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Keep your Children safe and move to Wales

Parents may be unintentionally exposing their children to cyber-bullying and other online risks by setting up social media accounts for their offspring and allowing them to surf the web unsupervised. With increasing numbers of children using the internet, a new study has found that only one in ten parents think their child is safe online yet many (43%) willingly set up social media profiles for their children, even if they are under-age. A third of parents also admitted they had not spoken to their children about how to stay safe online and less than 1 in 5 had set parental controls Read More

Meet Cameron McEvoy, Australia’s next great white hope

Cameron McEvoy stands at an impressive 6’2” and has a look of reassured confidence across his face as he poses for selfies with fans. He has just completed what no-other Australian in the history of Australian swimming has ever achieved. Winning National titles in all three main freestyle sprint races, the 50M, 100M and 200M, all in the same year. This is no small feat, and what makes it even more impressive is that we are yet to see the best of him. Speed and science a deadly combo At only 21, McEvoy has a long career ahead of him, Read More

Training in the gym for swimmers

If you are a sprint swimmer weight-training is an important part of your overall training. Sprinters, train the same way in the weight room as you would in a pool. What this means is that you’re not lifting heavy weights all the time. Instead, just like your swimming, you will vary your training. Lifting nothing but heavy weights would be like doing all resistance work in the pool! A sprint swimmer’s season, will go through different phases and stages of training. During a summer season a sprint swimmer will undergo endurance, speed and power work in the pool. The same Read More

Stereotypical Strokes

Swimming is a great recreational exercise – one that rejuvenates the body and mind and motivates one to push boundaries further. Just like any other sport or activity, swimming has its own share of patrons who have peculiar ways of accomplishing the sport. Some are laid back while some sweat it out at every opportunity to make it big. While you might not encounter a Micheal Phelps or an Ian Thorpe everyday, there are some definite swimmer stereotypes who make for some great company by the pool. Flying Fish Okay, there exist ‘flying’ fish in the sea, but you can Read More

Swimming – Exercise and Fun

Swimming is one of the more popular forms of exercise as it helps you become both fitter and feel better. While the cold weather may limit the months when you can swim in the ocean or the lake, there are many public indoor pools to use to continue your swimming and aquatic exercise even in colder climates. The national governing body for swimming, USA Swimming, declares that swimming is a sport which builds up self-awareness and confidence levels in youth. Moreover, this is a sport which is healthy for mature athletes, and that water helps make you feel younger. Benefits Read More

Some Newquay Reef Worries

A word of caution is in order, to temper the general enthusiasm of those who stand to benefit: The proposed scheme for the artificial reef shows the situation at various states of the tide. If you do the sums, you will realise that the proposal is for 50 thousand tonnes of estuarine sand and gravel to be deposited in Newquay Bay, just below the low water mark of Great Western and Tolcarne beaches. This material to be contained in bags with a lifetime of only 25 years. It sounds like a long time, but, believe me, its not. Will the Read More

Interview with Professor Kerry Black

SJ – Will they build and test a scale model to show the affects on tidal flows, waves, and currents? Kerry – What has happened in the last 10-15 years is that the computer/numerical models have become much more sophisticated; and they are much more versatile than the scale models because you can do a lot more different shapes and sizes and change parameters so much easier in a mathematical model than you can in a hard concrete or wooden physical model. Also the physical models have some disadvantages with scale affects and you need a very large model and Read More

Martin Potter Interview

  (Photo courtesy & Copyright © Estpix.com) SJ: Why are you competing at the Boardmasters festival and not at the higher rated WQS event at the American Opean of Surfing @ Huntington Beach in America? What Makes Newquay special for you? Pottz: The Boardmasters gave me the wildcard last year although unfortunately I was unable to hang around and surf in it due to my wife giving birth to twins. So I felt like I had to come back and that I had some unfinished business. But besides that, I’ve actually retired from surfing competitively, this is probably just a Read More

SJ’s interview with Mike Parsons

SJ – Are you in London today? Mike Parsons – Yeah, I’m actually flying back to Mundaka/Spain tomorrow. I came from California two days ago for the Billabong Pro event in Mundaka and flew over to London this morning, so I go back there for about a week before I go home.   SJ – How have you found the day so far? MP – It was really good. Richard and Judy were really cool. That was a fun show to go on. They were genuinely really interested in surfing and that was really cool.   SJ – Do you Read More

The endless bummer

I recently returned to England for a visit after living in Australia for the past 30 years. I thought it was about time I got my act together, place my bum on an air-plane seat, and see the old country again. Not only Brighton and Hove where I grew up, but also Cornwall as well, namely Newquay, where a group of friends and I spent a couple of magical summers, enjoying the friendly laid-back atmosphere of Newquay in the sixties.   Great Western, Summer 1963 Copyright © Seasedge Publications It was a time when the Beach Boys were popular, and Read More