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March 22nd, 2011 | By | 3,918 Comments

Sector Nine’s Latest: Slides, Spills & (Free) SWAG!

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a downhill skater?

This recent short flick sent to us by the boys over at Sector Nine takes you into the mind of team rider Erik Lundberg as he performs his daily routine. Roaming his local streets of Encinitas California, Lundberg remembers past wipeouts and some crazy dh events. Shot entirely in monochrome and with some sick first person GoPro footage, this movie is sure to leave you intoxicated with it’s beating drums and moving pavement. Includes appearances by Jeff Budro, Evren Ozan, Mischo Erban & various other IGSA riders. Skip to 7:13 for some of the sickest slides known to man..

Want some more action?

9 lives DVD from Sector Nine

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Sector nine is now giving away their new dvd 9 Lives: First Try with purchase of ANY Sector Nine product on SWELL. The film features nearly an hour and a half of surf and trick/downhill skating that will have you frothing no matter what sport you rep…

This video is not available in stores, so don’t blow it grab a skate, get your dvd, and start shredding!

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March 22nd, 2011 | By | 5,801 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

March 8th, 2011 | By | 3,256 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!
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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.
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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 | 2,409 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!!!!”