Thursday, December 31, 2015

The New Tech On Surfboard Fins: S-Wings

When it comes to surfboard fins, surfers look for the best layout, size, and shape, to catch the waves at a particular thrust, speed, lift, or drop. Fins are therefore important for surfers if they want to hone their technique and style, and get more drive, pivot, and holding power and control. So what happens when a new company is transforming the look and feel of fins for surfers to help them get even more from their board?

Located in the Southwest of France, the company S-Wings is seeking to answer that question and change the way we look and work with surfboard fins. Inspired by the diversity of fin biology in fish, S-Wings (also known as biomimetic fins) is the product of 18 months of work of design by Xabi Lafitte and Philippe Lopez. These revolutionary fins try to mimic biological looks and traits in order to provide great maneuverability, speed and acceleration, cruising, and control. With different flex ratios and sizes for single, twin, quad and five-fin setups, S-Wings provides an improved range in motion and speed than traditional surfboard fins, giving surfers more control and feel while surfing. 

Widespread distribution of the S-Wings does not start until Spring 2016, but many elite and novice surfers from Australia, California, and Europe have gotten a hold of them to provide trial feedback. Until the spring, you can get a hold of quality surfboard fins by brands like FCS, Futures, Rainbow and Wingnut, and learn about some of the best fins and setups on the market, by contact us.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Why Buy a Longboard?

When it comes to looking at various surfboards, some people might glaze over the longboard as too long for doing fun tricks or maneuvering on bigger waves. But there are a few good reasons to keep a long board in your collection. 

1. Great for introducing new surfers. Longboards are a great to have when you want people new to surfing to experience it. Even older people who are worried about agility can grow to become comfortable on a longboard, due to their slower turns. And for younger people who might be afraid taking on bigger waves, longboards allow for them to practice and get used to the feeling on even small 1 foot waves. Overall, they are a great way to teach an old dog new tricks, or get anyone comfortable with riding a board.

2. Surf more conditions: Shorter boards usually require waves at least 3ft high or more to really allow for nice rides. With a longboard however, you can catch even smaller waves, which expands your ability to surf no matter the conditions. For beginners, a longboard is a great way to learn about the different types of waves and sizes, especially since you can catch more waves and get in the experience on any type of day.

3. They're great for injured or recovering surfers: If you've injured your shoulder or back, it's challenging to get back on a short board which can exacerbate your injury. In contrast, a longboard will allow you to enjoy waves, letting you surf without needing too much movement that can make your injury worse. Longboarding therefore can be more relaxing, while allowing you to build your strength even through an injury.

While a longboard might not allow you to do as many tricks, go through barrels, or compete against shortboarders sharing the beach, but longboarding is definitely a way to relax and enjoy the surf with ease. To find your next new or used longboard, contact us.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Help Your Surfboard Last Longer

Surfing is a thrilling pastime and unlike skiing or snowboarding where you pay a premium to access the mountain, you don't have to pay a fee to have access to the ocean. However, even though the ocean is free for all, it doesn't mean surfing is cheap.

Unfortunately, surfboards can be a pretty significant financial investment. Not to mention all the other equipment and accessories you purchase as you move forward with the sport. We do our best to provide surf equipment and apparel at the best prices possible, but we also wanted to share a few great tips we read about in The Inertia article, "3 Tips to Make Your Surfboard Last Longer," by Adam Fischer, who said,
"Fix your dings ASAP. Dings will let in the highly corrosive saltwater and will eventually eat away at the foam inside the board if the are not attended to. EPS/epoxy boards are especially bad, since they suck up water like a sponge."
In addition to Fischer's advice to get your dings repaired right away at the local surf shop, he also stressed the importance of always bagging your board so that it is not damaged when it is out of the water. His final important tip was to be very careful with your surfboard never standing it up anywhere that it could be knocked over.

Of course, sometimes, no matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. If you have to replace any of your equipment due to normal wear and tear or a heartbreaking accident, please contact us. We'll have you back on the waves in no time!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Invest in a Surfboard Bag and Take it Everywhere Your Surfboard Goes

Although people have been storing their surfboard in a variety of ways for a long time, this does not mean that any one method is necessarily better than the other, as long as a surfboard is not getting damaged. However, if you want to guarantee that your surfboard gets to enjoy an incredibly long lifespan, you should think about getting a surfboard bag, which you can take wherever your surfboard goes.

Routine Trips to the Beach
One of the most common situations in which you can use your surfboard bag is when you go on regular trips to the beach. As soon as you get out of the ocean and start heading to the car, you can clean the surfboard off, dry it, and then put it in the bag before you start driving away to ensure it is protected before you leave.

Moving to a New Home
When you are moving from one place to another, whether it is a short-distance or long-distance move, a surfboard bag can prove to be valuable in keeping your surfboard safe from damage. It is crucial to give a little bit of cushion to your surfboard to prevent any damage from minor collisions that may happen during the move.

