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



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




Sandy Kerr free surfing and competing in Taiwan

Northcore team rider Sandy Kerr recently headed east to the shores of Taiwan on a surf trip with a difference. The island of Taiwan is surf rich but relatively unexplored by the surfing masses so Sandy made the most of his time there and checked out and surfed as many waves as possible. He even managed to squeeze in a WQS competition finishing in 6th place overall! Here’s a brief story from the man himself:

Sandy in flight

Sandy in flight

“I had the best time in Taiwan and the competition was amazing, Unfortunately I struggled to find a wave in my last heat because the conditions were super tricky but I am so happy with my result. With the standard of surfing being at that high level and competitors from all over Asia, Australia, and the US; to get 6th over all in a WQS event is better than some the wins I’ve had!

Sandy takes 6th place at the Taiwanese WQS event

Sandy takes 6th place at the Taiwanese WQS event

On top of all the support from everyone back in the UK with people I don’t even know wishing me the best sharing all my photos etc. I had a amazing response at the comp.”

WQS heat

WQS heat

Images thanks to: Dylan Chiang

Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club leading the way

Jet Ski assist rescue training with the essential sled

Jet Ski assist rescue training with the essential sled: Image Alan Place

Surfing line ups worldwide are becoming increasingly crowded and the big wave locations are no exception. It’s great that so many are sharing the surf stoke but growth and crowds can bring with it inexperience and the inherent consequences which especially among the tow surfing scene can lead to life threatening situations.

Open water pick up in the soup

Open water pick up in the soup. Image Alan Place

Some of the planets biggest, heaviest, coldest waves are found on the West coast of Ireland and here the tow surf scene is thriving at locations like Aileens and Mullaghmore. So stories from the Irish west coast of near misses, injuries and dangerous situations are becoming more common as increasing numbers of tow teams, film crews and spectators enter the water whenever the Atlantic serves up monster swells. So it’s to the credit of some of the local big wave surfers that the safety aspects of surfing heavy Irish waves has been recognised and acted upon in a really positive and responsible way.

All hands to assist hauling the skis in and out of the water

All hands to assist hauling the skis in and out of the water. Image: Alan Place

One of the founders of the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club, Peter Conroy based in Co Clare has spearheaded an initiative to help train surfers in jet ski rescue techniques, lifesaving, accident and emergency procedures along with common sense advice for when situations take a turn for the worse. Peter’s extensive knowledge from his role as a paramedic and firefighter in Dublin, along with years towing and charging some of the biggest most critical surf ever ridden, places him in a unique position to share and pass on his experience.

Lifesaving, A&E and resuscitation procedures advice from Peter Conroy

Lifesaving, A&E and resuscitation procedures advice from Peter Conroy

Early Nov 2014 Conroy sent out an open invite to all the Irish big wave surfer community as well as to anyone with a vested interest in life saving in the surf to attend a free jet ski safety course at Spanish Point Co Clare. On the day of the event the surf was 8-10ft so the beach break served up some very challenging but ideal conditions for some realistic training. The day was hosted by Peter and assisted by locals Steve Thomas, Seamus Orian and Fionan Cronin as a free event to bring everyone together to share best practice for when the surf goes XXL. There were basics on jet ski maintenance and launching, along with in water jet ski assist pick ups in the white water, lessons on punching through waves on the skis, how to land the skis safely ready for hauling out of the water and more. From there Conroy held an onshore session discussing possible surfing injuries and how to deal with them, plus some simple life saving techniques and instructions.

Pick up

Pick up; Image Alan Place

The first event was attended by some of the big wave surf names from both Clare and Donegal along with guys that spend time in the water and realised the need for better all round safety knowledge. Overall the day was incredibly useful, I know that I personally learned a huge amount and I’m sure all of those who attended felt the same. Lets hope that the injury and life saving techniques never need to be used but if they do there will be a lot more surfers around who are in a much better position to step in to help. Conroy aims to host one of these events every month so if you are in the Clare area I would 100% recommend contacting him about joining up – it will make a difference.

So big respect to Peter Conroy for the the initiative and to all the other lads who helped out – it was incredibly generous to offer their time and expertise to help others and in promoting safety in heavy Irish surf. Thanks Lads

Also a big thanks to Alan Place for sharing these images with us. For more info on Alan’s photographic work visit:



Surf tripping with Lucie Donlan

Northcore team rider Lucie Donlan has been busy this past month competing and travelling for the surf. Heres how Lucie spent October in her own words…

Duck Dive: Image Mauro Laudo

Duck Dive: Image Mauro Ladu

“October has been a great month for me and started off really well with my favourite surf competition “The Jess Memorial” held at Polzeath.  This is a fantastic fun event which raises money every year for the charity CHICKS.  The conditions were pretty tough on the day with a lot of competitors struggling to paddle out in the huge white water, so I was really happy to get a 2nd in the Womens Open.
Lucie takes 2nd place

Lucie takes 2nd place

The last couple of weeks of October saw me flying off to my favourite Canary Island of Fuerteventura  to catch some waves from the start of their Winter swell.  The weather was amazingly hot and the surf didn’t disappoint either!  There were some lulls in the surf, but on those days it was great to explore the Island and have a beach day with a friend in Morro Jable and also to check out the local surf shops in Corralejo – where it was great to see so many of them stocking Northcore products and hardware!
Lucie - Fueteventura: Image Mauro Laudo

Lucie – Fueteventura: Image Mauro Ladu

Also during my stay I was lucky enough to work with Mauro Laudo a professional surf photographer who is based on the Island.  We spent almost a day travelling around the North Coast  finding some of the best surfing conditions..The light was good and Mauro managed to get some great shots in and out of the water. It was such an awesome day and a real privilege to shoot with him.

Canariean Left: Image Mauro Laudo

Canarian Left: Image Mauro Ladu

So with official end of Summer surf and the arrival of this more powerful swell in October I have been extremely grateful for my Northcore leash and tail grip this month.  The leash has withheld some epic wipeouts and the tail grip has given me great stability in the bigger sets! Thanks Northcore!”
Coconut Air freshener!

Coconut Air freshener!

Thanks to Celestine Donlan and Mauro Ladu Photography for the images