We are giving away 3 (yes 3!) of Andrew Cotton’s tow boards!


These boards were designed for our team of big wave surfers – Andrew Cotton and Barry Mottershead, in conjunction with legendary shaper Bruce Mckee. Bruce shaped for many years at Pukas and under his own name, building boards for the likes of Tom Curren and Sunny Garcia.


With Cotty’s and Barry’s input, we developed a board that would go in 20-40ft solid waves – in particular Mullaghmore, where both guys most frequently surf. The boards have since been used by a number of surfers as their go to board at Mullaghmore including Hugo Vau, Conor McGuire and Nic Von Rupp. Barry has also gained a number of XXL nominations on the same board.


The boards are made from HD-eps foam, with layers of glass and bamboo on the deck and bottom and carbon rails, lead weights between the feet in the core and additional inserts for modular weights. They have 5 futures fin boxes with quad fin placement by McKee.


Of the 9 boards originally made, we have 3 of Cotty’s to give away. These boards will be signed by Cotty and presented by the man himself to the winners at the Tiki surf shop in North Devon.


There are 3 ways to enter the competition:  THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED


  1. On Facebook, Closed and Like the Tiki Surf Shop page then Like and Share the competition post.


  1. On Instagram, Closed and follow @tikisurfshop and tag a friend in the competition post.


  1. On our website, Closed and fill in the form.


We will pick one winner from each platform – 3 boards, 3 winners. You can enter any way, as many times as you like.


Small print:


– Closing date of the competition is 20th September.

– Cotty’s going to Nazare in October so if you want to come and meet him and collect the prize it will need to be between the 21st and 30th Sept.

– We can arrange delivery of the board, at the winner’s cost.

– You can enter the competition as many times as you like on any or all 3 ways to enter.

– We will pick the winner at random, 1 from each entry draw. If the same name comes up twice, we will draw a 2nd name – ie. You cant win 2 boards!

– Competition is only open to UK mainland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland customers.

– Employees of Tiki and their immediate families, persons connected with the competition/prize draw and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Competition.


Emery Surfboards

Alan Emery grew up in Northern NSW, Australia surfing the famed right hand point break,   Lennox Head and any waves he could find in the surrounding area.

As a grommet, any spare time that Al had out of the water was spent learning all aspects of shaping, design and the production process within the Surfboard Industry.

The vast amount of Australasian Pro Junior, WSL, CT and the rest of Emery’s surfers around the world including Adam Melling, a world tour surfer, has helped Alan to refine his shapes, contours and rockers to an extremely high level, producing surfboards for just about every break across the globe and for every level of surfing.

Al’s passion for surfing & surfboards is shown through his constant motivation to improve on designs, not only for himself but also for his team and customers. This along with the dedication and drive that is put into the quality shapes and design innovation has resulted in Emery Surfboards becoming a premier surf brand in the Surfboard Industry.

The Surfboard Industry consumes Al’s life, by literally living & breathing every moment of it. When he’s not in the lab working with new materials, designs and process, he’s out there surfing with his team and mates.


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Who is… Sean Wilde

Sean Wilde, originating from Australia, started Wilde Shapes over twenty five years ago in Huntington Beach California. After shaping surfboards for a decade in the States and a further seventeen years in Australia, his shapes are a perfect blend of both styles.

Although working on his own designs from the beginning, Sean has also shaped for some of the most highly regarded surfboard shapers in the industry.
One such shaper, the late Blake Case whom at the time was at the forefront of modern design and was shaping boards for Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia and Derick Ho. Blake passed on his knowledge and his prized planer which Sean still uses to this day.

Sean then started shaping and riding surfboards of the longer variety after starting his new job at the Robert August factory. Working for four years with a team of surfing legends hand shaping an assortment of models, you might say his apprenticeship was well and truly complete.

When he was offered a chance to move back home to Australia with the Robert August label and his first child on the way he jumped at it. It wasn’t long before he was shaping boards, not only for the Robert August label, but also Bennetts, Keyo as well as continuing his own label.

This all led to the ultimate decision of letting all other labels go in order to pursue his dream of making his own label.

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Another summer has flown by here at Tiki and now the madness has subsided a little, it is time to reflect on the issues of the last few weeks. Its generally been a good summer of weather (apart from a bit of a hiccup in August!) The surf has not been much to write home about but now we are well into September, we’ve had some nice off-shore sessions in between the flat days.. and its still warm!

On a more serious note. As a company that manufactures surfboards and wetsuits, environmental issues are a topic close to Tiki’s heart. One positive piece of environmental news to come out of the summer were reports on the reduction of the ozone layer hole.

