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AKERSELVA RIVER WAVE: Latest Flow of Developments. (With Terje Skulstad)

Meet Terje Skulstad, one of the Norwegian catalysts behind the beautiful suggestion of constructing an artificial river wave in the city river of Oslo: Akerselva.

 

Urban surfers based in Oslo (like Seamus Fox, surfshop.no, Sebastian Kjellström, Lapoint.no and Christian Nerdrum, friflyt.no) would have a whale of a time if this were to be transformed from blueprint to wet dream reality.

 

The idea in itself is far from ludicrous – as discussed in our previous article on the topic, it would in fact provide Oslo with another gem that tourists would flock to. A real life example of which can be seen in Munich, Germany, with the Eisbach river wave. This wave has attracted an extensive amount of media attention and generated ten thousands of euros to local tourism.

 


“- Wouldn’t it be really, really, really expensive to build such a wave in Akerselva?”

No, not really. You see, it is all about exploiting the naturally occurring river currents and adjusting the river beds. The complete oceanographic explanation would have to fall upon the experts, such as NTNU’s Lars Erik Klemetsen who has specialized in flow dynamics – but it could not put too much pressure on Oslo’s budget seeing this project through.

 

Akerselva riverbed analysis: Oslo river wave
Akerselva riverbed analysis: Oslo river wave. Credit: L. E. Klemetsen (NTNU)

 

Then again if rural Hamar can  spend 23 million Norwegian kroner (approx £2.3 million) on a faulty diving tower, Oslo should be able to spend a million or two making the river wave come true. The Akerselva River Wave project has a much more realistic chance of creating tourism income, and would help clean up Akerselva – putting it back on the map as something else than a junkie hangout.

– AVD

 

We met with Terje Skulstad and had a chat with him about the river wave project:

 

Hi Terje, the Akerselva River Wave project is a fantastic suggestion. How did the idea first come about?

TS: I guess the idea was the result of several experiences with a sudden eureka as i walked along the riverbed a stormy evening during the spring flood of 2002. Since than the idea has gradually taken shape. I´ve talked to engineers, surfers, architect, politicians and so forth. Slowly the idea´s been honed into a winning recipe. Hopefully!

 

We know you’ve participated in some meetings with local politicians regarding the river wave. Are you able to tell us anything about how  the meetings went? Are there some Norwegian political parties that are more open to the idea than others?

TS: Politicians are a strange lot. They always seem to be positive to initiatives for the common good. I guess their job is to smile and nod. But somewhere along the way between the meeting and the time of decision making they change their mind. Last, with the city council, the argument for their decline was safety and obstruction around breeding areas for trout and salmon. Soooo…i have taken a few steps. Firstly I´ve been in dialog with OFA (oslomarkas fiskeadministrasjon) to hear their reasons against a surf-wave. I still need to arrange a meeting, but i think we can come up with a solution. Secondly i plan to arrange a pilot. If we can show the politicians it´s safe, the magnitude of interested surfers and the areas of use for the wave they gotta concur! AND in regards to safety regulations: as long as you don´t make the area MORE dangerous than it already is it should not be a problem.

 

Sarpsborg surf
Could this be a future sight in Akerselva, Oslo? We sure hope so. Picture: Sarpsborg River Surf

 

Are there any meetings in the near future, where we might get an idea if this project could see the light of day – or not?

TS: I haven´t got any meetings with decision makers on the agenda just, but i have a meeting with the project group from NTNU who just finished their project. They have created a model we can work with in our job towards a perfect river wave.

 

Do you have any new pictures, graphs or similar that we can share with our readers?

TS: The NTNU crew have made a small model of their river wave. Looks more like a real life ocean wave than the manmade river waves we have seen previously. Check it out here:

 

Surfebølge model - by NTNU.
Surfebølge model – by NTNU.

 

Is there anything Superstoked readers and surf interested Norwegians can do to help the Akerselve river wave project along? Have you considered starting a petition? (The pressure applied in the Saltstein/Mølen debate seemed to do the trick)

TS: Help is always welcome. The next thing on the agenda is to write an application to “Innovasjon Norge”. Generating funding is always a big issue when starting up. If anyone has good contacts or write killer applications they are welcome to speak up. On the other hand, applications takes a lot of time and effort. If someone have a good idea for a way to generate funds please let me know.

