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  • Posted by ruben
  • 1 July 2009

I love getting mail from readers of brainfood and howies customers.

Especially when they send in photos like this one from Sally in Cornwall -


Sally says this photo sums up everything she love about living in Cornwall, and I can see why.

If you have some photos or a nice story you'd like us to hear about, send them in! ruben (at) howies (dot) co (dot) uk.

And remember, my Chicken photo competition is still open, but I'll be picking a winner later this week so if you want a chance to win the book, get your entry over to me now!


Surfers Against Sewage’s new campaign Protect Our Waves (POW) had it’s first action on Saturday 20th June, The Gathering, a mass paddle out, in association with local campaign group Access BroadBench Association (ABBA). Over 350 surfers from across the nation joined SAS and ABBA and paddled out at Kimmeridge Bay on International Surfing Day. The action called on the Secretary of State for Defence to allow surfers’ access to Broadbench, a special wave found on the outer boundary of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) firing range.

Broadbench is a quality wave in Kimmeridge Bay, described by many as one of Britain’s best. Unfortunately it falls right on the outer boundary of a MoD firing range. SAS is not asking the MoD to reduce their use of this important firing range. However, SAS believes there is a compromise that will ensure surfers and waveriders can have 100% access to Broadbench without impacting on the MoD’s full use of the firing range.

We are calling on the Secretary of State for Defence to implement SAS’s compromise, changing where the MoD currently fire from. This will in turn change the direction of the MoD’s firing and could leave Broadbench outside the boundary of the firing range. It will not impact on the MoD’s use of the firing range, leaving surfers and waveriders with 100% access to Broadbench and the MoD full use of their range.

International Surfing Day (ISD), saw surfing events taking place all over the world. There were events in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia but nothing like the Gathering. SAS expects the Gathering to be the best-supported event with over 350 surfers and supporter actively participating at the paddle out protest on ISD.

Andy Cummins, Surfers Against Sewage Campaign Manager says: “This unprecedented level of support from UK surfers really highlights the importance the SAS Protect Our Waves Campaign.  Broadbench is a special wave with some special surfers protecting it. Today, International Surfing Day, the UK water sports community stood up for their rights, and lefts! We’re now calling on the Secretary of State for Defence to do everything in his power to implement a compromise at Broadbench.”

Guy Penwarden, local Broadbench surfer and ABBA campaigner says: “Today SAS, ABBA and hundreds of UK surfers united to protect Broadbench, a special wave, a jewel in the British surfing crown.  Surfers and the MoD can use this area without conflict and we hope the Secretary of State for Defence will recognise this.”

surf day

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 June 2009

International Surf Day is coming up this Sunday the 21st June, and its an amazing opportunity to get involved in surf culture.  It has been organised by the EuroSIMA (European Boardsports Industry Manufacturers Assosiation).  Nearly 200 events will be organised on beaches around the world.  Open to all, these events will offer surf lessons, demonstrations, equipment testing, meetings with professional and amature surfers, BBQs, concerts, beach parties...basically an amazing day at the beach!  Check out their website for full details of participating  beaches and the programme of events.


Grain Surfboards

  • Posted by howies
  • 9 June 2009

Grain Surfboards are a surfboard company that operate out of York, Maine.  They are passionate about producing beautiful and sustainable wooden surfboards.

Grain have blended their passion for board sports with a love for traditional wooden boat building,

"We’re motivated by the simple act of riding waves on modern shapes hand-built using classic techniques and local, sustainable wood".

Not only do they produce a range of stock boards, but they build custom dream boards as well.  In keeping with the spirit of the company, they also produce do-it-yourself board kits and workshops.  I have a friend who is just putting the finishing touches to his board right now.

Surfers against Sewage

  • Posted by tim
  • 28 May 2009

We made a little film of the SAS guys when we  went down to Cornwall.


Here is a brief glimpse of the first Wee DO held at the Carnaby Street shop.  We are in the process of editing a full length version, which will be available through the DO Lectures website shortly.  

Thanks again to Hugo from Surfers Against Sewage and everyone else who turned up to listen.  

Thank you to Gemma Addy for filming the talk and editing this clip.  Also, thanks to Martin from Pitfield Brewery for supplying us with delicious bottles of Eco Warrior pale ale.  

It really feels that we are starting to build a community at the London shop and that is totally down to all of you.


The Wee Do talk with Surfers Against Sewage, which took place at the Carnaby St store last night, went really well.  There was a fantastic turnout and Hugo put on a really interesting talk.

We will be posting some images and a short clip of the talk over the next couple of days.  Very soon the whole event will be available on the Do Lectures website.

We are planning to hold a Wee Do event every fortnight from here on out - we will keep you posted on what is coming up! 


London: Wee DO talk – SAS

Just a quick reminder that Surfers Against Sewage are going to be giving a talk at the Carnaby Street shop on Wednesday night starting at 7.30pm.  We are restricted in numbers and have already given away most of the tickets.  However, we do still have a couple available.  It is a free event - just give us a ring (0207 287 2345) and we will reserve a ticket for you. 

We will have beer (supplied by Pitfield Brewery) and softdrinks.  It is the first of our London Wee DO talks - we hope that they will become a regular event for the London community (and beyond via video podcasts), so come along and join us.

SAS Wee Do

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 May 2009


Just a brief reminder that tomorrow we are priviliged to host Andy Cummins from Surfers Against Sewage giving a talk on the organisation, its history and its clear water campaign.

We do still have a limited number of tickets available for this latest Wee Do. So if that sounds like your cup of tea (of which there will alse be many on offer thanks to our friends at teapigs), then give us an e-mail at [email protected] and we'll put a ticket aside for you.

The first bottle of free beer will be cracked open at 7pm with Andy's talk starting at 7.30pm. It promises to be a great evening.

Here's a short video we made to help the SAS guys get their message across --


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