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Elliot Brown Canford Watch Review


Proof, if any were needed, that technical outdoor gear can be beautiful. Elliot Brown watches were created to be seriously rugged – and trust us, they are – but also be rather handsome as well. This is a watch to be worn everyday, whether that day is in the office or climbing Mont Blanc.

Elliot Brown was started in 2011 by Ian Elliot and Alex Brown. “Having seen just about every cause of watch failure in the world of extreme sports” they decided to make one that would withstand a big shock and be water resistant. After thousands of hours of trial and research they settled on two watches: The Canford (which is what we’re reviewing) and the Bloxworth, which has the addition of a chronograph with split timing and an external click bezel. The Canford is a simpler watch with an internal bezel for timing and date being the principal features. Both have a wide range of faces and straps.

“Pictured is the Mountain Rescue Special Edition with a special etched back – £36 of every sale goes to the volunteer teams who run Mountain Rescue services in England and Wales.”

Yet, the beauty of the Canford watch is what isn’t there – this is a durable analogue timepiece that won’t run out of battery every 60 hours, that will withstand ISO1413 steel pendulum hammer stress, and can be submerged under 200 metres of water 100 per cent of the time.

So far so simple, but the details just keep on coming. Pictured is the Mountain Rescue Special Edition with a special etched back – £36 of every sale goes to the volunteer teams who run Mountain Rescue services in England and Wales. The black face is exceedingly easy to read, and the dial, hands and bezel glow in the dark (the 12 o’clock has a different luminous pattern).


The Swiss-made movement has a five-year battery life and is secured inside a custom shock-absorbing steel movement housing. The case is 44mm and machined from solid 316L marine grade stainless steel. The anti-reflective mineral crystal glass is super sturdy and offers a clear vision in all conditions.

The top crown turns the internal bezel – brilliant for timing those ascents – and then lower crown is for altering the time and date. They are large and deeply knurled which means it can be used with gloves on.

The watch pictured here (which we tested) features the latest addition to the strap range: a rubber fastening that they claim is virtually indestructible. It’s made from a non-sticky, silicone-free, hypoallergenic rubber that remains supple down to -40c. The strap alone took them months to design. Like the leather strap, it’s been perfectly design to fit right up to the case. And if anything defines the attention detail that Elliot Brown employ, it is debossed with the contour line from Tyneham Cap near their office. Details and design: when you get those two elements right, you have a thing of beauty. This is it.

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We Need To Talk About John John Florence

9 things to know about the best surfer on the planet

John John Florence celebrating his World Title Victory at the Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

MomJohn was in North Shore before she was on the North Shore

The story goes that Alexandra ‘MomJohn’ Florence moved to Hawaii’s North Shore from New Jersey in 1986, aged just 16. With just a skateboard and a few hundred bucks to her name, she stuck out a thumb and hitch-hiked to the North Shore. One of the people who picked her up was a 19-year-old girl who said “Wanna make some money? We’re filming a movie…” or words to that effect. You’ve seen the movie North Shore, right? You know the Halloween party scene? When Alex Rodgers (Pagey) is stopped from dancing on a table in drag to go fetch the evil Lance Burkhart (Laird Hamilton) a beer? And Rick Kane is awkwardly chatting up Vince’s (Gerry Lopez) niece on the stairs? That’s MomJohn in the background, cutting past.


Mom John skates better than yours

He’s been at it a wee while

John John got into it younger than most. Growing up on the beach in front of the most infamous surf spot on the planet, Pipeline, the logistics at least were pretty straight forward. He surfed his first wave aged 3, first surfed Pipeline at 8, Waimea at 10. By the ripe old age of 12 he entered the Triple Crown, won his first Pipe contest at 18, then won the Triple Crown and his first World Tour event at 19. Next? Just the small matters of bookending 2016 by winning the Eddie in January, and becoming World Champion in october.

His 2015 feature length movie ‘View From A Blue Moon’ cost 2 million bucks.

Shot in 4k (ideal for watching on your phone’s 4cm screen), and produced by action sports movie kingpins Brain Farm, JJF’s full length feature film, VFABM, directed by Blake Kueney, had a production budget of around $2 million. Was it money well spunked? Yah, pretty much.

JJF’s Instagram sucks… in a good way.                            

Not sure that he’s necessarily anti… but John John probably isn’t lying awake at night agonising over whether he should’ve done the ‘squad goals’ instead of the ‘these epic humans’ caption to the latest dinner in restaurant reportage. Take the Euro leg of the World Tour for example, a month on the road, which, for most tour pros means a standard 3-5 posts a day (surf check, food/wine, crew, old building, etc). John’s? A ‘French beachbreaks, here we come’ post, followed by, a month later, a ‘Hey mom look what I did’ World Title post. Scarce. Concise. Nice.

