A travel bag is an essential piece of gear for surf trips and finding the right bag for your needs will keep you stoked and cut out a lot of stress. There are a ton of travel bags out there, and with so many different features, materials, and brands it can get a bit overwhelming sifting through pages of bag specs. We’ve saved you the hassle by reviewing the best of the best that we believe will be able to cover any surfer’s needs and budget. Continue reading
Firewire Surfboards is coming out firing for 2016 with a bunch of new boards, a new website and no sign of looking back. With the somewhat-recent majority acquisition of Firwire Surfboards by Kelly Slater, Slater seems to have put in a lot of effort in a short amount of time. With a bullpen of some of the best shapers in the league (Wingnut, Dewy Weber, Daniel Thompson, Dan Mann, Rob Machado, Pyzel, Nev), Firewire has announced 9 new models to round out one of the biggest production quivers in modern surfing. With Lost shapes leaving the Firewire namesake (but going to a good home with Lib Tech), Firewire picks up the slack with a variety of shapes and styles, all with Firewire’s Ecoboard Certified Sustainable Surf ethos.
It is important to note that this list of new Firewire boards do not include the Slater Designs boards which we understand will be made by Firewire, but under the Slater Designs moniker. I’m sure we will address those boards as they are released, but in the meantime we are going to break down these boards into the categories as described by Firewire. As they have yet to be ridden by us, we will hold all opinions until we get them into the water! Here’s some boards to make it even harder to decide what your next new board decision will be.
Enter to win Firewire’s latest shape, the Greedy Beaver in any of the below sizes. Made with their signature Timbertek construction, the Greedy Beaver is looking like the true all-arounder. For the short boarder looking for something during the smaller days, or the longboarder looking to cut off some length, this board is sure to suit many different riders and is being made in nine different sizes to boot. ENTER NOW!
Check out the Greedy Beaver Product Page here!
Firewire says, “The Greedy Beaver has a real shortboard feel with a compressed longboard out-line, a true crossover board with midlength retro glide and shortboard maneuverability. Put it on rail while engaging the single to double concave and large planing surface to trim effortlessly over dead sections. The beveled rail reduces the overall thickness, adding performance including rapid direction changes. Raise your wave count every session with the paddle power of the greedy Beaver while turning on a dime as you thread your way through the pack.“
Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, shaper for Lost Surfboards, and our friends at Lib Tech have teamed up and we couldn’t be more excited. Announced at this year’s Sima Surf Expo, Lib Tech will release one of Matt’s newer shapes, the Puddle Jumper, in their revolutionary waterboard construction for Spring. Also part of the collab are two retro fish snowboards.
Shown here is Marshall Alberga on the new Lost Collab.
I went down to Pacific City for a couple of days to hang out and compete in the 16th Annual Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic this past September. The comp has been going on for a while and is a rare longboard gem for the Northwest now that the Lincoln City event has been decommissioned. There’s something pretty cool about a bunch of big boards (9’0″ and up) all getting together for some surf. The competition is also a benefit to help build a skate park for the Coastal Oregon town of Pacific City. Hosted by Moment Surf Shop, and Pelican Brewery, these guys know how to throw a party.