July 01, 2016

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What is the best surfboard for me?

This is one question that newbie surfers have problem answering. Picking a surfboard can certainly be a difficult choice. But here’s one idea to keep in mind: no matter what type of surfboard you choose, you want to make sure that you can have fun with it and experience success. With that out of the way, let’s have a look at the common surfboard types you can choose from:

  • Funboards 
  • Shortboards
  • Longboards 
  • SUPs

All of the above mentioned options come in either hard or soft versions, and choosing between a hard and soft board type is yet another decision you will have to make.

In case you’re just starting out, it is suggested that you choose a soft Longboard. This is a board large enough to float all your weight and fit your height while also being easy to paddle. Apart from that, you would obviously need to make sure you’re surfing at a spot where the waves are gentle and suitable enough for an amateur. In the early stages, the bigger your board, the easier it will be for you to learn.

There are a few exceptions to the rule. If you’re familiar with the waves and are in good shape, you can start off with a shorter surfboard, or perhaps even a hard fiberglass surfboard. Of course, this is an exceptional and not a rule. Your learning curve will likely be longer.

Keep in mind that your primary goal should be to have fun and be successful while riding the waves. The kind of surfboard you opt for will definitely play a huge role in determining this.

If you’re beyond the beginner level and believe you’re at an intermediate stage, you can choose a shorter Funboard. A Funboard is typically between 7 and 9 feet long. Other than that, you can also pick a performance board which is usually shorter than 7 feet.

Having the ability to surf on shorter surfboards will mainly depend on your skill and physical conditioning. Again, if you’re only a beginner, you should certainly choose a longer board unless of course, you’re happy with a longer learning curve. It all depends on your personal skill level so make the right choice by precisely judging what level you are on.

In case you don’t really wish to ride the waves, the best option for you would be a Standup Paddleboard (more commonly referred to as an SUP). With this board, you will be able to learn quite faster and as such, you’ll have more chances of success since you’ll be on smooth and gentle bays, rivers, lakes, or ocean waters.

Wakeboard Racks – Why You Need Them !

Are you a fan of wakeboarding? Well you better be, as in this blog, we’re going to discuss some of the most suitable racks for wakeboards and why you need to take them with you while going out on an adventure with your wakeboard.

Before we move any further, let’s just pay homage to this legendary sport. Wakeboarding is the name given to a surface water sport that involves riding a given wakeboard over the surface of water. It has come about from the combination of snowboarding, water skiing, as well as surfing techniques.

In this post, we’re going to show you the best racks for wakeboards that we have available on our website. Let’s have a look at them!

Big Boarder

The Big Boarder is manufactured entirely from extremely solid, beautiful, and strong bamboo ply. It can provide a stylish and functional way of displaying and safely storing your boards. The best thing about it is that it is adjustable so that it can be fitted for any type of board (including snow, skate, wake, long, surf, and more). It is extremely sturdy to the point at which it can easily hold any weight which goes above 150 pounds. Apart from that, it has a newly engineered system of mounting through which installation is highly simple and convenient. Moreover, it is authenticated with the official logo of Grassracks and hot-iron branded. And last but not the least, it is manufactured in the US of A!

Wakeboard Rack

Next up is the Wakeboard Rack which can hold up to 2 to 4 boards. It features solid construction and is capable of holding up to a 100 pounds. It protects your board thanks to 16 inch arms which are solid birch and ¾ inches thick coming with foam padding. The rack’s arms are angled at 15 degrees plus it has routed finished edges. Furthermore, it is 15 inches from the top to bottom. The whole rack set weighs only 3 pounds. What’s more, it has four pre drilled screw holes as well as mounting hardware needed for absolute easy hanging.

So long as you choose one of these exquisite racks you can rest assured you will have the best rack for your wakeboard which will not only provide your board some much needed rest while it is not in use, but also help you maintain its overall appearance and condition in an effective manner. We definitely recommend you to give one of these a shot and see for yourself how good they are!

Best Boat Racks for SUP

Stand up paddleboarding is a fun filled activity which many of the people around the world enjoy. If you also the sort of person who enjoys taking their paddleboard for a nice time out in the waters, then you will be aware of the issues with boat storage. If you don’t have any space in your boat for storing your paddleboards then you will have to look for alternatives such as boat racks. Needless to say, boat racks are highly reliable as they provide you the utmost in terms of convenience and ease.

With the surging popularity of SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding), boat racks for SUP have become one of the most growing categories of racks. In this blog, we will be taking a look at the Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack available for purchase on our website. Let’s have a look!

Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack

Calfin surf racks are purpose built, superb in terms of functionality, and quite possibly the most convenient racks to mount. Available exclusively on our website, all Calfin surf racks come with the mounting hardware and require considerably little knowhow for successfully mounting them. These racks are proudly manufactured in the USA. What’s more, the raw materials used for manufacturing these racks are also sourced from American suppliers. This means they are a complete USA manufactured product.

