The life of a Cornish surfer girl- February


Here’s the latest installment from Northcore team rider Lucie Donlan as we follow her surfing life in West Cornwall:

Lucie says, “February has been a decent month as far as the surf is concerned, I have been surfing Fistral as much as I can and had a lovely surf over the Valentines weekend, it was clean and sunny….perfect.

Lucie- Fistral Beach Newquay

Lucie- Fistral Beach Newquay

To help me predict the high and low tides I tried out the “Northcore tide clock” which at a glance will show you where the tide is at on your preferred beach  (Fistral for me). Its really easy to set up too, you just need to refer to your local tide chart, co-ordinate and set your clock to the next high or low tide! and it looks pretty cool on your desk or bedside table!!

Northcore tide clock

Northcore tide clock

As well as some free surfs at Fistral I have also had a great opportunity this month to work with Philly Lewis a professional photographer  from Falmouth who is currently preparing a project on The Women of Surfing in Cornwall for Cooler Magazine.  We did some shots on a freezing Towan Beach but despite the cold Philly managed to get some awesome photos.”   Please keep an eye out for Philly’s article which is coming soon ……. “

Lucie on the right

Lucie (on the right) with Emily Airton

Images courtesy of Philly Lewis.

 

Polymath, hand crafted surfboards from Tynemouth


We love innovation and creativity over here at Northcore central. The results of exploring new ideas, thinking laterally and not following the herd can often be exciting and sometimes game changing so we were stoked to be introduced to Polymath surfboards of Tynemouth.

Matt, the shaper/owner of Polymath (which by the way means “a person of great learning”) fits this mold as he’s letting his creativity lead the design process to produce some truly unique surfboards.

His boards are skillfully hand crafted using wooden rails and veneers over a stringer less EPS core to produce much stronger surfboards. We also love that he also limits himself to making only 24 boards a year so that mass production doesn’t get in the way of his enjoyment in crafting his designs. So a big up to Matt at Polymath and all those like him across the world, doing their own thing, having fun and leading change along the way.

If you know of anyone in the surfing world who also fits this mold, whether its an artist, board shaper, photographer or whoever let us know as we’d love to here about them and maybe share their story. Thanks.

To find out more visit: http://www.polymathsurfcraft.com/

Film produced by: http://www.driftervisual.com/

Lucie Donlan reviews Northcore snowboard/ski lock


Its the time of year when a lot of us think about either a winter sun get away for a much needed surf in warmer water or going on a ski or snowboard holiday as the Northern Hemisphere mountain ranges accumulate fresh powder. Northcore team rider Lucie Donlan choose the latter and hit the French Alps last month to have some fun and test her new Viper-X snowboard lock. In her own words…

Lucy Donlan “So January saw me storing away my surfboard for a week and hitting the slopes of the French Alps.  I absolutely love my ski-ing and although I don’t own my own set of skis, I always try and go for some good quality skis and poles when I’m hiring. Keeping your equipment safe when you stop for a break on the mountain isn’t always easy.  There are so many skis stacked on the racks outside the restaurants and so many people resting their snowboards or skis on top of each others that identifying your own can sometimes be a problem.   Having read the Northcore blog about the new Viper X Lock for skis and snowboards I was pretty interested to try it out and perhaps try and avoid worrying about someone taking my poles or even worse walking off with my skis!  This is a fantastic little gadget which has so many uses, but this is what I personally loved about it:

Viper X ski and snowboard lock

Viper X ski and snowboard lock

1. The Viper X Lock is incredibly light and not at all bulky.  I was able to slip it into my pocket and ski freely without even noticing it was there.

2.  It was extremely easy to use and once you choose your unique combination you’re ready to go!

3.  Not only did it secure my skis and poles together, it made the equipment quick and easy to identify and I felt acted as a great deterrent

Viper X in action

Viper X in action

4  At only £9.50 this is so much cheaper than taking out expensive equipment hire insurance at the beginning of your holiday

5  I also used it to secure my suitcase on the journey home – it saved fiddling about with keys and locks

A great little gadget that I would definately recommend! ” 

Lucie in the French Alps

Lucie in the French Alps

So for those of your lucky enough to be hitting the snow slopes this year the Viper X is available online or at all good stores… and also if you need a new beanie to keep the noggin warm check out our latest range of cool headwear made in New York for Northcore.

Keep out the cold with a Northcore beanie!

Keep out the cold with a Northcore beanie!

 

 

Conor Maguire goes XXL at Mullaghmore


Conor charging big Mullaghmore

Conor charging big Mullaghmore

It’s been a crazy Winter so far for monster surf in County Sligo at Ireland’s legendary big wave slab, Mullaghmore. Local lad and Northcore team rider Conor Maguire has been making the most of the run of surf towing into some Mully bombs using the Northcore Seadoo GTX jetski with tow partner and fellow big wave hellman Barry Mottershead.

Getting the jet ski ready for action

Getting the jet ski ready for action

In Conor’s own words “I’ve had the busiest two weeks of my life there. I’ve never surfed Mully so many times in such a short period of time!”

As a result of Conor’s dedication at Mullaghmore he has bagged himself two XXL nominations already and winter has a while to go yet, so knowing this young man we might see more yet!

