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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O’Neill Pyrotech Wetsuit Review – Technobutter is Sick!

O'Neill Pyrotech Wetsuit Review

Yep. I have to say that Technobutter Neoprene is the by far the best thing I have seen from the wetsuit industry this year. I’m waiting for this suit(or the Psycho 3) to win wetsuit of the year. It’s funny because I haven’t heard a lot of hype behind it, but it’s awesome. For the past few weeks I have been wearing the Pyrotech 5.5/4 Hooded Wetsuit, and it honestly is so lightweight and flexible it feels like a 4/3. Being a tall and lean guy(5’11″ 157lbs) I fit the O’Neill suits perfect. I’m wearing a size small because this thing is that flexible. It pretty much feels like a second skin, and is extremely comfortable.

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2013 Flash Bomb Wetsuit Review – The Best Really Did Get Better

Flash Bomb Wetsuit Review

For Fall 2013 Rip Curl has brought the new and improved E4 Neoprene into their entire wetsuit line, including the two time SIMA Award winning Flash Bomb Wetsuit. This suit is available in four thickness covering water temperatures in the low 40′s up to the mid 60′s. Here is a rough break down of the temperatures for each thickness. Keep in mind everyone has their own preferences on how warm they need to be, and other factors like air temperature and wind play a role in how warm you stay in your wetsuit.
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Fall 2013 Patagonia R4 Wetsuit Review

2013 Patagonia R4 Wetsuit ReviewI have been pretty psyched on the upcoming Fall 2013 Patagonia Wetsuits for a while now, and I recently got my hands on a new 2013 Patagonia R4 Wetsuit. This is my first wetsuit from Patagonia and so far I am extremely impressed with the quality. It’s hard to explain, but it just feels better than any other wetsuit I have worn. I am talking about the first impression when I had the suit in my hand and felt the neoprene, and new external seam seal. The new neoprene is soft, and the liquid seams appear sleek and sealed to perfection. Anyways, that’s what I think about the suit out of the water. Read on to hear my initial thoughts after a few sessions in new Patagonia R4.

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Futures John John Fins Available Now

john-john-florence-futures-signature-finThe new 2013¬†John John Florence Futures Fin is here! Before going into the performance aspects of this fin, I just want to say that it is one of the sickest fin graphics out there. Each fin has it’s own unique graphic, but as a whole they are truly a work of art. These fins are based off of the F4 TechFlex John John grew up riding, but lately he has outgrown them so he started developing something a bit bigger, and more tailored towards his surf style. The results…a medium sized light weight fin that balances drive and release for optimal control. Check out the 10 point air from this years ASP event in Bali. John John was no doubt riding a prototype of these fins in that contest. After over a year of testing the fin is ready for the public, but the question still remains….are you ready?


2014 Billabong Foil Wetsuit Review

Billabong Foil Wetsuit ReviewThe Billabong Foil Wetsuit for Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 is in, and this year there are a couple of added features that make the suit an even better value than ever. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this suit, it is the entry level wetsuit from Billabong and comes in under $200 in all thickness, making it one of the best entry level wetsuits on the market to date. In the past Billabong included a detachable hood with this suit in the 5/4/3 thickness. This year they have added a new 5/4mm wetsuit to the line and upgraded it with a fully integrated hood and chest zip, adding warmth by reducing the likelihood of the suit flushing. If you are in a cold water region like the Pacific Northwest where the water temperature is generally in the mid 50′s, then there really isn’t a suit that will beat this new 5/4mm Foil Wetsuit with an attached hood. At least not at such a low price. The Foil is also made in a 3/2, 4/3, both in back zip and chest zip. All Foil wetsuits are the same except their thickness, and zipper type with the exception of the Foil 3/2 Flatlock which is a steal for only¬†$120 due to the lack of GBS seams.
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