Shark Tracking and the Future of Surfing


Mary Lee’s trip up and down the east coast, then out to Bermuda.

Over the last few months there has been a lot of talk about the recent tagging of sharks on the east coast.  For the first time in history you can now follow sharks as they swim the vast oceans from the comfort of your home computer, laptop, or mobile device.  What effect does this have on surfing?  Surfer Mag has an article with talk of surf spots with half the crowds on days where rumors of the 3500 lb Great White Mary Lee were circulating.


Mary Lee – The 3500 lb Great White recently tagged off the east coast

It’s funny that some people will take this as a way to feel safer when surfing.  Now people know where the sharks are(at least some sharks), and when they’re nearby surfers will stay out of the water(or become ill, injured, or maybe the surf won’t be “good” that day).  Others will be glad that on days when the sharks are swimming around their surf spots the lineup may be significantly less crowded.  Either way it will be interesting to watch this unfold.  Hopefully someday shark tagging will come to the west coast, I bet we have the biggest sharks.

MARY LEE – Biggest Tagged Great White

How Sharks Are Tracked

Ando Rides Futures


Craig Anderson joins the Futures team, yeeew!

“…to be honest though..I don’t really know much about surfboards and fins, but I know what feels good under my feet so…I usually ride the Machado’s in my shortboards and they feel pretty good and solid…”

Back Zip vs Chest Zip: Poll Results

Last month we asked our Facebook Fans, Newsletter Subscribers, and people visiting our Blog a question:

Which zipper type do you prefer in a wetsuit, Back Zip or Chest Zip?

Back Zip vs Chest Zip Poll/SurveyNot surprisingly the amount of people preferring Chest Zip Wetsuits was more than double the people who preferred Back Zips.

Check out #7 in our Misconceptions About Wetsuits article for more on the Back Zip vs Chest Zip debate.

Why do you like the zipper type you like?  Let us know in the comments section below.

Quiksilver Cypher Challenge – Surf Film Contest

I like what Quiksilver is doing with their Cypher Challenge.  Three teams of two surfers, each from a different part of the world, along with there choice of film maker.  The result?  Three completely unique, and radical mini surf films for your enjoyment!  Check them out below then head over to Quiksilver’s Website to vote for your favorite, if that strikes your fancy.

TEAM USA: Balaram Stack , Chase Wilson & filmmaker Pat Myers

TEAM CANADA: Raph Bruhwiler, Nico Manos & filmmaker Jeremy Koreski

TEAM LATIN AMERICA: Cristobal Del Col, Ramon Navarro & Filmmaker Rodrigo Farias

Futures Fins: Spotlight

Futures FinsFutures has been around since 1996 and has grown to become one of the most popular fin systems in the world.  Innovating on all fronts with things like colored fin boxes, the elevon quad fins, and their new fin tree coming to a Cleanline Surf near you, as soon as we get it(Stay tuned for news on that).  Check out the tour of the Futures Fins headquarters by the owner of the company himself in the video below.  Looks like a rad place to work.  Makes sense that the product coming out of there facility in Huntington Beach, CA is constantly innovating and pushing the envelope of what’s possible with fin technology.