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Jack The Bronze Spyglass The Bronze Spyglass is given to those who don’t keep their geographical knowledge a secret, and have discovered 5 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Silver Spyglass The Silver Spyglass is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are willing to share their experience and travel savvy with fellow sailors and riders, and have discovered 15 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Gold Spyglass The Gold Spyglass is an honor reserved for esteemed discoverers who have made it their mission to spread the knowledge of the world’s best beaches, and have enriched the Beach Guide with no less than 30 Spots. 908.500
Water_Goddess The Bronze Spyglass The Bronze Spyglass is given to those who don’t keep their geographical knowledge a secret, and have discovered 5 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Silver Spyglass The Silver Spyglass is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are willing to share their experience and travel savvy with fellow sailors and riders, and have discovered 15 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Gold Spyglass The Gold Spyglass is an honor reserved for esteemed discoverers who have made it their mission to spread the knowledge of the world’s best beaches, and have enriched the Beach Guide with no less than 30 Spots. 826.002
Paul The Bronze Spyglass The Bronze Spyglass is given to those who don’t keep their geographical knowledge a secret, and have discovered 5 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Silver Spyglass The Silver Spyglass is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are willing to share their experience and travel savvy with fellow sailors and riders, and have discovered 15 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Gold Spyglass The Gold Spyglass is an honor reserved for esteemed discoverers who have made it their mission to spread the knowledge of the world’s best beaches, and have enriched the Beach Guide with no less than 30 Spots. 660.500
Liesbet The Bronze Envelope The Bronze Envelope is given to those who don’t shy away from expressing their opinion, and have posted 10 times in comment threads. The Bronze Quill The Bronze Quill is given to those who have somehting to say, and have started 5 topics of their own, in either their personal or community Blogs. The Silver Quill The Silver Quill is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are commited to contributing news, insights, and their experience to the collective knowlegde on the site, and have posted 15 topics in the Blogs. 75.002
edita_kay The Bronze Envelope The Bronze Envelope is given to those who don’t shy away from expressing their opinion, and have posted 10 times in comment threads. The Bronze Spyglass The Bronze Spyglass is given to those who don’t keep their geographical knowledge a secret, and have discovered 5 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Silver Spyglass The Silver Spyglass is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are willing to share their experience and travel savvy with fellow sailors and riders, and have discovered 15 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Bronze Quill The Bronze Quill is given to those who have somehting to say, and have started 5 topics of their own, in either their personal or community Blogs. 65.505
surferseyes The Bronze Quill The Bronze Quill is given to those who have somehting to say, and have started 5 topics of their own, in either their personal or community Blogs. The Silver Quill The Silver Quill is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are commited to contributing news, insights, and their experience to the collective knowlegde on the site, and have posted 15 topics in the Blogs. 63.002
Sean The Bronze Quill The Bronze Quill is given to those who have somehting to say, and have started 5 topics of their own, in either their personal or community Blogs. The Silver Quill The Silver Quill is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are commited to contributing news, insights, and their experience to the collective knowlegde on the site, and have posted 15 topics in the Blogs. 59.500
Deneice The Bronze Quill The Bronze Quill is given to those who have somehting to say, and have started 5 topics of their own, in either their personal or community Blogs. The Silver Quill The Silver Quill is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are commited to contributing news, insights, and their experience to the collective knowlegde on the site, and have posted 15 topics in the Blogs. The Gold Quill The Gold Quill is an honor reserved for esteemed mentors who have made it their mission to share their knowledge and experience with the community, and support other sailors and riders in their endeavors by posting with no less than 30 topics of their own. 54.002
artem_kay The Bronze Envelope The Bronze Envelope is given to those who don’t shy away from expressing their opinion, and have posted 10 times in comment threads. The Silver Envelope The Silver Envelope is a sign of recognition for members of the community who keep the dialogue going with their contributions, and have posted 25 times in comment threads. The Bronze Spyglass The Bronze Spyglass is given to those who don’t keep their geographical knowledge a secret, and have discovered 5 Spots for the Beach Guide. 53.300
Irish The Bronze Envelope The Bronze Envelope is given to those who don’t shy away from expressing their opinion, and have posted 10 times in comment threads. The Bronze Spyglass The Bronze Spyglass is given to those who don’t keep their geographical knowledge a secret, and have discovered 5 Spots for the Beach Guide. The Silver Spyglass The Silver Spyglass is a sign of recognition for members of the community who are willing to share their experience and travel savvy with fellow sailors and riders, and have discovered 15 Spots for the Beach Guide. 32.100

