Thursday, 28 November 2013

What happens on surf trips stays on surf trips

What happens on surf trips stays on surf trip .. except when its captured on our camera!

Check out all the photos from our Surf Sistas and Big Friday (our co-ed brother company) trips over the past 10 years on our much loved Flickr gallery!  Its a great way to see what our trips are like .. be warned though you may not get out of there without wanting to go on holiday ..

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Sunday Slides: brrrr winter is coming

Sit back with a hot chocolate or if you are reading this in a hot country then turn on the fan or the AC .. this weeks Sunday slides are coming to you from the depths of winter ..

We can't wait for this, the follow up feature film from the makers of Nord for Sola

BEAR ISLAND TEASER from weggebros on Vimeo.

Our Cornish cold water faves Finisterre just premiered their new short film Fv25 at the London Surf Film Festival.. in case you missed it dip a chilly toe in here..

Fv25 from Finisterre on Vimeo.

These waves look fun and worth getting chilly for, not sure about the mention of a leech infested walk to the surf though .. hmmm

+THE SEA OF POSSIBILITY+ JACK LYNCH from Nicholas Damen on Vimeo.

and finally .. getting a little lost in Iceland with Laura Enever

Sista Snaps: Sistas living the Indo dream

Thanks to Kirsten, Jules and Rach for these Sista Snaps all the way from our Surf Sistas Surfari in Indo  back in October.  Not your ordinary surf retreat, our Bali & Nusa Lembongan surfaris are on the move, island hopping from our mainland base in Canggu to Nusa Lembongan for 3 days living the island dream.   

 Join our next Surf Sistas island surfari 3-12 May 2014

Friday, 22 November 2013

Artist Focus: Zoe at Salt, Paper, Scissors

creations taking shape in the Salt Paper Scissors Studio

Its coming up to Christmas so we are starting to think about present buying and as usual we want to support local artists and artisans with our spending.  We caught up with one of our favourite makers, the lovely Zoe Greenhough at Salt Paper Scissors for a wee chat.

As well as being an avid surfer and mum of three, Zoe is also pretty handy with a needle and thread as you can see from all these surf inspired delights she produces in her studio in Brighton.  The best thing for us is that Zoe is super eco-conscious, sourcing great recycled fabrics and packaging so that her gifts are easy on the eye and easy on your environmental karma too ..

Surf girl lavender bags by Salt Paper Scissors
Hi Zoe, we love your products, what has been the motivation behind Salt Paper Scissors?
It started out from one simple idea to make a gigantic surf/ocean inspired lampshade that I could hang above my bed to remind me of sunny days surfing. Then I started making gifts for friends. I got sick of shopping for presents because everything seemed to come in tonnes of packaging. Living near Brighton, and having grown up in a seaside town, I've always been inspired by the sea. I decided to make eco-friendly gifts from recycled materials.

ocean inspired teal and mustard purse 

How long have you been a maker? What advice would you give to us wannabe crafters?
Probably since I was 4! I think crafts are a brilliant way to bring out your inner child. The internet is awash with beautiful websites that can help you make anything from gift cards to dog coats. It's worth trying anything. Be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them. Never waste anything - you'll find a way to salvage it and turn it into something unique and useful.

Cute make up pouches by Salt Paper Scissors
Whats on the horizon for 2014 from Salt Paper Scissors?
I'm so excited to have had some great collaborations with artists this year, and have more lined up in the near future. Plus, 2014 will see more Salt Paper Scissors gifts stocked in small boutique stores across the South East and perhaps spreading. Who knows! Finally, the long-awaited website will be launched in the Spring, just in time to get beach-ready and surfed-up!
We can't wait to see what you have in store! Check out Zoe's work in her etsy shop and give her facebook page a like to stay up to date with Salt Paper Scissors news.

Sista Snaps: Waterproof camera fun at our White to Green Weekend in Wales

Big thanks to Becks Irving for these fab snaps from our White to Green Weekend in Wales in August, We took the waterproof camera in for the last session which got a bit wild and messy as you can see - but we are all still loving it, particularly our little shredder Mia! 

We'll be back with more White to Green weekends and courses in Cornwall and Wales next summer .. see you then! 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Letting the good times roll in Portugal

At the end of October we headed for the shores of the Algarve for 2 weeks of surf, sunshine, Yoga, and Sangria on our Surf Sistas Surf & Yoga retreats in Portugal .. here's a little of what went down .. 

Thank you to Katie Watson for all the lovely photos, see the whole gallery over on our flickr site alongside inspiration from all our other trips.

Our next stop is Costa Rica - see you there?