The Ultimate Vehicle For Staycation Surf Trips

 

Surfing road trips are easily one of the best types of staycation. Exploring the incredible coastline the UK has to offer, with no fixed destination and waves on tap. (If the swell is good). Plus if you have a cool camper van with all the home comforts it makes the experience undeniably better!

One of the most iconic van trips and one that is close to the heart of Circle One was undertaken by Jeff Townsley himself, founder of Circle One Surf Co. In the 60’s Jeff had become a skilled and respected self-taught surfer and had saved enough cash to fulfil his ambition of travelling to new foreign surf spots. He purchased the most iconic of surfing transport, a VW split screen camper van, ditched the day job and set off on a European and African surfing adventure with a few close surfing buddies. He spent the next couple of years living the surfing dream, chasing waves in France, Portugal, Spain, Canaries, Morocco and soaking up the local culture wherever he went.

With 2021 forcing us to stay a little more local, it’s worth looking at slightly different holiday styles and UK surf trips. But for the great adventure, you need the perfect vehicle. We think we have found the ultimate surf trip wagon!

We caught up with Ben at Rolling Homes to find out more about their Expedition camper van model.

A little about the van..

The new Expedition is designed to go anywhere. There will be no stopping your adventures with this rugged all terrain vehicle.

This camper has all the equipment and comforts of our whole Rolling Homes range has, but this one has a twist. This Expedition camper will allow you to go anywhere you want. With extra underbody protection, diff locks, 4 motion and many more options, this camper really makes your adventures unstoppable.

What you get:

  • Side kitchen layout with 4 berths and 4 seats all with 3 point seat belts

  • Award winning handmade lightweight units, we are the only company using real wood in the UK with Corian work surfaces, industry leading storage space and a fold away table

  • Fully Insulated camper with eco-friendly sheep wool

  • 50ltr fridge freezer, twin burner hob with neat integrated sink, water tank and pump. Sealed gas locker with regulator and gas safety certificate

  • 75 Amp leisure battery that runs all 12v fitting and ultra-low power LED lighting with full safety certificate

  • Blackout curtains on a twin track system behind timber window panels and cab blinds

  • RIB crash tested bed system with two three point seat belts

  • Deluxe SCA elevating roof, the only roof suitable for two adults TUV and VW approved

  • Blown air heating system

  • 3 year warranty on conversion and vehicle

  • DAB touch screen, Bluetooth radio, electric windows and mirrors

  • SWB VW T6.1 T28 Euro 6 90ps Bluemotion

  • Bilstein Lifted Suspension

  • Body protection

This camper van in incredible! So what about you Ben? How do surfing and VW camper vans fit into your lifestyle?

Basically when I see any free time heading my way I get excited about a trip in the camper van. Even if it is an afternoon off-work I pack myself, my dogs and mountain bike into the camper and head off to the woods to get in some trails. If it is a weekend or longer I pack myself, my wife, our two dogs, our two bikes, my surfboard, her bodyboard and our inflatable SUP (you know-for good measure) into the van and head off to find some waves.

I am a regular guy really, my family business just happens to be Rolling Homes, the VW Camper Conversion specialists. We have established the business through our passion for high-quality design and innovation which has enabled us to create a range of award-winning T6 Campervan Conversions. So when I say I head out in my van, I am lucky enough to be rocking around in the a Rolling Homes show vehicle.

I suppose I didn’t chose the van life, the van life chose me. A major part of that life involved surfing from a young age. I don’t think my dad actually planned on me surfing but I remember popping up on bodyboards, so he eventually caved and bought me a surf board. I surfed all through school and Uni but then somehow life got in the way and I parked my board for a while.

After obtaining the pleasure of rolling around in the show van it immediately reignited my passion for surfing, the freedom and independence you get with a van is quite inspiring. And there is definitely an added bonus of having the creature comforts after coming out the water. A comfortable van, a hot cup of tea or chilled beer depending on the season. It also helps that my newly acquired Circle One longboard fits comfortably inside the van.

Can I talk about my surfboard and my van now?

Right well my board is a 9’ Bamboo Round Pin and I am so excited about it! I wanted a new board for ages and couldn’t decide whether to go shorter or longer. I decided to go long, I am not getting any younger and my days of shredding, (or at least trying to shred), are over. Now it’s just cruising and my days of cruising are very much ahead of me and my Circle One bamboo board is the perfect ride.

My Van

My van is a Rolling Homes Expedition camper, (as mentioned above). It’s a VW T6.1 4Motion with lifted suspension, a rear locking diff and sits on some O.Z Racing wheels. Obviously these had to be wrapped in BFGoodrich tires. I have put it to the test many times on so many epic surf adventures and it has never let me down. The truest testament was maybe when I drove it to the Arctic Circle, a trip over a Christmas break and we camped in -40C without a problem! I was even a bit too hot! And before you ask… No I wasn’t brave enough to surf there haha… I cannot wait to get out for more surf trips this year!

Looking for a camper van? Find out more about Rolling Home campers here, or check out the surfboard that Ben rides here.

 

How To Recycle Your Wetsuit With Circle One Surf Company

Barefoot Tech

 

As members of the Surfers Against Sewage 250 Club we are proud to be part of a powerful network of businesses driving forward a strong message and enabling movement for change. The ocean is our playground, our place of relaxation and the place we love to share. Our aim is to always look after it and encourage our peers to do so.

In efforts to reduce plastic from our packaging we have developed cardboard packaging for all of our leashes, footwear, gloves, hoods and accessories, and are always striving to be 100% plastic free. Our products however, (like all) have a lifecycle. This is something that our team have been closely monitoring. Not only to learn how to increase product longevity, but also to figure out what happens to our products after their use is no longer required.

As part of our current services we offer wetsuit repair here at our HQ, in order to make wetsuits last longer and prevent more wetsuits ending up in landfill. We have also been recycling your old Circle One wetsuits. Using old neoprene in wetsuit repairs, creating patches and sections for wetsuits.

Alongside this we have now partnered with Barefoot.Tech, allowing us to recycle even more wetsuits!

