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.