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June 4th, 2012 | By | 4,419 Comments

Craig Anderson -Surf and Style

The timeless and carefree style of Craig Anderson is an enigma. In and out of the water, he effortlessly out-surfs anyone and looks damn good doing it. A driving force of the Modern Collective progressive surfing boom, this Aussie/Saffa represents a new breed of free surfers with fresh styles.

Craig “Ando” Anderson has spent the last few years circling the globe with his fellow Quik free-surfers like Dane, Ry and Clay. From his Surfing Mag covershot at Greenbush, to his Punt of the Month, everyone’s trying to understand how this hair-farming ripper makes it look so easy.

Craig explains his approach to surf and style “To me, good style is about being in tune with the ocean, timing, nonchalance, vision, and just being relaxed. Everyone’s style is gonna be different. It’s all about being comfortable and enjoying what you like and everyone has a different take on what they enjoy”

Since becoming Quiksilver’s global poster-boy, his new school style influenced the latest cuts and colorways.

Here’s his go-to essentials he takes on his year-round travel benders:

1. Pocket Tee -Usually basics, but just anything without loud logos. Doubles as a surf top
2. Tight Pants- “I like that steez” -Ando
3. Cloth Trucker -Stylish sun protection is a must on the road, and also hides your nappy mop that hasn’t seen shampoo in days
4. Electric Sunglasses -He prefers contemporary twists on wayfarers. Kip Arnette hooks him up
5. Backpack -Boardbags require hands-free cargo. Stash some clothes with your boards if you need more space.
6. Boardshorts – The signature Ando Flint boardshort design is an extension of his surfing style: A retro outline with new-school flare and gravity defying agility.  The 4-way stretch Diamond Dobby fabric wont rip when you’re shredding your hardest.

The Cypher Brig boardshort takes performance to the next level for when Craig really gets acrobatic. A favorite short for Dane Reynolds, Ando and him share a similar lazy yet explosive style.


This basic yet enigmatic look and lifestyle has got Craig some very positive feedback from the ladies, so reinvent your steez with new Quik gear here

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May 29th, 2012 | By | 5,074 Comments

Poler – The Nap Sack: A Sleeping Bag Jacket

Take your girlfriend’s snuggie, cut off the sleeves, man it up a bit and you’ve got yourself the Nap Sack from Poler.

This part sleeping bag, part puff jacket hoodie serves as both an apparel accessory and an impromptu sleeping ararngement. Friends will be jealous, significant others will be bummed, but you will be nice and cozy when-and-wherever you decide to pass out.

Here’s how it works:

Roll up the bottom, zip open the arm holes and you’ve got yourself a super warm and comfy puff hoodie complete with a front zipper and ipod compatible chest pocket. Use it as a changing robe or use is as a couch/campfire companion!

When you are tired, pull in your extremities, zip/cinch yourself up and voila! You’re snug as a bug down to 50 ° F. No more climbing out of your sleeping bag to check the surf or losing your warmth when nature calls!

When not in use, the Nap Sack rolls up into a convenient little bag that stores easily in your truck or pack making it a crucial item for the space-conscious wanderer. Take it with you backpacking or keep it close by when couch-surfing.

About the Brand: Poler

Born in Portland Oregon where the beards grow and the PBR flows, Poler Camping Stuff brings us a colorful assortment of high quality –well.. stuff! Check out the Magic Tarpit that’s half-poncho, half-tarp, part-makeshift-shelter, half hybrid camouflage as well as the other pioneer worthy soft goods from Poler.

May 22nd, 2012 | By | 2,015 Comments

New Beaters from Catch Surf

Ever wondered what summer smells like? The crew at Catch Surf knows, and their all new Beaters are essential for capturing the “essence” of summertime fun! Splash on some of this cologne, grab your Beater and head to the beach cause it’s sumertimmeeeee!

Enjoy the sexy sense of humor from the San Clemente shredders at Catch Surf.

Check out the new boards and threads from Catch Surf.
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May 16th, 2012 | By | 7,533 Comments

Battle of the Boardshorts: Rio Pro Brasil 2012

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.

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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

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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

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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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Photos courtesy of the ASP