Last Sunday, October 12th, Katie Connor was struck while riding her bike by a hit-and-run driver. This hit close to home as Katie is one of our Wahines. The accident left Katie with serious head trauma. There have been signs of recovery, but there is still a long road ahead. A donation website has been set up to aid her family. Donations will go to all current and future medical expenses, ie: hospital stay, therapy, etc. Any help is appreciated!
“Attractive Distractions” is premiering Wednesday night, October 8th, at the Wavehouse in Mission Beach! There will be giveaways, autograph signings and an after party at Duck Dive! The video will be showing again the next night, Thursday October 9th, at the legendary La Paloma in Encinitas!
The video is a Take Shelter Production featuring Clay Marzo, John John Florence, Chippa Wilson and Kai Barger to name a few. Don’t miss out on a good time! The video will be showing at 7:30pm at Wavehouse and has two showing at La Paloma, 7pm and 9:30pm!
Our South Coast team rider, Jonah Pierce, sent over a quick update about what he’s been up to the past few weeks.
The last couple weeks have been really fun in California. The hurricane Marie swell produced some really good overhead barrels just about every where in San Diego. I surfed a secret spot where it was about 6-8 foot hucking barrels on every wave, but it’s secret so I can’t really say anymore hahaha. I’m also excited about the next swell we’re getting from off of New Zealand. The place to be will probably be blacks because it’s got a bit more west in it, so it could be producing some big barrels. If you are looking for any step-up boards, South Coast has some really good ones in the OB store or you can get one custom for a reasonable price. I will probably post another blog again next month because the contest season is starting back up.
See you in the water,
Hurley is bringing legendary photographer, Clark Little, to San Diego! His California book tour will be stopping by South Coast Pacific Beach this Thursday, September 4th from 3-5PM! He will also be down at Wind’N’Sea shooting photos around 7AM that morning! Check out his book, Shorebreak, and chat with the man himself!
“The shorebreak is my comfort zone. I absolutely love it. It’s always different. The light, the colors, the water, the sand and what happens to it. And to be there to capture it and share it with the world… what a dream.”
- Clark Little
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life event for Point Loma and Ocean Beach is on August 9th. Each event is unique to the community it’s being held in and we are proud to have been asked to be a part of it. If you want to help, but cannot create a team of your own, you can donate to our team “South Coast Surf Shops.” Below is information directly from the Relay for Life website. Hope to see you out there!
“At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!
Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.”
This May saw the launch of the newest venture in the South Coast family! South Coast Surf founder, Rob Ard, launched his new website:
This new site catalogs all of the info one might need to know about South Coast surfboards. From surfboard styles and board shaper history to a gallery of team riders and contact info, it’s all there!
The term organic gets thrown around a lot these days. Natural ingredients aren’t always what they seem. Once we realized we could pronounce all of the product ingredients, we knew it was the real deal! We think Raw Elements is the bees knees. Read their mission statement below and cruise by either South Coast location to try it out!
“Raw Elements Physical Protection Sunscreen was developed by Brian Guadagno, a 17 year Ocean Rescue Lifeguard, we are committed preventing Skin Cancer by delivering the safest, most effective sunscreen in the world.
Our sunscreen is gentle enough for use in infant care yet meets all the performance demands of the most extreme athletes. This is all delivered in an eco-safe, reef-safe, all natural formula. Raw Elements is the conscious consumer’s answer to safe, serious sun protection.”
Back in March our team rider, Jonah Pierce, starting riding South Coast boards. After meeting with our shaper, Dan, two boards were custom made for Jonah, based on what he was looking for. In the blog post below, read what Jonah had to say about the new South Coast surfboards!
On Wednesday I surfed my new South Coast epoxy surf board, that was modeled after the Dane Reynolds’s Channel Island #4. This board was extremely fast through any section and was really good on a rail but still had a great release. This was my first time surfing an epoxy board. It was super light and buoyant. This made it excel in small waves because it wouldn’t sink and lose speed. This board has a double bump in the tail which is also why it has such speed. The double bump keeps the rail straighter then your standard rails which allows for more drive and forward projection. This board is a perfect groveler board for ankle to chest high waves and I highly recommend getting one from South Coast Surf Shop.
Today was a stormy day so I decided to head up to La Jolla with my second board which is a standard epoxy short board with a rounded squash tail. When I arrived at Scripps it was 6ft to 8ft with the ovational 10ft waves. On the smaller waves it was really ripable and super fun. The bigger waves were doubling up on the sand bars and making massive barrel that reminded me of my trip to Hawaii last year surfing at Pipe Line but not as warm. This was my first time riding this South Coast surf board and it handled the barrels and speed really well but I could still release the tail when I wanted to. The whole session there were random big sets that would come through and would hit the sand bar perfect giving it a perfect shoulder. These waves looked like back door Pipe Line. Eventually I got lucky enough to be in the perfect spot for one of these waves. As I was paddling I could see the wave sucking up on the sand and I stood, grabbed my rail and pulled into the barrel. As I pulled into the barrel I just saw a huge blue wall going over my head, and sound just stops. Then, I see this huge open hole in front of me that continued to get smaller and smaller. The wave just wouldn’t stop going, but the section was to big to make and eventually ate me alive. The barrel was probably the longest and biggest closeout barrel of my life and it was super fun. Thanks for reading, I’ll have another post up some time next month.
Salty Crew is a San Diego based brand that is quickly gaining attention from coast to coast! The goal is to focus on the basics and get back to a time when surfing, fishing, diving and sailing was top priority!
The “About Us” statement on the Salty Crew website so perfectly sums up what they are about, we thought it would be best to share it in it’s entirety.