What A Vegan Surfer Eats In 1 Day

What A Vegan Surfer Eats In 1 Day

With the growing movement of veganism in the UK and the rest of the world, we wanted to explore what it means to be a vegan surfer in the UK. as our video above shows one of our team rider JACK and what he eats in a day as a vegan surfer in the UK

Veganism has quite literally skyrocketed over the last few years with more people than ever choosing to enjoy a plant-based lifestyle.

If you were unsure of what it means to be vegan don’t worry we have all you need to know. Choosing to eat vegan means you would not eat or use animal products so no meat, cheese dairy honey or any other parts of an animal that are incorporated in food. Vegans not only avoid animal products but they also avoid any exploitation of animals for any purpose, with compassion for the animals health and well being the key reason most chose to eat vegan. many other vegans also refrain from buying products that have been tested on animals such as makeup, cleaning products and most bathroom items. Vegans would also refrain from buying any clothing or products that have animal body parts in it so, for instance, most gelatine sweets, leather sofas, shoes or belts 

But you’re in luck as a surfer in the UK there has never been an easier time to become vegan and you won’t be alone veganism has taken off in the UK as now almost 3.5 million British people call themselves vegan out of the 66,590,551 British total citizens which equates to around 5% of the Uk population.

Awareness of slaughterhouse practices as well as influential documentaries like what

the health and forks over knives have really shaken peoples core beliefs about food and the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. 

Going vegan doesn’t have to be hard tho with over 22,000 register vegan services and products registered with the vegan trademark it’s so easy to do

As a surfer, you might think about going plant-based not only for the animals but for a whole host of other reasons we looked at in our blog

WHY EVERY SURFER SHOULD BE VEGAN .

Reasons like a plant-based diet can be healthier for us and improve our overall physical performance and as a surfer who doesn’t want to surf better and for longer maybe it’s your diet holding you back.

As Surfers that might hit close to home like reducing our carbon footprint on the world as the most up today scientific evidence suggests reducing the impact we have on the environment is essential in the future progressions of the planet most scientists suggest that a change in diet would be more environmentally friendly than most other eco friendly measures like buying an electric car or not using planes and minimising petrol and diesel car usage.

scientists estimate that the production of meat dairy and cheese can be accountable for over 35% of our overall greenhouse emissions,”

Its estimate if animal food production s was to stop and all meat eaters switched to a vegan diet  it would roughly half the overall greenhouse gas emissions currently produced by the planet.

check out some great videos of professional athletes who use a vegan diet to get better performance or check out our TOP6 VEGAN SURFERS ..

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Should All Surfers Be VEGAN?

Veganism has grown massively around the world in the last few years, in increase in popularity has been especially noticeable here in the UK. We wanted to delve deeper into what it means to be vegan and why people do it . I’m sure you’ve all heard the stories about ‘militant vegans’ and ‘vegan extremists’ trying to force veganism down peoples throats and get us to change. But what does it mean to be a vegan in the UK and what does it mean to be a vegan surfer?

Let’s get the basics of being Vegan and Veganism, what even is it? A Vegan is someone who abstains from consuming, using and supporting the exploitation of animals, aiming to cause as little harm as possible. Vegan’s do not eat or use any animal products, this includes; meat, cheese, dairy, eggs and even honey. Vegans do not support animal testing and do not buy any products that have been tested on animals, or have any animal products or byproducts in them. This includes things like leather belts, couches suede bags, toiletries and make up.

You may be thinking, that’s a lot of things you can’t have, do, or eat, what can you eat?!  Why would anyone want to be be vegan?! Well hear us out…

As surfers we are just like any other normal folk, we have jobs, families and friends but we like the action of surfing, because of surfing’s very nature. We spend time in places abundant with sea life, interacting with animals and experiencing first hand local Eco systems. Some people might say that surfers have a deeper connection with nature than most, because our very sport uses the waves mother nature provides. if you have spent any time with a surfer, you will know that most of us, in fact probably 99.9% of us want to keep our beaches clean, our waters healthy and plastic free. We are mini Eco-warriors who care about preserving our beautiful coastline and surfing in crystal clear, plastic-free, waves. 

You may still be wondering what all this has to do with being Vegan? Well quite a lot actually. Being Vegan has a few more benefits than just saving some animals, it’s so much more! A lot of our pro surfing hero’s are making the change, so maybe there is something about it that we haven’t thought of?

Surfers like 11-time World Champ – Kelly Slater and two-times World Champ – John John both enjoy a vegan diet and both made the change after they “Became increasingly aware of food and its effec.ts on the human body. A lot of today’s research, including from studies all over the world and governing body’s suggesting that a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based diet is the most optimal for human health. All signs point to a plant based diet as a far better option for human health and performance when compared to that of high animal-product intake.”

The Benefits Of Being A Vegan Surfer 

  1. It’s the Best Way to Help Animals & Sea Life

It’s fair to say we care more about the ocean than most people, because it’s our playground, our place of solitude, so we have a vested interest in protecting it, being as eco-friendly as possible and helping protect the environment is definitely on most surfers agenda. You have probably witnessed if not first hand, certainly on video, footage of places like Bali, with barrelling waves of plastic and it is truly heartbreaking. So we like to keep where we live and our local breaks clean, doing beach clean ups, supporting local businesses that are actively environmentally conscious and friendly.

If there was an oil spill, or a sewage plant leak at your local break, you would be up in arms, especially if your town depended on tourism – as lot of good surf areas in the UK do; having a clean, healthy and thriving eco-system is pretty important to business.

Did you know that animal farming and the production if meat is the number one pollutant of the sea, with their toxic waste products ending up in the sea?

