Thursday, October 31, 2013

Essential Surfboard Accessories

If you are you interested in surfing, you are going to need the right gear to keep you safe and allow you to enjoy the sport to its fullest. Surfboards Etc can help you make the right decisions when it comes to essential surfboard accessories. 

There are many types of surfboards including fish, hybrids, longboards and shortboards. Each of these are ideal for different people, different styles, and different situations. We have a variety of over 150 surfboards and can help you make the right decision when purchasing a surfboard. 

In general, use a short leash for a short board and a long leash for a long board. A good rule of thumb is to use a leash equal to or slightly longer than your surfboard. 

You don't want to slip. Choose a traction pad, use wax, or both.  Some use large traction pads to cover most of the board.  Others use a tail pad for the rear and wax for front foot traction.

Whether you are a experienced surfer or someone looking to get a taste for the sport, we can help you pick out the equipment you need. Contact us today or visit us online!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fiverr Experiment #24 - Create New Category Buttons

I asked a few people to make an attempt at redesigning the category buttons on our home page (see the Surfboards or "Surf Equipment" buttons).  I'm not a huge fan of either though I applaud their efforts.  You can see them below.  Can you do better?  Do you know someone I should contact?  We have a lot of buttons and need an artist.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Biggest Wave Ever Surfed Video

It seems like the "biggest wave ever surfed" keeps get bigger on a fairly regular basis.  Congratulations Carlos Burle for attempting, catching, and riding this monster (see Incredible.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Press Release - 20% Of Referred Sales to Military Causes

Raise Money for Veterans and Others by Purchasing Surf Gear
Surfboards Etc carries a wide selection of accessories and equipment related to surfing
USA, 28th OCTOBER 2013: Surfboards Etc is an online store aimed at providing a wide range of surf accessories and equipment to people at discounted prices. Adam Swiecki, the founder of Surfboards Etc, is a veteran and through the online store, he is raising funds for various veteran causes.

To make it easy, Surfboards Etc provides a referral link.  Simply share the link via Facebook, Twitter or email and any sale coming through the referral link qualifies for a 20% donation to military organizations. The funds generated from these sales go to the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans and others. With this program in place, purchasing surfboards, surf gear, and apparel will help heroes across the country.

Like the military program, Surfboards Etc will also donate 20% of referred sales to organizations prescribed by customers. “We all have favorite charities, causes, and organizations. I have a soft spot for veterans. Maybe you care more for animals, cancer research, or your daughter's volleyball team” says Mr. Swiecki. “No matter what your passion, simply contact us to get your own unique referral link and we’ll donate 20% of referred sales to your causes”.

Apart from showcasing a number of surfboards, Surfboards Etc carries a huge collection of apparel, bags, luggage, footwear, and more from brands like Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong and many others. “We’re fortunate to work with some of the most prominent action sports brands in the world” added Mr. Swiecki. “And those brands share our vision to help make the world a better place.”

To get more information about fundraising or the military support program at Surfboards Etc, visit or

About Surfboards Etc
Surfboards Etc is an online retailer committed to providing a wide range of surfing equipment and accessories to customers. In addition, Surfboards Etc uses its reach to support military veterans and other causes selected by their customers.
Media Contact

Surfboards Etc
9337 Commerce Center St., C1
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Tel:  (877)346-4410 (M-F 9-5 MST)
International: (303)346-4410
Fax:  (303)953-7696


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Custom Surfboards: Let Your Personality Shine Through

Surfboards give you a sense of freedom you could only get on a motorcycle on land. With the salty air in your hair and the sea at your back, you are your own traveler as you try to catch the next wave. Surfing gives you time to yourself, to explore the ocean and test the water. Sometimes it hits you back hard, but you can always come back even stronger than before. That's why you want your surfboard to reflect your personality and uniqueness, just as a motorcyclist chooses that perfect bike to accent their personality. Rather than purchase any surfboard from the ones already available, you may want to have a custom surfboard created just for you.

Here are some tips in customizing the right surfboard for you:
1) Think about what you want your surfboard to do. You need to specify whether you usually ride small, medium, or large waves. This is an important aspect to consider when designing a customer surfboard. 

2) How do you like to surf? Some surfers like to surf in quick turns, while others enjoy smooth arcs when they are turning around. Your surfing style will help determine how your custom surfboard should be designed.

3) How do you want it to look? Treat your future surfboard like a work of art that expresses your unique personality and style. Pick your favorite color, logo, or design to show the world your individuality. If you own a company, consider putting your company logo on your board to advertise yourself.

4) What kind of finish do you want on it? Decide what type of finish you prefer, and whether you want the "glassing" light, medium, or strong. 

5) Spray design finish. Decide on a particular type of spray design that would best reflect your personality or surfing style. Blend your favorite colors and designs to finish off your special board.

Creating a custom surfboard is something that needs some thought on your part. Do you want it to have a certain color or design? How large do you want the board to be? Do you need it to turn short or wide circles? Make a list of the important things you want included on your board before you order, so you can communicate this to the person creating it for you. Communication is the key to getting the perfect custom surf board for you.

Remember have fun! Cause where you are going, you don't need roads!

For information simply contact us

Fiverr Experiment #23 - Create Apple Icons

zorroman created some cool Apple Icons.  It doesn't really match our site but there was clearly lots of effort.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fiverr Experiment #22 - Create a New Email Template

referee97 created a new email template.  See below.

Here's a screen shot of what we were using.

What do you think?  It's the first time on Fiverr that someone asked for more money to complete the project so it was a little strange.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Surfboards vs. 3D Printing

If you listen to the hype surrounding 3D printing, we'll soon be able to print everything from soup to nuts. In fact, NASA funded development for a 3D food printer for astronauts. With consumers and manufacturers squealing with glee over the possibilities, even the surfers have started thinking about the future of surfboards.
It sounds pretty sweet. Pop in your CAD file (Computer Aided Design) and hit the button. Then pop a cold one while your new board emerges from your 3D printer like a gift from the surfing gods. But is it really that easy? 

From the computer end, yes. It technically is that easy. From a practical perspective, not so much. A big hurdle is the size of the board itself. The size printer you would need would come with a prohibitive price tag. You'd have to print your board in multiple pieces on a smaller printer. Fins you could do, but the materials cost would be about $100 for a set of three plastic fins. Also worth noting is that a set of three fins could take 12 hours or more to print and may not come out right the first time.

Materials are another issue. Finding the right materials to put up with heavy water conditions is still some ways off in the future. Many progressive designers, however, feel its only a matter of time before science meets the surf and you can print out fins in the morning and test them in the afternoon. 

The elephant on the beach, however, is intellectual property laws. The designers will naturally want to protect their work from patent and copyright infringement, but this will be nearly impossible to do if everybody and their grandmother is simply grabbing files from online and printing out whatever they want. They might take a lesson from the music industry, however, and sell their files online. (Of course, they'll have the advantage of not alienating the public after spending millions in attorney fees.) 

3D printing is here to stay. It's not a question of if surfboards will be made through 3D printing but when. It will be up to the artists and craftsmen, and the businesses that allow them to ply their trade, to find a way to embrace it.  Any question? Contact us.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hurley H2O: Clean Water for Everyone

Hurley, a Southern California clothing company, is a well-known brand among surfers. Spend a day at the beach and you’ll see the Hurley emblem on everything from shirts to boardshorts to backpacks to sunglasses. Hurley also has a surf team, with past members including surf legends Rob Machado and Timmy Curran. However there is more to Hurley than simply surf and skate apparel; Hurley is working to provide access to clean, safe drinking water for everyone.

“1 in 6 people do not have access to clean water. 5 in 6 can help.”

