Quiksilver Wetsuit Review Fall / Winter 2014

Quiksilver Cypher

The Cypher features Quiksilver’s FN Lite Neoprene and Etco flex kneepads that give you the greatest flexibility possible. Their Dryoprene thermal lining will keep you warmer for longer and the Hydrolock seam seal and Waterblock semi dry chest zip will keep you dry.

Surfing Level: Moderate-Advanced
Flexibility: 5 o u t o f 5
Warmth: 4 o u t o f 5
Price: $ $
Number of Waves you’ll miss
getting into the suit:
4 o u t o f 5

Quiksilver Pyre

The Quiksilver Pyre is by far the easiest wetsuit to get in and out of on the market. This is thanks to its 100% Hyperstretch 3.0 neoprene and combination YKK standard length back zip and Hydro Wrap adjustable neck closure system.

Surfing Level: Moderate
Flexibility: 4 o u t o f 5
Warmth: 4 o u t o f 5
Price: $ $
Number of Waves you’ll miss
getting into the suit:
1 o u t o f 5

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O’Neill Wetsuit Review Fall / Winter 2014

O’Neill Psycho 3

The Psycho 3 features O’Neill’s exclusive TechnoButter 2 which is the most durable, lightweight, quick drying neoprene on the market and now with added velcro resistance. Technobutter 2-Air Firewall in the chest and back and Double Super Seam Weld will keep you warm and loose in the water. The Psycho 3 evolution from Area 52 continues to be an industry leader and keeps you performing at the top of your game.

Surfing Level: Moderate-Advanced
Flexibility: 4 o u t o f 5
Warmth: 5 o u t o f 5
Price: $$$
Number of Waves you’ll miss
getting into the suit:
3 o u t o f 5

O’Neill Pyrotech

O’Neill’s Pyrotech Series combines their exclusive TechnoButter neoprene with Technobutter-Air Firewall insulation, Single Fluid Seam Weld and a F.U.Z.E Closure System. This wetsuit is lighter, warmer, more insulating and quick drying with improved ease of entry than previous versions. Pyrotech is the latest advancement in cold water wetsuit technology from O’Neill, the leaders in innovation for over 60 years.

Surfing Level: Moderate-Advanced
Flexibility: 5 o u t o f 5
Warmth: 4 o u t o f 5
Price: $$$
Number of Waves you’ll miss
getting into the suit: 3 o u t o f 5

 

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What’s New with SC team rider Jonah Pierce?

Jonah has had a rather exciting November! We asked him to fill us in on his biggest win to date!

Last week my alarm went off at 4:30am for the NSSA Southwest Open Mens event at Churches. The event was really fun, with 2-3 foot rights, peeling down the point. The event consisted of two days: Saturday was rounds one, two and three; and Sunday was the day of the semi-finals. These events are really cool because the semi-final rounds and the final round are man-on-man heats with priority; just like the ASP World Championship Tour events. I surfed great all heats, posting scores in the excellent range in almost every heat. My initial goal was to at least make it to the semis so that I could surf my first man-on-man heat, and when I did, I was thrilled. I was so excited to get the opportunity to have some sort of practice in a man-on-man heat.

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The semi-final was nothing like any heat I had ever surfed because you don’t have to worry about anyone trying to hassle you for a wave; instead, you have to think extremely strategically so that you don’t give your priority up on a bad wave, or so that you don’t sit the whole heat being too selective and catch no waves. All my judgements were perfect in my semi and I came out with a win against fellow South Coast team rider, Ryland Rubens. Ryland was surfing really well the whole day and went on to win the Open Juniors division. The next step was the final.

For my final I had a San Clemente local in my heat, Connor Dand, who was also ripping every heat. This heat was the most stressful of all because the waves became very inconsistent so you had to be extra attentive to which waves would have the most scoring potential. I made a huge mistake on my first wave because I was way too deep and only got two decent turns; I received a low score of a four. Connor started off strong with two mid-range scores, making me need a 6.77 to take the lead. The heat was so slow that I knew when the next wave came through I would have to go. I was sitting with priority until the five-minute mark and finally caught a wave. I was able to get three really good turns that awarded me a 7.50. It was a really good score, but since I only had a four as a back-up, Connor didn’t need a very high score. The next wave Conner went on, he surfed solid, but ended up falling on the end, causing him to fall short of the score. The next two minutes in that heat were the slowest two minutes of my life. I was praying for it to end before any more waves would come through. I counted down the last 10 seconds with a huge smile on my face. That smile didn’t go away until the end of the car ride home. It was such an exciting day.

-Jonah Pierce

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Ryland Rubens, Working His Way to the Top

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Photo credit: Gage Hingeley

If you don’t know who Ryland Rubens is, you should! This Team USA surfer is from Pacific Beach and has been surfing Blacks Beach since he could swim. Now he is one of the best surfers in the US. From contests in LA to here in San Diego, Ryland has been taking top honors. He is also in position to win the NSSA Southwest Open Juniors season series after taking first in the last 2 events. Billabong, Dakine, Von Zipper, Sector 9, Sanuk and South Coast all sponsor Rubens as he travels the world catching waves and winning contests. He believes in never giving up and always having fun. Like any teenager, though, he still loves pizza, his friends, and his dog, Rico. He is in to classic rock like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Check back here on the blog to follow the amazing journey of this San Diego native.

Photos from a recent trip to Mainland Mexico.
Photo Credit: Peter Rubens
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Photos from Tavarua
Photo credit: Peter Rubens
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