Did you also know that just one person going Vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year? That includes marine life like fish! The easiest way you can help your local community and marine life is as simple as reducing your animal produce intake. Not to mention all the other living creatures you will help, preventing the unnecessary suffering, just by choosing plant-based foods over meateggs, and dairy products.

  1. Slim Down, Shred More, Become Energised

if you’re looking in to some surf mags recently, or any surf platform online, you will probably see us surfers are a pretty lean bunch… with a few exceptions. Staying lean with a healthy body fat percentage keeps us in top surfing shape, so if you have a few extra pounds to lose, why not give it a go? Some of the highest calorie foods include meat, dairy, eggs and in particular milk, but they also lack in other nutrients like fibre, which is essential for a healthy digestive system. Where as a plant-based diet is packed with with fibre, micro nutrients, essential vitamins, minerals and much lower in calories. Overall Vegans are, on average, up to 20lbs/9Kg lighter than meat-eaters.

A lot of pro surfers are finding the benefits of keeping body fat low and energy levels high, but remember this isn’t just a fad diet, or something to do for a quick fix, it’s a total life style change. One that can be easily sustained throughout your entire life and unlike unhealthy fad diets, which leave you feeling tired and don’t keep the pounds off for long, going vegan allows you to keep the excess fat off for good and have plenty of energy.

  1. Be Healthier, Happier & Live Longer

If you’re looking to surf for as long as you can in this life. listen up! We’ve got the answer and no its not the fountain of youth. Being vegan is also great for your health! Not only that it’s also great for improved performance. According to the the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vegans are less likely to develop heart diseasecancerdiabetes, and high blood pressure, when compared to their meat-eating counterparts. When you think about it, it makes total sense, you are eating more vegetables, beans, lentils, legumes, nuts and seeds. All of which are super healthy and nutritionally dense, you also cut out a lot of highly inflammatory foods such as; milk, meat and eggs, which are more acidic and cause inflammation in the body.

Vegans are not only healthier and leaner but they are also more likely to get all their daily nutrient requirements, that the body needs to be healthy, such as plant protein, fibre, fats, complex carbs, as well as vitamins and minerals. They can get almost everything they need from plants, without all the nasty stuff in meat that may slow you down and make you sick such as; cholesterol, saturated animal fats and IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor-1 hormone).

All these things will put your immune system into over-drive, making it less effective when things like the common cold and flu viruses come around. They decrease energy levels, and in the long-term can lead to a decreased energy expenditure as well as poor overall health.

So if you want to be surfing well in to your 70’s and beyond, maybe switch to a more plant based diet. You never know, it you might still be surfing at 100.

  1. Vegan Food Is Better for Surfers + It’s Delicious

There is nothing like that post surf hunger, the intensity and the speed at which most surfers can demolish a post-surf burrito is incredible; what about if you could have all your favourite foods in the world and they were vegan. Meaning you could continue to enjoy all those delicious foods, whilst reducing your carbon footprint, therefore reducing negative impact on the environment you love so much.

Speaking of burritos these are a staple in the surf community, especially in places like California and they are so easy to veganise! All you have to do is take out the meat, cheese, sour cream and it’s vegan, not to mention a pretty decent post surf meal. if you were to go vegan, it’s easier than even to do and you can still eat all your favourite foods including; burgers“chicken” sandwiches, and ice cream. The only difference is you’ll be ditching the cruelty, cholesterol and the inflammation that go hand in hand with eating animal products and instead switching it to a healthier, more environmentally friendly and ethical plant-based version.

Most supermarkets now stock a good range of vegan brands, if not stocking their own branded vegan friendly foods too, restaurants are also following suit creating amazing, mouthwatering dishes and having a vegan menu. There has been a surge in the increasing demand for vegan food in the UK, with 5% of the UK population now saying they are vegan and this percentage is only growing! As more information about the environmental impact animal produce has on the planet, combined with the health benefits of plant based foods being spoken about more.

This shift will keep companies coming out with more delicious meat and dairy-free options that taste incredible.

Here are just a few that are dishing up the goods; Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, M&S, Tesco and even Iceland all have a huge vegan range now, with plant-based, meat substitutes that look and taste like the real thing, but are much healthier than their animal-derived counterparts and don’t hurt any living beings.

If you can get you hands on some ‘Beyond Meat’ burgers they will blow your mind!

  1. Meat Is More Likely To Make You Ill 

If there is one thing surfers don’t want, it’s to be ill when an epic swell arrives at your local break. Going plant-based could be the better option to to improve your immune system, keep your gut healthy and limit you exposure to harmful bacteria. Animal products and meats are often contaminated with faeces which often contain some harmful bacteria , such as Salmonella and E-Coli to name a couple. This is why animal food is most likely to make you ill, or give you food poisoning, it’s not very often, hear of some one eating raw broccoli and getting food poisoning, but eating a dodgy chicken curry can definitely set you back a few days.

A recent inspection of chicken flesh found that 96% of Tyson chicken packages were contaminated with Campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhoea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Now that doesn’t sound great! Recent studies in america also stated that eating animal foods such as; chickens, pigs and cows, as well as their by-products like dairy and eggs, was the cause of over 2.4 million illnesses and 5000 deaths in one year!

  1. Help Feed the World

If you want to see a better tomorrow you’ve got to act today! if you eat meat it doesn’t just affect the animals,  it affects people too. Even in today’s super high-tech world there are still millions of people that go hungry and die because of lack of food available. Producing meat on an industrial scale takes tonnes of crops and grains to feed the animals that we breed for slaughter.

Did you know it takes up to 13 pounds of grain, to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! The sheer volume of grain required to feed the animals would be enough to feed 1000’s of people. With the meat we eat only accounting for 18% of our overall daily calories, that 18% could be better spent on less environmentally damaging and ethically grown foods; like the grains and crops we currently feed to livestock.

