Monthly Archives: December 2011

Well, the last week of 2011 is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about our goals for 2012. Call it ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ or maybe it’s just detailing some goals and changes for a better life, but here’s a quick list to help keep surfing healthy and happy in 2012. Happy New Year to all!

Try Something New. Whether it’s picking up the latest gear from Becker, finally trying SUP, or introducing a new element to add some interest to an oftentimes repetitive surf session, bring something new to the mix to absolutely rekindle the fire of love for the sport.

Improve Your Surf Fitness. Yes, we know fitness is always on top of people’s new year’s list, but think about it, it is always amazing when we feel healthy, strong, and happy. So, push through the sweat and tears, and challenge yourself to be in even better shape, and hence, a better surfer.

Stay Calm. Take some pointers from 11-time champ, Kelly Slater, who’s as calm as a yogi. It’s much easier to stay focused on your task, on winning, etc. if you can stay calm. As we know, frazzled nerves often cause people to fall apart under pressure, so keeping it cool will go a long way.

Give Back to Mother Nature. Every day we get the surf and the ocean, so let’s give back with a beach cleanup every so often. Set a goal of doing this 4 times a year, and join the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to get involved. You’ll feel good about making sure our planet Earth isn’t muddied with your imprint.

Be Charitable. There’s a whole host of organizations that are looking to help others out, but it can also be as simple as giving someone a wave. Imagine that gift!

Let Go of the Fear. Put your fears at bay and go for it – your hopes, your dreams, your heart’s desire. You can surf that wave, and you can be the best at it.

Start Your Day Surfing. A sunrise surf session can absolutely elevate and change your day’s outlook. It’s a glorious start to a day full of possibilities, new adventures, and new friends.

Here’s to the new adventures of 2012!

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It’s usually in December, but a lack of good swell in this “first” month of the winter big wave season has shifted the Mavericks Invitation Surf Contest window to January. Instead of beginning in December 2011, the window will now be open from January 1 to March 31, 2012, organizer and big wave surfer Jeff Clark said in a statement.

The Mavericks Invitational is a one-day, invitation-only surfing competition held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located just offshore Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay, and 20 minutes south of San Francisco.

After a strong winter storm in the northern Pacific Ocean, waves can routinely crest at over 25 feet and there’s even a claim that November 21, 2001 was a “100-foot Wednesday.” The Mavericks big-wave break, called a “voodoo wave” by Surfer magazine in 1992 is caused by an unusually-shaped underwater rock formation.

The break is amazingly awe-inspiring with massive waves, dangerous rocks, shallow reef, strong currents and frigid water, and brings surfers and onlookers from all over the world. That is why it is a winter destination for some of the world’s best big wave surfers. Very few riders become big wave surfers; and of those, only a select few are willing to risk the hazardous conditions at Maverick’s.

Here is the list of 24 invitees and 17 alternates, which includes big-wave surfers from nearby Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz to as far away as South Africa and Australia. At any moment during the three-month period, the world’s 24 best big wave surfers could be given just 24-hours notice to show up for the contest.

The invitees:

  • Chris Bertish (South Africa)
  • Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz)
  • Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz)
  • Ken Collins (Santa Cruz)
  • Dave Wassel (Hawaii)
  • Carlos Burle (Brazil)
  • Grant Baker (South Africa)
  • Alex Martins (San Francisco)
  • Peter Mel (Santa Cruz)
  • Grant Washburn (San Francisco)
  • Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco)
  • Greg Long (San Clemente)
  • Zack Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz)
  • Mark Healey (Hawaii)
  • Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz)
  • Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz)
  • Shane Dorian (Hawaii)
  • Rusty Long (San Clemente)
  • Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz)
  • Nathan Fletcher (Hawaii)
  • Matt Ambrose (Pacifica)
  • Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)
  • Ben Wilkinson (Australia)
    Kelly Slater (Florida)

The alternates:

  • Josh Loya (Santa Cruz)
  • Tyler Fox (Santa Cruz)
  • Colin Dwyer (Pacifica)
  • Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz)
  • Danilo Couto (Brazil)
  • Derek Dunfee (San Diego)
  • Ben Andrews (San Francisco)
  • Andrew Marr (South Africa)
  • Travis Payne (Pacifica)
  • Ion Banner (Half Moon Bay)
  • Kohl Christensen (Hawaii)
  • Shawn Rhodes (Pacifica)
  • Mike Gerhardt (Santa Cruz)
  • Garret McNamara (Hawaii)
  • Russel Smith (Santa Cruz)
  • Jamie Mitchel (Australia)
  • John Bowling (San Francisco)

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, cause it’s the time to load up on all the cool gear you’ve wanted all year long (or at least request it from dear family and friends). Here is our ultimate surfer’s guide to gift giving to make it a little easier to a happy holiday. Best of all, you can find it all here at Becker Surf! Fa la la la la….

Capture Your Memories
You already know the Go Pro Surf Hero Camera is rad. How else can you capture all those sick waves you’re catching? Go Pro gives you professional quality footage and audio so you can document yourself ripping in any type of conditions, big or small. It easily mounts to any surfboard in seconds and it is so light even top pros claim they didn’t notice the camera on their boards. The Batteries last over 2.5 hours and it is waterproof up to 180′. The Camera can also be used for non-surf related adventures as well, with the use of different mounting kits. Go ahead and splurge for it! Tis the season! $230.00.

Cozy It Up
For those cold winter days when you just want to snuggle in front of the fire in your jammies all day long, the women’s UGG® Cozy II Slipper is a combination of durability, warmth and style making this a perfect everyday slipper. The Cozy II is fully lined with plush genuine sheepskin and offers a beautifully detailed cuff. Absolutely warm and sumptuous. $90.00.

You Can Never Go Wrong with Socks
If your family is like most, you know that you can never have enough pair of socks. It’s pretty much a “shoe-in” and perfect for any stocking stuffer gift (sorry for the pun!). We love these Stance Wilson Socks. The men’s Stance Wilson sock features a stripe pattern and a crew sock that are way cool, and if you don’t like this design, there are so many more to choose from. Or pick them all ‘cuz as we said before, you can always use socks. $10.00.

More Surfer Gear, Please
Even more than socks, you can never have enough dope boardshorts. I mean, you’re in the water more than you’re out, right? We think these Billabong Babylon Boardshorts rock. Made of 88%recycled polyester/12%spandex, it features a 2sublimated screen print with Rasta colors, Bob Marley logos, a velcro fly with a drawstring waist closure, a X quad stretch, and a side leg pockets with a velcro flap closure. Yes, everyting is irie, mon! $68.00.

Classic, Cool Shades
There’s no better way to get the wind and sun out of your eyes than sporting a pair of uber-cool sunglasses, like these from Von Zipper. The men’s Von Zipper Wingding sunglasses features a 100% UV Protection, a base 6 spherical lens, an impact resistant polycarbonate lens, a silicone nosepads, and a stainless steel optical hinges. $100.00.

Cuz You’re A Surfer, After All
Spiff up that board of yours with performance fins and catch those waves like never before. The FCS PC-5 performance core fin set* features the resin transfer molding (RTM) which allows the performance core fins to be made stiffer with the additional benefit of reduced weight. This stiffer flex pattern allows you to push extremely hard through turns while the inside foil technology provides increased drive. Another favorite with the pros, the pc fins will suit the more powerful surfer or those wanting to push each turn to the limit. $88.00.

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Check it – let’s give our skaters some love with our ultimate skateboarder’s guide. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, cause it’s the time to load up on all the cool gear you’ve wanted all year long (or at least request it from dear family and friends). Best of all, you can find it all here at Becker! Fa la la la la….

Capture Your Memories
How else can you capture that twelve set you just ollied? Go Pro gives you professional quality footage and audio so you can document yourself landing all those perfectly executed tricks. Just mount the Go Pro using the helmet front mount and you’ll capture all the sick footage. The batteries last over 2.5 hours so go ahead and splurge for it! Tis the season! $230.00.

The Perfect Treads
Your shoes can make all the difference, and we think the DVS Daewon 12’er shoes are off the hook. Designed and tested by Daewon Song, the 12’ers have a non-slip vulcanized outsole, a custom double sided flag label, a hidden double sided flag label under heel tab, a highly flexible lasting board, and bruise control technology®. Absolutely smooth. $55.00.

You Can Never Go Wrong with Socks
If your family is like most, you know that you can never have enough pair of socks. It’s pretty much a “shoe-in” and perfect for any stocking stuffer gift (sorry for the pun!). We love these Stance Wilson Socks. The men’s Stance Wilson sock features a stripe pattern and a crew sock that are way cool, and if you don’t like this design, there are so many more to choose from. Or pick them all ‘cuz as we said before, you can always use socks. $10.00.

A Sweet Watch
The Newton Digital Watch from Nixon is made with a one piece custom injected silicone band, a patented locking looper and polycarbonate buckle. This watch is a simple, single-button toggle that goes from time to day-and-date, featuring a water resistant case up to 30 meters and made from molded polycarbonate with hardened mineral crystal. $100.00.

Cool Kooks

You’ll look good when you jump over six stairs in more ways than one if you’re sporting this ELEMENT Emerald Collection Wabash Special Fleece. It features a raw neckline, hood, and kangaroo pocket. Recently launched by Element, the Emerald Collection is a premium quality line that incorporates environmentally friendlier materials, and this super soft piece is made of 50% organic cotton and 50% conventional cotton French terry. $98.00.

Cuz You’re A Skater, After All
Make sure you’ve got the goods with a board that will give you the technical expertise and skills to perform. Sector 9’s Rasta Prism Complete 31.75″ Mini will help you get your rasta on! This mini will get you where you need to go faster and smoother than whatever you’re riding now. A classic mini from Sector 9. 31.75″ x 8.25″. $139.00. Continue reading

The Becker South Bay Surfriders Club contest, the first of the club’s six-contest series this winter, attracted over 200 surfers last Sunday at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach, CA. The entries included 48 groms (12 and under) and micro groms (9 and under).

The idea for a South Bay surf club hit Mike Balzer in 2008. His son Shane was 9 and his daughter Malia was 6. They weren’t enthusiastic about their dad teaching them to surf because they wanted to play with their friends and their friends didn’t surf. That got Balzer’s creative juices going – trying to organize a group to surf. After a year of talks with various people, the club was born. “The positive energy and vibe at that initial meeting was so strong there was no doubt the South Bay surfing community had been waiting for a club to bring families and friends together for fun and to give back to the community and protect our beaches and ocean environment. That was the birth of The South Bay Boardrider’s Club,” says Balzer, who is one of the ten original board members.

The success of that effort was apparent not only from the increase in the number of groms this year, but also by the improvement shown by returning groms. During last winter’s series, they were being pushed into wave by their moms and dads. On Sunday, they were paddling into outside waves on their own.

But, the young’uns are still learning. In the men’s open, “old guy” Ted Robinson, 48, nagged the top spot amongst his younger challengers. The former ASP pro, turned long board pro, turned big wave tow-in surfer, proved he’s not forgotten how to rip the waves.

Here is a list of the top 3 winners in each category:

Results, in order of finish. Men’s open: Ted Robinson, Kelly Zaun, Kent Nishia. Women’s open: Rachel Tominaga, Becca Rosen, Natalie Anzivino. Juniors: Kelly Zaun, Kent Nishia, Jordan Robinson. Boys (14 and under): Chris Stimpfl, Jack Rowan, Kyle Beatty. Groms: (12 and under) Sam Reichel, Cole Warner, Jeff McBride. Micro groms: (9 and under) Luke Snyder, Shane Moseley, Matt Hahn. Longboard: Tommy Ostendorf, Hudson Riche, Jiro Ikeda. Masters (40-59): Ted Robinson, Matt Walls, Warren Kushner. Legends (50 and over): Scott Daley, Mike Purpus, Derek Levy.

The E.T. SBBC contest, the second in the series of monthly contests will be on January 21st at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach.

For more information, check out: http://southbayboardriders.com/ and for a boatload of awesome photos follow these links: easyreadernews.com and more here.

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