Ryan Briggs stays dormant for weeks, sometimes months and then out of no where comes out with an insane edit. We have marked him as the turtle from now on. By the time you are viewing this Ryan will be off again filming in his small remote locations he calls his turtle home.
So if anybody out there has surfed the last couple days you know the cold water is here. We had mild winters the last 2 years, water temp wise, and it was looking to be the same this year as well until that ever so popular “arctic blast” rolled as far south as North FL “aka- south Georgia” The waters cold people, its just cold. Luckily for everyone in Jacksonville Sunrise has you covered on the legitimate high end, warm, quality fullsuits that nobody else in town has. That is correct, Sunrise is the only place in Jacksonville to find the latest and greatest wetsuits from Xcel and they are the leading wetsuit brand when it comes to insulation and functionality (that’s fancy lingo for saying they are really warm and stretchy) Need drylock booties and gloves as well as a polypro with hood attached? We got em’ and that combined with a new Revolt 3/2 or Infiniti 3/2 will have you warm and toasty throughout your whole session. Come by the shop and look at a new suit, if your size is out of stock we will custom order it for you and get it rush shipped. Watch this little Xcel clip below, it might not be as cold as surfing in Canada here but it damn sure is cold.
Jacksonville local, extremely humble dude, and sunrise team rider Pat Schaeffer placed 3rd in this past weekends Tampa Am skate event. For those of you who don’t know about SPOT and its skate events let me tell you that this is definitely the premiere amateur event in the entire world. Yes the world, not the country, not the lower hemisphere, not just this half of the globe. In fact I am willing to go out on a limb and say the biggest amateur skate event in the universe, not just the milky way, earth and Uranus, the whole universe- black holes, other galaxy’s and all. Ok, I took that one a little to far, beat the proverbial horse so to speak, but i’m serious and one look at the roster is basically a who’s who in the future of professional skateboarding. Pat finished well last year (basically if you finish in the top 10 you are a hero) but upped his steez this year to make it to the podium which is 3rd and better. Its safe to say that Sunrise and the whole collective of Jacksonville skaters is super proud of Pat and his accomplishments and I can honestly say this is one of the most grateful, nice dudes that is out their playing with a wooden plank on wheels.I’m sure all of Pats other sponsors, DC shoes, DGK, Venture trucks, Gold wheels, and Diamond supply are just as proud as we are! Keep it up Pat, I think its safe to say you keep doing what your doing and your future will be bright. Congrats from your Sunrise fam’ watch the video below to see the highlights from the final day. Pat is the one with the black and white DC shirt on the podium at the end.
This is a cool little video from the interview between shapers Mayhem and Darren Handley (DHD). Both of these guys are legendary shapers who have built boards for the worlds best surfers at two of the worlds best waves- Lowers and Snapper. It has some good turns and a good explanation of why you can never replicate a magic board, its all about the wood people! Good on Zander and the Surfing magazine guys for their latest issue which features a solid look into what all the pros are riding. Come into Sunrise and check out our full line of ..Lost surfboards and the DHD’s we have in stock. I personally have a Mayhem Taj Burrow Beach Buggy and I must say it is probably one of the top 3 boards I have ridden in my 27 years of flailing in the ocean.
Whats new on the rack at Sunrise. We carry Wetsuits from XCEL, ONEILL, BILLABONG, and QUIKSILVER. Kids sizes 2 through size 16 and adult sizes XS all the way up to a 3XL. Ladies we have you covered as well with suits from ROXY, BILLABONG, ONEILL, and XCEL.
The North Shore’s triple crown season has officially kicked off. They held the first few rounds of the event at Sunset beach HI a couple days ago. The event has been put on hold but should resume with a new swell today or tomorrow. I linked a little highlight clip of the first day below, its nice to see some solid waves being ridden in jerseys for a change. Ian Walsh has some inspiring rail work in this clip, i’m curious to know what kind of board he is on? Seeing some raw power and shifting lumpy masses of waves gets the blood pumping and warms us up for the super bowl pinnacle of the season; The Pipe Masters! (like how I capitalized that and threw down an exclamation) Anyways tune into the event at the official Vans HIC Pro website or come watch the event on the big screen at the shop if its running during regular hours.
Thank god for John Florence, I must say that I think his latest clip officially puts him at the top of the heap as king of all web clips. Until recently that title couldn’t have rested with any other then king Dane but lately the great venturan free surfer has completely dropped the ball. Its safe to say after seeing his 2 wildcard appearances in the last 2 events, that Dane probably isn’t spending enough time in the water these days. Well luckily for all of us JJF is, and let me tell you the cinematic proof from these such surfs is just mind boggling. We have seen “free to roam’, “begin again” and now “& again” all 3 released within a year (and lets not forget the signature film he made in between “Done”) Lets also not forget that this is a world tour surfer, somebody who makes his living competing not making movie clips, so technically this is a side gig for John. Scary. The turns around the 2 minute mark to about 2:20 are as good as any in the biz. In fact he looks so comfortable on rail, his boards so responsive, that I don’t think we can fully appreciate the face work he is doing without slow-mo. This guy is the future of surfing,hands down, and I hate to say it but I think the future is here and i’m just an old man watching. Sit back and enjoy what is easily the best web clip of the year.
So the Hurley Lowers pro waiting period starts on the 15th of September. As you all know, or might not, this is hands down the most high performance, innovative, exciting (with the exception of Tahiti, Chopes and Pipe) event of the year. If you have ever been to Southern California and had a chance to surf lowers then you know it is absolutely the most surfer friendly, rippable wall of water in the land. You can put every ounce of push into your turns or airs and the wave is like a soft welcoming pillow that slightly pushes back just enough to keep you going. Mix that with 3 dozen or so of the best international surfers and you have quite a show. Here’s a link to the event below and I also through in a recent video of Lowers to get you stoked. I’d make note of how Kolohe surfs in this video, I don’t think he has done well here the last 2 years and its his backyard so I believe he’s hungry for a good finish this year. He will be on my fantasy team for sure so hopefully I didn’t just jinx him.