Tynemouth Surf Co winner Best Surf School Award 2017

The Best Surf School Award 2017

Sunday night saw the best of British Surfing congregate for the annual UK Surf Awards at the Carnmarth Hotel in Newquay, and The Surfing Sumo were there once again to announce the… Read more
Surfing Mentawai Islands

5 reasons why you need to visit the Mentawai Islands

Situated about 80 miles off the coast of west Sumatra, the Mentawai Islands are home to some of the best waves on earth and has become the bench mark for the ultimate… Read more
Emily Currie British surfer

Meet Britain’s multi-talented surfer Emily Currie

British surfer Emily Currie is flying high. Currently ranked second on the WSL Womens’ European Longboard tour, she’s set to take the UK female longboarding scene to a whole new level. But… Read more
Neil Kelly Isle of Man

Surfing the Isle of Man: Europe’s lesser known surf spot

Most people in Britain have heard of the Isle of Man and know that it’s famous for the annual TT motorcycle event. But what you probably didn’t know is where it is… Read more
Ellie Turner flying high

British female surfing’s biggest prospect…and she’s only 15!

15-year-old surfer Ellie Turner from Bude is one of the most exciting prospects in European women’s surfing today. 2016 was an amazing year for Ellie, including first place finish on the UK… Read more
Why surfing is so hard but so worth it

Why surfing is so hard…but so worth it!

So, you’ve a had a surf lesson on holiday, had heaps of fun and loved it. Now, you fancy yourself as the next Mick Fanning or Steph Gilmore. Awesome! The question is,… Read more
Mick Fanning Cloudbreak

Different types of surf breaks – a beginner’s guide to surfing waves

Ever heard the term ‘surf breaks’ and not really sure what it meant? Don’t know your peelers from your close-outs? Or even why it’s important? As a beginner or novice, it’s hard… Read more
Learning to surf at 61 why youre not too old

Learning to surf at 61: why you’re never too old to surf

Surfing is hard. Fact. Unless you’re a kid with no fear, super flexibility and the annoying ability to learn anything within minutes. As adults, our bodies are probably not in the best… Read more
Get back in the surf after injury

How to get back in the surf after an injury

It’s typical isn’t it? You’re really in the groove with your surfing, scoring some great waves and seeing real progression. But then on a flat day, you fall off your skateboard and… Read more
Boost your surf sessions with a healthy diet

How to maintain a healthy surfer’s diet and boost your sessions

Picture the scene. You wake up early for a dawny, the surf’s firing and you’re desperate to get in there. But you’re hungry and haven’t got time to mess about with breakfast...so… Read more
2010 mavericks competition

6 of the world’s heaviest waves

When Laird Hamilton pioneered tow-in surfing in the mid 1990s, it was a major light-bulb moment for big wave surfing. It opened the door to previously unridden breaks and allowed surfers with… Read more
Positive Vibes Jamaican Surfers

Gudauskas Brothers send 200 boards to surf starved Jamaicans

It may seem crazy, given the amount of excellent surf spots in Jamaica, but due to high import taxes and tariffs, the country is starved of modern equipment and surf shops. Despite… Read more
Surf pop-up

5 ways to improve your surf pop-up

The pop-up is something that many surfers struggle with, especially beginners. If you’re fumbling to get your feet via your knees and getting frustrated, then look no further than our 5 handy… Read more
Surfer girl

8 ways to get better at surfing

Surfing can be tricky to master with constantly changing variables so progress is often slow. If you’re getting frustrated, don’t give up! Here’s our 8 simple hacks to improve your surfing and get… Read more

Surfer Girl Stories – Jenny

We all have our own surfing journeys - how and why we got into it and for some of us, how it has changed our lives. In this first of a series… Read more
Surf girl New Year

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Surfers

With a new year comes new beginnings and promises that we will do things better - whether that’s making big life changes or starting a new hobby. So why not get the… Read more
Larry Gordon Surfing

Surf Community Mourns the Loss of Surfing Pioneer Larry Gordon

Larry Gordon, who revolutionised the surfing world by developing foam surfboards, widely used by surf schools and beginners across the globe, has sadly died. Larry experimented with foam materials at his father’s… Read more

Top 10 Awesome Surf Schools in Cornwall

Heading to Cornwall for your holidays and want to learn to surf? There are hundreds of surf schools across the county so to make it easier to find one that’s guaranteed to… Read more