Going on Road Trips
Road trips are another adventure that deserves the use of a surfboard bag. When you consider how much you generally put into your car when you head out on a road trip, you do not want your surfboard to be hitting your other possessions and getting marked up or even severely damaged. With a surfboard bag, you can prevent most damage from happening, but being careful will prevent it from being at risk of damage entirely.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our selection of surfboard bags.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Surf-Selated Gift List For the Season

With Christmas just around the corner, there's certainly a rush to look for the best gifts. When it comes to surfers, a new surfboard might be out of your price range. But there's plenty of other great gifts to give the surfer you love that will be useful, whether they're surfing through the season or waiting for warmer waters. Here's our top 3 gifts to give that's hot this year.

1. Surf Watch: The Casio G-Shock Digital Watch is a great must-have for any surfer who's taking the waves for any period of time. Built to last through all types of wear and tear from rough and tumble waves, the watch is water resistance up to 200m, comes with a LED backlight for easy visibility underwater or low light situations, and is built to resist shocks. Best of all, this line of watches comes in various colors and designs, giving you a full range to pick and choose from.

2. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a must-have for surfers, especially on those sunny days that leave the waves blinding. The Von Zipper Skitch Sunglasses are a great and popular pair of stylish sunglasses for surfing, due to their shatter resistance, 100% UVA and UVB protection from the sun, and distortion-free lenses.  

3. Surfboard sock: This is perfect for the buddy that rides with you regularly to catch some waves, but might not have a sock or day bag for their board. A surfboard sock will give some protection to the board from dings, while keeping the board from getting wax or sand all over the car. The DaKine Knit Bag comes in various colors and sizes for all types of boards, and offers a reinforced nose and high resistance to fin cuts. 

Whatever you get, the surfer in mind will love these accessories to add to their gear. For more surfer gift ideas, contact us.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Avoid Sharks With New Surfboard Device

Catching waves is a thrilling sport, but like all really exciting extreme sports, it involves a degree of danger.  Most of the danger involved in surfing can be avoided if you are properly trained and don't take unnecessary risks. However, some of the danger inherent in surfing is due to nature itself, which is pretty unpredictable and can not be controlled.

One of the risks surfers take on is the risk of shark attack. In general, the risk of being attacked by a shark is quite low. However, recent news articles have implied that shark attacks may be on the rise, even though you still have a very slim chance of ever encountering a shark while you are surfing.

According to an article in Science Alert magazine, you no longer have to let a fear of sharks keep you off your surfboard. Fiona Mcdonald, writer of the article, "Scientists Have Developed a Shark-Repelling Device For Your Surfboard," says
"Researchers have developed an electronic device that you can attach to your surfboard or wear while swimming to help deter sharks. The aim is to harmlessly mess with the animals' electroreceptive system, and studies so far have shown that they can prevent more than 90 percent of shark encounters." 
Seeing the development of devices that increase safety for surfers is always exciting. If you need to update your surfing equipment, please contact us for the latest in surf apparel, accessories, and equipment. We pride ourselves on our huge variety at really incredible prices.

Broken Surfboards Find New Life

For a die-hard surfer, there is no sadder sight on earth than a broken surfboard. A surfboard is a significant investment, and while surfboards are designed to be both durable and flexible they certainly are not indestructible. Surfboards break; unfortunately they break more often than we wish they would, and it is heartbreaking to throw a favorite surfboard away when you wish you could have gotten more life out of it.

Most surfers have resigned themselves to the fact that broken surfboards are just part of the experience, but there is a group of surfers who are finding a way to reuse broken surfboards to help take care of the environment and give broken boards a new lease on life. A group of surfers and craftsmen that refer to themselves as Reshape Surf, is challenging people to get creative with their broken surfboards and find a way to reuse them instead of throwing them out.

According to the Surfer Today article, "Surfer Movement Reshapes and Reuses Broken Surfboards, Reshape Surf is happy to share their mission with anyone who will listen.
"Our goal is simple. To keep old, beat up surfboards out of landfills for as long as possible by reviving them into something useful," underlines the movement. You can turn broken boards into modern alaias, hand planes, skimboards, finless guns, asymmetrical sticks, stringerless and even stiff bodyboards in your backyard."
If you believe in reusing surfboards, please contact us to find out about our listings of used surfboards where you can buy or sell pre-owned surfboards.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Surfboard Gear List for Cold Surf

Winter is a great time to take your surfboard out for some amazing cold water surfing, but it does take some preparation. Here's what you should have packed with your gear if you're planning a trip out to cooler waters.

1.  Cold Water Wax: It's important to have on hand some wax that will remain sticky, even if the wax freezes in the cold water. Cold water wax, like the Sticky Fingers Two Cool Wax bars are great to have on hand when you need to re-wax your board for waters under 68 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2. Wetsuit: For cold waters, surfing without a wetsuit can leave you too cold to stay in the water, and can also be dangerous. If the waters are chilly than usual, but not freezing, you can most likely get away with something like our Hurley Fusion 101 LS Surf Jacket, which is thicker than a long sleeve rash guard, but lighter than wearing a full-on wetsuit. Also pack with your multiple dry clothing and layers, such as boardshorts and a hoodie.

3. Wet/Dry backpack: A dual wet/dry backpack is especially helpful for cold surfing, because in most locations, you're at a disadvantage for getting wet materials to dry quickly when laid out. A backpack like the DaKine Point Wet/Dry backpack comes with a seam sealed waterproof pocket to place a wetsuit or any wet or dirty gear, without getting the rest of your stuff damp. 

