McTavish Surfboards

The Australian shaping legend Bob McTavish has made us some stunning surfboards on his recent trip through Europe. Hand shaped by Bob and finished at the Olatu Factory in Spain, the boards are a work of art!

Models stocked include: Pinnacle, Noosa 66, Dirt Nap, Involvement, Fireball Evo Squash Tail and the Tracker pictured below..

The boards will be added to the website for sale as soon as they arrive. For more info on the board models or advice on what to choose give us a call at the shop on 01736 757025 or fire us an e-mail on




McTavish Tracker 7'2" x 20' 1/2" x 2 7/8"
McTavish Tracker 7’2″ x 20′ 1/2″ x 2 7/8″
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Clothing and Footwear Sale

Well that’s it… Christmas is over for another year…. We’re all full up on either turkey or nut roast. Mince pied out and had plenty of the good old port and brandy. So, the best thing we can do is go for a walk and spend some quality time in the great outdoors. Now what better way to do that then to sport a new pair of shoes, and a nice cosy pullover to keep that brisk northerly wind at bay.

‘aaave a look at our Clothing and Footwear Sale and see what bargains you can grab while you can.

Clothing Sale 2014

Can I also take this time to wish you all the absolute best for the New Year from all of us at Down the Line.

Keep surfing and keep it real!!

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O’neill Psycho 3 wetsuit test centre

O’neill Psycho 3 wetsuit 3/2mm available to try for the next two weeks at Down the Line Surf Co. Hayle, Cornwall. With all the new wetsuits out there on the market nowadays, it can be a bit of a minefield knowing which wetsuit fits you perfectly, which wetsuit will suit your requirements and ultimately if the top end wetsuits are worth the extra money over the entry level wetsuits.

Until the end of August you can come into the shop and borrow one of the O’neill Psycho 3 wetsuits for 48hours, absolutely free! The O’neill Psycho 3 sits right up there with the best wetsuits on the market today, and now’s your perfect chance to see what all the fuss is about. Using O’neill’s new Technobutter technology, they are 20% lighter and have 30% less water absorbtion than standard neoprene.  Anyway, don’t take my word for it, come down and take one out for a spin.

I won’t bore you with the technical info here, but if you want to wet your whistle and swot up on the Psycho 3, take a look here

We have full size breaks in Men’s and Ladies wetsuits available to borrow, with absolutely no obligation. Get involved

O'neill Psycho 3 wetsuit
Free test one of these little beauties until the end of August
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Firewire Surfboards available for demo in Cornwall

Fancy taking the Firewire Mini Driver for a spin? Love the look of the Firewire Vanguard but can’t decide on the length? A toss up between the Potatonator and Sweet Potato frying your brain? All these radical changes in board templates is a gamble in just trusting your hard earned cash with the long haired lank down the local surf shack just because he said, “My mate Paul just had  the best surf of his life at Sheepies on the new Firewire Jacknife last night”. Yeah, ok mate, maybe he did, but I know how I surf and I know what I want my new board to do.

Well, fear not, because us friendly chaps at Down the Line Surf Co. Hayle, Cornwall, have a range of new Firewire Surfbaords available for you to take for a spin to check them out for yourself!

Absolutely free, and with no obligation whatsoever, all you need to do is swing by the shop, mention that you’ve seen this blog and you wanna take one of the little beauties out for day. We’ll take your phone number and bank card details, and you get to walk out the door with Mini Driver under your arm. Our demos are on a 24hour basis so you can keep her for the night if you want, (remember, no tongues.)

Check out the line up of all available boards for demo here….



Firewire Potatonator Demo
5’10 Potatonator


As the name implies, the POTATO-NATOR is the result of gene-splicing the SWEET POTATO and the DOMINATOR. With a longer rail line and less girth than the POTATO, and a slightly pulled in nose similar to the DOMINATOR, the POTATO-NATOR is meant to be ridden 4″-6″ longer than a POTATO, and approx. 2″ shorter than the DM.

The double concaves are softer than the SWEET POTATO and while the overall rocker has been increased slightly to enhanced performance, the low entry rocker remains which makes paddling a breeze. Designed primarily for 2′-4′ surf, the POTATO-NATOR will hold its own in 3′-5′ as well. Fin placement is optimized to be ridden as a quad, but don’t be afraid to throw in a small, knubby trailer fin to help this hybrid 4-finner come alive in new ways. Splice and dice it up!




