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Innovations in surfing equipment are coming thick and fast, but not all of them catch on. The industry is buzzing with new sustainable ways for manufacturing surf products, asymmetrical surfboards seem to be making a comeback, and the foam Beater boards from Californian company Catch Surf are attracting a lot of interest. They have been around for a few years now and are becoming a staple board in many-a-surfer’s quiver, but what makes them so good?
Let’s start from the beginning. The name “Beater” is a pun really, because one of the original ideas behind the board was creating it so that it could be surfed during busy summer periods when lifeguards raise the dreaded black ball flag. While conventional hard surfboards are deemed unsafe to be in the water when the yellow and black flags appear, a soft foam board could be acceptable. And so the blackball ‘Beater’ was born, a fun surfboard perfect for small summer surf days. Plenty of buoyancy for a board with such a short length, and soft enough not to cause any significant damage to swimmers in the water if a collision occurs. The first ones did not even have fins, and no doubt were disregarded by many in the surf industry as just another surf toy that wouldn’t take off. A few years on and the Beater has progressed somewhat.
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Legendary shaper, surfer, and all-around waterman Rusty Preisendorfer is being named to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame on Friday, August 1, 2014 and it’s about time.
Nicknamed the “Stradivarious” of shapers due to his reputation for quality and innovation, Rusty was born in Los Angeles to a research mathematician (his father worked at Scripps) and an occupational therapist. He became a Windansea local at a fresh six weeks of age and eventually entered shaping during a groundbreaking era with influences that included Dick Brewer, Mike Hynson and Skip Frye. While attending the University of California at San Diego, he spent his initial stint shaping for Gordon and Smith. Exploring Australia in 1974, he garnered his first serious exposure when Rabbit Bartholomew purchased one of his 8-foot guns.
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Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson celebrate after the Final of the J-Bay Open.
Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz
It was an Australian showdown in South Africa as Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson faced off in the finals of the J-Bay Open, stop six of eleven of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championships Tour.
Fanning’s first wave of the heat earned him an excellent 9.00 for a double-barrel and powerful carves. He went on to use his polished skills to bank a second solid score and a two-wave heat total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20). Parkinson, the 2012 ASP World Champion, fought his way back into contention with rides of 7.43 and 6.17 but was still looking for 9.57 points when time ran out. Fanning previously dispatched Owen Wright (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA) and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) on route to the Final.
For the official word from the ASP including final results, follow he jump.
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Just when we were about to throw in the towel on the ASP World Championship Tour’s J-Bay Pro, we get word that the ASP’s disciplinary panel has returned their verdict on Jeremy Flores‘ apparent violation of ASP rules conduct following his Round 2 heat loss to Sebastian Zietz. Flores has been suspended from the tour until August 27, 2014.
The incident involved the athlete confronting ASP officials and event staff in an unsportsmanlike manner and resulted in the Rules and Disciplinary Committee, after completing its investigation, fining the surfer US$6,000 and suspending him from ASP competitions until August 27, 2014. As a result, Flores is ineligible to compete in both the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (an ASP Prime QS event) and the Billabong Pro Tahiti (an ASP WCT event).
Stab Magazine (which apparently still pays people to travel to surf events, watch them all day, and then write about it) described Flores’ altercation with the judges as follows:
Craig Jarvis wrote for Stab, “He came out the water bristling, and continued to bristle all the way up to the tower, where his board being thrown onto the deck made such a loud noise that it sounded like some sort of structural damage had happened. . . “Then there was a torrent of angry, abusive words aimed at the judges. Grannies tut-tutted down below, parents put their hands over their kids’ ears, and security went scrambling, eventually placating the situation. . . “As everyone watched closely the ASP closed ranks and went into a huddle. Jeremy returned. The huddle broke. It was announced that Jeremy had apologized to the ASP and that a disciplinary committee would deal with the matter. Thus ended Jeremy’s African adventure.”
Apparently passionate surfing is still alive and well on the ASP Tour. Hopefully, we’ll get to see this contest all wrapped up in solid surf over the coming days. For the official word from the ASP, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The end of July means one thing in Southern California–the US Open of Surfing. And one of our favorite events at the US Open is the Globe movie premiere. Globe always puts on the best premiere parties.This year their premiere of Strange Rumblings In Shargri La is going down in Long Beach, California on July 31, 2014 and if you can get there, we highly suggest being there. For more details on Strange Rumblings, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Yeah, Taj Burrow and us have something in common–we both like getting our tail pads right. And now, Taj is handing over his tail pad (leash and board bag) needs to the crew at Modom.
“I’m so stoked to be riding for MODOM,” says Taj Burrow. “They’re even bigger hardware geeks than I am! I fit right in. I like my leggies to be perfect and I’m really fussy with board bags as well, which you have to be when you lug them around the world as much as I do. But it’s my tail pads I really get excited about. I love getting my tail pads right and I love the feel of them under your feet when you do.”
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The summer heat getting your wound up? Let photographer Chris Burkard and his crew of frozen surfers (Patrick Millin, Brett Barley, and Chadd Konig) cool you down with a little Arctic Circle surfing.
The bitterly cold seas and wind exact a large price on their minds and bodies, but the reward – adventure, amazement, and self-knowledge – draws them closer together and pushes them to tackle the next frontier in surfing.
We feel cooler already.
Thought you just did the Agenda Show? Oh no, you’re not done yet. The best Agenda Show, at their new NYC Javits Center North location rolls out Monday and Tuesday, July 21-22, 2014 and there is still time to register.
Agenda:NYC occurs twice a year during New York Men’s Market Week. During this week, a total of seven trade shows take place and the city is inundated with thousands upon thousands of men’s fashion buyers, media and tastemakers. One of the more intimate gatherings in scale, the Agenda:NYC show takes place in the heart of Manhattan, and hosts around 250 brands across roughly 100,000 square feet.
Want to know more? Click the link and be enlightened.
[Link: Agenda NYC]
Ryan Burch builds it and rides it. But that means he also spends a lot of time in the sun and it’s apparently why he wears a nice pair of Spy Alcatraz sunnies.
. . . a young pro surfer that not only shapes his own equipment, but questions and pushes design to new, truly unique places. Often seen anywhere from Cardiff to Bali riding anything from homemade 9’6″ logs to a 4′ block of foam, take in the intricacies surrounding Burch’s love of board design and reeling point breaks over a pot of jet black java.
And now we know.
Our experience with SN2 reactions is why we’re typing this and not gluing in your latest piece of dental work. But luckily for us, the crew at Chemistry Surfboards has more than made up for our lack of knowledge with this little Chemistry Experience.
The Chemistry Experience is a quick journey into what we are and who we are by highlighting our various signature products and the many faces who use them. We continue our pursuit to provide like minded people the products needed to uphold the lifestyle. The look and feel may be the same but the “Experience” is always different. . . Surfers: Cheyne Magnusson, Mike Gleason, Willie Smith, Will Reid, Thomas Clarke, Jason Bennett, Saxon Boucher, Todd Prestage, Pat Schmidt, and Chris Abad.
Now it all makes sense.
[Link: Chemistry Surfboards]