Saturday, 30 January 2016


It's been a bit of a weird season in the alps so far by all accounts. Good early snowfall followed by unseasonably warm weather and frankly shocking webcam pictures of grass in resorts and places like Les Get reopening their mountain bike routes to get some visitor numbers back. Sems like it's come good again now with some good early January dumps of fresh snow. Hopefully chamonix will look like this in March again this year when we go back

We're not taking chances for our first jaunt of the season by heading to Hemsedal in Norway again next week. It's bigger and steeper than Geilo where we have been before with more chance of off piste tree runs. Should be fun exploring somewhere new and trying to keep up with our kids who get faster each year as we get slower!

Stay tuned to Instagram from the 31st for sub arctic snowy vistas by the bucketload!

Monday, 25 January 2016

keels are so hot right now...

The third(?) rise of the keel fish is coming, mark my words!

They may have been the design that spearheaded the "ride everything" alternative shape revoloution in the early two thousands, turning plenty of thruster riding shortboarders onto designs with more volume and flow and coaxing longboarders onto something shorter, but the humble keel fish hasnt really been the board du jour in more recent times.

They flat out work though, in a wide range of surf, not just mushy junk waves ( the design was basically born in san diegan barrels) and ive long believed that with a log and a fish as a quiver you've got pretty much everything covered for everday waves.

Auralian Asher Pacey and his self shaped 5'4 along with Ryan Burch and Bryce Young in california have bumped the design back into the limelight. Burch's section (most of which is above) in Psychic Migrations from Volcom in particular shows the keel in bigger more powerful surf than it is often associated with. Burch rips.

Over here Gulfstream make an amazing keel fish. If you havent ridden one, its a design that deserves your attention, whether you're concerned with being "on trend" or not!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


Sometimes i wish i lived somewhere sunnier with more point breaks, sometimes i love where i live.

Woke up to this view from my kitchen window with the anticipation of a few more winter waves from this swell. A great start to the day until my POS T4 refused to start.Cue a morning of stressing to get to work, leave early, get the van started and panic to the beach.

All came good in the end, even if it was a little too windy to be perfect.

 It never ceases to amaze me how much a fun surf will transform my mood......

Monday, 18 January 2016

thats more like it...

So this IS one of my favorite spots. Leo Carillo state beach, a few miles north of the Malibu zoo, another quality right hand point wave with a tight take off spot but a smaller crowd.

Fun on a log or a fish!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

more sunshine on a grey day

Funky restored beach shack at Crystal Cove near Laguna on a hot summers day. Pretty much my girls favorite US beach. More of a skimming than a surf spot though so not really mine!

Friday, 8 January 2016

i heart california......

Santa Barbara sunshine, born on the fourth of july

Tuesday, 5 January 2016


and...................... we're back in the room!

Slight hiatus in posting, partly from busy life syndrome, lack of water time to get excited about and not having any new film pics to post. Maybe im mellowing with age but there hasnt been much to rant about either......

New year's resoloution is to keep this up though. I guess life moves on. When i started Adventures up, blogging was hot news but modern life evolves at such a pace that i suspect blogs are generally less visited than they used to be. Instagram has become such an all pervading platform for visual media that a lot of the photographic content of blogs has migrated there (& twitter i guess)  I'm as guilty of that too. I always think it's slightly ironic that instagram is an app aimed at making crisp digital pictures look like the expired, badly developed, crappy toy camera ones that people were taking 50 or 60 years ago.

What's old is new again i guess. Anyway my instagram is here 
Less film, more immediate probably more muddy bikes and coastal vistas.

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