September 4th, 2015
Posts Tagged ‘quiksilver’
Shopping for a wetsuit is a lot like shopping for a car. Different cars will be best for different folks. So with that in mind, Like a car finding the “BEST” wetsuit is very subjective and ultimately up to you. Fortunately enough there are a lot of great wetsuits out there so it is hard to go wrong. Wetsuits have progressed a lot from their beaver tail days and finding the right suit is easier than you think.
Most companies come with three or four different levels of suits. You’ll get your high end or Ferrari-Lambo type suits, your midrange or SUV-luxury sedan type suits, and then your entry level or economy type wetsuits. Choosing the right one for you will depend on several factors, which I’ll try to explain below.
Entry level wetsuits: ($150 – $250)
New drivers might drive better (or faster) in a brand new luxury racecar, but it’s often best to start them off in an entry level vehicle. Much like cars, entry level wetsuits are better for those who are either new to the sport or looking for the most economic option. While these suits will not offer the same flexibility, comfort, or performance as the top of the line models, they will get the job done and give the user an idea of the fit and of the other features they’ll want in a future wetsuit.
Here are some examples of the entry level suits:
Billabong Foil Series:
For the price this wetsuit is a steal. Features super stretch throughout, glued and blind-stitched seams and comes in a chest zip option
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Series:
Good entry level suits at a good price. Reliable and affordable.
New at SWELL: the Quiksilver Watermans Collection Presenting a collection from Quiksilver, inspired by the icons
New at SWELL: the Quiksilver Waterman Collection
Inspired by true watermen, surfing icons, and pioneers of the sport, the collection aims to bring back the inherent quality of classics. Forgoing any trace of frivolous trim, the focus remains on solid essentials and a utilitarian aesthetic.
Advocates of the collection include some of the most respected big wave riders, open water paddlers, world champions and legendary watermen- including: Mark Healey, Jamie Mitchell, Bobby Nash, Kelly Slater, Titus Kinimaka, and more of the world’s greatest.
Click to View: the Quiksilver Waterman Collection
No Undershirt…No Problem. A little contrast color and material on sleeves and collars can give you maximum style with minimal effort. The layered look is the perfect fall fashion that does all the work for you.
The hip designers at RVCA and Quiksilver paired these hoodies with mellow colors for almost any occasion. For the guy with the broken washing machine and no clean shirts, you can just roll out of bed into this baby without looking like a total dirtbag.
Here’s two of our favorites that everyone will be copying next year.
Special Feature: Cotton/Polyester fabric blend helps this hoody repel moisture (inside and out)
Special Feature: You don’t have to actually go “vest shopping” to get this look
Whats eating Bobby Martinez? Starting with the “One World Rankings” he is in protest of the new format of ASP rankings that allows surfers on the World Qualifying Series to enter the world tour half way through the season. The one world rankings went into effect last season, limiting some hard-earned Dream Tour careers (think Nate Yeomans) to 6 events. Bobby prefers the traditional format of 45 surfers completing an 11 event season.
But his hostile outspokenness overshadowed his argument in his post-heat victory interview:
“They want to do a halfway cutoff. How the f*** is somebody who’s not even competing against our caliber of surfers ahead of 100 of us on the one world ratings. They’ve never been here. They’ve never f***ing made the right to surf against us, but now we’re ranked upon them. Come on now. That’s Bullshit. That’s why I ain’t going to these stupid contests no more.”
After making those comments, the ASP had a meeting and suspended Bobby from the remainder of the competition and therefore the rest of the year.
It appears that Bobby is having an identity crisis, and he admits that constant competing and traveling since he was 15 has taken a toll on him. Some people are baffled that someone would piss away a life of paid-surfing to exotic places, but the origins of the sport sprouted from guys who rejected the status-quo. His new sponsor “FTW” celebrates anti-establishment lifestyles, and the amount of mentions Bobby gave them makes you think his contract is rich enough to float him after his days in the singlet. Plus is hard to pity a guy who gets 14K just for showing up to the event.
In the ASP’s press release, they claimed Bobby’s was disqualified on the following grounds, “Article 151 has been breached as a result of the numerous comments you made publicly in an interview on the webcast of the current ASP World Tour Event in New York City. The interview was conducted on the event live webcast being watched by a global audience, which includes many young children.”
He’s been ranting about the ASP for months on his all-caps twitter and interviews, but it was his profanity on the live web cast that couldn’t be ignored by Brody Carr. You think they’ll have a 5 second delay next time?
Fans are protesting his dismissal from the event, but he obviously doesn’t want to “bleach my hair blonde, wear tight skinny jeans and put in blue contacts and become a “yes” man” as he ranted on the Channel Islands Blog. Take his world view with a grain of salt because after all, his last pro heat was against Slater, so he put FTW on the map while he could.
Publicity Stunt…What’s your take?