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Travis Rice, backcountry powderhound and winner of just about every prestigious boarding accolade including 2 XGames gold medals, is now part of the Contour Team!
After searching for the best, most low profile point-of-view camera, Rice chose to represent Contour, “Out of pure necessity.” He added, “Seeking out the best image in the category and a sleek profile just makes more sense. With a new arsenal of attachments, getting one-of-a-kind footage is only limited by your creativity. I am proud to be a part of the future of Contour!”
HERE TRAVIS RICE STARS IN, “ONE OF THE BEST SNOWBOARD MOVIES EVER MADE”
– The Art of Flight
As the most slender camera on the market, the Contour cams are perfect for snowboarding and skiing among other action sports. The Water resistant design lets you ditch the need for a housing and helps reduce extra bulk when riding. This makes the camera more aerodynamic that when mounted to your helmet and ensures truly one of a kind POV footage.
The GPS camera also adds a new layer to your filming experience by tracking location, altitude, and speed. This feature is especially awesome for charting your performance down the side of a mountain.
We’re all excited to see what type of amazing footage Travis Rice will capture and will keep you posted on the new and noteworthy clips as they arrive. For those of you wanting to see some of Rice’s downhill mastery, make sure to check out the Art of Flight (preview above).
Available on DVD:THE ART OF FLIGHT FEATURING TRAVIS RICE
In this Surf Essentials series we’ll give you the must have products in surf. Our first chapter will describe a bag that every surfer should own: The wet-dry bag.
Why a Wet Dry Bag?
One of the most crucial elements to any surf trek is a legit wet/dry bag or backpack. A long walk back to your car is bad enough and it sucks even more when you’re covered in the urine-filled drippings from your suit. A good wet dry bag will store your wetter, keep you dry, and help you lug all the necessities to and from the beach.
Besides surfing, a wet/dry bag can serve a number of other purposes as well. Since sealed, watertight seams are standard in most all bags you can keep your dry items dry or your wet items from seeping out and into the upholstery of your car. Fill your bag with ice and use it as a makeshift cooler, load with squid and bait and hose it out after fishing, or leave it rolled up on the beach without having to worry about the high tide soaking your phone or wallet.
Finding the Right Bag:
Fortunately for all you dollar menu connoisseurs out there, wet dry bags aren’t all expensive. They come in at a variety of different styles and prices ranging from the super gooch to the most wallet friendly of options. With that said, a solid wet dry bag is definitely worth the investment and the more expensive bags tend to offer better amenities that will let you roll up to the beach in style with all your bases covered.
HERE ARE THREE BAGS, AT THREE DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS, THAT ARE WORTHY OF MENTION:
1) Section wet dry bag. $130.
Dakine set out to make the best surf bag and, with the Section Wet/Dry Pack, they did just that. This bag’s got it all: A wax pocket, fleece lined sunglass/ipod pockets, waterproof zip pockets, an insulated cooler compartment, plush back & shoulder padding, a retractable bottle opener, and best of all a voluminous waterproof wetsuit compartment that cinches down when not in use. This backpack is perfect for surf trips large and small and is backed by Dakine’s Lifetime Warranty.
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2) Billabong Leap Frog Wet Sack. $69.50.
Coming in just under seventy bucks, the Leap Frog Wet Sack from Billabong is sick. This 100% waterproof roll top bag is great for boat trips or anywhere else you need to keep your gear dry and your belongings safe. This bag includes an extra, removable waterproof pocket area at front that’s great for electronics, fins or all your other accessories you want keep dry. The extra large main cargo compartment features super durable, water tight seams and enough space to store nearly 3 fullsuits inside. Get this if you are looking for a rugged, fully waterproof bag at a great price.
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3) Creatures Wetsuit Bag. $20.
At a little over the price of 2 burritos this wet dry sack will turn any existing back pack into an inexpensive wet/dry bag option. It’s narrow design fits a single wetsuit and booties and then easily packs away into most backpacks or into the back of your truck. If you are light on cash then this bag is what you need to get the job done.
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Check back for Vol 2 Where We’ll list the Top Ten items to Keep inside Your Surf Bag.
Last night’s awards ceremony at the The Grove theater in Anaheim celebrated surfing’s best products, and the campaigns used to sell them. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) holds this annual event where the surfing’s top players like Volcom CEO Richard Woolcott, RVCA’s Pat Tenore, Bob Hurley, and 750 others get together and measure their successes one beer at a time.
Here are the big winners in the Men’s Categories.
Environmental Product Of the Year WINNER: Recycled Boardshort Series by Billabong
This year Billabong took home a special trophy for their Recycler Series Boardshort. Single use plastics obviously threaten surfing’s playground, so its no surprise that Billabong wins the eco-award year after year. Billabong boasts that this boardshort has saved 40 million plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill.
But don’t worry, these boardshort don’t feel like your wearing a plastic bottle. Just watch Taj destroy these waves while he saves the environment here.
Wetsuit of the Year WINNER: FLASHBOMB by Rip Curl
Rip Curl dethroned the 3-time winning Xcel Drylock suit with their Flash-bomb technology. Rip Curl claim the Flash-Bomb is the world’s lightest, warmest, most flexible and fastest drying wetsuit on the market. So it’s no surprise we cant keep these on the shelves at SWELL.
Men’s Apparel Brand of the Year WINNER: RVCA
RVCA pulled a 3-peat, claiming the best Men’s Apparel brand for the third straight year. Their ongoing Artist Network program, RVCA sport line, and “Don’t Call it Cool” summer exhibition in Paris proved once again who is the most forward thinking company in the industry.
Check out RVCA contemporary designs at SWELL
For a complete wrap of the 2012 SIMA awards, visit SHOP-EAT-SURF.COM