This weekend was the final stop in the Revolt Summer Surf Series. The contest was held down in Pacific Beach at the Crystal Pier. If you have never been there it is nuts! It almost reminds me of a Venice Beach type vibe, the town has every type of person you can imagine on hand.
The waves were not exactly firing but the boys were making the most of the conditions thats for sure. Taking home the big win and the new Aviso was crowd favorite Eric McHenry. Eric is an amazing surfer and a bitchin guy in general so I was super stoked to see him pull it off.
After the contest we rushed up to La Jolla to visit our good friend and shaper Tim Bessell. Tim is always a blast to be around. He is a great shaper, sick artist, and really a wonderful all around craftsmen. You can always stop by his shop right behind 7-11 near Wind-n-Sea to check out his lineup. He took us down to pick off a couple before dark and we had a blast!
I rode the 5`9 RNF 08 and even though its a lot bigger than what I would usually ride ( the 5`5 is an all time favorite of mine) it was amazing. The quads just drive you through your turns with so much speed. Once you lock in your turn its over. Everyone got there fair share and we decided to retire back to the pad and leave Tim to enjoy the rest of his evening!
Check out this update we just got from our man Alex over in Europe…
“The European continent is coming into autumn, its best time of year. Here in France the sandbanks are good, the mornings are cold and the waves have been pumping. The WCT started yesterday. Kelly did his normal trick against Tim Boal in the first heat of round 2, knocking the Frenchman out. Tim will be on the WCT next year so he should get his chance for revenge. As a lot of people pass through for a piece of the famed French beach breaks, Ian Battrick has been seen blowing up on his Doc Lausch Aviso’s with some magazine exposure for his efforts. Watch out for Ian seeking out more remote destinations as the thicker swells start to fill in around the European continent. So now to see if anyone can slow down Slater here in Europe…… “
Today we picked up the plug for the new Black Diamond Three (or Trunk Board as I like to call it). The board looks INCREDIBLE!!! Cole took the 5`0 BD3 and scaled it up a bit, then added an extra channel to give the bigger guy a little more lift! When you see this board you will blown away, I know I was…
A lot of people seem to ask where the idea for the BD3 originated. It seems to have been born out of pure necessity. Cole and our good friend Naki were collaborating on some new board designs when they began to talk about the difficulties of traveling with your surfboard. The problem was magnified ten fold in places like Japan where most cars are fairly compact, and the last thing one of the taxi drivers would do is strap anything to the top of there ride. I actually had this problem on my trip to Japan last year, when we were stranded at Yokohama Station for hours trying to get to our hotel (and when our ride finally arrived to carry the boards, it was a bellman from the hotel who had to carry our boards across town!).
Anyway the answer that they came up with was the Black Diamond. At only five feet in length you could fit it in the trunk of your car (hence the name “Trunk Board”), and with Cole`s amazing ability to combine form and function, you have a board that is compact and rides like a dream! When I first got on the original BD I went through a complete paradigm shift regarding what size boards I could ride, and where I could ride them. Everyone who rode the board absolutely loved it. Not only over seas, but here in the states as well. I guess the rest is history, and now after several upgrades we have the future in our hands today. Introducing the all new Big Guy BD3!!!
Today was another beautiful day in paradise! After a busy morning I snuck away and ran down the trail for a few hours and scored! The wind came up and scared most of the crowd off but I posted up at the hut and waited for the tide to drop out a bit. I ended up surfing for about two or three hours with like five to ten guys out. It was Insane!! The waves were like 3-4 feet and even though the wind was howling, the bay seemed to be blocking it pretty well.
I rode my new 6`2 Doc again and I think that it is my new favorite board! It took a few days to get use to it, but now I love it. The board is amazing, It flies and turns on a dime! I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great all around short board. It works well in punchy beach breaks and long lined up points…
After surfing I went down to check out the boys down at Cole Simlers shop. Cole is one of the most amazing shapers that I have had the pleasure to meet. He has two bitchin groms (check out there cameo in the new aviso catalog), a beautiful wife and still rips when he has a chance to get wet! If you have never tried one of his boards you really should check them out. His top models like the Firefly (bat tail quad) and Black Diamond III (trunk board) are available in now in Carbon Fiber Technology so come on down to our next demo and try one out!!
After going over some new shapes that Cole has been working on and sharing a beer and a laugh with our good friend (and Cole`s shop manager) John “Robo” Robertson, we headed off to the Rib Trader. All the boys hold it down at this place so its always nice to stop by and say hi to a couple of old friends. I feel blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful place, to be able to surf, and most importantly to come in to contact with all of these amazing people. When I look back I know I will think of days like today and smile:)