The more people that switch to a plant-based vegan diet, the less of a negative impact we have on the planet and with less animals being reared for food, the more crops and grains we have to feed the hungry.

  1. Save the Planet

it’s the challenge of our lifetime and as surfers we see a lot of the negative effects of climate change and pollution first hand; dwindling sea life, poor water quality (bad enough to make you sick) and plastic pollution like never before. It seems like reducing our impact on the planet is no easy feat… However there is one way we can help, if anything it’s the best way we can create the most positive impact in reducing our CO2 emissions and it couldn’t be easier… Go Vegan.

Meat is one of the worst things for the environment, from the land needed to rear these animals, to the volume of crops grown and processed for the animals, to the actual amount of animals themselves, 70 billion are slaughtered each year. The amount of CO2 they produce and the byproducts that get into our water ways quite often create dead zones, poisoning so much marina life, not to mention the effect on your average surfers health.

The carbon emissions created simply by feeding 70 Billion animals and the production of the animal produce after slaughter on its own is unfathomable. It’s well documented that the animal agriculture industry is the single biggest causer of climate change. Adopting a Vegan diet is more effective than switching to a “greener” or electric car in the struggle against climate change.

Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet, could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73%. Meanwhile, if everyone stopped eating these foods, they found that global farmland use could be reduced by 75%, an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, Australia and the EU combined! Not only would this result in a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions, it would also free up wild land lost to agriculture, one of the primary causes for mass wildlife extinction. Now that we know we have just 12 years to make some serious changes, going Vegan sounds like a pretty easy place to start!

 

  1. A lot Of Pros Are Switching To A Vegan Lifestyle 

The list of surfers who are opting to choose a plant based diet for health and performance reasons is growing, aside from Kelly Slater and john john Florence you’ve got surfing power couple, Alana Blanchard and jack Freestone who live animal product free and are still performing pretty well. Other pros and influential surfers include Rob Machado, Rasta, Carissa Moore, Maurice Cole, Nikki Van Dijk and Tia Blanco all big names who made the choice based on health and compassionate reasons.

It’s not only the pros who can make the change though, big time Hollywood actors and keen surfer Chris and Liam Hemsworth, both adopted a vegan lifestyle for health and compassionate reasons and never looked back. Alongside other Hollywood A-listers that are also paving the way like; Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Alicia Silverstone, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Miley Cyrus, Neo and Carrie Underwood.

  1. More Energy = More Surf 

As surfers we are always looking at any way to catch more waves and have more tube time. A recent study found that vegetarians and Vegans in particular tend to have more energy than their meat-eating counter parts, this is perfect if you’ve got a busy line up, having better energy levels might just add a few extra waves into your next session. It’s important to note that previous studies found higher levels of body fat and cholesterol in meat eaters when compared to vegans. The cholesterol and saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy products eventually clog the arteries to your heart over time and for us guys that means they impede blood flow to other vital organs as well…

  1. Save The Whales But Not the Pigs

We as people have a weird thing when it comes to animals, we have a lot of favouritism in the UK when it comes to certain species; we love dogs and have them as our pets, we eat pigs and won’t think twice about, but in contrast are outraged when we see places like China eating dogs, the very thought of it causes distress.

We draw a line in the sand between animals considered ‘food’ and animals considered our pets, when in reality they all animals, through documentaries like Blue Planet we find out about whales and their dwindling numbers, we want to know what we can do to save them. On the other hand in japan whales are hunted and killed “for research” code name for –  feeding japan. We have these double standards for these creatures, one we happy to eat, the other we would be horrified to even think about it. Think about it… Would you eat your own dog or cat? Maybe your guinea pig or rabbit? They’re exactly the same as pigschickensfishcows and in fact they are just as intelligent! They can feel fear and excitement, as well as pain and suffering and are even able to have complex relationships . Pigs are so intelligent in fact, they can even learn to play video games!

Thoughts 

 Now reading all this you might think it’s interesting, or you might think that a preachy vegan wrote it…. You might be right. As a surfer and someone who ate meat for 26 years of their life, I have now been plant-based for around 3 of the last years and living a vegan lifestyle for 2 years.  i can see the stark contrast in my health and performance in surfing and ways of thinking. i no longer suffer from an array of gastro-intestinal/stomach related health issues, no more bloating, no more heartburn and acid reflux, no more feeling lethargic all the time and my surfing energy is higher than ever!

I’m probably in the leanest shape possible since becoming vegan and enjoy some of the clearest thinking, bye bye brain fog! i also have the lowest cholesterol levels and and visceral fat percentage i have had in 10 years. When you can see those positive health changes in such a short space of time, you really want to talk about it so other people can feel as good as you do!

 

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Why is Your Breath-Hold Important in Surfing?

Holding your breath might not seem too important apart from the obvious of going underwater in a wipeout, duck dive or even in a bad hold down, but that’s never more than 10-15 seconds or so, so why do we need to train for it?

Improving your breath hold is much more than just holding your breath longer underwater, it’s confidence in yourself. 

If you’re a big wave surfer on the WSL (World Surf League) you would probably have trained for years learning about breath holds and learning to deal with monster wipeouts. Surfers like Shane Dorian, can hold their breath for 5+ minutes under water, giving them a lot of confidence when they have a bad wipeout, that they can at least hold it for 45 seconds to a minute with ease. Working on your breath holds gives you that same confidence, that if you take on bigger waves, you can survive the consequences if things go bad.

Some freedivers around the world can hold their breath for over 22 minutes! Some of the worlds best big wave surfers can hold it for 5 minutes and your average surfer can hold their breath for anything from 30 seconds – 2 minutes under water. So improving your breath hold isn’t just about surviving wipeouts and hold downs, it’s about giving you confidence in the water.