About Barefoot.Tech

Barefoot.Tech is a unique sustainable accessories label that offers a wide range of products. All products are remade from wetsuits and other water sport materials.

Created by a fashion product design graduate from South Wales. Ffion grew up water skiing on the lakes of Wales with her family and after noticing the vast number of wetsuits collected in the basement with no ethical way to dispose of these, sparked the idea of recycling them into innovative items people would want to use.

After graduating from Arts University Bournemouth in 2020 Ffion’s small business has gained a lot of attention and is growing rapidly in the sustainability sector.

Understanding neoprene and its environmental impact encourage Ffion’s work ethic. Always a zero-waste approach when creating the products. Ffion believes that reusing and recycling wetsuits and life jackets into innovative, fashionable pieces gives another life cycle to the wetsuits. By extending this lifecycle it stops wetsuits from ending up in a landfill.

If you have an old wetsuit (any brand) you no longer want and don’t know what to do with. Send it back to us, or drop it off at our factory in Crediton. Please include a note in your parcel saying that you wish to recycle your wetsuit. Recycle over landfill every time!

Circle One Surf Co. Marsh Lane, Lords Meadow Industrial Estate, Crediton, Devon, EX17 1ES, United Kingdom

Want to learn more or have other sustainability ideas? Contact us here.

 

Follow Barefoot.Tech here.

 

 

The Long Paddle 2021

Long term Circle One customer and highly experienced waterman, Brendon Prince above water founder aims to stand up paddle the circumference of mainland Britain in less that 90 days! Brendon who set up the Above Water charity, a charity who’s primary focus is water safety through education. Sending teachers who are also lifegaurds into schools to teach water safety and drowning prevention. In 2019, Above Water spoke to over 25,000 children, teachers and parents. All experiencing at least one hour of water safety and drowning prevention interactive instruction. In the same year over 4,500 children received a practical (in the sea) one hour session building water confidence, swimming technique and drowning prevention skills, spreading the water safety message is a core part of the journey, we caught up with Brendon to find out more about The Long Paddle 2021.

Wow what a journey to embark on! So tell us logistically how does it work?

Well i’ve actually just had my route confirmed. So i’m Starting in torbay ideally on 24th April, I say ideally because you’ve got to give yourself a date. But lets face it if the weather is horrendous for a week I wont start until i i’ve got a pretty good 2 week window. And then Following the tide and the weather i’ll be going clockwise around our fine mainland country. Mainland being England, Wales and Scotland without the islands. The way i’m identifying the different regions, i’m using the shipping forecast regions. So i’m starting in Portland/Torbay moving to Plymouth and going around the 14 regions clockwise. I’m actually doing it without boat support!

This is huge, there must be some world records involved in this journey?

If I complete I’ll actually be doing 3 records which are… The circumnavigation of mainland Britain, fastest from lands end to john o groats. And if I complete it, because it will be in the region of around 3500km, it will be the world record for the longest ever SUP journey. So will be “super cool”.

Super cool… you seem quite relaxed about it? How do you prepare both physically and mentally for something like this?

The physical preparation is straight forward really, I go through a programme which Im about 6 weeks into. To be able to continually to stand up paddle for 70-80km a day but also in the conditions. You know on a nice flat wind with tide, you’ll be flying for the 70km but on other days, 20mph head wind with chop it will be real drudgery. But actually the physical bit is fairly easy, it’s more the mental part of continually forcing your body to do repetition like that. At the minute one of the best ways of doing that is just forcing yourself to go out everyday no matter what the conditions are. And always twice a day, even if it’s only half an hour a time. It’s acclimatising the mind to get the board in the water and getting on the water for a little session off and then back on again. Just getting used to that pattern, so there’s no surprises really when we get to 24th April.

Ive also had some really good chats with Jordan Wiley, who was the lad who attempted the journey last year. And also Ross Edgley who swam around mainland Britain. Getting into Ross’ mind was fascinating and I took some really big pointers from him about how to combat that daily grind, which is fine for the first 10 days but as the novelty wears off and your body’s hurting and it’s bad weather and it’s cold, that is when the going gets tough.

How do you pick places/desitinations to land?

A combination of distance, a combination of expected weather patterns. They’re not all confirmed yet. For lots of different reasons, but i’ve got a rough idea, I need to be doing about 70-80km a day sometimes i’ll do that in one go, so 10 hour stints, but other days it will depend on tidal flow in that area, some areas you cannot go against the tidal flow. You’ve got to go with it, so i’ll be doing say 6 hours on 6 hours off type pattern. So it will vary where I am on the coast. But i’ve got to get the 70km in every day to get it done in my time frame. My time frame is 90 days

Beach to beach or harbour to harbour is how i’ll come in every day, so there’s a different element of knowing that you have got to get somewhere not just stop when you feel tired and the boat picks you up and then start at that GPS point the next day. Occasionally i’m sure there will be some touch and go moments trying to land on beaches with ridiculous swell rolling in. But we’ll cross those bridges when we get to them.

Do you envision any serious hurdles that you know you’re going to come up against?

Ive done quite a bit of repetition paddling and there are repetition ailments that you have. The main one is obviously in the shoulders. You’ve just got to keep stretching and keep moving everyday. When I am doing it April through to July, the sun is a big factor to be careful about. I don’t normally wear anything on my feet because I love the board feeling on my feel but my feet would be a mess, both from being wet all the time and because of the sun. So covering up in a way I wouldn’t normally cover up to make sure I am protected. So making sure the kit I am wearing doesn’t rub is important, I did a 4 day non stop paddle last year and because it was for water safety I had to wear specific equipement, it just rubbed slightly but was like a saw cutting through my skin after a couple of hours.

Urgh, that sounds horrific! So speaking of equipment, how do you select the items you are going to use? Stand Up Paddle Board, Paddles etc.?

