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I'm a surfer/writer living in the beautiful city of Durban, South Africa, where I am blessed enough to have many top quality breaks right on my doorstep. I have been surfing since I was 10 and I'm still as stoked as I was back then.

 

I'm really pleased that I can share stories with fellow surfers. If you like my writing, you can see my profile here: http://seanlaughton.elance.com.

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Sean's blog Surf Forecasting - The Basics Of Making A Good Call

Back in the day, you would look knowingly at the palm tree and clouds outside your window, and combine that with a guru-like sixth sense to predict what you'd find in the way of waves when you arrived at the beach.

 

Nowadays, the surf forecasting websites have made predicting surf similar to making microwave dinners - Easy (with a capital 'E'). This normally means that you can make a fairly good call from the comfort of your living room as to whether there'll be waves on any given day.

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Sean's blog Surf Greener

What do bamboo glassing cloth, hemp surf wear, limestone-based wetsuits and cork deckpads all have in common? That's right, they're all green alternatives to the run-of-the-mill petroleum-based surf products which we've grown accustomed to. While it's tempting to feel that we surfers are but a drop in the ocean (so to speak) in terms of helping out this amazing planet that we've been given, we can all make a difference if we really want to by making a few simple changes to our lives.

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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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Sean's blog Know Your Roots - He'enalu And The Resurgence Of The Alaia

The Alaia, an ancient wavecraft which the native Hawaiians used for surfing, has been enjoying a resurgence in modern day surfing. Being that it is one of the earliest forms of surfboard, top surfers from all over the world are using it to test their skills to see how they measure up to their predecessors, the ancient Hawaians, who called surfing 'he'enalu' (roughly translated, 'wave sliding'). But what is the story behind the Alaia and when was it first discovered?

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Sean's blog Searching South Africa - Surf Traveler's Tips (Part 2)

As we discussed in the last post, South Africa really is a dream destination, no matter what you're looking for in a surf trip. The people are mellow, the weather is mild to warm and as far as waves go, there is something for everybody. This time we'll look at climate, currency, and some South African words which may have you scrambling for your English - Afrikaans pocket dictionary (don't bother, these words won't be in there) ...

best-surfbeach.com

 

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Recent Discoveries

Kalk Bay Reef in South Africa
Kalk Bay is a quaint little town on the east coast of the Cape Peninsula. It's neatly sandwiched in-between Fish Hoek and Muizenberg - if you're driving along the Main Rd, don't blink because you'll miss it.   The wave itself is world-class on the right day, with heavy lips unleashing their full fury on the K-Bay slab, much to the delight of big wave fundis and spectators alike.

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The Bluff in South Africa
The Bluff is about 10-20 mins drive from Durban central, but despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of Durban, its laid back groove bears more resemblance to the small towns up and down the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal. If you're respectful, the locals are cool and the mellow vibe is calming. The waves can get world class, with plenty of variety for all skill levels. If you're coming to Durban, the Bluff is definitely worth the short trip.

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Green Point in South Africa
The Kwazulu Natal South Coast is littered with dozens of alcoves, points and beach breaks - Green Point is just one, albeit a finer one. You could say that it is the most well-known 'secret spot' in Kwazulu Natal and can get crowded when folks get wind of a good swell hitting it.   It is about a 30 - 45 minute drive south of Durban, just drive along the M4 and look out for the signpost to Clansthal Caravan Park.

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Muizenberg Beach - Cape Town in South Africa
Just around the corner from the now-infamous False Bay (where shark sightings are more or less a weekly occurence nowadays), is situated what is possibly the most beginner-friendly surf spot you could hope to find in Cape Town. The sleepy, bohemian town of Muizenberg is home to the kind of gently rolling breakers which make learning to surf a pleasure. And you will be able to take solace in the fact that the submarine-sized great whites in the area will have hundreds of other eager beaver learners to choose from instead of you for their lunch time drive-thru snack. Being on the east coast of Cape Town, the water is warmer than that of the beaches on the west coast, but you will still need your wetsuit for some insulation from the cold - yes, it's still pretty chilly.

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Long Beach - Cape Town in South Africa
If it's freezing water, crazy crowds, man-eating sharks, and tiny waves you're looking for, then look no further - Long Beach has it all. Just kidding ... well kind of .... I'm not kidding about the crowds or the freezing water, and the sharks are definitely no joke, but you can find waves and come away unscathed usually.   Long Beach is nestled in the sleepy west coast town of Kommetjie and has a pristine white beach, beautiful mountain views and the kind of low key pulse which only Africa can serve up.

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