Get yourself some Surfing Sumo surf gear

You can now get your hands on our exclusive own brand surf clothing available only from The Surfing Sumo. We've got t-shirts and hoodies for starters, with more styles on their way!… Read more

Kids have fun with a Surf Lesson in Newquay

Ask any kid who's been on holiday in Newquay what their best day was, and more than likely they'll say the day they went surfing! It's a great way to keep the… Read more

Testing the Ho Stevie! GoPro Mouth Mount

For those of you that have no idea what that weird bondage looking thing in the picture is, that's a mouth mount. So what is a 'mouth mount'? Unless you've been living… Read more
Boardmasters Prize Draw

Win Boardmasters Tickets and Surf Lessons!

Win the ultimate surf festival experience for you and your friend or partner! We've got 2 tickets to Boardmasters Festival (including camping) and 2 free surf lessons to give away, along with a bunch of… Read more

Why a Surf Lesson Could Save Your Life

The number of surfers, swimmers and bodyboarders who get into difficulty in the sea increases every year, and it’s often down to lack of knowledge about the beach and conditions. Surf lessons… Read more
Malia Manuel

Is Malia Manuel being unreasonable?

Born and raised in Hawaii, travelling the world surfing and a championship title under her belt... if you're sitting in a drab office in a city right now, you're probably thinking it's… Read more
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6 Weeks of Aloha

The Vans Triple Crown has long been regarded as the pinnacle of the professional surfing circuit. Taking place at the end of the WSL championship tour and lasting for 6 weeks it… Read more

I Sunk Your Battleship!

It's not often we promote clothing brands here at The Surfing Sumo, but today we got sent something a bit cool and loads of fun! ISYB (I Sunk Your Battleship) is a… Read more
Private Surf Lessons with The Surfing Sumo

Why a Private Surf Lesson is Right for You

As well as group sessions, many surf schools now offer private surf lessons on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis. They’re a great way of focussing more closely on your surfing, whether you… Read more
Rip Currents and Surfing

Rip Currents – What you need to know!

Rip currents affect all surfers and beginners who surf beach breaks. Getting caught in one can be a terrifying and potentially fatal experience, but with the right knowledge you can easily learn… Read more
Mark Healey Big Wave Surfing

Mark Healey – Big Wave Surfer and Shark Whisperer

Mark Healey takes a moment from his water adventures to chat with Josh Linnes of Viva Tropical and share his many adventures with spearfishing, riding sharks, and how to stay calm when… Read more
Tatiana Weston Webb

Tatiana Weston-Webb – The New Girl on Tour

This year the World Surfing Championship Tour sees only one new name in the womens pro series - Tatiana Weston-Webb. Aged just 18 she has got off to a great start already… Read more
Wave Chaser

Chasing Waves

Some of the more savvy among you will have worked out by now that an on the spot or 'eye-ball' report is much more useful than some of the computer generated forecast… Read more
Surf Action

Giving Something Back – 5 Awesome charities that support surfing

Every time we surf, we take waves from mother nature and there is a tendency to take it for granted. But what we are doing in return? What can we do to… Read more
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Shaping Medina

In 2014 Gabriel Medina became the first Brazilian to win the ASP World Championship Tour. In this short documentary, his shaper John Cabianca, and best friend Miguel Pupo, talk about how this young man… Read more
Surfer Girl Alana Blanchard

Here Come the (Surfer) Girls

In 1959, the film Gidget not only brought surfing to the masses, but showed the world that the sport was not just for men. Ever since then, the ladies have been charging… Read more
Surfing Pipeline from a Drone Camera

The Magic of Pipeline From Above

Until drone cams came along you would rarely see surfing from this kind of angle. Unless you were stood on a cliff top overlooking a point break, or hired a helicopter, your… Read more

7 of the World’s Most Unusual Surf Spots

Think of surfing and the image that typically comes to mind is sandy beaches, warm sunny climates, beautiful backdrops and miles of open ocean. But what about the more unusual places to… Read more
Surfing Pipeline Hawaii

The Wave of the Winter – Pipeline 2014

With the Billabong Pipemasters on hold for another day, we thought we give you a juicy surf documentary to watch instead. Kelly Slater and a host of other North Shore regulars talk… Read more
Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie Gilmore: Girls who Rip

