Thursday, December 29, 2016

Surf Hurley

Hurley is a cutting-edge brand that is highly engaged in the design, marketing, and promotion of surf apparel and accessories. Hurley partnered with Nike in 2002 but has been a major player in surfing and beach lifestyle products since 1999.

With a complete line of super dope hats, boardshorts, hoodies, t-shirts, sandals, wetsuits, and other high quality surf accessories, Hurley is a brand that surfers and other active lifestyle enthusiasts have supported for years.

According to SurfCityUsa, its founder Bob Hurley has been long active in the surf community and started his career as an accomplished surfboard shaper. His first venture into retail was with Hurley Surboards in 1978. Bob was also named by Surfer magazine in 2002 as one of the "25 Most Powerful People in Surfing" and induced to the Surfer's Hall of Fame in 2006. It's good to be created by a pro!

Hurley has a surf club which offers free surf related services like video training and live events with Hurley sponsored athletes to its members. If you're going to be a lifestyle brand, you gotta stay fresh with the community, and Hurley definitely does its part.

Hurley gear can be spotted on the beach, in skateboarding communities, punk rock music scenes, and with other active lifestyle enthusiasts. With a HUGE selection of dope surfwear and accessories for Men, Women, and Children, Hurley is sure to remain a player in the surf community for many years to come.

Contact Us and get your hands on all of the freshest Hurley gear and surf accessories.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Guide to Buying Your First Surfboard

Your first surfboard will always hold a special place in your heart. It'll be the board that sees you through the ups and downs of learning to surf. That's why choosing a board made to help a beginner succeed is crucial to your development as a surfer. To get you started on this important purchasing process, we've created a list of surfboard buying tips.
  • While it's tempting as a beginner to purchase a brand spanking new surfboard, it's probably best to consider buying a used one. As a novice, you are bound to bang up your board during the learning process. By not breaking the bank, those dings will sting much less.
  • Shortboards are a beginner's nightmare. They are not wide enough or long enough to learn on. Starting off with a shortboard will only delay your progression as a successful surfer, and cause you a great deal of frustration.
  • If you only plan on surfing once a month or maybe even less, purchasing a soft surfboard is the best path to take. As the name implies, a soft board has a soft top, which adds to its buoyancy. That increased buoyancy makes catching waves and staying up much easier. Another benefit of a softer material is safety. As a beginner, you are more likely to lose control of your board, which unfortunately means injuries may occur. Luckily, with a soft surfboard the impact is padded which saves you and the surfers around you from getting seriously hurt.
  • Although a soft surfboard is a great starting board for beginners, a person planning on surfing more than a few times a year will quickly outgrow it. If you're looking for a surfboard that allows you to progress from novice to intermediate without making another purchase, a longboard is the perfect option. The longboard provides extra paddle strength and stability, which will help a beginner master the basics of surfing.
If you're on a mission to buy your first surfboard, please contact us today to view our large assortment of new and used boards.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to Install a Surfboard Traction Pad

Traction pads were created to help surfers get a better grip on their surfboard. When placed properly on the back of your board, the pads, also known as deck grips and tailpads, allow you to pull off tougher maneuvers with a decreased chance of slipping. If you're a new surfer and you're interested in buying surfboard traction pads, but you're not sure what to look for or how to install them, we can help you.

Many major brands produce traction pads, and in all honesty, choosing the one that best fits your style ultimately boils down to personal taste. Although there are a variety of colors and a mixture of texture combinations, the components used to make the pads are relatively the same. They are mostly constructed with water-resistant, no-slip materials. Reading reviews and talking to more experienced surfers will help you make your final decision.
How To Install Your Traction Pad
  • Before you can begin the installation process, you need to remove the wax from your surfboard. If your board is wax free, you should still give it a good wipe down to get rid of any dirt on its surface.
  • After removing the traction pad from its packaging, but before you peel off the adhesive backing, carefully position the pad right in front of the surfboard's leash plug. Remember, you want the traction pad placed at the spot where your back foot sits.
  • Once you're satisfied with your traction pad placement, remove the adhesive backing and gently attach the pad to the board. To avoid misplacement, refrain from pushing the pad down too firmly. This allows you to easily peel the traction pad off if you are not happy with its location on your board. However, once you are content, push down on the pad to lock it into place.
  • Now that you've finished the installation process, all you have to do is wait a few hours before taking your surfboard into the water.
If you're looking to purchase a traction pad for your surfboard, please contact us today and we'll be happy to help you.


