If the statisticians are to be believed, long distance relationships are doomed to fail. Granted, they accept that sometimes there is truth in the old saying that â€˜absence makes the heart grow fonderâ€™, but it seems that â€˜out of sight, out of mindâ€™ is far more fitting with their findings. Now, you may already realise, but one of the most important ingredients to surfing is water... the salty variety, usually. And yet, in the UK, a huge percentage of active surfers live miles inland from the sea, passionately maintaining the sort of long distance relationships that friends and family secretly doubt will last.
This issue we get amongst one of the thirstiest yet underestimated surf communities in Britain â€“ London. It is a city that not only boasts some of the most dedicated, diverse and wanderlust-fuelled surfers, but also key moments in the surfing history of this nation, which are rarely attributed to the capital. We also discover that one of the only surfers living in Nashville, Tennessee, happens to be a Brit who grew up surfing Croyde, and ask him how the hell he ended up nine hours from the coast. And in case this issue of Wavelength is in danger of becoming the bus load of wave-starved frothers, about to paddle out into your nightmares, Thurso resident Chris Noble gives us his experience of what it is like being â€˜the localâ€™ at a world class wave that struggles with crowds, yet canâ€™t stop attracting them.
Wherever we live, it is the desire to quench our thirst for surfing that drives and unites us. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. And whilst, no doubt, more time together might make you a better lover, a fonder heart will make the relationship last a lifetime.
Month In Surfing: The highs and lows of a month in surfing
In My Experience: Thurso local Chris Noble on 'being the local'
How Did I Get Here?: How North Devon surfer Sophie Hellyer ended up surfing for the masses
I Walk The Line: Surfing Nashville, how far would you go for a wave?
Welcome To London: Meet the city surfers from the big smoke
The Session: A sleeping beauty awakens for an Irish crew
Mauritius: Return to the forgotten Island of Santosha
California: Brit stylemasters hang in the land of dreams
The View: Time for wave porn
Winter Wetsuit Guide: Say hello to your next winter wetsuit
All this in issue 219 plus: A Surfer's life, how to surf big waves, improve your surfing with more tubetime, the board geek, behind the shot, environmental news, the ultimate ride, quiver and stat checking the Museum Of British Surfing
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