An afternoon with Tom Raffield

Thunderbomb Surf Camp

It's been four years since I last visited this awesome spot in Northern Nicaragua and oh my, so much has changed. Firstly, the location is different and base camp is now situated a few houses down the beach from the old place, which has now been completely destroyed by large Pacific swells. This was really sad to see, as I have a lot of fond memories of the old camp.

Having said that, Jonathan and co have worked their butts off to relocate and rebuild the business to such a high standard. The new house is epic and it even has its own beach break right in front. The team work tirelessly to ensure you have the most memorable stay.

One thing that hasn't changed is the bodaciousness of 'The Boom.' It's still as perfect as I remember and we were lucky enough to score a few days of really decent waves. Here's a little selection from a few of these 'Boom' sessions.

For more information, visit the Thunderbomb website and quote "The Benchmark" the get yourself $20 off.

A Not So Distant Utopia

Two little rocks off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, where life is slow and development is reluctant. This little haven is just a short flight from Managua, but it feels like a lifetime away. Having loved the first couple of days on the island, we decided to extend our stay, and ended up leaving after 9 nights. Photographically, this place is a dream. It has everything, from beautiful, luscious landscapes to vibrant characters roaming around with the biggest smiles I've ever seen. 

We spent our days cruising around on push bikes, lounging on disused jetties, eating local seafood (amongst other things), and photographing as much as we could.  

When we finally decided to leave the island, we were told that we couldn't due to flights being completely booked up for the next six days. After hanging around for a couple of hours, it appeared luck was on our side and we managed to sneak onto the next flight to Managua via Bluefields. It turns out our stop in Bluefields was a brief one to pick up a guy who needed urgent medical attention in the city. 

Here's a small selection of shots from a quick jaunt to paradise. 

Animal SOS Sri Lanka

The incredible Animal SOS Sri Lanka. A unique facility for street dogs, cats and even rats who are in dire need. They currently have over 1300 animals living on site, which made walking through the gates slightly overwhelming! If you're ever in the country and have the time, go and check out something truly inspiring.