By using a few of our little tricks and tips, you can almost double your breath hold and who knows one day, it might just save your life.

Boosting Your Breathing Power and Efficiency 

As surfers we have to be incredibly fit to paddle out back in some good sized surf, doing it over and over again, for several hours can be pretty taxing on your body, specifically your lungs. If you haven’t trained your aerobic capacity and endurance you won’t last as long some of the greats.

Your lungs are a huge part of your surfing ability, allowing you to paddle out back and pump down the line to your heart’s content, so ensuring they are in top condition will definitely have a positive effect on your surfing.

If you are to improve your lung capacity (this refers to the total ‘Lung volume’ or ‘the volume of air in the lungs at different phases of the respiratory cycle‘. If you’re an average adult male surfer you probably have an average total lung capacity of about 6 litres of air, as we move every day we subconsciously do something called Tidal breathing, this is our natural resting breathing rate and the ‘tidal volume‘ is the ‘volume of air that is inhaled or exhaled in only a single such breath’. When we surf or exercise, this is increased and becomes conscious, if your lungs have a better capacity, they will be able to complete the task of exercising or surfing a lot better and be able to store more oxygen in the event of a hold down.

Depending on how fit you are and your overall mass, the average surfer’s respiratory rate is 30-60 breaths per minute when surfing, compared to 12-20 breaths per minute in adults when doing simple daily tasks 

You might have a naturally higher lung capacity if any of the following apply yot you…

High Lung Capacity 

  • Taller in height
  • Live at high altitude 
  • Good fitness level 

Lower lung capacity 

  • Smaller in height
  • Live at low altitude 
  • Have a high body fat/overweight 

How to Increase Your Lung Capacity 

It all starts with training on land in a safe environment, this is the perfect place to start. It’s called dry training, you can practice your breathing exercises and workouts in the comfort of your own home. 

Try this breathing workout to help improve your breath hold and keep you safe in those double or triple wave hold-downs. 

So, here’s a simple training program to hold your breath for longer periods of time:

1. Start breathing slowly for 1 to 3 minutes, relaxing your entire body – you need to keep as relaxed as possible, slowing down your heart rate and minimising movement.
2. Take a deep breath out, fully exhaling everything, blowing all of the carbon dioxide and air from your lungs.
3. Take a really fast deep breath in, followed by any extra short breaths in you can do to really fill your lung capacity and then hold your breath.
4. Relax – try to keep calm and relax the body thinking of something else to keep your mind focussed on something other than not breathing. 
5. When you reach your limit, fully exhale, blowing all of the air and carbon dioxide from your body, followed by deep inhale & exhalation until you have recovered.

This is a great way to check out your maximum breath hold in the very best circumstances, post wipe out you may not have as big of a breath, or be as relaxed, but it can give you a good idea of the time you can last underwater if truly pushed to the limit.

Repeat the above breathing workout 5-10 times, with about a 1-minute break in between and record your times on a notepad, use a watch or timer each round to see what you get. If you repeat this breathing workout 2-3 times a week, you will find soon enough, your breath-hold starts to improve and the duration will extend week by week. After a few months of consistent practice, you will have added minutes to your time!

3 Key Things to Keep in Mind When Training Lung Capacity for Surfing.

Relax The Body 

A high heart rate and a moving body are going to use more oxygen, compared with a relaxed body with a lower heart rate, so try to remain still and relaxed. A lot of pro’s or big wave surfers talk about when they wipe out, they go into a relaxed ragdoll-like state and avoid fighting with the white water or the mountain of water on top of them. Once they feel the pressure and motion pass, that’s when they will try to get to above the water.

Relax The Mind 

Relaxing the mind is probably one of the most important things, not necessarily physiologically but it does have a massive effect on your breath hold time. Thinking of something else will help you to forget that you have no oxygen coming in, it can help you keep calm underwater, your heart rate lower and the mind and body relaxed, while you are conserving oxygen usage in the body until you can inhale again.

Relax Your Breathing 

Over time your body will become accustomed to higher levels of CO2 and you will start to adapt to withstand the higher levels present in the blood. Likewise, your body’s urge to breathe and open your mouth will be suppressed or can be trained to repress that reaction through repetition and training. Ultimately like anything the more training you do, the better prepared you will be to deal with the constantly varied conditions of surfing, this will help give you the confidence to take on bigger amd more powerful surf conditions.

WARNING: When training in breath holds never push to the absolute limit as this could result in a blackout or potentially even death.

It is strongly recommended to practice it in a room with a partner in the event that something goes wrong.

We would suggest holding until you’re about 90% gone and then breathe. It’s only training at the end of the day and for us regular folk, it’s simply meant to help add on a bit of time to our breath hold, not set any world records.

 

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From our very inception SBS boards have favoured the higher performance materials such as epoxy and now use exclusively only Epoxy resin on all our shaping and manufacturing of our surfboards and SUP ranges. We have the belief and mission statement to make the best surfboards we can with the highest performance possible, which is why we chose Epoxy. Over the years the feedback from customers and Team riders on the performance advantages and construction benefits have always been positive. We have found that epoxy is the superior resin and is our number one choice.

Why is Epoxy better than traditional methods

Epoxy surfboards are stronger, lighter & tougher than traditional construction techniques compared to the cheaper materials like (PU) polyester/polyurethane fibreglass boards. It’s widely known that epoxy surfboards are around 30% lighter and 20% Stronger than traditional polyester/polyurethane fibreglass boards and it’s for this reason we use Epoxy “ As who doesn’t want a lighter, stronger surfboard”

Stronger

We are so confident in our construction techniques at SBS Boards that we regularly demonstrate its strength and toughness compared to other poly/pu. This high strength and durability gives us the confidence that if you drop or knock an SBS board it is less likely to break or dying compared to a standard poly/pu board, therefore helping your SBS Board to stay stronger for longer giving you great value for money as you won’t have to replace your board as often.

