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Taylor Char (follow him @taylorc808) runs you through why he loves his Slyde Hexflex. watch him catch some epic Oahu magic on his Blue Crush if you didint know it before now you do The Hexflex gets you shacked!!
Where it all started! Growing up in this town it is pretty hard not to be a water rat. Durban and the surrounding coast has more than its fair share of epic breaks, too many to name here but the punchy right off the Snake Park Pier holds something special in my heart. With the year round water temperature averaging mid seventies and secluded breaks up and down the coast for those looking for the search it's a boarders heaven.
The Wreck , The pass , Cosy Corner and Watego's to name but a few of the epic breaks around Byron, anyone of which is bound to attract swell because of the unique layout and The fact that its Australia most easterly point. Add the incredible scenery and the awesome hospitality of the locals laid-back living Byron goes down as one of the best places I have ever been. This is a special place!
The palm fringed peeling perfection view from the back of bike as we rounded the corner after 3 days of travel to get to Nias is sight I will take to my grave. An entire month of epic surf the only downside is, nothing you ever surf again will be that good! Barrels you only ever get to see in surfer mag. Nias was the first time I successfully dripped in on a handboard over a reef. In hindsight, not a great idea being a long long way from anything that would resemble medical care but hell it was fun.
Another epic indo spot not to be missed, this small enough to ride a bike around Island sits just off Bali. With break names like lacerations and Razors be sure to wear booties, We spent a month here and got absolutely shacked from day one through. The fresh caught fish everyday is worth the trip alone
In by default, and California's most infamous bodysurfing ride, the wedge should be on the top of any serious bodysurfers bucket list . I can tell you from experience this is a wave not to be taken lightly no matter how good you are. If it's not the aura of the spot then it's the downright power. I have never ridden a wave that intent on making sure you get off it. The energy runs through it is humbling, If you don't end up with c2 injury then you are hooting like you just caught your first wave!!
Maroubra is a small cove situated just right to pick up lot of the the NE swell and when it hits it is perfection. I spent 3 months living here and got some of the best that Maroubra had to offer over a good winter swell season. Maroubra is also a short drive to a number of other awesome spots including Coogee bay and Bondi which are high on my list of awesome places to surf.
Venice Beach, not a day goes by I don't think "this is the life". The reason we made Slyde headquarters in this eclectic mix. We may be bias here but on its day there are some great surf to be had. If it's not barrels off breakwater or secret moving sand banks south of pier then it's only a short drive from Malibu and my favorite Zuma shore break. Home of the z -boys the Doors and the decaying california beach style it the entire package that makes Venice one very weird and wonderful place to surf live
Llandudno is the Place of my own first lessons in being a waterman. Arguably, one of the most beautiful surf spots in the world, I was blessed to grow up in such an incredibly beautiful place. The frigid water and the man in the grey suit keep only the truly dedicated in the water. Llandudno is just around the corner from Dungeons so this place is not for the faint of heart when it fires.
With signs like these why would'nt you want to immediatly grab your fins and run straight into the water, To me that is code for good time. just beware landing on your head is not unlikely My brother and I spent a few days in and around Makena Big beach catching some epic sand eating barrells! warm water epic after session Taco's and perfect water Hawaii really is the dream bodysurfing destination
Too Many spots to even name Panics, Sandy's, Waimea and the list goes on. Oahu is the veritable bodysurfers dream location, warm , clear water year round and waves that will make you go week at the knee's, or Pile drive you into the sand whichever comes first. If you love to whomp this is the spot!