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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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Pipeline Responds To Being Cut Short

by The Editors on December 15, 2014

It’s so easy to sit back and talk smack about a call that someone else made. That’s why everyone does it. Here is Surfing Magazine’s video jab at Billabong Pipeline Masters event organizers for calling the contest early yesterday (December 14, 2014) just moments before the Pipeline roared to life with some scary, bumpy ass monster barrels. We have no opinion, we’re glad Surfing Magazine was there to get it all on video and share it with us.

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Urban Boogie Sliding With Chris Cote

by The Editors on December 12, 2014

While the West Coast super storm may have kept some Southern Californians indoor the morning of December 12, 2014, it did not keep surf media personality Chris Cote in his cube. No! He ventured out to revive the old sport of kings: urban boogie sliding. Yes, Robert Siegel, this is what your listeners are up to on a stormy Friday morning.

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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 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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2014 Billabong Pipeling Masters Is A Go

by The Editors on December 9, 2014

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The 2014 Billabong Pipeline Masters In Memory Of Andy Irons kicks off today (December 9, 2014) with eight heats of the invitational trials. First in the water will be Keanu Asing, Kalani David, Danny Fuller, and Shane Dorian. And things are looking good:

“We’ve got amazing waves this morning and a really good forecast coming up,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. “We’ll have some light winds this afternoon but right now it’s firing out there. It’s triple overhead and there’s some really crazy barrels so we are on. We’re running the Men’s Pipe Invitational today and everything is on the line.”

For the official word form the ASP (WSL soon) including full Round 1 heat match-ups, 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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12 Days Of Gifts Day 8: Smith Marvine

by The Editors on December 8, 2014

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They were stylish back in the day and now Smith Optics has brought the Marvine back again for some modern, retro flavor. In fact, these shades are guaranteed to make you look 15-20 IQ points smarter. And we all know people who could use the gift of intelligence this holiday season.

Buried in the vaults of Smith’s sunglass archive for decades, this iconic circular frame has a distinctive round shape and vintage curves. Drawing from all the elements expected of traditional design-simplicity, quality and craftsmanship, the Marvine is an authentic blast from our historic past. Proudly paying homage to generations of free-spirited, creative, and thoughtful intellectuals.

We like ‘em in matte tortoise with polarized brown lenses, however, the Marvine comes is six different color ways and look just as good on girls as they do on guys. The Marvine’s retails for $119 and you can buy them right here.

[Link: Smith Optic]

12 Days Of Gifts Recap
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 7: GoPole Selfie Stick

by The Editors on December 7, 2014

Gopole Reach

This just might be the perfect gift for the snowboarder, skateboarder, or surfer on your list who just can’t get enough of themselves (Narcissus, photographer?). Who doesn’t want more rad footage of themselves ripping it up? And that’s just what the GoPole Reach Selfie Stick delivers. The GoPole features a GoPro camera mount on one end and a no-slip rubber matrix grip on the other. It can be extended from 14 to 40 inches long providing the perfect distance for almost any selfie video. Shreds simply grab hold of the Selfie Stick and go. Built into the base of the pole is a ¼-twenty threaded insert that allows for an attached wrist strap or tripod mount for those times when 40 inches is just way too close. It even has a removable wifi remote clip that makes starting and stopping the camera one thumb click away. The Reach Selfie Stick retails for $54.99 and can be purchased right here.

[Link: GoPole]

12 Days Of Gifts Recap
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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Sunset Delivers For Vans World Cup

by The Editors on December 3, 2014

Sunset Delivers

Sunset came alive today and so did Dusty Payne as he edged ASP world title contender Gabriel Medina in the Round of 64 at the Vans World Cup of Surfing.

Payne, 26, was electric, opening the 30-minute heat with an outrageous under-the-lip late airdrop, followed by a string of high speed, carving turns. His wave selection was flawless and proved to be the distinguishing factor between him and Medina; Medina’s waves being substantially smaller and thereby limiting his scoring potential. Medina’s final scoreline was 12.17, for a 6.5 and a 5.67, compared with Payne’s 8.17 and 8.0. . . “It’s always nice to compete with the top dogs,” said Payne. “Beating Gabe doesn’t really mean anything except I get to cruise to the next round. It doesn’t really mean much. I was just looking to go and try to get two fun waves. I’m just having fun and the waves keep coming, and I just keep smiling. It’s fun!”

For the official word from the ASP and complete results from the round of 64 please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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