The Calfin Boat Mounted SUP rack is extra wide and extra sturdy for accommodating even the “big boy” stand up paddleboards. There are countless benefits of these boat racks. They come with high strength steel box tubing. They connect to 1” stanchions and have foam padding which is super soft in order to provide the best in terms of protection. Other than that, these boat racks also have protective custom vinyl end caps and are ideal for all sizes of SUPs, up to 35 pounds!

Apart from that they also have marine rust protection thanks to the 303 stainless steel as well as the powder coating. These racks further come equipped with all the tools required for mounting the rack. They can hold paddleboards that are up to 5 inches thick. Furthermore, they include two adjustable bungee cords.

The Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack is adjustable to any angle handrail or stanchion. It can be mounted through the use of stainless steel shaft collars that are custom made. It is further designed to mount objects which are 1 inch in terms of diameter. In case your boat has 1 ¼ inches, you can get this rack custom made from us for the same price.

Needless to say, the Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack is one of the best boat racks currently available. So get yours now by ordering it from us!

March 25, 2016

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First Step of Yoga Practice

Maybe your doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or best friend told you Yoga would be good for you. You have heard so much about Yoga; it seems that Yoga is a "cure" for almost anything. The more you hear, the more confusing it is to understand what Yoga is all about.

Below is an overview of Yoga, which may help you decide your path of Yogic study. There is no right or wrong path of Yoga study, but be selective when you choose a Yoga teacher, Yoga book, or Yoga class..

You should first realize that there are many styles of Yoga. There are nine major styles of Yoga; many more styles exist, as well as many sub-styles. The nine major styles of Yoga are Bhakti, Hatha, Jnana, Karma, Kundalini, Mantra, Raja, Tantra, and Yantra Yoga. Each style emphasizes unity of body, mind, and spirit.

The literal meaning of Yoga is "union" or "unity." If we can unify the body, mind, and spirit in harmony, we can achieve tranquility. One of the main purposes of Yoga is tranquility through improved health due to a holistic approach to life.

India is the birth place of Yoga. There are many written works about Yoga, but the origin of Yoga dates back thousands of years. Yoga is the "mother" of most of the world's health maintenance systems. Asian martial arts, with an origin from the Shaolin temple, and Pilates, can trace their ancestry back to Yoga.

The "higher forms of Yoga" are said to be Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, and Raja Yoga. Each of these four styles is a complex subject, within themselves, and I cannot do them justice by a summarization.

Hatha Yoga sub-styles are the most prolific outside of India. Most new Yoga practitioners will learn a Hatha Yoga sub-style first. Hatha Yoga, and its many sub-styles, primarily emphasize physical health, which will likely result in improved mental health. Most Hatha Yoga classes, outside of India, do not approach spiritual health.

Nevertheless, Hatha Yoga is seen by fundamentalists as an "export of Hinduism." In some rare instances, this may be true, but most Hatha Yoga teachers are content to teach improved health for body and mind.

Therefore, when you choose a book, or local Yoga teacher, be aware that the Yoga teacher or Guru is a guide - but you have a right to know which direction you are being guided to. The Yoga practitioner learns to expand his or her mind and make independent decisions "along the way."

Yoga is non-threatening to religion. If a Yoga instructor teaches intolerance, of any kind, that is not Yoga. Unity is not sectarianism. We have to learn to appreciate diversity, and we should never tolerate prejudice. Prejudice and intolerance are often the cause of crime and wars.

February 22, 2016

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A Brief Guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding

Combine surfing with kayaking and you’ve got stand up paddleboarding (SUP). SUP is the fastest- growing water sport in the world with gear sales up by about 200% in the past year. The reason so many people are drawn to paddleboarding is that it’s an amazing full-body workout that improves your core strength, cardio fitness, balance, and flexibility with virtually no impact. Plus, it’s fun to get out on the water and enjoy nature, so it hardly feels like exercise.

Take A Lesson

The key to mastering paddleboarding isn’t about how strong you are, but rather it’s all about technique. To avoid common beginner mistakes (think: standing with straight legs looking down rather than with legs slightly bent like in skiing for better balance and for gazing ahead at the horizon), paddleboarding virgins should sign up for a lesson from a PaddleFit- or WPA-certified instructor. Finger Lakes Paddleboard, for example, offers an intro to SUP class that shows you how to correctly size and hold a paddle, proper paddling technique, basic turns on the board, how to stay safe in wind and waves, and how to fall and remount.

Focus On Your Core Instead Of Your Arms

Your first instinct when paddling might be to focus on your arms. Beginners may not realize that you won’t last long by using your arms more than your core. That’s because your core is a bigger and stronger muscle group, and the water constantly changes so you have to be mindful about keeping your midsection engaged for better balance and endurance.

