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October 11th, 2012 | By | 2,587 Comments

Raptoberfest -Rise Against Plastic With Surfrider

October is “Rise Above Plastics” Month, or Raptoberfest: a month long  campaign to identify the harms of plastics and implement solutions to this global pollutant.  Every year the Surfrider Foundation mobilizes their team of passionate watermen to create rad ideas to help you reduce your plastic footprint.

Surfers see the harms of plastics firsthand, with one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals washing up dead from ingestion or entanglement in plastics each year. This prompted surf companies like Billabong, Hurley and Element to manufacture surfwear with upcycling, by building spent plastics into products of greater quality than before. So while most beach lovers try to Rise Against Plastics every month, the surf industry dedicates October to make this a mainstream ideology.

The Annual Surfrider Event has been instrumental in achieving:

-Banning the Bag in many Ca cities, Portland and internationally
-Impactful research about the Pacific Garbage Patch
-Innovative reducing & recycling solutions.

 One Foot at a Time Plastic Clean-up Contest

This creative clean-up activity brings together volunteers from across the country to turn the plastic beach trash into symbolic art pieces. One square foot at a time, beach-goers make cleaner oceans, unique mosaic sculptures, and win Rusty Surf prizes for: Most Creative, Best Use of Materials, Most Trash Collected, Best Photo, Best Overall.

Stocked with Eco-conscious gear, The Surfrider Store is your one stop shop for organic tees and rad gift ideas for that surfer on your gifting list.

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October 5th, 2012 | By | 3,071 Comments

Dane Reynolds…The Shaper

Since he triggered the chop-tail trend with his advent of “The Dumpster Diver” Dane Reynolds and Al Merrick have been knee deep in foam dust experimenting with more ultra-modern templates.

Dane’s mysto shaping expertise was put to the test in France after his DFR snapped in the semi-finals and was left with his 100% hand shaped board seen in this video. He shredded it to a come-from-behind victory against the lethal John Florence in the dying minutes of the heat.

Even though he lost to Slater in the finals at Hossegor, Daynolds’ fellow CI team rider took a page out of his own playbook to beat him.  Slater actually used the new DFR aka “Dane Freaking Reynolds” signature model in his recent back to back tour victories.

The DFR is the latest evolution template that began with the Dumpster Diver, then Neck Beard, the Double Helix, the Sperm Whale, and the Wave Bandit. Dane Reynolds and Volcom‘s Andrew Doheny are currently the only two touring surfers to have success riding self shaped boards, and Dane’s model has earned multiple SIMA awards for “Surfboard of the Year.”

Dane cracked the code of creating an outline with short rail line that still maintains aggressive drive in variable conditions. The outline puts most of the width and volume towards the front of the board to float your girth and get you down the line. Its no secret that Dane packs on his beer weight,  but the sharp flip in the exit rocker allows that patented release through the lip.  See the whole Channel Islands board room at SWELL.

 

Quiksilver and Channels Islands must be doing something right with their two top athletes sharing the podium at the Surfer Poll Awards and on tour.  Shop the Quiksilver styles that Dane and Kelly travel the world with at SWELL.

October 3rd, 2012 | By | 744 Comments

TMZ Dude Wears Katin

Guilty pleasure, soo bad you cant stop watching… what ever your excuse for watching TMZ, we’re stoked to spot the long haired dude on the TMZ show sporting the latest Katin clothing. This guy (Max Hodges) might be doing a bad Spicoli impression, but the Santa Cruz local actually surfs and heckles every D-lister who dares step foot in the south bay.

The “Nose tee” he’s rocking is in Katin’s latest line of hand crafted apparel. The custom vintage detail is unique to this surf company that’s been killing it in the south LA bay since the late 1950′s.

October 2nd, 2012 | By | 1,624 Comments

Trouble Andrew X Electric Visual: The Mags

It’s no coincidence that Electric Visual teams up with the likes of Kyle “Rowdy” Busch, and now “Trouble” Andrew. The misfit crew at Electric celebrates counter culture activities, producing the most cutting edge eye-wear styles in the underground. Trouble Andrew’s signature shades “The Mags” are a blend of street style with high-fashion swag that even has a blinged out logo.

Here’s how he describes this new style:

Trouble Andrew interprets his fringe genre of music as “Electro post punk country pop with douche wave mixed with douche core. Its douchy crunk rock sk8 punk douche, you douche.” Listen for the remixed Black Flag and Agent Orange beats as he spits rhymes about the highs and lows of partying his ass off. The Brooklyn native is currently on the coast to coast “Slumerican” tour with Yelawolf.

See the schedule for a stop near you and enjoy this track from his mixtape.

Check out this hot new Electric style before they’re all swooped up