Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What, You Still Use Wax?

XM sent us a sample of their new Clear Grip peel & stick traction. It basically feels like medical tape with tiny holes cut into it.

I decided to try it out on my single fin. After cutting it into appropriate size pieces and sticking it to the board I wasn't sure it was going to work. It didn't feel too sticky.

I got a chance to surf yesterday so I thought I would try it out and it worked much better then I expected. I slid off the board a few times while sitting waiting for waves but when I was up it worked great.

Will something like this replace wax? Probably not. It is nice though not to have to worry about whether I brought wax or not and I won't have to change it when the water warms up. We don't have any of this stuff in stock, but we can get it so let us know if you guys are interested and we'll pick some up.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Summer Starts Early

Barely a week into Spring and already drunk people are running into our shop.

This happened on Friday at about 4:00pm. The driver of the car was seen stumbling towards Snapper Jack's. Slurry Jones?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Surf Swap

One week from this Saturday on April 3rd the ESA will hold its second annual Surf Swap. The swap will be from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm next to the shop in the parking lot. If you have a bunch of stuff to sell be sure to call Nancy at
(843) 343-4047 to ensure yourself a spot. ESA donations are encouraged, so come out to support the ESA and make some cash.

*Thanks again Grumpy for your phenomenal post suggestion.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's called Channel Islands...

No, but we have some Channel Islands T-shirts, traction and back-packs.

Actually we might have some Al Merrick stuff near the R - V - C - A stuff.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This wave is only half a foot (leprechauns are short).

Friday, March 12, 2010


The pictures are a little foggy so click to enlarge.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Board Co. for Mckevlins... sort of

We just received a shipment of Ricky Carroll surfboards. Ricky Carroll is a company we had years ago and now it is back to fill our much needed lack of epoxy boards.

This particular board is a mini performance longboard...

...with chined rails...

...and a convertible quint fin set-up.

Dims: 7'2" x 21" x 2 3/4" $595

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

...like I'm wearing nothing at all

We got in some of the new Rip Curl Mirage boardshorts in so I tried on a pair and I have to say, for once the product lives up to the advertising.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Buy a board and get a free T-shirt... or just stop by, and if you're lucky (and recently bought a board) we might give you one.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

just a plain old surfboard...

This is my 5'8" Pat Rawson Impala via ...Lost surfboards that I picked up yesterday when I was home sick from work (hehe). I have to admit, I was not too impressed when I picked it up. No fancy wings or crazy tail shape or chunnel bottom. No gimmicks at all. What was there to get excited about? Maybe a new swell and another sick day would get me excited enough to go down to Swami's, home of the grumpy locals, and test this piece out.
Well, 10 waves later, I can honestly say this board is no b*llshit. As much as I love my D.Diver, it's going to be hard to not ride this board . From wave #1 there were no surprises: it held in the critical (glass-on twin template + stabilizer) and came of the bottom like a bat out of hell. I might have done my best bottom to top turn combo ever on this board, and that was on my first wave. It kept feeling better and better, whether it was a 2-foot insider or a head-high set wave.

Like I said, no gimmicks, just a plain old surfboard that f*cking works. These are all shaped by Pat Rawson, a master craftsman and shaping legend. He comes over from Hawaii during the middle of every month to shape these boards so no intricacies are lost in translation. Get your order in now, the middle of the month will be here soon.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

New Channel Islands in the Shop

One that stands out from the usual Pods and Flyers is the new Dumpster Diver.

A wide squatty board with a wide tail, hard edge, and deep single concave come together to form yet another board for Summer's weak surf.
Dims: 5'6"x 19 1/4" x 2 1/4" $650