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  • National Go Skateboarding Day

     

    National Go skateboarding Day

    June 21st marks “National Go Skateboarding Day”

    National Go Skateboarding Day is a day to head out in the sunshine and have a good skate with your friends. This annual celebration is aimed at promoting skateboarding and getting people motivated to take part in the sport we all love so much. Contests and fundraisers will be being held around the world.

    A lot of you will read this and wonder why only one day, why not skate every day? We totally agree, skate every day for sure! But the big drive of this day is to get the people whose boards are at the back of the wardrobe to dig them out again. Go for a push around town and remember why they bought a skateboard in the first place.

    Here in Brighton we are lucky enough to have 10 skate parks within a short distance. This means you’ll never get bored of the park scene around here.  The area offers more street spots than you can master in a lifetime. Ocean Sports is lucky enough to be part of this scene, sponsoring contests and hosting events. At Board riders we stocking decks and components from brands such as Independent, Lovenskate, Spitfire, and Bones.

    If you fancy a new set up for the day, pop down to see us. Open 7 days a week and free parking right outside. Our staff Skate and know all there' stuff. Complete skate decks from £59.99. Visit our store or shop online www.boardridersguide.com

    It's great to get kids involved too, we stock children's starter skateboards . Complete skateboards in a full range of sizes. Whether you're just starting out in skateboarding or you're near on pro, we'll have a skateboard for you. Limited edition special run skateboards, cheap sale price complete skateboards and new latest season release skateboards too!

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  • Inflatable SUP board guide

    Inflatable SUP board guide

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    Inflatable SUP or Hard Board – that’s the question..?

    Buying an inflatable stand up paddle (SUP) board primarily should not be seen as a compromise on performance, quality or aesthetics. Inflatables
    are far outselling hard boards in the UK because of some serious practical benefits that don’t leave you feeling like you are missing out on some hard board fun.

    Transport

    Having to transport an inflatable SUP consists of a few simple options, chuck it on your back, wheel it down to the water, put it in the boot of your car or cycle down wearing it like a rucksack. The ease of getting from home to the beach with an inflatable is massively different to the hassle of a larger hard SUP board and is one reason why these are a perfect SUP
    board.

    These boards love to travel, the board deflates and rolls up into the wheeled bag for ease of transit. The Red Paddle Bag has been specifically designed for airline regulations and the bag can take the board, pump and paddle and still weigh in at under 20kg, again under most airlines weight restrictions.  Red Paddle have thought of everything…

    So when you book your summer sun, just add an extra suitcase and now you can Paddle board around the world!

    Setting up

    Pump and go time for an inflatable is super quick….fact. With the new Red Paddle Co Titan 2 cylinder pump you can have your SUP inflated and
    on the water with 8-12 minutes at a leisurely pace. This pump is the best in the business and can get that board inflated to the desired PSI in no time for a cruise or surf.

    Storage

    If you own an 11ft hard SUP board then it will always be 11ft, the travel bag that the Red Paddle inflatable comes in can live under the stairs, corner of the garage or keep it in the boot of the car so you are always ready. These options make paddle boarding way more accessible for people without outdoor or garage storage, as all you need is the same space as a suitcase.

    Also you don’t have to deflate every time you use your board if you can get to and from the beach or storage is not an issue – just leave it inflated for the season and deflate when the weather turns… We have had customers that have never deflated their boards since the day they bought them.

    SUP Family and Kids

    The nature of an inflatable board is to sit higher in the water and have more buoyancy, which means they are perfect for the family as a couple of kids can go out on the water, you can take the kids out or even the dog! The soft and super durable construction is suited for kids, rather than the unforgiving construction of a hard board, the last thing you want to happen is the kids getting bonked on the head with a hard board. There isn’t any need to be so precious with an Inflatable SUP on land either, whereas hard boards can easily get dinged on hard surfaces if the kids get hold of them!

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    Durability – How strong is an inflatable board..?

    We think these boards are bomb proof..! Red Paddle have thrown one off a warehouse roof just for it to laugh at them and bounce around. After this attempt they had a cherry picker drive over it and still nothing. To
    date we have not had one return in the shop from the last few years of
    stocking, selling, paddling and loving these inflatables. These indestructible boards are perfect for a long term purchase for the entire family to go and use without any worry.

