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This Backpack is Amazing

22 Nov

I purchased this through a Kickstarter campaign and just received it.  I was really anxiously awaiting it as  I travel 365 days a year, and felt like this was a missing piece of my equipment set.  I currently travel with a North Face computer backpack and a Briggs and Reilly carry-on.  These two containers hold all of my possessions and if you’re looking for base luggage check them out.   I have designed a wardrobe that lets me travel globally, through all hemispheres and all seasons.  However, sometimes I really want to go hiking, or surfing, or just exploring.  And with all my gear stuffed into my computer backpack, it’s a pain in the ass to unload everything.  Plus the though of stuffing wet gear into my $300 North Face computer pack is painful.

So when I saw a waterproof backpack that holds 24L of gear, and packs into a stuff sack the size of a deck of cards, I was all in.

The Sea to Sky pack lives up to its billing.  It’s can fit in your pocket, is ultralight, really strong, totally waterproof.  Rarely does a company nail a design like this, but Pacific Northwest did it.  At $79, it comes with my highest recommendation.  Every surfer on the planet would find a use for this.  Whether it’s something you stuff in your glove box in the car, or keep in your board bag, or just use everyday as a wetsuit bag, or as a grocery bag, or in your bike bag, the uses are literally endless.  Get it here

Best Surf Gifts for Mom

9 May

With Mother’s day coming up, we thought we would give you some ideas for that mom surfer in your family.

For you kids who have no money at all

How about you make up a certificate for one peaceful surf day where you promise to go to the beach with mom, let her surf as long as she wants, and not cause her any hassles? No whining, no complaining you’re bored, no begging for money for ice cream. Mom would really appreciate that.


Or you could offer to scrape the old wax off of her board, and put down a nice clean coat of wax for the summer. You can even get a bar of wax for about a buck and wrap it as a gift. Everybody hates re-waxing boards, that’s why they always look so grungy. And with summertime here, that old soft cold water wax is gonna get awfully drippy in the summer sun.

For the kids who have a couple of bucks to scrape together

CafePress has some cool low cost gifts for your surfer mom. From bumper stickers for about $4.00 to t-shirts for about @20, there’s a good selection of surf mom stuff. My favorite is the baby diaper cover.

Bumper Sticker Diaper Cover Mom Hangs Ten Bumper Stickeruntitled

For the super stylish hot mom who wants to turn heads on the beach.

On the other end of the spectrum, Time Magazine has a post on some pretty expensive but chic gifts. Pret-A-Surf rashguard, $210, available at Barneys New York, and bikini, $300, available at Net-A-Porter. Bumble and Bumble Color Minded Polish $28, and styling balm $28, offers UV protection for color-treated locks. Available at

Everybody loves a new wetsuit.

Face it, the old one smells like old shoes. A new one fits snug and makes you look and feel great.

G0005REA has a great selection online. Or better yet, go support your local surf shop. Prices range from $70-$400 depending on how cold it gets where your mom surfs. And make sure to get a gift receipt, as she might have to exchange it. They all fit very differently from one another.

The future is so bright, Mom needs some new shades.


Photo courtesy Kaenon

You can pick up a new pair of shades anywhere. I personally love Oakleys. Make sure whatever you get is polarized. That glare off the water can make for a killer headache. You can also buy all kinds of brands from Toms. And they have the same buy one give one program that sends a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair you buy.

Make Mom a Star of her own surf videos

Personally, I think everyone should have a GoPro. The new GoPro 3 is a vast improvement over the past models. It takes amazing pictures and video. It has a wide variety of attachments, including a new underwater housing. Features include:

  • Professional 1080p 30 fps, 960p 48 fps, and 720p 60 fps and WVGA 240 fps video capture
  • 11MP photo capture with 10 frames per second burst
  • Wi-Fi built-in, and compatible with Wi-Fi remote (sold separatly) and GoPro App (free)
  • 197-Feet / 60m Waterproof Housing
  • Basic mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear, and more

Get it here at Amazon for between $199-$399 depending on the model. GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition

And don’t forget these cool accessories

GoPro product shoot

Surfboard mount from GoPro

The Bobber – Floating Hand Grip for GoPro® HERO Cameras

New GoPro HD Underwater Housing

25 May

Mark Healy swims with sharks and a hot Italian flying suit base-jumper to show off the forthcoming GoPro HD Dive Housing.  One of the major shortcomings of the GoPro is that underwater it takes lousy movies.  Seems like they finally have that fixed if this footage is indicative of the quality of the housing/lens/camera combo.  Looks like it will be available in about 2-months.  I will give it a full review once I get my hands on one.  If you want to pre-order from Amazon, use this link.  Only $49.

GoPro Dive Housing AFLTH-001

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