4. Beach towel: Getting some new, warm beach towels that are distinctive in design can help you keep track of your towel while keeping you dry is a must-have. 

Don't be unprepared when it comes to your next winter surfing trip. For more tips and gear advice, contact us.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

What to Look For in Used Surfboards

Buying a used surfboard can be a great deal, especially if you are on a tight budget. But it's important to know what to look board in a used surfboard in order to avoid costly repairs. Here's our quick guide on what to look for or ask about when looking at used boards.

1. Look for dings: You'll either find no dings, repaired dings, or not-repaired dings. If the dings are repaired, look closely at how well the repair was taken care of: it should be flushed with the board, smooth, and free of cracks or yellow spots. If it's not repaired, you can bargain on the board for repair costs to fix it, which can put you in a good position as a buyer.

2. Get a clean slate: If you can, get the owner (or his or her permission) to strip the board of stickers, wax, or pads. This will help you identify any major or minor repairs, and know exactly what you're paying for. 

3. Check the fins: Cracks and discoloration around the fins is a sign for worry, signaling a bad board or one that needs a lot of repair. If the fins or fin plugs are stressed or there are minor cracks, these could be easy fixes. But if they are permanent fins, you'll have better luck looking elsewhere.

4. Consider the tail: The rail of the tail is an important spot, so if it's cracked or dinged, steer clear. This is harder to repair, and will likely crack again.

5. Use the buckle test: With permission, push down on middle of the board with your palm: if the test reveals bubbles in the stinger, that buckle can be slight or big. A crease in the crack is a minor fix. Fixing the buckle can mean a stronger board with an excellent repair job, but if the blank or stringer is cracked, you can't be sure whether or not the board will be the same. 

Buy using this checklist, you'll be in a better position to know the condition of the board, and what the real price of it will be. To look at some of our used surfboards for sale, contact us

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Surfboard Carver Finds a Place In History

The sport of surfing has an incredible history in and of itself.  This sport traveled around the globe in a way that is fascinating.  However, in addition to the history of the sport of surfing, certain surfers have played a really important role in history. 

If you have seen the classic 1963 film, "The Great Escape" you may know the interesting story of the escape of American soldiers from a German World War II prisoner of war camp.  These prisoners managed to tunnel out of the prison camp, and an integral figure in this harrowing tale is a surfer from Australia.

John Williams was a pilot fighter being held in the POW camp, and before the war he had been a surfboard carver. As most surfers know, surfboard carvers have impressive skills. Williams used his carving skills to help create the tunnel that the prisoners were able to escape through.

According to an article in The Australian by Jennine Khalik, entitled "POW Great Escape Skills Honed on Surfboards,"
"John was one of six Australian air force officers who tunnelled out of the camp. He was the head carpenter, having learned carpentry skills carving wood surfboards back home." 
Unfortunately, after playing an integral role in the escape, John Williams was recaptured by the Nazis and was eventually executed. His story is coming to light know through a book his niece is writing about his life.

Your surfing skills may not make you a part of history, but they are sure to improve when you have the equipment and accessories you need. Please contact us for all your surf needs.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Could an Algae-oil Based Foam Be the Next Innovation in Surfboards?

Surfers love the great outdoors. Some of their very best days are spent entirely outside from sun up to sun down, catching waves and relaxing on the beach. So, for the most part surfers are very environmentally conscious and do everything they can to help take care of the earth.  The major exception is surfboards. Almost all surfboards are created from polyurethane, a fossil fuel that is pretty rough on the earth.

Ask any environmentalist and they will tell you that the worst part of surfing, environmentally speaking, is polyurethane surfboards. However, polyurethane boards offer the best performance and are affordable to manufacture.

However, a California company is hoping to prove that foam made from algae-oil can replace polyurethane with the same performance and at a cost that is only $10 higher per surfboard. According to an article in Surfer written by Justin Housman, entitled "Growing Foam,"
"Lots of government and private funds are being pumped into labs to turn our little green friends into a cleaner, friendlier petroleum. It just so happened that Mayfield, who was already researching algae oil, is a dedicated surfer. When Arctic Foam starting sniffing around for algae-based PU, Mayfield was just the right surfer-scientist to helm the lab side of the project."
The hope is that in a little over a year, mainstream manufacturers will start adopting algae-oil based foam in their surfboard production.

We would be thrilled to offer surfboards that were gentler on the environment. Please contact us for all your surfing gear, we have an unbelievable selection of equipment, accessories and apparel.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Do Surfboards and Gymnasts Mix?

If you've followed surfing for any length of time, then there is no question that you have seen some incredible tricks that defy gravity and make you want to spend even more time out on the waves, pushing your own boundaries.
It's hard to predict what the next big movement in surfing will be, because great surfers are always pushing the envelope. However, there's a chance that a new surfing phenomenon that combines gymnastics with surfboards could be the next extreme surfing event to hit competitions near you.

Tandem surfing competitions have allowed the idea of gymnastic stunts to start to invade surfing competitions. At the recent Waikiki tandem surfing competition a pair of surfing gymnasts made a pretty big splash as they balanced in amazing combinations on top of a surfboard. 

