The South Coast Swegg, With Shaper Robin Prodanovich

We continue with our “shaper series”, about some of the hottest surfboard models South Coast Surf Shops has to offer. Last time we checked out the Prod Quad, and got an insider view of all that board could offer. This week we will take a magic carpet ride on the South Coast Swegg, so hold on tight. Come on a tour with Robin Prodanovich as he points out some of the great features that the Swegg will provide you.

Available from 6’8″ to 8’6″ the Swegg is our most popular mid-sized board. Part egg, part modern fish, this multi-fin design paddles great and works in small to overhead surf with ease. Really a fun hybrid board that many levels of surfer will appreciate. If this looks like a board that you can’t wait to get your hands on, stop by any of our five South Coast Surf Shop Locations or online at This board is available to demo if you want to see how this baby rides before making the investment.

South Coast Shaper Robin Prodanovich and the “Prod-quad”

For many of us it’s difficult to find that surfboard that’s just right. Size, shape, surfability, and cost often are just too much to take in when picking up a board. Fortunately, at South Coast Surf Shops we have in house shapers that can help to make many of those tricky board decisions a lot easier. In the next few blog articles we will take a look a some board designs that our shapers are really stoked on. You’ll get first hand information from the guys behind the scene. Today we’ll take a look at the Prod-Quad surfboard with shaper Robin Prodanovich.

Robin is a perfect example of the an “old school” surfer who turned his love for surfing into something even greater. A long time surfer and overall waterman, Robin picked up his first blank in 1968 by stripping an old beat up board and used somewhat outdated technology to shape his first board. Ever since then he has not looked back and has learned how to change and adapt to an often evolving industry. He had the pleasure of shaping for Rusty and some other major surfboard lines. In 1982 we were lucky enough to grab this valuable free agent to help bolster our own private label boards. Robin has a great story and just hanging out with him for a few minutes, you feel as if you’ve gained years of knowledge about boards. I was able to get a true sense of his passion for shaping and the sport he has grown to love for most of his life. Check out his video to learn about one of the great boards that South Coast has to offer.  Make sure to come into South Coast Surf Shops to try on one of our great boards.

Surf etiquette for dummies….that means you!!

Not every beach community is as hard core as it is with the Bra Boys, but the most common concern for most beginning surfers is the fear that they will run into some meat head who will beat them up for taking their wave.  Although that is a rare occurrence out in the water, you still will have your fair share of “run-ins”  with some local who thinks they own the ocean.  This clip has an interesting perspective on localism. So should you just stay away and leave the beauty of the ocean and the spirit of surfing behind?  That answer is simple, no of course not.  Any time you go into the water you should follow a few guidelines that will make your surf experience and those around you safe and fun.

In the few years that I have been surfing, I have managed to learn a couple of simple surf etiquettes that insure your surfing can stay magical and rewarding.  You just picked up your brand new South Coast surf board and are ready to charge your local surf spot or so you thought.  After about twenty minutes of thrashing around and getting nasty looks you finally see the perfect wave and start paddling.  “Kook, get out of the way” or something to that effect is all you hear as some guy buzzes by you.  You first reaction is of course to give that guy a piece of your mind, he doesn’t own the ocean and that wave is just as much yours as it is his.  To some extent you would be right, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when starting out.

First off,  there is a unspoken hierarchy for dropping into that perfect wave.  That guy might have been waiting an hour or longer for the same wave and has been surfing at that spot for years.  The most important thing when starting out is to be patient.  There are plenty of waves for everyone and you’ll get all you can handle.  Take your turn with everyone else and you will be much more respected.  Next, make sure to be polite out in the water.  I don’t mean saying please and thank you, or saying excuse me after burping.  Just don’t freak out or lose you cool if someone steals your wave or you can’t manage to catch anything while everyone else is looking like Kelly Slater.  Fights occasionally happen and it is important to be the one enjoying the next set while others fuss about.  Also important is learning about who has wave priority.  All other problems with veteran surfers stem from this one area.  The person who is closest to the peak of the wave or where it is breaking, (the foamy white part) has priority of the wave.  If you see someone paddling into a wave and they have this position then let it go.  Often you will be out of position and someone will let you have the wave so listen for them to say go ahead.  When in doubt, just always wait.  As you advance in your surfing you will learn how annoying it is to have someone “steal” your wave.  Along with this, is making sure that you don’t drop-in on another person’s wave.  This means cutting off another person who is on the wave already.  Lastly, make sure to control your board after you fall or if a monster wave is coming for you and your not going to make it.  Safety should always be a major concern when you go out and many new surfers think it’s ok to let their board fly around.  That thing can be a weapon if not handled correctly.  If you see a big wave coming when paddling out or your going over the falls, make sure to hold onto your board so someone doesn’t get wacked.

It is likely that you may accidentally “break” one of these rules, so be polite and say sorry if you do something wrong.  Other minor things to consider are not being loud or obnoxious. It’s just annoying and takes away from the peaceful nature of surfing.  Also, don’t be a wave hog.  Most likely you’ll start out with a bigger board that catches waves easier, so share the wealth.  I can’t guarantee that you’ll go out and have no problems, but if you go out with a positive attitude all the rest will fall into place.  No one will be able to call you a dummy again.  For all your surfing needs, check out our five South Coast locations or shop online at