On the Oregon coast we are not known for our sunny days. It rains the majority of the year. Oregonians are used to this. A tell tale sign of a tourist is someone with an umbrella. Rain gear most of the time consists of a hooded sweatshirt, which when going about one’s daily routine suffices just splendidly! Another staple of Oregon culture is our affection for outdoor activity. With beautiful natural playgrounds like The Gorge, Bend, Mt. Hood, and of course our Pacific Coast line it’s hard to let the constant threat of rain stop you from partaking in hiking, fishing, kayaking, and all the other things we Oregonians enjoy so much! I don’t know if you have ever gone hiking in a hooded sweatshirt, but I have and even I, a native Oregonian (webbed toes and all) have decided a rain coat is very much a necessity. When shopping for a rain coat I came across the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket. It was suggested to me by many of my coworkers, and I see people wearing it everywhere. I was already interested because I know Patagonia is a very environmentally conscious company, so I went for it and bought a Torrentshell. I have never worn a jacket so much, I love it! It keeps me dry without being bulky and obtrusive, and it has a flattering cut. My favorite part is a built in pocket that you can shove the whole coat into and pack it easily (it’s the little things). So if you live in a rainy environment, and are too stubborn to let it keep you indoors I highly suggest you get a Torrentshell Jacket.
From the beginning Cleanline has had deep roots in Northwest culture and surf. We have been drinking micro brews and wearing flannel as long as anyone, and when designing our private label gear we try and get graphics Lewis and Clark would be stoked to rock. All this beer and rain creates a wonderful environment for the cultivation of art. We are truly lucky to have so many talented people walk through our lives who share our passion. Our latest Cleanline original pieces come from tattoo artist out of Astoria, Oregon. Aaron Toledo, owner and artist at Keepsake Tattoo has been tattooing in the northwest since 2002 and is an avid sailor and surfer. His passion for the sea and the northwest bleeds into his art with beauty and soul. Rocky coast lines and crashing waves surrounded by majestic fir trees are just a few things you can expect to see in the work Aaron has done for us. Get your piece of the Northwest today, with our Cleanline Owl Longboard or any of our Cleanline Eagle Apparel by Aaron.
Firewire Surfboards and FCS just committed to donating 100 boards to the Share the Stoke Foundation, an organization that gives boards to kids in coastal communities who don’t have the means to obtain a board themselves. If you have old boards that you aren’t using please take the time to consider their wonderful cause and donate.