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Surfing in Cornwall pictures by Geoff Tydeman.

  • Fistral beach perfection
    The following shots show Cornish surfing in all its glory. N.B. All pictures in this Gallery are the sole property of Geoff Tydeman.

Dave Jones Surf photographer

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    Thanks to Dave Jones for these superb surfing images and look forward to seeing more from his surf travels. If you are looking for decent surf shots of yourself and you are based in the Swansea/ Gower region then Dave is your man.

Surfing with GSD in South West Portugal

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    From September onwards it is time to pack your bags and visit the South West coast of Portugal. We run Live Surf Travel breaks and long weekends for intermediate and upwards surfers.

Junior surfing at Caswell on monday 7th of August

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    The junior academy and Greg's group from Blaenau Gwent had great weather and surf.

Gallery of surf school lessons

  • Soul surfing.
    GSD is open all year on Gower, in addition to offering next step lessons on the Algarve in South West Portugal and small groups and 1-2-1 lessons on Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall.

GSD staff training.

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    When the Fall comes we head out to the Algarve for some late sun and warm waves. The beaches are empty and the local surfers super cool. Portugal Te Amo.

Caswell beach junior surfing pictures.

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    On Friday the 4th of August a small ground swell pushed on to Gower, part of the welsh surfing coastline. There to greet these perfect waves were the wave hungry junior surfing academy armed with their INT wave riding vehicles. Parents/guardians and spectators stood on the becah and cheered the surfers on. Yeeehhhaaaaa !

Fluidshotz, Surf and lifestyle photography.

  • France ?! Looks more like Hawaii !!
    All pictures are the personal property of and Chris Vaughan. Chris is as passionate about his photography as his surfing and aspires to be one of Wales' most exciting photographers.Chris is a surf coach for GSD surf school and a crewman on the Mumbles Lifeboat. Be sure to check out his site at

Summer Surfing

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    3rd of August at Caswell beach, Gower. A group of young people from all over the Uk hit the Welsh surf. The surf was perfect, with offshore winds and sun shining the group rode these perfect small waves with style. GSD welcomes them all to the surfing family.

Surfing at the Eisteddfod.

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    If you are coming to the show we are opposite the Scarlets and Ospreys stands. Enter the face that fits contest and get a new GSD sticker.

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April 29, 2008

Going with the Flow after a surf here in Swansea

Learn_to_flow_ride_here_in_the_uk_sAfter catching a few waves at Caswell yesterday we jumped in my van and headed to the LC Swansea for another blast on the flow rider. The fellow flow riders included Matt from GKR, Tom jenkins South Gower Rugby Club, Andrew Downie of Netbop and Grandad the guardian of Crab Island. It was fun while it lasted and glad to report no bruises for me this time. The session was cut short so the boys ended up playing in the pool and slides. Have just been watching this on you tube it is really sick check it out

Pro Surfers Ripping on a Wave Machine

April 28, 2008

SurfGSD ex pupil and current employee Josh Hammett wins first leg of the Rip Curl Grom search held in Rest Bay Wales


Rip_curl_junior_surfing_contests_uk RIPCURL GROM SEARCH 2008

Despite ‘the Seaweed’ giving us a grim forecast, this delighful little contest again continued its tradition of getting lucky. And so, as an icy blast of poo-flavoured winds poured over from the continent, an increasingly keen crew of junior surfers descended on Rest Bay, Porthcawl, to wait for the massive tide to provide enough waves on which to wiggle their way into the judges’ favour.

Saturday was a day of waiting, with comp director Stu Bentley opting to gamble on running the entire event on Sunday. It was a decision that worked out with literally five minutes of tide to spare the following day.

With most of the competitors weighing less than their surfboards, the Under 12s took to the water first thing Sunday morning, with a surprisingly high standard. Young Billy Sharp from the Gower was ripping it up on his mini-board, making Jack Davies really work for the eventual win. Tasman Knight and Ed Bresnan also impressed.

Millie Little put together a near-flawless heat to take down the Under 12 Girls, leaving Peony Knight and the Poutney sisters, Patsy and Connie, scrapping around for the remains.

Both Under 14 categories were also excitingly competitive, with all spectators leaving the beach confident that there is indeed a bright future for Welsh surfing. Sam Harwood caned it in the Boys division, while Harriet Knight saw off Ainsley Richards in the Girls. Considering Ainsley only competed for the first time a week previously (when she lined up for Welsh Coast Bs in the Inter Clubs), this was a real feat, and she’s sure to go one better in the near future.

The Under 16s was the showpiece of the day though – with the highest Welsh boy and girl winning a trip to the Grom Search European Final, during this summer’s Rip Curl Boardmasters in that Cornish place (the name of which no self-respecting Welshman can ever say or write in public).

In the Girls event Swansea’s Hannah Griffiths was the cat that got the cream. By finishing runner-up to the stylish Megan Burns, she earned her ticket to the Grand Final. Again, the standard in difficult high-tide conditions was through the roof – with all competitors linking smooth, on-rail surfing throughout.

The Boys event saw an upset in the semis, as Tom Good failed to find a back-up wave in a stacked heat. This left the door open for a two-horse race between Porthcawl’s Max Tucker and Gower lad Josh Hammett. The tide filling in fast meant that strategy became paramount, and Josh kept a cool head, weaving great turns in to the waves that came his way for a deserving win, and the title of 2008 Welsh Grom Search Champion.

Thanks to Richard Hutchinson at Rip Curl for backing us, and Stu Bentley of Welsh Coast and the WSF for managing the event. It’s because of these guys that Grom Search has become a great fixture on the Welsh surf calendar. Rest Bay also did its bit, by yet again giving us swell, and while we should keep this amongst ourselves, you should know that some of the biggest of Rip Curl’s big-wigs were seen later that night, at an undisclosed location, discussing the viability of Porthcawl as the venue for this year’s Search WCT – after it failed to take place in West Oz. Mick Fanning making his way down the slip at Rest in a contest jersey? Let’s dare to dream!

            - Tom Anderson

BOYS U12     GIRLS U12

1ST Jack Davies    Millie Little

2nd William Sharp    Patsy Pountney

3rd Tasman Knight    Peony Knight