January 28th, 2016
Archive for the ‘BEST IN GEAR’ Category
When the world tour came to the home of “The Brazilian Airforce”, many expected the local young punters to air-reverse their way to a brazo-heavy final, but it was all Aussies and a Hawaiian into the Semis at the 2012 Billabong Rio Pro. The precise tube riding and fine tuned gear of these top ten ranked surfers continued to show why they are perennial title threats .
Adrian “Ace” Buchan (World #8) came out firing in round one, taking out event favorite Gabriel Medina and progressive rookie Yadin Nicol. Ace relies on Hurley’s Phantom stretch technology for maximum stretch and lightweight performance when he unleashes his combinations of signature power hacks. This 60s Block Party style combines a rigid waistband with the 4-way stretch material that has made this patented Hurley technology the surf industry’s best boardshort for 4 years. Unfortunately Adrian fell to an in-form Jeremy Flores, but we look forward to his front-hand attack at Tavarua during next month’s Volcom Fiji Pro. Get Ace’s style – Hurley.
Owen Wright (World #10) was another Australian who smoked a local hero Raoni Montieri, and out-gunned past Brazil winner Taylor Knox. Owen owes it to Rip Curl’s Mirage Flex technology for sticking those tricky vertical re-entries and stomping airs. For such a big guy, it’s important that Owen’s shorts offer minimal resistance and weight in such a tricky beachbreak. Owen went down to quarter finalist Tiago Pires in a wonky, stormy and low scoring 3rd round affair. Get this Rip Curl technology
John John Florence (World #5) stole the show with buzzer beater barrels against Julian Wilson, and two no-grab 360 airs to win the final over current world #1 Joel Parkinson. John’s hot streak continues in his signature Epic Stretch trunks that contain elastane stretch fabric for his freakish abilities above and beneath the lip. He has been wearing this lucky style ever since his historic run to become the youngest Triple Crown Champion in 2011. He’s another goofy-footer that is poised to place high in the upcoming Volcom Fiji Pro. Get John John’s signature style here
Parko (World #1) surpassed the sidelined Slater in the rankings with his second place result. Joel made it through four extremely close heats decided by only fractions of a point (0.4, 0.7, 1.3, 0.83) In a game of inches, Parko trusted the super-stretch panels of the Flux boarsdshort, and the good karma of this recycler series style. Get the Flux here
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Lost Designs By Matt Biolos Lost Surfboards and designs stole the spotlight at lower trestles. Pure Mayhem
If you watched the Nike Lowers Pro webcast, you heard the heavy praise for the Lost Mayhem surfboard shaped by Matt Biolos. About 50% of the surfers competed with a some variation of this model and they’re psyching on the Mayhem’s high performance fit with the wave at lower trestles.
Biolos said he shaped around 100 Mayhem boards last week for the field of surfers from 18 different countries. He started shaping boards specifically for trestles since he graduated San Clemente Highschool in 1987, so the competing surfers wanted his expertise to gain the upper hand in the lowers shred fest.
The Lost brand celebrates the radical rejection of the status quo, which is exactly why the state of surfing lives above the lip today. Lost boards are shaped to push the limits of surfing, and Lost clothing is designed for the black sheep in the action sports world.
Lost designs originate from the surfboard art Matt used to airbrush on boards in the back of Herbie Flether’s shaping room. Lost products road tested and influenced by teamriders like the Fletchers, Lopezs, Hos, Beschens, Andinos and Wardo.
Checkout the whole new Lost line at SWELL here
XCEL Eco-Ventix Surf Shirts Will Save Your Life Hybrid, UV-Protecting, Breathable, Quick Dry, Eco Friendly, All-Sport Surf Shirts
The innovations at Xcel keep coming, and their new line of sport tops will literally save your hide. Every outdoorsman knows somebody who has suffered from melanoma or a similar cancerous affliction caused by sun exposure, that is why Xcel developed UV-defending alternative to the tight fitting rashguard.
Hawaiian waterman extraordinaire and Xcel ambassador Kaipo Guererro breaks down this core performance attire:
Xcel is based in Haleiwa on the North shore of Oahu, commonly refereed to as “The Proving Grounds” demanding the highest standards in product performance. Since many watermen loath the tight fit of spandex rashguards, an alternative shield from the elements was needed. The quick drying fabric and relaxed fit of surf-shirts has become an essential for surfer looking to travel light and extend their session without worrying about re-applying sun-block.
See the entire selection of Mens Xcel surf tops here
The sport of Stand Up Paddling created a demand for hybrid gear that protects from UV rays and reflections, but won’t overheat. There’s much less bodily contact with the water while SUPing than you’d think, and there’s no place to stash that hoody when that crisp morning gives way to relentless heat. The Hybrid tops have Eco Ventix fabric in high-heat areas like the sleeves and back, while the chest panel is made of high performance rashgruard Lycra. This balance of sun-protection, breath-ability, flex, fit, and quick drying features makes this the best sport top in the world. To top it off, its made from recycled fibers and benefits the Xcel Cancer Foundation!
See the entire selection of Womens surf tops here
4 funny reasons to rock the Eco-Ventix Hybrid Tops
1) Your buddy won’t have to awkwardly rub lotion on your back in public
2) Quick dry fabric hide pit-stains
3) Avoid “lobsteritis” aka being sunburned where you look boiled and squeal when people touch you
4) Avoid the “Brazilian surfboard wax-job” aka when surfing your wax unevenly rips off stomach and chest hair
With today’s 24-hour action sports news cycle, note worthy swells and sessions literally come and go with the tide. That’s why we love the video trailers for Surfing’s monthly issues. These behind the scenes looks at the upcoming issue gets us re-psyched on Dorian’s recent Mavericks monsters, a potential Kolohe vs. John John rivalry and the highly anticipated sophomore campaign of Julian Wilson.
As an annual bonus, the June issue includes the Swimsuit edition, featuring the hottest models and swimsuits seen at SWELL. Enjoy your sneak peak into the making of Surfing’s latest patch of eye candy.
Pipe’s prodigal son, John John Florence has dominated covers and contest for the past 16 months. Thankfully SWELL is stocked with the tools behind his trick to landing yet another cover. Get his boardshorts, deckpad and fins at SWELL, and surprise yourself with little gear changes that make big differences is your surfing.
Our friends at Surfing Magazine had no complaints about shooting the 2012 Swimsuit edition on the North Shore of Oahu this winter. Sydney and Natazha put on a clinic for strutting the beach like a goddess in the hottest bikinis on the market. This year’s cover shot featured the Tyler Rose OHWAHANIGHT cut, and other flattering looks from Mikoh and Bubululu available at SWELL