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Stevie

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Whether it's waves or the Internet, I'm always surfing

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Channel Islands Average Joe Review

The Channel Islands Average Joe, as you may have guessed, is designed for the average Joe.

Most people aren’t advanced surfers, and can’t take advantage of some of the high-performance surfboard designs on the market.

In fact, those high performance boards can be much more difficult to ride if your skillset just isn’t at that level yet.

This is where the Average Joe comes in. Still a shortboard, but it’s wider and thicker than the average shortboard.

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Firewire Cornice Review

Some might say the Firewire Cornice was inspired by Paul Fisher’s “dick board”…

Paul Fisher's dick surfboard
Paul Fisher’s dick surfboard

But the name Cornice lends itself to snowboarding, which is more likely the source of inspiration for this board.

Firewire worked with a company from Spain that designs wind turbine blades. They played around with their software to work on the hydrodynamic performance of different surfboard shapes.

After a few revisions and tweaks, Firewire had a design they were happy with.

The sidecuts cut into the middle of the Cornice by about 3/8″ on each side.

The front of the board is only about 17 inches wide, which is about 3 inches narrower than boards of similar volume!

The widest point of the Cornice is the back of the board, beneath your back foot. Unheard of, right!?

Features

  • Down rail
  • Very narrow outline
  • Easy to rock side to side with subtle movements
  • Low tail rocker for speed and down-the-line flow

This is probably not a good board for beginners, because of how narrow it is. Any slight lean in your body, or foot adjustment, could be enough to tip the board and dig a rail.

However, if you are an intermediate-advanced surfer, the Cornice could be really fun! It’s very sensitive to shifting your weight, so you will feel like you’re always on rail.

It looks pretty whacky, but I would love to try one out and see how it feels. Actually I would love to see Kelly ride this board, and see what he can do on it. Kelly, are you reading this?

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Youtube surfboard reviews

Shred Show – The Internet’s Most Stoked Surfboard Show

This is hands down the #1 surfboard show/channel on Youtube.

It’s not a surfing channel, but a surfboard channel.

Ever wondered how a specific surfboard works? Chris Grow from Shred Show will explain it all in great detail and enthusiasm.

There’s not that many channels dedicated to surfboards anyways, but Chris blows them all out of the water.

He’s reviewed about 25 boards so far, and each episode is usually 5-10 minutes. You can request which surfboard he should review next, just leave a Youtube comment. Great way to learn about that new board you’ve been eye-ing up.

Even if you can’t understand everything he is talking about, you’ll love how worked up he gets over each board!

The only downside is the lack of consistency – sometimes we have to wait a month or two for another video. But hey, you can’t expect consistency from a surfer, right!? 😉

He’s also working on some new ideas for the show, like “Shred Talks” where he interviews shapers:

These are Shred Show’s two most popular videos:

Channel Islands Average Joe Review

Firewire Timbertek Baked Potato Review

So if you like learning about surfboards head over to Youtube and subscribe to Shred Show. Then you won’t be so confused the next time you are shopping for a new board!

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Weekly Surf Clips

Plenty of big wave action happened this week, watch below and tell us what your favorite clip is!

Taj Burrow and The Mad Hueys

There’s probably not a more entertaining company/brand in the surf world than The Mad Hueys.
Good surfing, good music, and lots of funny.
This clip showcases Day 2 of the Komune Bali Pro.

Tyler HollmerCross Surfs Shipsterns

Paddling in at one of the sketchiest waves in the world!

Heavy Wipeout at Puerto Escondido

This one might win the XXL Wipeout of the Year award!!
Featuring Pedro Calado.

Hurley Youth in Australia

This video showcases some of the young talent on the Hurley team.
And there is plenty of talent!
Skip to 2:40 for the actual surfing.

Mikey Wright Growing Up

Mikey is the little bro of Owen and Tyler Wright.
His siblings recommended not getting burned out on the contest circuit while he’s still so young (18), so he’s been focusing on freesurf trips like this.

Jack Freestone, Something is Calling

Jack may not be winning contests, but he won Alana’s heart, and that’s even better right?
Watch him slay some tropical waves in the Telos Islands:

Crispy Grindz

The Italian 17 year old Leo Fioravanti absolutely kills it in this edit from the past winter in Hawaii.

Down Days – Palestine & Old Jaffa

The Gudauskas brothers are known for always being happy and entertaining.
In their new “Down Days” series with Redbull, they travel the world and surf… pretty much what everyone dreams of doing.
This is more a tour of the area than it is surfing, but still a pretty decent watch.

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Surfers colliding

This is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Two and a half minutes of surfers running into each other at the always crowded Malibu area.

Slow-mo cut to a happy oldies song, watch the hilarity ensue!

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I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Nat, but this kiss was really awkward/funny! Looks like he really didn’t want to do it.

Maybe she ate some garlic earlier?

Give your girl some love, Nat!

Nat Young's Awkward Kiss
Nat Young’s Awkward Kiss

Skip to the 3:20 mark of this video for the kiss… but you should probably just watch the whole thing. #TOURNOTES is awesome!

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Elio Canestri
Elio Canestri

I hate posting anything that isn’t happy, but something needs to change at Reunion Island.

Yesterday, 13 year old Elio Canestri was killed during an official coaching session.

Elio is the 7th person killed by sharks at Reunion Island since 2011!

Just a couple months ago it was announced that Reunion Island would be trying out all kinds of shark-prevention devices. 10,000,000 Euro has been put aside, but apparently they didn’t get started soon enough.

Now I’m not going to say that we should kill all of the sharks, but we definitely need to find a way to prevent attacks and keep surfers safe.

RIP Elio.

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Wetsuit Repair Guide

So you farted too hard while surfing, and blew a hole in your wetsuit. It happens to the best of us. Or something like that anyways.

Before you start crying about your wetsuit that cost hundreds of dollars, let me step in and save you the embarrassment. (Although I’m always a shoulder to cry on, if you really need it)

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Courtney Conlogue falls on rock

At the Bell’s Beach contest, Courtney took the judging criteria “commitment” to a whole new level.

Watch Courtney drop her booty low… real low, like onto a rock.

(Luckily it turned out to be not too bad at all)

Remember when something similar happened last year to Nikki Van Dijk?
(skip to 0:50 to see the fall)

Come on ladies, watch out for the rocks!!

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