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August 30th, 2012 | By | 1,289 Comments

Billabong Pro Tahiti 2012 -Battle of the Boardshorts

The 2012 Billabong Pro Tahiti served up far less deadly slabs spilling over the shelf than last year’s Code Red conditions, but the 12 day wait paid off with a peaking swell for the finals. The wave-starved contest highlights mostly consisted of fishing and hiking instagrams around “the end of the road” Teahupoo area, until a solid south swell gave contest director Luke Egan a sigh of relief.

Increasingly intense rumblings on the reef on the eve of the final day yielded the usual flurry of upsets, buzzer beater victories, wipeouts, intense rivalries, and glory for one. Enjoy another Teahupoo barrel bender highlight reel and read more below.

The progressive level of surfing and hi-tech equipment have a direct relationship, and surf companies are in an arms race to develop the best boardies for their teamriders to contort through those bendy barrels. Here’s who’s signature styles carried them to the final rounds.

John John Florence
is arguably the sharpest shooting backside barrel rider in the world, and only a lull of a heat could stop his run in the semis. You could see his super stretch O’Neill HyperFreak boardshorts working as he pig dogged past Gabriel Medina and Damien Hobgood. Check out his trunks here.

Joel Parkinson won every heat heading into the final, including a controversial call that got him past an in-form Jeremy Flores by .07pts. He backdoored the peak with the nimble fluidity you’d expect from the young guns, and credits the Flux boardshorts he wears in every trunkable contest. The Flux flex boardshorts are made from recycled plastic bottles which scored him karma points too.
See his signature style boardshort.



Jeremy Flores
won the Andy Irons Award for last years inspiring performance, and the French Pipemaster went on another tear in 2012. Charging every set wave of the building south swell, he suffered some of the longest hold-downs of the event. He would lose the heat to Parko in the quarters, but the ruling was unpopular. Judge for yourself here. During those those long hold-downs, the 4-way stretch shorts minimized ballooning that could pin him to the bottom longer, and allowed him to scratch to the surface quicker.
Check the tech boardshorts.

Taj Burrow took the unconventional approach at Chopes by attacking the lip to put an exclamation point on his wave scores. He was taken down by giant-killing Brazilian Ricardo Dos Santos. His Komplete boardshorts have the function and flare worthy for Taj’s insane approach to any venue.
See the Komplete package here.

Mick Fanning secured his slot atop the standing with multiple last second victories. After everyone suffered infections from reef rash last year, Mick opted for the extra protection from his Rip Curl springsuit. It was all smiles when he took out his best mate from the Gold Coast. Mick and Joel head to Trestles as #1 and #2 ranked surfers in the world.

Photos courtesy of © ASP/ Kirstin

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August 27th, 2012 | By | 4,918 Comments

Labor Day Beach Essentials Everything you need to Dominate the Weekend

Labor Day is around the corner and it’s time to gear up for summer’s last hurrah. We went through and picked out the best swag to help you make the most of your 3 day weekend and close down the season with a bang!

1) Billabong Chiller Wetty Bucket

Billabong Chiller Wetty Bucket

 

The Chiller Wetty Bucket is part change mat, part dry bag, part cooler and ALL ready for a good time! Load it up with drinks in the AM, cash them off at the beach and then use it to change out of and store your soggy trunks at the end of the day. It will keep your beach beverages cold and your car organized. Brilliant!!

Chiller Wetty Bucket

 

2) TowelSafe – Pocketed Towel

 

Towel Safe Colors

Nothing is more crucial for Labor Day than a solid beach towel. However TowelSafe ups the ante with 3 convenient storage pockets built right into a hefty 30 x 60 inch cotton terry beach companion. Store your cell phone, keys and wallet out of the sand and out of your drenched boardies. It’s a must for busy beaches with potential thieves or your occasional high tide splash.

TowelSafe


3) Sun Bum Paddle Ball Set & Beach Flyer

Sun Bum Beach Paddle Ball & Beach Flyer

Lounging is fun and all, but if it’s flat you’ll need something to do in between coldies. A game of Paddle Ball or frisbee will get you up out of your beach chair and rallying across the sand. It’ll give you some added entertainment and maybe even an excuse to bump into that bombshell strolling the beach.

Check out Sun Bums Beach Paddle Ball Set & Beach Flyer

 

4)Vertra Translucent Face Stick

With so many hours in the sun your skin is sure to take a thrashing. If you plan to be in and out of the water all day (and who doesn’t?) then the Vertra face stick will keep you covered. The SPF 50 formula is tough, effective, and will prevent your nose from peeling off like a red onion.

Vertra’s Super Waterproof Sun Protection Line

 

5) Odysea – The Log by Catch Surf

 


More often than not Labor day hits with barely a ripple in water. Most people write off surfing altogether without considering the alternatives. Enter the Odysea Log by Catch Surf. This beasty soft top will have everyone from beginners to seasoned vets charging the surf no matter what King Neptune dishes out -big or small.

