Of all the adventure sports gear on the market, you can guarantee either a penknife or multitool will top a traveller’s packing list every time. And considering the range of blades, saws, punches and drives now included in the top models, you can see why. While not ideal for carving out the hull of a canoe or cutting your way through the jungles of Sarawak, a good model is as much a survival tool as it is an executive nail file. Here’s what to look for when buying and some help in deciding whether you need a penknife or multitool.
Fun filled, active and a healthy option for a holiday, windsurfing is definitely a sport that the whole family can enjoy this summer! Windsurfing may be an individual sport, however with huge advances in equipment technology it is accessible for all ages to try. A windsurfing holiday in a warmer climate is a great place to start or to perfect those skills without having to worry about the cold seas around the British Isles.
If you are new to windsurfing then a lesson is a must and on many windsurfing holidays the tuition and equipment will all be include, so you need not worry. Children from aged 8 up can get the basics and may even be able to windsurf around by themselves after a few lessons!
Learnt to surf this summer and eager to do more? Good news is the UK is great for surfing and it provides ideal conditions for progressing further. Autumn’s Atlantic swells bring in bigger, cleaner and more consistent waves and, after the long, hot (ahem) summer, our British waters have warmed to a comfortable average of around 14 degrees. Compared to summer’s 1 to 4-foot wave-lets, October can see anything from 4 to 12 feet; perfect for taking your surfing skills to the next level. However, you’ll need to gear up…
The surfing in Brazil is much like its culture – varied and generally supportive of a really good time. The coastline is immense at almost 7,500 kilometres! There are reefs, sandy beaches, and rocky points capable of transforming South Atlantic swell into peeling waves.But because of the predominate southern origin of ocean energy in this region of the Atlantic, great surf is rarely found in the northern section of Brazil. It’s the southern beaches, especially on the island of Santa Catarina, where you’ll find the best places to look for waves.
Austria has skiing in its veins: a beloved national pastime in this landlocked, mountainous country. Well, the snowboarding destinations in Austria are pretty fondly looked on too. As well as offering unrivalled après ski, artfully sculpted freestyle parks and great off-piste opportunities, Austria somehow manages to retain its individuality and European charm. If you are thinking of packing for a snowboarding holiday and have yet to decide where, here are ten of the best snowboarding destinations Austria has to offer.
Thailand is renowned the world over for its party scene, Buddhist monuments, mouthwatering cuisine and empyrean beaches. It’s less renowned – and this is an injustice – for its excellent sea kayaking opportunities, especially around the paradise islands of Koh Samui and Phuket. Sea Kayaking in Thailand you can explore enigmatic lagoons and mysterious tunnels, marine parks and 75-million-year-old caves fashioned from coral reefs – truly a different world.
Japan: Steeped in legend and myth, yet actually very easy to get to know. More and more people are beginning to discover this, along with the poorly kept secret that the country offers some of the best skiing holidays and snowboarding trips in the world. As if that wasn’t enough, here are ten more reasons why you should ski in Japan this winter.
Ski and snowboarding clothing is ever evolving. One item finding its way to pistes and backcountry routes are heated gloves; if there’s one part of your body sure to feel the cold it’s your fingers so it’s a welcome development. Ember gloves is a UK company that was started to better what was already on the market, bringing some inspired design to the mix and improved look, feel and function.
Scuba divers understand that it’s important to take a bootie call seriously…These neoprene and rubber babies soon become like second soles as they protect you during your trips from shore to sea to boat, into your fins and back again, so choosing scuba booties wisely is vital! You will want to purchase your scuba booties at the same time as your fins, or at least have your fins with you, because you will need to have your booties on to ensure the fins fit properly whilst you are wearing them. Most likely you will need to be choosing fins a size larger.
I grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida, where much of my youth was spent at the beach or on the water. And while Florida’s west shore is perfect for a ton of activities—beach volleyball, sunbathing, jet skiing, fishing, and skimming among them—it’s not really known for decent surf. Despite the small (or in many cases, non-existent) waves, I tried my hardest to become the surfing pro that, since age 13, I felt I was destined to be.