 

 

 

 

Whiter

The epoxy resin can be much brighter and whiter which is why our boards are some of the brightest and whitest in the UK. Not only this it helps maintain the rigidity of the construction longer keeping that fresh board look and feel for longer

 

 

 

Lighter

Epoxy Resin is well-known for laminating a lot lighter than polyester on surfboards This allows for a stronger strength to weight ratio helping to keep the board lighter and the glass fibre to flex more efficiently. If you have ever picked up an epoxy EPS and then a standard PU polyester board you will notice the massive difference in weight. This weight difference can lead to huge differences in your surf performance as it can give the board incredible flex speed and response making your board feel super sensitive and responsive and also helping to lower your swing weight in turns 

 

 

Better Flex

Epoxy is more flexible than polyester (PU) and maintains the lively flex pattern over time that is typically associated with a new board. Throughout our range, we use Epoxy and EPS construction. which allows us to make lighter, stronger, faster, stiffer, more buoyant and more responsive surfboards than a standard PU construction. Our boards will also keep that lively flex and “pop” over time whereas a more traditional poly-board might become less responsive and flexible with use. The quicker and more responsive flex from Epoxy surfboards especially in our new rapid flex surfboards giving your faster acceleration in the turns and more speed over flatter sections.

Our Construction   Our superfused, closed cell EPS foam core is stronger than standard Eps foam plus its more water resistant not allowing any water to pass through and keeping your boards free of water should you get a ding. Our superfused high-density EPS foam core is much lighter than a polyurethane core found in a traditional POLY/PU board. This makes for a less toxic and more environmentally friendly board, that is stronger and lighter than a typically POLY/PU Board. The foam used in the construction of the cores in the majority of SBS Boards is a superfused expanded polystyrene (EPS) comprised of tiny beads fused and almost welded together to form a strong lightweight core, with a lower impact on the environment and less hazardous to Human health.

If you compare an SBS Surfboard to a typical standard polyurethane surfboard you will immediately feel the difference in weight instantly. POLY/PU construction typically uses a three-pound foam (1.3kg) which means if you had a one-foot cube of foam it would weigh three pounds, expanded polystyrene (EPS), is typically a one-pound foam (453g). Therefore on average, you can lose a third of the weight just from the foam making a huge difference between the 2 types of construction. Using EPS and epoxy allows us to make stronger lighter more buoyant boards, in turn improving paddling speed, planning speed as well as reaction time on the board by decreasing swing weight and making the board feel very responsive with a very reactive flex.

Throughout our range, we use Epoxy, EPS as this construction technique allows us to make lighter, faster, stiffer, more responsive, and stronger surfboards. Our boards will also keep their pop over time whereas a more traditional poly-board might become more flexible with use. We are so confident in our construction techniques at SBS Boards that we regularly demonstrate its strength and toughness compared to other poly/pu. This high strength and durability gives us the confidence that if you drop or knock an SBS board it is less likely to break or ding compared to a standard poly/PU board, therefore helping your SBS Board to stay stronger for longer giving you great value for money as you won’t have to replace your board as often.

There has been increasing movement over the last decade towards alternative sustainable materials such as ECO foams, carbon fiber or a natural combination of epoxy resins, something as a surfboard manufacturer we are continually exploring and developing to try and use sustainable new age materials that are less harmful to the environment and human health whilst being stronger and lighter than the older styles of surfboard construction.

This is the main reason why you might see some of the best surfers in the world competing on the world tour using epoxy boards, 11 times world champion Kelly Slater seems to ride them pretty regularly pushing and developing boards that have a lower carbon footprint and last longer and still perform, this can only be great for the sport of surfing.  

Higher Performance

Epoxy surfboards maintain their lively flex longer than PU boards, that flex is generally quicker and more responsive giving your faster acceleration in the turns and more speed over flatter sections. Epoxy Resins have some incredible performance advantages over polyester Just to leis a few… Epoxy Resin has much Better adhesive qualities as well as superior strength and flex properties. Structurally epoxy surfboards exhibit greater tensile strength meaning more durable in the surf and to dings. Epoxy strength and modulus are close to double that of polyester, thus its Improved resistance to fatigue and microcracking. This helps to keep that original flex for years were as the flex responsiveness can be lost over time on a PU board. This also helps reduced degradation from water ingress giving the epoxy a much higher resistance to osmosis.

Better for the environment

We use epoxy resin because it’s much stronger and less toxic than polyester resin. Polyesters resins contain styrene which is subject to increasingly stringent controls on emissions. Epoxies do not generally cause any problems with atmospheric pollution and epoxy resin has 75% fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic compounds) contained in the resin itself and two-thirds fewer VOCs are released into the atmosphere than from polyester resin (VOCs are a source of air pollution and can be a significant health hazard). 

In our view epoxy is the resins of the future with numerous of different concoctions and applications, it’s such a tunable medium! Research into renewable, bio-based, epoxy resins such as “super sap” is producing some incredible results, especially when compared to polyester which is less tunable, cheaper more toxic and more, brittle.

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2019 Best Sups

2019 Best Sups

WHATS COMING IN 2019

In 2019 sbsboards are bringing you the very best in our stand up paddle board range with new construction, new designs and new sizes as well as our classic favourite designs that we know you have come to love. our goal for our SUP range in 2019 is to bring more variety as well as more options for advanced and professional riders right to the other end of the spectrum with more choice for beginners.