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.

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

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


Thursday, November 17, 2016 Provides Stress Free Holiday Shopping For The Surfer in Your Life

The holiday season has officially arrived, and if you're like most people, finding the perfect gift for your loved ones is at the top of your to-do-list. Luckily, if you have a surfer in your family, can definitely help you put a smile on their face with the perfect holiday present. To get those gift ideas flowing, we've created a list of some of our favorite surf gear.
  • Rather than head to your local mall and pick out a boring sweater, you may want to consider upgrading their beach wear with a great pair of sunglasses. Not only are you adding a little style to their wardrobe, but you're also reminding them to protect their eyes from harsh sun rays.
  • Nothing says I love you like giving the gift of a dependable surfboard bag. The necessary protection a board bag provides will keep your loved one's surfboard safe from needless dents and scratches. Whether you're looking for a surf sock or a travel bag, has a variety of bags to choose from.
  • A tide watch is a great gift for the serious surfer in your life. The watch will help them monitor the rise and fall of the tide, while adding a dash of style to their everyday attire.
  • If you would rather buy a more traditional holiday gift, we suggest taking a look at our large collection of surf apparel. From Hurley hoodies to Rip Curl boardshorts, our online shop has an array of clothing options for men and women. offers free ground shipping and a low price guarantee. Combined that with our huge selection of surf gear and you'll have a stress free shopping experience this holiday season. If you have any questions, please contact us today and we'll be happy to help you.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hurley Apparel Makes Great Holiday Gifts

It's definitely not too early to get a jump-start on your Christmas or holiday shopping. At we can get your holiday shopping off on the right foot with Hurley apparel. Hurley apparel is great for the whole family and, it couldn't be easier.

Many of your favorite retailers offer promotions for shopping online like free shipping for orders over $50. But at, we offer free shipping all the time, with no minimum orders. We also have a low price guarantee. Just check us out. You can endure the holiday hustle and bustle and go to Zumiez, PacSun, BC Surf and Sport, or wherever else you would shop for Hurley gear. Or you can one-stop shop here. You can find Hurley gifts for everyone on your list. Here are some ideas to get you started.
  • For Your Boyfriend: Whether your boyfriend is more into zipper hoodies or pullover hoodies, we have many great Hurley hoodies to choose from. Some designs have large Hurley lettering while others are more subtle with a smaller logo.
  • For Your Girlfriend: Restock your girlfriend's closet with some comfortable, stylish Hurley t-shirts. Choose from our soft, solid v-necks in a variety of colors and crew neck t-shirts with the Hurley lettering.
  • For Your Brother: Your brother will love a new Hurley hat. We have many to choose from including subtle designs to bold and colorful ones. Pick a solid color or a pattern.
  • For Your Dad: Yep, we can even find a Hurley gift for your dad. Get him cozy Hurley beanie from our Hurley accessories.
To find more Hurley apparel for your holiday shopping, contact us today at We can make your shopping easier with our low price guarantee and free shipping.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Different Types Of Surfboard Bags

So, you're going on a trip and you want to bring your board with you and make sure it's protected? We get it, but there are SO MANY OPTIONS! What should you think about when picking your new surfboard bag?

Well, you probably want to consider a few things. How far you're traveling and how many boards you're taking is definitely an issue to consider. Also, make sure to think about your preference for accessories. Do you want pockets for storing other gear in your board bag? What type of visual appearance do you prefer? Do you NEED straps and handles? How about wheels on your surfboard bag for lugging it around the airport or a city?

Surfboard Bags come in all different shapes and sizes.

Board socks offer very limited protection against scratches and dings if you're looking to protect your board when traveling in a car or otherwise. They are ideal for protecting your board against elements in your home, like a pesky cat or dog.

Surfboard day bags are going to offer better protection against elements when traveling in an automobile and are typically used to protect one board. There are some great day bags that are the perfect accessory for day tripping and traveling short distances.