If you think girls can't surf, think again. If you think girls can only ride mini-mals, think again. This short film of Stephanie Gilmore from film-maker Morgan Maassen shows just how far women's surfing has come.… Read more

The Slyder Cup 2.0

For those of you not in the know, the annual Slyder Cup is dedicated to 'finless' surfing - those who prefer the alternatives to the standard thruster (or even the single fin!). Nicknamed… Read more
Surfing Fitness

5 Ways to Improve Your Surfing Fitness

Surfing is a physically demanding activity which many people underestimate and requires a good all round level of fitness. You need a combination of upper body strength, a strong core, good balance,… Read more
Surfing Lessons in Winter

11 Tips to Survive Winter Surfing

The summer is behind us, the sea temperature is beginning to drop and it will soon be time to ditch the 3:2 wetsuit! Autumn and winter can be the best seasons to surf… Read more

Why we love Surfing in Autumn and Winter

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling, and there’s a chill in the air. Frosty mornings are round the corner and Christmas is just a few weeks away. Autumn and… Read more
Kolohe caught inside at pipe

Feel the fear and do it anyway – Surfing through the nerves

Surfing is one of the most natural highs I have ever experienced. It keeps me fit, brings me closer to mother nature and is heaps of fun but, like every surfer, I… Read more
Surfboard Quiver

How many surfboards are in your quiver?

Everyone loves a nice rack... of surfboards. So we thought it was about time we whipped ours out and showed it off. Here's a sample of the boards the guys here at The… Read more
The Unwritten Rules of Surfing

The Unwritten Rules of Surfing

Surfing is a really unique sport. Unlike sports such as football, tennis or hockey, there are no set rules. You are free to enjoy surfing without ever entering a contest - in… Read more

Strapping your Boards to the Car

Last week, a surfboard flew off the roof of a car on the A361 causing a serious collision and injuring 6 people. So we thought we’d put together a quick guide on how… Read more
Surfing In The Rain

5 Reasons to Surf in the Rain

Yep, the weather has let us down again. But this isn't anything new in the UK. If you're waiting for bright blue skies and scorching sun, you could be waiting a while.… Read more
Kirsty and The Surfing Sumo guys at Boardmasters

Landlocked Surf Girl Heads to Boardmasters!

In 1981, a small surfing competition took place on Fistral beach in Newquay. Fast forward to 2014, and Boardmasters is one of the biggest competitions on the UK surf scene. It’s also a… Read more
The Surfing Sumo at Boardmasters

The Surfing Sumo Survives the Storm

Wow, what a weekend! For those of you lucky enough to attend Boardmasters this year, you’ll be more than aware of how the weather played a big part in the festivities. From… Read more
The Surfing Sumo Prize Draw

Boardmasters Prize Draw

The Surfing Sumo loves to give, so we’ve got a bunch of surf goodies to give away including a hand made Handplane courtesy of Otter Surfboards, t-shirts from Steamer Lane and 2… Read more
Surf Lessons at Boardmasters

20% off Surf Lessons at Boardmasters

It’s that time of year again, the sun is out, the board shorts are on and Boardmasters is upon us! But only one thing could make a trip to Boardmasters complete… Getting… Read more
Surfers Going for a Surf in their Campervan

Help! I don’t live by the beach!

For landlocked surfers like me, getting to the coast often takes a bit of planning ahead, especially as my favoured break is 190 miles from home. I have to factor in travel… Read more

5 Reasons to Start Surfing

You’ve seen the photos, you know, the ones with those guys ‘deep in the tube’ off some tropical island, all tanned with their baggy shorts hanging halfway down their bum. But now… Read more
The Surfing Sumo at Boardmasters

Dropping in on Boardmasters Festival!

We are totally stoked to announce that The Surfing Sumo has been appointed ‘Official Surf School Partner of Boardmasters’ at this year’s Boardmasters Festival. As part of our role as official partner… Read more
My first surfing lesson at Mawgan Porth - The Surfing Sumo

My first surf lesson – a life changing experience

For as long as I can remember, I have had an emotional attachment to the sea which I can’t quite explain. I have watched it from afar for years, marvelling in its… Read more
The Surfing Sumo - Family Surf Lessons

It’s a family affair!

You might think surfing is reserved for tanned, bushy haired, young ‘dudes’ who spend their life hanging out on the beach – but you couldn’t be more wrong. Surfing is one of… Read more