Recent Posts

  • Liesbet's blog The Cruising Life - The “No Wind” Phenomenon

    While people in most of Europe and North America regret that the summer is over and hope for a pleasant Indian summer, I (and other cruisers in the Caribbean) can’t wait for it to be done! Even though fall has officially started, the days in the Eastern Caribbean are still extremely hot and humid and the nights are only slightly better. Day temperatures are around 32°C (90°F), with a heat index of 40°C (104°F) and at night it is a “pleasant” 28°C (82°F). The biggest reason for those uncomfortable days and nights of sweating non-stop is the fact that there is … no wind!

    This picture of paradise does not show the heat, humidity, lack of wind and many bugs! © Liesbet Collaert

    During hurricane season, nobody wants one of those big named storms coming their way. Here in Grenada, none of them passed by so far. They all went way north of us, but we still feel their presence of not being present. They suck all the wind away from well around them, leaving areas of hundreds of miles without wind. If there is one group of people relying on this wind, then it is the sailors and the cruisers, the human kind that lives on the water, where there is always supposed to be a breeze. The saying goes: “It is always cooler on the water”. That is, if the breeze is not hiding or being “taken away”. The presence of the wind is not a matter of survival, it is a matter of comfort, productivity and flexibility and it plays many roles in the daily cruising life. And, to be honest, no wind also has some advantages.

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  • Liesbet's blog Cruising and Sailing Resources

    Current cruisers, arm chair adventurers, weekend sailors, boat owners, prospective sailors and returned or “retired” (world) cruisers all benefit from or enjoy reading publications that focus on the sailing and cruising life. Whether it is to gain information, knowledge or ideas, read tips and recognizable problems or sit back in a comfy chair, relax and marvel about people’s adventures, plenty of resources are to be found on the internet or in print.

                                                                                                                                         © Liesbet Collaert

    Weather Information

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  • Tobago Kiteboarding Organization blog Tobago Carnival Regatta

    Competitors are already training hard for our local event. Come and see some of the best regional and international kiteboarders and windsurfers compete for freestyle and race crown.

    Lots of prizes to be won, as always the party scene at night will be pumping....

    see you there!

  • Sean's blog A Light In The Ghetto

    For some time, there has been something that has effected me every time I have taken a drive down to the beach to check out the waves. It has thrown a shadow over the bright African sun and strummed a sighing minor chord inside me. It has entered me like poison and has left a bad taste in my mouth, and it's something that I just can't ignore anymore ...

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  • surferseyes's blog Locals of the Shire

    Living in Byron Bay I am amazed daily at the talent oozing out of this shire. In the water, behind the lens, plucking strings and everything else creative, the Northern Rivers region and surrounds are truly alive with artistic flair. With so much happening in the area, today’s blog will dedicate some space to the locals of the shire, sharing what’s going on and what’s coming up.

    Byron Bay Surf Festival

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  • Liesbet's blog The Weather Gods Unleashed – Mayhem in Caribbean Waters

    It arose out of nowhere. All of a sudden. No weather predictions mentioned it coming. Nobody was really prepared for it. As a matter of fact, most cruisers were not even on their boat, that Thursday evening, with all the different activities being organized in the different Grenadian bays. There was a cooking class in True Blue Bay, there were happy hours in Prickly Bay, there was a BBQ in Woburn and Harry Potter movies in Clarke’s Court Bay, there was dominoes and volleyball in Mt. Hartman Bay. Everybody ashore was having a good time, until the storm came and the peaceful anchorages turned into a giant mess of churning seas and turmoil…

     A peaceful anchorage can turn into a "wild" scene when a squall comes through            © Liesbet Collaert

    During hurricane season, cruisers more than ever keep an eye on the weather. There are many websites, SSB nets, grip files and VHF channels that display the wind, wave and precipitation predictions for the present and the near future. We pick our anchorages and make sailing decisions based on the weather and when a nasty wave or tropical low is predicted, most of us decide to stay on the boat to make sure the hatches (windows) are closed, the anchor is not dragging and neighbors stay at a safe distance. If necessary, the engines run in idle and the dinghy is ready to be launched, to help somebody else in trouble or to use for own safety measures. That is if you know “something” is coming your way and you happen to be on your boat…

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  • umoja's blog Logistics 2 - getting your boat to where you want it

    In my first post on this topic, I concentrated on Dockwise Yacht Transport and their services, since they are the current leaders in the boat transportation arena, the most advanced and efficient. I also chose them, since their fleet is designed and dedicated to transporting boats using their unique float-on / float off method; and because I could give an account of my own personal first-hand experience of using their service.

    However with the completion getting ‘hotter’ and the search intensifying for more attractive cost structures than those currently offered by Dockwise, the next few years will undoubtedly see some changes and jostling for pride of place. Currently other means of getting your boat to where you want it centre on the more traditional crane-on/crane-off shipping method; a method which may not seem as ‘sexy’ and streamlined as float-on /float off, but nonetheless results from the fine-tuning of the traditional method of carrying cargo, particularly deck cargo, that dates back hundreds of years.

    All tucked in on deck

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  • Workouts Power Up Your Body With Laird Hamilton

    There are millions of boys who when confronted with the question “what would you like to be when you grow up?” would respond with Doctor, Pilot, Firefighter.    Consider changing their bedtime story book to Force of Nature and I guarantee you the answer to that very popular question will unanimously be “I WANNA GROW UP TO BE A BIG WAVE SURFER LIKE LAIRD HAMILTON”.

    Laird Hamilton_Fitness_Health_Force of Nature_Xwaters_Ocean-Mojo

    Many a surfer can call themselves fit, strong, in top physical shape, but none can come close to encompass the sheer power and force that is Laird Hamilton. Thanks to his famous surfer stepfather, Billy Hamilton, Laird has been cutting waves since the tender age of three.  He continues to amaze humanity by putting himself in the most harrowing situations imaginable and emerging unscathed.  Some of his notable achievements are breaking the European Windsurfing speed record, crossing the English Channel on a paddle board and surfing the wave called Teahupoo which was later labelled the heaviest wave ever ridden.  Laird is known as the guiding genius of cross-over board sports, and he is truly amazing and almost indestructible in the water.

    So take these next few paragraphs as a test to your physical and mental abilities and see if you can keep up with the likes of one of the biggest surfing legends of all time.  Have a look at the tips below and get a quick sense of what it takes to walk a day in the shoes of Laird Hamilton (although he prefers to go barefoot).

    EAT LIKE LAIRD:

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  • surferseyes's blog Listen to the Silence

    We have just come off a full moon and subsequent sizey swell here on the east coast of Australia. Whilst the waves were not perfect, the days and night either side of the moon were time for reflect and consideration of that word – perfection.

    In the cabin where we are living just out of Byron Bay, our bodies dismantle peacefully at night with the departure of the sun, and reassemble early with her dawn return. In between there is silence, peaceful and bright. As I lay in bed the silence grows deeper and my body attunes to her melody. I smile as my senses awaken to the depth of nothingness.

    The darkness is annulled in the moonlight. The sky above is littered with stars, twinkling like a child’s nursery rhyme. The distant ocean is roaring, alive with nature’s silent energy. Kuni stirs and peers through the bedside glass, the night’s weight dispersing swiftly from his eyes at the sight of the farm’s bordering trees, still in the windless air.

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  • umoja's blog Logistics 1 - getting your boat to where you want it

    Your boat is lies at ‘A’ - but you dream of having it at ‘B’.

    A dreary cold winter lies around the corner, and besides the financial waste associated with a long winter lay-up you dream of sailing with the trade winds, under a tropical sky. Perhaps you have just retired or are about to take a sabbatical and want to make the best of it.

    For the purposes of this post, let’s assume you are in Europe dreaming about the Caribbean. You long to be there, but that formidable water barrier, the Atlantic Ocean lies between you and your longing. You have no desire to spend a large slice of your free time doing battle with its featureless waste, subjecting you and your valuable boat to the weeks of relentless bashing the Atlantic may well have in store for you. More importantly, do you want to subject your wife/partner to such a start to what you hope will be her ‘dream’ also! No! You just want to wake up one morning and find yourself lying at anchor in the Caribbean - as if gently put down there by a ‘magic carpet’.

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  • Workouts Surfers Are Floating To Flexibility

    The Downward Dog, Plank, Corkscrew and The Teaser are all common phrases used in the daily lives of world renowned surfers like Laird Hamilton, Sam Lamiroy, Tom Curren and Kelly Slater.