Haha, that’s the million dollar question, the board and paddle are two vital bits of kit. I am still going through the process of selecting. I’ve probably tried about 30 different paddles, I pretty much know in my mind, exactly the type of paddle I want, but it’s just finding it really. A combination of the thickness of the handle, the weight of the paddle and the paddle blade itself being right. The combination is to get it spot on. One of the conditions of the actual attempt is you have to have a paddle that anyone can buy off the shelf, it can’t be made for you. That makes it a little bit more complicated otherwise you could have a paddle made for you and it would be exactly what you are after. Boards… 14ft that’s the maximum standard length that I can go for. And then probably around 28-29 inch wide so that’s a few inches wider than a race stand up paddle board but not quite as wide as the average touring stand up paddle board because I need a balance between speed and stability. Theres nothing worse than a 10 hour paddle session where you’ve got an offshore or onshore (lets face it, most of the time it’s one of those things) which creates chop, side on chop for 10 hours on a board which is like a race board, made to be unstable to enable it to be fast. That twitchy action would wear you down in a couple of days rather than months. It needs to be stable enough but not too stable so then it’s slow.

Can you change equipment throughout ?

You can only change board or paddle if it breaks. And then if it does break you have to get the same thing again. With that kind of repetition carbon fibre paddles tend to start fraying and coming apart. It’s around 10x the use a paddle would normally go through. And you never know with boards, surfing in on a swell it’s quite easy to fold a board. So I will need a second one available.

How do you connect with local watermen/women, have you met some incredible people along the way?

Yes already getting loads of people contacting me, paddlers are a really friendly community. They also have vast amounts of knowledge, for example. There’s an amazing tidal rush race that goes around Portland head, there is a team who have already got in touch and said, we’ll take you round, we’ll come round with you. We know the best time. I know the water but I don’t know the different uniqueness of the different waters around our country. It’s so important to get help and guidance from these people because what on paper should happen isn’t always the case for these places where the tide is rushing through. I’ve gone around lands end enough to know that it should have been perfect but it wasn’t quite. But it’s knowing the variations of that, social media is a great one, just putting stuff out there. Lots of people getting in contact already.

As we get closer I get a more confirmed people map of Great Britain, so many people want to come and paddle with me. Come and do a couple of hours paddling, that sort of community and friendship on the water is so important. The more I do of that, the greater the message is put across. About water safety, mindfulness and mental health on the water. And also about understanding the effect that humans have on our water.

A couple of universities are in the process of sorting out some kit for my board, that will measure temperatures as I go and also water quality as I go, to get some information in one hit of our whole mainland Britain and what’s going on under the water. All these aspects, people are being enthused by and are contacting me and i’m sure i’ll gain some great friendships from this.

Are there any areas you see as particularly dangerous?

YES aha all of it! If I look at just the southwest part, you’ve got Portland, Lizard Point, Lands End, Severn Estuary before you then get to wales. Probably every 50-100 miles there’s something that you need to be switched on about. You really need to know the tides and the way the water flows, to hit it at the right time. Otherwise you’re either going to be flogging and not going anywhere or you’re going to be in serious trouble. In an area like the River Severn mouth you cant fight tidal ranges, some of up to 10 metres, you’ve got to time that crossing right. The normal pattern is to go Lundy and then across on a boat, I don’t have a boat so it means I have to go a bit further up hit it right so I can get at least half way across before the tide turns and I can flow with the tide along the Welsh coast.

So getting that right and knowing is key, phoning ahead so I have an admin team who is going to be phoning ahead, speaking with all the coastal watch organisations, the RNLI and the local harbour masters who are in charge of the region. Just incase there’s anything I might need to know that’s happening in the area. And there’s loads of for example firing ranges, both MOD firing ranges and private firing ranges that you cant cross whilst they are firing as you could be shot. Understanding that and timing that right is key.

How close are you to land throughout the journey?

I go headland to headland, the shortest route is always headland to headland. With the exception of a few places that it’s too far to go headland to headland because you have a tidal turn. Out there you have got the best effects of the tides with you but you’ve also got the worst effect of it being against you. So you have got days where you will have to come right in to get away from that tidal flow, so you can still move in the direction you want to move. That balance of making sure you get to that headland before the tide turns or whatever your destination is at that particular point. You are constantly measuring that, I am not just paddling for 10 hours, it just doesn’t work like that, I am watching the weather, the local weather, whatever the national weather is doing it has nothing to do with the local weather. As you know from surfing, the effect of nice sunny days, brilliant, but nice sunny days change and this creates chop, it’s being on top of that all the time. Paddling occasionally at night, because you can have some of the best conditions flat perfect conditions at night, and it is making the most of those especially if you that the next day it’s not going to be particularly favourable for paddling.

So you could be paddling at night and using the day as a rest day?

Yes exactly that, it’s about be totally flexible to the conditions and the environment. Otherwise you’ve got no chance of doing it in 90 days. It would take more like 200 days.

How do you fuel such a journey? What how does it work with your food and diet?

I will have a land crew, so i’ll have 2 people at any 1 time, in a land based vehicle that for most of our country they just need to meet me at different points to give me food and a sleeping bag and done. In other parts of the country 1 of them will actually need to be watching me, there are some places in Scotland that have 50-60km with no way of getting out, because of cliffs, there’s no beaches, so you’ve got to paddle the distance, it’s about having someone close in radio contact, so they are always aware of where I am, how I am, it’s all good and keeping the constant comms. That is imperative without boat support, if you are doing it (trying to do it) as fast as I am you need to have that support on land.

You obviously need to take on 10x the calories you normally would. Food that sits well on the stomach, its ability to be digested at the same time as physical activity, so nothing too complicated, I eat lots of peanut butter power ball, which are easy to digest and have huge amounts of what I need to keep me going. Staying away from sugars and consuming lots of liquid. Just making sure I am constantly fuelled. This is hugely important, theres nothing worse than getting a calorie deficit 10 miles in with 4 hours to go. I can take little nibbles but cant take too much with you. Kind of like when you go for a surf and you can feel it, it really affects your performance. Especially when it’s cold.

So the big question… Why do something like this!?

Pushing the message of water safety, it’s great to have a world record, that would be awesome! But actually that’s not why I am doing it. That’s kind of the cherry on the cake really, it’s my world of water safety and how I have been promoting it into schools, this is going to be one of the best ways of interacting with schools and give them something tangible to follow and support. At the same time learn about coastal water safety but also inland water safety and that is why I am doing it.

