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Road Trip to Surf Snowdonia (Wales 2018)

Part 1: All the way to Wales…for a surf?   It takes between 5 and 6 hours to drive from where I live in Hampshire to the Surf Snowdonia centre in North Wales; but it was my mate Delmar’s Birthday and I hadn’t seen the mighty Spiersy in some years, so we stocked up on coffee and Haribo and just got it done.     Surf Snowdonia is a purpose built wave pool or ‘wave garden’ as the owners…

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Tikal and Semuc Champey (Guatemala 2018)

Part 1: The Mayan Ruins in Tikal The first couple of days in Guatemala had been a nice change from Belize, the climate in Flores was just that little bit cooler than Belize City and the whole place was generally more pleasant; cobbled streets, inviting cafes and restaurants, lake views, and handy little tuk-tuks to get into town from our accommodation for only 10 Quetzals (about £1 GBP). Located two hours north of Flores are the gigantic Mayan ruins…

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Belize to Guatemala (2018)

Part 1: Placencia to San Ignacio We were sad to leave Placencia after such a great scuba adventure but we also had plans to check out San Ignacio for a few days before the trip back to Belize City, and the flight to Flores in Guatemala.  Getting from Placencia to San Ignacio was a fairly tortured affair, starting with a 6:15am bus to Dangriga lasting 1 hour 45 mins and then a further 1 hour 25 mins from there…

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Scuba Diving at the Gladden Spit and Silk Caye (Belize 2018)

Part 1: Placencia Life in Placencia was much more fun compared to life in Hopkins, especially once we’d found a clean area of beach to enjoy.  We’d moved from the Manatee Inn to Lydia’s Guest House after a couple of days since Lydia’s is a little cheaper and has its own kitchen, meaning we could cut food costs and cook our own meals. We had read that Placencia is far more touristy than Hopkins and thus not to some…

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Hopkins to Placencia (Belize 2018)

Part 1: A few photos of Hopkins Where do you wanna go?   Beach dogs   About as extreme as cycling gets in laid back Hopkins   A friendly local called Will came and chatted to us one evening, he was drinking Guinness brewed in Belize …and he worked in ‘pharmaceuticals’…   Part 2: River Tubing through the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary The first couple of days in Hopkins had been a bit of a letdown as I mentioned…

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Caye Caulker to Hopkins (Belize 2018)

Part 1: Leaving Caye Caulker We were ready to move on after a week in Caye Caulker.  Don’t get me wrong, the ‘go slow’ vibe, the palm trees, sunshine and tropical waters were all just what we had wanted, it’s just that for an island made entirely of sand…there’s precious little beach to enjoy.  Most of the island has piers running from the mainland over the underwater seagrass and out into slightly deeper water, unfortunately most of these piers…

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2018 – Back on the Road Again: You Better Belize It!

Part 1: It’s been a while… It’s been a couple of months since the last blog post in November 2017 so apologies for the delay.  I left Mexico in early December and skipped back to the UK to see family and friends over Christmas and New Year; it was great to get back home for a while but surprisingly hectic trying to fit in time to see everyone.  Swapping shorts and flip-flops for hoodies and jackets was fun for…

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Top 3 Snowboard Travel Insurance Providers UK: Winter 2017/2018

It’s that time of year again.  Resorts across Europe and North America are reporting huge dumps of early season snow and posting amazing Insta photos of lucky buggers enjoying first lifts and freshies on opening day; all whilst we’re left hoping against hope that it might actually snow in the UK this winter. You’ve read all the early prediction weather reports and apparently, due to unseasonably low highs in counter-rotational stratospheric isotherms there’s a contra-indication that El Niño temperature fluctuations…

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Action Sports: A Personal History of Commitment and Progression

My successes and (mostly) failures with surfing recently made me realise that I’ve journeyed through ‘the progression curve’ of 4 different action sports now.  So, can my previous experiences learning to skateboard, to snowboard and to downhill mountain bike help me through the next tricky stage of my surfing progression? Only one way to find out…   Part 1: Skateboarding It was 1995 and I was 14 years old.  Channel 4 had a TV show on Sunday mornings that…

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Día de Muertos (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Feeling like Death Things took a turn for the worse a day or so after my first surf lesson with Sayulita Surf Camps, not because of anything they did though. I’d had a great morning’s surf at La Lancha near Punta de Mita with Carlos (owner of Sayulita Surf Camps) and had even enjoyed private tuition since there hadn’t been any other folks in the lesson that day.  Don’t get me wrong, I surfed like absolute rubbish…

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