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December 10th, 2011 | By | 1,817 Comments

Best Place to Eat on the North Shore – Opal Thai – Haleiwa, Hi

After a lot of searching we finally found the best place to eat on the North Shore. This food truck turned restaurant was the perfect place to grab a bite after a long day at the beach. Incredible food and service made this place stand out on our 7 Days on the 7 Mile Miracle excursion.

When ordering our food the server and owner, Opal prompted us to put down our menus and tell him what exactly we were craving. Instead of having us blindly pick items on the menu, he custom tailored the meal to our liking and told us to run across the street to grab some beers. After returning with some coldies, Opal put our beverages in the back fridge, cracked one of his own, and joined us in a toast. The restaurant really felt like a home away from home. Slater and Cunningham knew what was up and also dined here the night before the Pipemasters.

If you are in Haleiwa you need to stop by this place. You won’t be disapointed. It’s located next to the Longs Drugstore in town.

The place is pretty new (2 months or so) and unlisted on Google Maps. Also the Yelp! address may be incorrect! It can be found in this general area http://bit.ly/rUUKYF

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November 18th, 2011 | By | 2,989 Comments

How to Choose a Wetsuit – 2011 Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

Shopping for a wetsuit is a lot like shopping for a car. Different cars will be best for different folks. So with that in mind, Like a car finding the “BEST” wetsuit is very subjective and ultimately up to you. Fortunately enough there are a lot of great wetsuits out there so it is hard to go wrong. Wetsuits have progressed a lot from their beaver tail days and finding the right suit is easier than you think.

Most companies come with three or four different levels of suits. You’ll get your high end or Ferrari-Lambo type suits, your midrange or SUV-luxury sedan type suits, and then your entry level or economy type wetsuits. Choosing the right one for you will depend on several factors, which I’ll try to explain below.

Entry level wetsuits: ($150 – $250)

New drivers might drive better (or faster) in a brand new luxury racecar, but it’s often best to start them off in an entry level vehicle. Much like cars, entry level wetsuits are better for those who are either new to the sport or looking for the most economic option. While these suits will not offer the same flexibility, comfort, or performance as the top of the line models, they will get the job done and give the user an idea of the fit and of the other features they’ll want in a future wetsuit.

Here are some examples of the entry level suits:

Billabong Foil Series:
For the price this wetsuit is a steal. Features super stretch throughout, glued and blind-stitched seams and comes in a chest zip option

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Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Series:
Good entry level suits at a good price. Reliable and affordable.

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November 14th, 2011 | By | 2,365 Comments

This Year’s Top 5 Surf Films – The Must Have Surfing DVD’s

With so many amateur video segments popping up all over the internet, it can be truly refreshing when you do finally stumble across a good surf flick. While I enjoy me a good browsing of Marine Layer Productions or the occasional grainy live feed from the ‘CT, there is something to be said about popping a DVD into your player and savoring a crisp, high definition production. Fortunately, this year surf video connoisseurs were able to chew on some pretty tasty video titles. From progressive to artistic and postmodern to just plain fun, here are the top 5 flicks that got us frothing and why.

 

1) Kai Neville – Lost Atlas:

WHY: Two words: Kai Neville. His first project Modern Collective became the undisputed must-have, cult video of modern surfing. Lost Atlas is equally, if not more, impressive than his first. For this film Kai gathered the original 6 Mod Col crew, a handful of other equally impressive surfing maniacs, and let them loose on a free surfing frenzy. The video is a cocktail of big airs and trash talking yarns set to an incredible soundtrack and stunning visuals. If you had to buy 1 DVD this year, this is it.

Of course, Lost Atlas is available at SWELL!
 

2) Globe Presents – Year Zero:


WHY: Mad Max meets high performance surfing? Hell yes!! Shot entirely in vivid 35mm film, this one of a kind video features Globe’s impressive surf team tearing up a gritty, post-apocalyptic world. The lifestyle scenes are subtle, yet intoxicatingly vibrant and fun. Plus who doesn’t want to watch Taj and Ceej get barreled with gorgeous ladies in the foreground? Well done Globe!

Of course, Year Zero is available at SWELL!

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November 9th, 2011 | By | 2,008 Comments

The Crowning of Ke11y – Photos of Slaters 11th World Title Win in SF

A lot of us here were pretty bummed we couldn’t attend the Rip Curl Search San Francisco. With Dusty’s shark sighting, the raw Nor Cal surf, and the embarrassing double crowning of Kelly, this was definitely a memorable event. Fortunately a good friend of ours, Gabriel Valencia, sent us some shots he took while roaming the grounds of OB. His vivid pics seem to capture the vibe that was somehow lost through the live feeds and recaps. Enjoy the shots above compliments of Gabby and let us know what you think in the comments below!