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Nixon + Surfline = Smartest Tide Watch Ever

by The Editors on December 19, 2014

We’ve often given our friends at Nixon grief for the fact that all their watches really do is tell time. And time of day really isn’t all that important of a metric when compared to all the other data points we use to run our lives. Sure the SuperTide kicks down a great overview of the tide, but in the era of truly smart watches, all most Nixon watches had going for them is they looked good and kept the proper time. With the launch of their Nixon UltraTide all that is about to change. This new Nixon tide watch delivers up to the minute Surfline tide, swell, wind, and weather data directly to the wrist.

Using advanced technology to take surf watches to an entirely new level, Nixon and Surfline’s goal in creating the Ultratide was not to change the way people surf, but rather give surfers more information and to deliver it in real time so you’ll never not know. . . . The Ultratide – unlike virtually every smart watch out there today – has no pesky cords required to sync or charge. Syncing with your smartphone via Bluetooth delivers the most accurate and up-to-date surf conditions directly to your wrist. This is not predicted information… this is real time with 10 live data points including creating custom surf alerts for the spots you want and the conditions you like. Browse the entire Surfline network of spots – over 2,700 and growing – and select your favorites. Set up custom alerts for each spot, and The Ultratide will make sure you never miss an epic session again.

Sounds like this watch is going to be a serious surf watch killer. The only bad news — it’s not out in time for Christmas. We’re all going to have to wait until “early spring,” well after the Apple Watch has dropped. Not to worry. From what we’ve heard the Apple watches aren’t even waterproof. For the official word from Nixon and Surfline, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Last Minute Gifts: Jeff Curtes’ Chasing Epic

by The Editors on December 19, 2014

Chasing Epic

As the principal photographer for Burton Snowboards for 10 years, Jeff Curtes has had access to the world’s best snowboarders and the skills to capture them at their finest. Many of the photos Curtes has shot during that time have been collected in the Ammo books oversized, hardcover edition Chasing Epic: The Snowboard Photography of Jeff Curtes. The 15 inch by 11.5 inch book includes 96 pages and an introduction by Jake Burton Carpenter himself. This collection of images makes the perfect gift the the snowboard on your list. And if you hurry you might just be able to get a copy before Christmas. Click the link for more info (or check Amazon.com for and even better deal.
[Link: Ammo Books]

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Last Minute Gifts: Mission Belt Co

by The Editors on December 18, 2014

Mission Belts

It is getting down to the wire. If you weren’t paying attention when we listed out our 12 Days Of Gifts and you didn’t take action on any of those ideas, not to worry. We’re still rocking this gift game and the good news is you still have time to help the one you love hold their pants up with a rockin’, totally adjustable belt from Mission Belt Co.

Mission belts don’t have holes. They have a ratchet systems that allows for a perfect fit each and every time they go on. And better yet, you’re not just getting high tech leather belt, you’re also helping to end world hunger. Mission Belt Co. gives one dollar from the sale of each belt to the micro lending site Kiva.org.

For each Mission Belt sold we contribute a dollar into a Kiva fund that then gets lent out to borrowers in developing countries who are seeking money to support their small business operations. We’re not talking about expensive factory equipment or a new tractor, but rather what we might consider a relatively cheap income producing asset, like a cow that produces milk, or a few hundred dollars worth of supplies that can be resold for a profit. In this way, our Mission isn’t just satisfying people’s immediate needs, but giving them the means for an improved standard of living that will last the rest of their life.

So with this gift, you’re holding up someone’s pants and helping to change the world through local economics all at the same time. And, if you order a belt by noon mountain time on December 19, 2014 (that’s tomorrow), you’ll get the belt by Christmas and everyone’s happy.

[Link: Mission Belt Co.]

