Albee Layer pulls the first documented alley oop 720 on a surfboard. I say ‘”documented” because who knows if someone has already done it and not captured it on film. Without film it’s fiction right? This video is part of The Isle series starring Matt Meola and Albee Layer.
Kohl Christensen, Dan Ross, Aaron Gold, Ben Wilkinson, and more paddle in to Jaws on the island of Maui making one of the best paddle in sessions in the history of Jaws. Patagonia has the full video below. Check it.
Ice. I immensely dislike snowboarding on ice. I traveled all the way to New Zealand last year and the first thing on my list to do upon arrival was snowboard. I paid to rent gear, and as I am totally spoiled on my gear from working in board shops for the last 6 years, this was extremely painful. Yes, I ended up with slightly soggy boots, that no matter how small you go down in size are STILL somehow too big, bindings from 1987, and a board that is cap construction. Then I headed to the front desk of my hostel and spent almost $200 on a lift ticket. I gritted my teeth and tried to look at the big picture: snowboarding in New Zealand! I geared up and headed to the hill. When I got there I was blown away by the lack of lines and amazing facilities, but there was sooooo much ice.
This, at home, would be no problem seeing as I have a Gnu board with the Magne-Traction that cuts through ice like nobody’s business. In Oregon ice is everywhere, but I have overcome it by riding my Gnu. It grips and holds turns in conditions that even the Titanic would go under in. Unfortunately for me this was NOT the board I had. I took 5 runs with no problems, but on my 6th run I took a turn on some of that dang ice stuff and my board flew out from under me. Don’t worry; I caught myself, with the back of my head. After cleaning up my yard sale and taking a couple more runs with a headache, I retired to the lodge for some delicious Chai. If you want a board that will help you perform in adverse conditions I highly suggest the Gnu B-Nice with Magne-Traction to kill the threat of ice and Banana Action for floating through pow; it really is a very diverse board. It’s great for an all-mountain rider, a park rat, and even a lady just starting to get her mountain legs under her. Gnu also makes all their boards in the U.S.A. So tell Jack Frost to get bent and ride a Gnu board, or bag it and hang out in the lodge, because New Zealand has the BEST Chai of any place I have been thus far.
Setting sail with a small crew from Ushuaia, Argentina on January 4th, Kepa Acero aims to be the first European to surf on the continent of Antarctica. He’ll be bringing his Patagonia R4 Wetsuit no doubt! Check out the video, and stay tuned for news of his return.