T9, Optimist & Karma: D33 "El Nino" picks for the intermediate/ advanced rider

October 13, 2015

Around these parts we've got plenty of push still coming in off the horizon, with no signs of stopping. SoCal's next bump fills in mid-next week. That said, let's get into our favorites for you more seasoned surfers... you know... those of you that can honestly answer the age old cheeky question with "Yeah.. I surf."

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The 2015 100 Wave Challenge: Still so chafed and sooo stoked...

September 24, 2015

Another year in the books and we're on our way to surpassing our last year's fundraising by a strong margin! If you look around at all the faces in the shop, there's still pink foreheads, salty red eyes and waxy knees.

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Calling All San Diegans. Here's your chance to big a part of something huge!

June 29, 2015

How huge? More than 25,000 waves huge. More than $300,000 huge. More than 300 kids huge. Last year we participated in the 100 Wave Challenge hosted by the Boys To Men mentorship program. AND.WE.CRUSHED.IT. Not just Degree33 but the entire movement as a whole. 

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Dings: What not to expect - How to avoid atypical surfboard damage.

June 19, 2015


We all ding our boards on a regular basis... if you don't, you will, go surfing already! Anyways, for those of us that already have a set of clothes designated as ding repair/shaping/glassing only, this article may not be for you. You already know the do's and don'ts of surfboard care.. or don't... and your board reflects it. If your board is still minty fresh, you may run into damage you weren't expecting. This article serves to keep that freshy intact and on point.

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Don't ever shape your first board...

June 18, 2015

Here's my take on attempting to shape your first board... Jumping straight to a fresh blank, even with all the right tools, will still end up leaving you with a dented wallet and a whittled little piece of foam that you're too ashamed to take to a glass shop.

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Rob Goodman - Why I Went Custom...

June 11, 2015

I had been buying boards off the rack, or pro models used off of craigslist for years. I was still learning, and was naive as anyone else when looking at new surfboards. I wanted to ride what Andy Irons rode, what Taj was getting barreled on.  I thought if I watched enough of their clips, got the board they were on, I would eventually get the hang of it, right?

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Garek Hurt - Why I went custom...

June 10, 2015

For nearly 8 years now I've been creating custom boards for myself and others and I really haven't looked back. There really isn't anything quite like running across the sand and watching other surfers stare at my board with 100 questions they'd like to ask. And that's just where it starts, out of the water. So, without further interruption, here's why I simply must go custom...

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Summer Selection: The right boards for warm, relaxed surf.

April 07, 2015

I hope you all got what you were hoping for this winter. SoCal got lit up pretty nicely with solid swell around every corner. As SSW swell angles start showing up on our radar, it's time to put the potato chips away and pull out the trusty slump busters for that consistent 2-3ft all day, everyday wave. 

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Dude... where's my board?!

October 30, 2014


A while back we told you exactly how to avoid being robbed while out surfing. As a followup, here's a guide to prevent surfboard theft outside of the water. After scratching for bombs all morning, the last thing you're thinking about is your board as you take that first bite into a carne asada burrito. Unfortunately, somebody else my have noticed your board while you were inhaling horchata. 

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How to step it up: Sizing up for winter

September 23, 2014

If global warming is sending us these late season southern hemi hurricane swells, at least there's finally a benefit from climate change. Cabo just got SLAMMED with new hurricane swell. We got the best run of legit I've seen in San Diego in years. My own home break broke bigger than I'd ever seen it... and I've been surfing that wave for over 15 years. 

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Design Notes: Go Wide or Go Home

August 06, 2014

If you you're a Floridian, Southern Californian, or a Gulf Coaster... you're starved for waves right now. Sure it's surfable, but not by much. If you've got short arms and deep pockets, you may not have a backup longboard to switch to and your shortboard isn't quite cutting it.

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The MOST important upgrade for any surfboard. EVER.

March 06, 2014


Most surfboards in your local shop don’t come with a set of fins included in the price of the board. Surf shops love this because now you’re going to have to hover over the fin wall and pick out a set that’s going to ding ya at least $40 minimum. I rode stock fins for YEARS before I realized I’d been basically riding on junk the WHOLE time. There were so many aspects to fins that I really hadn’t even figured in. These days, there are countless fin systems for an endless array of applications.Combine that with the uniqueness of every surfer out there and we’re talking millions of different combinations that are possible.

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