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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2019’s Best 4/3 Hooded Wetsuits

2019s Best Hooded 4/3 WetsuitsWith wetsuits getting warmer every year, surfers are looking to the lighter and more flexible 4/3 Hooded Wetsuits to replace their heavier 5/4’s. We now have the luxury to choose from a wide range of 4/3 wetsuits with hoods, so which one should you get? We spend a lot of time in the water testing wetsuits, and a good 4/3 with a hood can work well in the Northwest where water temps often hover around 50 degrees. That said, here’s our rundown on a few staff and customer favorites.
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Gifts for Surfers: 30 Awesome and Affordable Gift Ideas

Surfer Gift Guide

There are a lot of toys out there that Surfers are interested in, and a lot of them are out of the price range for your average gift. Surfboards can run over $1000 and wetsuits can run as much as $600. To make it easier to come up with gift ideas we have procured this short list of Awesome and Affordable Gifts for Surfers.

Christmas Shoppers Look No Further. Everything listed in the below guide is available for sale at our online surf shop as well as our two retail locations. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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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