Our 2019 board are tougher and stronger than ever before using a variety of new construction techniques as well as new materials to make our sups last longer and lighter with better performance. Take a look at our 2019 range below and let us know if you have any questions about any of our sups in the question box below 

SURF SUPS

THE WIDOW MAKER

The widow maker is our performance surf SUP designed for high-end performance wave riding. It has a short overall length compared with most other SUPS which allows it to fit perfectly in the pocket of the wave with ease. It’s thinned out nose and tail give it a lighter high-performance feel, whilst the wider width and lower rocker line help generate a lot of speed, enabling the rider to make smooth, controlled, rail-to-rail transitions with minimal effort.

It’s so reactive you will forget you’re on a sup. The foiled out tail adds manoeuvrability in the turns, combined with an increase in stability when riding waves from the wider tail template, giving you the float needed to catch waves without sacrificing performance.

FEATURES

  • Hight Volume Surf SUP

  • Highly manoeuvrable, 

  • Wide centre point for stability and paddling 

  • Great for intermediate to advanced Stand-Up paddlers

  • Ideal in 2-8 foot waves

THE WAR BIRD

The War Bird The War Bird is a dedicated wave SUP for when the surf is pumping. This board is everything you want in a wave SUP, precision turning, easy wave catching and great fun to paddle. It’s designed for paddlers who can already surf in waves and be looking for a board to take them to that next level of performance.

It comes as standard with our hybrid carbon technology consisting of a carbon fibre and fibreglass epoxy sandwich construction for the perfect ratio of lightweight ease of use, to great strength and durability. The design of the War Bird is set up for experienced riders who want to surf in the pocket and on the open face. It outlines design and bottom contours allow for a smooth entry into the wave, whilst its performance rocker gives an instantaneous response to rail transitions with no lag, giving you a responsive feeling and connection to the wave. It has a thinned-out nose & tail to minimise swing weight and improve control. Its tail has been thinned out and foiled to give you the maximum control when turning even in the most critical part of the wave.

FEATURES

  • Lower Volume Surf SUP

  • Highly performance

  • Incredibly manoeuvrable

  • Light and very responsive

  • Great for intermediate to advanced Stand-Up paddlers

  • Ideal in 3-10 foot waves

ALL ROUND SUPS

THE BIG ROCKET

The Big Rocket is our all-round cruiser and waves SUP perfect for a first time paddler or recreational users as well as intermediates looking for a SUP for the waves. This board offers the best combination of speed, stability and wave performance in one board. The Big Rocket is exactly that a great all round board great for any supping activity whether it be flat water paddling in the lakes or sea or hitting the surf in the open ocean it’s got you covered.

The design has been shaped to give optimal stability and comfort for the first time or competent paddlers. Its width and thickness give it great volume and float in the centre whilst the outline allows for smooth easy paddling.

If you wanted to take to the surf, this board is a perfect starting point with its smooth longboard contours, finely-tuned rocker outline and decreased volume in the nose and tail makes it an extremely responsive board without sacrificing stability. The Big Rocket is perfect for hitting the waves with its specifically designed concave and tail template. The concave gets you up plaining quicker this allows for faster paddling and an easy takeoff, whilst the tail gives a great connection to the wave through rail transitions allowing effortless glide and control over the wave.

FEATURES

  • A wide stable base for beginner-intermediate surfers
  • Medium to low volume 
  • More rocker to help with surfing waves
  • Great for turning and catching waves
  • Very manoeuvrable 
  • Ideal for beginner to advanced paddlers 

THE NAVIGATOR 

Our Navigator Sup is our all-around Stand-Up Paddleboard for flat water and small waves really popular with family’s, beginners and wave surfers.   It’s got an EPS  foam core combined with epoxy shell making this board super durable and lightweight (10KG) for a board of this size. The shape of the board provides perfect volume displacement when on the flats, making this board super stable and really forgiving in any conditions. Whilst the outline gives it tonnes of drive when on the waves.  

The slightly wider and thicker rails are going to provide a stable platform when paddling and trying to catch waves whilst a foiled out tail is going to keep the board nice and responsive when performing manoeuvres.

 

FEATURES 

  • Ideal for beginner-to-intermediate paddlers

  • Easy and stable to paddle

  • Grip deck for extra traction 

  • Ideal length and volume fo paddler under 110 kg 

  • Great beginner -intermediate sup for surfing  1-5 foot waves

  • Perfect for flatwater and surfing 

TOURING SUPS

THE DON 

The Don is our big board for big distances, great for touring, fitness, and racing.Its all-around streamline design is perfect for flat-water performance, recreational users as well as open ocean long distance competitors looking for a board with great, speed and glide. The Don is designed for great performance with low energy expenditure.

The generous volume and width provide great stability, ideal for larger paddlers as well as the addition of smaller children or extra luggage. The volume helps to maintain high-speed & and smooth glide when paddling whilst its outline makes it extremely stable and fast, for phenomenal acceleration and speed. It has been designed with a hybrid combination of an ultra-fast rocker line and modern bottom contours that provide added stability for touring, long distance & exploring.

It works great in all conditions, flat water, small waves and open ocean swells, this is due to its hybrid streamline design providing perfect water displacement, whilst also gliding perfectly with its wave-piercing bow. The outline and lower rocker help the board to track, whilst the efficient rocker profile keeps you in the power zone of any swell. The Don has a smooth to flat transition in the rocker-line underneath your paddling position to give great stability and perfect glide between strokes. This intern helps to maintain great planning speed without sacrificing any manoeuvrability.

The Don is going to be perfect for anyone looking to start out in standup paddling as well as intermediate to advanced paddlers looking for a long distance board as well as a great recreational open ocean or downwind board.

