Archive for the ‘GEAR’ Category

March 22nd, 2011 | By | 5,419 Comments

Derek Hynd and his finless wonder board

Derek Hynd is an Australian surfer/shaper/writer. On top of being a former contest pro and intelligent writer, he’s one of surfing’s great innovators and explorers. His ability of high level surfing as well as having such an understanding of board shaping and hydrodynamics puts him in a category which only the likes of George Greenough and Tom Wegener can hold a candle to.

Derek Hynd and His Finlessboard

Over the past few years Derek has been shaping and riding his own finless surfboard design. Instead of joining the throngs on the trail of the Polynesian Alaia he’s been updating this concept by using the advances of bottom contours in PU blanks. This newly invented, skegless board design has allowed him to harness the reduction of friction along with having the hold, trim and turning properties of concave. These results may just be a window into the future. Derek Hynd we salute you!

Check out this mind blowing vid segment of D.H. riding some of his finless wonders

For more incredible footage of Derek Hynd add this radical classic to your video library asap: Litmus The Special Edition DVD- http://www.swell.com/LITMUS-SPECIAL-EDITION-DVD

Litmus Special Edition

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March 8th, 2011 | By | 3,231 Comments

Product Review – HangGoose Wetsuit Hanger

At one point or another we have all been guilty of leaving a dripping wetsuit in the back of our trucks only to find a musty pile for our next session. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s just many of us can’t be bothered to find a decent place (or way) to store our rubber after a tiring surf. Well worry no more because the HangGoose is here!
HangGoose

Straight from the frigid waters of Nor Cal comes this solid, beautifully crafted collapsible wetsuit hanger. Designed and perfected by a surfer/contractor from Humboldt County, the HangGoose’s smooth teak body is as refined as it is useful.
HangGoose

So what’s different about this hanger? you might ask..

Unlike a normal hanger the ‘Goose hangs your suit from the middle, which lets it dry quicker and doesn’t stretch out the neck or shoulders. Also included on both the sides of the hanger are posts specifically made for draining/airing out your booties. No other method works better for eliminating that scummy water build up when stowing your boots.Then, to top it off, at the base of the hanger is a fastening string that allows gloves or any other gear to be hung alongside your suit.

So with the Goose your entire wetsuit quiver can be securely hung and dried with the greatest of ease. Now even the laziest of surfers out there will be able to properly care for their gear.

In turn all your expensive cold water gear will last longer and stay warmer for more than a couple seasons.

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The HangGoose collapses for easy storage in your car or truck and can be hung just about anywhere, even door frames!

The ‘Goose makes a great great gift for groms and geezers alike… because no one likes a soggy, worn out suit..

Check it out here

February 4th, 2011 | By | 2,336 Comments

Freedivers Encounter a Grey Reef Shark in Maui

A couple of months back Chuck Patterson posted a video that made many shark weary beach goers avoid the water like it were Amity Island and Jaws was in the lineup. Well we stumbled across another video that might, as Occy would say, “give you chicken skin”… We’re all hoping this one might thin out the crowds right in time for this next swell.

A group of lifeguards from Laguna Beach were out free diving about 300 yards off the coast of Ka’anapali, Maui and captured this amazing footage with their GoPro HD:

If you listen closely you can hear the humpback whales singing in the background and then at 1:20 an almost comical scream when the grey reef shark makes a pass.

As much as we’d like to roust the nearly shish-kebabed swimmer, I’m pretty certain the whole lot of us would’ve been much worse in the same situation. Good on ya brother!

Lots of respect to the boys for keeping their cool and especially Jeff who bee lined it nearly 50 ft to the camera for the quick recovery. I’m pretty sure that’s the fastest he’ll ever dive down in his entire life!

Greg, one of the swimmers in the video, told us this about the event:

“We were diving about 45-50 feet down. It was our first time diving that day, that far down. We just wanted to see how far we could dive down and get sick shots of the sun and our shadows on the surface. We were planning on diving as far as possible. That was our first dive down at 45 ft when it happened I was the 3rd diver in the shot. When I was about 10 ft from the surface I saw the grey reef shark, which was about 6 1/2-7 ft long. It was just cruising then my friend Matt was about to dive down and pick up the camera when the shark went straight up to him. It came about 6 inches away from him when it S turned and swam away. It was defiantly one of the sickest dives I’ve been on.”

The clip really shows how awkward us humans are in the water in comparison to the ol’ man in the grey suit. Anyways well done guys and I think we’re all equally stoked that you “GOT IT ON VIDEO!!!!”

October 12th, 2010 | By | 3,365 Comments

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SECTOR 9 APERTURE & CARBON DECAY

Unlike fruit bootin’ when we think of skateboarding what do we think of? Drinking somebody’s chew spit by accident or sharting in your pants while out on a first date with a super hot fembot? No. We think of MASS FUN. Now if I was Ronnie St. textbook I would say that skateboarding can be a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation. Although this does pretty much sum up the act of skateboarding I don’t wanna sound like too much of a Ronnie St. text book fruitcake. In all reality skateboarding is a freedom machine. An outlet for the soul. It’s the fountain of youth and a good test for a human’s brain coordination. When we think of Sector 9 we think of the ultimate skate co that encapsulates this entire, magical spectrum. Now let’s check out 2 of Sector 9’s latest bomb-ass models that’ll make you scorch yer droors while riding them…..

PS. I love you Sector 9 Bread Bowl