Rob Gilley

SURFER Contributor

7.2.13

Photos

Mortal’s Delight

Forget death-defying barrels, Rob Gilley offers images of more relatable perfection

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6.10.13

Features

On the Fly

Rob Gilley's tips on getting the most out of your surf travel dollar

Pace yourself. There are a couple of stories here to illustrate this point. The first is about an East Coast pro who got so excited on the first day of an Indo boat trip that he surfed for 9 hours straight…which basically ruined the rest of his trip. He was so sunburned and sore for the next 3 days that he couldn’t surf, and then the swell went flat. The other story is about a guy who blindly charged a double overhead, super-shallow right in Tahiti and ended up face-planting the reef on his first wave, was driven to the local hospital, and then was immediately sent home for reconstructive surgery.

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5.23.13

Features

On the Fly

Rob Gilley's tips on getting the most out of your surf travel dollar

The point is to really do your homework before approaching the rent-a-car counter. Some countries require you to buy additional insurance, but much of the time the agents are trained to talk you into buying unnecessary and often redundant insurance to make more money, and they often use fear tactics to do it.

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5.16.13

Features

On the Fly: Part III

Rob Gilley's tips on getting the most out of your surf travel dollar

This next part is tricky: checking your boards in. I’ve seen quite a few different strategies employed here. The bottom line is to be as nice as possible to the counter person, keep your board bag off to the side, and refer to it as a ‘surfboard’, as in the singular. If it’s anything less than coffin-size, at least half the time they won’t ask you to open the bag itself, and you won’t be charged per board, but per board bag, regardless of what their policy is. The other thing to remember is that the less other checked-in baggage you have, the more likely they are to skip charging you for your boards altogether.

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5.7.13

Features

On the Fly

Rob Gilley's tips on getting the most out of your surf travel dollar

There’s a general rule of thumb—now almost a cliché—that once you lay out all your stuff for your trip you should cut that amount in half, and then cut that amount in half. The point, for a variety of obvious reasons, is to not to over-pack.

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4.25.13

Blogs

On The Fly

Chapter One: The Flexible Itinerary

Rob Gilley's tips on getting the most out of your surf travel dollar.

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4.18.13

Features

The Church of Yew

An argument for surfing as a religion

Of all the wacky ideas I’ve heard in my life, possibly the wackiest came from an unlikely source: George Downing. A friend told me that at one time George was trying to make a serious bid to have surfing declared an official religion.

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4.10.13

Blogs

California Love: Part IV

The final installment of Rob Gilley's photo series dedicated to the Golden State.

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4.1.13

Blogs

California Love: Part III

Rob Gilley's photo series dedicated to the Golden State.

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3.19.13

Blogs

California Love: Part II

Rob Gilley's photo series dedicated to the Golden State.

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