Archive for the ‘SURF’ Category

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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Read full product reviews after the jump. (more…)

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July 15th, 2010 | By | 396 Comments

Killin It Softly, New Girls Action Sports Site

The secret is out…
Created by some influential industry ladies, MAHFIA.com is filling the gap between male-dominated industry blogs and teen-oriented surf content.
MAHFIA.com os a brand new online visual media magazine. Rooted in sports but focusing on lifestyle, MAHFIA.com will be nothing like you’ve ever seen before. The site will give an inside look into the lives of an influential crew of girls and their friends who shred, create, design, market, write, produce, photograph, film, DJ, dance and make a living by pursuing their passions. Driven by relentless determination and hunger for creative progression, the MAHFIA has been killin it softly under the radar…until now.

Check out the teaser, then hit up the official launch party July 23rd @ El Dorado in downtown San Diego (9pm-1:30am)

May 13th, 2010 | By | 4,899 Comments

A Little Place Called Nicaragua.

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Nicaragua

Boom. Proof that when the creative crew goes on a surf trip down south, you get a whole lot more than the standard pics of a bunch o’ dude holding Victoria cans or the occasional sub-par sunset shot. Behold, some sizable shots from photographer Jorge Salas in the land of waves and honey (you’d be safe to assume we’re talking about Flor De Cana at this juncture), where empty breaks out-populate drivable roads….a little place called Nicaragua. Enjoy- you know these lucky mofos did. Then come back soon for more to come.

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Michael Nutt (Swell)

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Brian Anderson (Stretch Surfboards)

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Ryan Martz (Vega Surfboards)

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Brian Anderson (Stretch Surfboards)

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Ryan Martz (Vega Surfboards)

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Ryan Martz (Vega Surfboards)

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www.jsalasfoto.com / Nicaragua

Mucho more coming soon….

April 23rd, 2010 | By | 6,640 Comments

Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards

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Friday, Friday, Friday! BIllabong is holding the tenth annual Big Wave Awards… and as always, holding true to the American way, the bigger, the better. Yes, size matters. Check out the piss-your-pants waves that made the cut HERE, then watch the $50,000 winner live later tonight. Yeew!