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Easter Breakout

  • Posted by alex
  • 28 March 2013

howies Easter Breakout

We're taking the next few days off and heading out on some Easter Breakouts.

Chris is running the mountain ridges and forests of the Nantlle valley from Waunfawr to Beddgelert in north Wales.

Hazel is heading down Whitesands with a her parent and surfboards to brave the cold and score some waves.

Naomi is hoping for surf too - dipping in at Freshwater West for a deserted early morning surf in the West corner. Out for a hot brew and lunch. Back in early evening after a blood warming, coastal walk. And then a night around the woodstove, recounting the day’s adventures and laughs.

Emma is off with family to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and walking some of the North Downs Way.

Ade will be running his favourite local trail; a 10 mile loop up and down small valleys with river crossings, pine forest and twisting single track.

Alex is conquering the Preseili's on the road bike (and hoping not to need a rain jacket).

Jules will be strolling along the beach at Llangrannog with her dog "Juno" and chatting to people from different walks of life.

While Tom will be fixing freezing and burst pipes on his Caddy in hopes to get out further afield.

Let us know what you're getting up to on your Easter Breakouts.

Who's that girl?

  • Posted by ade
  • 1 November 2011

Hazel started work at howies today helping Louise in our garment technical division.

We first got to know her when she sent us a hand embroidered letter.

Then she raced in our Strath Puffer 24 hour team with Ruben, Hicksey and Alastair Humphreys. She rode the fastest lap and was just beaten to most laps by Alastair.

She's a biker, surfer and snorkler. And has designed her own tech range after graduating form the performance sportswear design course at Falmouth.

I think she will put us to shame at next years bike races. Check out her cross bike.

So when a zip just works, a pocket feels right, a base layer hugs not rubs, a dress dresses you as it should and a loved shirt goes unnoticed on your back day in day out, it's because Lou and Hazel did their work well.

SAS Raffle - Update

  • Posted by alex
  • 15 August 2011

SAS Thermometer Week 1
A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets in the SAS raffle last week, we're off to a great start.

This week you've raised £1300 towards fighting great causes for our coastline - nice one!

With 17 weeks to go, we need to keep up the pace to hit the £25,000 target by December. If you've bought a ticket or two, you're in the running for £2000 of howies clothes (obviously), so let your friends know tonight over a drink, now with a tweet or on your ride home and let's smash the target.

If you haven't got involved yet, there's a book of tickets going out in every order, or you can get them directly from SAS.

Start building your howies wish list, 'cause £2000 is pretty much a wardrobe full!

Since we last blogged about the SAS raffle, the target this year has been set at £25,000 - not £20,000.

SAS are swinging by at the end of the week to drop off some books of tickets and we'll need your help to sell them to friends and family. It's not all hard graft though. I reckon that the final list of prizes should wet your appetite and help make the sales needed to reach our ambitious target.

Prizes include:

A £2000 howies voucher.


A beautiful handmade wooden Otter single fin.


A fantastic custom-made Foffa single speed bike

As well as loads more amazing prizes!

We'll be putting books of tickets in all our parcels (along with some stickers to sweeten the deal) soon.

If you can't wait and want tickets now, get in touch with Pete at peter@sas.org.uk or call him on 01872 555958.

Plus, if the prizes alone don't sway you, the person who sells the most tickets wins a luxury eco-break for two at the fantastic Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Cornwall.

£2000 of howies clothes

  • Posted by alex
  • 5 July 2011

A little while ago, Surfers Against Sewage came down to Cardigan to talk about plans for their annual raffle. Their plans are big, and it's no longer just about Surfers and just about Sewage.

This year, howies are helping SAS sell tickets to raise a target of £20,000. We're also giving away the headline prize - £2000 of our clothes.

But what does £2000 worth of clothes look like? Well, something like this...

SAS receive no government grants or funding, so it's up to us (that means you too) to help sell and buy tickets to raise this year's target of £20,000.

