What To Pack For A Summer Surf Camping Trip

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The summer is almost here, the sun is out and the surf is pumping! So where better to spend some time than on a surf camping trip in the UK or Europe? Circle One Surf Co. was founded by Jeff Townsley and his love for surfing the coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Wales, here’s some of his top tips on what to take with you!

Surf Kit

As the main purpose of your camping trip is to surf, the first things to organise are your surf equipment. If you are lucky enough to have your own surfboard, make sure it is protected on the journey by a robust surfboard travel bag or sock, and pack it out with soft things such as your towel, changing robe or hoodie. Make sure you have plenty of surf wax of the correct temperature for the water (cold or cool in the UK) and put this into your surfboard bag too so you don’t forget it! Double check your fins and leash before you go to make sure they are in good condition. If you are thinking of buying your own surfboard this summer, check out the Circle One guide to buying your first surfboard here.



Your wetsuit and swimming gear should be next on the list. By July, the sea temperature in the South of the UK should be warm enough for a 3/2 mm full length wetsuit but if you’re heading out sooner definitely wear a thicker suit. Check out the 5/3mm winter suits here. On top of this you can wear a rash vest underneath your wetsuit and take wetsuit boots in case you want to be in the water for a long time. For the ladies remember to pack a bikini or swimsuit for underneath your wetsuit or for a quick dip in the sea. And don’t forget a towel or changing robe for after your surf! A dry bag or few are also really useful to protect important things from getting wet on the beach or to put wet things in.


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Camping Kit

So the other side of this trip is the camping side of things. Whether in a campervan, caravan or tent, camping does need quite a bit of kit, and it is easy to get carried away and bring everything you think you might need, packing the car as full as it can go! On the other hand, a good surf camping trip doesn’t need to over complicate things, with surfing being the main priority. Getting back to basics might be just what you need.

A tent is pretty important if you aren’t in a van or caravan. Then a sleeping bag and comfortable sleeping mat or airbed so you can get a good night’s sleep ready for surfing the next day! A light or head torch are always useful to find your way to the loo in the night, and some camping table and chairs bring some comfort to your set up, especially for breakfast and in the evenings at the campsite. A washing line, clothes rack or wetsuit hanger is really useful to dry your wetsuit and towel ready for the next day, and don’t forget some warmer clothes for in the evening too.

A small gas stove is useful if only to boil some water for a cup of tea or coffee in the morning, and I think a summer camping trip is not complete without a BBQ on the beach or in the campsite. Don’t forget your reusable coffee cup, water bottle, cutlery and plates.


Beach Kit

And no surf camping trip is complete without some time just chilling on the beach too! The art of making a good beach camp to come back to after your surf is definitely worth it, especially if there is a group of you together. A pop up beach tent or large umbrella is great to create some shade on the beach & to protect your skin from the sun. A picnic blanket is a great addition to sit on and stop things getting sandy while you read your book in the sun. Beach games are also good additions to your surf camping trip, definitely pack a frisbee, beach cricket and beach bats. Most importantly, don’t forget sun cream, a sun hat and sunglasses to protect yourself on the beach.




  • Surfboards
  • Surfboard Bag
  • Towel
  • Surf Wax
  • Wetsuit
  • Rash Vest
  • Bikini/ Swimsuit/ Board-shorts
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat/ Airbed
  • Head Torch
  • Camping Lamp
  • Table & Chairs
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Cool Box
  • Reusable plates, mugs, cutlery
  • Water Bottle
  • Gas Stove/ BBQ
  • Matches/ Lighter
  • Beach Tent/ Parasol
  • Frisbee
  • Sun Cream
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Book
  • Warmer clothes for the evening (changing robe)
  • Dry Bags for wet gear


Christmas Gift Guide For Surfers

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Looking for the ultimate surf gift for the surfer in your life this Christmas? Look no further than our guide for Christmas gifts for surfers! At Circle One Surf Co. we have a huge range of products that suit all budgets and abilities. Here are some of our favourite presents for water sports enthusiasts! Take advantage of free UK mainland shipping to get your gift in time.


Here are 5 cool Christmas present ideas for surfers…

#1 – Adults C1 Beach Changing Robe – £99.99

#1 C1 Changing Robe

The Circle One beach changing robe has been designed for all year round use to keep you warm and dry on the beach! This fleecey changing robe is perfect for getting changed under on the beach or in the car park, before you head out to enjoy the surf and throwing on afterwards to warm up and even drive home in. The inside is fully lined with cosy sherpa fleece lining, including the sleeves and hood. The nylon outer is waterproof and windproof for warming up post-surf. This drying robe is great to wear over clothes as well as a wetsuit for any occasion where you want to be dry and warm!