Travel bags are going to offer you the best protection. Quality padding is definitely going to be recommended for air travel, as we all know horror stories about the baggage claim. Some bags have handles and some have bigger handles. Some surfboard travel bags fit more than one board.

These are just a few of the things you're going to want think about before making a decision about which surfboard bag to purchase.

Protecting your investment when it comes to your surfboard should be a no-brainer. You wouldn't travel across the country with your flat screen in the back of your car without making sure that it was protected against damage, and you DEFINITELY don't want to neglect your board.

Contact us for a great selection of all types of board bags at great prices!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Signs that it is Time to Replace your Surfboard Leash

At one time, the idea of using a surfboard leashes seemed foolish. That’s no longer the case, as serious surfers everywhere recognize the importance of having one. Even the best surfboard leash will not last forever, which is why you should recognize these signs that indicate it is time to replace yours.

#1. You are changing to a longer or shorter board
The length of your surfboard leash is largely dependent upon the length of your board. As such, if you switch to a longer or shorter board, you’ll also need a different surfboard leash.

#2. Your swivels no longer operate properly
Swivels that operate properly are essential if you are to avoid having your feet get tangled up with your leash. If your swivels are damaged, rusty, or do not move as they are supposed to, replacing your leash is required in order to ensure your safety.

#3. The leash cuff is damaged
Over time, your leash cuff may suffer damage due to pounding waves and excessive salt buildup. This cuff may not stay securely on your ankle if it becomes ripped or frayed, in which case buying a replacement leash becomes necessary.

#4. The rail saver is inadequate
A rail saver provides protection for your board to prevent damage. If this component’s cushioning has worn down, you might notice problems with the rail area of your surfboard’s tail. Thicker rail savers provide better protection, and are therefore recommended for serious surfers.

#5. Your Leash is not the Right Thickness
Thicker leashes provide more drag, yet are recommended for surfing very heavy waves. Thinner ones on the other hand produce less drag, and are better for surfing smaller waves. You may need to replace or change out your leash if its thickness is not compatible with the type of waves you normally surf.

In addition to these factors, you should also replace your leash any time you notice a change in its performance. For help with finding the right surfboard leashes, please contact us.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tips for Taking Proper Care of your Boardshorts

Boardshorts are designed to perform a very specific function, while at the same time being attractive and comfortable to wear. How long your shorts last and how nicely they perform all depend on how well you take care of them. If you want to get the most of your boardshorts, you’ll want to keep the following things in mind.

After Swimming or Surfing
As soon as you are finished swimming or surfing, change into a dry pair of regular shorts whenever possible. Next, rinse your boardshorts off lightly with fresh, cool water to remove any sand, debris, salt, or chemicals from pool water. After rinsing, hang them over top of a shower rod and allow the shorts to drip dry. In the event that isn’t possible, choose another spot out of direct sunlight to ensure they do not fade.

Washing and Drying
When it comes time to wash and dry your boardshorts, it is important to check the manufacturer’s instructions first. Some boardshorts can be washed in a washing machine on delicate setting, while others are designed to be hand washed only. Regardless of the method you use, keep these things in mind:
  • Turn shorts inside out to minimize fading
  • Wash in cold or cool water only, never warm or hot
  • Use mild, biodegradable detergent
  • Hang to dry on a thick plastic or wooden hanger out of direct sunlight
  • Ensure your shorts are completely dry before wearing them again
Most boardshorts are not designed to be placed in the dryer, nor is ironing recommended. If you need to knock a few wrinkles out of your shorts, place them in a dryer for just a few minutes, using the lowest heat setting possible.
The above tips will not only keep your boardshorts looking like new, but they will also ensure they maintain their form for some time to come. For more ways to care for your boardshorts, please contact us.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Things to Look for when Buying Used Surfboards

Maybe you’re a beginning surfer who isn’t quite sure which board is best. Perhaps you have a bit more experience, but are operating on a limited equipment budget. Either way, used surfboards are a great option, provided you keep these things in mind.