He looks a bit…

John never seemed overly comfortable in the spotlight he’s been in since before he could tie his own shoelaces. By now he’s used to it, sure, but he still squirms slightly under the glare compared to some of your more polished orators, part of reason people dig him, perhaps. Slater was in the world’s biggest TV show, Baywatch at 17, and never seemed too put out to be making love to the camera on the regular. Andy Irons seemed more than comfortable making brash, bold headline-grabbing statements, right on cue. Even surfing’s two most recent World Champs, Medina and de Souza seem relatively comfortable talking shop into the lens, and they’re doing it in a second language. JJF? Not so much. Derek Reilly observed in Surfline’s Power Rankings a couple years back, “John John has three facial expressions; confused, confused, and about to cry”, while just the other day on Beachgrit, surf savant Matt Warshaw noted, “John Florence, to me, is the blankest of all slates… where you try and look inside him and just get… nothing”.

  • Tay Tay & John John Sittin in A Tree…


In 2013, certain celeb websites – yes, websites with an even lower common denominator than this one – were all agog with rumours that Taylor Swift was getting over a break up with 1D’s Harry Styles by dating a certain young surf dude who rides the Banzai Pipeline… or at least someone might’ve sent someone a text. When asked about the whole sordid affair live on the webcast, John either blurted it all out in shameless kiss n tell, or was being  wee bit ironic. You decide:  “Yeah, you know, it’s kind of a secret thing going on right now,” he replied, smiling, for once looking far from confused, confused or about to cry. “Can’t bust it out in the public just yet…”

  • Josh Josh Slocum

Surf starts born n’ raised on the North Shore might have typically similar downtime distractions, a bit of jiu-jitsu training, maybes some spearfishing, probs some motorcross shreddin… and almost certainly driving the biggest 4×4 pick up in the world, evah. John may or may not dabble in some or all of these fair hobbies too, but where he stands out is that he also enjoys channeling his inner Tabarly, Moitessier, Knox-Johnson. Where’s he headed straight after winning the World Title in Portugal? Bermuda, to sail him some America’s Cup crip. 

JJF’s style isn’t ‘skate influenced’. It was actually inspired by Sam, the new girl in accounting in Seinfeld’s ‘The Summer of George’ episode.              

Notice anything different about John’s style? The way the front (left) arm kinda hangs limp maybes? Bit unusual, really. Sure, anyone can go all flopppy and cool after landing a manoeuvre, but nobody else really does it going in to one. Skate influenced, they say. Maybe. or, more likely, Sam the new girl from accounting influenced. You decide.

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10 Horror Stories From Times Hitchhiking Got Seriously, Seriously Weird

The hitchhiking horror stories to make you laugh, cry or hide under your duvet…

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

Hitchhiking is a great way to explore the world on a budget and one of the best things about it is the people that you meet along the way… sometimes.

Other times, the people you meet along the way can be the worst thing about hitchhiking, and when this proves true, things tend to get awkward, uncomfortable or eerily tense in no time at all.

And it’s not always the hitcher who gets the sharp end of the stick either – there’s some weird tales our there from times when good-willed drivers have ended up in precarious scenarios after stopping for a guy or gal.

Here are some tales from across the wanderlust community about their time on the road. Don’t let them put you off stopping next time you pass someone with their thumb out!

  1. The Marijuana Guys

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“I once got a lift from these guys in the States who I realised were absolutely baked as soon as I got in the car. Not that I’m particularly against weed or anything but these guys had effectively hot-boxed their car. I have no idea how I didn’t realise before I got in.

“It turned out to be a pretty hilarious ride… if sketchy. He would drive diagonally across the road back and forth without realising and weirdly kept talking about Ernest Hemingway. I was only with those guys for about an hour or two but I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. Pretty sure I was high by the end of the journey!”

– Jamie, London

  1. The Couple Argument

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“I remember, like, one time I had been waiting for forever at this gas station a few hours outside Berlin and finally this couple picked me up…  I was just so stoked to see anyone stop at that point and they seemed totally cool as well; they were both German and super friendly and talked away.

“Later on though the girl took a phone call in German and sounded a bit distressed on the phone and was totally giving some stares to the guy on the wheel, and when she got off the phone she just started yelling at him and they had this huge argument in German. I couldn’t understand a word. I still have no idea what it was all about but I ended up back on the side of the road like 10 minutes later. I was kind of glad because it was getting totally heated.”

– Skye, California

  1. The Tag Along

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“We were heading up to the Scottish Highlands to meet some friends at a lodge kind of thing for the weekend and picked up this English guy along the way with the intention of taking him maybe an hour or two on his way – he was going to Aberdeen he said. Basically though we were talking and getting along well and explained our plans for the weekend and he said he wanted to come along and stay with up in the lodge for the weekend and basically that he had no ties or friends in Aberdeen… he… was just heading somewhere.

“It was for our friend’s birthday and she wouldn’t have been having any of it and anyway the guy was a little weird so we said no and of course the rest of the trip was an hour long awkward silence. Maybe my fault?”

– Ella, Stirling

  1. The Spewer

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“I was driving to a festival down the East Coast and pulled over to get gas at this station. There’s a guy sitting down with a dog and a piece of cardboard that says ‘West’ and I’m going west and I normally quite like picking up hitchhikers so I strike up a conversation and end up giving him a lift.