Conor going XXL

Conor going XXL

NW Ireland has also managed to throw some snow into the mix, so Conor has been recommending the Northcore C-Mat, Changing mat as a perfect accessory for winter wetsuit changes – no need to stand on the frozen ground anymore!

Northcore C-Mat

Northcore C-Mat

Images: Thanks to Camila Neaves and to Conor for the feet selfie!

A guide to surfing in Namibia


A few years ago a surfer from Germany called Thomas Geier contacted us asking if we had any kit we could spare for young surfers on the Namibian coast as surf kit is very hard to come by down there and he offered to take some over on his next trip to give to the kids, so we were happy to help out. Since then Thomas has stayed in contact and he’s recently made another extended African trip producing a Go Pro short film called #prosforlife of the Namibian adventure and he’s also been kind enough to provide a write up for us below about the filming and on surfing the African west coast…

Local Philip Seidler

Local Philip Seidler

Thomas Geier: “Basically we wanted to show the viewer how amazing surfing in Namibia can be.
All the way from empty line ups in the morning shared with seals and dolphins through to december holiday season where you share the line up with up to 15 other surfers. And they call these days packed.

Local wildlife

Local wildlife

The good thing about our Trip there was that we started in October and ended in January meaning we had a big window of very different swells and temperatures to choose from. While in october it could cool down to around 15 degrees Celsius in the morning with water temperatures at around the same, it was around 20-25 in december time and warm waters of around 20 degrees C.
Swells reached all the way from dead flat up until 15 foot. Unfortunately at those sizes having a GoPro in your mouth while Surfing is not my favourite thing to do.

The perfect time of the year to visit Namibia would be the European summer though. Winter swells in Namibia unleash very very good waves with the advantage of being almost completely empty in the line ups. This is probably the biggest advantage you have when traveling to Namibia, unless you  surf in the festive season the surf spots have a average of max 5 people sitting out at the line up.

Thomas Geier

Thomas Geier

The only surf spot that does get a crowd is the legendary Skeleton Bay. Probably Namibias most famous wave, with a left hand barrel running for nearly 2.1 KM along a perfect sand bank.
Many professional surfers come to Namibia each year to surf this wave. Names like Craig Anderson, Jeremy Flores or Aritz Aranburu have gotten pitted along the Namibian coast.

Most local surfers are kind to outsiders and accept foreigners if they have manners and talk to the locals out in the water and respect the rules.

Down the line

Down the line

Another pro for traveling to Namibia to surf is the certainty of no sharks to attack you while surfing. Namibia has never had a single shark attack. Although there are a lot of seals they are no real danger unless. However Cape Cross, a perfect left going for more then 1 Km inhabits  one of the worlds biggest Seal Colonies and cannot be surfed anymore.

In short, Namibia is a safe and friendly country to go surf at. Winter (June to August) being the preferred season to travel to Namibia due to the long ranged winter swells. Factory point out at the Cape Cross lodge is a great wave for intermediate surfers. If you have a decent barrel riding technique and can afford to break a few boards, Skeleton Bay will be the ultimate wave for you.

Waiting for a set

Waiting for a set

Namibias Nature is astounding with a vast variety of wildlife to be seen. A downside on Namibia is the expensive flights there. Only three air lines land in Namibia, all of which cost around 700 to 1200 euros for a return flight to the capital Windhoek from Frankfurt

Lucie Donlan Winter surf sessions


Team rider Lucie Donlan is always surf stoked and out in the water whatever the weather so heres an update from Lucie in her own words on her most recent winter sessions….
Lucie - Newquay Sunset

Lucie – Newquay Sunset

” Goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015 to what I hope will be an amazing year for everyone.  For all the non-surfers out there why not make this year your year to give surfing a go? There are so many products available now to add some real comfort and style to your surfing too from super warm changing robes to great little gadgets to protect and maintain the condition of your equipment – there’s really no excuses!
Lucie staying warm in her beach basha

Lucie staying warm in her beach basha

  For me December was a great end to a fantastic year!  The start of the month saw me shying away from the cold weather and enjoying an indoor photoshoot with Staple Photography, but I can’t stay inside for long and even though the surf was pretty diverse in Cornwall during December, big and messy on some days and small and clean on others I did manage to find some time to brave the cold weather and sneak in a few surfs.  The small and cleaner days were perfect for logging  and it was a nice change to get to surf with my sister and have a mess around trying out some tricks!
Lucie and her sister

Lucie and her sister

 Another fun day was the annual Santa Surf Competition held at Fistral Beach raising money for the Joe Way Group.  The challenge was to wear a full Santa suit whilst trying to catch some waves on a swellie!!   I have to be honest and say this was one of the funniest ways to surf as the outfit was soaking up the water and was making it virtually impossible to paddle out and stand up without losing your balance.  This competition was all about having a bit of fun and bringing surfers of all ages and abilities together to raise money for a good cause.  I was so surprised when I managed to pick up a 3rd in the finals and won some great little prizes –  what a lovely way to end the day!  One of the BEST things though about coming out of the really cold surf is taking a nice hot shower and relaxing with a cuppa – especially when its in my favourite Northcore mug!! “
A hot cuppa with some dunky biccies!