Get The Right Gear

One of the worst things you can do when starting any sport is to get the wrong equipment. If you get a board that’s too small for your weight or ability, it will be unstable and you’ll think SUP is too hard or that you suck.

Here is the gear you’ll need to start:

A stand up paddleboard: The key to finding a good fit is to talk to a certified paddleboard expert and try out the boards in the water before you buy them to get an idea about how they handle. Wider, flatter boards are more stable, and a basic, all-around board for most guys tends to be about 12 feet to 12 feet 6 inches long, such as the Riviera Voyager. You’ll be spending at least $800-  $900 on a basic-but-quality board. Buying a paddleboard is an investment, as is buying, say, a road bike, but it won’t lose its dollar value because you can always sell later.

Paddle: Stand up paddles vary, but most have a straight shaft with an angled blade whose size is specific to each individual. A good rule of thumb is to choose a paddle that’s about 10 inches taller than you if you’re flat-water paddling. The grip should be at midpalm with shoulders square and hand extended overhead. A good paddle will cost you about $300-$400, but you shouldn’t have to ever replace it.

Personal flotation device: The Coast Guard requires that all paddleboarders have a life jacket or other PFD onboard. White says he and his students use leashes, too. This keeps the board from floating away if you fall off and makes it easier to pull the board back so you can also use it as a flotation device when you need a rest.

September 08, 2015

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3 Ways to Store Your Board This Fall

Face it, summer's over.

It's time to put the kiddos back in school, clean out the garage, and get ready for 6 months of land surfing (skateboarding, snowboarding, etc..)

But what to do with your boards?  You've had them in your car or truck all summer and now they're just sitting in the corner in your garage like abandoned puppies.

DON'T ABANDON YOUR PUPPIES

Grab one of these fine surfboard racks for the garage instead:

Wall Rack

If you have more than one board, a surfboard rack for the wall is definitely your best bet.  A Space saver and display-er for your beautifully crafted quiver. Just remember to mount it to a wall stud!

 

Ceiling Rack

If you're super tight on space and need to get the boards up and away for a long period of time ( set and forget), a surfboard or SUP Ceiling Rack is the way to go. 

As an added bonus, you can admire your board anytime but simply parking your car underneath the rack, opening the sunroof, and tilting your seat back.  Man, winter sure is boring.

 

Floor Stand

For those with a bit more space who want to display their shortboard or longboard in all of it's glory, a Surfboard stand is the perfect solution.

Make all those who enter your humble abode bow before your almighty quiver in the entranceway.  These stands are perfect in the garage, living room, on the front porch, or even in the bedroom ;)

With the winter months fast approaching, don't fret.  Even when it's snowing, you'll be able to stare into the glossy shine of your surf or Stand Up paddle board and dream about your first session in 2016.

Until then....

 

July 23, 2015

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Surfing with Sharks

By now you've probably seen the startling video of Australian Pro Surfer Mick Fanning's run in with a massive shark at the Jeffreys Bay Open in South Africa on Sunday.  If not, you can peep the video below:

Apparently Fanning hit the Shark with quite a nice right hook while the wave was blocking our view from some of the more intense parts of the encounter.  To anyone who says punching a shark doesn't work, why don't you go explain it to Mr. T?

Proper Shark Punching Technique actually entails aiming for the nose.  Apparently, sharks are more sensitive in this area due to extra nerve endings and are more likely to feel the heat from your jab-jab-right hook.

WARNING: Rack Your Board in no way endorses or recommends punching a shark.  Proceed with caution.

Theres countless stories of a surfer who punched a shark in the nose and got away with it (barely), but obviously this is a last resort.  Anyone who goes looking for Sharks to pick a fight with is not cool.

Let's remember that the ocean is the Shark's home, not ours.  When we go surfing, we're simply visiting, and as gracious visitors we need to realize that no matter how comfortable we are in the water, at the end of the day, we're out of our element, our habitat, and our minds ( according to some ;)

 

 

 

 

July 15, 2015

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How to Fit a Surfboard Rack for Cars on the Curved Roof of a Vintage VW Bug

A recent customer of ours and friend: Ron C, reached out to me with a question:

Which rack will work for my 1970s VW Bug?

The vintage VW bugs look great with a surfboard sitting securely on top the surf rack but the problem for Ron was that every time he tried to find a rack, the curvature in the car's rooftop prevented it from fitting snug.

So what is a man with a cool car and an itch to go surfing to do?

I got on the phone with one of our suppliers for the Huntington Snubber Surfboard Roof Rack-a surfboard and SUP rack for cars that was made specifically for vintage cars. The rack attaches right to the rain gutters of cars that, you know, actually have them!

( when's the last time you saw rain gutters on a car post-1990?)

