Real Rubber Wetsuits From Patagonia

by The Editors on August 19, 2016


Patagonia is making us feel bad about our old wetsuits and we don’t even know why exactly. Apparently, their new Yulex wetsuits are the first suits ever to be made from natural rubber and that is reportedly better for the environment and just as good as neoprene. Here’s why:

. . . because the main polymer is produced in trees instead of factories, using natural rubber reduces the CO2 emitted in wetsuit manufacturing by up to ~80 percent. The FSC certified rubber is blended with a small amount of chlorine-free synthetic rubber for increased ozone and UV resistance, and to meet Patagonia’s rigorous demands for durability and strength. The Yulex process also removes over 99% of impurities, resulting in a nonsensitizing material.

If you’d like to help reduce your own carbon footprint (while rocking a cool new wetsuit) you might be interested in one of Patagonia’s 21 new offerings. For the official word and all the details, please follow the jump.
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Group Y 10th Anniversary With Ryan Kingman

by The Editors on August 4, 2016


Group Y will be celebrating 10 years in action sports and youth culture with a special gathering Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. The event kicks off at 6:30 PM at SeaLegs At the Beach with food, drinks and a speaking appearance by Ryan Kingman, President of the newly launched Villager Goods coconut water.

“It’s incredible to see how Group Y has grown over the past decade with the support of the sports and entertainment industry, world renowned athletes and creatives, our dedicated marketing partners and the media.” says Mark Sperling, Group Y co-founder. “When we started back in 2006 there was a huge need to create a forum that would allow this community to come together to share ideas and experience that would grow the industry and address the uniqueness of youth culture programs and products. This night will be about sharing stories, creating new ideas and saying thank you.”

We know it seems like the Vans US Open of Surfing just ended yesterday, but it’s time to get back out in the mix. You’ve had enough time to recover, but then who are we to talk. For the official word from Group Y including all the details, please follow the jump.

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Skateboarding, Surfing In For 2020 Olympics

by The Editors on August 3, 2016

tokyo_2020_olympics_logo_detailThe 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will be the first Olympic games to feature skateboarding (street and park) and surfing according to an announcement today (August 3, 2016) from the International Olympic Committee.

Professional skateboarder and ISF athlete representative, Neal Hendrix, said: “I’m excited to be the athlete representative on the Tokyo 2020 Skateboarding Commission. It is really important to me that skateboarding culture is fairly represented and protected on this global stage, and I hope skateboarders worldwide will be proud of the show that the best male and female skateboarders in the world are going to put on in Tokyo in 2020.”

International Surfing Association President Fernando Aguerre, who once said he would fight for surfing’s inclusion in the Olympics even if it meant waiting until every current IOC official had died of old age, was understanably ecstatic:

“After decades of hard work and dedication we are absolutely thrilled that Surfing will officially join the Olympic Sports Program at Tokyo 2020. Our Olympic dream has now become a reality and on behalf of the entire Surfing family I would like to express our sincere thanks to the IOC and Tokyo 2020 for their pioneering vision in making this historic decision possible.

Other sports added in the announcement include baseball/softball, and sport climbing. For the official words from both the ISF and the ISA please follow the jump. More details as the arrive.

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Weston-Webb, Toledo Win 2016 Vans US Open

by The Editors on July 31, 2016

2016 Vans US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, California

The Vans US Open of Surfing, the world’s largest action sports festival, wrapped up on July 31, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California with Tatiana Weston-Webb and Filipe Toledo winning the women’s and men’s event in three to five foot surf at the Huntington Beach Pier.

Weston-Webb claimed her first elite Championship Tour victory today by taking out Malia Manuel (HAW) in a tough Final at Huntington Beach. The win sees earned her 10,000 points and advanced her two places to 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard. . . “To be honest, I had a tough week last week because I lost out in the first round of the Supergirl Pro QS event,” said Weston-Webb. “I just wanted to get my confidence back up. I knew I had a tough draw here in Huntington, especially going against Courtney (Conlogue). She is at her home court and she is so amazing out here. After beating Courtney I got a lot of confidence. I had to surf the Final against my fellow Kauian Malia (Manuel) and she has been ripping all event.”