A new UN report found that the Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally starting to recover, after efforts in the 1980s to phase out CFCs and other destructive chemicals. Without the ozone layer’s protection, more and more people would be exposed to UV rays. Skin-cancer rates in many places might have soared, as they already have in Puentas Arenas, Chile, which lies under the existing ozone hole. Those UV rays could also harm crops and the marine food chain.
Fortunately, this potentially disastrous scenario never occurred on a global scale. Scientists uncovered the problem in time. And, under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, world leaders agreed to phase out CFCs. The latest UN assessment, conducted by some 300 scientists, has found that the ozone layer is just now starting to heal and should be back to its 1980 levels by 2050, though there will be ups and downs along the way.

On a less positive note, levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have reached a record high. An instrument near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii has recorded a long-awaited climate milestone: the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere there has exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 55 years of measurement and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history! The last time the concentration of Earth’s main greenhouse gas reached this mark, seas were at least 30 feet higher, at a level that today would inundate major cities around the world. The planet was about 2 to 3 degrees Celsius warmer. But the Earth then was in the final stage of a prolonged greenhouse epoch, and CO2 concentrations were on their way down. This time, 400 ppm is a milestone on a far more rapid uphill climb toward an uncertain climate future.

Here at Tiki we are constantly trying to find ways to be more environmentally responsible. From relatively minor changes like converting all our carrier bags from plastic to recycled paper and packing our surf accessories in recycled card, to production on a bigger scale. All our wetsuits are now made from limestone based neoprene rather than the less eco friendly oil base. Our CLX and Feather Foil surfboard ranges use the more environmentally sound and recyclable polystyrene foam rather than Polyurethane. The Epoxy resin used on these boards over the traditional polyester resin, produces 75% less VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in its production and the bamboo used on the Feather Foils is all from a sustainable source.

The surf industry by its nature, unfortunately, is not the most environmentally sound of businesses in its manufacturing processes. In order for us all to keep enjoying the ocean and doing what we love most, both surf companies and surfers alike have a responsibility to move forward with an environmental consciousness. Generally, there seems to be better understanding and awareness of eco issues around the world, certainly since the 70’s and 80’s when environmental damage seemed to be at its worst. The improvement in the ozone layer proves that the globe, pulling together as one community, can make a difference and long may that attitude continue.

Here’s some interesting news for surfers in the Southwest, particularly our friends in the Bristol area. A company called ‘The Wave: Bristol’ have submitted a full planning application for a 6.5 million pound surfing lake. The artificially created lake will be 115 meters wide and will create a 1.6 metre wave face height. You may have seen youtube footage of a similar project in Spain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJzwMqWI0hI

How does it work? The planned development allows for two surfers on a wave at any time, one either side of a pier, essentially a left and a right. Under the central pier there will be a moving object that will displace water as it moves up and down the lake 60 times an hour, creating the wave. This means there will be 120 waves per hour, or two ridable waves per minute.

Surfing, perhaps more than any other sport, is heavily dependant on mother nature delivering the right combination of conditions. Any British surfer will know that those particular set of conditions, creating good or even acceptable surf, can be frustratingly rare and inconsistent. Could this innovation finally bring a taste of consistent swell to the wave hungry, surf community of Britain? Bare in mind, this will inevitably attract a lot of interest, crowds must surely still be an issue, perhaps not in the lineup as such, but just waiting in the que for your turn. On a positive note, if this project proves a success it may be the first of many to appear around the UK and indeed the world. Could the proliferation of these surfing lakes be a precursor to surfing being introduced as an olympic sport? Well i’m probably getting a bit ahead of myself there but your thoughts and views on this subject are welcome.

Follow this link for more pics and info: http://www.the-wave.co.uk/Bristol/


A lot of focus and praise recently has been heaped on our very own, home grown big wave surfer Andrew Cotton, and rightly so. With big wave surfing in the news again this week with the Mavericks Invertational, I would like to use this space to look at another big wave surfer who shot to fame two decades ago. Like Cotty he fearlessly pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible at the time.

Twenty years ago this year, back in 1994, age just 16, Californian Jay Moriarity paddled out on a huge day at Mavericks. He had prepared for this day for years with intense mental and physical training from his mentor Frosty Hesson. On his first wave Jay took, to this day, one of the heaviest, most gut wrenching wipeouts ever witnessed. The truly amazing thing is, having just survived a wipeout and hold-down that would have killed many a less prepared surfer, Jay proceeded to grab his spare board, paddle back out, successfully catch eight waves in what turned out to be a five hour session. A shot of the wipeout made the cover of Surfer Magazine the following month. Jay became a regular in the lineup at Mavericks in the years after but from that remarkable day, the legend of Jay Moriarity was born.

