SURFER Approved

4.11.16

SURFER Approved

SURFER Approved: Front Traction

Where fashion meets function

There ain’t no denying that trends from the past are re-appearing as trends of the present: The resurgence of the twin-fin, the rebirth of the hand plane, and the rise of front deck traction. While brands looking to make a quick buck often turn these “gimmicks” lame, or kooky, there is always a fair bit

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2.16.16

SURFER Approved

The Handplane You Can Eat

Enjoy is now building handplanes out of mushrooms

If you don’t bodysurf, start. It’s easy fun and impossible to take seriously. And while you don’t absolutely have to use a handplane—fins are far more important—you’re probably gonna want to give one a go, unless you’ve got the natural ability of Mark Cunningham. And if you do go with a handplane, you’ve now got

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1.19.16

SURFER Approved

In Praise of the Novelty Wave

Once a decade makes it all the sweeter

Well, sure, Rincon’s been firing for weeks on end, Blacks has been gobbling up 8’0″s like candy, and [REDACTED] near San Diego has gone mental this El Niño-fueled winter. But you know what’s even more rare? Piddly peelers sneaking underneath fishing piers hidden way back in normally placid bays. Perfect little tubes rifling next to harbormouth

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1.12.16

SURFER Approved

The Surf Pack That Stuffs All Surf Packs

You can fit your car in the Poler High and Dry Pack

Poler High and Dry Pack, 40L. $149.95 Maybe you live a quick bike jaunt from a slabby lefthander with an angry parking lot that you’d prefer to stealthily avoid. Or maybe you’re soul-tripping/fleeing the FBI on a surfing and camping mission along the Oregon coast. Perhaps you’ve lost everything and have been reduced to sleeping

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1.7.16

SURFER Approved

Turn Your Thruster Into A Single Fin

With the "Model T" from Awesome Surfboards

Model T $80 Awesome Surfboards There’s a segment in Searching for Tom Curren (or maybe Feral Kingdom?) where Tommy tries about four times in a row to nail a backside floater on a glassy little beachbreak number in, let’s say, France. On his last attempt, he throws his squat little shortboard up on the lip, more or

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12.22.15

SURFER Approved

The Yamamoto Neoprene Wetsuit You Can Afford

Feral Wetsuits and the direct-to-consumer wetsuit game

We live in a golden age of wetsuits. Your shallow pockets have only a measley $180 to spend? That’ll still buy you a super-stretchy budget suit that’s ten times better than the brittle, leathery rubber suits that would have been the best thing around 15 years ago. Got $600 for a new suit? Well, now,

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12.14.15

SURFER Approved

John John Gives Back

VFABM box sets to benefit North Shore junior lifeguards

Are you a huge John Florence fan? Did you love View From A Blue Moon? Are you in awe of the North Shore’s lifeguards? (The correct answer is “yes”). If so, have we got the perfect thing for you. Or, for the surfer in your life who digs Florence and has a big heart. The

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12.3.15

SURFER Approved

Superwomen

Chronicling the finest of women's big wave surfing

There hasn’t been a whole lot of money thrown the way of the top women big-wave surfers in recent years. So some of the best female chargers in the world have taken it upon themselves to fund and chronicle their adventures through a media platform called Super Sessions—but they could use your help. Super Sessions

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11.19.15

SURFER Approved

Stormy Sessions

All that paddling's worth a diamond in the rough

We’ve seen a strange run of weather during the autumn season here in Southern California. For a while we began to accept that it was going to be blazing hot summer, all year long. South swell after south swell, scorching temperatures, and beach days were all becoming far too common for us to think otherwise.

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11.16.15

Blogs

SURFER Approved: Patagonia Says No to Neoprene

New natural rubber will change how we all wetsuit

For the past couple of years, Patagonia has been knocking on the door of eliminating neoprene from its wetsuits. As much as we love wearing it, neoprene is truly chemically nasty, both in terms of the petroleum products it consists of, as well as the production process itself. Unfortunately, it’s also been a necessary environmental

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