October 2nd, 2015
Archive for the ‘GEAR’ Category
Chances are at some point or another you will need to mount a surfboard to the roof of a car. In order to do it properly and depending on your vehicle you will need 1 of 2 different types of systems to fasten down your prized piece of fiberglass. Below we will take a look at Rack Pads & Straps vs. Soft Racks.
Rack Pads ( aka Hard Rack Pads or Auto Rack Pads) & Straps (aka Tie Down Straps) – Get these only if you already have aftermarket racks on the roof of your car. The pads will fasten over your car’s hard racks and you will use the straps to secure the boards down. Scroll Down for Rack Pads & Straps Instructions
Soft Racks – Get these if you do not already have any type of racks on the roof of your car. They will fasten your boards down securely on anything from an SUV to a small sedan. Scroll Down or Click here to go to Soft Rack Instructions (must click post title first)
Mounting a Surfboard with Rack Pads & Straps:
The Quiksliver Pro New York kicked off this morning, and the first question the announcers asked was “What fin set-up is Kelly using?” For the third straight event he screwed in his signature FCS K2.1 quad fins, and easily advanced through his round 1 heat. He sent fellow Quik rider and local wild-card Balaram Stack into the losers round. For more contest updates, visit quiksilverpro.com
Critics thought Slater’s fins were too big for the gutless 2-4ft waves, but Kelly anticipates significant swell to move in via Hurricane Katia, and he looks ready to destroy any wave/anyone with his current fin configuration. He forecasts “We’ll find some peaky barrels and we’ll see what happens. I know that Hurricane swell is out there.” Not one to over-hype conditions, we look forward to seeing what Kelly and Katia bring in the coming rounds at the Quiksilver Pro New York.
The quad fin set-up has gradually gained popularity in the past few years, and Kelly is taking it to new levels this year as he four-fins his way to winning three straight events in 2ft-TOH surf.
At the Billabong Pro Tahiti Kelly Slater proved once again that he’s the best surfer on the planet. In what many described as the heaviest and most terrifying World Tour Event to date, Slater defeated Aussie surfer Owen Wright at the 2011 Billabong Pro at Teahupoo. On a board much smaller than his competitors’ and ridinghis signature K2.1 quad fin set-up, Slater weaved through slabby, 6-12ft barrels to claim his 2nd World tour Victory this year.
Of his fin choice the 10x World Tour Champ said, “I rode my K2.1 Quad set-up for the entire event, it felt really fast and comfortable in the tube. The quad set-up seems to provide a little more security especially in the barrel, it also gives you more control when you’re riding a shorter board.”
Not only did this choice of equipment propel him at the infamous reef pass, but it also helped him win at the sloppy 2-4ft beach break surf at the US Open of Surfing as well. There, with the same K2.1 set-up, Kelly both won the event and pulled off one of the craziest maneuvers in the competition’s history by landing a no grab, backside 360 during a heat (This was against yet another hyper-progressive Lost Atlas surfer, Dusty Payne).
These wins have put Slater at the top of the World title ratings and it seems like only a matter of time before we start seeing the KE-11-Y flags being raised. In an interview in Tahiti he remarked “Since there’s no other multi-contest winners at this point in the year, it’d be almost impossible to catch up if I had three wins after New York.”
Listen up folks! It’s time shed your turtlenecks and show off that growth below your chin and lower jaw. Thanks to Dane Reynolds and CI, Neck Beards are in, and now available at SWELL!
As Dane’s new favorite free-surf board, this ugly little bugger took about a year of extensive field-testing and experimentation to perfect. It features a straight chop tail and a bit more girth through to the nose to give you better rail to rail surfing in all types of conditions.
The Neck Beard is similar to its cousin, the Dumpster Diver, but features a flatter and stubbier design with a shallower concave and a V though the back. The result is a super-fast, user-friendly board that will liven up most any session. Dane rides his N’eard in anything from 1 foot to overhead, which for many of us anchored here in Southern California is pretty much the extent of our wave scale.
What more can I say? I mean the board even has its own Twitter account…
Still not convinced? Check out this vid and try not to drool on your keyboard.
You can almost feel the stubble forming beneath your filthy jowls can’t you?
Get your very own Neck Beard Here at SWELL
Click here to check out other Gear and Boards from Channel Islands. Also now available on SWELL is the equally impressive Machado colab the Motorboat. Check back soon for Conner Coffin’s Fred Rubble and Slater’s Semi-Pro!
Just In…the Special Edition SWELL X Surfing Heritage Catalog
It’s here, the SWELL 2011 Fall Catalog! In with the old, and the new. In an effort to support surfing’s rich history, SWELL has collaborated with the Surfing Heritage Foundation to create this special edition catalog, featuring historical photos from pioneer waterman and surf photographer Tom Blake. Credited with helping to create the surf lifestyle we all embrace today, this collection of 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s photos from Tom Blake represent surfing’s transformation into the mainstream culture, as well as a resurrection of surfing’s past. From the hardwood boards of the 1920’s, to the first hollow board in 1932, to the first ‘production’ surfboard, and through the invention of the fin in 1935, the photos in this book chronicle a key period in the evolution of surfing. With a Graflex camera he bought from the ‘Father of Modern surfing,’ Duke Kahanamoku, and the creation of the first water housing, Tom was able to both capture and positively impact board riding and the lifestyle that surrounds it.
Help continue the understanding, representation, and enjoyment of the sport and its lifestyle by supporting the Surfing Heritage Foundation. The non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. Join a community of people who share a common passion for the spirit, soul and culture of surfing. Support the Foundation (and get a bag of freebies, including a SWELL gift card)! For Surfing Heritage memberships visit: http://www.surfingheritage.org/
Leave a comment and let us know what you think about the collab edition catalog! Check out both the men’s and women’s edition Swell Catalogs.