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12 Days Of Gifts Day 12: Lib Tech Air E Ola

by The Editors on December 12, 2014

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Mervin Manufacturing co-founder Mike Olson is the mad scientist (click here to watch the video) who is almost singled handedly responsible for every major advancement in ski and snowboard construction and design over the past 30 years. There are too many to list here, however, the good news is that for the past decade Olson has turned his ground breaking design and construction intuitions to surfing. This has resulted in a top secret, US based production facility that is creating some of the most durable, environmentally safe surfboards ever produced. Olson calls them “waterboards.” Here are few of the features:

100% closed cell foam won’t absorb water… won’t rot; more durable: Lasts longer, less dings, less boards in landfills; recycled foam core: up to 50% recycled content in blank, blank scraps all recycled, elimination of hazardous resin systems, non ozone depleting blowing agent, Basalt fiber: no additives, no boron, no solvents except water; no paint brushes, no sandpaper, no tape

If you’re thinking about giving the gift of surf this year, then the Air E Ola is the perfect board. It features a “freedom of choice” five-box fin system, a concave deck and grab rails for better edge grip. It comes in lengths from 5’5″ to 6’3″. The Air E Ola is a durable, environmentally friendly, performance shortboard that will change your surfing life. For real. The Air E Ola retails for $725.96 and can be purchased right here.

[Link: Lib Tech Waterboards]

12 Days Of Gifts Recap
Day 11: Academy Propa-Camba Snowboard
Day 10: Boosted Electric Skateboard
Day 9: Freewaters Scamps Flips
Day 8: Smith Marvine Sunglasses
Day 7: GoPole Reach Selfie Stick
Day 6: Vans Jamie Lynn Sk8-HI
Day 5: Dakine Ally Pack
Day 4: SOL Republic Relays
Day 3: Spy Bravo Goggles
Day 2: Stance Wittlake Five-Toe Compression Socks
Day 1: Byrd Dopp Bag

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12 Days Of Gifts Day 11: Academy Propa-Camba

by The Editors on December 11, 2014

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We’ve ridden a lot of snowboards over the years and the truth in 2014 is that they’re all good. Companies have to try pretty hard to make a bad snowboard these days. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift snowboard it might as well be from a company run snowboarders. And it should have good graphics and proper name. Broken bottles won’t hurt either. Right? Because broken bottles and Dr. Suess are dope and always will be. If you’re already headed down this road on your Flexible Flyer gift sled then there is no reason not to throw Academy Snowboard’s “award-winning” park charging Propa-Camba on back and take it home. Here are a few reasons why:

The name of this board says it all, Proper Camber! Traditional camber never went away and this board proves it. This board has so much snap to it, even the graphics pop. You will like it here and there, you will like it everywhere. You can hit a box or ollie a fox, this board is top notch. A true twin deck with tip to tail wood core, giving the board a consistent feel no matter which way you ride it. The Propa-Camba has a mellow camber to give you that ollie power but still torsionally soft so you can get HAM on any feature whether in the streets or the park. Designed by Chad and Ryan Tarbell, this board is built to last.

There. They said it. Sounds like just the right board, right? The Propa-Camba retails for $395.95 and can be purchased right here.

[Link: Academy Snowboards]

12 Days Of Gifts Recap
Day 10: Boosted Electric Skateboard
Day 9: Freewaters Scamps Flips
Day 8: Smith Marvine Sunglasses
Day 7: GoPole Reach Selfie Stick
Day 6: Vans Jamie Lynn Sk8-HI
Day 5: Dakine Ally Pack
Day 4: SOL Republic Relays
Day 3: Spy Bravo Goggles
Day 2: Stance Wittlake Five-Toe Compression Socks
Day 1: Byrd Dopp Bag

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12 Days of Gifts Day 10 A: Perfect Bar

by The Editors on December 10, 2014

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While the mouse dissolving, caffeinated, carbonated, high fructose corn syrup tour may want to you think otherwise, all athletes know that you’re only as good as the food you put in your body. That’s why a box of Perfect Bars makes the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season. With some Perfect bars the next time your giftee heads out for an all-day shred, they can slip a Perfect Bar in their pocket or backpack. Then, when everyone else is headed in for lunch, they’ll keep charging while snacking on an all-natural, gluten free, and non-GMO snack bar that’s loaded with good stuff (and not one single bit of refined sugar). It’s a difference they’ll noticed from the first bite.

The bars are available in seven flavors including: lite cranberry crunch, lite almond acai, carob chip, fruit and nut, peanut butter, almond butter, and vegan almond coconut. And, while each has a slightly different flavor profile, with the exception of the lite flavors all of them pack in about 300 calories. The lite cranberry crunch and lite almond acai use puffed crisp rice to keep the calorie count in the 200 range. In addition, more than twenty superfoods such as kale, spinach, celery and others are hiding inside the bar in a powdered form.

