“Sitting out the back, waiting for the next set, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the creation around us.”
Some pretty wise words there from the guys at Christian Surfers UK, a dedicated crew of surfers if ever we met one. Dryrobe jumped at the chance of teaming up with the charity CSUK recently to create a stash of personalised CSUK robes, and we are all pretty pleased with how they’ve turned out.
The idea first began to emerge after national director Phil Williams noticed our Dryrobe Advance whilst assisting at the UK Pro Surf tour event in Thurso (Scotland) and Tynemouth (North East England) during late October in 2013. One of the aims for Christian Surfers is to continually look for ways of serving the surf community, and the organisation are present at virtually all of the big surfing competitions throughout the year. By teaming with Dryrobe, CSUK hope to provide a fantastic solution to help out at competitions around the UK through the winter months.
Shortly after the event Phil began to chat to Gideon, about the possibility of getting six Dryrobe Advance’s logoed up, which would be available to lend out at competitions to judges, officials and beach marshals. This of course is in addition to personal use for the three volunteer staff Dave Renyard, Johnny Hillman and Phil Williams. Since receiving their Dryrobes they have created big interest wherever they have gone, at coastal locations, whilst surfing the Severn bore, and indeed inland locations during this atrocious weather.
Director Phil Williams has been really pleased with CSUK’s Dryrobe’s so far and said “The robes are of excellent quality and have transformed the way that we get changed, but more importantly we are looking forward to lending them out as the contest season begins.”
Up here in North Devon, the CSUK’s Jesus Surf Classic is the surf event of the year, as it’s held in Croyde. Every year the Christian Surfers pull out all the stops and put on a fantastic event, showcasing the best surfing that the UK has to offer. Last year Dryrobe riders Taz and Peony Knight took the titles for the men and womens juniors, whilst fellow Dryrobe team rider Stu Campbell took the open title for the second year in a row. Stu said “The CSUK Jesus Surf Classic is my favourite event of the year- The CSUK crew organise a fantastic event and they bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to Croyde beach every year. At last years event it was stormy and muddy, but as usual everyone still had a smile on their face, and it was an epic weekend. They have a great attitude in and out of the water that I think everyone can learn from.”
We are really pleased to have had the chance to team up with Christian Surfers and look forward to seeing them nice and warm at surfing events in the future. This years Jesus Surf Classic will be held at Croyde on the 13th and 14th of September, and the equally as impressive Jesus Longboard Classic will be held in Polzeath on 11th-12th of October- so be sure to get to an event if you haven’t before, CSUK put on fantastic events… and they serve up a great bacon bap too.
What a start to 2014! Sport Relief 2014 Team Got in contact with us to use our products for Davina McCall’s amazing ‘Beyond Breaking Point’ Challenge – What a monster of a mission that turned into, hideous weather, an amazing achievement.
A surprise appearance of Dryrobe on BBC Countryfile report from the lake District livened up the sunday evening viewing.
We are busy behind the scenes. In between trade shows this week, just back from Triathlon Plus show at EXCEL Docklands, London. A marathon 5 days involvement but a great show. We had Dryrobes being used around the 3 pools at the show, Dryrobes being used by neighbouring stands (as mobile change rooms) & even on Ceepo & Rotor bike stand. Needless to say it generated a lot of interest & we have exciting times ahead.
Next up is the Triathlon Show, Epsom Downs. We Only launched the Dryrobe Advance there last year. Now we’re back but beside the Pool (of course ) in the Zoggs Swim Zone, with some branded Dryrobes for the organisers again. So expect to see lots of dryrobe action there this year. After that we have the Manchester Bike & Tri Show. #relentless
New products, deals we can talk about yet that will see dryrobe in some of the outdoor sports world’s most prestigious & famous events. We will be at a wide range of events with our stand. We’re sponsoring an elite open water swim team along with Torq, Huub, Amphibia & swans & Nuflex, & an OCR Team. We have new ambassadors from multiple sports. Soon to be featured on our website. There is a lot for us to be getting on with & lots of news to come.