Giving a Once-Over
Begin your inspection by cleaning any wax from the board. This will allow you to inspect it more thoroughly, ensuring that any problems are fully visible. If the seller will not let you clean the board first, this could indicate there is something to hide and you should begin looking elsewhere.

After cleaning the board, check it over very carefully, looking for discolored foam or signs of water damage. Check for delamination, which occurs when the fiberglass separates from the blank. If delamination occurs over a small area, this is easily reparable; however, larger areas are difficult to fix and increase the odds of a board breaking.

Dings and Dents
Nearly all used surfboards will have some type of ding or dent. Even so, too many defects are problematic, so you should avoid boards that are heavily dented or dinged. Just because an owner has made repairs doesn’t mean the board is good to go, as a poor fix has the potential to trap water. As such, you should carefully inspect repairs to ensure that:
  • They are flush with the board
  • No rough or uneven spots are present
  • There are no cracks
  • The spot is not yellowed, indicating water damage
Pass up any boards with cracks or dings on the rail of the tail. This is a problem known as “tail cancer”, a condition that is nearly impossible to fix permanently because it tends to recur just a short time later.

Check for Buckles
Using the palm of your hand, press on the center of your board to check for bubbles on the stringer. This could indicate that the blank or stringer is cracked, something that requires major repairs.

Inspect the Fins
Inspect the area where the fins are attached to the board very carefully. Pass up any boards with non-removable fins that appear to be cracking.

These things will help you save money and obtain a great deal on a used surfboard. To find out more, please contact us.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Does a Fish Belong in Your Quiver?

Fish boards are all the rave, and they should be. Some say these short, fat boards belong in every surfer’s quiver. Others disagree, but only by saying they aren't beginners' boards.

Fish boards are named because, well, they resemble a fish! They are thick, wide and short. They have a rounded nose and a large tail. Technology in the ‘70s allowed designers to go wild and short boards appeared. The first fish was hatched in Steve Lis’ San Diego garage in the middle of that decade.

The twin-keel fish surfboard is sometimes referred to as the Lis Fish. But, again, technology continues to thrive breaking new barriers from his original fish. While not really a beginner’s board, once some of the art of surfing is learned, most everyone has to try one, and it can be a great step on the way to the shortboard.

Moving on From Beginner Status
Experienced surfers will tell you that a fish is a good step up from the longboard. With weight and buoyancy, it is very easy to paddle, offering the ease of paddling similar to a longboard. But, you can also begin to work on your moves more available with the liberty of a shorter board.

Catching the Yucky Waves
One of the most respected benefits of the fish is the ability to perform in some of the worst possible waves, considered all most no waves, or weak waves. Although generally short, a fish is usually as heavy as a longboard – with that combination, you can catch the low waves not possible with other boards. Because of the length, or lack of it, you are also able to maneuver the board in a manner not possible with a longboard. So, you move faster in small waves and are able to perform tricks confined to shortboard riders.

Used fish boards are available for below $500, and that can be a good place to start. Keep in mind that fish boards vary greatly – in length and in design. At, we are always happy to talk boards with you, so give us a call, or drop us a line. We work with many designers, who can customize your board the way you want it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

How to Take Creative Advantage of Used Surfboards

Yeah, you can buy used surfboards to ride the waves or simply paddle along the ocean. But did you really think that's all a surfboard is good for? Surfing is a style, embracing the freedom of the waves and the carelessness of the rider. So why not incorporate that style into your interior design?

We'll stop you right there. Don't think of interior design as something only wealthy people can take advantage of. All it takes is a bit of creativity, and your living area can turn from a functional space into one that everyone wants to spend time in.

At this point, you may be wondering what used surfboards have to do with interior design. Or you may know where we're going: how about using a surfboard as part of your room? With just a bit of creativity and craftsmanship, you can turn it into a variety of feature pieces:
  • a corner bookshelf
  • a part of your kitchen or island countertop
  • feature art on your living room wall
  • an easy-going coffee table
  • and much more.
What makes surfboards so unique? For us, it's not just their functionality, but also their unique shape and the sense of freedom they convey. And there is absolutely nothing but a bit of creativity between bringing that sense of freedom into your home and living space. 