FEATURES

  • Bow displacement nose

  • Very stable

  • Easy to paddle

  • Great for fitness or long distance paddling

  • Light only 11.6 KG

RACE SUPS

THE LONG BOW

We designed the Long Bow for advanced to elite level paddlers, as a stand-up paddle race competitor. We know having the right equipment is crucial for your success and having a board that can deal with anything from massive chop to side wind conditions is hugely important.

This board has some incredible features to help it glide through the water, firstly its modified rolled nose and hull help provide lift and get you up to planning speed, its bottom contours feature a concave in the centre opening up into a slight V shape in the tail to help better release and maximize stability when paddling even in the harshest conditions. This will give you all the comfort & stability of paddling a much wider board but without the extra width. The tail width and outline help to provide float and a stable surface to control in turns as well as make rail transfers in downwind sessions or on waves a piece of cake.

If you’re looking for the ideal board for speed in the open ocean, whether it’s flat water speed racing, downwind cruising or riding waves in the surf this board does it all. It’s our pro race board with outstanding features for elite level performance.

FEATURES

  • Carbon fibre construction 

  • Sleek design to accelerate through the water with ease

  • Dropped deck for better stability and cadence

  • High volume to help propel you forward and minimise drag 

  • Race handles positioned perfectly for water entry and exit

  • Open ocean rocker to help catch waves downwind

  • Concaves to help funnel water towards the tail

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Surfing Ultimate Myths

Surfing Ultimate Myths

Surfing’s Top 10 Ultimate Myths

The world of surfing has many myths and legends, it is rife with superstition, so how can you separate the myths, from the facts?Whether you’re just getting into surfing, or you’re a seasoned pro, you might have heard some of these myths.

People that don’t surf have stereotypical opinions of surfers, full of misconception, based on ‘The Beach Boys’ music, or Hollywood movies like ‘Pointbreak’ and ‘Blue Crush’; that we all have blonde hair and shout ‘calabunga!’ every day. Aside from a small minority, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you surf at your local break there is probably an abundance of people, talking about the legends of that surf spot and general surfing myths. Anything from saying “you’re going in”, when you’ve finished your surf, riding a yellow board, to wearing green boardies in Bali could bring bad luck and no waves. 

We are going to take you through our Top 10 Ultimate Surfing Myths, separating the honest truth, from the outrageous fantasy once and for all!

Here are our Top 10 Surfing Myths…

MYTH 1. SURFING IS EASY.

If you think surfing is easy, you are wrong.

Even a pro surfer knows it’s not just the ability to surf that is hard, it’s the fitness, the experience and the knowledge of the ocean, that has to be built up over years of practice to make it look so effortless. As the old saying goes ‘If something looks easy, it’s probably hard’ and the best in the world definitely make it look easy, but what they do is incredibly hard.

MYTH 2. YOU CAN ONLY SURF IN THE SUMMER IN THE UK.

If you’re not a surfer, you may think that surfing is strictly a summer activity…but if you surf in the UK, you know that is not the case!

The number of people I meet that say “Ooo you surf, what do you do in the winter?”, or “You can only do that in the summer.”. You can imagine their face when you say the best time to surf is the winter, it almost makes me laugh every time.

In the UK the water of certainly does get a lot busier in summer but mostly with tourists and retired locals enjoying some rare sunshine. You may have tried surfing for the first time in the summer, with ideas of catching waves in board shorts under the hot sun. Surfing doesn’t often conjure up the idea of 5mm wetsuits, gloves, booties and hoods, venturing out into freezing cold weather, and freezing water to catch a few mushy waves.

Surfers who wish to surf in the UK have to invest in a half decent wetsuit; gloves boots and a hood are optional but definitely recommended to surf year-round in the UK.

If not there is always the winter surf trip to find warmer climates like, southern Europe, Bali and Morocco.

MYTH 3. SURFERS ARE LAZY / DON’T HAVE JOBS.

Depending on who you speak to, they might confirm this! But surfing in its earliest conception, was a counter-culture lifestyle, rebelling against the traditional norms and expectations of people. Embracing the idea of a free, easy life with no worries, some saw this as surfers being lazy bums and sometimes associated it with antisocial behaviour.

This beach bum stereotype has long been attached to surfers, but in the present day and age, surfing has transcended its counter-culture roots and now you will find everyone from doctors to dentists and CEO’s of companies joining you on the waves. Hollywood movie stars such as Mathew McConaughey and Chris Hemsworth are both fond surfers and are definitely not lazy!

Not only can anyone now take part in it or call themselves a surfer, but there has been a cultural shift with surfing becoming a professional sport and making real career opportunities for younger surfers, as well as surf brands like; Quicksilver, Billabong, Hurley and Rip Curl, becoming huge corporate giants, employing masses of people in the surf industry.

These days the surf lifestyle might not be so nomadic, but more along the lines of a quick surf before work or a cheeky session just after you’ve dropped the kids off at their after-school activities. It can fit in with the 9-5 world and you don’t have to be a lazy bum to surf.

MYTH 4. SURFING ISN’T A SPORT.

Now this is a debate for the ages, as a lot of people believe that surfing is a way of life, living for the swell and your only focus is when you’re going to catch that next adrenaline pumping tube. Surfing being a competitive sport just isn’t a thing.

If you’re new to surfing, you might just think it’s something you do for fun and you’re not wrong. But surfing is a legitimized sport and has been for some time, having governing bodies like the ‘International Surf League (ISA)’, as well as the ‘World Surf League (WSL)’ where surfers can compete to be the best on the planet within the set-out guidelines.

The very definition of a sport is: “an athletic competition requiring skill or prowess that is often competitive in nature.” Through the criteria set out by judges, surfing meets all the requirements and for the last 50 years, there have Surfing competitions all over the world. Try telling 11-time, World Champion and millionaire, Kelly Slater that surfing is not a sport he might suggest otherwise.