Anyway, after a little digging around, we got a hold of someone who had purchased the Huntington surfboard rack for cars in the past for their bug and asked them how they made it fit. Guess what they said?

Bend it

That's right.  

Here's a description of what Ron ended up doing to get the rack to fit nice and snug to the Beatle's rooftop:

"It was very easy to bend, I set the roof bar on the ground at a 45 degree angle, bottom of bar facing upwards, put my foot on the center edge of bar and bent it 1/2 inch in center. That’s it. Perfect fit and you can't even tell it was slightly bent.
Simple modification."

And how do bent surfboard racks for cars look afterwards?  Well....

 

3 Steps to Get a Custom Made Surf Rack

Looking around our site, I'd say we have a pretty good selection.  From Car Surfboard racks, to surfboard racks for garage, to leashes, to traction pads, we have products listed that will work for about 90% of you guys.  But what happens when we don't have something that you want?

We Make it Happen 

pats self on back :)

Recently, a customer and friend of ours named Michael hit me up looking for something we didn't supply.  Mike had recently installed a ton of slat wall in his garage and needed some racks to fit in the grooves that could hold two of his short boards.  We had never sold slat wall racks before, so I got on the phone with one of our suppliers to see how much trouble it would be to make a custom pair.

Theres a Basic, three step process if you need a custom rack:

1. Send Picture of your space, wall, measurements ect..

There's no such thing as too many pictures.  From basic measurements (seen above) to spacing, to the shape of the groove of the slat wall, the more the merrier.

These pictures sent in by Michael helped the most.  When we're able to measure the exact size of the grooves in the slat wall, we can ensure a rack that fits.  Typically, a slat wall surf rack's clamps are made larger than the grooves, themselves, to ensure a snug fit when factoring in the weight of the surfboard.

2. Send us measurements/ approximate weight of your boards

So we can use the appropriate racks and angles to ensure the board is secure once you hang it up. The measurements and angle of the rack depends on the size of the board.  While we can produce flat wall racks for slat wall, we highly recommend going for an angled rack to ensure the board is secure up against the wall.

3. Order Bad-Ass Custom Racks

If it's possible to get your rack made, we'll make it happen.  We're your guys, your amigos, your brother from another mother, et. all.  Our goal is to make you happy by getting you the gear you need.

Big thanks to Mike for letting us share all of these pics on the blog with you guys.  He provided us with more than enough information and ended up with racks that fit snug on his slat wall.

5 Essential Items for your Next Surf Trip

You’ve been working all Spring bussing tables on the side to save up, and the time is almost here for a surf trip. In a few weeks, you’ll grab your board, meet the homies, and all pile into Jon’s van (sorry Jon) for the best trip of your life!

But are you prepared?  There’s nothing worse than being up the creek without a paddle ( or in the swell without a fin eh?). This list should be a good place to start for Surf Trip Preparedness.

1. Bananas

Bananas? WTF is this guy talking about?

Hear me out.

Bananas are: 

  1. cheap
  2. super nutritious
  3. loaded with potassium
  4. delicious

If you’re on a budget during this surf trip, bring bananas.  They’re great for breakfast and will help stop you from cramping up while waiting out in the set.

2. Car Rooftop Rack

Yep, that’s right, the guy who sells surfboard racks recommends you get a surf rack for your next trip (big surprise). But consider the alternative: Bungee cords.  Bungees are ghetto as f#&! and could snap at any time while you’re driving or loading/unloading the boards.  The last thing you need is a bungee to the face.

Surfboard Racks for Cars like the Blocksurf Wrap Rax double are inexpensive, fit on almost any rooftop, and can hold up to six boards.  Just think of all the room you’ll have for activities inside the car after you turn the rooftop into a surfboard bunk-bed.

3. Extra Leash

Imagine this: You find the perfect spot, hidden away from the main road.  The swell is immaculate, the beach is empty (other than you and your buds).  You paddle out to catch your first wave and the curl pulls your board a bit too fast.  Your leash (which is too old to begin with) snaps.  You’re screwed.

Pack an extra leash!  They’re inexpensive, light, and take up little room.  Plus, the Eco-Leash by Wave Tribe has a 1 year warranty, So if it breaks, you’ll get a new one for free. It’s a win-win-win.

4. Guitar

For the ladies

5. Board Bag

Don’t be a drag, bring your board bag.  With 3-4 friends traveling with you, there’s bound to be a lot of boards banging and scraping each other during travel.  Protect your board by packing smart-with a lightweight, durable board bag.

The Hemp Travel Board Bag by wave tribe holds 2 boards and comes in every size imaginable (ranging from 6’2” to 9’6”).  It’s also made from hemp (cough cough), but don’t try to smoke it if you run out of buds.

 Want to Add to the List?

Comment Below with other essential items you bring on surf trips.

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