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The green light has been given- Tomorrow (Sunday the 22nd) we will see the first Big Wave World Tour event of the year go ahead in Getxo, Basque Country. The Punta Galea Challenge is the only European stop on the tour and the first event to be held as both the Chile and Peru events were cancelled due to lack of swell.
The Big Wave World Tour was founded by legendary big wave rider, Gary Linden. The tour describes itself as “an international surfing phenomenon that organizes the best big wave riders in the first-ever big wave surfing league. The tour showcases the world’s top surfers and local standouts as they battle extreme conditions, and each other, in a season long battle to become the next Big Wave World Champion.” The Tour organisers closely monitor the weather patterns for ideal conditions and the surfers are given just 72 hours notice to arrive at sanctioned big wave competition sites around the world. To set the BWWT event apart from the traditional contest format, and to ensure that risk is rewarded, the top scoring ride of each competitor is doubled. All events are paddle-in only, and the contest wave height is a minimum of 30ft with waves greater than 50ft preferred. This event isn’t for the faint hearted, which brings us to our next point. Cotty.
North Devon local and Dryrobe team rider, Andrew ‘Cotty’ Cotton is getting straight in there, in heat 1 of the Punta Galea Challenge. It’s a six man heat including Nic Lamb and California’s Nathan Fletcher, 2012 Billabong XXL Ride of the year winner. We had a chat with Cotty earlier today for some news on his weapons of choice, and how he is feeling pre-contest.
“I’m taking 2 boards, a 10’0 Al Merrick mega gun and a 10’6 Rob Vaughn- both are quad set up and I’m using the stretch FCS fins. I’ll probably ride the 10’6 as it’s better in fatter waves and paddles amazing!” Not only is our man feeling confident about his boards, but he seems to be pretty well prepared mentally ahead of tomorrows contest- “I’m in a really good place with my surfing, there’s no pressure, I just want to enjoy it and charge. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity to compete in a BWWT event. Super stoked.”
We couldn’t be more excited to watch Cotty competing with the worlds best- right where he belongs. He has had a wild year and we can’t wait to watch him top it off in Getxo tomorrow.
It’s not only the surf scene that we here at that Dryrobe have been keeping warm with this winter, you can also spot Dryrobes keeping a number of athletes warm over the past few months. We are getting involved in all kinds of cold water sports, and have been really busy working with various magazines across the disciplines.
We have been featured in a bunch of magazines recently as everyone gears up for the festive season and starts looking for gifts for the athlete in their lives. You can see our Dryrobe Advance in all it’s glory as part of the clothing and accessories section of Kitesurf Magazine’s Christmas gift ideas. Not only are we on Kitesurf’s Christmas list for Santa, but we also spotted the Dryrobe advance hanging out amongst the like of Procella Tees and Mystic’s Global Jacket in Windsurf Magazine’s festive gift ideas.
In preparation for prime Dryrobe season, we also have a few adverts running in our favourite water sports publications. You can currently catch us in H2Open, open water swimming magazine, where as well as our own advert we spotted the awesome Kari Schibevaag, Pro Kitesurfer and Dryrobe ambassador, rocking her Dryrobe as part of the Mailsports advert.
Kari can also be seen in our advert in the current issue of Kitesurf magazine. Not only is she featured in the magazine with us, but you can also read about, and see some epic shots of Kari on a trip to Galicia, northern Spain. Kari isn’t the only athlete starring in our adverts this month, in Windsurf magazine you can see pro windsurfer Steve Thorp powering into the lip in our Dryrobe collage.
Not only are we excited to be featured in these UK publications, but it seems that word of the Dryrobe has spread across the pond as well. Swimmer Magazine, the official magazine of U.S Masters swimming, features the Dryrobe Advance in their report on comparing the best ‘swim parkas’ available. They describe a key benefit of our Dryrobe being that “we could change in the parking lot without getting cold (or arrested).” Brilliant, we keep forgetting to mention the avoidance of getting arrested for indecent exposure in our advertisements.