 

As I’m trying to get a pilot started I would welcome inputs on fitting locations. Criterias: accessible with a crane, enough water, a rapid stream, positive politicians/tourist admin/etc. Akerselva might not have enough water at all times…

 

Anything else you would like to mention – that we’ve forgotten to ask about perhaps?

TS: Everyone who’s not already a supporter at “ja til surfebølge i akerselva” should list up! The more the merrier…

 

We hope to see as many of you engaged in the Akerselva River Wave Project as possible – if you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know in the FORUM. Thanks!

 

Akerselva River Wave Project
Akerselva River Wave Project

 

– PS: Check out the previous article we wrote on the Akerselva River Wave: Oslo River Wave – The infamous Akerselva’s Redemption.

 

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Words: Author Alexander Van Dorph & Terje Skulstad / Photos: NTNU, L.E. Klemetsen. Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Perfect Xmas Presents 2013 – for men who love action.

Perfect Xmas Presents 2013 – for men who love action.

Need some inspiration for Christmas gift shopping? We have collected 10 of the must-have gifts this year for men who love action, surfing and water sports. Don’t worry though, we have made a list for the ladies as well. This list is in a random order, really, so even though it is numbered from 1 to 10 that does not mean we favor one more than the other – then again, maybe we do.

 

Here’s the perfect xmas presents 2013 – for men who love action (who doesn’t?).

 

1. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition:


– To truly kick off this Christmas gift list in style, we present the GoPro3+. A camera that will be placed under the Christmas tree for many a’ water sport enthusiast this year. The newest version of the GoPro-series is 20% smaller, waterproof to 40m, has 33% improved image sharpness and reduced distortion, a faster built in Wi-Fi for enhanced connectivity to the Wi-Fi Remote (included) and GoPro App. Super View video mode captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, and30% longer battery life compared to its siblings.

If you want to make a surfer very, very happy this year – GoPro3+ is your choice. Additionally, you can choose to get GoPro Surfboard Mounts and a whole array of surf accessories.

 

2. Hurley Men’s Boardshorts:


– Surfers and men of the beach like to cruise the sand in style.

These boardshorts have a genuine, color-rich design that will draw the attention of the bikini-dressed population. Be sure to check out the sizing info though. Click the link or image to see more designs.

 

3. Billabong Men’s Hoodie:

– Nothing like jumping into a warm hoodie after a surf session. Billabong offers some fresh designs in style with the 2013 trends. Click image or link to see more.

 

4. “Chasing Mavericks” – THE MOVIE:

– “Young Jay Moriarity, like just about every other surfer along the central California coast those days had heard rumors of a giant wave, but it was dismissed largely as myth. One day though, Jay discovers someone who rides that wave – Frosty Hesson – and Jay sees the wave and Frosty and his surfing partners ride the wave at Mavericks. It takes some doing, but Frosty is finally convinced to train Jay for Mavericks. This movie is about what it takes to prepare not to ride a wave like Mavericks, but how to increase your chances of surviving it. That preparation requires physical, mental, spiritual, etc., development.

There is a good dose of surfing in the movie, and while there is a strong mental and spiritual component to the movie, it does not come across as eclectic or preachy. it’s just downright amazing! The sheer force and presence of the wave is awe-inspiring, and the willingness and ability of a small handful of big-wave surfers who challenge it and ride it are beyond impressive.It borders the miraculous. I mean, I’ve been held down by a waves in the 6-8′ range, so it’s nearly impossible to imagine the amount of force in a wave the size of Mavericks. It’s a wave that you feel more than you hear or see it. Sheer power! This is a movie experience not to be missed.” – ARH

 

5. The World Stormrider Guide:


– The Stormrider Guide has gained a legendary reputation amongst enthusiastic surfers. It features thorough, in-depth information about the best surf spots in the world, plus a whole lot of additional useful tips on where to go and where to avoid.

CLICK THE IMAGE OR LINK to learn more.

 

6. O’Neill Epic II 3/2 Wetsuit:

– The EPIC-series of wetsuits from O’Neill is high quality at a reasonable price. O’Neill wetsuits include a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

“The Epic II is designed with a “firewall” chest and back. This is because over 60% of the surf time is spent straddling the board with the chest being exposed to the cold wind and air. The hard neoprene chest blocks wind and retains heat around the chest and kidneys to keep the whole blood system warm. The warm blood then circulates to keep your extremities warm. There are no seams running down the Butt area so straddling the board does not put undue stress on the rear seams. Second about 30% of the time the surfer is paddling. The arms and shoulders have a thinner super-flex neoprene with no seams in the paddle areas. This is so there is little resistance when paddling. The neck has a soft and sticky neoprene that locks out the water from “flushing” through the suit when punching through waves. The fit is completely adjustable. Finally, the lower legs are a thinner and more flexible material that allow the surfer to bend the legs fully when taking off on a wave. There is also reinforced knee pads since some of my early “diving” wetsuit would wear holes in the knees from the constant scraping the board on take-off. CLICK LINK OR IMAGE to learn more.

These are all things that only a surfer would know about wetsuits. And Jack O’Neill is an expert.” – S. Bjork

 

7. Beginner’s surfboard: Foamie Board Surf Board

– Your son, brother, boyfriend or husband always talking about how they would like to start surfing? Treat them with a beginner’s foamie surfboard, and see if they can walk the walk. Comes with a free leash and traction pad. CLICK LINK OR IMAGE to see more specifications and reviews.

 

8. 100% Bamboo Cutting Board(shaped like a surfboard!):

– A must-have for the surfer who knows his way around the kitchen. A 100% bamboo cutting board shaped like a surfboard. A beautiful and durable surfboard shaped cutting board with engrain inlay. Click link or image to learn more.

Fun gift for the surfer who already has it all.

 

9. THE TOOL – The ultimate surf tool.

– The Tool comes equipped with: allen wrench, standard and phillips screwdrivers, a built in wax comb, one leash string, and leash hook. What you need for surfboard maintenance. CLICK THE LINK OR IMAGE to learn more.

“The Tool is the best, it has a practical use for every surfboard situation. You can use it to put the fins on and comb the wax on the board for traction without carring around a pocket full of screwdrivers or a wax comb. One small tool with many uses that fits right in your pocket! Great idea and this product is the best!” – D. Freedman

 

10. INDOBOARD:

– Perfect for balance training, something you need heaps of when you are out surfing. Not only that, the indoboard is a good piece of fun workout equipment for the whole family. Click the link or image to learn more.

Outro:

So, this concluded the “Perfect Xmas Presents 2013 – for me who love action”. We hope you found some genuine inspiration for your Christmas shopping needs, and that the recipient will be as stoked about their gifts as they should be. Have a fine Christmas celebration (when the time comes).
All the best,

Superstoked Crew

 

– Oh, if no one of these gifts tickled your fancy.. then you might go for a good book. Alexander Van Dorph’s new novel is specked with action, and is a genuinely thrilling read.

 

Inspirational GoPro HERO3+ video:

– Shot with GoPro HERO3+.

 

Official websites:

Alexander Van Dorph (Author)

Billabong

Chasing Mavericks – The Movie (IMDB)

GoPro

Hurley

Indoboard

O’Neill

 

Best Christmas Gifts 2013 - for men who like surfing.
Perfect Xmas Presents 2013 – for men who love action

 

 

Main photo credit: JAMES PARKHURST

Other photo: Nirvana Surf Charters

Article: Perfect Xmas Presents 2013 – for men who love action.

 

Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for women who love surfing.

Top 10 Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for women who love surfing.

Need some inspiration for Christmas gift shopping? We have collected 10 of the must-have gifts this year for women who love surfing and water sports. Don’t worry though, we have made a list for the guys as well. This list is in a random order, really, so even though it is numbered from 1 to 10 that does not mean we favor one more than the other – then again, maybe.

 

Here’s the best Christmas gifts 2013 – for women who love surfing (who doesn’t?).

 

1. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition:


– To truly kick off this Christmas gift list in style, we present the GoPro3+. A camera that will be placed under the Christmas tree for many a’ water sport enthusiast this year. The newest version of the GoPro-series is 20% smaller, waterproof to 40m, has 33% improved image sharpness and reduced distortion, a faster built in Wi-Fi for enhanced connectivity to the Wi-Fi Remote (included) and GoPro App. Super View video mode captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, and30% longer battery life compared to its siblings.

If you want to make a surfer very, very happy this year – GoPro3+ is your choice. Additionally, you can choose to get GoPro Surfboard Mounts and a whole array of surf accessories.

2. BILLABONG BIKINI

– Surfers and girls of the beach like to stroll along the warm sand in style.

This Billabong bikini will let them do so. It has a genuine, color-rich design that will certainly draw the attention of the boardshort-dressed population. Be sure to check out the sizing info via the link. Click the link or image to see more designs.

 

3. ROXY Bag:

– Keep your organized in style. This Roxy bag is perfect for the beach. Click image or link to see more.

 

4. “Chasing Mavericks” – THE MOVIE:

– “Young Jay Moriarity, like just about every other surfer along the central California coast those days had heard rumors of a giant wave, but it was dismissed largely as myth. One day though, Jay discovers someone who rides that wave – Frosty Hesson – and Jay sees the wave and Frosty and his surfing partners ride the wave at Mavericks. It takes some doing, but Frosty is finally convinced to train Jay for Mavericks. This movie is about what it takes to prepare not to ride a wave like Mavericks, but how to increase your chances of surviving it. That preparation requires physical, mental, spiritual, etc., development.

There is a good dose of surfing in the movie, and while there is a strong mental and spiritual component to the movie, it does not come across as eclectic or preachy. it’s just downright amazing! The sheer force and presence of the wave is awe-inspiring, and the willingness and ability of a small handful of big-wave surfers who challenge it and ride it are beyond impressive.It borders the miraculous. I mean, I’ve been held down by a waves in the 6-8′ range, so it’s nearly impossible to imagine the amount of force in a wave the size of Mavericks. It’s a wave that you feel more than you hear or see it. Sheer power! This is a movie experience not to be missed.” – ARH

 

5. The World Stormrider Guide:


– The Stormrider Guide has gained a legendary reputation amongst enthusiastic surfers. It features thorough, in-depth information about the best surf spots in the world, plus a whole lot of additional useful tips on where to go and where to avoid.

CLICK THE IMAGE OR LINK to learn more.

 

6. O’Neill Epic II 3/2 Wetsuit:

– The EPIC-series of wetsuits from O’Neill is high quality at a reasonable price. O’Neill wetsuits include a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

“The Epic II is designed with a “firewall” chest and back. This is because over 60% of the surf time is spent straddling the board with the chest being exposed to the cold wind and air. The hard neoprene chest blocks wind and retains heat around the chest and kidneys to keep the whole blood system warm. The warm blood then circulates to keep your extremities warm. There are no seams running down the Butt area so straddling the board does not put undue stress on the rear seams. Second about 30% of the time the surfer is paddling. The arms and shoulders have a thinner super-flex neoprene with no seams in the paddle areas. This is so there is little resistance when paddling. The neck has a soft and sticky neoprene that locks out the water from “flushing” through the suit when punching through waves. The fit is completely adjustable. Finally, the lower legs are a thinner and more flexible material that allow the surfer to bend the legs fully when taking off on a wave. There is also reinforced knee pads since some of my early “diving” wetsuit would wear holes in the knees from the constant scraping the board on take-off. CLICK LINK OR IMAGE to learn more.

These are all things that only a surfer would know about wetsuits. And Jack O’Neill is an expert.” – S. Bjork

 

7. Beginner’s surfboard: Foamie Board Surf Board

– Your friend always talking loudly about how they would like to start surfing? Treat them with a beginner’s foamie surfboard, and see if they can walk the walk. Comes with a free leash and traction pad. CLICK LINK OR IMAGE to see more specifications and reviews.

 

8. 100% Bamboo Cutting Board(shaped like a surfboard!):

– A must-have for the surfer who knows his way around the kitchen. A 100% bamboo cutting board shaped like a surfboard. A beautiful and durable surfboard shaped cutting board with engrain inlay. Click link or image to learn more.

Fun gift for the surfer who already has it all.

 

9. THE TOOL – The ultimate surf tool.

– The Tool comes equipped with: allen wrench, standard and phillips screwdrivers, a built in wax comb, one leash string, and leash hook. What you need for surfboard maintenance. CLICK THE LINK OR IMAGE to learn more.

“The Tool is the best, it has a practical use for every surfboard situation. You can use it to put the fins on and comb the wax on the board for traction without carring around a pocket full of screwdrivers or a wax comb. One small tool with many uses that fits right in your pocket! Great idea and this product is the best!” – D. Freedman

 

10. INDOBOARD:

– Perfect for balance training, something you need heaps of when you are out surfing. Not only that, the indoboard is a good piece of fun workout equipment for the whole family. Click the link or image to learn more.

Extra: ‘Cognitive Disturbance‘ (Book)


A book is always a good present, and thus we recommend ‘Cognitive Disturbance‘ – written by a surfer.

Description:

Los Mirra. A dystopian metropolis run by nefarious criminal gangs and corrupt politicians. Amidst the ironclad skyscrapers of the city we find Leopold Von Tiller, a man who has grown successful despite the ruthless conditions. His fortune takes a turn for the worse as he encounters brutality with a deadly outcome. When death strikes, Leopold finds himself waging war on several fronts. Whether throwing punches in a primitive bar brawl or exchanging sharp, malevolent words in a boardroom over a hostile takeover, the basics are the same – outmaneuver the opposition, strike with deadly precision and ultimately destroy your adversary. Leopold soon learns how these rules apply to every human being, and must adapt to the unfolding situation or see himself devoured in the failure to do so. Can he endeavour at the heart of ferocity, or will hatred take a hold and tear him apart? Packed with intense action, unreciprocated love and betrayal, Cognitive Disturbance is a compelling read that will appeal to fans of crime thrillers.

 

Amazon review:

“I love all types of fiction especially crime and intrigue. This book more than delivers on all counts – couldn’t put it down.” – Zoe

 

CLICK HERE to get a copy of ‘Cognitive Disturbance’.

 

Outro:

 

So, this concluded the “Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for women who like surfing”. We hope you found some genuine inspiration for your Christmas shopping needs, and that the recipient will be as stoked about their gifts as they should be. Have a fine Christmas celebration (when the time comes).

All the best,

Superstoked Crew

 

– You might also like: TOP 10 BEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2013 – FOR MEN WHO LOVE SURFING.

 

Inspirational GoPro HERO3+ video:

– Shot with GoPro HERO3+.

 

Official websites:

Billabong

Chasing Mavericks – The Movie (IMDB)

GoPro

Hurley

Indoboard

O’Neill

 

Best Christmas Gifts 2013 - for men who like surfing.
Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for men who like surfing.

 

Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for men who love surfing.

Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for men who love surfing.

Need some inspiration for Christmas gift shopping? We have collected 10 of the must-have gifts this year for men who love surfing and water sports. Don’t worry though, we have made a list for the ladies as well. This list is in a random order, really, so even though it is numbered from 1 to 10 that does not mean we favor one more than the other – then again, maybe.

 

Here’s the best Christmas gifts 2013 – for men who love surfing (who doesn’t?).

 

1. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition:


– To truly kick off this Christmas gift list in style, we present the GoPro3+. A camera that will be placed under the Christmas tree for many a’ water sport enthusiast this year. The newest version of the GoPro-series is 20% smaller, waterproof to 40m, has 33% improved image sharpness and reduced distortion, a faster built in Wi-Fi for enhanced connectivity to the Wi-Fi Remote (included) and GoPro App. Super View video mode captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, and30% longer battery life compared to its siblings.

If you want to make a surfer very, very happy this year – GoPro3+ is your choice. Additionally, you can choose to get GoPro Surfboard Mounts and a whole array of surf accessories.

 

2. Hurley Men’s Boardshorts:


– Surfers and men of the beach like to cruise the sand in style.

These boardshorts have a genuine, color-rich design that will draw the attention of the bikini-dressed population. Be sure to check out the sizing info though. Click the link or image to see more designs.

 

3. Billabong Men’s Hoodie:

– Nothing like jumping into a warm hoodie after a surf session. Billabong offers some fresh designs in style with the 2013 trends. Click image or link to see more.

 

4. “Chasing Mavericks” – THE MOVIE:

– “Young Jay Moriarity, like just about every other surfer along the central California coast those days had heard rumors of a giant wave, but it was dismissed largely as myth. One day though, Jay discovers someone who rides that wave – Frosty Hesson – and Jay sees the wave and Frosty and his surfing partners ride the wave at Mavericks. It takes some doing, but Frosty is finally convinced to train Jay for Mavericks. This movie is about what it takes to prepare not to ride a wave like Mavericks, but how to increase your chances of surviving it. That preparation requires physical, mental, spiritual, etc., development.

There is a good dose of surfing in the movie, and while there is a strong mental and spiritual component to the movie, it does not come across as eclectic or preachy. it’s just downright amazing! The sheer force and presence of the wave is awe-inspiring, and the willingness and ability of a small handful of big-wave surfers who challenge it and ride it are beyond impressive.It borders the miraculous. I mean, I’ve been held down by a waves in the 6-8′ range, so it’s nearly impossible to imagine the amount of force in a wave the size of Mavericks. It’s a wave that you feel more than you hear or see it. Sheer power! This is a movie experience not to be missed.” – ARH

 

5. The World Stormrider Guide:


– The Stormrider Guide has gained a legendary reputation amongst enthusiastic surfers. It features thorough, in-depth information about the best surf spots in the world, plus a whole lot of additional useful tips on where to go and where to avoid.

CLICK THE IMAGE OR LINK to learn more.

 

6. O’Neill Epic II 3/2 Wetsuit:

– The EPIC-series of wetsuits from O’Neill is high quality at a reasonable price. O’Neill wetsuits include a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

“The Epic II is designed with a “firewall” chest and back. This is because over 60% of the surf time is spent straddling the board with the chest being exposed to the cold wind and air. The hard neoprene chest blocks wind and retains heat around the chest and kidneys to keep the whole blood system warm. The warm blood then circulates to keep your extremities warm. There are no seams running down the Butt area so straddling the board does not put undue stress on the rear seams. Second about 30% of the time the surfer is paddling. The arms and shoulders have a thinner super-flex neoprene with no seams in the paddle areas. This is so there is little resistance when paddling. The neck has a soft and sticky neoprene that locks out the water from “flushing” through the suit when punching through waves. The fit is completely adjustable. Finally, the lower legs are a thinner and more flexible material that allow the surfer to bend the legs fully when taking off on a wave. There is also reinforced knee pads since some of my early “diving” wetsuit would wear holes in the knees from the constant scraping the board on take-off. CLICK LINK OR IMAGE to learn more.

These are all things that only a surfer would know about wetsuits. And Jack O’Neill is an expert.” – S. Bjork

 

7. Beginner’s surfboard: Foamie Board Surf Board

– Your son, brother, boyfriend or husband always talking about how they would like to start surfing? Treat them with a beginner’s foamie surfboard, and see if they can walk the walk. Comes with a free leash and traction pad. CLICK LINK OR IMAGE to see more specifications and reviews.

 

8. 100% Bamboo Cutting Board(shaped like a surfboard!):

– A must-have for the surfer who knows his way around the kitchen. A 100% bamboo cutting board shaped like a surfboard. A beautiful and durable surfboard shaped cutting board with engrain inlay. Click link or image to learn more.

Fun gift for the surfer who already has it all.

 

9. THE TOOL – The ultimate surf tool.

– The Tool comes equipped with: allen wrench, standard and phillips screwdrivers, a built in wax comb, one leash string, and leash hook. What you need for surfboard maintenance. CLICK THE LINK OR IMAGE to learn more.

“The Tool is the best, it has a practical use for every surfboard situation. You can use it to put the fins on and comb the wax on the board for traction without carring around a pocket full of screwdrivers or a wax comb. One small tool with many uses that fits right in your pocket! Great idea and this product is the best!” – D. Freedman

 

10. INDOBOARD:

– Perfect for balance training, something you need heaps of when you are out surfing. Not only that, the indoboard is a good piece of fun workout equipment for the whole family. Click the link or image to learn more.

Extra: ‘Cognitive Disturbance‘ (Book)


A book is always a good present, and thus we recommend ‘Cognitive Disturbance‘ – written by a surfer.

Description:

Los Mirra. A dystopian metropolis run by nefarious criminal gangs and corrupt politicians. Amidst the ironclad skyscrapers of the city we find Leopold Von Tiller, a man who has grown successful despite the ruthless conditions. His fortune takes a turn for the worse as he encounters brutality with a deadly outcome. When death strikes, Leopold finds himself waging war on several fronts. Whether throwing punches in a primitive bar brawl or exchanging sharp, malevolent words in a boardroom over a hostile takeover, the basics are the same – outmaneuver the opposition, strike with deadly precision and ultimately destroy your adversary. Leopold soon learns how these rules apply to every human being, and must adapt to the unfolding situation or see himself devoured in the failure to do so. Can he endeavour at the heart of ferocity, or will hatred take a hold and tear him apart? Packed with intense action, unreciprocated love and betrayal, Cognitive Disturbance is a compelling read that will appeal to fans of crime thrillers.

 

Amazon review:

“I love all types of fiction especially crime and intrigue. This book more than delivers on all counts – couldn’t put it down.” – Zoe

 

CLICK HERE to get a copy of ‘Cognitive Disturbance’.

 

Outro:

So, this concludes the “Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for men who like surfing”. We hope you found some genuine inspiration for your Christmas shopping needs, and that the recipient will be as stoked about their gifts as they should be. Have a fine Christmas celebration (when the time comes).
All the best,

Superstoked Crew

 

Inspirational GoPro HERO3+ video:

– Shot with GoPro HERO3+.

 

Official websites:

Billabong

Chasing Mavericks – The Movie (IMDB)

GoPro

Hurley

Indoboard

O’Neill

 

Best Christmas Gifts 2013 - for men who like surfing.
Best Christmas Gifts 2013 – for men who like surfing.

 

 

Main photo credit: HILTON ALVES

Other photo: Nirvana Surf Charters

 

FAQ

Q: Are these gifts every surfer must have in california?

A: If they are a must have – not so sure – but they will at least make that person extremely cool and thankful for their amazing presents.

 

Solid Surfboards – meet Dan O’Hara, the man behind the dust mask.

SOLID SURFBOARDS

Words and photo: Corey Walter – Fat Wave Photography

Corey Walter met with the man behind SOLID SURFBOARDS, Dan O’Hara. Dan was born in New York, but ventured from the eastcoast to the westcoast, and is now living and shaping in San Diego, California.

 

The man behind the dust mask at SOLID SURFBOARDS:

 

Dan O'Hara
Dan O’Hara

 

Name:

Dan O’Hara

Age:

26

Birthplace:

New York

Home:

San Diego

 

Corey: Tell us about yourself. Who is behind Solid Surfboards and how did you get into shaping?

Dan: I just show up to the shop and shape whatever’s on order. I owe everything to my crew right now, they are so fucking on it. I grew up working in surf shops, surfing, staring at surfboards, had to crack a few eggs to make an omelette… you know? It’s cool because you don’t go to school or have to get a degree or license to start making boards, just get a blank and start hacking at it… Still hacking at it today.

 

Shaping up
Shaping up

 

Corey: Who mentored you? Who/What inspired you to start shaping?

Dan: Grew up around the corner from a guy, Mike Shermeyer, who shapes insane boards, everyone in our area wants boards from him, local legend, he was close friends with Rick Rasmussen who was a pro/shaper back in the 70’s or 80’s… They went over to Hawaii together to work for Brewer and got their leg up from him. Another local shaper Pete Falon of Wyvern Surfboards gave me a hand and all the info for materials and blanks, showed me how to glass. Went over to Bunger for a winter to glass boards and learn a few things from Tommy who has taken over the board production from Charlie Sr. They are about as authentic as a surf shop gets on the East Coast, been around and building boards right there since the 60’s on Long Island. Pete and Mike sent me down to Charles Williams in Fort Pierce, FL where C-Dub really showed me the fundamentals to shaping, and more so with EPS/Epoxy construction. I owe everything to Charlie. He is the fucking man, I dont even know how old he is but he still charges Puerto and boosts like a 14 year old in crumbly north jetty shit.

 

I guess I’ve just always been intrigued by boards and what makes them work.

 

Corey: What other names do you shape for?

Dan: Mainly South Coast. We’ve got a handful of private label brands that we manufacture boards for but they will remain anonymous.

 

Corey: What kind of board do you prefer to shape and why?

Dan: “Hybrid’s” Funky little boards but that actually work in decent surf. I keep pushing the small boards and trying to build drive into them, experimenting… I go back to my shortboard and it feels weird.

 

Corey: How long have you been shaping boards?

Dan: Since 2004

 

Solid Surfboard. Photo: Corey Walter
Solid Surfboard. Photo: Corey Walter

 

Corey: About how many boards have you shaped over the years?

Dan: Honestly only a few thousand, I could lie and say that I’ve shaped 10,000.

 

Corey: What is unique about your boards?

Dan: Nothing really. Other than that most of them are epoxy and we make our own blanks and are always experimenting with stuff, but so does everyone else. They are white light and strong. Most of them are around 5.5 lbs and glassed 6/46, don’t know how we do it… ask our glasser AJ.

 

Alexander Van Dorph quote
Alexander Van Dorph quote. www.alexandervandorph.com

 

Corey: What is your most popular board?

Dan: Sasquash, then Butter Knife, then Barracuda, then…

 

Corey: When did you shape your first surfboard? Where did you shape it?

Dan: 2004, in my parents garage, it was terrible…

 

Corey: Tell us about your surf team.

Dan: We are more focused on local guys who have a good attitude in and out of the water. They are brand representatives and we don’t care how good you surf if you are arrogant, that is not attractive. We work with local shops referring guys and go from there.

 

Dan at work
Dan at work

 

Corey: What philosophy do you approach the surf life with?

Dan: If you’re not having fun you’re doing it wrong.

 

Corey: How has surfing changed your life?

Dan: Teaches me how to live and more importantly enjoy the moment I am in. When you get out of the water it gets a little more difficult to do that, but at least I get a reprieve when I am surfing.

 

Corey: What is your favorite board and your favorite break?

Dan: Been working on this funky combination of things. The butter knife was the first in the series, it has a concave deck and single through double thru vee bottom, its fun but for me it’s too loose for such a wide tail board. So I changed it up and put a moon tail and deep single all the way through the back, moved the rear fins back a bit to add drive and the thing hauls. I’m 6’0 x 185 lbs and the “Fork” is 5’6 x 20” x 2 ¼” around 28 liters I think. The Bento Box is another new one using similar concepts, round nose though, concave deck and same bottom and fin setup. Rad little board for making the best of marginal surf. That thing is 5’3 x 21.5” x 2.5” for me. Favorite breaks off the top of my head would be Santa Teresa in Mal Pais CR, Maderas, Nicaragua, reefs between PB point & south bird, La Jolla, Sunset Cliffs.

 

Corey: What do you love about being a surfboard shaper?

Dan: Right now, my favorite thing is working with my friends and having a lot of freedom to do what I want when I want. Not being locked into the 9-5 grid.

 

Solid Surfboards
Solid Surfboards

 

Article: Solid Surfboards – meet Dan O’Hara, the man behind the dust mask.

Words: Corey Walter @ Fatwavephotography.com and facebook page: Fat Wave Photography

Casio G-Shock Surfing Watch – Review

Casio G-Shock Surfing Watch – Review.

Looking for a great watch to bring along for surfing? The Casio G-Shock holds a special esteem amongst surfers and divers, mainly for its durability and ultimate water resistance, but also due to its low-profile modern design. It is not only a surfing watch, but also a diving watch, meaning it can hold ground until you are about 200 meters deep (which we recommend avoiding).

 

It is perfect for those who need a tough watch in the water. The G-Shock GLX5600 has advanced features you would normally find on more expensive watches and brands, plus it looks and functions great. For a surfer, the moon and tide functions will come in handy, as you are able to predict when the surf will be at its best.






 

Casio G-Shock GLX5600
Casio G-Shock Surfing Watch – Review: Casio G-Shock GLX5600

 

Pros:

  • Thinner  – This version of the G-Shock is a bit thinner than the original, meaning that it is less likely to get caught in your wetsuit or similar.
  • Lighter weight – You just might forget that you are wearing it…
  • Tougher band – The watch strap is of a slightly more durable material, and thicker compared to many of the other G-Shock models.
  • Easy to read display – The LCD screen is crisp and clear, ensuring that time doesn’t get away from you while you are out surfing or diving.
  • Great quality – The case screws are top quality and the back is machine-washed.
  • Improved button function – The buttons function great, and don’t switch too easily.
  • Regular CR2025 battery – These have a lifetime of 3-5 years (may vary).
  • Looks good – The sleek design looks good, but in a low-profile manner.
  • Water resistant down to 200 m
  • Moon and tide function
  • Tough – Can handle shocks, cold temperature and water

Cons:

  • Was going to say price, but when you realize that it is a good quality dive and surfing watch, it seems to be well worth the money.

 

– More information and customer reviews available HERE via Amazon.

 

Casio G-Shock GLX5600 – images:

G-Shock GLX5600
Casio G-Shock Surfing Watch – Review: G-Shock GLX5600

 

Casio G-Shock GLX5600
Casio G-Shock Surfing Watch – Review: Casio G-Shock GLX5600