Archive for the ‘SURF’ Category

July 26th, 2010 | By | 2,097 Comments

San Diego Surf Monument Defaced. Vandalism or Harmless Protest?

Grey Suit, Grey Skies

Grey Suit, Grey Skies

On Saturday, the North County SD surf community woke up  to find their 20′ surfing statue being devoured by a giant paper-mache Great White Shark. Hoards of people gathered, and rubber-necking drivers clogged the intersection of PCH & Chesterfield to witness this iconoclastic denunciation of the Cardiff Kook.

Since the “The Magic Carpet Ride” statue’s dedication in 2007, pranksters have dressed the limp-wristed logger in everything from luchadores leathers to Santa Claus suits.  Local surfers can’t identify with the surfing symbol perched over their beloved breaks at the San Elijo Campground where Machado calls home. ” We don’t want to be Surf City like Huntington, and nothing about that eyesore symbolizes the  Cardiff surf community.” Remarked Surfer/Womanizer Cornelious Rubenstein.

The anonymous culture-jammers attached a ballot  to the shark titled “Keep The Shark, Not The Kook,” and hundreds signed within hours. According to police, the $120,000 statue has not been damaged and therefore no immediate action will be taken.

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Pipes Local Jess Rocks the SWELL Hat at the Scene of the Crime

Great White Sharks symbolize real fears for beach-goers after a local swimmer was killed in 2008 just south of Cardiff. This could give the city cause to dismantle the Shark if they feel “the man in the grey suit” deters commerce from tourist seeking family friendly beaches.

Regardless of its fate, this protest against the poop-stance marks the most innovative display of rebellion among surfers. If you are the person behind the shark, share the details of how you secretly pulled this off, and SWELL will send you a huge box of gear.

Your core-score is through the roof my friend.

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Left to Right: Local Ripper Pearl Rides the KOOK sometime last year;
Barack Supports the Shark on the Makeshift Ballot(!)

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July 26th, 2010 | By | 4,237 Comments

Time-Lapse Surfboard Shaping

We found this one on Dailystoke this morning. It did indeed, get us stoked.

July 23rd, 2010 | By | 4,530 Comments

Billabong presents OC Art of Shaping at ASR San Diego

Billabong Art of Shaping Orange County Edition

Clear your schedule for the 13th -14th of August and head down to ASR San Diego for the Third annual Billabong OC Art of Shaping Event. Twenty-two Local Orange County Shapers will showcase a trademark board that best represent his style and contribution to the sport of surfing. Each board will be displayed for guests with a complete bio, photos and more. Later in the evening the boards will be auctioned off to benefit the SIMA humanitarian fund and bragging right among the shapers. The Live auction will begin at 7:00pm sharp so make sure you get there early to check out an impressive collection of classic boards.

The finalized list of invitees includes: Robert August, Matt Biolos, Steve Boehne, Bob “The Greek” Bolen, Lance Collins, Richard Harbour, Roger Hinds, Bob Hurley, Bruce Jones, Jeff “Doc” Lausch, Terry Martin, Mickey Munoz, Timmy Patterson, Ed Sakal, Peter Schroff, Terry Senate, Cole Simler, Tim Stamps, Bill Stewart, Shawn Stussy, Jeff Timpone and Barry Vandermeulen.

read more at :
billabong.com/artofshaping

Hope to see you all there!

July 17th, 2010 | By | 2,219 Comments

Streeetchy Pants….2010 Performance Boardshort Review

If Hydrostretchosaurus and Superstretcharmstrong mean nothing to you, you’re not “not with it” (that’s a double negative there), and you’re not alone. The new performance boardshort generation can be overwhelming, and like a child wandering in during the middle of a movie, most of us are completely of our element on this one.

Testing 101: With the most advanced scientific methods available, including a fusion of lunges and squats, the water-cooler dip, and rigorous Indian-burn-to-arm testing, our investigatory team ranked every performance boardshort available…both sides of the Mississippi.

Our Highly Scientific Results (Boom):

Best Overall Shredability: Billabong PX 1. Although tied with the Hurley Phantom 120 on stretch-factor, the PX 1 came through with water-repellent coating, welt seams, and an ultra light neoprene feel. This one is for those that are “in it to win it”, or so they say.

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Most Added Features: O’Neill Hyperfreak 2.0. For the tech-obsessed, the O’Neill Hyperfreak 2.0 will have you frothing at the mouth. Features include neoprene stretch panels, a streamlined zip pocket, locking drawstring with rubber grip, anti-rash facings, and welded seams throughout. Put that in your pipe and shred it.

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Most Performance For Your Peso: Billabong Platinum X Quad Hydro Stretch. The length of it’s name is only surpassed by the number of styles available. Coming in a low of $44.50, the 4-way stretch is an all-around solid buy. You’ll definitely get what you need, and have a little cash left over for to upgrade to the California burrito.

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Best Feel: Quiksilver Cypher Series and Swell D-Day. With an eye out for your jewels, the raised pattern at the inside of these boardshorts keeps your sesh solid and rash-free. And you can’t put a price on that. Oh, wait, you can- $45 for the solid styles. That’s a $45 well spent.

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Most Style Points: RVCA Stretch Boardshorts. Style- a feature often overlooked in by tech-lovers and judging criteria purists. But damn RVCA has style. Winners include the “Victory” for shameless patriot points, and the “Transit II and III” for no other reason than their undisputed rad factor.
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