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Not Sponsored Surf Travel Gear!

Pro Gear for the rest of us!

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Brad Manuel is the driving force behind Not Sponsored, originally from Townsville in North Queensland where there's NO SURF just box jellyfish and the odd croc, Brad moved to The Sunshine Coast when he was 19, where a couple of new mates took him out for his first surf in a solid 4ft beachie and had a great time watching this North Queenslander getting smashed. But despite getting hammered Brad was determined to become better at this sport and was hooked. Nearly 30 years later he's still a surf tragic, surfing almost every day and still is just stoked to be in the water.
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Who is Brad Manuel?
A father of 3, a husband, a guy who is blind in one eye from an accident at the age of 17, with titanium clips in both eyes, an internationally renowned magician, comedian & Inspiring Speaker who has performed his headline show "Funny Tricks" in Las Vegas and in over 25 countries around the world and also a guy who is a "medical anomaly"!

In 2009 Brad was struck with a severe neuromuscular condition that attacks his motor neurone's and limits his motor skills, it caused major muscle atrophy and at one stage he could not even do up buttons on his shirt or even hold a pen let alone doing sleight of hand tricks as a magician-He went through an exhaustive process of specialists and was told he only had around 12 months to live! Sounds heavy we know, but fortunately this original prognosis was proven wrong and Brad continues to prove it wrong on a daily basis. He has a full on daily physical and mental regime that he does to keep on top of this condition that starts from the moment he wakes up with a series of neural and physical exercises to get everything firing again and once his body is moving he's all good. He surfs, climbs mountains, and even does crazy obstacle courses like Tough Mudder. He lives life and makes the most of it with the support of his family, wife Bryony and kids, Blake,Travis and Shawna.
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Why "Not Sponsored"
One day after a pretty epic surf session on a surf trip to Mexico, surf mates Brad and Rachel were laughing about the "skills" (or lack of skills) they had during the session and jokingly asking the question "Why aren't we sponsored ?" when Brad said we're "Not Sponsored" and it clicked… The name was born!

Why Bamboo gear?
Brad has a pet hate! That's getting on a plane with people with bad B.O.! With the amount of travelling that Brad does he's aware that sometimes you can't avoid it, especially after a long trip so he wanted something very low maintenance, durable, travel friendly that didn't stink like cotton or polyester. He also wanted something environmentally sustainable and naturally anti bacterial and bamboo checks all the boxes. It also dries pretty quickly so its perfect for surf trips in warmer climates where you're constantly in and out of the surf.

Why surf bikinis?
Brad and Rachel are mates who surfed together everyday on The Sunshine Coast and always laughed about the problem that Rachel had with bikini's never really staying in place successfully in the surf (not really a problem from Brad's point of view) but Rachel always wanted a better bikini that actually stayed in place to surf in. So after around 5 years in development and testing they have what we think are the most functional surf bikinis on the market. Check them all out here:
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Rachel and Brad on a little party wave at Mudjimba on The Sunshine Coast.

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