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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Lib Tech Surfboards Available For Demo – Plus Some Swell!

We just added two Lib Tech Surfboards to our demo fleet this week and just in time for some good sized swell to test them out in.  It is $25 per day to demo boards, but if you end up buying one we will put that money towards the board.  Check out the boards listed below, and the surf report.  Get some!


Lib Tech Waterboard Ramp Series – 5’7″

Lib Tech Waterboard Bowl Series – 6’0″

Oregon Surf Report


Future Fins – New Thermotech – White Composite

Future Fins - New Thermotech - White

We just received our first shipment of the new Thermotech White Composite Fins from Futures.  The new styling colorway is available now online in the F6, F8, AM1, and AM2.  Check out our entire selection of Futures Fins over at our online store, or come into one of our shops located in Seaside, and Cannon Beach, OR.

Futures Thermotech AM1 White

O’Neill Wetsuits New ‘Technobutter’ Neoprene

Technobutter - O'Neill Wetsuits

From ONeill.com

Technobutter is O’Neill’s new, exclusive, and most advanced neoprene ever.  In the same spirit of innovation as previous O’Neill industry firsts, such as the patented Z.E.N. Zip closure, Double Fluid Seam Weld, Triple XDS-Air neoprene, and SuperSeam Weld technology, this new material boasts a 17% lighter formula with 30% less water absorption, and is the quikest drying neoprene on the market.

We are stoked to finally get our hands on the new Fall 2012 Winter 2013 O’Neill Wetsuits in with the latest innovation from O’Neill.  The new Technobutter tech can be found in the new Psycho I 3/2 and 4/3 Wetsuits which are in stock now in select sizes.  Stay tuned as we’ll be getting more in the weeks to come.

7/27/2012 UPDATE:  New Psycho 3 Wetsuits with Techno Butter are in stock now!


ESPN.com Interview with Mike Olson


ESPN.com Mike Olson Lib Tech Surfboards Interview

There’s an awesome interview over at ESPN.com about the new Lib Tech Surfboards.  There is also some great video of our shop in Seaside the day the boards were delivered, along with some other local footage including surfing down at Shortsands.

From ESPN.com

On June 21, Lib Tech co-founder Mike Olson made the drive from Mervin Manufacturing to the Cleanline surfshop in Seaside, Ore., to personally deliver the first batch of Lib Tech Waterboards. It was a big day for Olson, for a couple of reasons. You see, he used to work at Cleanline, as their ding-repair dude back in the early 1980s. You could say that’s where he got his start.

Check out the full article over at ESPN.com