Taylor Lane shaped a surfboard made from 10,000 beach-littered cigarettes. Last year, he produced a bodysurfing handplane using champagne corks, old t-shirts, fiberglass scraps, an old wetsuit, climbing ropes, and entropy resins for VISSLA’s Creators & Innovators Upcycle Contest. Now, the California surfer wanted to go beyond his own limits and spent countless hours collecting the number one item found on beaches and roadsides.
The surfboard made using 10,000 cigarette butts
The holiday season is coming up, and we’ve got cool gift ideas for him and her. Welcome to The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2017. For many surfers and their families, Christmas is the best holiday and the most meaningful time of the year. It’s all about sharing life and love with those who are close to us. Surfing is a year-round sport. An outdoor activity that heals and brings joy to its participants from spring to winter. And surfers care about their stuff; they love technical gadgets and smart tools.
World Surf League (WSL) ran the first ever competition at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, in Leemore, Central California. It was named the Future Classic. The pro surfing organization tried to keep it a secret but also spread the rumors that something special was about to take place at the private surf pool. The marketing stunt included all the top male and female surfers, as well as a few stars from the outside world. Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam’s frontman, and a surfer himself, was there to praise the event.
There’s no place like California. And if you’re a visiting surfer, you should know where to go to score the best waves. Southern California is home to hundreds of fantastic beach breaks, point breaks, and jetty breaks. Depending on the swell angle and wind conditions, you’ll always find a wave that suits your needs. From Malibu to the Mexico border, there’s a lot of peaks to be explored and ridden. Quiksilver shot a boardrider’s video guide to do SoCal right. So, pack your gear, and get on the surf trip of a lifetime.
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The Boardrider’s Guide to Radical Times in Southern California
It’s a surfer’s nightmare, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The black ball flag is a synonym for “no surfing,” even if the waves are pumping out the back. The black ball, or blackball flag, is a rectangular flag featuring a centered, solid black circle against a yellow background which is raised on Southern California beaches during the summer months. The flag waves over the lifeguard tower and prohibits hard fiberglass/polyurethane foam surfboards and skimboards in the waters of that beach. The ban can be more or less temporary (for example, during the busiest hours of the day) and less or more restricted to a specific area (for example, 100 yards to the left of a landmark).
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What is the black ball flag?