Toledo was equally happy about his QS win.

“I had an amazing week and this win is for all my family, friends, and fans that support me so much,” Toledo added after his celebration. “Competing against Ethan (Ewing) in that final was so crazy, he absolutely rips and know he’s poised with for a big year with his Ballito result and this runner-up. This wave is one that I’m super comfortable in, growing up on beach breaks like this my whole life and now living down the road it just feels like home to me.”

For the official word from the content company that produced this surfing event please follow the jump.

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2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships

by The Editors on July 29, 2016


The International Surfing Association will host 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California, for the second consecutive year, December 8-11, 2016. The confirmation of the second edition of the event highlights the ISA’s commitment to the development of Adaptive Surfing worldwide.

For the official word from the ISA, please follow the jump.
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Metal Neck II: The Bangover Trailer

by The Editors on July 25, 2016

It’s nice to see that the corporate surf film has not killed the genre off entirely and that Orange County dereliction remains entertaining. . . even after all these years.

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Vans US Open of Surfing Is On

by The Editors on July 25, 2016


The biggest beach party in the world is kicking off this week at the Huntington Beach Pier with stop six of the women’s championship tour with with Round 1 of the Vans US Open of Surfing.

“The men’s QS Round 1 will run at 7:30 a.m. this morning and then we will run the women’s Round 1 at 11:30 a.m.,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. “It is a beautiful day in Huntington Beach and the waves are looking fun. We are excited to see the opening rounds kick off. Best of luck to all the competitors.”

If you’re interested in watching the guys and girls surf live, please click here. For the official word from the Vans US Open of Surfing including all the details, please follow the jump.

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Coco Ho Is A Supergirl Pro X 3

by The Editors on July 24, 2016


Coco Ho blasted past Malia Manuel in the finals of the 2016 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at the Ocenside Pier on Sunday, July 24, 2016 to claim her third Supergirl title.

“It’s all a whirlwind!” said Ho, whose win earned her a third iconic Supergirl cape, and her first since the contest became a QS6000. “I’ve never really been labeled as consistent and to be able to prove that wrong with a third win is my biggest milestone.”

Laura Enever finished in third. For the official word from the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, please follow the jump.

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Mick Fanning Bites Back At J-Bay

by The Editors on July 16, 2016

Mick Fanning winning the jBay Open.

Few know what it’s like to survive a shark attack, but Mick Fanning lived through it last year at Jefferys Bay. That’s why it’s all the more amazing that he was not only able to make the final this year (against 2 John Florence), but able to put all those thoughts of being hit by a shark behind him and focus on the task at hand. We don’t think we’ve ever seen anything more gnarly.

“It’s definitely a very different feeling this win,” said Fanning. “There was a real emotional build up coming back here this year. That Semifinal with Julian was really special and it was wonderful to have a heat with him again. Definitely some emotions went into it paddling out and it was just really special having a surf with him out there and both of us come in safe. I’m stoked that I got to come back and right the wrongs that happened last year. I’ve done that now so I can move on.”

We can say this — we’ve never, ever been more stoked for the three-time world champ than we were today. For the official word from the entertainment business that produced the stage that allowed Mick Fanning to perform, please follow the jump.

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Surfer Paddles Into Nude, Dead Man

by The Editors on June 15, 2016


Shane Jones was out surfing Huntington Beach, California’s Dog Beach yesterday (June 14, 2016) when he cut out of a wave and started paddling back out only to find a body floating in the water, according to a story in the Orange County Register.

Jones, a Garden Grove surfer and maker of Jonesea wetsuits, jumped into action when he saw the body. . . He paddled up to him and tapped the man’s head three times, each time with no response. Jones, who was a junior lifeguard growing up, said his instincts kicked in to get the man to shore. . . “I grabbed him and started charging toward the surfline,” he said. “He was lifeless. I saw his eyes, they were glazed over and blue. I had to get him to shore.”

Easier thought than done seeing as the man weighed close to 300 pounds. Eventually, Jones got the man to shore with some help. Authorities still have no idea who the man is. For the details, please click the link. And yes, we’ll be spooked every time we paddle back out for weeks.

[Link: OC Register]