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Bootleg – Joel Tudor – Full Length

Bootleg – Joel Tudor – Full Length

Here is a really cool video of So. Cal. surfers Joel Tudor and crew make a killer surf film and its here for Free!

Lots of Scorpion Bay, San Diego, some Bu and other So. Cal. spots.

 

 

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1 minute long tube ride!  Skeleton Bay

1 minute long tube ride! Skeleton Bay

Ok its on a boogie board but its still a nice ride.  Its on a wave in a secret location in Namibia called Skeleton Bay.

Here is the link to Grind TV for the full story:

http://www.grindtv.com/surf/blog/50942/bodyboarders+skeleton+bay+tubride+reveals+namibias+precious+gem/

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Vans and IMG commit to US Open!

Vans and IMG commit to US Open!

Vans and IMG partner to sponsor for the US Open of Surfing for then next 3 years.  This years event is scheduled for July 20th- 28th.

The U.S, Open has been the largest surf contest / party / action sport competition over several decades.  The event rolls into Hunting Beach California each year and literally consumes the down town area with booths, sponsor events and bikini’s.   Its a chance for everyone who has an interest in seeing the best surfers in the world compete at an easy to get to location.

The surf contest is held on the south side of Huntington Beach Pier.  On the beach there are motor cross jumps, skate pools and a multitude of tents with venders showing their wears.  Over the past few years the title sponsor has gone from OP in the 80′s to Honda / O Neill  to recently Hurly / Nike.  Nike has since abandon its attempt to capture the elusive surf market.

The sponsor question has been hanging out there ever since Nike picked up their toys and went home.  It will be good to see a “core” brand sponsoring the event for the next few years.

Here is what the Vans website is posting about this big move:  http://www.vans.com/news/item/1797111/vans-and-img-sign-multi-year-partnership-prestigious-us-open-surfing

 

Let us know what you think about this.  Does a sponsor matter to  you?  Will it influence you to go buy another pair of Vans?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bruce Irons now flying the Fox flag!

Bruce Irons now flying the Fox flag!

Long time Volcom team rider Bruce Irons has left “The Stone” and is now riding with Team Fox.
Fox has been a huge motocross and bmx brand from way back in the 70′s.  Recently the brand is showing they are serious about surfers seeing and relating to “The Fox Head” in contests, on surfboards and on the beach.  Not only have they signed one of the largest names in the business but they are moving much of there corporate head quarters from Morgan Hill to Orange County.  They are expanding their surf wear and now with this it seems Fox has laid their cards and money on the table in the sand.
Bruce Irons has been with Volcom since his grom days and has been a big Wooly (Richard Woolcott) supporter his whole career.  However, in the new world we live in with corporate buy-outs and companies making hard decisions its not uncommon for athletes to make the same tough business decisions with their sponsors.

Look for this on the nose of Bruce’s boards soon.

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Written by  |   http://blog.swell.com/surf/bruce-irons-leave-volcom-signs-with-fox/
Photo by:    http://grant-ellis.blogspot.com/2010/10/bruce-irons-portraits-2010.html

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Brown Microwave Television, Sunflower & The Imaginary Carpet Market

Brown Microwave Television, Sunflower & The Imaginary Carpet Market

Are you looking for a retro-modern, cool-kid board with lots of cache? This might be good place for you to look for your next board. Or, you can go check out this great collection of boards by Alex Knost and Elli S Ericson.  With the selection they shaped you could get a nice quiver with a couple of single fins, a twin fin and a longboard you’ll be set.

They are on display / for sale at The Garage in Encinitas and its by appointment only.   Here is some info:

A TEMPORARY INSTALLATION BY
ALEX KNOST, ELLI S ERICSON
AND jACK COLEMAN.
NOV 9TH – DEC 9TH
THE GARAGE 1055 SOUTH COA ST HWY
ENCINITA S, CA

It is really cool to read the descriptions and influences of all the boards that these guys shaped.  Hearing how they modified certain styles and boards   of the past to fit their style and waves they are riding really gets you thinking about what to consider before getting your next sled.

Here is a few related links:

Ellis Ericson’s blog:  http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/ellis-ericson

Alex Knost BMT:  http://brownmicrowavetelevision.tumblr.com/

Jack Coleman Photography: http://www.jackcolemanphoto.com/

Download the full price list, photos and descriptions just click below:

ImaginaryPriceList

 

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Gato Heroi Daily Driver Review

Gato Heroi Daily Driver Review

Had the chance to ride a Gato Heroi Daily driver for a couple of weeks. This board has been floating around So Cal for about 1 year and so the story goes is that it was Robby’s personal board and he had taken the extra time to re-sand the rails after the board was glassed. When you feel the rails you can feel the difference it does seem that they have been fine tuned.

The board is 9’6″ x 21 x 2 3/4″” x 14″ tail and like 17″ or less nose. The knifey rails are turned down and regulation hard in the tail. So the ride of the board is fast and whippy. This board rode the high-line on the wave better then any other board its size. Although you can’t call this board a noserider it’s not impossible to get 5 on the nose.

The one critique to this board is that is was a bit slappy on some waves. With its length, relatively thin rails and narrow outline gave the board a ton of flex. This could be great for cleaner conditions but if you get into some less then perfect waves it slapped. Which again is not a big deal but something I noticed.

Fast turns by sinking the pointy tail where fun and effortless. It did give you the Robbie experience of surfing which is really cool.

So if you see this or any other Daily Driver up for grab it if you want a board that can handle a bunch of different conditions this could be a good call.

Here are a couple of pics to check out:

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