Circle One Surf Co. 50th Birthday Competition

To celebrate Circle One Surf Co. turning 50 years old we decided to give our customers and followers the chance to win a Circle One Bamboo surfboard. Just in time for #summer!

We were very proud to announce on the 2nd August 2019, one lucky winner of the Bamboo surfboard! GRACE W. a surfer from the South West had entered in the hope to win this wonderful 6,11′ Bamboo Heritage model.

We look forward to seeing the photos of the board in action!

Congratulations Grace!

A little history of our Heritage Surfboards. 

The bamboo surfboard range is manufactured using environmentally friendly and sustainably-sourced bamboo coupled with our state-of-the art bamboo epoxy laminating process. The end result is an exceptional range of surfboards that harness the natural strength and flex characteristics of bamboo to produce surfboards that deliver a super-responsive ride.  We use natural bamboo in our construction so the shade and tone of the bamboo may vary from board to board – every board is truly unique! Choose from the 6ft 2inch up to 9ft 6inch longboard.

A comment from Jeff Townsley (Circle One Owner)

‘We get asked a lot of questions about the construction of our bamboo boards so here’s the lowdown: We use a full 1.5mm thick bamboo sheet in the production process so the bamboo becomes integral to the sandwich construction of the board.  This produces a board of exceptional strength to weight and unique flex and response ride characteristics.  It is worth noting that other manufacturer’s boards sold as ‘bamboo’ may use a paper-thin veneer bamboo sheet (as little as 0.2mm thick) or a ‘printed’ bamboo-effect veneer and whilst it may look nice, it offers no construction benefits.  You can be sure when you purchase a Circle One Bamboo Surfboard, the bamboo not only looks stunning but delivers a real tangible difference in the construction of the board and the quality of the ride.’

To browse our Bamboo Heritage range click here.




Jeff Townsley’s Cold Water Surfing Tips

It seems we have been dropped straight from summer into the heart of winter. The first hard frosts have been felt on our dawn surf sessions and the evening wind chill feels like are suddenly living in the Antarctic. However winter in the UK is always the season to score the best waves, we have decided to put together some of Jeff Townsley’s very own cold water surfing tips to keep you surfing through.

Don’t try and surf through the winter in your 3/2 summer wetsuit

This might come across as common sense, but you’ll be surprised how many people try and go for shorter sessions in their 3.2, in the depths of winter this can be extremely dangerous with hypothermia, fatigue and cold shock are not things to take a risk with. Winter wetsuits are a must.

Layer up when you’re heading out to the beach

Before you’ve even got to the wetsuit stage, keep warm! Grab a thermal hiking top or if its dry pop your Polypro Thermal Long Sleeve underneath your clothes. Being warm before you start out is always going to be beneficial for you, plus it keeps you motivated to get into cold water.

Eat some carbs. (scrap the diet)

In all seriousness, some healthy carbs don’t go amiss when you’re trying to keep warm for long periods of time, root vegetables are the ones to go for. So when your preparing lunch box or eating the night before, be sure to add some potatoes into the mix.

Paddle around the lineup

Keep your body on the move when you are out in the lineup, your blood will be flowing and warming every part of your body. The fitness benefits are also incredible! You may even find yourself paddling into the perfect takeoff positions.

Find the perfect fitting surfing accessories

The boots, the gloves, the hood and the thermal rash vest. Make sure all of these surf accessories fit you perfectly. Neoprene products generally hold water within the materials making them slightly larger when wet, try taking a size small to make sure when you are in the surf your accessories are one hundred percent fitted.

Pre-heat some tea or soup before you go for a surf

This is a classic idea that just works. What is better than to return to your trusty surf wagon to be greeted by a steaming cup of something hot. Flasks will keep most drinks hot for a number of hours now and for the time it takes to make this magic happens, the reward is huge!

Protect your ears

Your ears are extremely important to keep protected, even more so in the winter months. Surfers ear is nothing to joke about, whether you are bodyboarding, surfing or just in the ocean. Buy yourself some decent plugs.

Get the crew out

Get all of your friends to brave the elements with you, one of the greatest feeling is watching your friends pull into perfect winter waves while a north wind howls… Okay actually this would be much nicer if it 30 degrees and warm water. However your friends are great for safety reasons plus enjoying your post surf hot drink chat is much better with them.

Do you have any cold water surf tips that help you keep warm? Post them in the comments below.


Circle One Surfboard Care Guide

The do’s and don’ts – Circle One Surfboard Care Guide

So you’ve finally decided which surfboard to buy! Following good surfboard care is so important in extending the life of your surfboard so here are some top tips to protect your new surfboard:

  • Rinse the surfboard after using it. Doing this stops the salt stains on the surfboard but also helps prevent corrosion from grime/salt building up in the fin boxes/grub screws.
  • Avoid wrapping your leash around your board. Remove your leash and stash it somewhere you wont forget it next time, trust us on this one! It makes a world of difference when your leash isn’t tangled in the water.
  • Don’t store your surfboard somewhere really hot and avoid extreme changes in temperature e.g. going straight from cold sea to a boiling hot car. This goes for having your surfboard in the sunshine too – try and find a nice shady spot for it if you are going to be chilling on the beach for long.
  • Don’t leave your board wax-side up in the sun, it will cause the wax to melt and won’t last as long so you will have to re-wax your board more often.
  • Be careful when carrying your board, it is easy to hit into objects and ding the nose and tail of your board in particular.
  • Learn how to properly wax your surfboard, and fully clean the wax off regularly and reapply so it is doing its job and protecting your surfboard.
  • Remove your fins when you are storing your surfboard for long periods of time, they are liable to be snapped or worse cause damage to your surfboard.
  • Keep it wrapped up, check out our range of board bags; they definitely help stop the dings you don’t find, until you go to surf.
  • DO NOT SURF if the surfboard has damage which has penetrated the resin, get it fixed. Surfing it will cause more damage by allowing water inside. If there’s no other option (sometimes we just have to surf) use a quick ding repair kit like Phix Doctor UV Epoxy/Poly Ding Repair Kit which can patch up your board for a quick fix. 
  • DO NOT use wax to fill a ding, this doesn’t work and will only make any repair harder to carry out.
  • If you are going to be storing the surfboard for a while, remove the wax. **dirty wax smells!**

Check out our full range of surfboards for sale at Circle One!