Some of you reading this may remember the O’neill Surf Academy. This was a team of professional surfers put together for a European tour, with the aim of teaching and introducing kids to surfing. The team at that time was made up largely of young pro surfers from Santa Cruz California, the home of O’neill. Croyde was one of the stops on the tour and Jay was on the team. For two summers, those of us that were lucky enough to live and work in Croyde at the time, spent many evenings in Jay’s company. (I was working at the Thatch where the team were staying). Lock-ins were a nightly occurrence and while the other young pros on the tour were struggling to get to grips with British strength beer, Jay was always a little more reserved, always smiling, positive and pleased to see you, but with absolutely nothing to prove.
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Just one week before the team were due to return to Croyde for the 2001 tour, news came through that Jay had died in a free diving accident in the Maldives. It sent a shockwave through the surfing world. The few people in North Devon that had got to know him joined thousands around the world in feeling a genuine grief for this talented, determined young surfer whose attitude, positivity and personality had touched the lives of so many. Jay died on 15th June 2001, the day before his 23rd birthday.

In 2012 Jay’s life was enough of an inspiration for Hollywood to release a film of his life; ‘Chasing Mavericks’ starring Jonny Weston as Jay and Gerard Butler as Frosty Hesson.

With floods still dominating the news we can only feel here at Tiki that we have got off lightly (so far!) This time last year we still weren’t open for business having been flooded just before Christmas. Our thoughts are with those homes and businesses who in some cases have been under water now for weeks.. We know how it feels!

So with the horrific weather and now gale force winds screwing up any chances of good surf, some people might be thinking of escaping our green and pleasant land. lets cheer ourselves up then (or make ourselves even more depressed!) and have a look at how four of our favorite surf spots around the world are doing this week.

Costa Rica – Nicoya Peninsula

It is prime time for Central America at this time of year, its dry season so its sunny, warm and generally with light offshore winds every day. The Nicoya Peninsula is home to such spots as Tamarindo, Nosara, Mal Pais in the south and of course the famous Witches Rock and Playa Negra which both featured in the classic surf movie, Endless Summer II.

Its looking like a mellow 2-3 ft this week and with the air temp at 25-30 degrees and the water temp at a steady 27 degrees its board shorts and UV rashie all the way!

Witches Rock

Witches Rock, Costa Rica

Indonesia – Sumatra and The Mentawai Islands

Its off season for Indo right now but its still a warm, wave filled and super adventurous destination for anyone looking for a real contrast to here. You might still get a bit of rain though! If I had the time and money I would charter a boat and head off round the Mentawai Islands and try and find some uncrowded waves.

Conditions look good this week out in Indo, but then there are always waves to be found in this area of the world. If you are looking for hollow, punchy, world class surf in a tropical location Indo really has to be top of your list.

Mentawai Islands

Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

Morocco – North West Coast

Lets look closer to home now and at just three hours flying time away from the UK, Morocco has been a favorite destination with British surfers for decades. It’s coastline lies wide open to Atlantic swells giving it a very high wave consistency, particularly at this time of year. Far enough south to remain pleasantly warm through the whole year, its home to such famous breaks as Anchors, Killer Point and Boilers. Mostly right hand points but there are less intimidating beach breaks for the beginner.

Looks like its pumping out there this week, they’re getting good swell from all those low pressure systems that are giving us the bad weather here in the UK at the moment. The air is a pleasant 20-24 degrees during the day, cooler at night but the water is only 17 degrees, the same as our summer water temp so take your 3/2 summer suit!


Anchor Point, Morocco

Sri Lanka – South West Coast

Another tropical destination, in the Indian ocean this time. Again, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for British surfers. With a hugely diverse and interesting culture, it’s waves are generally mellower and more user friendly compared to Indo, particularly for the beginner to intermediate surfer. A great time of year to visit the south west coast (visit their south east coast in our summer) flight prices start around the £500 mark but this is a very cheap destination once you are there.

Not looking so good this week with 1-2 ft waves coming through but picking up next week at 3-4 ft. Its such a laid back vibe out here and the people generally are so friendly and accomodating. If the surf is flat, head up to the hill country and the colonial tea plantations or charter a boat and go blue whale spotting or do a scuba diving course in the beautiful warm, clear water.

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka