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its Autumn but...

  • Posted by howies
  • 13 September 2010


I know its september and its that time to dig out your old woolies and warm jackets but I just wanted to say before it really does get cold that the sea is really lovely and warm.

If you get chance, whether its swimming or kayaking or just having a paddle, this is the best time of year to be in the sea.

I went for a surf yesterday and it was like bobbing around in a warm bath, I would advise on a summer wetuit for the full on warm effect but even so its still pretty good without a wetsuit.

Don't forget, it'll be cold, windy, icy cold raining and threatening snow before you know it so make the most of it.

sport is simple

  • Posted by howies
  • 3 September 2010


Surfs up, I can't wait to get in.

I'm off then, see you next week


  • Posted by howies
  • 2 September 2010

September has only just began and...

the car parks are empty

the beaches are quiet

there are no queues in the supermarket or coffee shop

the mornings are clear & crisp

the berries are bursting out of the hedgerows

the evenings are drawing in

there's a nip in the air before the sun goes down

jumpers are coming out of storage for snuggling into

there's some surf on its way

hurray hurray hurray I love september

..you want one?

  • Posted by hollie
  • 6 August 2010

I have a stack of these DVDs on my desk from the good people at Surfers Against Sewage.

"View from the green room" is the Uk's first environmental surf documentary - now, i'm not a very good salesman so i'll just copy what they've written about it:

" 'View from the greenroom' examines the pollution issues of today through the eyes of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaigners. Joined by Team Quicksilver, our international crew score barrel after barrel at some amazing new locations in Scotland, before breaking off to reflect on the dangers our coastline faces from poor shipping practises, the unregulated discharge of toxic chemicals, conveyor belts of litter travelling up on the Gulf stream and the threats to surfing from climate change. With a touch of humour we highlight these problems in true SAS style."

So there it is.

First 6 people to email me with their addresses will get one, but only if you answer the following question correctly mind!:

"Do you want a free dvd?"

a) Yes

b) no

send your answers to hollie(at)howies(dot)co(dot)uk.

(Ps - the answer is A)

The Bourgeois Bicycle Caravan

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 June 2010

Freshly pressed.

The Bourgeois Bicycle Caravan has landed!

In the Autumn of 2009, the trio of Jimmy Bodean, Harold Hobart Hellybutt & Del Da-Foster embarked on an expedition, along the western seaboard of france, by bicycle. With trailers brimming with the necessities (surfyboards, box cameras, pencils and books of russian beat poetry) the trio went in search of the image perfect and the ultimate rambling tale.

This is the outcome, and very nice too.

Read more here... or pop into the Bristol shop and pick one up.

James Bowden is the guy who does lots of our catalogue shoots.


One for the weekend

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 June 2010

Well more lovely weather is headed our way this weekend.

Mel and I are super happy with waves we had this week too.

All in all a good one.

So with more sunny days ahead I am sure more nice pictures will be taken.

I am going for the sunshine look on the howies look blog to keep the glow alive!

Send me some happy sunny day shots of what you have been up to on this 4 day week... evening bike rides, early morning sunrise runs or good old evenings at the beach.

Email them to me : [email protected]

howies is nice and relaxed today with a nice group dinner at the river, planning canoeing trips and genreal tom foolery!

Have a splendid weekend.

Magical Co.Clare

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 June 2010

We are back in one piece from the Autumn/ Winter 2010 shoot.

We drove to Ireland and it was pretty magical.

A perfect setting for the shoot.

A massive thanks to all that made it happen, the grand oraganisation, models, teamriders, photographers, writers and illustrators  and to all the people we asked for directions!

'Ahhh, to be sure....' ( Irish accent!)

Bristol Surf Club Competition

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 May 2010

Bristol Surf Club was established in 2004 as a way for surfers living in Bristol to share lifts at weekends but has expanded a lot and they now have many active members, a busy social calendar and lots of group surf trips throughout the year in the UK and abroad.

The logical next step was therefore to put on their own competition. You don't have to be a member to enter, just roll up on Saturday and take your chances.

The prizes are worth trying your luck for, not only are two howies surf thermals up for the taking but also a pair of  tickets for Newquay Boardmasters Festival.


  • Posted by howies
  • 21 May 2010

A nice shot of Holly back home after her travels on this sunny day

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