Posts By: Tom Keyes

How to Improve Your Paddle Power and Get Properly Surf Fit

How to Improve Your Paddle Power and Get Properly Surf Fit

We all know the importance of being fit in the lineup. There’s nothing worse than missing waves due to a lack of strength in the arms. Struggling to make it out in bigger surf (especially when it’s good) is frustrating. And getting caught inside due to a lack of paddle power is guaranteed to ruin… Read more

Is Surfing Really the Best Hangover Cure?

Is Surfing Really the Best Hangover Cure?

I’m currently sitting at my computer hoping to goodness that the title of this article turns out to hold a shred of truth. Because at this moment in time, I’m writing’s equivalent of a method actor. Living my subject: slightly shaking, fighting off sweeping waves of nausea, cowering from the tiniest slither of light that is somehow managing to sneak its way… Read more

Bodyboarding Vs Surfing – What Are You Game For?

Bodyboarding Vs Surfing – What Are You Game For?

Are you a bodyboarder or surfer? Do you spend hours arguing the merits of your chosen sled? Do you harbour an ingrained distain for the ‘other’ type of wave rider? Well the folks at finbin.net have been removing emotion from the argument and putting forward a case for both fibreglass and foam.    If your home… Read more

Access All Areas: How Surfing Lets You Get Closer to Your Heroes

Access All Areas: How Surfing Lets You Get Closer to Your Heroes

It’s 7am, contest director Kieren Perrow is about to make the call on whether to get the third round of the Hurley Pro underway, and you’re sitting in the exact spot that’s about to be occupied by the coloured vests of the world’s elite. Not only that, but you can legitimately compete for waves with those… Read more

Is Board Wax About to Become a Thing of the Past?

Is Board Wax About to Become a Thing of the Past?

Waxing the board for traction has long been the norm. Grip pads at the rear of the deck have become pretty standard, but alternatives for the front peg have come and gone, usually disappearing as quickly as they arrived. And the reason for their rapid vanishing act? The truth is that nothing really works as well as a good… Read more

Why Are Surfers Such Miserable Bastards?

Why Are Surfers Such Miserable Bastards?

Last week I picked up a heavy bag of long handled sticks and spent a few frustrating hours zigzagging my way around a large swathe of perfectly manicured green grass. I was attempting to play golf, although I’m not sure my swing and general technique allows me to cite what I was doing as ‘golf’…. Read more

The Joy of Discovering a Secret Malaysian Surf Spot

The Joy of Discovering a Secret Malaysian Surf Spot

We live in a time of creative saturation. The pace of invention, revolution and technological advancement has plateaued somewhat over the last few years. Sure, things are getting faster, machines are becoming increasingly efficient and the odd Eureka moment still occasionally presents itself, but rarer are the moments when we can genuinely exclaim: “I’ve never seen anything like that… Read more