According to the Today article, "Two Gymnasts Performed Routine Atop a Surfboard - And There's a Video to Prove it," 
"Lauren Oiye and Chuck Inman showed off their intricate, synchronized gymnastic moves atop a surfboard"
The video featured along with the article shows the pair performing a flawless routine. Chuck lifts Lauren above his head with a single hand while she strikes various poses that would be impressive even on land.
This style of gymnastic surfing is a real crowd pleaser so there is a chance we will see more of it at competitions world-wide.

Of course, you don't have to be able to perform wild stunts to be able to enjoy a day at the beach, catching waves. You just need the right equipment, so please contact us if you want the best selection of surfing accessories, apparel and equipment at incredible prices.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Is a Lighter, More Flexible Surfboard in Your Future?

Surf culture has been created by surfers who are willing to innovate and try new things. Surfers love to push the boundaries, trying new tricks and breaking records. So it's no wonder that we are constantly hearing about surfers who are hoping to build a better board. 

We've seen surfboards made from recycled materials, and surfboards with built in technology, we've even seen innovations in 3D printing surfboards. All of these experimental surfboard designs have the potential to change the face of the surfing industry. So when some inventor, hobbyist or scientist makes a new kind of surfboard, we're always excited to write about it here on our blog.

However, the standard design for surfboards has not changed much in over 70 years. Sure shapes, traction, and fins may vary a little but surfboards are mostly all still made from fiberglass and polyurethane. However, a pair of surfers, Edison Conner and Parker Borneman, are hoping to change all that. They may have a chance, because one member of the innovating duo, Edison Conner is a rocket scientist who worked for the famous SpaceX project helping them create better materials to work with in their rocket projects.

According to the Wired article, "Rocket Scientist Designs a Stronger, Lighter Surfboard" by Margaret Rhodes, 
"In the lab, Conner developed a foam with a meticulous, web-like structure. It’s a proprietary technique, but he’s essentially made the air bubbles in the foam as small and dense as possible, optimizing it for lightness and strength. Riding a Varial board, Borneman says, makes it easier to turn, and makes the sport faster, letting you ride the wave longer."
We certainly hope that the new designs lead to surfboards that take the sport of surfing to new levels, and when they do we'll be sure to sell them. Please contact us for all your cutting edge surfing needs. We have all the top of the line equipment, accessories and apparel.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Don’t Let a Blown Surfboard Bag Zipper Keep You From Hunting Waves

The shaka days of summer are sweet but fleeting. Thankfully there is still time to pack those surfboard bags, head to the water’s edge and get the fins wet. What’s that? Your bag blew a zipper? No worries Brah. We’ve got you and your fins covered. Pick one and we can have your surfboard snugly wrapped in just a few business days.

All of our surfboard bags boast brand names supported by the world’s best surfers. They’re made from durable fabrics and sport heavy padding in all of the critical areas. So your surfboards’ rails, tails and noses won’t end up dinged during the short walks from your ride to the shoreline. Plus, our surfboard bags come in a number of sizes, weights, shapes, designs and colors.

Do you love the Longboard? We’ve got surfboard bags by Sticky Bumps, DaKine, Creatures of Leisure and FCS to consider. All four bags are lightweight, heat-resistant and feature padded handles or straps. So you won’t lose your grip. We’ve got surfboard bags with similar features for surfers who love riding shorts, fish, SUP, customs and hybrids.

All of the bags are brand new but they’ll hold old-school, used surfboards too. Just pay attention to the surfboard bag’s dimensions when contemplating a purchase. Bearing that in mind, reviewing the universal day bags is generally a flawless way to start shopping. They usually boast lengths from 5 feet 8 inches to 7 feet 6 inches and widths that cap out at 22 inches. Also, some of the bags’ sides feature sections of material that have a bit of give to them. So it may be possible to nudge those dimensions up a bit.

To find the perfect bags or surfboard socks for your late season getaway, please contact us at today. We’ll help keep you wave hunting year round.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to Improve Your Surfing Experience with Surfboard Traction Pads

Surfing is an exciting and relaxing hobby, but it does require routine maintenance to keep your surfboard ready for going out into the water when you feel like catching some waves. While many surfers rely on wax to get the traction they need to ride waves with confidence and success, you should consider buying surfboard traction pads as an alternative, which will provide you a few substantial benefits.

Enjoy Improved Grip
With these pads, you will get a significantly better grip with the surfboard. Also, you will find quite a few options to choose from, which allows you to get pads that satisfy your needs and expectations.

Wear a Half Wetsuit
To avoid knee pain and soreness, you should think about wearing at least a half wetsuit when you go out with a surfboard that has traction pads. It is crucial to understand that the pads are excellent for getting extra traction, but you need to protect your knees while you are not catching waves.

Avoid Wax Issues
If you do not have enough wax on your surfboard, you will have a tough time getting the grip you need to ride waves comfortably. Fortunately, traction pads do not need to be waxed, which means you do not have to worry about going out into the water without enough wax to enjoy the surfing experience.