    There is no need to blush, these are the names for positions used in the fitness routines of many surfers across the globe, as the art of Pilates and Yoga has been taken to the big blue.

    Throughout the sands of time surfers have been improving their health and fitness regime to reach peak performance in the water. From breath hold training whilst running on sea beds to becoming one with Neptune through Yoga meditation poses. Surfers are always striving to find ways in which to improve their surfing abilities - body, mind and soul.

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  • surferseyes's blog Self sustain=surfer's simple happiness

    There are all kinds of places in this vast, diverse world. And currently there are all kinds of changes taking place. You don’t have to believe in the end of the world theories or even all the current data concerned with Global Warming to at least acknowledge that our precious surf points face or have experienced dramatic changes in recent times.

    I was privileged to look through some previously un-published photos from John Witzig’s collection just this week and there were images of local Australian breaks that just don’t reel like they used to. Not to mention the dramatically different landscapes surrounding these once almost deserted beaches (although if we are lucky enough we can stil find some untouched waves, the more reason to protect them).

    I have blogged before regarding the importance for surfers to take responsibility for the future of our planet in order to maintain the balance and at the simplest level preserve the beauty of our beaches, marine life and delicate waves.

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  • Liesbet's blog Let’s Go Sailing! Let’s Go Cruising!

    Since the time I was in my twenties, roaming the world, backpacking in Southeast Asia and exploring cheap and far flung places, my grandma - and other “real” adults - kept saying (in Dutch)“It is good you are doing this NOW. You gotta do it when you’re young!” When I set out sailing, my grandma - still hoping I would settle one day - once again gave her full understanding and support for my desire for adventure and, once again, stated that I should do it while I am young, even though, “young” is becoming more and more a relative term. On the water, we have met a lot of cruisers who envy that we are sailing the world while we are young, but at the same time, they are happy for us, for being able to “do it while we are young”. The older cruisers fully enjoy their life on the water, but one of their only regrets is that they wish they started this boat life earlier, while they were “young”.

     Irie under sail in the Bahamas                                 © Liesbet Collaert

    Truth is, the longer Mark and I are cruising the Caribbean waters, the more we realize that you don’t have to be young to do this (granted, much of the manual labor involved must be way easier when you are not approaching 70, but on the same note, we so much respect the retirees and are in awe of their accomplishments). You also don’t have to be strong to live on a sailboat, you don’t have to be male, you don’t have to be white, you don’t have to be of a certain nationality, you don’t have to be rich and you don’t have be anything, really. The water is for everybody and people of all nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, religions, ages, and skills comprise the sailing and cruising communities of the world.

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  • Deneice's blog Gift Ideas for Surfers - What's Cool and What's Not

    September may seem a little early to start talking Christmas gifts but perhaps not. Certainly the supermarkets, high street shops and advertising campaigns of manufacturers don't consider it before time – already we are being bombarded with images and shelves of Christmas themed goods and presents. Additionally, in the present economic climate there is perhaps more need to spread out our spending and plan ahead.

    (NINA MATTHEWS)

    As a surfer of many years standing I have received my share of surf related gifts. Presents from other surfers or surf buddies tend to be spot on – they know what I'm into, what I've got, what I need and/or want, what is useful or useless and most essentially they know the difference between real surfing gifts and items made by non-surfing industry companies who are just trying to cash in on the hype and have missed the mark by a mile.

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  • surferseyes's blog The Humble Road Trip

    Usually Takanami family road trips are essentially work related. It may sound like a cop-out to complain, but when you hit the road with husband and child and 6 weeks to interview and shoot with 14 subjects whilst covering half a nation and tens of thousands of kilometres of coastline, the stress can mount up.

    Before we embark on these work trips, my job begins. As the editor/coordinator I am on the phone and email months in advance planning. Not only do I need to make sure the surfers/shapers we want to meet with are available, I have to book time with them that fits with our travel schedule, and always allow some breathing space in case the weather or waves don’t agree. Then comes the financial planning which usually involves endless back and forth correspondence with possible sponsor such as airlines, rental car companies, accommodation etc, and more often than not weeks of negotiations can turn into a final ‘actually we don’t think we can help out this time, good luck with it though!’ and I end up back at square one.

    By the time we hit the road the pressure has already mounted. The initial high of embarking on a dream-like road trip doing what we love can too easily be crushed by stress, shit weather and a screaming kid in the back seat. But somehow we manage and the end result is worth any and all of the pain!

     

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