Coronavirus Update: Surfing, Staycations & Stock Shortages

What a strange year it has been! It seems to have both flown by faster than any previously but at the same time been drawn out as life has been lived at a slower pace. As the summer season ends and clocks go back, we’ve been taking stock (literally) and wanted to update our valued customers at Circle One.

One one side, we’ve had one of our best years on record. Record numbers of people have holidayed in the UK this summer and discovered the abundance of fun to be had in UK waters. After a later start, surf schools, hire shops and outdoor centres we stock had a busy year, plus retail outlets selling Circle One products on the coast in the South West, Wales and Ireland have also found more tourists visiting on staycations.  Additionally, more locals have stayed at home and enjoying the sea and lakes around them.

People who have never needed a wetsuit before in their usual holiday destinations of Greece or Spain, this year discovered the beauty of Devon or Cornwall (albeit with much colder sea temperatures!) and bought the family their first wetsuits. With more free time this year to enjoy the simpler things, more people tried surfing, stand up paddleboarding and skimboarding. Being outdoors has been the safest place to be, and sports which can be enjoyed outside and away from crowded towns and cities have become more popular. In these times of uncertainty and anxiety, the mental health benefits of cold water immersion and being outside have been truly appreciated.

With this unprecedented demand, many of our popular products sold incredibly quickly this year. Therefore, we have less stock of most items than we would usually have going into the Autumn and Winter. If the product you want is currently out of stock, we ask that you bear with us and keep checking back to the website. Please be assured we are working hard to replenish all key lines as soon as possible.

If you would like to be on a waiting list for our really popular products (mainly epoxy & carbon skimboards, Pulse hard surfboards & our soft top beginner boards) then please email [email protected] with the product you wish to pre-order and we can add you to the waiting list to be contacted as soon as we know when items will be back in stock so you can reserve that product (no deposit so no obligation).

We do still have many items in stock online, including cold water surfing gear for the winter season:


We hope this year is just the start of people’s new-found love of the ocean and watersports such as surfing, SUP, skimboarding and open water swimming. We know these pursuits can bring so much joy and in hard times it is these little things which make the difference. Many thanks for your support throughout 2020, and let’s hope for a sunny and exciting 2021.