At this point, you might be wondering: isn't a used surfboard, when not in the water, a waste of money and a good board? That, of course, depends on the board you buy and the money you invest. At, you can find every style imaginable to get a used board both to surf, and to incorporate into your home. Contact us to start shopping.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Answering the Age-Old Question: What Should I Wear Underneath my Boardshorts?

Noting that traditional boardshorts do not contain the same mesh lining as swim trunks, many men wonder what they should wear underneath them. Underwear is not recommended for a number of reasons-instead, those who are in the know recommend going commando. 

Boardshorts Construction
Boardshorts have a unique quality in that they are fast drying. As such, if you are wearing underwear, there will be a wet layer of fabric against your skin. This leaves you more prone to developing a rash, something that boardshorts are supposed to prevent. Having wet underwear showing through dry shorts can also give the illusion that you have peed your pants.

How They're Worn
Boardshorts are designed to sit lower on your hips than traditional swim trunks. This could leave a bit of your boxers showing over top of the waistband. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but those who understand how boardshorts work will definitely take notice. Having your boxers show surely won't help you fit in with more seasoned surfers, who will likely give you a hard time over it.

Alternatives to Going Commando
If you just can't stand the idea of going commando, consider a pair of boardshorts with a built-in pair of underwear instead. This underwear is made from the same fabric as your boardshorts, and will dry just as quickly as the rest of your garment. You may also wear a swimmer's jock, which covers less than a regular jock, but will provide you with the type of support you desire.

Going without underwear may take some getting used to, but is something that is recommended any time you wear board shorts. To find a pair of boardshorts that are just right for you, please contact us.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Today Surfboard Fins Vary in Size & Numbers

Gone are the days of having only the one, original fin on your surfboard. Today, surfboard fins are interchangeable, and they can change-up your ride. You are not limited to just one, but can have a pair or three fins attached to your board.

Fin Box Types & Size
There are two different types of surfboard fin boxes – Fin Control System (FCS) boxes and Futures boxes. A fin designed for one, will not fit into the other.

Originally designed in the ‘90s, the FCS box has two plugs or tabs that are attached using set screws on the board. The older design used a key or grub screw, and this is still available, but there are also models now, where that is not required.

A truss base is used for the Futures box, with the fin fitting the length of the box. This allows for a stronger connection.

The fin size is really determined by the weight of the rider along with the size of the board, and the waves anticipated to be ridden. The heavier the rider, and the longer the board, the larger the fin size.

A single fin remains the most common on a longboard. It isn’t easy to turn on the longboard, and a single fin does not make it any easier. However, single fins are fast, and allow for stability and control.

Twin fins are better equipped for a shortboard. They are not designed for big waves, and speed up the shortboard. Twin fins make for a more maneuverable, playful board.

The thruster, or three-fin board, continues to grow in popularity. These provide more stability and control for beginners, as well as the more experienced rider. Here you also have the option of adaptability. Just because this board accepts three fins, does not mean you need to use them all. You can change up your ride depending upon the conditions, your mood, or both.

There are also quad-fin and 5-fin boards available. Quads are good for speeding up the board, and are also easier to maneuver in big surf. The 5-fin is not designed to accommodate five fins at once, but rather to allow the rider to mix and match at his discretion.

You can still get a board with a glassed-in, single fin. They are smoother and sounder to ride, however, they are less versatile – if conditions change, the board will not. And, should the fin receive any damage, it will be difficult to repair.

At, we offer a variety of FCS and Futures fins. Feel free to give us a call, or drop us a line. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and we love to talk surf and boards!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Summer Is On Its Way Out, Now Is the Time to Buy Used Surfboards

It depends on your location and the person you are talking to, but surfing may come to an end when summer passes. While you will certainly find used surfboards for sale throughout summer, you are more likely to see them after the season passes when people are determining whether to store or sell their board. If you want to catch a bargain, there is no better time than when most people have stopped surfing.

First-Timers Who Lost Interest in Surfing
Every year, people buy a brand-new surfboard to try out for the first time. It is sometimes difficult to determine whether they enjoy surfing or not until they have given it a shot on a few occasions. So, it makes sense for some people to want to sell their board after trying it out throughout summer.