    With an inflatable board sitting a little higher in the water,  if you go for a board with that little extra volume for the family, then they are perfect for a couple of kids to go out on the water or take the kids out with you.

    So why only Red Paddle Inflatables Boards

    Red Paddle are a British Company based in Devon – we have backed them from the outset. They pioneered inflatable boards from day one so they
    made the mistakes back in the day that some leading brands are still making today. Clever innovations like the 15% lighter MSL construction, wheeled travel bag, the amazing Titan pump to all products being designed for airline travel make them always one step ahead of the rest and especially suited to what the UK market wants.

    I’ve seen a much one cheaper on Ebay…

    With the phenomenal success of inflatable paddle boards many factories in the Far East that make other inflatable products have jumped on the band wagon and started producing SUPS, they look similar and feel similar – its only when you try one you will realise the difference. One way of making an inflatable SUP cheaper is to use one single layer of construction – this reduces weight, durability but also stiffness which means it will be like standing on a banana as soon as you are on the water and it could be easier to puncture.

    In our opinion there are two types of paddleboards cheap ones and decent ones and nothing in the middle is worth the compromise – We all
    ride Red boards too!

  • The Roxy Fitness Challenge

    Yoga and surfing go hand in hand and with paddleboard becoming evermore popular, yoga and paddleboarding go hand in hand too!  The 16th July saw Roxy and a fair few yoga, paddleboarding and running enthusiasts descend on Fistral Beach for the Roxy Fitness Challenge.

    We caught up with Oceansportgirls instagram follower Agne who attended the event to see just why she took part and the benefits gained from being involved in such sports

    What made you want to take part in the event?

    There is something thrilling about the start of something new. It challenges the mind! The Roxy Fitness Challenge event is all about uniting girls across the globe and celebrating living an active lifestyle. It means all ages and fitness abilities souls are speaking one physical language. It creates a magical atmosphere, inspires physically, emotionally and I wanted to be a part of it. Trust me, its remarkable ;)

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    Do you take part in Yoga, Running, or Paddleboarding and if so why?

    All people are different and that is amazing, it makes us unique and special. But I tend to fall into the "easily bored" category, so my physical routine consists of mixing up yoga, running, group exercises or long walks. I was lucky to have the opportunity to practice yoga with local teachers and founders.  I particularly enjoy outdoor yoga, being in such beautiful surroundings, it's like the sun, wind and sound of the ocean takes you to the only place where life exists at that present moment.
    Running for me is “need to think" time, time when I can reflect on what has happened during the day and a time to let things go.  At the Roxy Fitness Challenge event, I took part in yoga and running. I'm impressed with paddleboarding but haven't tried myself yet. It's on my TO DO list!

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    What advice would you give to other women wanting to take part in Paddleboarding, Yoga or Running?

    I think it's important to keep your mind stimulated, clear your mind and help you to see the bigger picture from a different perspective. A yoga mat is the safest place to succeed or fail, but you have to be open for that, open to falling and getting back up whether its physically or emotionally. Every woman should honor their bodies with these activities; all they have to do is show up and try their best. Grow and most important have fun!

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    the Roxy Fitness Challenge Roxy Fitness Clothing

    We've even got some fab Roxy fitness bits in the shop and soon to be online! Ideal for running , yoga and even paddleboarding! Check back to the site.

    Related Links: Roxy Paddleboarding

  • Could you be a beach lifeguard

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    Fancy working your summer as part of a professional team on Brighton & Hove’s
    world-famous beaches.

    LifeguardYou will need excellent customer service skills, be a team player and have a good base level of swim fitness. It’s no problem if you do not currently hold a UK Beach Lifeguard qualification. A conditional offer will be made after a successful swim test
    and interview. We can help you qualify through courses run locally by Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club - visit brightonslsc.org for more information. There’s a swim test (400m in under eight minutes) on Sunday 10 April and interviews take place on 11-13 April.
    We can’t promise perfect weather, but we can promise teamwork, training and a great office view. If you’re interested, visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/jobs/council-jobs - the advert goes out on Monday 7 March.

    For more information, call 01273 292715
    or pop in for a chat:

    Seafront Office,
    141 Kings Road Arches.

