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Meeting El Gato

Meeting El Gato

When Mexico participated in the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama, three of their six national surfing team-riders hailed from Sayulita, Mexico. It’s no secret that this sleepy surfing village tucked away in the state of Nayarit breeds some of the country’s most promising talent. Among them is Adrian “Gato” Rodriguez who not only symbolizes the pride of Mexico surfing but also as a local hero to the village of Sayulita. Like many growing up in the country, Adrian was tasked to fend for himself and support his family at a very young age. Capturing the attention of surf scouts with his progressive and fearless surfing, he earned a position on the Vans Mexico surf team and represented... »

Surfing the Lord

Surfing the Lord

Ask most any surfer what they did on any given Sunday morning and most will sarcastically say they were at church. Indeed, many surfers view their sport more as a religion than anything else. Yet for a group of Seal Beach locals, they actually do mean they were at church, on Sunday, at the beach. Since the Easter Sunday on April 12, 2009, the ministry of Hope at the Beach, was established and continues to meet regularly for worship at the north side of the pier at Seal Beach led by a Southern California local and ordained Lutheran pastor, Charles (Chuck) Brand Carlson. Without fail, whether rain or shine, Pastor Chuck will be there with his devoted wife, Lin Carlson, to spread the good news ... »

HangPro SlideHanger

HangPro SlideHanger

With the economy barely edging by as gas prices start to creep up again, Europe continuing to fall apart at the seams, and Iran getting nasty with its nuclear toys, there’s no doubt that what’s first and foremost on your mind is how the heck you’re going to afford a new wetsuit! Sadly, you probably aren’t. So you’re best bet will be to keep the wetsuit you do have in tip-top condition. Under warranty, you say? Ok, have fun with that. What’s on order here is not repair, but preventative maintenance. The fact is, nothing wears on a wetsuit more than the way we store it. For most of us that means tossing it over a railing to dry or draping it on some flimsy clothes hanger – sometimes overnight,... »

History of Surfing

History of Surfing

There are few sports, or activities or pastimes for that matter, more steeped in history and cultural influence than surfing. How many sports can you think of that predates the written language as far back as 1700 BCE (before common era)? Since when does a sport correlate with your station in life as royalty or commoner? How many sports do you know of that was once not just an integral part of a society, but the core upon which the society functioned? How often do you see an activity or pastime banned by religious influence on a wholesale basis? Even in modern day, how often do you see a sport influence the arts from music to movies to overall counter cultures? Thus is the history of surfing... »

Basic Paddle Technique

Basic Paddle Technique

Paddling is one of the least appreciated and one of the most critical aspects of surfing. Ineffective paddling means you’ll catch only a fraction of the waves you could be catching, and for those waves you do catch, you will find yourself in less than ideal positioning. Surfers spend well over three quarters of their time in the water paddling. For the few precious seconds you spend actually riding a wave, you’ve spent considerably more paddling to the lineup, paddling against currents, paddling to position, and ultimately paddling for the wave itself. Therefore it’s well worth focusing on what it takes to paddle efficiently and effectively. Efficiently in terms of expending the least amount... »