People Upgrading to a New Board
Some people are caught on a tight budget and end up getting the cheapest surfboard they can find. Others have been surfing for quite some time and may be looking to upgrade in the near future. These types of people are likely to put their surfboard up for sale when summer comes to an end. It will also be easier to find boards that have been kept in great condition when you find these people selling them.

Barely Used Boards That Did Not Work
Summer is the perfect time to try out a new surfboard. But, sometimes it just does not work out. It is likely that you will come across sellers who have fallen into this particular category. There is no reason to be alarmed, everyone has a different experience with surfing, and the surfboard plays a huge role in that. For instance, a board that someone loves may be one that you do not enjoy using that much.
A lot of people sell their board once summer ends, and you can use this as an opportunity to pick up a used surfboard for yourself. Contact us if you would like to learn more or have any questions.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Importance of Surfboard Leashes

It has been a long-standing debate...whether surfers need Surfboard Leashes.

Since the 1970s, Surfboard leashes' creation has helped surfers in a multitude of ways. There are a huge amount of injuries avoided daily, due to surfers wearing their leashes. 

There are many excuses from surfing communities not to use surfboard leashes:
"Long-boarders tend to embed the spirit of "rope-less riding" in their DNA."
Here are some common opinions about not using surfboard leashes:
  • "I don't need one, I never lose my board."
  • "It's a personal choice; you don't need one if you can surf."
  • "Long-boarders should never use leashes."
  • "Leg ropes are dumb..."
The problem with the above statements is they don't accurately outline what can happen when you don't have a surfboard leash. Do you want your board distanced miles from you and lose track of it or have another surfer think it is theirs and ride it? Do you want to see your surfboard crash on rocks nearby and break apart?

The main reason it is important to have a surfboard leash is safety, for you and other surfers. If you're surfing solo, it would be good to have a surfboard leash so your board isn't lost, but there isn't the same risk as when surfing on a crowded beach day. Surfing also requires respect for other surfers who also have a love for the sport. Not having your surfboard leash can get confusing, since fellow surfers may mistake your surfboard for theirs, or worse case scenario, your board could pop up after a wave and hit you or another surfer/surfers. Just like you wear a seat-belt when driving, wearing a surfboard leash is important and necessary. Contact us about our surfboard leashes and for more details regarding how they are vital for survival when surfing our Earth's widespread seas. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Getting a Surfboard Out Of a Vending Machine

If you want a surfboard, you can usually stop by your friendly local surf shop, shop online, or even find listings for used surfboards on and offline. But what if you were given the option to buy your surfboard from a vending machine?

Recently, you were able to see a surfboard come out of a giant vending machine on Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, along with a bunch of big-ticket activity items like bicycles and inflatable kayaks. As part of a strategy to promote adventure travel in British Columbia, the agency Tourism British Columbia presented the residents of San Francisco with the large, 14-foot tall vending machine. In addition to the large sports equipment, the vending machine provided life vests for water sports, and also large postcards featuring ideas for British Columbia activities and travel.

It's a great move for British Columbia, especially since we know how great the waves are in the area. As a great place for year-round surfing, Northern BC around the Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands and off the coasts of Vancouver Island are some of the most renowned non-tropical surfing spots in the world. 

Though the sports equipment vending machine is a great promotional tool for encouraging outdoor activity in British Columbia, there's a lot more to buying a good surfboard that suits your surfing style and abilities. Before you start looking for a surfboard vending machine in your area, contact us--we can help you find new and used surfboards at a price and style that works for you.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Surfboard 101: Protecting Your Eyes With a Stylish Pair of Sunglasses

