September 2nd, 2015
Archive for the ‘SURF’ Category
Since he triggered the chop-tail trend with his advent of “The Dumpster Diver” Dane Reynolds and Al Merrick have been knee deep in foam dust experimenting with more ultra-modern templates.
Dane’s mysto shaping expertise was put to the test in France after his DFR snapped in the semi-finals and was left with his 100% hand shaped board seen in this video. He shredded it to a come-from-behind victory against the lethal John Florence in the dying minutes of the heat.
Even though he lost to Slater in the finals at Hossegor, Daynolds’ fellow CI team rider took a page out of his own playbook to beat him. Slater actually used the new DFR aka “Dane Freaking Reynolds” signature model in his recent back to back tour victories.
The DFR is the latest evolution template that began with the Dumpster Diver, then Neck Beard, the Double Helix, the Sperm Whale, and the Wave Bandit. Dane Reynolds and Volcom‘s Andrew Doheny are currently the only two touring surfers to have success riding self shaped boards, and Dane’s model has earned multiple SIMA awards for “Surfboard of the Year.”
Dane cracked the code of creating an outline with short rail line that still maintains aggressive drive in variable conditions. The outline puts most of the width and volume towards the front of the board to float your girth and get you down the line. Its no secret that Dane packs on his beer weight, but the sharp flip in the exit rocker allows that patented release through the lip. See the whole Channel Islands board room at SWELL.
Quiksilver and Channels Islands must be doing something right with their two top athletes sharing the podium at the Surfer Poll Awards and on tour. Shop the Quiksilver styles that Dane and Kelly travel the world with at SWELL.Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
Backed by Dion Agius, SUPERbrand rallies around the goal of radically progressing elements to their boards and fashion-forward clothing. The team of Clay Marzo, Ry Craike, The Fish and more push the limits with their one-upping mentality for bigger airs and all forms self expression.
SUPERbrand’s first movie “Sorry, We’re Open” is a fun, no-frills exotic adventure shot in 35 and 16 mm film. Dion Agius on his perma-Bali vacation; Ry Craike off his tits in West Oz death pits; Clay Marzo in uncharted Indo and fabulous France. Enjoy this kick in your teeth Kai Neville compilation.
“How can I shred like that?” you ask… SUPERbranded boards and apparel are now available on SWELL. Dion’s affect on the apparel literally has no boundaries as he was the first pro to wear tee and collared shirts in the line-up, as you see in the video flapping around like a cape. Shop all the SUPERbrand styles at SWELL
Triple Crown Winner, Pipe Pro Champ, and now Kustom Airstrike innovator, John John Florence can add a shoebox filled with 50K cash to the $450K he’s banked during his first 12 months on tour. His Stalefish Air Reverse sealed the victory voted on by the public, and Tony Hawk (who invented the maneuver) surprised Florence while having coffee in San Diego. Congrats John John!
When we mention Kinetik Racing Co. you might be thinking, “Never heard of em..” Well chances are you’ve heard of their A-list team of surfers: Parko, Occy, Bruce & Andy, Luke Egan, Dusty Payne, and Jack Freestone – all KR fins riders.
Current world No. 2 Joel Parkinson shows off his Signature Parko Fin template
Launching in the summer of 2009 KR began making high quality, performance-driven surfing fins with a collaboration of team riders, shapers, and manufacturing elites. After comprehensive R&D and hours of testing out in the field, these fins aren’t just endorsed by their riders, but they are the actual fins ridden in competition and free surf sessions the world over.
Kinetik has a healthy assortment of templates to fit a variety of styles and surfers. From the Occy’s power-surfing to Dusty’s above the lip approach, you’ll find a set to take your surfing to the next level. The best part is that all KR fins come in single and twin tab versions so they will fit both Futures and FCS fin boxes. So grab yourself a set and see why some of the top guys are backing this technology.
Here newly signed team rider and 2010 ASP World Junior Champion Jack Freestone talks about KR: