At Chinook Surf we don't really believe in all of the hype of Black Friday sales and what it represents. So in response to that, and fittingly on Small Business Saturday, we have decided to do something affectionately called Blue Saturday. What this means is that on every sale of clothing for the rest of the weekend from our online store, we will be donating $10 to The Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation tirelessly works to protect our oceans and waterways, which is something that everyone in the surf community can get behind.
So if any of you are interested, go check out our online store and take a browse!
Like patio's and beer, surfing and travel go hand in hand. When you are thinking about surf travel, images of sun drenched beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear water pop into your head, or maybe that is just me trying to get away from head to toe neoprene! Often overlooked for those tropical hot spots are some real gems across Europe that are definitely worth some time exploring and figuring out.
Surfing in Europe definitely has its own unique vibe. What it may be in lacking in glorious warm water, it more than makes up for it with its quality waves and amazing culture. One of the best surf trips I have ever had was sleeping in the back of a VW Rabbit, cruising up and down the Portuguese coast stopping wherever waves were breaking that day. In a word, it was incredible. Whether you are looking for the killer beach breaks of La Graviere and Supertubos, or want to test your metal battling elements in Ireland and Scotland, there is something for everyone. Really, where else can you be out in the water, looking up at some towering cliffs with a castle watching over you. Pretty spectacular.
The reason for this post was spurred on when I came across an article posted on www.booksurfcamps.com about the 5 best surfing destinations in Europe. It brought back a lot of good memories and if you are looking for a little bit of inspiration for your next surf trip, I highly recommend checking it out. You can check out the article here: www.booksurfcamps.com/news/5-best-surfing-destinations-in-europe; as always, get out in the water and enjoy everything the ocean has to offer!
It has taken us a while and a few false starts, but we have finally gotten our clothes in and ready for sale. We are really proud to announce that we have men’s t-shirts, women’s tank tops, and mesh back trucker caps in stock for your viewing pleasure!
We worked with our friends at Ethical Profiling and have come up with some goods that look good, but also keep in line with our core beliefs of looking after each other and the environment. Both our t-shirts and tank tops are made in Canada with 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled plastic bottles and our hats are made with a 70%/30% split of organic cotton and recycled bottles. A men’s large t-shirt contains 3 recycled plastic bottles and all logos on our shirts are printed using non-toxic, phthalate free ink. They are also super soft and comfortable!
With every retail purchase made of any of our clothing, $2 will be donated to organizations that help protect our coastlines and waterways. The two organization we will donate to are Surfrider Foundation (www.surfrider.org) and Pacific Wild (www.pacificwild.org).
We are really stoked about our new goods and hope that you are too! Drop us a line if you have any questions, and take a look!
This post is written for beginner and intermediate surfers who are struggling with what board to buy in order to grow and progress in their surfing. Let’s face it, the point of surfing for most of us isn't to become a pro and collect the big pay cheque, it’s to paddle out into some waves and have the most fun possible. For beginner and intermediate surfers choosing the right board for your ability and the waves you will be riding is a key to having the most fun and can be intimidating. A tiny thruster may look hot under your arm, but is probably not the best bet; in fact most of the time if you’re using too small a board for your skill level you will end up just paddling around, not catching any waves, and tiring out. Some board types to look at for that first selection would be a longboard for the true beginner and something a bit smaller like a fish, funboard, or shortboard for more of the intermediate surfer. Disclaimer: If you are an expert you probably have all of this figured out, no need to keep reading on unless you want to!
There are a few key factors to keep in mind when deciding on the best board for you. They can be broken into some main categories:
· Fitness level
· Regular wave type ridden
· Weekend warriorness (warriorness is totally a word)
This one is pretty straightforward, the heavier you are the bigger board you will need to be able to go out and catch some waves. A good threshold to think about is right around 200 lbs. If you are below 200 lbs a smaller board will be easier to maneuver and paddle for you, if you are over 200 lbs a longer board with more volume will keep you floating enough to paddle comfortably.
You need to be at least a little bit fit to surf effectively and have a good time. For people who are really fit and have some experience with other board sports (ie skateboarding, snowboarding, etc.) a short board or a fish should be not too much of a problem to pick up. For folks who are a little bit less fit, or less experienced, something like a funboard or longboard might be the better option.
