Thursday, December 8, 2016

Why Fall and Winter Are Ideal Seasons to Purchase a Used Surfboard

Summer is the perfect time to get out your seasonal gear and head to the beach. The temperatures are warm, the water is comfortable, and the weekend crowds often make for a great social experience. You may have gotten plenty of use from your surfboard this summer, but you might want something new. It may cross your mind to wait until next spring or summer to start looking for another board. But, you will find that fall and winter are perfect times to begin shopping for used surfboards for a number of reasons.

Clearing Out Room for the Holidays
As the holidays get closer, a lot of things change for individuals and families. If someone is picking up more holiday decorations and running out of room to store these items, they may start a purge. This might include selling a surfboard that has been sitting around inside their garage for a while. Another scenario is a person running out of room after receiving Christmas gifts and taking advantage of holiday sales.

Selling for Financial Reasons
People may also want to sell their surfboard because they want to get some extra money for Christmas shopping. No longer having a passion for surfing can make it easy for people to list their board for sale.

Less Competition
When you start looking around at surfboards during this time, you are not going to run into much competition because most people make these purchases when surfing time is prime. So, even though the selection may not be the largest, you will not have to worry about sending out immediate offers.

Know that you want a new surfboard? Contact us if you have any questions about buying a used one.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

BASE Jumping With A Surfboard? All in a Day's Work for The Flying Frenchies

For our readers in the surfing community, you don't need us to tell you surfers are a pretty wild group of people. But this group of thrill seekers, The Flying Frenchies, take the craziness to the next level with their recent YouTube video that was featured on the Nerdist. 

In the video, you see a group of young adults in a jungle, preparing for their feat. Then you see a man ride a surfboard on his stomach on a zipline. As he whizzes through the jungle, the jungle gives way to a massive expanse below. White feathers dramatically whirl around him, making it seem like he is a bird taking flight. With nothing to steady him other and another man riding below as counter-balance, the man stands up on the surfboard and surfs in space before BASE jumping off the surfboard into the valley below. After free-falling for a while, he pulls his rip cord and continues to the ground with a parachute.

As if this couldn't get any more crazy, following daredevils do the same feat wearing a duck suit and one person rides the surfboard while doing a headstand. For those with a fear of heights, just watching this video might make you queasy. But these friends seem to be having loads of fun while each stunt gets more and more off the wall. The video ends with three people hanging from the zipline with instruments, including a string bass and a drum set.

Check out this crazy surfboard video and for great deals of surfboards, gear, and apparel, contact us today at surfboards.com.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Surfboards and Fine Art Meet in New Display

People in the surfing community are often creating interesting and beautiful collaborations and this recent partnership is no exception. Photographer Chris Burkard is known for his nature and surf photography. And when Matt Parker of Album Surfboards found out that Burkard was interested in a collaboration, he was eager to make it happen. Album has been pushing the envelope with their surfboard design for years, including with asymmetrical boards.

In a recent article from The Inertia, author Dylan Heyden explains some of the process. Burkard and Parker chose to use abstract images for the surfboard series. So they picked some of Burkard's breathtaking images of glacial rivers in Iceland taken from thousands of feet in the air. The result is swirling pops of color in blue, gold, and green. In order to get the image on the board, they printed the photographs on fiberglass cloth so the image could wrap around the board. This material gave them that flexibility, as opposed to fabric or rice paper used for imaging on other surfboards with resin inlays.

Parker created two sets of the three boards, each with a different image and valued at $4,500 a piece. One set is on display in Encinitas at the Lux Art Institute from early November through the end of December. The other set will be on display at Burkard's Avila Beach gallery. If you are in the area, check them out!

To see a behind-the-scenes video of the making of these boards, check out the article from The Inertia. And for great deals on surfboards and gear, contact us at surfboards.com.



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