Departure Gate: J-Bay

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small waves breaking down the point at J-Bay in South Africa

It’s somewhere near the top of most surfers bucket list, whether you’re a regular or a goofy footer. In fact if you’re a regular footer then there’s a fair chance that it’s at the very top of your bucket list, and by quite a long way, because Jeffreys Bay (or J-Bay as it’s affectionately known)… Read more »

Departure Gate: Bali’s Bukit Peninsula

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perfect waves breaking at belangan on bali's bukit peninsula

The “Island of Gods”, as Bali is often referred to, is certainly blessed with the sort of perfect waves that have been drawing surfing pilgrims in large numbers for the past 45 years. A vast number of surfers aspire to one day surf the perfect lefts of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, and judging by the number… Read more »

Kava Time

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serving kava in a traditional ceremony in fiji

With the WSL Fiji Pro in full swing many surfers around the world will be seriously considering booking a ticket to the South Pacific for their next surf trip, and rightly so. Those that do end up making it to the South Seas will no doubt end up partaking in a kava ceremony at some… Read more »

Departure Gate: Iceland

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iceland surf line up photo by eli magnusson

Blame it on continued improvements in wetsuit technology or on the current trend towards rugged outdoorsy-ness but, one way or the other, Iceland is “in” as a surf destination. And there’s really no reason why not. It does have novelty value, however above all else it also has really good, uncrowded waves – and that… Read more »

Departure Gate: Bells Beach

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Bells Beach

  As far back as most surfers can remember, the Easter long weekend has meant one thing: Bells. You’ve got to “win it to ring it”, and since 1961 surfers have been gathering on the Victorian coast just outside of Torquay to compete for the chance to shake the famous trophy loudly above their head…. Read more »