Surfing

UAG Buckles Up The Apple Watch

by The Editors on June 9, 2020

We surfed all winter with an Apple Watch safely tucked beneath the cuff of our wetsuit. Several times the wetsuit got blasted up our arm, leaving the watch exposed, but still attached. . . luckily.

Now that summer has arrived and we’re more likely to be surfing without a wetsuit, the Apple Watch’s post and hole band closure isn’t looking as solid as it has in the past. Though we’ve never had one fall open, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to hang it out there as a test. That’s why we were stoked to see that Under Armor Gear has added a Tang buckle to a silicone band that keeps the clean lines of Apples silicone band while adding the safety of a Tang buckle. And though the have a buckle, they still keep the strap clean, but feeding the loose end back under the band just like the Apple bands.

The UAG bands come in two styles the Scout and Civilian. The Scout is a single color band that comes in three colors (black, olive, and orange) and retails for $29.95. The Civilian features tow layers of silicone, a “branded stainless steel buckle” and  comes in two colors (black/orange and  slate/orange). It retails for $39.95.

We haven’t tested them yet, but we can say for sure that the buckle makes us feel a whole lot better about taking our Apple Watch out into the surf. We’ll let you know how it goes. For more info, please click the link.

[Link: Urban Armor Gear]

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George Floyd Paddle Out Encinitas

by The Editors on June 3, 2020

Sal Masekela leads the surf tribe at Encinitas, California’s Moonlight Beach in memory of the life and death of George Floyd.

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Late News Links From The Laggers

by The Editors on May 28, 2020


It’s not Monday, because that was a holiday. And Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday, too. Thursday appears to be the day for you and all the news we’ve logged in the last bit of quarantine. Hope you’re safe, well, and in need of some links because here they are.

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Santa Cruz Shaper Ben Kelly Killed By Shark

by The Editors on May 11, 2020

The Santa Cruz surf community is in mourning as word spread that the surfer killed by a shark Saturday, May 9, 2020  at Manresa State Beach in Santa Cruz County was 26-year-old Ben Kelly, owner of Ben Kelly Surfboards, according to a story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

On Saturday, Gabe McKenna, public safety superintendent with California State Parks, said a person flagged down a lifeguard patrolling the area to report the attack. . . The water 1 mile south and 1 mile north of the attack will be closed for five days, until Thursday.

This is the first fatal shark attack in California since October 23, 2012 when a surfer at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County was killed by a Great White shark. 

[Link: Santa Cruz Sentinel]

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Dakine Closing Hood River Offices

by The Editors on May 6, 2020

They lasted longer in Oregon than most anyone thought, but the COVID crisis is forcing everyone to make the hard decisions. Dakine is no different. They are reportedly closing their Hood River offices, laying off 39 people and leaving their roots behind, according to a story in the Bellingham Herald.

“The current health crisis, and the corresponding Oregon stay at home order were unforeseen business circumstances, and have made it financially unfeasible for the company to continue operating,” Dakine human resources director Raeanne Norberg wrote in a letter to state workforce officials.

Dakine says they are moving a couple people to their SoCal offices. Sad news for sure.
 

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The Sticky Bumps Wax Factory Tour

by The Editors on May 3, 2020

Chas Smith and Beachgrit.com go behind the scenes with our favorite surf wax company, Sticky Bumps. Turns out it’s all handmade right here in the USA. And we mean, handmade. Thanks to some recently slackened COVID-19 restrictions we may put some of the Dahl’s wax to use this week, you know, if Uncle Gavey lets us.

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Long List of Headlines From The Now

by The Editors on April 28, 2020

A long list of stories for our time this week. Some don’t even mention COVID-19. We can say that when everyone is locked up in their own homes they just don’t generate as much news. Duh! So here you go.

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Vans President Sends COVID-19 Letter

by The Editors on April 22, 2020

Vans Global Brand President Doug Palladini sent a letter to Vans employee world wide outlining the work that Vans is currently doing to support those in need. He included the Vans ‘Foot The Bill’ initiative, product donations and partnership with Hedley & Bennett to use Vans’ shoe canvas to make and donate more than 250,000 reusable facial masks.

As a brand engrained in the belief that we aren’t a shoe and apparel company but a people company that makes shoes and apparel, looking after our people has always been and will remain our top priority. This commitment rang true in March as we made the decision to shift corporate offices to remote working and temporarily closed our stores in the U.S. and Canada to prioritize the safety and health of you and all of our store associates. I am especially humbled by the fact that in partnership with VF Corp., we’ve been able to ensure that our store associates have continued to receive full pay and benefits during closures. Additionally, I want to express my personal appreciation for our distribution center associates who continue to facilitate consumer purchases from Vans.com. Their dedication to our brand is truly inspiring and together with VF Corp., we continue to implement proactive steps to uphold the well-being of our associates.

During these rough times it’s great to see good people (and brands) rising to the challenge in such positive ways. So stoked that Vans is able to do the right thing for their employees and for people around the world. For the entire letter, please follow the jump.

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Monday News From Before The Now

by The Editors on April 13, 2020

We’ve collected a monster page full of all the news that is news. We’d like to apologize in advance for all the COVID-19 stories. Personally, we been skipping the news lately as an act of self preservation, but please feel free to dive in. Hope you’re all safe and well. Really.

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Manhattan Beach Surfer Fined $1,000

by The Editors on March 29, 2020

A surfer in Manhattan Beach, California who was told not to enter the water due to LA County beach closures was issued a $1,000 fine on Saturday morning, March 28, 2020 (according to a story in the Easy Reader) after reportedly telling a lifeguard:

“F… you. What are you going to do about it,” the surfer said to the lifeguard who confronted him, according to sources who were present during the encounter.

Aside from getting a pretty swift answer to his question, he also got some waves that were still way cheaper than his first wave would have cost him at Tavarua.

[Link: Easy Reader]

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