“He’s a nice guy and we chat away but he seems to getting more and more agitated as we go along the road. He starts getting really short and a bit snappy and is going in and out of sleep and genuinely starts telling me not to steal his stuff or leave him in the middle of nowhere and by the end of the road he’s telling me if I try and steal his dog he’s going to kill me.

“He goes back to sleep and then wakes up again later and right away kind of nonchalantly rolls down the window and spews out of it. I felt bad for the guy but that’s when I pulled over and told him I wasn’t going any further. To be honest he took it surprisingly well and even thanked me for going that far. Still, I had to clean his spew off my car.”

– Dixon, New York

  1. The Escalator

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“I managed to hitchhike from Calais to Moscow and actually didn’t have any particularly bad lifts but I did ride with a serial bull-shitter at one point. This guy was mad for it. Loved a lie. He started off with some believable stuff and then started spouting shit so quickly I didn’t even know what to say.

“Obviously I didn’t call him out on it or he probably would’ve told me to get out but he went from having been in a bar fist fight at one point to his sister having slept with George Clooney in about 15 minutes. It was actually pretty enjoyable to be fair. Kept me entertained at least. The most ridiculous lie was that he had genuinely once had a pet lion, which he kept in his garden. I asked some questions about what he fed it and he said just burgers. It was hard to keep a straight face.”

– Christian, Birmingham

  1. What’s New Pussycat?

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“I literally once had a four hour ride with this old English guy in Chile who kept playing a Tom Jones greatest hits kind of CD on repeat. And singing all the words. We listened to the whole album like five times and there was no craic at all but I didn’t want to say anything because he was taking me the whole way to Santiago. I actually never want to hear ‘What’s New Pussycat’ again in my life.”

– Niamh, Dublin

  1. The Beer Hitchhiker

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“We once picked up a guy in France who seemed normal at first but then brought a small crate of beer from his bag and drunk the beers in our back seating, chucking the empty cans out the window onto the road and shouting all sorts of things in French we couldn’t understand; getting quite aggressive and actually shaking my seat from the back.

“He was absolutely hammered within a few hours and we were wondering what we should do because I was in a bit of a panic at this point but luckily he kind of ran out of steam and fell asleep. We took a detour into a small town and just told him we were leaving him there. Glad we did as well because we saw him taking more bottles out the bag when he drove off.”

– Todd, Carlisle

  1. The Genuinely Concerning


“I had been travelling through Europe solo for about a month and got a lift in a truck just outside of Vienna, heading further east. The guy didn’t talk much but kind of seemed like your typical trucker, which was fine with me. He didn’t speak the best English but tried to make some small chat after about an hour. He asked where I was from, where I’d been, all the usual stuff, but then he asked if I had a girlfriend and I told him no, then things got a bit weird.

“He kept going on about how he had seen a lot of “boys like me” was the exact phrase I think, and kept saying things about my hair and the English accent and it was getting quite awkward… and creepy… that I kind of just stayed in silence. At one point he kind of reached out to put his arm on my leg and I moved it off and was kind of glad when he had to pull into a petrol station a bit down the road because I just stayed there. He seemed kind of confused at why… It was very uncomfortable.”

– Chris, London

  1. The Bank Robbers

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“Okay so this is hilarious in hindsight but at the time I was so scared. Like so scared. So I was looking for a lift to Auckland in New Zealand, coming from Rotorua, and these two guys picked me up – baseball caps, big guys with muscles and a big truck of a car, but they were friendly and chatted away and were going to Auckland they said so it was pretty much ideal.

“That was… until a police car came into sight in the distance and the two guys looked at each other kind of strangely and seemed to get really anxious and then were muttering away so I asked them if everything was alright. The guys looked at me and then at each other and then at me again and there was a bit of silence and they said… “we’re on the run” or something like that and explained they had robbed a bank a month before or so and the police had been after them ever since.

“I go completely silent and one of the guys says that they should just drive past and it’ll be fine but the other is talking about literally ramming into the police car because it might recognise them and they’re arguing and getting louder and louder and I’m literally speechless and the police car is getting closer and closer… they’re full on screaming at each other and in the end they just drive past the police car slowly and wave and then start howling with laughter – both of them. They turn round and are like “we got you there, only joking” and my heart is racing! I was scared to death! We actually stayed in touch.”

– Stacey, Minnesota

  1. The Angry Guy

Hitchhiking Horror Stories

“I had been driving this French guy for like two hours, we were heading north from London, and I noticed I needed to fill up so I turned off the motorway to head to a service station I knew was a few minutes down the road.

“The guy had seemed like he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder since I met him but kept to himself which is fair enough – though I wouldn’t have minded a bit of a chat. Anyway he starts flipping out big time as soon as I leave the motorway, pointing at his Google maps and screaming “wrong way” and “where you going” and eventually “where you taking me?” like I’ve just told him I’m taking him back to lock him in my basement.

“I try to explain that I’m just filling up the car but it takes him until we get to the station for him to realise and he’s screaming the whole time. Left him there at the station, right enough.”

– Roy, Manchester

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