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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Surfing and Camping in Big Sur, California: Andrew Molera State Park

I recently had a chance to do some surf traveling in Northern California and scored at Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur!  My trip started out in San Francisco, where we got a few days of surf at the Beach, then cruised south, stopping in Santa Cruz, and then on to Andrew Molera.

surf camping in California

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Waxing Your Snowboard: Why and How-to Guide

By: Brad McNally

Many snowboarders (myself included) are maintenance nuts. For several reasons, I always try to do work to my own equipment, and one of those is completely monetary -- it costs less to do it at home than at the shop. 

Another reason is that you get to have more control over what happens to it, and the experience is rather rewarding. Just as there is a good feeling when you are driving a car that you worked on yourself, there is a good feeling when you hit the slopes on a board that you have done the maintenance on. 

Waxing your board is a simple process and it is really easy, but it can be intimidating to a first timer. The wax will help you go faster over the snow, but it also will protect your board and keep it lasting longer.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Biking and Camping the Pacific Coast: Washington, Oregon and California Bike Camping Tips

By Megan Maxwell
This past summer, I went on a long-distance bike trip through Washington, Oregon, and California. I had always wanted to see the Pacific Coast, but I needed to be frugal with my money. The best way to save money and make my bike trip a reality was to camp along the way. I kept my tent and other camping gear in my panniers and pedaled my gear down the coast.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas | Stocking Stuffers for Surfers, Paddleboarders, Snowboarders and More

Looking for a great Christmas, Hanukah or other holiday gift this year? has some great stocking stuffers for the surfers, skateboarders, paddleboarders, skiers, snowboarders, bikers, kayakers and wakeboarders in your lives!  Reasonably priced gifts that are unique and thoughtful to make your loved ones smile!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowboard Art | Display Your Snowboard Deck Art!

When you first look at a snowboard in a shop, or online for that matter, you often see them categorized in one of a few ways. Typically, this is by if the intended use is freeride, or deep powder use, or any other various type of board. After that, typically you can search by size. But the big thing that every customer sees is the graphic on the board...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ski and Snowboard Boot and Gear Bags | Christmas Gift Ideas for Skiers and Snowboarders

As the winter snow season revs up, make sure you've got ski boot bags and snowboard boot bags on the checklist for your next winter trip.  We've got a bunch of different varieties of ski and snowboard boot and gear bags so you can find exactly what you need - whether it's duffel boot bags, backpack boot bags or wheeled rolling boot bags - we've got it.  And don't forget - they make a great Christmas present for the skiers and snowboarders in your life!

ski boot bags

Friday, November 14, 2014

Introduction to Snowboard Boots and Bindings | Binding Types, Widths and Angles

snowboard boots
Snowboarding, like most sports, can be extremely enjoyable. To the casual observer, it can also seem extremely simplistic in respect to gear. Those that have looked into starting may notice how expensive most gear actually is, but also realize that you can find good products that are much more affordable. One of the biggest costs for many riders is the board, but boots and bindings come in close behind. 

Knowing what works well for you is important, but much like clipless pedals on a bicycle, you do buy a “system” and that will determine what components you use. 

In this post, we will look at the two most common types of binding/boot systems and how to set them up on your board.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Skateboard Decks and Mounts Bundle | Customize Your Skateboard Art

blank skateboard decks to decorateWhether you're a skateboarder, artist, or both, we've got just what you need to complete your portfolio of skateboard decks / artwork.

Our bundle of 5 blank skate decks comes with 5 wall mounts - turn the decks into works of art and mount them in your house as the perfect skate-inspired decoration.  Customize them however you want to fit any room in your house, or turn your art skills into a business by decorating the decks and selling them online.  Make a great Christmas present for the skateboarder or artist in your life.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tips for Surfing Trestles | How to Score one of California's Best Surf Breaks

By Rick Bickerstaff

surfing trestles
bikes, boards, bags: all good for Trestles
 My first full summer in Southern California, a friend told me about a mystical and elusive spot known as Trestles, at least that's how it sounded to me at the time. Somewhere in San Celemente, you had to walk a long path through the bush to get to the rocky, but worthwhile break with amazingly long rides that my informant claimed was where he learned to pump. Sounds good to me! I've been, and it lives up to the legend (minus the mythical and elusive part), so I thought I would provide some tips in case you want to visit this famous surf spot.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Snowboard Travel Bags: Hard and Soft Snowboard Cases for Winter Travel

Got a big excursion planned this winter?  Whistler? Vail? Stowe? St. Anton?  You gotta have the right gear to get your snowboards there, and we've got the snowboard travel cases you need.


hard plastic snowboard travel bagThe Sportube Snowboard Travel Case is made out of High-Density Polyethylene which makes it strong but lightweight. The hard plastic shell offers superior protection over a soft bag and creates a shield around the equipment protecting its contents better than a nylon bag. The hard shell plastic doesn't tear and is resilient to dings and bangs. There are no buckles, zips or permanently attached straps to get ripped, torn or broken. So it will hold up better and last much longer than a soft bag. Some airlines will only take liability for skis and boards packed in a hard case, soft bags may require a signed liability release! Not this Sportube hard case.

We also have a variety of "soft bag" snowboard travel cases.  The features and price points on these cases range - whether you want a standard, zip case to carry a single snowboard on a weekend jaunt, or whether you want a heavier-duty, adjustable length, wheeled snowboard travel case for the trip of the winter. 
soft snowboard travel bag

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What is the Right Size Snowboard for Me? Choosing Your Snowboard Dimensions

There are a lot of things that can happen if you use equipment that is the wrong size for your build. For example, it can go terribly wrong. Just think of a child riding an adult sized bicycle; they can’t touch the ground when they stop, they can’t reach the handlebars to steer, and they wobble around until they fall over. It can also go well. Imagine an adult sized person on a child sized BMX bike. It can be more responsive and they can have great control over every aspect of how the bike moves, allowing them to do some amazing tricks. The same could be said of snowboards, but the size issues come down to mere centimeters along the length and could make all the difference between having a good day on the slopes or not. Here are a few factors that can help you find the board best suited to your needs.
snowboard dimensions

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tips for Set Waves | Where to Sit in the Lineup to Catch Waves, not Wipeouts

By Rick Bickerstaff 
Have you ever been sitting in the lineup and waiting for a set when, out of nowhere, a giant bulge of water comes at you like a miniature tsunami? You're in line for a normal set, but this is something different, breaking farther out and bigger; and so you have to make a split-second decision to either paddle and beat the wave, or sit and duck dive six feet of white water, a real life choose-your-own-adventure.

set wave surfing
Standout approaching! (photo: @jinheejoung)