    We look forward to seeing you,
    The Seafront Team

  • Snow Bargains

    Snow Bargains

    Ski resorts are starting to look just as they should this time of year as snow begins to fall. Just looking at some of the resorts in the Alps, their daily dose of photos and videos online goes to show that conditions are shaping up nicely. Closer to home Scotland has seen some snow with a few of the lower lifts in operation.

    Val Thorens snow bargains

    We’ve just had a truck load of bits and pieces from snowboard packages to beanies and base layers. There’s a deal to be had so take a look around at our snow sale.

    We’ve put together below a few of our favourite pieces below, so grab yourself something from our snow bargains.

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    Go Shop our collection >>

    1)  Dakine Ledge 11 Snowboard Ski Jacket Cypress
    A standard fit jacket providing a roomier body, traditional baggy style and more volume throughout.  With its vertical shadow stripe material shell, this jacket offers a subtle texture giving it dimension as light reflects off its surface. Not only does it look good but offers 10k waterproofing and 10k breathability with a DWR finish.

    It doesn’t just stop on the outside, with 100G PrimaLoft SPORT in the body and 60G in the sleeves and hood. This jacket offers less quilting less weight yet superior warmth. A Durable insulation with minimal loss in insulation values when wet.

    2) Dakine Switch Snowboard Ski Pant Harvest
    These Snowboard Pants offer a roomier body with a slightly baggy hip and leg style through the pant. A style perfect for ease of movement whilst you play on the slopes all day! The 2L full dull heavy oxford shell, provides a comfortable hand and strong construction to accommodate the daily needs of aggressive riding.

    3) Dakine Pitch Riders Shirt
    A quirky base layer ideal for on and off the mountains. It looks like and ordinary shirt but has Microban antimicrobial fabric treatment so your body stays both warm and dry all day!

    4) Dakine Talon Base layer Pant
    These pants have two layers for warmth and dryness without the bulk, featuring an elastic waist band with Dakine branding around it and a Microban antimicrobial fabric treatment.

    5) Dakine Excursion Ski Snowboard Glove
    A great quality mens snow glove from Dakine. Built from water repellent leather and 360g wool lining. These gloves classic design meets modern construction to produce a worldwide favourite!

    6) Dakine Gordon Beanie
    This beanie is a double layered band beanie, perfect for out on the slopes, featuring a Dakine label stitched into the front of the beanie and a pom pom on top!

     

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    Go Shop our collection >>

    1) Dakine Switch Snowboard Ski Jacket Army
    A standard fit jacket which provides more room and a baggier style so you can layer up with ease. Its 2L brushed shell is Dakines high performance 2 layer Fine Twill poly microfiber, providing a brushed face for a soft hand. It's backed with a jet micro coating to guarantees excellence in its waterproofing and breathability.

    2) Dakine Quick Draw Thermal Crew
    A lightweight and dry top featuring Microban antimicrobial treat to keep you out for longer! Made from 65% polyester and 35% rayon this top is soft for ultimate comfort.

    3) Dakine Bronco Ski Snowboard Gloves
    These snowboard gloves feature a Gore Tex waterproof and breathable outer with a high loft synthetic liner (80g) to keep your hands super warm whilst out on the slopes! You can even stay connected with their touch screen compatibility.

    4) Anon Striker Snow/Ski Helmet
    All anon helmets feature easily removable ear pads and liners making every model easily convertible for riders who want to run a beanie and goggle under their lid for that skate-inspired, ultra-low-profile look without sacrificing comfort.

    5) Anon M2 Undefeated/Red Solex Snow/Ski Goggles
    Featuring anon’s patented Magna-Tech™ technology, the Magna-Tech Collection has set the benchmark for high-speed lens change-outs, providing riders with an ultra-secure lens-to frame seal and the ultimate in style.

    6) Dakine Elmo Beanie
    This beanie is great for casual wear or when your out on the slopes, made from acrylic with a ribbed knit, colour contrasting pom pom and doubled lining. This beanie is great as it can be worn slouchy or cuffed.

    Go have a look here >>

  • Brighton Longboarding Ladies

    Brighton Longboarding Ladies -

    We asked the ladies at Brighton Longboard Ladies to put together a little blog to give you a taste of what its like to be a part of a longboarding community and the benefits.

    If you wander along Hove Lawn on Brighton seafront on any given sunny afternoon you will almost certainly come across a longboarder … in fact, you will almost certainly come across a bunch of women longboarders!

    Ellen Spall - Nose Manual Brighton Longboarding Ladies

    We are the Brighton Longboard Ladies; a group established in 2013 by Sheree Wall to encourage women longboarders in and around Brighton and Sussex, of any age and experience, to meet, skate together and share tricks and tips. Since it's origins the crew has established a following of over 500 on our Facebook page with around 160 as part of our online group.
    Although a 'Ladies' group, our meets are open to all and totally inclusive. We will often have other local and neighbouring crews join us with regular visits from our London friends.

    Brighton Longboarding LadiesWhen we first met, we just cruised around and a couple of the girls with street skate backgrounds tried some tricks. Although we were true beginners, many of us had real aspirations! Now, when we meet, we set out a line of cones for slalom and a small hippy jump for a bit of fun. The girls will be busting out dance moves and flatland tricks as well as continuing to learn new things. A few of the girls are now part of the downhill and slide scene. There is always a great vibe and we often find ourselves chatting with passers-by whose usual question is; Why do we do it?

    Brighton Longboarding LadiesFor many of us it's the feeling of freedom. It's such a relaxed and chilled thing; cruising and carving along the seafront, throwing in a couple of dance moves, the adrenaline rush as you practice and try not to stack it! For others, it's much more poetic; bringing a feeling like nothing else can, like being in a different and wonderful world! I has certainly helped many of us increase our confidence as it makes us face fears and exceed our own expectations.

    It enables us all to forget about everything else, even things that worries or upsets us. There is nothing that compares to the feeling you get when mastering a new move or trick – knowing that all your hard work and effort has paid off and now you can do something that before you saw someone else do and only wished you could.

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    And in the end, it's the community of girls and guys which is such an incredibly sociable one … and there is usually cake.

    Related Links: Brighton Longboard Ladies

  • Our New Winter Wetsuit Range

    Get ready for winter with our new winter wetsuit range.

    With autumn almost upon us and sadly the nights slowly drawing in, it’s time to start thinking about that all important winter wetsuit !  We’ve just had in a whole host of wetsuits from brands such as C-Skins, O’Neill and Rip Curl all with their quirky features ready for you to hit the water in.

    Whether you’re a seasonal surfer who is looking to start surfing in the cooler months and move into something other than your trusty 3/2mm. Or perhaps looking at replacing that old school suit, our team are on hand to find something perfect for you!

    One of our best value suits just in is the Rip Curl Women’s Dawn Patrol 5/3 grey winter wetsuit. Here you get Rip Curl's E4 super stretch neoprene through the shoulders where you need it most, keeping your arms less fatigued from paddling. E4 taping on critical seams for increased durability and Flash bomb lined lumbar panel will ensure core warmth even on those bitter winters’ days. With bright colours perfectly designed for being spotted in the water… this is our best selling Rip Curl women’s suit by far!!

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    A great suit by C-Skins is the C-Skins Surflite 5/4mm winter wetsuit. This suit offers C-Flex Ultra Stretch neoprene in 30% of the body to allow for more movement yet still keep you warm with those glued and blind stitch seams and its super seal glideskin collar. A perfect entry suit for a great price!

    C Skins Surflite winter Wetsuit

    A new innovative vest from C-skins is the Hotwired short sleeve vest featuring Dryknit lining. How does this keep me warm you’re asking?

    C Skins Hot Wired Rash Vest (winter wetsuit)

    The vest is made up of five layers all with their own job to keep you warm as you can see from the image below. You’re probably thinking five layers any flexibility? Of course! This rash vest still offers the 4-way stretch you would expect and even dries within 15 minutes thanks to the Dry Knit Poly pro lining.

    Cskins hotwired rash vest (winter wetsuit)

    O’Neill have introduced an O’Neill Psychotech 6/4mm Hooded Winter Wetsuit made from their very own TechnoButter2. Designed to increase durability, retain 30% less water, 20% lighter and even offers ultra-quick drying. With its Air Firewall and super sealing in all the right places, this will keep you warm so you can stay out and play for longer!

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    Full ranges available here: CSkinsRip Curl O'Neill

    If you would like to speak to one of our team just give us a call on 01273 420142 or pop in and see us!