The deep fleece lined outer pockets are zipped and great for keeping your hands warm. There are also two internal pockets, one zipped with a headphone hole for valuables. The durable two-way zip is strong and versatile and zips right up above your chin to keep the windchill out. It can also be operated from the inside when you are changing underneath it. This changing robe is perfect for kids and adults alike doing any sports or outdoor activities. It is durable and tough to keep up with your active lifestyle demands.

#2 – Circle One Skim Boards – Starting at £199

Gift the gift of summer fun this Christmas! Take a look at our stunning range of premium skimboards. Choose a hand finished skimboard with excellent strength to weight ratio and made from quality materials. From top of the range carbon fibre skimboards to colourful epoxy EPS skimboards and wooden skimboards, we have something for all abilities, whether you are just starting out learning to skimboard, or are a wave-riding pro. Our skimboards can also be used as wake skates and for kitesurfing, with their lightweight and playful designs.

Not sure which skimboard you should get? Check out our buyer guide for more information, and size guide to find the perfect fit. Get the full kit with our skimboard packages – all you need to get into skimboarding in one neat bundle!

#3 – Surfboard Tailpads / Grip Pads

#3 Circle One Tail Pad

Spruce up their surfboard with the Circle One 3-piece Surfboard Traction Pad is constructed of Premium EVA, with a super strong 3M backing. The diamond cut groove design delivers more surface area for maximum grip and inspires confidence in your surfing.  This product is also suitable as a Skimboard Traction Pad.

#4 – Surfboard Bags

#4 Surfboard Bag

Find the perfect board bag for protecting your loved ones board while they travel or it’s in storage. We have a range of top quality surfboard bagsSUP bagsbodyboard bags and skimboard bags in a variety of colours and sizes to fit your board. We also design and manufacture a range of rugged dry bags to keep your kit dry or for storing your wet things in, and stock roof racks and straps.

Not sure which bag to go for? Check out our buyer guide for more information or the size guides on each product page to find your perfect fit. Combine with a surfboard or skimboard in one of our package deals to save!

#5 – Circle One Gift Card

Circle One Gift Card
#5 Gift Card

Of course if you still don’t know what to get that special person for Christmas, why not opt for the simple, risk-free option and buy a Circle One gift voucher for them so they can choose themselves? A Circle One gift card will allow the recipient to redeem the gift code against purchases on the online store (just enter the code at checkout) or in-store at the Circle One Surf Co. shop in Crediton, Devon (simply print out the gift card or show proof of purchase on your smart device).

Choosing a gift card is easy, just follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Choose value of the gift card or enter your own amount (choose ‘manual amount’ in the drop down)
STEP 2: Choose default gift card image or upload your own
STEP 3: Add your personal message and recipient details
STEP 4: Choose a delivery date using the ‘postpone delivery’ option (optional)
STEP 5: Proceed to checkout!

Happy Christmas shopping!


Rivers; The Arteries To Our Oceans…

Circle One Razor Fish Tail

Here at Circle One Surf Company we are passionate water sport enthusiasts. Water sports enthusiasts who believe that by designing and manufacturing long lasting, durable products we can minimise the impact on the environment. Our eco pledge combines our products longevity with a wetsuit recycling scheme, a HUGE reduction in plastic use on our packaging & at our offices as well as the support of SAS and their ongoing campaigns. However sometimes all that is required is a platform to speak.

That’s why we invited Simon Hunter (CEO Bristol Avon River Trust), to speak to our customers about the River Trust and the impact it has on all of us, as surfers, waterway users and beach goers.

Read on to find out more.

Words by Simon Hunter, CEO Bristol Avon River Trust – @bristolavonrt, Bristol, UK

Razor Fish Surfboard


Rivers; the arteries to our oceans… (Words by Simon Hunter)

We’re all experiencing a kind of collective trauma. The pandemic, climate change and the declared ecological emergencies – it can all get quite overwhelming. How do we find our way through that? 

One of my favourite nature writers, Robin Wall Kimmerer has written that if we “restore the land, we restore ourselves” and I believe the same can be said for water – with healthy lifeblood, our rivers, streams, and seas will flourish as will the life that depend on them.

Nature works hard for us, let’s work hard for nature. Nature is at the heart of delivering on the Paris Agreement and keeping 1.5 degrees within reach… We have the power to turn things around. Despite humans being the most intellectual species to inhabit this planet, we’re doing a pretty fine job at destroying the earth beneath our feet and impacting other species that’s life depends on it.

Let’s take freshwater – our “lifeblood” as a case in point. Our freshwater environments supply water for all our needs as well as preventing erosion and providing natural protection from flooding. Swimmers, paddle boarders, kayakers, boaters and anglers all enjoy their waters for recreational purposes. Our rivers have also been absolutely critical to the development of our economy, supporting our industrial revolution and providing a vital trade transportation link between our cities. Our rivers are also the arteries to our ocean, to those of us who enjoy our seas, whether that be for surfing, swimming or simply enjoying the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, we deserve clean natural environments to play in. We must therefore tackle the problem with our rivers in order to clean up our oceans.


