The year 2021 has seen a lot of changes in the world around us, and the world of surf and outdoor gear was no exception. There were supply and shipping delays, and we learned to be patient as our new skis or surfboards reached us. But there was also innovation in materials, a renewed interest in sustainable manufacturing and many exciting new products on the market.
Through it all, there was a ton of gear that our editors absolutely loved. So much so that covering everything would create an article of unprecedented length on the Internet. Instead, we each chose one of our favorite surf gear to show off. Here they are:
Will Sileo, material editor:
Surfskating has become one of my favorite ways to get my flow when the waves are flat. It is said to improve your surfing by building muscle memory, but most of all, it’s really fun. In my recent roundup of the 6 best surf skates for surfers, the water-based adapter was the top choice for several reasons. First, the price: While most surfskates cost between $ 200 and $ 300 for a full skateboard, the Waterborne adapter only costs $ 70 for the front truck adapter (all you really need for start) and $ 100 for the full set of front and rear adapters (which is currently on sale for $ 80). Repurpose that old longboard that everyone seems to have in their garage and you are good to go. Second, I find riding the Waterborne Adapter to be the perfect blend of surf simulation and fun. Some surfskates are more geared towards surf training, and therefore have looser trucks. Some are more like a traditional skateboard and are much more rigid and difficult to turn. The Waterborne Adapter drops right in the middle, capable of making cuts and pumping to generate speed, while still remaining stable downhill.
Buy the Waterborne surf skate here, and read my full surfskate review here.
Joe Carberry, Senior Editor:
Surftech has an impressive history of working with different shapers. Legends, all from Gerry Lopez to Donald Takayama to Britt Merrick. I was therefore delighted when I was offered the opportunity to test the Channel Islands CODE in Surtech’s Fusion Dual-Core material (EPS / Poly). This is not the Surftech material you are used to. It feels fantastic underfoot, is extremely light and dynamic, and with its fiberglass lineage it looks like any other surfboard in the range. In addition, it is really resistant.
Despite the pandemic, I have had an eventful year of travel. So I wanted a travel board. That’s why I got the CODE 6’4 ”. It comes with a pin-ish tail, which makes it super stable in big surf, with enough glide to get you touching early. And while this board loves the pocket (and late drops) when the waves were small, I could definitely crawl with it when I had to. I was able to ride this board in man-made points in Chiba, Japan, the cold coast of northern Oregon, and northern and southern California. For a full turn he did exactly what I needed.
While a five-fin box would have put this board above in terms of versatility (speed in flat, mushy stuff), the traditional thruster was suited for bigger boards. Again, this glide, which can be attributed to a single concave underfoot, made it easy to paddle and catch waves. It’s just a very easy to use and extremely versatile board. The only hits came from a Delta transporter who smashed it into a conveyor belt (which they paid for). I was grateful to be able to do a bit of globetrotting this year in the midst of these unprecedented times and CODE was my go-to travel dashboard.
Juan Hernandez, social editor:
Some people have no problem throwing their keys in their wheel arch, slipping them under the bumper, or hiding them under a rock somewhere on the beach. For those of us who have time traveled since the 1960s and live in larger, more bustling cities, such tactics are… sketched out.
I have gone through a plethora of lock / cache / cache / key storage options over the past couple of years. I used to keep a Masterlock padlock in my car which technically never failed me (no one ever broke into my car so that’s a big plus) but i always had a bit of uneasiness leaving the thing attached to my car while I was surfing. Even though he was locked up. Then hardware publisher Will Sileo immersed himself in a story about people targeting surfers, breaking the same Masterlock padlock I was using and hooking up their cars. No thanks.
The more I have this thing, the more I dig it. And believe me, I already had time to try others. The KGuard Electronic Key Bag is just the least complicated option I’ve come across so far. It’s a waterproof pouch that you can hang around your neck or store in your wetsuit. Bonus points for a much smaller and less bulky design than other waterproof electronic key bags. The first time you try to put your key in the pocket, you’ll swear you’re going to rip it or just give up. After that you got the impression that the thing is indestructible (I’m sure it isn’t), which was enough key by gaining some peace of mind… pun intended totally.
Alexander Haro, editor-in-chief:
Recently I bought a surfboard that I have been looking at since I rode a friend’s Takayama Scorpion a few years ago in Mexico. It’s called the Greedy Beaver, and I swear to God, it changed my life as a surfer.
I am a very average surfer. But still, like the vast majority of very average surfers, I love it. All I want to do is get high and go as fast as I can. I want a board that paddles easily while feeling like it will do what my brain tells it to do with relatively little effort. Basically I want a surfboard that makes it easier for me to have fun. And the Beaver Gourmand? That’s what he does.
I am 6’1 ″ and 185 pounds. My Greedy Beaver is a 5’10 “. Paddling in waves is surprisingly easy – it has a relatively low rocker and a lot of the foam is under your chest – but unlike most easy to paddle boards, it is incredibly responsive. The outline looks a bit like a compressed longboard with a rounded pin tail. The elongated rails facilitate large looping curves. The pin tail, if you step on it, feels like an ordinary shortboard when You’re in the pocket. In short, this surfboard makes me surf better and have more fun. Which, unless you’re a professional surfer – and you probably aren’t – is all of it. interest of that stupid little thing that we spend our lives obsessed with.