A hot cuppa with some dunky biccies!

Do you lock your Skis or snowboard to prevent theft?


Fresh powder

Fresh powder    

We’ve all grown up knowing that locking your bicycle when you leave it outside is the correct thing to do… its worth a lot of money and it could be stolen so it’s common sense right? Then lets look at applying the same principle to skis or snowboards. They are expensive desirable pieces of kit yet every day during winter thousands of them are left unattended and un-locked outside guest houses, restaurants and coffee shops in ski resorts the world over.

Viper X ski and snowboard lock

Viper X ski and snowboard lock

So no wonder that thieves are taking advantage of our trusting nature as rates of theft in ski resorts continue to climb. In Austria, 2009/2010, ski theft was up by about 6% and snowboard theft by about 14% compared to the 2008/9 season. Overall, 4,576 pairs of skis and 838 snowboards were stolen and those were only the ones reported! So locking your skis, poles and snowboards should become the common sense thing to do the same as locking a bicycle?

Well we think so which is why we’ve taken years to produce the very best ski and snow lock on the market, called Viper- X. The Northcore™ Viper-X lock is a compact, portable, 3 digit combination lock which features a 90cm (approx) auto-retractable steel cable which is stored in the body when not in use.  It’s a perfect lock solution for snowboarders and skiers or for securing luggage when travelling etc

Viper X instruction pack

Viper X instruction pack

As with any security device a determined criminal with the right tools can break into anything but use a Viper X and its a very good deterrent. Would a thief chose to take a locked item or one next to it left unlocked? So at only £8.99 a snow lock is a good investment!

 

Northcore iPhone 6 bamboo case


I read somewhere that Apple sold over 20 million iPhone 6’s in the first few weeks after it launched! It’s easy to see why, the phone is amazing but the ultra slim body just doesn’t feel safe to be carrying around in a pocket and looks like it wouldn’t survive a drop on the floor, so it’s going to need a protective case. Phone cases are a great way to lend some individuality to your device so if you’re a surfer or into your adventure sports then the Northcore iPhone 6 bamboo case might just be the one for you!

Northcor Bamboo Iphone 6 case

Northcore Bamboo Iphone 6 case

These stunning Northcore™ wood and polycarbonate iPhone case skins are part of our Lifestyle Accessories range and were designed with boardriders in mind. These exclusive handcrafted cases are made from natural sustainable bamboo and each offers a unique individual grain finish. Our cases are made in limited edition runs of laser engraved designs created by artists to embody our collective lifestyles.

Laser engraved wave design

Laser engraved wave design

The polycarbonate iphone 6 cases are textured with a rubberised feel, offering a stylish, anti-slip matt finish.  The precision engineered cases are a perfect fit, they click firmly to your iPhone and are very light, slim and practical, protecting your phone from knocks and scrapes of everyday use.

  • Natural, sustainable bamboo construction
  • Precision engineered matt finish textured polycarbonate case for a perfect fit
  • Limited edition artist laser engraved designs
  • Bamboo finishes in with black polycarbonate
  • Available for iPhone 6 (not 6 plus) 
  • To purchase online: CLICK HERE
Packaging

Packaging

NOCO85

RRP £19.99

Northcore bamboo desk top tide clock


We love making new products- the whole design process from the initial drawings, choosing materials, packaging etc, it’s one of the many fun things about shaping Northcore. Part of new product development is also the excitement of receiving the first batch from the factory which happened to us today with our new Bamboo desk top tide clocks and we’re stoked with them,  so couldn’t wait to share with you!  

Northcore bamboo tide clock

Northcore bamboo tide clock

Set into natural bamboo with a laser etched face, our Northcore tide clocks are designed to provide a guide to tide times at your selected location. Simply refer to your local tide chart, coordinate and set your clock to the next high or low tide, insert an AA battery (not included) and the clock will rotate every 12 hours and 25 minutes giving you an indication as to the state of your local tide as well as showing hours remaining until high or low water. The clock is approximately 10 x 10cm in size and can be either desk or wall mounted (wall fixings not included).

Northcore bamboo tide clock face

Northcore bamboo tide clock face

  • Made from Natural sustainable bamboo
  • Set to your local tide times
  • 10 x 10cm perfect for a desk or counter top

 Available online in our shop or with all good surf and outdoor stores. 

Winter surfing with Joseph Morris


Northcore team rider, Welsh grom ripper Jo Morris has been a busy young man regularly surfing through the winter to date including a number of weekend coaching sessions.

Joseph Morris

Joseph Morris

Jo also had a recent media session for Carve magazine with Oli Adams in Cornwall.

Jo making the drop

Jo making the drop

Joseph has also made a short winter sessions film edit which he managed to tuck in before his last 2014 training trip, this time in Portugal with Surf Solutions out of St Agnes. In the shot below Jo is using his Northcore “Board Jacket” board bag which has 10 mm padding at either end so can be used for traveling or as a day bag.

Joseph on his way to Portugal

Joseph on his way to Portugal

Surf images courtesy of David Pearce.