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July 17th, 2010 | By | 2,219 Comments

Streeetchy Pants….2010 Performance Boardshort Review

If Hydrostretchosaurus and Superstretcharmstrong mean nothing to you, you’re not “not with it” (that’s a double negative there), and you’re not alone. The new performance boardshort generation can be overwhelming, and like a child wandering in during the middle of a movie, most of us are completely of our element on this one.

Testing 101: With the most advanced scientific methods available, including a fusion of lunges and squats, the water-cooler dip, and rigorous Indian-burn-to-arm testing, our investigatory team ranked every performance boardshort available…both sides of the Mississippi.

Our Highly Scientific Results (Boom):

Best Overall Shredability: Billabong PX 1. Although tied with the Hurley Phantom 120 on stretch-factor, the PX 1 came through with water-repellent coating, welt seams, and an ultra light neoprene feel. This one is for those that are “in it to win it”, or so they say.

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Most Added Features: O’Neill Hyperfreak 2.0. For the tech-obsessed, the O’Neill Hyperfreak 2.0 will have you frothing at the mouth. Features include neoprene stretch panels, a streamlined zip pocket, locking drawstring with rubber grip, anti-rash facings, and welded seams throughout. Put that in your pipe and shred it.

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Most Performance For Your Peso: Billabong Platinum X Quad Hydro Stretch. The length of it’s name is only surpassed by the number of styles available. Coming in a low of $44.50, the 4-way stretch is an all-around solid buy. You’ll definitely get what you need, and have a little cash left over for to upgrade to the California burrito.

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Best Feel: Quiksilver Cypher Series and Swell D-Day. With an eye out for your jewels, the raised pattern at the inside of these boardshorts keeps your sesh solid and rash-free. And you can’t put a price on that. Oh, wait, you can- $45 for the solid styles. That’s a $45 well spent.

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Most Style Points: RVCA Stretch Boardshorts. Style- a feature often overlooked in by tech-lovers and judging criteria purists. But damn RVCA has style. Winners include the “Victory” for shameless patriot points, and the “Transit II and III” for no other reason than their undisputed rad factor.
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Read full product reviews after the jump. (more…)

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July 16th, 2010 | By | 1,494 Comments

Scamwow!

When all else fails…nail ‘em with sarcasm and satire (and kittens).

July 15th, 2010 | By | 330 Comments

Killin It Softly, New Girls Action Sports Site

The secret is out…
Created by some influential industry ladies, MAHFIA.com is filling the gap between male-dominated industry blogs and teen-oriented surf content.
MAHFIA.com os a brand new online visual media magazine. Rooted in sports but focusing on lifestyle, MAHFIA.com will be nothing like you’ve ever seen before. The site will give an inside look into the lives of an influential crew of girls and their friends who shred, create, design, market, write, produce, photograph, film, DJ, dance and make a living by pursuing their passions. Driven by relentless determination and hunger for creative progression, the MAHFIA has been killin it softly under the radar…until now.

Check out the teaser, then hit up the official launch party July 23rd @ El Dorado in downtown San Diego (9pm-1:30am)

July 6th, 2010 | By | 722 Comments

One Towel = One Rescued Orphan

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Beyond the Surface is a nonprofit corporation in the United States, with a mission is to eradicate youth homelessness in coastal communities worldwide and empower street children and disadvantaged youth through the sport of surfing. Beyond the Surface sponsors three international nongovernmental organizations:
The Kovalam Surf Club in India
WAVES for Development in Peru
The Umthombo Surf Club in South Africa
With every towel purchased, one more homeless youth in Peru, South Africa, or India will be helped off the street, into a classroom, and onto a surfboard- rescued from a lifetime pf poverty.

Support Beyond the Surface International, buy a towel HERE

Make a donation or read more about Beyond The Surface HERE