We’ve always been very pleased to carry OluKai Sandals in our stores. They make a durable, comfortable product that always leaves our customers satisfied. We also greatly respect and love their commitment to giving back. This holiday season Olukai has partnered up with Project Save Our Surf and the New York Surfrider Chapter to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief. They donated $85,000 worth of shoes to victims and also helped with financial support.
“Everyone at OluKai has been deeply moved by the aftermath of Sandy,” said Cara Hockersmith, OluKai Project Lead for Sandy Relief Efforts. “We are grateful to be able to take local action with our partners Project Save Our Surf and New York Surfrider.”
OluKai’s giveback philosophy is a deep part of the brand’s DNA and marked by a continual commitment to partnering with organizations actively pursuing Mauka- and Makai-initiatives (protecting the land and ocean). Additionally, OluKai has built a legacy of support with meaningful events such as their annual Giveback Day, during which the company closes its doors and joins a local cause – such as Project Save Our Surf and Inside The Outdoors for wetlands and ocean conservation and StandUp for Kids to raise awareness and supplies for homeless and street kids in Orange County, CA.”
Support a wonderful company with a great mission this holiday season by giving a quality pair of footwear from Olukai.
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.
Pro Surfer. Make that Pro “Free” Surfer. Dave Rastovich lives the dream. It’s easy to be envious. Here’s a guy who seems to have it all. For some, that would be enough, so it’s wonderful to see him giving back by helping us realize, as surfers, just how blessed we are to be close to nature and how important it is for us to look after, not destroy the ocean and its creatures. Dolphins, whales, and sharks are being systematically killed by the thousands each year by selfish irresponsible people who seem to have a total disregard for the impact they are ironically placing on their own well-being and the well-being of future generations.
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.
Patagonia has just announced their new Big Wave Self-Inflation Vest. A vest designed specifically for surfing the biggest waves on the planet. Input from big wave surfer Kohl Christensen and a team of researchers at Patagonia are ensuring this is the best big wave vest out there. Check out the video below. Currently there isn’t any word on when these will be available for sale, but we should have them as soon as they are over at our Patagonia Wetsuits page.