Apply Correctly
Since you will put the pads on the surfboard, you need to make sure you do it correctly. While most of it is pretty straightforward, the most important part is to clean the surfboard until it is spotless.
Traction pads can lead to less maintenance and better surfing.
Contact us if you have any questions about our products.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Opt for a Thick Surfboard Leash for a Long-Lasting Purchase

Whether you are just buying a surfboard, have to replace your current leash, or want to get a leash after not having one for a long time, you should consider the greatest investment for the money. While thin leashes might seem like a suitable option, you can enjoy major benefits with a thick surfboard leashA thick leash can become a long-lasting purchase, which is just what you need.

Completely Safe in Small Waves
Since thick leashes are more than capable of handling small waves, you should not have any worries about riding small waves. A thick leash will not break under these circumstances for any reason, as long as the leash is properly maintained and is not partially torn or broken already.

Possible to Use for Large Waves
When you get a thin or medium-thickness leash, you may not feel comfortable riding large waves. Instead of getting a thin leash and hoping that you can handle these waves, you should just use a thick leash to feel completely confident when you go out into the water and attempt to catch a massive wave.

Ensure Board Protection
Since your surfboard is quite susceptible to damage when it is allowed to thrash around in the ocean, you want to make sure your leash will not give out and send your board to its doom. A thick leash is the closest thing you can get to a guarantee that your surfboard will avoid substantial damage or breaking.
Contact us if you want to learn more or have any questions about leashes.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Historic Surfboards on Display

When you're out catching a wave on a beautiful day, you might think about all of the other people who have experienced the thrill of riding a wave. Surfing is a sport that has evolved through innovation, so in a way, your time on the board is linked to all the surfers that have come before you. If you love surfing and surf culture, then chances are you will be excited to hear that an exciting piece of surf history has re-emerged.

According to the KSBW article, "Historic Hawaiian Surfboards Return to Santa Cruz" by Phil Gomez,
"Three teenage Hawaiian princes traveled to Santa Cruz 130 years ago, shaped surfboards out of redwood trees, and introduced surfing to the mainland. The brothers rode waves at the San Lorenzo River mouth on "o'lo" surfboards. "
Before this historic ride, no one had ever surfed at a beach in the mainland. When the princes left California they took the surfboards they had created with them, and the surfboards were never seen again, although the sport of surfing took off in a big way.

However, the surfboards have recently resurfaced, they were discovered in Honolulu where they had been buried. Two of the boards were very carefully transported back to Santa Cruz, and you can go and see them. They will be on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History until October 25.

If this story inspires you to reconnect with your surfing roots, please contact us for all your surfing equipment, apparel and accessory needs. We have an incredible selection at amazing prices.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Are You Looking to Post Used Surfboards Ads on a High Traffic Site for Free?

As the surfing season progresses, chances are your board is looking a little worse for wear. With all of the gnarly waves you’ve been barreling though, that’s to be expected. Of course there are ways to repair the minor damage and make your gear look new again. Plus, when you’re ready for a change, there are places where it’s possible to sell used surfboards and net some kelp for new ones.

At, we’ll gladly accept your used surfboard ads and post them for free. Our site gets a lot of unique views in a given month so your used surfboard has the potential to get wide exposure. With that said, make sure that you put your best fin forward from the very beginning. After all, used surfboards only get one chance to make an unforgettable impression.

Before setting the price, take an honest look at your used surfboard and take a look at what the new ones are selling for these days. Make a list of the used surfboard’s best and worst features for your own use. Then use that list and what you’ve learned about the going prices to come up with a fair figure. If the used surfboard’s asking price is negotiable, say so in the ad or let us know.

When you’ve finished posting your free advertisement, take further action. Share the link to your used surfboard’s listing on any social media site that you use frequently. Let your online followers know that you’re serious about selling the board and then wait. Hopefully, you’ll have offers pouring in within the first month. If not, consider revamping your used surfboard ad and trying other promotional tools until you’ve made the perfect sale.

To learn more about selling or buying new and used surfboards online, please contact us today.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Massive Surfboard Built to Break World Record - Part Two

In Part One of this post, we described the efforts leading up to Huntington Beach's attempt to break two world records in one grand undertaking. The goal was to achieve the world record for the most people riding on a surfboard at once, as well as the world record the largest surfboard.

Months of effort have paid off, and the world records have been secured! On Saturday, June 20th, 66 people rode a massive surfboard together. To break the record the surfers all had to stay standing on the board for at least 10 seconds, and spectators say they actually stood for almost 15 seconds. You can watch the incredible video online for yourself at

The world record for most people was an immediate declaration, but the record for the largest surfboard took a few days as measurements were recorded on the 42 foot long, 11 foot wide surfboard that weighed an unbelievable 1300 pounds.

According to the LA Times article, "66 Surfers Ride 1 Surfboard, Setting World Record in Huntington Beach" by Kristina Pritchett, Huntington Beach beat the previously Australian held world record one other time, but not officially.
"In 2005, 60 surfers rode a 39-foot board that was on display in the city during the U.S. Open of Surfing, beating the record set earlier that year in Australia by 47 surfers on the same board. But Guinness officials were not present for the Huntington effort, so it was never officially recorded."
Residents of Huntington Beach are proud to be the official record holders now, since surf culture is such a huge part of their community. If you want surfing to be a bigger part of your life, please contact us for all your equipment, accessory and apparel needs.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Massive Surfboard Built to Break World Record - Part One

Huntington Beach had a world-record in sight and went to pain-staking efforts to accomplish it. The record they were after fit the culture of the area because it involved surfing! Huntington beach is a popular surf spot, known for that amazing waves that are caused by open ocean hitting up against Catalina Island. With over a 9-mile stretch of beach, it is a popular destination for surfers from all over the world. So, it makes sense that it should be the backdrop for a world record attempt for the "Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once" on the "World's Largest Surfboard."