As surfers, we know the importance of protecting our skin from harsh UV rays, however, protecting our eyes is often overlooked. While lathering our arms, legs, chest and back with sunscreen is second nature, safeguarding our eyes with a pair of protective sunglasses is usually seen as a fashion statement rather than a necessity. We've compiled a list to help all surf enthusiasts better understand the benefits of wearing a pair of quality sunglasses.
  • Did you know your eyes can become sunburned just like your skin. Eye sunburn, also known as Photokeratitis, can develop after spending hours in the sun without protecting your eyes. This painful condition includes redness, irritation, and inflammation. You can avoid Photokeratitis by simply wearing sunglasses with UV protection during your surf outings.
  • Whether surfing is your hobby or your profession, you probably spend hours at the beach each week. Unfortunately, continued exposure to harsh UV rays without any sort of protection can lead to cataracts, which is a serious eye condition that can ultimately cause blindness. Like your surfboard and sunscreen, your sunglasses should be a permanent part of your surf gear.
  • Pterygium, which is also known as surfer's eye is another common condition that is caused by overexposure to dangerous UV rays. Individuals with this ailment have a growth of pink tissue on the whites of their eyes. The lesion may eventually grow over the pupil, which can lead to issues with a person's vision. Once again, simply wearing a stylish pair of sunglasses when you're out of the water can save your eyes from damage.
Sunglasses offer you not only a way to accessorize, but they also provide serious health benefits. Whether you're looking for a great pair of sunglasses or you're looking for a new surfboard, please contact us today and we'll be happy to help you find what you need.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Surfing Apparel: What's the Deal with Boardshorts?

Boardshorts are popular with both men and women surfers the world over. They're basically swim trunks or shorts, but with some added benefits when it comes to riding the waves. What kind of benefits? Two words: flexibility and comfort!

A good pair of boardshorts are a blend of cotton, polyester, and/or lycra. This blend is best for surfing because wet material tends to cling to your legs, hampering movement. Cheaper versions will be made of non-flexible materials like cotton. These won't last long if you surf or kick your legs (like when you're paddling out to meet a killer wave), and are more apt to chafe and tear. Chafing is uncomfortable and tearing can be downright embarrassing, especially since you might not notice it right away! 

Board shorts are meant to fit perfectly at the waist with extra room below to allow for maneuvering. They should be tight enough at the waist to avoid slipping, but not so tight that they'll chafe. The perfectly fitting waist part is important because if they don't, the ocean will rip them off you, effectively ending your social life!

Check out our great line of Boardshorts and all things surfing! And contact us any time you have a question about any of our products. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What to Consider When Buying a Used Surfboard

Buying a new surfboard is sort of like buying a car -- they lose some of their value as soon as you 'drive off the lot'! Still, there's nothing like a new board, but sometimes, it's just not do-able. If you're thinking about going with a used board instead, how will you know if you're getting a good deal? Here are a few things to consider when picking out a used surfboard:
  • Check the condition: Is it in 'like-new' condition, or well-used?
  • Look at the dings: How many are there? Have they been fixed? Were they professionally repaired? If fixed, were they fixed before the board became water-damaged? If not fixed, has this been figured into the price of the board?
  • Is this the right board for you? In general, long boards are for beginners and short boards are for intermediates or pros.
  • Check the dimensions: Are they right for you and your level of experience? Will it still be a decent board as your skills improve?
  • Usability: How good is the foam? Are the rails still firm or have they gone a little spongy?
If you're a more experienced surfer, you might want to consider things like the nose and tail rocker, deck shape (domed or flat), nose thickness/width, tail type and width, board construction (e.g., foam, poly, carbon, wood), etc. These details aren't as important for beginners, who can generally stick to the guidelines highlighted above.

When you decide the time is right to shop for a new or used surfboard, be sure to check out our selection at Once you narrow it down to a few choices, contact us -- we'll give you some expert guidance and answer any questions you have!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Surfboard Leashes are an Inexpensive Safety Measure

“Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world,” was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love in 1963.
“Lose your board, not so much,” was written by me, today.
There are a lot of pros for using a board leash, and, well, not too many cons - perhaps that you may not look as cool.
In a 2014 article, Surfer Today lists the following reasons a leash should become mandatory:
  • Surf leashes may save your life.
  • A leg rope will prevent your surfboard from hitting and injuring other surfers.
  • A surf cord will make you surf more.
  • Leg ropes allow you to leave the surfboard for emergency duck dives.
We have a few more:
  • Avoiding long swims after losing your board.
  • Protects your board from hitting the rocks and other dangerous obstacles.
  • Leashes are affordable.
Using a leash does not give you permission to ditch your board just anytime you want, especially when other surfers are close by. This could still be dangerous.

