here

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Book Review: Cliffs Of Insanity by Keith Duggan

Most surfers will know their surf history and heritage especially as the roots of modern surfing are less than a century old. However the classic stories and memorable events to have been chronicled thus far have been confined to a fairly restrictive number of key events in the evolution of our sport and most of these are from a  Hawaiian/US-centric perspective. Incredible stories from Waimea, Makaha, Peahi, Mavericks etc abound but have been repeated in almost every non-fiction surfing book ever published. However there’s a much wider surfing folklore and heritage being created daily beyond the mainstream which are just as valid. Surfers are pushing boundries and discoveries in the wildest of locations which is why the release of the new book “Cliffs of Insanity” is such a refreshing proposition.

Cliffs of Insanity

The book written by award winning Irish Times Journalist Keith Duggan, shines a light on a small community of surfers carving out a life immersed in the cold forboding Atlantic waters of Western Ireland where insane slabs and monster waves as impressive as any on the planet are being surfed and documented. The book is beautifully crafted and delves into the life of some of the leading figures in Irish surfing including the main protagonists Fergal Smith and photographer Mickey Smith following their exploits in and around County Clare and the waves called “Aileens” and “Rileys”. Duggans writing captures and evokes the rugged and remote Irish backdrop transporting the reader to place beyond the surfing stereotypes, pretensions and commercialism to locations and surfers which are the very definition of “Keeping it real”.

Ireland and her surfers deserve to be placed higher in the world of big wave and progressive surfing and no doubt one day will be. The likes of Fergal, Mickey, Richie and the boys are creating a solid foundation for a legacy which will resonate for years to come, so I’ve nothing but praise for Duggan bringing a book like “Cliffs of Insanity” to a print – grab a copy!

Publishers Synopsis 

Published by Transworld Ireland on 27th September 2012. RRP £14.99

Keith Duggan tells the story of a devoted group of surfers in County Clare whose lives revolve around the pursuit of Ireland’s wildest waves. This beautifully illustrated book centres around the countless hours in the freezing water trying to read the ocean for those few awe-inspiring seconds when they master a wave. Cliffs of Insanity is about a way of life that flies in the face of everything championed in Ireland over the last decade. It is a book about community, friendship and a passionate pursuit told by an award winning journalist. 

 

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O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz 2012 completes round 4

The O’Neill Coldwater Classic, Stop No. 9 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), completed Rounds 3 and 4 yesterday, with the ASP World Title Race and requalification campaigns heating up at Steamer Lane.

Flores

Up first today will be Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, against Alejo Muniz (BRA), 22, in Heat 1 of Round 5. Event organizers will reconvene at 6:15am local time for a possible 6:45 start

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ASP Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012 waiting period begins

Event organizers at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal have called competition off for the day, opting to wait for improved conditions before commencing the event. Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal will play a vital role in both the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title as well as the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers.

Peniche Portugal

“Clean conditions this morning but not enough swell to begin competition,” Rich Porta, ASP International Head Judge, said. “We’ll be back tomorrow morning to make another call.” Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:45am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start. Magic Seaweed, official forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for:

- NNW swell for the weekend looking likely for head+ surf.
- Large storm system sending pulses of more westerly swell for next week with a very very mixed, but positive, longer range outlook.

When competition commences, up first will be Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, Brett Simpson (USA), 27, and Raoni Monteiro (BRA), 30, in the opening heat of Round 1. The Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be webcast LIVE via live.ripcurl.com

RIP CURL PRO PORTUGAL ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA), Dillon Perillo (USA)
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Pierre Valentin Laborde (FRA)
Heat 7: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (ZAF), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT)

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QuikPro France 2012, barrels, broken boards and bombs

The WCT tour madness once again descends on European shores and Hossegor delivers with heavy barrels and riders getting beat downs, 10 point rides and snapped boards. Enjoy the highlights below:

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VW T5 California camper van “Beach” Edition review

Northcore Europe recently produced a review of the Volkswagen T5 California camper van after taking one on a trip to Cornwall. These T5′s are such cool surf buses. Check out the vid review below:

 

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Ben Haworth Joins Toes on The Nose

White Wholesale Ltd, UK distributors of Toes On The Nose are proud to announce the signing of current British Longboard Champion Ben Haworth to their team. The Californian based longboard brand has been reintroduced to the UK during 2012 leading to a full range being available from January 2013.