Hurley is helping. In 2008, Hurley started a clean water initiative called H2O, and has since teamed up with organizations such as Waves for Water and The Ecology Center to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
According to, 780 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water, and 3.4 million people a year die as a result of water born diseases. Waves for Water make water filters available to people in areas of the world with unfiltered or dirty drinking water, and Hurley H2O is assisting them in their mission. They have developed a volunteer program called “Clean Water Couriers,” which encourages surfers who are traveling to various third world countries to carry small water filters with them. Once they arrive, the surfers either deliver the filters to local non-profits for distribution, or go into small villages themselves and teach locals the use and value of the filters. In September 2013, Rob Machado traveled to Nicaragua with the San Dieguito Academy Surf Team as part of the “Clean Water Couriers” program. They provided enough filters to bring clean water to over 5000 people.

Hurley H2O and The Ecology Center have partnered to teach people about water conservation and encourage the use of reusable water bottles. At the Hurley Pro surf competition, H2O and The Ecology Center set up the “Blueroom,” designed to persuade event attendees to bring reusable water containers by providing them with free filtered water. H2O raises funds for The Ecology Center by selling stainless steel water bottles and offering free water at various additional surf-related events.

Shop Hurley products, and support H2O in their efforts to bring filtered drinking water to everyone across the globe. For more information on the Hurley line, contact us.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fiverr Experiment #21 - Find a Manufacturer For Wood Racks

howlscircle provided the contact info for a wood product manufacturer that has an interest in manufacturing this Surfboard Rack.  We'll see if it turns into anything.

Fiverr Experiment #20 - Create Slogans for Surfboards Etc

Thank you sucantare for the following slogans.

“Get Out There”
“Where the Web Goes for Surfboards, Gear & Accessories”
“Lifestyle by the Sea”
“Surf for Life”
“Live by the Water”

What do you think?  We were thinking about "Outfitting Surfers for a Decade".

Fiverr Experiment #19 - Post on a Hawaii Lover Facebook Page

Thank you for the post mauiangel.  See attached.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

How to Choose the Right Pair of Boardshorts

Part of being successful at surfing involves choosing the right boardshorts. Here are a few things you should look for when choosing boardshorts that will help you improve your technique, ensure your comfort, and help you look as stylish as possible.

Some boardshorts are intended to be more practical for everyday wear than they are for surfing. These shorts tend to come to between mid-thigh and just above the knee with an elastic waistband. They’re also somewhat looser and not quite as stretchy as other types of boardshorts, making them better choices for swimming, boating, or just hanging out on the beach.

Boardshorts that are ideal for surfing may also have an elastic waistband, but will be made from material that has a great deal of stretch to it. They come to right around the knee, and can be stretched both up and down and sideways without losing their shape. This allows you to be able to make turns and other quick maneuvers with your surfboard without fear of the shorts getting bunched up around your knees and causing you to wipe out.

Some boardshorts are designed with special technology that will help you to prevent rashes and chafes. You may want to consider one of these pair of shorts if you spend lots of time riding the waves, since excessive exposure to salt water and sand can cause these conditions. Also look for quick-dying amphibious walkshorts.  They look like a chino but has the same fabric properties as a boardshort.

Not only do boardshorts have different features and styles, they are also available in a wide assortment of colors and sizes. To see some of the latest styles on the market, check out our selection of boardshorts.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Landlocked Ocean Lovers Images

Every few weeks we send an image of the ocean.  We don't see the ocean often enough and maybe you're the same way.  Here's a taste of past images.  Want them emailed to you?  Simply submit your email address on the bottom of any Surfboards Etc page. You can find more on our Ocean Images page.


October 2-Day Sales at Surfboards Etc

This month we've decided to launch several two day sales for a variety of brands and categories. Expect a new sale every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout October.  We announce the sales via email so if you're not on our mailing list, sign up at the bottom of any page at Surfboards Etc.