Flush with brand identity VSTR delivers a 100% organic surf wax. Crafted from beeswax, coconut oil, wild harvested tree pitch, and essential oils. Made in collaboration with Juniper Ridge with an initial limited run of 300 bars. Available through select brick and mortars, including Brooklyn’s Pilgrim Surf + Supply and Tradesmen in Venice Beach, CA.
Expanding on the brand’s pre-existing surfboard range, Sitka introduces two pro models into it’s growing production lineup. Shaped to the exacting specifications of team riders Noah Cohen and Peter Devries, both custom designed sleds have been fine tuned to each surfer’s unique riding style. Developed for smaller and flatter days, Cohen’s “Hatchet” model rides two inches shorter and half an inch wider than a standard shortboard – allowing for added speed through the flats, with rails designed to handle steeper and more powerful wave faces. Created with contrasting specs, Dervie’s “Pocket Knife” model delivers a thinned out high performance shortboard – built for the aggressive airs, tubes and turns he’s become known for. Available direct at Sitka Flagship stores and for order at the same, both boards are offered in polyurethane ($599 CAD) or XTR epoxy ($699 CAD). Check out “Tricks of the Trade” parts I and II below for full video intros on each board.
Reflective of a lifestyle occupied with living, working and surfing in New York City, apparel brand and boutique retailer, Saturdays Surf NYC, debuts it’s highly anticipated Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Recently labeled Best New Menswear Designer of the Year, by GQ Magazine in 2012, the company broadens it’s line for the coming year with slim-fit selvedge denim, a mid-length balmacaan coat, a traditional jean jacket and a fully taped-seam raincoat. In addition to a fresh range of graphic designed slim-fit T-shirts, the 2013 Saturdays delivery introduces three new prints found throughout the collection on oxfords, esquinas, boardshorts and accessories; prints include the Paint Print, Notebook Print and Floral Print. A range of footwear, socks, hats and bags will also be featured in upcoming line. The complete Saturdays menswear SP/SU 2013 collection is expected to drop mid February and will be available at Saturdays’ three flagship stores, the Saturdays online store, MRPORTER.com, Barneys, Colette, Beams, Lane Crawford, and other select locations worldwide. Check out images from the full 2013 lookbook below.Saturdays Surf NYC
Foreshadowing what may well be a massive scene at 2012′s Billabong Pro Tahiti, the brand giant released an official video teaser, highlighting the heaviest and most dangerous wave on the ASP World Tour. Hosting the world’s best surfers at French Polynesia’s Teahupoo, the full competition will be streamed live August 16-27 at billabongpro.com. Check out the full 2:00 teaser above.Billabong, Teahupoo
Following three Miss Reef models through lush Puerto Rican jungles, the brand’s 1:05 video teaser captures sights, sounds and views from the August 2012 photo shoot-to-calendar spread. Exploring San Sebastián’s remote El Salto de la Leche Waterfall, the girls find ways to keep themselves occupied. Check out the video above and click for more on Miss Reef.Miss Reef
Ski Channel and Tennis Channel creator, Steve Bellamy, introduced his latest venture with the announcement of a third niche outlet, the Surf Channel. Intimately highlighting the world of surfing, the network postures to combine a sports channel, travel channel and lifestyle channel into one surf-centric delivery, taking viewers to the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet with top athlete personalities. Original programming, movies and contest coverage are expected to make up the the channel’s core content lineup. Scheduled to launch in September 2012, as an on-demand sports option, the channel aims to reach 20 million households via distribution deals through Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Filmon.com and a preferred channel partnership with YouTube. More at thesurfchannel.com.The Surf Channel
The latest video project from surf-apparel giant Billabong, and What Youth, Daze At Sea is a 24:22 minute co-lab surf and lifestyle film shot on location in France, Hawaii, Indonesia, California, and Australia’s Gold, South & West Coasts. Directed by What Youth’s Viktor Pakpour, the film stars Laurie Towner, Joel Parkinson, Jack Freestone, Ryan Callinan, Creed Mctaggart, Peterson Crisanto, Ian Gentil, Tyler Warren and Granger Larson. Check the movie out in full above or click for a free download.
| Soundtrack |
Intro: The Golden Filter – Mother
Selebrities – Living Dead 2011
Eternal Summers – Pogo
Light Asylum – Dark Allies
St. Andrew – Erectro
The Dentists – I Had An Excellent Dream
Beaches – In A While
Magic Wands – Space
Selebrities – Move This
Pins – Eleventh Hour
Trust – Bulbform
Credits: 2 Hearts And Chemicals – Coming Home (The New Division Remix)
Surf-news mainstay Transwold Surf introduces it’s latest film Let’s Surf Seriously at The Lido Theater in Newport Beach, CA on August 1, 2012. Timed to premiere in line with the US Open of Surfing, the film features a number of competing ASP athletes as well as a contingent of preeminent free surfing talent. Starring Chippa Wilson, Mason Ho, Dylan Graves, Benji Weatherley, Greg Long, Ozzie Wright, Nate Tyler, Matt Meola and Dillon Perillo. Check out the films 1:10 minute trailer above.Transworld Surf
The journey for a rookie on tour is never an easy one. They immediately find themselves battling more experienced competitors, new line ups, tougher judging, and ultimately themselves. High level competition, regardless of the sport, ultimately becomes a mind game… all top athletes have physical talent, but true champions emerge when mentally able to overcome the competition. Professional surfing, specifically, tests not only the athlete’s raw talent and competitive drive, but their innate ability to identify a winning wave. This became truly evident on my recent trip to France, where Stephanie Gilmore won her 5th ASP World Title. An extremely talented surfer in her own right, Stephanie’s real competitive edge comes from her expert wave selection.
In turn, watching an athlete develop their mental game, as I’ve been able to do following Lakey Peterson as she navigates her first year on the ASP Women’s World Tour, has been an amazing experience. While Lakey’s 2012 season was void of competition wins, her ability to take each loss in stride and channel it into motivation to work even harder has been captivating. It’s nothing short of inspiring any time one is able to witness an individual mentally overcome the obstacles of achieving a goal, in this case it’s a surfer named Lakey.
Below are a few photos from our latest journey in Biarritz, France. US Open is just around the corner so be sure to follow the final few heats that will decide Rookie of the Year and check back for behind the scene photos from the US Open.ASP, Lakey Peterson
Marking the sixth year of Nixon’s WTA (Winner Takes All), Australian surfer Nathan Hedge claimed 2012′s second stop title at the Billabong Pro J-Bay, as well as a one-of-a-kind $10,000 USD Nixon watch. Awarded for the highest heat score during the South African ASP 6-star event, the custom black high-polish Nixon 51-30 ‘WTA J-Bay’ Edition watch dawned Swiss quartz analog with tide function, black sunray dial, laser-etched “WTA” insignia, applied South African flag at the 6 o’clock postion, single white diamond at the 12 o’clock, and finished off with 36 white diamonds set inside the all black bezel. Check out images of the $10k watch above and video of Hedge’s winning J-Bay heat.
Nathan Hedge, Nixon
The 2012 Nixon WTA Schedule:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Biggest Air May 9-20, 2012 (WTA Winner, John John Florence)
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa for Highest Heat Score July 10-15, 2012 (WTA Winner, Nathan Hedge)
Teahupoo, Tahiti for Heaviest Wave August 16-27, 2012
Oahu, Hawaii for the Triple Crown Winner December 8-20, 2012