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CATCHING UP WITH: BODYBOARD-DEPOT TEAM RIDER LAURIE MCCALL

The UK's top DK rider, and Bodyboard-Depot team rider Laurie McCall has just returned from a winter of shredding in far off lands. We caught up with him to see what went down (clearly some shredding on the Knee!). What have you been up to this winter? The new year saw me going on a two month trip to New Zealand. I got to see some amazing places and escaped the worst of the English winter which was a bonus! The trip was less a surf trip and more a sightseeing/walking (Or tramping as the locals call it) trip. Walking up the mountains and around the sides of the South Island was unreal, postcard views wherever you look and the freshest air you'll ever breath. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes to get back to nature haha. After a couple of months of walking, hitchhiking and skipping from hostel to hostel in New Zealand I moved on to spend a month in Bali. It was my first time there (I can't believe it's taken me this long to get out there! (I'm now 26) and definitely won't be my last. I was there just between the wet and the dry season meaning I got to surf a whole range of different spots depending on the winds. Where did you get the best waves? Probably at a spot near Keramas, east of Kuta. It was a dream for the knee, most waves consisted of a hollow barrel to whackable end section, could a drop knee er ask for more? What did you get up to other than bodyboarding? New Zealand was all about the wilderness walks and wildlife so a lot of my time was spent missioning up hills and stomping through bush and taking photos of the scenery. In Bali the local food was awesome so I was always on the hunt for a good eat (Ayam Betutu ended up being my favourite dish). A few nights were spent partying in Kuta, such a crazy place! Any days when the surf was flat I'd go off and explore the island on my scooter, it's cool just driving through rural areas and seeing how different the culture and lifestyle is over there. Why is Indo such a sick place to go on a bodyboarding trip? Apart from the obvious abundant selection of world class waves, the water is bath warm (It makes such a difference riding without a wetsuit), the food is good and cheap! The local people are super friendly and always smiling, it's all good, just be careful if you're on a scooter out there, the roads are a death trap! What are you up to now that you're back? I'm working freelance as a graphic designer which is rad, I get to choose my own hours and work from my studio which is a dream come true. I'm just about to start designing a new clothing range for the Bodyboard-Depot, so watch this space! I'm also practicing art which has a been a hobby of mine for a while, I mostly work in collage using found images and paper which I have been hoarding for the past few years! You can see some of my work here - Facebook Flickr Society6 Blog Etsy What are your plans for summer and autumn 2013? Surf as much as I can, I'm going to try and get over to Hossegor in the Autumn for some beachie shacks. Other than that i'll be working to build up my client base for my freelance work and doing as much art as I can, I'd like to see if i can get my work into some galleries and publications. You were at the Science Demo day, what did you think of it? I thought it was a really good idea. It was good to compare a whole load of different boards all in a short space of time. The turnout was impressive and it's promising to see so many groms frothing to get in there! The future is bright! Can you come up with captions for each of your shots please to let us know what's going on? [caption id="attachment_1719" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Cliff jump - A fun little cliff jump Cliff jump - A fun little cliff jump[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1720" align="aligncenter" width="700"]DK Float - Preparing for a heavy landing at a lesser know spot in Bali (Framie - Cian Salmon) DK Float - Preparing for a heavy landing at a lesser know spot in Bali (Framie - Cian Salmon)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1721" align="aligncenter" width="700"]DK Barrel - Not every wave was makable, but sometimes it was just nice to find some shade (Framie - Cian Salmon) DK Barrel - Not every wave was makable, but sometimes it was just nice to find some shade (Framie - Cian Salmon)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1722" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Dk float smaller - This spot was a bit of a skatepark for a natural footed drop kneer (Framie - Cian Salmon) Dk float smaller - This spot was a bit of a skatepark for a natural footed drop kneer (Framie - Cian Salmon)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1724" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Empties - Early morning sickness in Bali, no one out! (my photos)
Empties - Early morning sickness in Bali, no one out! (my photos)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1723" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Empties - Early morning sickness in Bali, no one out! (my photos)
Empties - Early morning sickness in Bali, no one out! (my photos)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1718" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Beach and mountains - Dawnies always provide some good views (my photo) Beach and mountains - Dawnies always provide some good views (my photo)
[/caption] Njepi Festival - Hindu New Year or 'Nyepi Day' celebrations [caption id="attachment_1727" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Lake swim - Getting back to nature on the south island of New Zealand
Lake swim - Getting back to nature on the south island of New Zealand[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1730" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Waterfall - Places like this are the norm in NZ (my photo)
Waterfall - Places like this are the norm in NZ (my photo)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1729" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Peak - Never thought I'd be into hiking but NZ proved me wrong. Peak - Never thought I'd be into hiking but NZ proved me wrong.[/caption]
  • April 27, 2013
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