The previous record was set in March 2005 and the feat was accomplished with 47 people riding a surfboard that was 39 feet and 4 inches long. So to beat the record in Huntington beach would take at least 48 people riding a surfboard that is at least 39 feet and 5 inches long. This two part goal would be put to the test in June according to the 89.3 KPCC article, "Huntington Beach Tries Building the World's Biggest Surfboard" by Kristina Bravo.
“It’s the length of at least two full-size cars, maybe almost three,” said Lynn Bowser, co-owner of Westerly Marine, the Santa Ana boat building company commissioned by Visit Huntington Beach to build the 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard. “It looks like a regular short board that’s literally blown up to 42 feet.”
The goal is to have 64 riders ride the surfboard for 10 full seconds, and as long as at least 48 people can stay standing on the giant surfboard the new world record will be accomplished. To find out if the stunt was ultimately successful, watch for part two of this blog.

In the meantime, if you're looking for a normal-sized surfboard and accessories, please contact us.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Scientific Surfboard Could be a Gamechanger for Researchers

Some people refer to space as the last frontier, but scientists know that the Earth still has a treasure trove of uncharted territory. The ocean is so vast and much of it is still unexplored by scientists.  One group of scientists hopes to gather a little more data about the ocean by using surfers as proxy data-gatherers. 

The scientists plan to use "Smartphin," a sensor built into an attachable surfboard fin, to gather research from the ocean. The sensor will be able to detect and relay information like the temperature of the water, its acidity and salt content. Surfers can gather this information just by surfing, where researchers would have to invest a lot of time and money to go and gather this information themselves.

According to the Smithsonian article, "This Surfboard Maps Waves and Gathers Ocean Data for Researchers," by Marissa Fessenden, the smart surfboard will also benefit the surfers who use it, because the sensor
"not only collects environmental data to help scientists understand climate change’s effects on the ocean, but also helps surfers figure out where to catch the best waves. Sensors in the fin will gather wave signatures along with tracking data."
Surfers will eventually be able to purchase the Smartphin so that they can be a part of the scientific endeavor and use the technology to find the best surfing spots on any given day.

If you need to update your surfing equipment, please contact us, we have an incredible selection of equipment, accessories and apparel to make your next day at the beach a success.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Quiksilver Goes To Social Media To Find The Next Surfing Star

While surfing is a sport that almost anyone can enjoy, if you want to become a famous surfer, it can take the same kind of well-placed connections and dumb luck that other endeavors require. While skill should be the biggest factor in competitive surfing, that's not always how it works out. There are some very talented young surfers who are just waiting for an opportunity to show the world their skill.

Quiksilver is trying to change all that and level the playing field with their upcoming King of The Groms Invitational.  Instead of inviting the same surfers everyone has been following for years now, Quiksilver decided to make the competition open to every young person with a surfboard and a camera. 

According to the Shop Eat Surf article, "Quiksilver's New Initiative Using Social Media For Global Competition" 
"To participate, candidates just need to film a 15-second video segment of their best wave and post it on Instagram @quiksilver followed by #kingofthegroms. The King of the Groms judging panel, comprised of Dane Reynolds, Craig Anderson and Jeremy Flores will watch all of the videos entered in the contest."
The judging panel will select a top 30 who will be asked to submit a longer video. An online audience will choose 7 surfers to continue on, and a panel from Quiksilver will select 3 additional surfers and the final 10 will compete live.
Quiksilver believes they will discover new and exciting talent by opening up their competition.

If you want to be the best surfer you can be, but need new equipment, accessories, or apparel, please contact us.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sustainable Surfboard In Sight

Surfers love nature. They love being outside enjoying the wild earth, sky and water around them. So, most surfers are pretty environmentally aware and do everything they can to help sustain the Earth. It was probably only a matter of time before someone invented a completely sustainable surfboard.

Traditional surfboards are made from polyurethane which incorporate fossil fuels, which we all know are limited resources. To create a sustainable surfboard, an alternative oil has to be used, and in this case, the creators of this cutting-edge surfboard used algae oil. Arctic Foam, the business behind the environmentally friendly surfboard, received some funding from the Federal Government.

It wasn't all smooth sailing. Two prototype surfboards failed before the creators of the environmentally friendly board were successful. One board was not firm enough and had too much give, the second board expanded really quickly and basically exploded.

According to the Outside article, "Your Next Surfboard Will Be Made From Algae" by Ben Yeager,
"There’s no cost estimate yet, but Arctic Foam hopes to bring it close to the market norm of about $600. Other manufacturers are skeptical that algae boards will catch on. Kim Thress, president of U.S. Blanks, Arctic Foam’s main domestic competitor, said the company isn’t yet considering foam derived from algae oil."
It's hard to know if this particular surfboard will revolutionize the way surfboards are created, but we know one thing, surfers will continue to innovate and push the boundaries.