Northcore team rider Ben Howarth joins Toes on the Nose

Ben fits perfectly with Toes on The Nose, a brand which has its roots in core surfing, primarily longboarding boasting international team riders such as Kai Sallas and world no.1 Lindsay Steinriede. 

Based in North Devon Ben will be able to work closely alongside the team to develop and improve brand awareness and growth throughout the UK surf industry.


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Billabong Pro Tahiti 2012 kicks off 17th Aug at Teahupoo

The Billabong Pro Tahiti will host the ASP Top 34 for the 5th of 10 stops on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, and with swell forecast for opening day, it’s likely that the world’s best surfers will do battle as early as tomorrow. Michel Bourez (PYF), 26, current No. 17 on the 2012 ASP WCT ratings, is one of the heavy favorites at Teahupo’o in any conditions, but the powerful Tahitian

“For me, I treat this event like any other,” Bourez said. “Sure, there is an advantage to growing up here and having an event here. I’m comfortable out at Teahupo’o, but the guys in the Top 34 are all very good. Every heat is a challenge and I’m taking every round seriously.” Bourez will take on Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, and Adam Melling (AUS), 27, in Round 1 of competition.

Teahupoo

Owen Wright (AUS), 22, current ASP WCT No. 9 and last year’s event Runner-Up, score major hero points last year, squaring off against 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, in maxing conditions at Teahupo’o.

“Without doubt I am intimidated by Teahupoo,” Wright said. “I still get butterflies every time I’m contemplating taking off. It’s a crazy wave and there is always an element of risk, but I have practised my whole life surfing heavy waves down the South Coast in preparation, so I am as ready as I can be. My preparation for Tahiti this year has been pretty strong. I spent a good amount of time along the Bukit Peninsula in Bali working on my Tahiti boards with my shaper Parrish Byrne. We saw a few swells backing up and thought it was an ideal chance to iron out any chinks in the boards and get me prepared for Tahiti.”

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for longer period, inconsistent/lully SW swell filling in through the afternoon with 5-6’ faces and occasional max sets up to 7-8’. Local, shorter period south windswell in the mix to give the surf a jumbled up and somewhat stormy feel.

Event organizers will convene tomorrow morning 17th Aug at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start. When competition commences, up first will be John John Florence (HAW), 19, Miguel Pupo (BRA), 20, and Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 26, in the opening heat of Round 1.

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Big Wave World Tour 2012, Peru

The second stop on the Big Wave World Tour, the Billabong Pico Alto 2012, Presented by Sony Xperia Smartphone, has been given the green light. This is a very special year for the Billabong Pico Alto event because it marks the tenth anniversary of the prestigious contest.

Big Wave Tour

Tuesday, 14th of August, the contest will be held 43 kilometers south of Lima, Peru at Punta Hermosa.  Contest day is forecasted to have surf in the 30+foot range and will have optimal ocean conditions.

The event has become a spectacle for visitors and fans alike to witness the world’s best big wave riders on the tall open walls of Pico Alto.

The decision to run the event was made by Billabong Peru with the support of Mark Sponsler of Stormsurf and Kevin Wallis of Surfline.

The current best big wave surfers in the world will be descending on Peru for the one day event.  Global surf personalities such as Peter Mel (USA) defending event Champion and current BWWT Champion, Jamie Sterling (Hawaii) 2010 BWWT Champion, Carlos Burle (Brazil) 2009 BWWT Champion, Greg Long (USA), Danilo Couto (Brazil) & Grant “Twiggy” Baker (South Africa) Billabong XXL Award winners and many more come to Lima to face the giant waves of Pico Alto and it’s local favorites.

Among the local competitors we will see standout Peruvian surfers Rafael Velarde, Gabriel Villaran, Sebastian de Romana, Javier Swayne and many others.

Gary Linden, Legendary shaper and Director of the Big Wave World Tour states:  “Thanks to good swell period and direction, Pico Alto is forecasted to provide excellent waves for the event.  With all logistics ready we are excited for the second stop on the Big Wave World Tour for 2012/2013.”

These international and national competitors will be fighting it out for a prize purse of $20,00 USD and a special award for the biggest wave caught during the event presented by Nixon.

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