On all of my channels at the minute I am often speaking to converted people that follow me for whatever reason, this journey is about speaking to people I wouldn’t normally be able to speak to, to share messages of water safety and I hope that something like this will do just that.

The amount of media interest and interviews I am doing already, I am already 100x more of an impact, getting that water safety message out whether through my charity, the RNLI or Surf life saving GB. Getting people to understand that these organisations have got loads of information and one of the most exciting things that will hopefully become a legacy from this, is having an app on your phone to help educate people.

An interactive app, that you can play as a child or as an adult. Say you are visiting Croyde, so you go to the Croyde section and play the app that’s suitable to Croyde. So it lets you know about the rips, or what happens at low tide. It’s gamified to engage users, you play a little game and learn about water safety…. there’s nothing like that on planet earth, to help people understand water. That’s what i’m trying to achieve. Half of the money raised is to create the interactive online platform.

A little about Brendon.

Brendon Prince Above Water founder was involved in trying to save the lives of three surfers who got into trouble in big waves. As an off-duty Lifeguard, he did everything he could, both in and out of the water, but all three lost their lives in front of their families that day. In Brendon’s mind, not a day passes without seeing the wife of one of the drown surfers pleading with him to bring her husband back.

Brendon made a commitment that day to do whatever was needed to stop accidental drowning in the UK. Accidental drowning is a catastrophic event for the family and the local community but in so many cases could have been avoided through an understanding of water safety and drowning prevention techniques. We are an island nation but most of our inhabitants know very little about water safety or how to stay alive in a potential drowning situation.

In the autumn of 2017, Brendon set up the Above Water charity: Water safety through education. Sending teachers who are also lifeguards into schools to teach water safety and drowning prevention. In 2019, Above Water spoke to over 25,000 children, teachers and parents. All experiencing at least one hour of water safety and drowning prevention interactive instruction. In the same year over 4,500 children received a practical (in the sea) one hour session building water confidence, swimming technique and drowning prevention skills.

You can follow Brendons journey here

Find out more about Above Water here

 

Christmas Shipping & Delivery Dates

The countdown to Christmas is on! With just over a month until the big day and busy lives to contend with, we know how hard it can be to fit in Christmas shopping for those we care about. This year more than ever the stress on the post service in the lead up to Christmas is likely to be extreme. As we are all about the convenience at Circle One, not only are we offering free UK shipping on all items in the lead up to Christmas, but we want to let you know the shipping schedule for our delivery partners for Christmas delivery. Put these dates in your diary as the last dates you can order items from us to get them to you in time. Please note these are guides only – leave yourself plenty of time to get your order shipped to you!

If you are still stuck for ideas for the surfer or keen watersports enthusiast in your life, then take a look at our Christmas Gift Guide, give us an email on [email protected] or call the office on 0330 043 1256. If you are still unsure, then we have gift vouchers for any value up to £350 so your gift recipient can choose themselves – easy peasy! We can also arrange contact free collections of items from our shop in Crediton, near Exeter in Devon. If you are local then you can order and pay online, then drop us an email saying you would like to pick up the item in person instead of getting it delivered and we can arrange a time to do so.

 

Christmas Delivery Shipping Schedule

UK Mainland

Last Posting DateNext Working Day Last Posting DateStandard Delivery Last Posting Date
Small Items - Wetsuits, Accessories, Rash Vests, Shoes etc.Wed 23rd DecMon 21st Dec
Small Boards - Skimboards, Bodyboards, Surfboards less than 7ftWed 23rd DecTues 22nd Dec
Large Surfboards Over 7ftMon 21st DecMon 21st Dec

 

UK Non-Mainland Zones 2 & 3

The following postcodes encompassing Northern Ireland, Highlands & Islands and Isle of Man are subject to a standard shipping rate (see table below): BT1-99, HS1-9, IM1-9, IM99, IV1-56, KA27-28, KW1-9, PA20-78, PH17-50, ZE1-3

Last Delivery DateStandard Delivery TimesStandard Delivery Final Order Date
Small Items - Wetsuits, Accessories, Rash Vests, Shoes etc.3 - 5 DaysWed 16th Dec
Small Boards - Skimboards, Bodyboards, Surfboards less than 7ft3 - 5 DaysWed 16th Dec
Large Surfboards Over 7ft3 - 5 DaysWed 16th Dec

 

International Delivery

European CountriesStandard Delivery Last Date To Order
Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, NetherlandsWed 16th Dec
Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, SwitzerlandMon 14th Dec
Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, SwedenMon 14th Dec

 

These are the official dates provided to us by Royal Mail, Parcel Force and Tuffnells who are our delivery providers. In the past they have been extremely busy in the run up to Christmas as you can imagine, which can add delays onto shipping. We recommend baring these dates in mind as the absolute final days, but if you can order before then it would be safer to ensure delivery before Christmas as we cannot be accountable for any deliveries that do not reach you on time for reasons outside of our control. 90% of the time our delivery partners are great and deliver promptly, but I hope you can appreciate that once they collect a parcel from us for delivery, their service is out of our hands and we trust them to deliver on time and in a good condition.

 

Christmas & New Year Ordering Dates

These are estimated delivery dates based on when you order from us and when the order will be collected from our warehouse. Please note this is a guide only and based on collection dates and times for Royal Mail, Parcel Force and Tuffnells. Please note, the cut off time for your order to be shipped that same business day is 2pm, with any orders received after this time being shipped the next business day.

 

Coronavirus Update: Surfing, Staycations & Stock Shortages

What a strange year it has been! It seems to have both flown by faster than any previously but at the same time been drawn out as life has been lived at a slower pace. As the summer season ends and clocks go back, we’ve been taking stock (literally) and wanted to update our valued customers at Circle One.

One one side, we’ve had one of our best years on record. Record numbers of people have holidayed in the UK this summer and discovered the abundance of fun to be had in UK waters. After a later start, surf schools, hire shops and outdoor centres we stock had a busy year, plus retail outlets selling Circle One products on the coast in the South West, Wales and Ireland have also found more tourists visiting on staycations.  Additionally, more locals have stayed at home and enjoying the sea and lakes around them.