Like the video, we thought we'd give you an idea of what £20,000 could do:

£1 Could pay to send an item of identifiable marine litter back to the manufacturer

£10 Could pay for a family to attend a beach clean

£25 Could pay for SAS to attend a local pollution incident

£50 Could pay for a school talk to educate young people about marine litter

£100 Could get SAS in front of policy & decision makers

£250 Could help us train a regional representative to tackle environmental issues in your area

£500 Could contribute towards a campaign action, and help us lobby government and industry

£1000 Could pay for an investigation into the misuse and abuse of combined sewage overflows

£5000 Could pay for a scientific report into the threats facing your local beaches

Tickets will be £1 each, with 90p in every pound raised going to fight their causes.

As well as your pound helping to campaign for cleaner beaches and water your ticket could win you this bundle of howies kit, a hand-made wooden board, a bike, surf sessions and loads more great stuff.

It's almost time to dig deep (we'll let you know exactly when), but in the meantime write a sticky note or tweet this to let your mates know what's to come.

PS. If you can't wait, you can get involved with Surfers Against Sewage online now!

Breaking the dry spell

  • Posted by alex
  • 14 June 2011

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For the past few weeks I've been really busy and life's been getting the better of me. Despite keeping an eager eye on wave buoy and looking at webcams, swell and spare time haven't seemed to meet.

Last night I decided it was time to break the dry spell and raced home from the office for an hour in the water after work. Sure, it wasn't big and the tide wasn't perfect, but it felt so good to be back in the water, especially being bright, warm and sunny.

The other good news is it looks like there may be a few waves hanging around through the week. Long live the post-work surf.

Hugo and Pete from SAS came up to our Cardigan HQ to build a plan about us (that includes you) helping with their annual fund raising raffle.

howies are giving away the headline prize and we will be asking you our whole database to sell tickets to help hit their target of £20,000.  Last year they raise £12,000, so we have a mountain to climb this time.

As well as howies kit, there will also be hand made wooden boards,

These are some reasons to get involved;

90p in every pound raised goes to fighting their causes.

They directly lobby industry with solutions to the problems they are causing.

Their support comes from many other users of the coast. Walkers, runners, body boarders, kite surfers, sun bathers, swimmers and dog walkers.

They are working as hard to prevent marine pollution, climate change and litter as much as sewage.

They are have a network of reps all over the UK who give their time to campaign, raise money and awareness and get hand on help to beach clean.

So when the time comes all we ask of  you is to sell a few raffle tickets to your friends and send the cash to SAS and we will give you regular updates on where we are, Blue Peter style.

And if you can spread the word over your social network to spread the word, we have the potential to give them the cash to campaign the hardest they ever have done.

And you could win an amazing prize.

The other weekend, we ran a little photo comp called 'Wish You Were There'

We were really happy to see so many of you getting involved and posting photos of what you got up to on the weekend.

It's been pretty hard to pick out just 30 winners - but as promised below are the lucky 30 shots which have won a free t-shirt each. They feature fun, bikes, surf, hills, family, food, sun, adventure, relaxation & freedom.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part - We're hoping to do more stuff like this before too long.

Oh, and you can always check out loads of other great entries on our facebook wall here if you're looking for a little inspiration for your next weekend of adventure.

In no order, here are our winners:

From @MrPowellish

From @jonfresh

From @FastFarrell

From Denise

From Mark

From Brian

From David

From James

From Simon

From Emma K

From Emma P

From Helen

From Nadia

From James

From Mark

From Stephane

From Paul

From Chris

From Huw

From Stuart

From Nerys

From Phil

From Chris

From Jane

From Nick

From @petestuart

From Christine

From @mudandgears

From Beth

From @grafichouse

Frootful

  • Posted by hollie
  • 22 March 2011

We've just had an email from Mr Nick Radford, one of our team surfers (look, there's him below) letting us know that he has an album out today on Freestyle records, and as seen on the lovely looking flyer penned by his very own hands below, he's having a launch party at The Alleycat on Denmark St, London, on the 15th April (plus another on 17th April at Miss Peapods in Penryn, Cornwall) - so pop along to say hello if you're in the area!

To see more of Nick's lovely, lovely work (including some work you might recognise from past howies tees) then click here

One talented guy eh.

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