About Matt Gabriel

Matt is our chief blogger here at Cleanline Surf. He has an extensive knowledge of wetsuits, surfboards, and other surf gear and rides the products he writes about. When he isn't blogging he's answering your questions on the phone, packing up your brand new suit, or out in the water testing new gear.
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2013 Wetsuit Sale

Sale Wetsuits 2013It’s that time of the year again to blow out our wetsuit inventory!  For a limited time we will have a large selection of our Men’s Wetsuits, Women’s Wetsuits, and Kids Wetsuits on sale at discounts up to 40% OFF!

Sale Highlights

Wetsuit brands included in this sale are as follows:

This sale has no specified end date.  We will end it when we sell enough of our wetsuits, so get it while the getting is good!

REMEMBER:  Our Sale Wetsuits section on our website always has a great selection of deals year round.

Firewire Surfboards: Technograin

Firewire Technograin Surfboards

Available in spring 2013, Firewire’s new Technograin surfboard construction is a fresh and more eco-freindly way to make a surfboard.  The new boards will be made from Paulownia wood, a tree species that can grown up to 20ft in its first year, and a popular source of sustainable wood.

From Firewire:

Technograin represents a significant step forward towards the holy grail of any product designed and manufactured in today’s environmentally conscious world.  While by no means sustainability built, Firewire’s Technograin has by far one of the least toxic and smallest carbon footprints of any commercially available surfboard today.

And perhaps as critical when it comes to your equipment, the combination of a lightweight EPS Core, a sustainably-grown wood deck skin on both the top and bottom decks which includes Firewire’s proprietary parabolic rail construction  and an entropy bio-resin hot coat without any exterior cloth, creates an extremely light weight, durable surfboard, with all of the high performance flex characteristics of Firewire’s existing technologies.  Or as we like to describe Technograin………..It’s simply high performance art.

Chuy Reyna Technograin

For their first run it will be available in both the Spitfire and the Baked Potato models.  The Spitfire is a performance hybrid that performs well in knee high to overhead surf.  The Baked Potato is a great board for mushier waves with less juice, from ankle biters to head high waves, this board can hold its own.  Both boards have a five fin setup for either quad, thruster, or funky configurations.

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Kepa Acero in Antarctica

Kepa Acero in Antarctica

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, Kepa Acero is leaving to Antarctica to scout out surf spots, and become the first European to surf on the continent.  The photo above was posted on Kepa’s Facebook yesterday.  Wearing his Patagonia R4 Wetsuit in water under 2 Degrees Celcius.  Seems like insanity, but then again, the R4 is the warmest suit on the planet.  Here is a video/interview of them departing.  You can follow Kepa at his Facebook Page, or on his YouTube Channel.