People who have never needed a wetsuit before in their usual holiday destinations of Greece or Spain, this year discovered the beauty of Devon or Cornwall (albeit with much colder sea temperatures!) and bought the family their first wetsuits. With more free time this year to enjoy the simpler things, more people tried surfing, stand up paddleboarding and skimboarding. Being outdoors has been the safest place to be, and sports which can be enjoyed outside and away from crowded towns and cities have become more popular. In these times of uncertainty and anxiety, the mental health benefits of cold water immersion and being outside have been truly appreciated.

With this unprecedented demand, many of our popular products sold incredibly quickly this year. Therefore, we have less stock of most items than we would usually have going into the Autumn and Winter. If the product you want is currently out of stock, we ask that you bear with us and keep checking back to the website. Please be assured we are working hard to replenish all key lines as soon as possible.

If you would like to be on a waiting list for our really popular products (mainly epoxy & carbon skimboards, Pulse hard surfboards & our soft top beginner boards) then please email [email protected] with the product you wish to pre-order and we can add you to the waiting list to be contacted as soon as we know when items will be back in stock so you can reserve that product (no deposit so no obligation).

We do still have many items in stock online, including cold water surfing gear for the winter season:

 

We hope this year is just the start of people’s new-found love of the ocean and watersports such as surfing, SUP, skimboarding and open water swimming. We know these pursuits can bring so much joy and in hard times it is these little things which make the difference. Many thanks for your support throughout 2020, and let’s hope for a sunny and exciting 2021.

Coronavirus UK & Europe Delivery Updates

Currently, our warehouse remains operational and we are still dispatching orders.  We would like to re-iterate that robust procedures are in place to support the health and well-being of everyone.

For the vast majority of our deliveries, we are able to deliver using our delivery partners, Parcel Force and Tuffnells. However, due to the constantly evolving situation involving Coronavirus and its impact on public safety, there are some restrictions in place which we will aim to keep you updated on. We are sorry for any inconvenience and if your country or post code is affected, but please check back if the situation changes.

UK

Last Updated 5th January 2021

Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). From experience with other coronaviruses, we know that these types of virus don’t survive long on objects, such as letters or parcels. This complements the highly publicised guidance from PHE for people to wash their hands more often than usual using soap and hot water.

We are actively monitoring this rapidly evolving situation. We take the health and safety of our people and customers very seriously. All items are packaged in our warehouse by one person, who is wearing protective gloves, to help prevent the spread of any infection. We are doing so in line with preventative guidance from PHE.

Some services are changing their “signed for” guidelines and allowing drivers to sign for parcels themselves if a drop off has been successfully completed. If you are unable to come to the door to collect your parcel, please either make a note of any delivery instructions when you order from us and we can pass this on to the carrier, or the carrier will post through a delivery note saying where a friend or relative can pick up the parcel from.

In these uncertain times, all delivery times are now not guaranteed by our carriers. Our regular delivery service is usually 48 hours, and all carriers are working hard to keep to this but I hope you understand they are under a lot of pressure and have been significantly impacted by the virus. Please allow extra time to receive your parcel.

Europe

Last Updated 5th January 2021

All countries across Europe are now under a suspension of service guarantee for delivery speed delays from 16 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

There are some suspensions of service in place due to changing lockdowns across Europe, plus Brexit uncertainty.

Other than not being able to guarantee a time scale on your delivery as normal, all our delivery partners across countries in Europe where we can deliver to are working hard to deliver our parcels to you. Many have procedures in place to make deliveries contactless and as safe as possible for our customers. For full information on where we deliver please read our delivery & shipping page.

 

What is Limestone Neoprene?

Manufacturing surfboards and wetsuits and therefore loving the ocean, tends to go hand in hand with trying to protect it, and be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. We strive to produce great quality products but also weigh up the impact of our manufacturing and materials on the planet. Using limestone neoprene in our wetsuits is just one of those steps we’ve taken. Although not completely eco-friendly, limestone neoprene is still considerably greener than the neoprene manufacturing of the past which used crude oil and petrochemicals to make the chloroprene rubber in neoprene. The process of turning limestone into neoprene uses less energy than oil-based neoprene, and in not using oil at all, takes away the risk of oil spills in its production.

The main benefits of limestone neoprene lie in its performance. Limestone neoprene is strong and durable. We believe in quality products not only so they will last for the customer, and be able to be enjoyed for as long as possible, but also to reduce the impact of product waste in the world. It is also stretchier, more lightweight and warmer than oil-based neoprene due to having 30% more air bubbles in the structure of the rubber.

 

 

Limestone Neoprene – The Benefits

  • Better insulation in the water – 95% water impermeable compared to 70% for standard petroleum neoprene
  • Increased Stretch – For an improved fit and comfort of your wetsuit. Limestone neoprene also has better stretch memory so it fits to your body like a second skin
  • Longer lasting – generally lasts 2-3 times longer than oil-based neoprene
  • Uses less energy in extraction and production
  • Lightweight – the structure of limestone neoprene involves cells filled with nitrogen which reduces the weight of the neoprene and also creates a really warm barrier between you and the cold sea.

 

Our Wetsuits & Sustainability

 

 

Make sure to look after your wetsuit too to get the most out of it and keep it lasting for as long as you can!

Circle One Surf Co. 50th Birthday Competition

To celebrate Circle One Surf Co. turning 50 years old we decided to give our customers and followers the chance to win a Circle One Bamboo surfboard. Just in time for #summer!

We were very proud to announce on the 2nd August 2019, one lucky winner of the Bamboo surfboard! GRACE W. a surfer from the South West had entered in the hope to win this wonderful 6,11′ Bamboo Heritage model.

We look forward to seeing the photos of the board in action!

Congratulations Grace!

A little history of our Heritage Surfboards. 

The bamboo surfboard range is manufactured using environmentally friendly and sustainably-sourced bamboo coupled with our state-of-the art bamboo epoxy laminating process. The end result is an exceptional range of surfboards that harness the natural strength and flex characteristics of bamboo to produce surfboards that deliver a super-responsive ride.  We use natural bamboo in our construction so the shade and tone of the bamboo may vary from board to board – every board is truly unique! Choose from the 6ft 2inch up to 9ft 6inch longboard.