For all your surfboard, equipment, accessory, and apparel needs please contact us.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Used Surfboards: World Surf League Fans Have a Chance to Go Long or Short

Has the World Surf League’s Longboard Tour got you thinking about turning in your ride for something that cuts a bigger profile in the water? If so, why not give used surfboards a try? They’re an excellent way to try out longboarding and various surfboard styles. Prices for used longboards vary. However, you may be able to pick up a sweet Wave Rebel Surface Longboard for as little as $100. Oh and there are deals to be had on fish, hybrid, short and SUP boards too.

So, whether you love to watch the league’s Longboard, Junior, Big Wave, Qualifying Series or Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, it doesn’t matter. There’s a good chance that you’ll find the perfect used surfboards in your price range. Just make sure to examine them thoroughly before dishing out the cabbage Brah. After all, a used board is likely to have some dings here and there. Consequently, you’ll want to make sure that any imperfections present are something you can live with or easily get repaired in the future.

At, we encourage surfers to sell their old rides on our website. That said, our used surfboard collection is about as varied as the surf spots spread out across the planet. We’ve also got new surfboards, equipment, footwear, apparel and accessories on sale too. So, you might want to post your used surfboard for sale and use the proceeds to net some deals of your own.

If you do decide to post your gently used surfboard on our site and then buy a great replacement, be very specific. Let your fellow surfers know exactly what your board looks like and take a few kick-butt photos to back up the written description. To learn more about selling or buying used surfboards online, please contact us at today.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Surfboard Traction Pads Versus Wax: Picking Between the Two

Many surfers go back and forth about whether or not they want to add surfboard traction pads to their boards, or use wax. Here's a quick rundown of each one's pros and cons, to help you choose which one to put on your board.

Traction Pads
Pros: There's a great diversity of traction pads for comfort, style, look, and utility, so it's easy to find a pad that works for your board. They are easy to apply to a board and stay on for however long they are needed. The best-made traction pads are made with densities and patterns that respond to the surfer's maneuvers. They are extremely comfortable, making surfing more adaptable for those with certain feet types (flat, high-arched, etc.).
Cons: Some surfers find the traction pads too padded, losing that "connection" between surfer and the board. In addition, the traction pad can absorb force, so it might make the board less responsive to pressure. And some traction pads can't withstand subzero freezing, meaning that they might be slick in freezing water temperatures.

Surfboard Wax
Pros: Wax tends to be stickier for bare feet or booties, which can help in slick waters. Wax also tends to fare better in subzero waters, remaining sticky even when cold and wet. In addition, wax is also more versatile, as it can come in different densities to match the waters' temperature. It also allows for more responsiveness.
Cons: It can be time-consuming to get old wax off and new wax on. Plus, on hot days, the wax melts off, leaving you to clean up the mess and reapply the wax. Also, wax lacks cushion, which can be less comfortable for users.
Overall, picking surfboard traction pads or wax depends on your comfort and personal preference. Both are used by beginners and surfing pros alike, all for different reasons and comfort levels. For more surfboard guides, contact us.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Choose A Surfboard Leash

For many surfers, surfboard leashes are a great tool to have on-hand when out of the waves. But with the great diversity in lengths and types for a leash, it might be hard to choose among them all. Here's a quick guide to choosing the right surfboard leash for your board.

1. Consider the length.
The simple rule for picking a surf leash is getting one at least the same length as your board. This allows for distance between you and your board when you fall off, so as it won't bump or injure you. Depending on your surfing level and wave conditions, you'll also want a leash a little bit longer than your board. For example, if you're new to surfing, get a leash a foot longer than your board; if you're surfing big waves, a longer leash is good to ensure your board doesn't hit you.

2. One swivel, or two?
Swivels keep your leash from tangling, which translate to better use, comfort, and safety. One swivel, usually at the end with the rail saver, will allow you to surf well without too much tangling, but two swivels will guarantee better results.

3. Choose thickness based on wave conditions.
Since leashes do add to drag when surfing, it's important to consider the thickness of your leash when you're surfing in different conditions. With smaller waves or during competitions, you'll get away with a thinner leash that won't cause as much drag. Thicker cords should be used when you're tackling large waves, as they won't snap off as easily. 

4. Pick a good quality.
Overall, the price you pay for a leash is a good indicator of how well the leash is made. There will be leashes that have special qualities, such as a pocket in the cuff to store a key, or a triple-wrap rail saver for added security. Picking a well-made leash with quality materials will give you a leash that lasts longer, especially with good care.

To get more advice for picking out your leash, contact us.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

3 Reasons to Get New Surfboard Leashes

A surfboard leash is sort of like a best friend you love to hate. While it keeps you connected to your board, it can also be uncomfortable to wear. So while some surfers see surfboard leashes as a drag (metaphorically and physically), there are some really good reasons for getting a surfboard leash. Here are just three to convince you to get a leash you'll love, rather than despise.

1. It helps you catch more waves. 
The leash's main job is to make sure your surfboard stays under you as you ride the waves. If you surf without a leash, you're more likely going to end up chasing your board to shore each time you make a mistake and fall off it. That means less time actually surfing, and an increased likelihood that you'll miss a good wave.

