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.

How to become a sponsored surfer?


We receive almost daily requests from surfers all over the world (mostly from groms) who are looking to become sponsored team riders. Well at that age who wouldn’t want to be a sponsored surfer getting free stuff, free surf trips, team stickers on boards, looks of envy from mates- it’s every aspiring young surfers dream. The problem is that not all requests we receive are presented in a professional way so we thought we’d try and offer some guidelines on how to make the right approach to any surf company and try to become a sponsored surfer.

How do you get the team rider sticker on your board?

How do you get the team rider sticker on your board?

So if you are one of those young surfers who feels that you’ve a burning surf talent that deserves sponsorship then heres our guide on what to do and what not to do on your search to becoming a sponsored surfer.

What NOT to do!

some golden rules on how to have your sponsorship request ignored or trashed:

  1. Write as few words as possible in your introduction, with no supporting images etc i.e “Hey Sponsor me”
  2. Make a rude follow up “Hey why haven’t you sponsored me yet!”
  3. Send IM on Facebook – nothing says I’m serious about being a pro-surfer more than an IM
  4. Send one low res picture of you surfing in knee high onshore slop
  5. Attach bribes “I’ll send you my older sisters phone number, she’s 22 and really fit!”
  6. Don’t spell check your email ” I relly wont u 2 sponser me coz I’m gud at surfin”
  7. Don’t mention the brand in your request i.e sending a generic email “I’d like to be sponsored by your company”
  8. Don’t be a kook!
Don't be a Kook

Don’t be a Kook

What TO do

OK so the list above is a bit of fun and the list below won’t guarantee you surf sponsorship but it will help towards being taken seriously and possibly have your request assessed by the right people. So unless you’re talent spotted at a young age we’d recommend these few simple basics to improve your chances of becoming a pro- surfer:

  1. Learn to surf! and become the ripper at your local beach, train and train hard
  2. Make a good CV/Resume. It only needs to be one page about you as a surfer, comp results, where you’ve surfed, links to any film of you surfing, include one or two really good surf shots of yourself. Include your contact details or those of your parents if you’re under 18. Spell check it!
  3. Tell the brand why you like them and why you would like to be on their team.
  4. Become a social media leader. Set up a Facebook page, Instagram and twitter accounts for you as a surfer. Post only on things relevant to your surfing and try to build up as big a following as possible. Surfers popular on social media become very interesting to brands.
  5. Get some high resolution shots of your surfing, chose only the very best and send those with your CV.
  6. Have a good profile picture of yourself, brands want to see what you look like.
  7. Learn some basic film editing skills and try and make some short films to drop onto Youtube promoting you as an aspiring pro-surfer.
  8. Work out what it is that you can offer a surf brand and make sure that message comes across in your approach.
Get sponsored and find yourself on an all expenses boat trip in Indo!

Get sponsored and find yourself on an all expenses paid boat trip in Indo!

Surf brands don’t give out free kit or put surfers onto their payroll without serious consideration, after all it’s a business so you need to prepare yourself in a way that demonstrates you can offer a credible benefit by joining their team.

To become a sponsored pro-surfer, getting paid by a surfing company is incredibly difficult, riders on the payroll are an elite group so don’t pin all your hopes on pro-surfing as a career, study hard and have a back up plan! But if you do have a real surfing talent get some professional coaching, train hard and you never know you could be the new John John or Kelly

Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

Winter surfing in Cornwall with Lucie Donlan


So far this winter the surf in Cornwall has been firing and Northcore team rider Lucie Donlan has been taking full advantage. Here’s an update from Lucie in her own words…

Lucie Donlan Cornwall

Lucie Donlan Cornwall

“November has been a month of pumping waves and amazing wintery sunsets in Cornwall..  Being full time at College it has been more difficult to squeeze in surfs during the week, but the waves have been so good that even getting just half an hour has been worth it! Its a race against time to catch some waves before the sun sets and sometimes it has been so quiet that I have virtually had the beach to myself.
Lucie joined by a seal in the line up

Lucie joined by a seal in the line up

The countdown to Christmas has now begun and this month I am looking forward to a Studio Photoshoot , the Santa Surf Competiton at Fistral Beach, Newquay on the 13th  which should be fun and of course joining in with the traditional Boxing Day Surf.  I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and don’t forget to check out Northcore’s range of surf accessories for some cool presents and stocking fillers! “
Lucie keeping warm and dry in her beach basha

Lucie keeping warm and dry in her beach basha

UK and Ireland surf lights up


The UK and Ireland coastlines lit up this weekend with solid offshore surf pumping in the English SW, northern Scotland, the North sea and especially along the wave blessed Irish Atlantic coast.

The Cliffs County Clare

Rileys- County Clare

Northcore team rider Peter Conroy was out amongst it with the crew from County Clare charging Rileys which on a swell of 6ft and 15 seconds equates to some very heavy surf when it hits the slab!

Peter Conroy shacked

Peter Conroy shacked

Lets hope winter 2014/15 has a lot more surf to come!

Thanks to Pete Conroy for the images