A comment from Jeff Townsley (Circle One Owner)

‘We get asked a lot of questions about the construction of our bamboo boards so here’s the lowdown: We use a full 1.5mm thick bamboo sheet in the production process so the bamboo becomes integral to the sandwich construction of the board.  This produces a board of exceptional strength to weight and unique flex and response ride characteristics.  It is worth noting that other manufacturer’s boards sold as ‘bamboo’ may use a paper-thin veneer bamboo sheet (as little as 0.2mm thick) or a ‘printed’ bamboo-effect veneer and whilst it may look nice, it offers no construction benefits.  You can be sure when you purchase a Circle One Bamboo Surfboard, the bamboo not only looks stunning but delivers a real tangible difference in the construction of the board and the quality of the ride.’

To browse our Bamboo Heritage range click here.

 

 

 

Surfing in Osnabrück shopping centre, Germany

Yes it’s true! You can now surf, (or as close to it on an artificial wave) inside a shopping centre in a city called Osnabrück in North West Germany!

Surfing the Osnabrück Citywave® is like no other surf experience we’ve ever come across. Since we surfed at Surf Snowdonia Wales in 2017, artificial waves have been created in huge numbers worldwide. The WSL alongside Kelly Slater have even created an official World Surf League stop at the landlocked mid Californian artificial wave park. With this growth we have now seen surfing officially recognised as an Olympic sport and it cannot be denied artificial wave parks will definitely play a fundamental part in the future of surfing.

So surfing in a shopping centre… this is the next level of adapting humans into wave riding mammals. In the small city of Osnabrück you can go shopping for your groceries, maybe some clothing and then go for a 45 minute surf! We even met people in our session who had swapped out there gym routine entirely for a few sessions a week on the Citywave®.

The official Citywave® description reads:

‘Citywave® is a next generation wave pool that makes surfing available to everyone, everywhere, even far away from any ocean break. Grab your board during lunch break, enjoy a refreshing surf session after an exhausting day at the office or spend your weekend ripping regardless of tide or weather conditions.’

Riding the Citywave® takes a small amount of time to adjust to from ocean waves, and it is similar to a river wave in the way that the water is approaching you from the front at an incredible speed. But once you have mastered how not to bog the rail into the current, you suddenly feel the thrill very similar to surfing an ocean wave! After 15 minutes of attempts it had clicked and to say the least we left Osnabruck feeling stoked!

Check out these photos from our session on the Citywave® Jan 2019 and Surf Snowdonia 2017.

Thanks to Lengermann & Trieschmann for the experience, to all the staff that work on the wave and of course Citywave® for creating this machine!

The Plastic Project: A surf that prompted the question of change

Last week was spent listening to the chatter of a longer range swell that would hit our shore on Sunday evening. By Friday, it seemed that this rumour was going to become reality, after studying local winds we decided that a day surfing in Wales would be the place to find almost zero wind and perfectly shaped waves.

“The Journey is the Adventure”

If you have not had the chance to explore South West Wales its highly recommended that it’s your next surf trip. After throwing in a selection of our zipless summer suits (the first summer suit surf of this year) some boards on the roof, off we went. We left the M4 and took the mountain pass through the Brecon Beacons national park, our surfboard laden car slowing on hills allowing us to enjoy the incredible landscape!

Losing track of time we headed towards the Gower peninsula. Rhossili Bay from low tide is where we planned to be.

Upon arrival at Llangenith the views from the hill allow you to make your judgement on the wave conditions, the sun was still high and it seemed we had struck gold. 2-3 foot peeling waves and peaks along the whole beach! Yewww!

The three hours passed, sharing waves with both friends and strangers and made everyone’s day. Sun combined with great company, an adventure and waves that suit all, is enough to make everyone smile.

When leaving the surf a gloomy look was cast over everyone’s faces. The shoreline of the incoming tide was scattered with disposable BBQs, toys and half empty bottles of drink. Whilst we set about wildly trying to capture as much as we could from the grasp of the ocean, we realised the extent of the damage. As far as the eye could see this Sunday’s perfect surf was ruined by a shoreline of litter being churned up off of the beach and swept out into the sea.

So the conversation on the drive home began…

Can it change? And how can we make people change?

Change is needed, please help us to respect our beaches, respect our oceans and leave only footprints.

Circle One are proud sponsors of The Plastic Project. Check out the amazing work they do here.

Tim Nunn – The Plastic Project

It’s official, we have become sponsors of the well known adventure with a purpose: The Plastic Project.

Waves are what draw us back to the ocean time and time again, with the current state of single use plastic pollution it is becoming increasingly common to stumble across bottles and other single use plastics in the line-up. This is having a devastating effect on our ocean environment. We have become sponsors of The Plastic Project to help raise awareness and educate others of the issue. Circle One hopes that we can inspire others to help the cause and look after what we love.

It started as one photographer, Tim Nunn, documenting the environment as he went to some of the remotest coastlines on Earth. Then he realised that surf photographers had accidentally documented the rise in plastic pollution for three decades. Read more below…

We are a dedicated group of core photographers, film makers and athletes from across the surfing world and the world of adventure. Led by award winning British surf photographer Tim Nunn, we are uniting the outdoor sports world to lead the charge to educate the world planet the damage rubbish is doing to our planet.

Our focus is on education at all levels, from the youngest groms in pre school up to college students and beyond. We as a collective are in a unique position to document the damage being done to our planet, from the remotest beaches to the wildest mountains, and we have the tales to inspire people to want to get out and take care of our planet.

It started with photographer Tim Nunn fifteen years ago, his first assignment with a camera was to look at the fly tipping on a beach in North Cornwall called Milook. From there the obsession began, not just with pollution but trying to get to the wildest places on Earth to surf.

What is the Aim?

“Myself and mate Ian Battrick would do anything to get to the wildest coastlines on Earth, we’d sleep rough to extend our time in expensive places just waiting on good swell”. But when you’re out in these wild places you not only get an intimate portrait of their beauty, but what is also going wrong. “After a while I realised that you can’t go to these places and not turn your camera to what’s really going on; plastic covered beaches in the Arctic are not a new thing, so ten years ago I started shooting it and sharing it”.