6'2 FST and 6'0" Radifire
6’2 FST and 6’0″ Rapidfire Spitfire


The Spitfire was the brainchild of Firewire’s Marketing Director and former top pro surfer Chuy Reyna. He liked Firewire’s Dominator but wanted a bit more drive … The Spitfire combines a Diamond tail and step-down tail rail to give the tail bite of a thinner board, without losing the Dominator’s speed and flotation. The Spitfire also offers the same 5/4/3 fin options and and low entry rocker for easy paddling.





Firewire Vangaurd
5’08 Vanguard



Don’t be put off by it’s quirky looks – this is a highly functional surfboard that lends itself to rail surfing and tricks in a wide range of conditions.

In the words of Firewire, “higher degrees of speed, electric wave attack and radical aerial potential are all possible with this highly tuned machine.”



5'03" Baked potato in White Rapid Fire
5’03” Baked potato in White Rapid Fire


The Baked Potato has a few subtle design changes from the Sweet Potato, yet still offering the same excellent small wave performance. Pulling the nose in slightly and losing some volume in the rails has allowed for even faster rail to rail transition.





Firewire Lost mayhem mini Driver
5’10” Firewire Lost Mini Driver



Arguably one of the most versatile boards in the Firewire range.Starting with the Driver, they lowered the nose rocker and placed the outline further forward, both of these changes created extra drive. Throw in a rounded tail for control and add a little extra width 12″ up from the tail to create a clean elliptical outline which allows this board to move freely on the face and also inside the barrel. This board will amaze you in small, everyday surf, but still hold its own when a decent winter groundswell hits.




Firewire jacknife demo
5’08 Jacknife



As of Spring 2013 the JacKnife is Firewire’s newest high performance hybrid. It has a slightly fuller nose and a fairly wide wing swallow which results in an “effective rail” line that allows length through turns when you need it, and shorter, snappier turns when you release between arcs. Couple this with a contemporary foil and rocker for vertical in the pocket and rail sensitive ripping, and the un-weighting ease for longer airtime, and you’ll love the versatility.



Longboard Firewire demo
Flexflight 9’0 Longboard




FLEXFLIGHT’S are true high-performance longboards, incorporating the increased dampening and squirt through turns as a result of CROSSFIRE Technology’s flex characteristics; which eliminate the chatter of a longer board while increasing overall speed, never mind the 30% weight saving and increased strength over regular “PU”.






So, what are you waiting for? The sun’s out and it’s pumping on the coast. Give us a call on 01736757025 and come down the shop to grab a board and have a whirl. you never know, it could give your surfing a completely new lease of life!

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GoPro Hero 3: Black Edition – Surf

We’ve finally got our hands on the GoPro 3 Black Edition – Surf-  and doesn’t it half look good! Whether you’re surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, SUP, kite boarding, snorkeling, paragliding, water skiing,snowboarding or mountain biking, fit a GoPro3 to your arm/helmet/crossbar/board and enjoy filming the action at a hefty 1080p @ 60fps.

Weighing in at 2.6 ounces the Hero3 is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than previous models, whilst the video performance offers 2X the resolution and 2X the frame rate of the Hero2. As far as photo performance goes, burst capture is actually 3X improvement, with the ability to shoot 30 frames per second at 12MP with twice as good low light performance compared to previous models. Still photo and Time Lapse photo capability remains the same, but you are now able to capture continuous  12MP stills at either 3,5 or 10 photos per second rate.

Here’s a few shots that users have submitted using the GoPro3

Domen Mogel using his helmet mount and GoPro3
A magnificent Whale Shark in Mexico
Kelly Slater joins the team at GoPro
Black Water Kayaking at Poudre Canyon, Colorado
A Hardcore Labradoodle hitting the water with a GoPro 3
Austrian Powder Session

What’s more, there’s a neat little App available on free download which enables you to communicate and fully control your GoPro3 from your tablet or smart phone. How cool is that!!

Here’s the camera in its waterproof housing, which comes with the GoPro Hero 3 Black edition – Surf

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition – Surf

The Black Edition – Surf comes complete with:-

  • HERO3: Black Edition Camera
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing
  • Wi-Fi Remote + Key Ring
  • Remote Charging Cable
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • QR Buckle
  • J-Hook Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot
  • Surfboard Mount

Check this short film, shot entirely using the GoPro 3

For more information, and to get your hands on this incredible piece of kit, click here:- GoPro3

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