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 Traditions Surf Contest Recap

Traditions Surf Contest - La Push, WA
This year I went up to checkout the Traditions event in La Push, Washington. Four and a half hours north on 101 from Seaside, it was a journey well worth it. La Push is a beautiful stretch of coastline on the North Washington Coast and Olympic Peninsula, and it turns out they have a pretty rad beach break too. Lib Tech has been sponsoring this event for the last two years and North By Northwest has been a key organizer and sponsor for many more years. Not only was there a surf contest on Sunday, but also a ton of prizes raffled off, and a salmon feed(check out the pictures) that was definitely the best bonfire salmon I have ever had.

La Push Traditions Salmon Feed

It turned out to be a foggy day(all day), but the surf showed up, along with the competitors and a handful of spectators. With a $50 entry fee for each of the 32 entrants, first place received a $1000 price, 2nd, and 3rd got a smaller amount, and proceeds went to the the local surf camp. Competitors traveled from far and wide, including Oregon, Washington, and Australia to enter this event. It’s the biggest and fastest growing surf contest on the Olympic Peninsula no doubt. Check out the results below.

RESULTS:
1st – Johnathan Grubbs – Lib Tech Shredder and Waterboard Craftsman.
2nd – Blair Habenicht – Lib Tech Snow Shredder.
3rd – Sam Holmes – Australian Wild Card, guy came outta nowhere!

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Thanks to Lib Tech, NxNW, and the local Quileute Tribe for making this event possible(and feeding everyone some amazing salmon), and hope to see an even bigger turnout next year!

Check out some photos below, and apologies for the out of focus shots I took!

All Non-Blurry Photography by Maya Dooley.

Fall 2013 Rip Curl Wetsuits Overview

fall-2013-rip-curl-wetsuits

It’s Fall again, and here at Cleanline Surf have just received our big shipment of Fall 2013 Rip Curl Wetsuits, and we are really excited about this years new line! For Fall 2013 Rip Curl has added the latest upgraded neoprene, E4 Neoprene, to their entire wetsuit line, including the entry level Dawn Patrol Wetsuit. The new super stretchy E4  Neoprene is 20% Lighter than E3, warmer, and more flexible than ever. In the 2013/2014 Flash Bomb Wetsuit and other suits that use the exclusive Flash Dry Lining, Rip Curl has upgraded to E4 Flash Lining, boasting 30% more stretch and 20% reduced weight. For those who don’t know Flash Dry Lining is already super insulative and comfortable, not to mention it dry’s in 15 minutes when you turn your wetsuit inside out. The best just got better. As with every new year, there are new colors, and they are bright! Check them out in the gallery below.

E-Bomb Pro Zip Free Wetsuit

What really has us excited though, is the new E-Bomb Pro Zip Free 3/2 and 4/3 wetsuit. Taking the most flexible wetsuit in the industry, upgrading it to 100% E4 Neoprene and removing the Chest Zip. What more can you ask for? Some people have been asking us if it is hard to get in and out of without the zipper, and we have to say, it really isn’t any different that last years E-Bomb Pro when it comes to getting in and out of it, and it is a lot easier than the zip free wetsuit attempts made in past years.

E-Bomb Chest Zip Wetsuit

If you’re looking for something more sturdy, but still flexible then checkout the new E-Bomb 3/2 or 4/3. This suit finds the middle ground of flexibility warmth and durability. Upgraded this year with 100% E4 Neoprene, Fully Taped with E4 Tape, and also feature E4 Action Panels, this is the next level up for Rip Curl’s E-Bomb series.

Dawn Patrol Wetsuit

The 2013 Dawn Patrol is still one of the best bang for the buck wetsuits out there. Available in 3/2, 4/3, and 5/3 thickness in both back and chest zip styles. Upgraded with E4 Neoprene in Key Performance Panels and Flash Lining in the back panel for extra warmth, this series is lighter, warmer, and more flexible than ever.

In with the new, out with the old!

We need to make room for all these 2013 wetsuits and we still have some 2011, and 2012 wetsuit that are on sale at insane prices! Check out our wetsuit sale over at the online shop!

11 Days of Lib Tech Demos

Lib Tech Surfboard Demo

If you’ve been missing out on the hottest new tech surfboards on the market don’t worry! Now through July 30th Cleanline Surf has a fleet of Lib Tech Surfboards for demo! If you haven’t heard of the Lib Tech boards, then check them out. Made locally and environmentally friendly the Lib Tech Surfboard line is in its infancy yet making waves in the surf industry no doubt. These demos are at no charge and available to anyone with an ID and a Credit Card to put down a deposit. Check out the list below to see what we have. If you’re heading here from out of town, give us a call to see what isn’t already out for demo.

Lib Tech Boards For Demo Until July 30th

 

5 Best Selling Surf Booties for 2013

Best Surf BootiesSurf Booties are one of the most important pieces of gear a surfer wears. To and from the beach your feet need to be protected against rocks, barnacles, and anything nature can throw at you. When you’re out in the water, your feet being the part of your body that is in the water the most, need to be protected from the cold. In the end you need something that will hold up to a beating, keep you warm in the coldest conditions, and feel comfortable when you wear it. Here is a list of our top selling best surf booties along with a brief run down on the features each boot has. If you are looking for sizing information check out our custom made wetsuit boot size chart. In the end if would like to talk to us about the best surf bootie for you, please don’t hesitate to call us and one of our expert staff can help you find what will work best for you.

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The 6 Best Hooded Wetsuits for 2013

Top 6 Hooded Wetsuits 2013When it comes to hooded wetsuits, the staff here at Cleanline Surf are experts. Most of the year a wetsuit with a hood is a necessity here in Oregon. Here we are, a few months into 2013 and we’ve had a lot of time to think about the Fall 2012 wetsuits. We’ve heard your praise, as well as criticism for the different wetsuits we carry and taken that into mind. Also, we’ve had personal experience with many of these suits while surfing in the cold waters here in the Northwest where it takes a top notch wetsuit to stand up to the coldest elements in mid winter. These are all high end wetsuits. I’m not covering the entry level wetsuits that come with detachable hoods. I’m not going to cover features like key pockets, and drain holes. This is strictly a brief rundown on the major features and benefits of these suits. With that said, here are the top six cold water hooded wetsuits for 2012/2013, in no particular order.

For the updates for 2014 Hooded Wetsuits, check out the post for the Top 6 Hooded Wetsuits of 2014.

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