We are about using our position as photographers, film makers and athletes who are on the front line of this problem. We don’t need to mount expeditions to wild stretches of coastline or wilderness, we go there anyway. By documenting the beauty of these places, we inspire people to want to go there. So now it’s time to document the other side, and inspire people to want to protect and change the way they use plastic and treat waste to achieve this.

The power of imagery, film and the people who are involved in creating them passing their experiences on to people cannot be underestimated. We have sat in too many meetings and watched peoples eyes glaze over as they are bombarded with stats and monologues about climate issues. It’s time to use our talents to reach and inspire every human on the planet, because to genuinely change our plastic future, everybody has to be aware and make a difference.

Visit the plastic project site to see how you can make a change – https://theplastic-project.com

Follow Tim Nunn on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TimNunnPhotography/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/theplasticproject/

 

 

Winter Surfboard Testing in Morocco

In the winter of 2017 – 2018 we sent some of our newest products along with team riders to the place where endless sand meets the Atlantic. Central Morocco. After a tough autumn surfing season in the UK we decided that what would be better than to relive the dream and surf ‘the magic bay’ (Imousane) first of all we needed a plan! So with that a flight was booked…

Morocco is a playground for surfers. It offers a unique variety of waves from long slow walls to face paced lip chucking madness. This is why it is and always has been the perfect testing ground for Circle One products. From the very beginning of Circle One the Atlantic coast of morocco has been part of our history, in the latter years of the 60s Jeff and his trusty Volkswagen camper-van travelled to the same coast of which we still explore and test our products today.

The Magic bay didn’t disappoint! For the best part of three weeks straight, the waves continued to pump through. As if a machine was producing the swell. Every morning had a wake up call that was the sound of 6ft walls rolling down the point. The Circle One Pro surfboards looked alive and full of energy under the feet of the surfers. Each and every session ending in smiles and tales of ‘that one wave’.

Everyday of the trip became instantly memorable by the number one wave of that day. It really was eat, sleep, surf, repeat. At the rate these guys were surfing we really did not expect them to leave the country.

With spring 2018 very close to our doors we have now finalised the details of our newest range. Circle One Pro. This range has been extensively tested in all conditions (both in morocco and UK). We have really put it through its paces, keep your eyes on our social pages for more information.

For more information on the Circle One Pro surfboards click here

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Thank you to Olo Surf and Nature for accommodating us on our adventure.

Circle One Surfboard Care Guide

The do’s and don’ts – Circle One Surfboard Care Guide

So you’ve finally decided which surfboard to buy! Following good surfboard care is so important in extending the life of your surfboard so here are some top tips to protect your new surfboard:

  • Rinse the surfboard after using it. Doing this stops the salt stains on the surfboard but also helps prevent corrosion from grime/salt building up in the fin boxes/grub screws.
  • Avoid wrapping your leash around your board. Remove your leash and stash it somewhere you wont forget it next time, trust us on this one! It makes a world of difference when your leash isn’t tangled in the water.
  • Don’t store your surfboard somewhere really hot and avoid extreme changes in temperature e.g. going straight from cold sea to a boiling hot car. This goes for having your surfboard in the sunshine too – try and find a nice shady spot for it if you are going to be chilling on the beach for long.
  • Don’t leave your board wax-side up in the sun, it will cause the wax to melt and won’t last as long so you will have to re-wax your board more often.
  • Be careful when carrying your board, it is easy to hit into objects and ding the nose and tail of your board in particular.
  • Learn how to properly wax your surfboard, and fully clean the wax off regularly and reapply so it is doing its job and protecting your surfboard.
  • Remove your fins when you are storing your surfboard for long periods of time, they are liable to be snapped or worse cause damage to your surfboard.
  • Keep it wrapped up, check out our range of board bags; they definitely help stop the dings you don’t find, until you go to surf.
  • DO NOT SURF if the surfboard has damage which has penetrated the resin, get it fixed. Surfing it will cause more damage by allowing water inside. If there’s no other option (sometimes we just have to surf) use a quick ding repair kit like Phix Doctor UV Epoxy/Poly Ding Repair Kit which can patch up your board for a quick fix. 
  • DO NOT use wax to fill a ding, this doesn’t work and will only make any repair harder to carry out.
  • If you are going to be storing the surfboard for a while, remove the wax. **dirty wax smells!**

Check out our full range of surfboards for sale at Circle One!

 

Baguettes, brie and board breaking beach breaks.

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The world surf league France stop at La Graviere is always an exciting one, this year in particular because Circle One had one of the team on a front row seat, sharing the action with the elite. We caught up with JP to see how things went down.

So JP in brief?

 “Well the competition was called off on days that most people would call perfection, but that allowed us to share some waves with the top guys and girls. But the competition did not disappoint, head to head rivalries such as JJF and Medina kept the crowd standing in awe. Plus he pulled another Rodeo flip!?” 

And the free surfing?

“the free surfs were mind blowing, dropping into waves whilst the pros are sat on the shoulder is a great feeling! But watching them rip from the line-up was pretty awesome.”

“To top all of this off you also had the French cuisine”

 You were riding the 2018 Circle One Pro carbon tech boards that you helped design, how did they go in such heavy beach breaks?

 “Yeah, so both of the boards that I rode performed so well in steep hollow conditions, they also have a really sharp pintail design which allows you to keep slotting exactly where you need to be. This also allows for drawn out turn when the wave lets you out. These boards are speed machines! You cant stop smiling when riding them.”

 Anything else you want to add?

 “Ha, congrats to medina on the win and the sick rodeo! I cant wait to get the Pro boards back in the water… also a special thanks to Koala Surf house for making the trip even more epic.” 

Follow JPs Surf trips on his Insta @JP.SURF

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Circle One Pro Carbon Fibre Tech Surfboards – coming Spring 2018

The all-new Carbon Fibre Surfboard Range from Circle Do you want a board that makes your surfing more dynamic? Create more flow? Speed both down the line and through the flatter sections but still have the agility and control it needs to really hack a turn?