With all that inside, it’d be easy for the bars to taste like a dirty hippy smells, but they don’t. Instead, the bars taste like fresh peanut butter or almond butter mixed with a little honey and milk—because aside from all those ground up superfoods that’s basically what they are. Though we would have liked to see one or two flavors of the bars sporting a influx of oats for a slower-release of carbohydrates on a sustained effort, for the most part the Perfect Bar really was just that.

Sure they seem simple, but after a few weeks of eating a Perfect Bar for lunch the shreds on your christmas list will be hard pressed to go back to any pre-packaged energy bar that they’ve eaten in the past. You can find Perfect Bars online for about $20 for a box of 8 (or 20 bite-sized minis) at shop.perfectbar.com or in the refrigerated aisle of your local health food grocer.

[Link: Perfect Bar]

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Supra Adds Mexico City To The Mix

by The Editors on December 10, 2014

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Supra Footwear has opened a flagship retail store in the heart of Mexico City’s historic Colonia Juarez neighborhood. This new store joins other flagship locations in Paris, NYC, Santa Monica, and Tokyo.

“As Mexico’s capital city, opening a store here makes perfect sense in securing a longtime home for SUPRA,” said SUPRA co-founder Scott Bailey. “Since we started this company some of our most ardent fans have been from Mexico, so we look forward to nurturing that relationship as the brand continues to grow globally.”

For the official word from Supra (including comments from Chad Muska) follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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12 Days Of Gifts Day 10: Boosted Electic Skateboard

by The Editors on December 10, 2014

Boosted Dual

Sometimes skaters are just lazy (especially longboarders). Maybe his holiday season someone you know just doesn’t feel like pushing it any more and would rather stand around on their skateboard. If so, Boosted Longboards has answer in the form of a Bluetooth controlled electric skateboard that can cruise along at 20 miles an hour. With a power output of 1,500 watts, this high tech longboard can blast up a 20 percent grade with no problem. The brains in the electric motor make this one of the smartest skateboards ever made. Onboard sensors deliver what Boosted says is “unbelievably smooth” power and when the brakes are applied the skateboard regeneratively charges up the batteries automatically.

The Boosted Dual board features a Loaded brand bamboo deck, a wireless Bluetooth remote, Caliber trucks, a rechargeable Lithium Iron Phosphate battery, and Orangatang In Heat wheels. It weighs 15 pounds and has a range of about six miles. The Boosted Dual Electric retails for $1,299 and can be purchased right here.

[Link: Boosted Boards]

12 Days Of Gifts Recap
Day 9: Freewaters Scamps Flips
Day 8: Smith Marvine Sunglasses
Day 7: GoPole Reach Selfie Stick
Day 6: Vans Jamie Lynn Sk8-HI
Day 5: Dakine Ally Pack
Day 4: SOL Republic Relays
Day 3: Spy Bravo Goggles
Day 2: Stance Wittlake Five-Toe Compression Socks
Day 1: Byrd Dopp Bag

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SPY + The Seventh Letter + Dabs Myla

by The Editors on December 9, 2014

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Spy keeps the artist collaboration goggle rolling with a new goggle produced in cooperation with The Seventh Letter and Dabs Myla.

Crafted by the master painting duo dubbed Dabs Myla, the couple lent their cheeky illustration style to the Platoon in their own distinctive way by smothering it in America’s favorite pastime—hot dogs and donuts.

For the official word from Spy, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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12 Days Of Gifts Day 9: Freewaters Scamps

by The Editors on December 9, 2014

Freewaters Scamp

Freewaters Scamps have become our go-to flips for the rare occasions when we venture outside without proper footwear on. The Therm-a-rest footbed (yes, the same as those sleeping pad for backpackers) is comfortable, stable, and grippy when wet (which is a good thing). Plus, there is no leather so the vegan flip-flop wearers on your list will feel right at home. Plus, they seem to last forever. The Scamps come in all black and olive and orange and retail for $36 and can be purchased right here.

[Link: Zappos]

12 Days Of Gifts Recap
Day 8: Smith Marvine Sunglasses
Day 7: GoPole Reach Selfie Stick
Day 6: Vans Jamie Lynn Sk8-HI
Day 5: Dakine Ally Pack
Day 4: SOL Republic Relays
Day 3: Spy Bravo Goggles
Day 2: Stance Wittlake Five-Toe Compression Socks
Day 1: Byrd Dopp Bag

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