2. It can help you duck dive safely.
With some waves, especially big ones, it's important to duck dive to avoid injury. Having a leash allows you to keep the board with you, so you don't lose it during your duck dive. In addition, a leg rope can allow you to dive deeply, when you need to escape a big wave, but cannot duck dive safely or on time. The leash will then help lead you to your board.

3. It can save your life and others.
For one, having your board with you at all times can keep you afloat if you become injured or tired, and are far from your initial location. And while some surfers refuse to use a leash because it isn't "traditional," it helps others around them stay safe. A board that's abandoned by a surfer could easily hit another person, severely injuring them, or in some cases, killing the person. By attaching your board to your person with a reliable leash, you'll be saving others and yourself.

So surf with safety and fun in mind, and buy a surfboard leash that will get you where you need to go. For more surfing tips, contact us.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

4 Things to Look for When Buying a Surfboard Bag

Surfboards need protection. Even though they seem indestructible while you're riding waves, on dry land (especially when traveling), they are prone to damage just like anything made from fiberglass. 
For this reason, anyone with a surfboard needs a surfboard bag to keep their investment safe when they are on the go.

To help you out, here are four things to look for when you are buying a surfboard bag of your own.

1. Will it fit. Because when you think about it, not every surfboard is the same size. So when you are researching which bag works best for you, measure what you have, and then compare it to the bag you are looking at. You want snug and precise. Never settle for a bag that is an ill-fit. You'll quickly regret it.

2. Include your fins in the measurement, something that might seem obvious, but people sometimes forget when making a purchase. Plus, consider what type of fins you have and how they'll work with the bag. Different setups need different bags for proper protection.

3. Does the quality suit the money that you are shelling out for it? That is, how's the padding? Buying it online? Read reviews to get a sense of the material it's made of. Will the zipper stand up to abuse? A good quality zipper can make or break a surfboard bag. 

4. Do you prefer wheels or would you rather have a wheel-less version? Ask yourself how far you'll be toting it to the beach, and if you'll need assistance when doing so. Then consider how many of your friends are going to ask you to piggyback on your wheelie surfboard bag, and if you want to help them, and purchase based off of that. 

If you surf, you need a surfboard bag. It's really not an option if you want to protect your board. For more information on how we can help you, please don't hesitate to contact us any time.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

How to Pick The Right Surfboard Bags for Travel

As summer approaches, so does the season for surfing. Whether you're planning a world trip with your board to the hottest spots, or taking a drive down to the closest beach, it's important to pick the right surfboard bags to keep your board in good shape. Here are a few tips for picking out the right bag, and packing your board right.

1. Pick the bag based on the type of travel.

Your bag should be based on travel conditions for your board. For example, if you are taking a plane with your surfboard, the likelihood that it will end up in cargo moving around and bumping against other items is high. You should then buy a heavy-duty bag with thick padding or hard walls. But if you're securing your surfboard to the top of your car or inside the bed of a truck, your bag might not need to be specialized for bumpy travel.

Also be mindful of how many boards you might be bringing for a serious surf trip. You should then get a bag that will fit all the boards your bringing, even if they are different sizes. Pick with the biggest board in mind, and then stack them safely on top of each other.

2. Get a snug fit, but with some space for adjustments.

You'll want a bag that can fit your board snugly, especially if it's built with foam padding. However, you'll want to choose a bag with some space for extra padding. This will be especially handy if your fins do not come off your board, and therefore you'll need to add protectors. Many bags also come with an extra pouch to store leashes, wetsuits, fins, or other equipment, so keep that in mind and use those items to add extra padding to the nose and tail.

3. Secure and label your bag.

You should label the inside and outside of the bag with your name and contact information. For long-distance travel, you might also want to consider buying a lock to secure your boards. And on the outside of your bag, add a "Fragile" or "Handle With Care" note, in order to encourage safe transportation of your boards.

With the right surfboard bag, you'll be prepared for a summer filled with adventure. For more surfboard news and tips, contact us.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Quiksilver Adjusts To Change In Management

When it comes to surfing new is important! There is always some new innovation, new hot equipment, new techniques and definitely new tricks! It seems like the only thing that stays the same in surfing year after year are the big, brand name companies that supply the majority of the surfing equipment that surfers know and love.

One of these big traditional surf companies is Quiksilver, and they are adjusting to some pretty big changes of their own. On Friday, March 27th, they announced that they were replacing their former CEO Andy Mooney and replacing him with Pierre Agnes.

Before you start to worry about changes in the Quiksilver products that make surfing fashionable and fun, rest assured that Agnes has been with Quiksilver for 27 years, so he is invested in the company culture and won't be likely to make sweeping changes that would undermine Quiksilver products or frustrate their many fans. Agnes has also held high positions within Roxy and DC in the past, so surfing companies have made up the bulk of his life's work.

According to the Transworld Business article, "Quiksilver CEO Andy Mooney Leaves Company; Pierre Agnes Named CEO" by Kailee Bradstreet, the founder of Quiksilver, Rob McKnight had this to say about the change in leadership:
“The board has great confidence in Pierre’s ability and skills to lead our company. His primary focus will be on improving operational execution and efficiencies, and identifying growth opportunities, especially in the U.S. wholesale channel.”
For all your Quiksilver apparel, equipment and accessories at competitive prices, please contact us.