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New: Modern & Simple Surf Reports for Australia by SwellCast – including Gold Coast and Sydney Forecasts

Written By: Marc - Aug• 21•13
Gold Coast Surf Report

Gold Coast Surf Report on Swellcast.com.au

Looking for a modern, simple and easy to read surf report website? Well… you might be pleased to hear that we’ve just stumbled upon a new surf and wind forecast site named SwellCast.

The site has been developed by a web developer in Perth who is a keen surfer himself and just could not stand the boring looking weather and surf reports available on the net. We don’t blame him… it certainly was time for a change.

Swellcast currently features australian locations only and is planning to cover some international surfing spots  in the near future.

The swell data is updated every 6 hours and also includes live wind readings updated every 30 minutes, which is a pretty handy thing as we believe.

An iPhone and iPad App is also available which can be purchased on the iTunes website. The price currently is $1.99.

Another feature that will be added to the site is a customisable surf alert where you can set your specific conditions, like wind direction, swell hight & swell period and will receive an alert only when your conditions are met.

So, next time you are planning a trip to the Gold Coast and don’t konw what the surf will be like, check the Gold Coast surf report on Swellcast and know beforehand what to expect.

If you want to find out more about Swellcast and check the lastest surf reports, visit Swellcast.com.au.

As you might guess…we are big fans already. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Surfboard Maintenance Tips

Written By: Marc - Sep• 05•13

With the growth of the internet, it has become very easy when ordering surfing products and buying surfboards of all types online; online stores has become an acceptable way to shop and purchase a new board you want. However, having a new surfboard will cost you some cash. So, it is very important for you to know how to maintain your surfboard.

For a surfer, it is very important for him to keep his board look nice and protected. Aside from being expensive, the surfboard represents the personality of the surfer; it is like his fashion statement.

There are some things you can do in order to protect your board, make it look good not only for a while but for a long period of time. To know what these things are, you can check out the video below:


Written By: Marc - Sep• 05•13

In the surfing world, the name of Taylor Knox is already considered as an icon; he has built his reputation as one of the top surfers of his age. While he has become one of the most popular surfers these days, his journey to his success has never been easy.

Taylor Knox began surfing at 8 years old. When he turned 13, he and his family moved to Carlsbad, California and become a pro surfer. Unfortunately, he had to undergo back surgery after a damaged lumbar vertebra from a skateboarding accident when he was 15. The injury is too severe that it had threatened to paralyse him. It took him 6 months to fully recover.

Knox did not stop his dreams. He strived to improve and improve until he becomes one of the best. In 2011, he was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame at Huntington Beach alongside George Downing and Chuck Linnen.

His story is really inspirational. Lately, Taylor Knox added a new award to his resume by winning the Four Season Maldives trophy.

For more on his achievement, read the article posted at Surf Line which you can find here:


Repairing Surfboard Dings

Written By: Marc - Sep• 05•13

While surfing or transporting your surfboard, it will be inevitable that it will get a ding or several dings. With these dings, it is very important to fix them immediately as it may result further damages. When you found out that your surfboard has dings, you can normally fix them through local surf shops that sell surfboards. However, many surfers choose to repair basic dings themselves to save money and time.

A little practice and reading about surfboard repair, together with some surfboard ding kits, you can already handle this small surfer problem. You can buy your surfboard ding kits online or from stores near you. And to learn the repair steps, check out the video below:

South African ‘Learn 2 Surf’ website launches

Written By: Marc - Sep• 05•13

For many people who do have not yet experienced playing with gigantic ocean waves using their surfing boards, surfing may seem to be a boring hobby; nothing to get but danger. On the other hand, if you already experienced doing great stuffs and feeling the excitement of the beach, surfing is definitely a lot of fun.

Surfing is just like other sports. To be good with it, you need to focus and spend time on practicing with your routines. You need to avoid frustrations because they really do happen especially if you’re just getting started. But once you get into it, and you know that you’re getting better, you will surely get addicted to this sport.

Good news to all surfing addicts! An article posted at Surfers Village reveals great news – according to the article, Learn 2 Surf, a South African website, is already available. The website allows clients to book and buy surfing lessons with the top accredited surf schools at all the South Africa’s safest beaches.

Read the full report here: http://www.surfersvillage.com/surfing-news/61810#.UifX_qImBFo

How to Become a Great Surfer – Workouts and Trainings

Written By: Marc - Sep• 04•13

How can you explain surfing? Why are there so many people indulged with surfing despite the danger that it can possibly bring? For surfing enthusiasts, surfing is an art. It is about the different elements that bring joy to each individual in the water; it’s about feeling the freedom and happiness.

Surfing is more than just about your surfboard’s design, price or type; you can get the great feeling of satisfaction whatever of surfing board you are using. Moreover, you don’t have to be a pro surfer to enjoy this sport. Surfing can make your body and mind better. It can also teach you how to discipline yourself.

If you love surfing and you want to become better with this sport, you can watch the video below to learn some workouts about becoming a good surfer:



Written By: Marc - Sep• 04•13

Before they surf, every surfer needs to follow some rules and make sure that they are not chasing around the locker rooms myths that your people usually talk about. It is very important to be logical as the ocean will not give you second chance.

Relative to this, sharks are one of the biggest dangers to surfers especially thought Australia and many different parts of the world; surfers are constantly hounded by shark attacks that cause them harm and scare them away.  Sharks are the predators of the ocean; there is no doubt about that fact. The ocean is their home and we can be in danger if we will not do some precautionary measures.

In fact, Jeff Mull posted an article at surfermag.com which reports series of shark attacks in the areas of Hawaii. The article features a 16-year old male surfer who was attacked by a shark on the Big Island.

You can read the article here: http://www.surfermag.com/features/summer-of-the-shark