The team at Circle One Surf Co have been using their knowledge from over 40 years of designing boards, to bring you something new.

These boards are the answer to all the questions above.

A range of high performance shortboard shapes with hidden volume under the chest allowing the catching of waves seem effortless. A slightly drawn in pin tail with sharper rails allowing it to hold its own in steeper waves, whilst also allowing the board to become even more responsive.

We have created the nose of these boards slightly thicker not only to allow ease of catching waves, but to also give you the speed when you need it across flat sections with a single concave throughout the board it really will allow you the speed you require to become more radical.

With the added touch of Carbon Fibre Tech in the rails of the boards it creates stiffer feel when turning in the face of a wave, whilst still allowing the flex we create in our hand finished epoxy boards.

These boards really will fly in 2ft – overhead+ – we know, we’ve ridden them!

To top this we have gone with full block colours, clear glassing over carbon and a zoomed carbon design tail.

The Circle One Pro is the result. Final specs and sizes to be confirmed shortly, watch this space for further updates and team rider tests.

C1 Team rider Scott Easty catches summer Jersey wave in his Faze Summer Wetsuit!

Hi James, Jeff.

A few shots attached from a recent windy session using the C1 Faze summer suit. The Faze suit is SUPER flexible and it feels more like surfing in boardies than a full suit!

The suit doesn’t restrict your movement whatsoever and so it’s perfect for our typical fun, summer waves where you need to be nice and loose to get the most out of the waves!

There’s been plenty of swell here for the last few weeks or so, onshore winds but you gotta take what you can get in summer! Hope all’s well with you guys.

Cheers!

Scott

‘North to North West’ – team rider James Price Hebridean Adventure

There’s one thing for sure, after endless hours of research you will never be able to learn enough about the Outer Hebrides to fully plan a surf trip. As we drove deeper and deeper into Scotland I realised that the only planning tools we really needed here were a compass, an ordnance survey map and a general understanding of the swell size and direction, you must seek and find for yourself!

There are very few captures of what it is really like to surf the Outer Hebrides, tales were told to us of ice cold waters, theatrical coastlines and tremendous weather systems. Were there, amongst all this, some perfect waves waiting to be surfed?

It takes only a few seconds on arrival to realise just how extraordinary the place is. Towering mountains hide their summits into dark clouds, shades of deep greens from the dense forest meet the icy blues and silvers of the ocean and lochs Somehow it gives an incredible feeling that the outer isles are far and distant to the UK, although the Scottish highlands loom on the eastern horizon.

Having driven the six hundred mile journey from the southwest and taken the early bird ferry from Skye, a surf was much needed. This however was not as easy as it should have been. We ended up driving the length of the islands coastline asking locals (that had obviously never even thought of surfing a wave,) checking spots that on a map should pick up even the smallest swell. We had been beaten, it was time to give up.

Relentless surf hunting can become tedious very quickly when the result is not improving in the slightest. It seemed that each beach had its own pristine war grave cemetery, which had a backdrop of cliffs and the atlantic ocean. These are incredible the first two or three times you run into them. When your visit to one becomes every 15 to 20 minutes with zero sign of swell, this has to be the time to stop. Lunch was calling.

Seeing some toilets in the far corner of the cemetery, I stretched my legs and made my way to what would be a game changer… the toilet wall was home to a lonely advertisement which read ‘the islands only surf hire/surf-guide’ along with a telephone number and directions to the local filling station. It was worth a shot. With some sort of new stoke, I took some snaps of the directions and ran back to the van.

After a quick chat with the Derek the super friendly surf guide who runs ‘Hebridean Surf’ (check them out,) we learned that we were looking in all the wrong places and that the swell here only works in conjunction with a specific tidal range. To our amazement, this is when we saw three hire boards being strapped to a car. At this point, the first question that came to mind was ‘Oh will it be busy?’ He replied ‘Maybe today if those three are in the water’.

Less surfers than a typical lineup live on this island.

‘This beautiful and tranquil area was once home to people who lived and thrived here for three thousand years or more, the landscape has evidence of powerful forces and stories tell of mystery and misery’

This was the sign that greeted us at the spot which we had been guided to. I think at this point we were hoping that the powerful force was the ocean. With cliffs as high as these, you would expect a clear view of the ocean and the conditions that await. This is not quite the way that it works as your first task is finding your way down to look at the surf before even committing to getting wet. Between checking the surf and actually surfing, there are the usual things that you would do such as returning to the van, applying sunscreen, waxing the board and wrenching on a wetsuit. None of these I could even remember doing on this occasion. The surf in the Outer Hebrides was flawless and this is what is to be remembered.

James Price

 

Razor Surfboards update from Circle One team rider Scott Easty

Hi guys!

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I only took the board for my first surf at the weekend. The waves were really bad, literally one to one and a half foot onshore, the sort of waves where I’d normally have taken a swell board in but thought it’d be good to try out the razor in.

Basically, it has the float, paddle power and planing ability of a long board. I was able to sit further out than I normally would surfing those sort of waves on a small wave board and get in early which is crucial when the rides are so short. I found that it literally mowed through flat sections. Where on my normal small wave short board (5, 11″) I’d have to do real fast s turns or hop to get through fat sections, the board just planed through to the next section. I was only able to do turns off the sections as the waves were so small so I don’t know how it performs on open face turns but I was able to push the tail out nice and easy and still maintain a lot of control which I like in my boards as I don’t like boards that are too loose.

All good so far, will let you know how it goes in slightly better waves and will start getting some footage with the Go Pro once we get some decent waves. It might take me a few sessions to get enough footage but i’ll give you a shout again soon.

 Hope all’s well with you guys

New for 2016 Circle One Razor Boards

 

Razor 2016THE ALL NEW ‘RAZOR’ RANGE FOR 2016

Developed from extensive rider feedback and in-depth research with retailers the Razor range builds further on the full volume concept of the successful Pro Pig Range of 2015. With the ‘Razors’ we have really pushed the game forward in fuller volume performance boards.

Choose from 10 shapes starting at 5′ 8″ up to 9′.  Available in stunning clear epoxy finish and 4 deck colour options. check out the full range here

In Circle One dealers now!