MYTH 5. SURFING ISNT A CAREER PATH.

For most surfers surfing will always be a joyful leisure activity that we all love, but in an ever-changing surf world, surfing is now becoming a more viable option as a promising career. I’m not just talking about the top 50 or top 1000 surfers in the world, who have full sponsorships and get paid to go surfing every day. Most of the top 25 guys are all millionaires these days and even if you’re not, it’s ok because you can still make a career out of surfing. Surf instructors all over the world, as well and board manufacturers all do it, not to mention the crazy new world of wave pools bringing a whole new dimension to surfing in the UK, especially since we are on course to have 3 built by 2022.

Today with a better standard of surfing right from the grassroots and more competitions happening every year, there is a lot more money in surfing than 20 years ago. For those with a talent, it can be a real money earner that sees you through your entire life

MYTH 6. YOUR TOO OLD TO SURF, SURFING IS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

Surfing is for everyone you might have visions of 20 somethings, surfing in board shorts, in a far-off location, catching beautiful blue waves and living the dream. Or your ideas of surfing might be a fit, young, women surfing in Hawaii, in a bikini, without a care in the world, but this isn’t the only reality of surfing. Surfing is for everyone. Sure it helps to learn it young, like any sport the earlier you learn it, the more likely you are to become better. Obviously, the more practice you have, the better you get, if you start at 45 years old don’t expect to be the next big thing. But if you start young and practice consistently, you’ll end up being pretty good. Today lots of people take up surfing in there 30s, 40s,50s and even 60s as a great way to stay in shape, along as you enjoy the surf there is no upper age limit to catching waves, period.

MYTH 7: SHARKS LIKE TO EAT SURFERS

If you’re not a surfer, you may feel pretty strongly about this one and it doesn’t take much to connect the two together. With surfers entering the shark’s habitat, there is always going to be some locations were surfer and shark meet, and it doesn’t always end well for the surfer. But Hollywood and the media’s obsession with portraying sharks as a vengeful, poised killer, hell-bent on chowing down, on a surfers leg or two is totally false.

Films like ‘Jaws’ and ‘The Shallows’ created this false perception that has stuck with many people to this day. If it were a percentage game, you are more likely to get struck by lightning, than come in to contact with a shark.

Studies show that surfers in California have a 1 in 17 million chance of being bitten by a shark “Your odds are higher of winning the lottery,” the scientists wrote in their open letter.

But that does depend on when and where you surf, California is one thing, but if you head over to Jay Bay, South Africa and fancy paddling out at dusk, you may see a few seals swimming around in the line-up. In that case, that statistic mentioned earlier might be a little more in the shark’s favour. 

Now there is some truth that surfers can resemble a seal from a distance and there have been a lot of exploratory bites in places like South Africa and Australia. More often than not, however, as soon as the first bite is taken, the surfer is left alone.

In high profile events, like the time Mick Fanning got attacked by a shark in the middle of a competition, the footage went viral and gave a fresh wave of fear and misconception about sharks. Luckily, surfers, for the most part, won’t even encounter a shark, let alone get bitten by one.

If you surf in the UK, you can consider yourself pretty lucky as we don’t even have the big fellers roaming around.

Ultimately it boils down to the shark’s bad rep, but believe us when we say that sharks are not the surfer hungry predators they are made out to be. 

MYTH 8.  IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN CORNWALL, HAWAII, CALIFORNIA OR AUSTRALIA YOU CAN’T SURF.

As a surfer in the UK, who lives outside of Cornwall and Devon, telling people, not in the know, that you surf is kind of another language to them, they just don’t understand it. Many think you can only surf in hot countries or have heard that you can only do it in places like Newquay.

The funny thing is the UK is filled with some of the most epic surf spots you could ever find, and with wave forecasting websites giving over 300 surf spots around the UK, there is no shortage of places to surf and that’s just the main ones. On any given day there are thousands more with secret spots and undiscovered local waves you will never know about.

It’s not just the South West coastlines that have all the fun, any coastline has the potential for waves, even on the South Coast in places like Bognor Regis there are unknown waves that break all through the winter. As well as world class waves in Scotland, Wales and Ireland making the UK a real World class venue in the winter months, if you can handle the cold.

MYTH 9. YOU HAVE TO BE FIT TO SURF

You don’t have to be fit, but it helps like lots of activities and sports it requires a basic fitness level to be able to perform the manoeuvres. If you’re super overweight and can’t do any exercise for more than 20 seconds, you might struggle at surfing. Surfing requires athletic-like fitness, including aerobic endurance – especially in the upper body for paddling, strong core, good balance, strength and endurance elements too.

Most people can pick up surfing if you get a super long, wide, buoyant board and surf in small waves. You can get almost anyone surfing waves within a few hours, even if you’re not the fittest person you can still learn to surf.

MYTH 10. SURFING IS A NEISH SPORT.

Maybe in the 60-70s surfing was niche, but today surfing is a multi-billion-dollar operation, bringing a huge amount of wealth to surf communities all over the world. It’s estimated that worldwide there are a massive 23 million people that surf at least once a year! With more media coverage and attention than ever before, surfing is going to continue to grow, especially with the developments of wave pools in inland areas, allowing for more participation that was never available before.

Currently, the surf industry generates over 7 billion dollars every year and that’s still growing. In the UK alone, we currently have half a million surfers making an economic contribution of up to £1.8billion a year in direct spend. That’s massive!

This once counterculture is now mainstream, more and more surf competitions are being broadcast live via Facebook and other major sports news outlets, you know it’s just going to become more popular every year.

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