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What’s on every grommet’s Xmas list this year? The Beater!
These classic foam boards are great fun for everyone and crucial to everyone’s quiver. From groms looking to transition into surfing to rippers wanting to cut loose in some shore pound, anyone can enjoy the Beater. The sturdy stinger make surfing and skimming these a breeze even for some of the larger fellows out there. Tow it behind a boat or belly surf it into the sand, these tough little boards are up to the challenge!
So grab yourself a beater and scope this latest edit of Morgan Just on his 54” Finless. He takes his Beater from Trestles to the Wedge and shows us all how to jam that thing down the line.
When we mention Kinetik Racing Co. you might be thinking, “Never heard of em..” Well chances are you’ve heard of their A-list team of surfers: Parko, Occy, Bruce & Andy, Luke Egan, Dusty Payne, and Jack Freestone – all KR fins riders.
Current world No. 2 Joel Parkinson shows off his Signature Parko Fin template
Launching in the summer of 2009 KR began making high quality, performance-driven surfing fins with a collaboration of team riders, shapers, and manufacturing elites. After comprehensive R&D and hours of testing out in the field, these fins aren’t just endorsed by their riders, but they are the actual fins ridden in competition and free surf sessions the world over.
Kinetik has a healthy assortment of templates to fit a variety of styles and surfers. From the Occy’s power-surfing to Dusty’s above the lip approach, you’ll find a set to take your surfing to the next level. The best part is that all KR fins come in single and twin tab versions so they will fit both Futures and FCS fin boxes. So grab yourself a set and see why some of the top guys are backing this technology.
Here newly signed team rider and 2010 ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone talks about KR:
Labor Day is around the corner and it’s time to gear up for summer’s last hurrah. We went through and picked out the best swag to help you make the most of your 3 day weekend and close down the season with a bang!
1) Billabong Chiller Wetty Bucket
The Chiller Wetty Bucket is part change mat, part dry bag, part cooler and ALL ready for a good time! Load it up with drinks in the AM, cash them off at the beach and then use it to change out of and store your soggy trunks at the end of the day. It will keep your beach beverages cold and your car organized. Brilliant!!
Nothing is more crucial for Labor Day than a solid beach towel. However TowelSafe ups the ante with 3 convenient storage pockets built right into a hefty 30 x 60 inch cotton terry beach companion. Store your cell phone, keys and wallet out of the sand and out of your drenched boardies. It’s a must for busy beaches with potential thieves or your occasional high tide splash.
Lounging is fun and all, but if it’s flat you’ll need something to do in between coldies. A game of Paddle Ball or frisbee will get you up out of your beach chair and rallying across the sand. It’ll give you some added entertainment and maybe even an excuse to bump into that bombshell strolling the beach.
With so many hours in the sun your skin is sure to take a thrashing. If you plan to be in and out of the water all day (and who doesn’t?) then the Vertra face stick will keep you covered. The SPF 50 formula is tough, effective, and will prevent your nose from peeling off like a red onion.
More often than not Labor day hits with barely a ripple in water. Most people write off surfing altogether without considering the alternatives. Enter the Odysea Log by Catch Surf. This beasty soft top will have everyone from beginners to seasoned vets charging the surf no matter what King Neptune dishes out -big or small.
Spent one to many hours in the sun baking that lobstery hide of yours? Well Sun Bum’s Cool Down products will help you out heaps. These lotions sooth the skin and speed up sunburn recovery so you can still hit the bars even after a marathon skin scorching session. Gingers rejoice, pasty kids cheer, Sun Bum lotions save the day!
With seasonally small surf on the East Coast the Beaters help liven up even the most dull of beach days. Surf em, skim em, womp em, whatevers.. these boards are crucial for a solid day at the beach. They’re small enough to fit in your trunk, but it will outperform any other soft top out there…
The water is warm and there is still plenty of swell to be had.. So grab yourself a Beater and get on it! #SMELLSLIKESUMMER
Check out our fresh Selection of Beaters and Logs here: