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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ding Repair Kits | How to Fix Surfboard Dings | Ding All

So you're strapping your surfboard to your roof rack and you notice a ding, probably from your last surf session. Or maybe you have just gotten off the plane at your dream surf destination and realized that the baggage handlers were less than careful with your surfboard and there is a huge ding in your board.  How to fix dings can save your vacation or next surf session.

ding all ding repair

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Climbing with Dogs | Hiking with Man's Best Friend

by: Lauren Fry 
What most people don't know about their four legged friends is their great climbing abilities! Obviously dogs can’t harness in for a climb, but they are agile with a low center of gravity which makes them great to take on a scramble climb


Monday, July 28, 2014

Skateboarding at Alondra Park in Lawndale, California

By Rick Bickerstaff

When I moved to Los Angeles five years ago, I have to admit I was a little unsure about what to expect from LA skaters. It's a big city where the level of skating is sky high, and so I imagined territorial skaters protecting their pieces of turf in the vast concrete expanse of Southern California skateparks. To my surprise, though, I found the opposite...

Most skateparks I visit are filled with kids who love skating and love the people they skate with. But I just had a particularly awesome skate session at the Alondra Park in Lawndale, CA, and as I reflected on the sweetness that happened, I wanted to share some things that made it stand out amongst the plethora of skate spots LA has to offer.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Standings for ASP's WCT Surf Tour Through 6 Events | Medina, Parkinson, Fanning

The race for the WCT championship is heating up as the Tour heads into the second half of its schedule. Through 6 events, only 3 surfers have won a competition, and those 3 have each won 2 comps: Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina, and Michel Bourez.  

1. Quik Pro Gold Coast - Medina
2. Margaret River Pro - Bourez
3. Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach - Fanning
4. Billabong Rio Pro - Bourez
5. Fiji Pro - Medina
6. J-Bay Open - Fanning

Not surprisingly, Fanning, Medina and Bourez all sit in the Top 5 of the standings:
1. Gabriel Medina - 36,150
2. Joel Parkinson - 34,400
3. Mick Fanning - 32,650
4. Taj Burrow - 31,950
5. Michel Bourez - 30,500
6. Kelly Slater - 30,350
7. Adriano de Souza - 30,100
8. Nat Young - 25,900
9. Kolohe Andino - 22,500
10. Josh Kerr - 22,250

The title race will be won and lost in the final 5 events:
Billabong Pro Tahiti - Aug 15-26
Hurley Pro Trestles - Sept 9-20
Quiksilver Pro France - Sept 25-Oct 6
Rip Curl Pro Portugal - Oct 12-23
Billabong Pipe Masters - Dec 8-20

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Paddleboarders Beware of Weather and Wind Conditions | A Story of Caution

Here is a story of caution to all the paddleboarders out there – check the weather and the wind conditions before setting out on your next SUP adventure!

Two sisters paddled out from Tybee Island, Georgia to enjoy some time out on the water. 8 hours later, they ended up on the shore of Hilton Head Island, sunburned and exhausted.  Stormy weather hit the area where they were paddleboarding leaving them at the mercy of the storm and the wind, which blew them approximately 8 miles north, across the mouth of the Savannah River and then into the Calibogue Sound.

Thankfully, both of the women were wearing life jackets and reached shore on Hilton Head’s beaches with the help of onlookers.  Check out the map above of the approximate locations where they started and ended up...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rainbow Fins Longboard Fins | Flex Longboard Surfboard Fins

Check out our longboard fins made by Rainbow Fin Company. Rainbow was started back in 1968 in Santa Cruz, California, by a group of Santa Cruz surfers who were looking for fins to ride for their own boards and to sell to others in the surfing community. Since then, for over four decades and counting, and through the evolution of fin setups, designs and constructions, Rainbow has been relied on by surfers throughout the country and around the globe to provide them with the perfect fins for any conditions. Whether your go-to is a longboard or shortboard (or a SUP), a single, twin, thruster, quad, or five fin setup, or have FCS or Futures, Rainbow has you and your surfboards covered.

surfboard fins

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gear for a Scramble | What You Need To Take Climbing and Hiking

by: Lauren Fry
Scrambling is a middle ground between hiking and rock climbing and is a free climb. The main difference between scrambles and other free climbs is that it does not require ropes or climbing equipment and is non-technical. Just because you don’t need technical climbing gear does not mean you should go out empty handed!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Too Old for This? A Skateboard Film

By Rick Bickerstaff

Two years ago, my friend Kyle Hamilton and I set off to make a skate video to commemorate his time in Los Angeles, before moving to the more compressed big city of New York. After day one of shooting left us so sore that day two quickly became a wash, we discovered the title for our movie: "Too Old for This."

Sunday, July 13, 2014

J Bay Open Round 3 Results | Matt Wilkinson Knocks Off Kelly Slater

The swell has filled in on day 5 of the J Bay Open 2014 waiting period, and round Round 3 is on after an exciting first few days of Rounds 1 and 2.  No real surprises after Rounds 1 and 2 - all the big names were still alive: Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, and Joel Parkinson and the Brazilians like Gabriel Medina and Adriano De Souza.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kayak and Canoe Locks | Secure Your Boats with Cable Locks

If you're traveling anywhere with your kayaks or canoes strapped to the roof of your car or in the back of your truck, you should really check out our cable canoe locks and kayak locks.  I hate to say it but you really don't want to see your gear walk off!

kayak cable roof lock

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Surfing's J Bay Open July 10-21 | Gabriel Medina and Michel Bourez Top Rankings

The J Bay Open, surfing's 6th stop on its WCT, begins this Thursday, July 10 in South Africa.  It will be interesting to see what J Bay's iconic point break has in store for this year's edition of the event, featuring some surprises at the top of the rankings.

J Bay Open

Gabriel Medina and Michel Bourez, each with 2 victories in the first 5 events, sit 1 and 2 atop the leaderboard heading to J Bay.  There's hardly been a time in the past years when Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning or Joel Parkinson hasn't led the tour, and this year may be a changing of the guard.  Kelly sits near the top in third, but hasn't won any events yet.  Neither has Parko, who's in 5th, and although Mick has a win, he sits back in 8th place. 

Check out all the action live streaming at the J Bay site.   

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fading West: Music and Surfing with Switchfoot

By Rick Bickerstaff

It was another boring day at work, punching the keyboard and staring at my screen. But then I received an email about one of my favorite bands, Switchfoot, on tour to support their new album, Fading West. It turns out they wrote the album while also making a movie of the same title, so I watched the trailer and something about it put a spark in my mundane day that could not be denied.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Surfboard Storage Rack Installation | 3 Surfboard Garage Rack

By Rick Bickerstaff

What a problem! Is there such a thing as too many surfboards? Not anymore, thanks to this 3-tiered, solid wood surfboard rack that you see on the left of the "after" picture, below.