Source: https://www.theriverstrust.org/

Did you know that just 14% of rivers nationally are achieving “Good” ecological health, and every single one fails to meet chemical standards. That figure has not changed since 2009, despite government promises that by 2027 75% of English rivers would be rated good!

From source to sea, our rivers are under continuous pressure from mankind. Our watercourses are impacted by agriculture, effluent from water companies and privately owned sewage systems, abstraction, and urbanisation. Around 80% of the plastic in our oceans come from land-based sources that enter the system through networks of rivers, streams and ditches. These pressures will not go away and will increase as populations of local towns and cities increase. 

These pressures must be recognised and the need to improve our rivers by collaborative working at a catchment scale is crucial if we are to reverse the current trend. We need to start working with natural solutions to tackle the many challenges our rivers face to create a healthy and resilient river and catchment. If we work with nature and reinstate natural processes, nature will thrive and communities can access and enjoy safe, clean water, both now and in the future…

We must wake up to this fact and act now so that we save our most important resource on the planet! Failure of nature’s recovery, for the next generation, ourselves, our health, our well-being. We can’t afford NOT to do it.

How you can help protect your rivers and seas…

There are many small changes we all can make in our day to day lives which can benefit our local rivers and sea and the wildlife that depends on them.

We can all do our bit in protecting our oceans and this starts with our everyday actions: 

  • Remember only flush the three P’s (pee, poo & (toilet) paper) – what you pour down the drain ends up in our rivers and sea! So, think before you flush!
  • Use water wisely! Wash less – only use washing machines and dishwashers when you have a full load. And turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth.
  • Check your home for misconnections. Sinks, baths, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers should connect into the foul drain. Find out more at www.connectright.org.uk
  • Choose eco-friendly laundry and cleaning products when washing your clothes and your dishes. Phosphates are a common ingredient in household cleaning products, but they pollute our rivers and act as fertilisers, increasing weed growth. Switch to phosphate-free brands instead.
  • Don’t drop litter or fly tip! Rubbish, no matter how small, can harm wildlife and cause blockages which can lead to flooding. Be sure to bin it every time.
  • Check your septic tank & make sure it is working properly. If you’ve got one, make sure it’s working properly, isn’t leaking, and is emptied once a year to stop phosphates seeping into the ground. 
  • Don’t pour paint, chemicals, or oils down the drain. Many of our drains lead directly into our rivers. Take them to your local household waste recycling centre.
  • If you see any signs of pollution, contact the Environment Agency. If you see dead fish floating, discoloured or smelly water, contact the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

It will take all of us working together to have healthy rivers – this is our river and our responsibility.

The Rivers Trust “movement” and its role in protecting our rivers and seas…

eNGO’s are playing a significant role in raising awareness of the issues facing our natural world. The Rivers Trust is one of those, which alongside a number of others including Surfers Against Sewage, have raised the profile of the poor health of our water environments in both the media and our governments agenda in recent months. The Trust helped to deliver a petition to Parliament calling for an end to sewage pollution and asked you write to your MPs to demand better for rivers.

The Rivers Trust are the umbrella organisation for our 63 member Rivers Trusts in the UK and Ireland. They work with member trusts to make our shared vision a reality: wild, healthy, natural rivers, valued by all. Despite the difficulties experienced by us all during 2020 – the year of cancelled events and delayed projects, across the country the movement delivered the following outcomes to our rivers: 


I’m incredibly proud to be part of the Rivers Trust family and as the CEO of Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART), I am fully aware of the challenges that we currently face, and at BART, our small, dedicated team delivers a tremendous amount of work including education, land and river management advice and practical river restoration work throughout the Bristol Avon catchment. Our project work aims to conserve and enhance the status of our waterbodies for current and future generations whilst re-connecting communities to their local rivers and help them to better appreciate and improve them for the benefit of people and wildlife. It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle! 

Become a citizen scientist with your local Rivers Trust! 


Image credit: Bristol Avon Rivers Trust website

If you fancy taking a more active role in helping to protect your rivers and seas, then you may wish to volunteer for your local Rivers Trust? 

From tree planting, litter picks to river restoration there are lots of ways you can get involved. At Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) we also deliver an annual WaterBlitz event where we call upon as many volunteers as possible to help us collect water samples across the catchment. The event gives a snapshot of water quality in the rivers and streams across the catchment. The results from the WaterBlitz project help us target areas and influence future conservation projects and contribute to a global water quality database which assesses the quality of freshwater ecosystems all over the world. 

The event is run in partnership with FreshWater Watch, a global programme developed by the environmental NGO, Earthwatch, who coordinate WaterBlitz events around the world. If you’d like to take part in next year’s event you can find out further information here: https://bristolavonriverstrust.org/waterblitz/

If you or your business fancy getting involved with our wider project work or wish to be one of our “eyes and ears” on the ground, then check out the “Get involved” tab on BART’s website for further information.