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When you hear touring surfers say “I’ve been focusing on my equipment a lot lately” they’re not just talking about working with shapers. With today’s seven figure prize purses, surfers spend the off-season in Olympic style training facilities, boosting into foam pits, and testing new competitive sportswear technology like they were Apolo Ohno.
The first stop on the World Championship meant the unveiling of the world’s best surfers’ new signature designs they rely on for the marathon 9-month dream tour. The challenging conditions at the Quiksilver Pro Snapper Rocks required competitors to generate their own speed, rather than the wave propelling them through sections. Judges awarded the highest scores for aerial maneuvers, a trick that would be impossible with the constricting old nylon trunks of yesteryear.
Here’s a few of our favorite world title contenders, and the trunks they depended on for max agility and performance.
Slater’s Cyhper Nomad trunks feature a diamond dobby fabric that reduces contact with skin, therefore minimizing the dreaded “balloning” or trapped water that acts like a parachute. Kelly landed an equal 5th, which we hope retains his interest to pursue #12.
Jordy’s semi-final finish came via powerful railwork and 100m long combos. He had to muscle his big frame extra hard in the soft conditions, but managed to whip his tail around and take out contest favorite Joel Parkinson. His O’Neill Neurosis features 4-way epic stretch technology helped him blow up, and start his 2012 world title campaign.
Daynolds’ tour aspiration are less predictable than Slater’s, but we always know he’ll put on a show. In just two heats, he stomped 3 of the best 5 maneuvers of the contest. His freakishly agile and aptly named Cypher Revolt boardshorts features a poly-spandex fabric blend.
Parko’s Platinum-X Flux trunks by Billabong have ergonomic panels and water-repellant epic stretch fabric. His attention to those features have kept him a title threat into his 12th year on tour.
Taj’s intense dedication to training and equipment paid off with a victory at the 2012 Quiksilver Pro. His ocean friendly trunks made from recycled plastic bottles fall just above the knee. His Komplete shorts use zero gravity quad stretch, so they can have a less baggy fit without restricting motion. CONGRATS TAJ!!!
I can’t believe it’s already been a week and my stay in Costa Rica has come to an end. In all, this has
to be one of the best trips I have ever taken. Costa Rica was amazing with it’s breathtaking beaches, rich culture, and friendly locals but I actually learned a lot on this trip. Through my stay at School of the World, I was able to improve on my surfing, test out my skills at yoga, and managed to learn some Spanish. If you are like me and get bored easily, I recommend learning vacations as a new way of traveling. Not only did I have a chance to take my long awaited girl’s vacation with my closest friends, but I learned some new skills and met some passionate travelers from all around the world.
Costa Rica will always have a place in my heart, and I definitely will be coming back!
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I love Costa Rica! My days consists of surfing the glassy beaches and hiking through the lush rainforest, while squeezing in yoga sessions at School of the World. As for the evenings, my girlfriends and I explore the amazing restaurants in the town of Jaco, with some dancing at the local bars. Costa Rica is beachy, casual, and the weather is always warm and tropical. So when going out at night, I am keeping my outfits comfortable and feminine. Here are some must haves if you are heading for a night out in a beach town: a flowy dress that layers nicely over a bikini, wedges or strappy sandals, maxi skirts, cropped tanks paired with denim cut off shorts, and a small cross body bag.
These are amongst my favorite from Swell:
1. Jen’s Pirate Booty Goddess Gauze Dress
2. 6 Shore Road Kuna Beaded Kaftan
3. Billabong Peecemaker Tank
4. Minkpink The Sequel Slash Shorts
5. Swell Flamenco Maxi Skirt
6. BC Scowl Wedge
7. Volcom A List Sandal
8. Rip Curl Hotel Fesitival Bag
Check out my room at School of the World!
It like a tree house in a mini rainforest. The Asian Zen décor complete with bamboo walls, waterfall,
and artwork was the perfect backdrop. This is really an amazing place to unwind