January 28th, 2016
Posts Tagged ‘GEAR’
Once again, the design team at Billabong has struck the perfect balance between traditional, “scrumptious baby seal” black neoprene, and a “maybe if I tie it super tight it won’t fall off” bikini. Introducing the Spring ’14 Billabong Surf Capsule Collection. The retro-inspired line features Billabong’s tech neoprene in bold color blocks, south of the boarder stripes, and a neon safari print mix. Combine the cheeky cuts with Summer-in-January weather*, and you’ll most-certainly be able to look past the 60 degree water temps towards long beach days ahead.
View the Collection: Billabong Surf Capsule Wetsuits
*To the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, we’re sorry to rub sweet Pacific Ocean salt in the wound.
Before we starting saying, “see you next year” to our beloved bikinis, let’s not forget how rad Indian Summers are in California. It’s that time of year when tourists go home, waves are pumping, and sun still blazes strong. September and October are two of the best wave months in California due to a usually steady combo of north and south swells. Combine fair weather and a plethora of waves, and you have yourself one great reason to hit the road for a surf camp trip. To get you going in the right direction, I’ve put together a little list of my favorite campgrounds that have potential for great fall surf nearby. Onward!
Pictured: Billabong Wetsuit/ The Laundry Room Tank / One Teaspoon Short
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Your favorite accessory not listed? Let us know what yours is in the comments below!
This part sleeping bag, part puff jacket hoodie serves as both an apparel accessory and an impromptu sleeping ararngement. Friends will be jealous, significant others will be bummed, but you will be nice and cozy when-and-wherever you decide to pass out.
Here’s how it works:
Roll up the bottom, zip open the arm holes and you’ve got yourself a super warm and comfy puff hoodie complete with a front zipper and ipod compatible chest pocket. Use it as a changing robe or use is as a couch/campfire companion!
When you are tired, pull in your extremities, zip/cinch yourself up and voila! You’re snug as a bug down to 50 ° F. No more climbing out of your sleeping bag to check the surf or losing your warmth when nature calls!
When not in use, the Nap Sack rolls up into a convenient little bag that stores easily in your truck or pack making it a crucial item for the space-conscious wanderer. Take it with you backpacking or keep it close by when couch-surfing.
About the Brand: Poler
Born in Portland Oregon where the beards grow and the PBR flows, Poler Camping Stuff brings us a colorful assortment of high quality –well.. stuff! Check out the Magic Tarpit that’s half-poncho, half-tarp, part-makeshift-shelter, half hybrid camouflage as well as the other pioneer worthy soft goods from Poler.