Wave type is pretty important when deciding what board to pick up. If your normal break is a smaller mushier wave, then you will definitely want something like a fish, funboard, or longboard. These types of boards float a lot, paddle easily, and are small wave catching magnets. If you are starting to surf on more hollow and steep waves, it could be time to look at a shortboard. Shortboards have more rocker to them than a fish for example, so can handle steeper waves without digging the nose in.
This really is how often are you going to be going surfing. If you plan on going every day, then by all means get a board that is really going to push you. If you are going that much, you will be getting the practice and you will want a board that allows you to progress. If you are getting out maybe once a weekend, or every couple of weeks/months, definitely purchase an easier to use, easier to paddle board. Like was mentioned at the beginning, it is no fun to just go out paddle around and not catch any waves because your board is too small.
Surfing is about getting out in the water, catching waves, and having the best time possible. Board selection is one of the key factors in this, so hopefully this post provides some insight into what will work best for you. If you want any more info, feel free to contact us, or talk to your local shop about what board is best for you.
Cheers, and see you at the beach!
Surfers love the ocean and it is our job to protect the space that we use as a playground and way of life. With this in mind, there are a lot of new and really exciting things happening in the way of board design and shaping practice which are starting to take the shape of more sustainable building materials and eco-friendly boards.
If you aren’t aware, there are some substantial environmental benefits to choosing epoxy resin over polyester resin. Epoxy is about 2 times stronger than polyester. It does cost more than polyester, but a stronger board means less broken boards, less dings from hitting rocks, reefs, and running into crappy airline baggage handlers (we’ve all been there). An epoxy resin your board has better flex in the board because of the increased strength and won’t break as quickly and need to be replaced as frequently.
As surfers and board makers, we can really start to make our mark on sustainable board making and purchasing (no need to grow out the dreadlocks though). Bio-resins are another way to cut down on our impact. Bio-resins are generally produced from plant based sources, like vegetable oils, and are easier to refine than regular petroleum based epoxy and easier on the environment when disposed. Seems like a win for everyone, although these resins are currently more expensive than both polyester and standard epoxy.
We should also take a look into renewable sources available for foam cores. Companies like Ecovative produce mushroom based surfboard blanks, which would be 100% biodegradable once disposed of in a landfill or better yet, in your compost bin. We hope to use one of these mushroom blanks soon!
We hope you take some time to think about your board design, materials, and what you are looking for in that new purchase. If nothing else, we hope that you pick up any garbage you see on your next beach stroll and put it where it belongs, in the garbage.
Just came across this interview on surf science talking about surfing, board design and shaping with the master himself; Robert August. Definitely worth reading through if your interested in hearing what one of the greats has to say. Just click on the classic poster and you're there!
Just came across this list of National Geographic’s 20 best surf towns. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few of these spots over the years. I think they have put together a pretty good list; which includes my local favorite Tofino BC!
Surfing and travel go hand in hand, visiting new places and experiencing new cultures all while jumping in the ocean can’t be beat. What are some pics from your favorite surf spots around the globe?
Worthwhile press conference happening today in BC outlining the upcoming campaign to ban plastic "microbeads" from household items such as cosmetics, soaps and toothpastes. The press conference is being hosted by MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert; check it out if you can make it down.
Location: 923 Denman St (Vancouver West End MLA office)
Time: 11am, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Hosts: Surfrider Foundation Vancouver and MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert
Social: #banthebead #bcpoli #surfridervan
1. Environmental impacts and recent BC marine findings by Dr Peter Ross.
2. Recently identified human health risks.
3. Infrastructure impacts should the products stay on shelves in BC.
4. Current seafood available in Vancouver identified to have significant toxicity risks due to microplastics.
5. Products and manufacturers using microbeads
6. Manufacturers leading the change to remove microbeads from their products.
No swell ended up coming in for the camping trip (summer time; awesome for weather, not the best for surf), but still managed somehow to have a great time for a few days - I don't know how that could be possible when your hanging out at a place like this.
Beach fire to keep the fog and cold away at night is always necessary!
Making up a big dinner - so necessary when you've had a hard day of going on small hikes and having a nap or two in the sun. It's a rough life.
Just finished up a new fish and ready to get out for a weekend of camping on the beach and surfing in the sun. Can't beat that at all. Not so much swell coming in, but this should do just the trick for some small fun waves, and hey if nothing else, can work on the tan and enjoy some good company and maybe a frosted beverage or two!
Hopefully see some folks out there enjoying the day!