Archive for the ‘SURF’ Category

July 24th, 2012 | By | 1,475 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!

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July 13th, 2012 | By | 1,080 Comments

Nathan Fletcher -Surf and Style

Two decades after pioneering aerials in San Clemente beachbreaks, Nathan Fletcher blew everyone’s mind again with “The Heaviest Wave Ever Ridden” in Tahiti last year. It sparked yet another comeback in his pro surfing career that has earned him the title of an antihero of our sport. Awarded with the best overall big-wave performance of 2011, he non-nonchalantly pushes the envelope and escapes death on a regular basis. When asked if surfing has made him a rich man, he responded “Yes…but not with money.”

Listen to Nathan retell his historic session that started with hitchhiking to chopes that morning.
*Warning: This will give you goosebumps

Its no coincidence that he represents brands with mottos like “unlikely futures” being that he lives in a trailer and casually converses about the expectation of drowning. But his superior surfing ability does not share the same affinity for the spotlight as today’s youth. He quit surfing at the age of 16 because the spotlight seemed lame to him, and the tattoo on his calf “KILL ME” further explains his disdain for stardom.

Who knew that not giving a damn about anything translated into iconic style.
Here’s how he does it

Nixon Watches: In his quest for that one wave that pays the bills all year long, Nathan relies on Nixon tide watches to stay dialed into the best surf conditions.

Stretch surfboards: His signature bat tailed “The Thing” board pushes the limits of progressive surfing. That’s right, at the age of 36 he’s still punting new-school aerials.

Analog Clothing: Don’t get caught looking like every other schmuck in town. Analog deisgns clothes for antiheros like Fletcher, Chippa and Koby Abberton.

Vans Footwear: Classic, simple, and timeless just like Mr Fletcher himself.

Oakley Sunglasses: Heavy travel calls for bullet proof gear…and these lenses are actually bulletproof.

“Nathan is a F–king legend” -Herbie Fletcher

July 9th, 2012 | By | 957 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!

 

July 3rd, 2012 | By | 939 Comments

Dakine GWP for a Limited Time Only!

For a limited time Dakine is giving away a free traction pad with any $50+ Dakine purchase!

Free Dakine Traction Pad

They gave us a box full of assorted pads ($32 value a piece!!) and now we are hooking you folks up until we run out.

So grab a board bag, a surf tee, auto accessories and more and you can get your hands on a free mysto traction pad with your purchase!!

Dakine is known for their super grippy, yet soft EVA pads that can be found under the feet of the world’s best surfers.

Just take a look at the Dakine Pro team: Parko, Taj, Damo & Ceej, John John, Bruce & Andy, Simpo, Machado, Evan & Eric Geiselman, Ian Walsh, Granger Larson, Ian Gentil, Hank Gaskell, Kalani Robb, Sofia Mulanovich, Mike Lossness, Miguel Pupo, Pancho Sullivan, Shea Lopez, Eziekiel Lau, Tonino Benson, Albee Layer, and Matt Meola just to name a few!

Here Bruce Irons pulls into a bomb at Chopes with his signature traction pad and Irons Brother’s leash.

Like all their products, Dakine leashes are second to none as well. They feature double self-lubricating swivels, a super plush neoprene cuff with key pocket, and  a stronger reinforced urethane cord. Besides being the most comfortable leash you will ever wear, these leg ropes come in a bunch of unique and awesome color ways. Get your new Dakine leash here.

A little known fact to most, not only does Dakine use the best materials and construction for all their products, but they also fully back them with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. They are so sure you will be stoked on your purchase they stand behind it!

So check out all Dakine products here and get your free pad before supplies run out!!