Archive for the ‘GEAR’ Category

August 17th, 2012 | By | 5,062 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:
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July 24th, 2012 | By | 1,409 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!

July 23rd, 2012 | By | 146 Comments

Katin Sponsors Team USA Olympic Water Polo

When we say we have the world’s best boardshorts, we mean it. Katin is the sponsor and preferred active-wear of the USA Olympic Water Polo team.  Southern California being a breeding ground polo stars, the Huntington Beach based surf company was proud to support these 14 London-bound American Olympians all born and raised in California beach towns. Most of the boys grew up in the South LA Bay seeing lifeguards and waterman wearing these Katin trunks that have over 60 years for research and development.


(L to R) Team USA led by Tony Azevedo (middle). Chay Lapin, Janson Wigo, Shea Buckner and Andy Stevens train in Katin gear.

The boys have been training with Katin’s new line of performance sport-cut shorts and signature Team USA tops, all available at SWELL. A portion of the proceeds benefit the team in their campaign to bring a gold medal back home. Support team USA by rocking the Olympic themed tees and following our hometown heroes starting Sunday July 29.

Men’s Water Polo TV Schedule (All times adjusted to Pacific Standard Time)
Sunday, July 29: USA vs. Montenegro 2:40PM – 3:40PM (NBC)
Tuesday, July 31: USA vs. Romania 1:30PM – 3:00PM (NBC)
Thursday, August 2: USA vs. Great Britain 12:20PM – 1:20PM (NBC)
Saturday, August 4: USA vs. Serbia 2:45PM – 3:45PM (NBC)
Monday, August 6: USA vs. Hungary 9:30AM – 10:30AM (MSNBC)
Sunday, August 12: Bronze-medal match 6:30AM – 7:45AM (NBC SPORTS NETWORK)
Sunday, August 12: Gold-medal match 9:30AM – 10:45AM (NBC)
For the full event schedule listing, click here.

July 9th, 2012 | By | 896 Comments

FCS PONCHO – BETTER THAN A THIRD ARM!

Towel changing just got a whole lot easier!

FCS CHANGING PONCHO

Love it, hate it the FCS PONCHO is really handy.  You might get some smirks at first, but you’ll have the last laugh when you are the quickest one in and out of your suit. No more fumbling with obnoxiously small towels or accidentally flashing the car park. This plush terry towel poncho will keep you dry and keep you covered.

It’s especially crucial on cold days when you lose your finger dexterity and have to change with your ol’ “Soup Strainers.” Throw it on and it will cut down the icy sea breeze as you’re climbing into your pantaloons and shirt. It’s great for dudes and ever better for ladies! You will be thankful, you will be warm, and you will be about as stoked as Lauren Enever is in the picture below.

Laura Enever sports the FCS PONCHO in her Surfline feature:

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Ain’t that just the perkiest outfit y’ever seen? A terry-toweling modesty cap supplied by Laura’s sponsor FCS provides the laughs in this photograph.

“It’s really cute, it’s really sexy,” says Laura, dryly, although she stresses its importance and convenience when hiding her nudity in carparks. “When you are a girl you have to worry about tops and bottoms,” she says.

In this case she couldn’t be bothered taking off her wetsuit after the surf. Hence the combo of rubber + cape. C/o Surfline.

Get your FCS Poncho HERE!