Click here to see all 3 colors of The Log

 

6) Sun Bum Cool Down Spray, Gel, & Lotion

Sun Bum Cool Down Spray, Gel, and Lotion
Spent one to many hours in the sun baking that lobstery hide of yours? Well Sun Bum’s Cool Down products will help you out heaps. These lotions sooth the skin and speed up sunburn recovery so you can still hit the bars even after a marathon skin scorching session. Gingers rejoice, pasty kids cheer, Sun Bum lotions save the day!

Sun Bum’s sunburn care products

August 17th, 2012 | By | 5,307 Comments

Catch Surf Get Wet Tour Video Edit

The guys at Catch Surf just got back from their Get Wet tour to the East Coast. After running amuck from Deleware to New Jersey these guys left a wake of stamped boards and stoked grommets.

Check out their latest edit and see why the folks are frothing over these sick little wonder boards.

THE GET WET TOUR 2012 from Catch Surf on Vimeo.

With seasonally small surf on the East Coast the Beaters help liven up even the most dull of beach days. Surf em, skim em, womp em, whatevers.. these boards are crucial for a solid day at the beach. They’re small enough to fit in your trunk, but it will outperform any other soft top out there…

The water is warm and there is still plenty of swell to be had.. So grab yourself a Beater and get on it! #SMELLSLIKESUMMER

Check out our fresh Selection of Beaters and Logs here:
Click Here to See the Beaters and Logs

July 24th, 2012 | By | 1,524 Comments

SUP Essentials – 5 Must Have Stand Up Paddle Accessories

Stand Up Paddling is one of the fastest growing beach activities in recent memory. It’s fun, it’s easy and it gets you out there even when the wave machine shuts off entirely (ie. our whole last month in SoCal!) Since summer is in full swing and people are hitting up their local bodies of water with boards and paddles in hand, I thought I’d let you folks in on some crucial SUP accessories that I have personally scoped out. Here’s my list of the 5 best SUP accessories for this season:

 

1) QUIKSILVER SUP SURVIVAL PFD

SUP LIFE JACKET QUIKSILVER

Be prepared for the worst with the SUP survival PFD (personal floatation device). This bugger inflates with a rip cord and CO2 cartridge just like those fancy ones on the airplane. Besides giving you some added security, it also includes a zip pocket for securely stashing your keys, fishing license, sunscreen or shades.

In certain harbors or beaches, the water patrol will require you to carry a PFD anyways so why not cover all your bases with this compact lifesaving device. Otherwise you can lug around a heavy foam jacket or risk getting a ticket.

2) XCEL 1MM REEF SPLIT TOE BOOTIE

surf sup xcel 1mm reef boots

During extended sweeping sessions your feet are sure take a thrashing. Pruney, sunburnt feet are standard, and when you add rocks, urchins or coral in the mix it’s never good for your lower digits.

The Xcel 1mm split toe boots give the most sensitive of feet full protection without being overly cumbersome. They are lightweight, breath well and help you stick to your board. Shoots!

3) QUIKSILVER WATERMAN POLYPRO ZIP PADDLE JACKET
SUP surf top quiksilver waterman surf top

The Quiksilver Waterman Poly Pro zip Paddle jacket is perfect for all types of Paddling. The cut is slightly looser with a crew neck so it’s breathable and non-constricting. A full zipper at front allows you to zip it down when it gets hot, or zip it up when the onshores start blowing.

This jacket is made from a water wicking, poly pro material that blocks out both harmful UV rays and chilly ocean breezes. Like a lot of the Waterman line the Zip Paddle Jacket also includes a handy utility pocket at back perfect for sunscreen, ipod , ham sandwich or anything else you need to keep closeby.

4) FCS 10FT SUP REGULAR SURF LEASH

stand up paddle fcs surf leash

The FCS SUP leash is the only stand up paddle leash that combines elements of both a standard leash and a coiled SUP leash. Unlike other leashes out there the FCS SUP leash features a non-coiled end that extends over your board. This means less tangles and no more tripping over a bunched up leash end close to your feet.

It comes in ankle and calf versions depending on your preference.

 

5) DAKINE SUP DECK TRACTION

 

Dakine SUP deck traction pad

Whether you are surfing your stand up or taking it on a marathon paddle, the Dakine traction will keep you glued to your board and feel great under your feet.

The specially formulated EVA won’t add a bunch of weight to your board and will help absorb the shocks caused by rough seas and choppy waters. A lot like the cushions in your shoes, the Dakine deck pad will offer a more comfortable ride especially for extended sessionss

The check out all of our SUP gear and boards click here!

Your favorite accessory not listed? Let us know what yours is in the comments below!