  • Starboard Tiki Tour - at Paddle Round the Pier

    Starboard Tiki Tour - at Paddle Round the Pier

    Brighton’s Paddle Round the Pier is this weekend and we have a big Stand in the Paddle village with Paddleboardings elite brands Starboard and Red Paddle Company.

    Starboard Tiki Tour at Paddle Round the Pier

    Come and see us on the stand and check out the latest SUP Boards and Paddles – This year Starboard are bringing a demo fleet of Astro inflatable boards for you test and we will also have some amazing event deals too - so you won’t want to miss this… get involved and on the water this weekend at Paddle Round the Pier; Europe’s largest Free Beach Festival.. For more info check out : http://www.paddleroundthepier.com/

    To give you a bit of a heads up if you haven’t heard of the festival, a small group of surfers got together back in the day to bring together and evolve what is known now as the world’s largest free charity beach festival with a whopping 50,000+ visitors on average a year. Over the two days be it on land or in the water (4th & 5th July) there is something for everyone to see and do. The event supports some fantastic charities so come and get involved.

     

     

  • Paddle is Upon Us!

    Paddle Is Upon Us!

    The legendary Paddle Round The Pier (PRTP) festival is just over a week away, the weekends antics will see thousands descend on Hove Lawns for the world’s biggest , all for charity FREE beach and watersports festival.

    If you don’t know about PRTP, summer of 1996 a small group of surfers decided to bring together the surfing community in a social seafront event which would raise money for charity at the same time. From the 50 people who attended the first “Paddle”, the event has evolved in to what is now regarded as the world’s largest free charity beach festival, with approximate visitor numbers of 50,000+ people!

    paddle-from-the-start Paddle Round the Pier | Back in the Day

    This huge festival in 2014 will boast, amongst other things:

    • The Main Music Stage,
    • Skate & BMX Ramps,
    • Ukulele Stage,
    • Kids Stage,
    • Parkour,
    • Surf Life Saving Competitions,
    • SUP Races, and
    • The Title Event “Paddle Round The Pier”.

    Ocean Sports will be there sharing a stand with Starboard SUP and Red Paddle Company the World’s leading Inflatable Paddle Board Brand, also on stand will be Jock and Ruby from Tribal Wave Sup and Kate and Jamie from What Sup Shoreham,so if you still haven’t been on an paddle board come by and say hi and see what the world’s fastest growing water sport is all about…!

    skate Paddle Round the Pier | Skate Jam

    Don’t miss the Skate action too – The 8ft Midi ramp is back this year – This has been totally funded by Paddle Organisers as all your favourite skate brands said no to supporting it so please chuck a £1 in the collection bucket when you see one - don’t miss the Shoreham Vs Level Army Skate Jam at 2pm on Saturday – when the area’sbest locals will go head to head on the Mini ramp.

    We are also sponsoring the Legendary Turn and Burn Slalom Skateboard Competition on the sea front so if you think you have been fast on a skateboard think again when you see these guys race from 11am on both days.

    Why not take part in the Pier to Pier Race. If you think you’re the fastest at paddling?!  Challenge your friends and you could WIN A SURF TRIP TO MOROCCO!

    On Saturday 5th July 2014, surfers will paddle their longboards between the vintage piers in Brighton in a charity race to be crowned 2014 Pier to Pier champion!

    What better way to settle the argument about who is the strongest at paddling than to race for charity and race for prizes?!

    Or maybe you just want to test yourself against some competition?

    Or perhaps you want to have fun and paddle between these two iconic landmarks, whilst raising money for some worthwhile causes?

    Grab your longboard, paddle hard and you could win:

    First Prize: A SURF TRIP IN MOROCCO!

    surf-berbere First Prize | Win A Surf Trip in Morocco

    Second Prize: O’Neill Gooru 3/2 Wetsuit

    Third Prize: £50 Cash Prize

    The charity race is run as part of the world’s largest free beach festival “Paddle Round The Pier”, which returns to Brighton on 5th and 6th July 2014.

    For more info log onto: www.paddleroundthepier.com.

    For the Pier2Pier race all competitors must pre-register by contacting pier2pier@paddleroundthepier.com before June 27th 2014.

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