One nice thing about surfboard leashes is that they are not very expensive – you can always shop for more and have one on each of your boards.

Decide whether you want a leash to attach to your ankle or calf. The ankle is a bit more popular as it is less likely to be in the way when paddling. Obviously, you will want it to be comfortable, so check the padding. Consider a swivel or two, this lessens the chance of the leash getting caught up on your feet. Longboarders generally like a calf leash, as it is easier to walk the board with the leash up higher on the leg.

A thicker leash can add drag. You will want a leash that is only maybe a foot longer than you board; any longer and it, too, can add drag, and could get caught on something in the water. With use a leash will stretch. This is compounded by hard surf, so consider a replacement when one has been used a lot and stretches out.

Other than that, it comes down to personnel choice. Maybe you want your leash to match your board, or maybe you want it to contrast, so it's easy to see. At, we carry DaKine, FCS and the BIC coil leash. We have everyday low pricing and guarantee we will beat any price by at least 10%.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Get Hurley Clothes for Back to School

Don't worry, we won't make you start thinking about school just yet. We just wanted to let you know that when you start your back-to-school shopping, has all of the best Hurley fashion at the lowest prices. Our low price guarantee and our free shipping on all orders make us the place you want to go for back-to-school shopping.

Need a new backpack? We've got you covered. Hurley has a number of different styles available depending on your needs. The Hurley Mater Backpack is like the grown-up version of the backpack you had as a kid. Hurley also makes some great backpacks for women, like the One and Only Women's Backpack. This backpack has a sleeker look and more fun colors and patterns.

For other back-to-school accessories, we have a large selection of Hurley hats. From fitted to trucker hats, you can't go wrong with a hat with that beloved Hurley logo on the front. For a versatile and cute women's hat, check out this dandelion patterned hat. And for a classic men's Hurley hat, see this one in black with a fountain blue. 

Of course, aside from accessories, we carry all the Hurley apparel you love, like walk shorts, t-shirts, button-downs, tanks, hoodies, and more. So when you start thinking about back-to-school shopping, check with us at first. We have the lowest prices, the widest selection, and to top if off we have free shipping. It doesn't matter if you order one t-shirt or a $700 surfboard. For more information, contact us today.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Place For Used Surfboards

Don't you just wish there was a classy place online where you could find a used surfboard or sell your own used surfboard? Well, there is! is a place for all things surfing, from apparel, to gear, to surfboards themselves. When it comes to our new boards, we carry some in stock and for some brands we send you directly to the seller for a custom board. 

Our used boards are posted on our website directly from the seller. We vet any boards that are posted to our site. But after a surfboard is posted, we have our website set up so you can contact the seller directly. Sellers post length, a brief description, a picture, and anything else the buyer might want to know, like any damage.

Whether you are looking for a longboard, shortboard, hybrid, or stand up paddle board, you can jump on our website and browse through the available used surfboards. For more information on buying or selling a used surfboard, contact us today at

Friday, June 24, 2016

Design Your Own Smart Surfboard with Disrupt

A customized surfboard is not a new feature for many surfers, but a smart surfboard that interacts with your smartphone? That's something quite new coming from the minds of Disrupt designers. 

Based in Australia, Disrupt is releasing the world's first smart surfboard. At first glance, it looks like any Disrupt board that you can custom design using their online program. You can create a completely customized board by choosing the size, shape, tail, fin placement, and even apply your own graphic design.

The board is smart due to the new SmartSurf app that creates a connection between your board and your phone. Using the SmartSurf app, you simply tap your phone to the board, and a profile of you and your board opens up. 

The app displays the history of your board from its inception and provides a 3D rendering of its design. It even allows you to track the board back to you in the event that it goes missing. The customized surfboard is therefore registered to you for life, making it harder for your board to disappear. The SmartSurf app also allows you to check-in at various breaks, so that you can always remember (and show off) where you've surfed with your customized board. 

Having a customized smart surfboard sounds like a dream for some while others might see it as a distraction to the craft. Either way, the concept is appealing to a growing tech-centered culture, and Disrupt is connecting the sport with tech in a fun way. 

For those interested in non-smart surfboards, check out our catalog of new and used surfboards, or contact us for help and advice.