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Interview: Eco Surfer and Surf Reporter Pat Zabrocki

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Back in December, we ran a contest with Solspot to give away a pair of boardshorts to one of their lucky readers. The winner, Pat Zabrocki, turned out to be an awesome guy from San Diego with deep roots in the SD surfing community, through both his prolific surf reporting and passion for clean beaches. He was generous enough to answer some of our questions about all of the cool stuff he’s up to. The full interview is below!
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Boardshorts.com: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How did you land in San Diego?

Patrick: I was raised a Navy brat. I was born in Bethesda, Maryland but moved a few times back in forth between Washington D.C. and San Diego before my dad retired and settled in San Diego and I have lived here for 23 years straight.

BS.com: How long have you been surfing?

P: I hadn’t started surfing until I was about 15 years old but caught on quick and was competing within a year. Doing the math that makes 21 years of surfing but now that I have a boys, aged 5 and a 1 year, my water time has slowed down but should pick up soon as my 5 year old is getting into the lineup with me.

BS.com: For our readers who aren’t familiar, could you briefly describe the world of surf reporting and how surfers use surf reports?

P: In the past, it used to be if you wanted to surf, you went to the beach to check it out in person. Now, surfers collect lots and lots of meteorological and marine monitoring data online to use in deciding when and where to surf. We have gotten much more scientific and refined about surfing because we now have the ability to predict when and where the best surf is going to be.

There are basically two types of reporting: Current Reports and Forecasting Reports. The first tells you what the surf is like right now and, of course, the other will tell you what it will be like in the future. Most reporting sources and websites combine the two reports however, because of the overwhelming amount of information I decided to simplify things and just focus on what the surf is like right now. So when you wake up in the morning you can check out Surf Your Earth and get my personal description of the surf, the important data summarized, and a few pictures to provide a complete overview to help you decide whether to paddle out or not. It’s as simple as you can get because surfing really is not that complicated and reporting shouldn’t be either.

BS.com: What’s something that most people don’t know about surf reporting?

P: Most people don’t realize how many layers of data surfers use to consider where and when to paddle out. Swell size, swell direction, swell interval (or intensity), tide height, whether the tide is rising or falling, water temp, wind direction, etc. Then we have to consider how those things are going to change in the two hours we are in the water. I get the impression the general public think of surfers as the stereotypical beach bum dude but really every surfer is a fairly skilled meteorologist.

One thing most surfers don’t realize is that when looking at the buoy data, the size of the swell on the buoys don’t directly tell you the size of the waves in the lineup. What matters the most is the interval of the swell. Take the size reading from the buoy and factor in the interval and you can get a good idea of the wave height and shape as well (or you could just go to Surf Your Earth and I will tell you right there).

BS.com: We know you’ve been a big supporter of the Surfrider Foundation and you’re a huge proponent of eco-surfing and living green. What are your top 3 environmental tips for people who care about living low impact and keeping beaches clean?

P: Here goes:

  1. Realize that everywhere inland washes out to the beaches. All of our storm drains, rivers, and streams dump out into the lineup we surf in and when it rains it is like a conveyor belt of trash and pollutants. So please don’t litter, pick up trash everywhere you see it, fix oil leaks on your car, and if you smoke PLEASE throw your butts in the trash.
  2. Reduce your use of disposable items, especially of plastic bags and water bottles. There is a HUGE problem with plastic entering our ocean, so much so that many cities are banning the use of them all together. The impact on our earth associated with making THINGS is so huge and to just use something once and then throw it away it the biggest waste. Here is how to start making better choices.
  3. Reduce Your Carbon. It is sad to think that our beaches could all be underwater but that is exactly what is happening as the sea level rises due to climate change. It is a huge problem so it is difficult to think one person’s emissions matter but it is the ONLY way it will happen. Don’t think you can’t make a difference because you can. Team up with Surfrider and START HERE.

BS.com: I know that I could improve with my plastic Outside of San Diego, what is your favorite beach?

P: That is tough question… If I had to pick one it would be Trestles up in San Clemente. It is one of the most rippable waves in the world however it is under threat from development so I would recommend helping to protect it. It’s easy. But this is a trick question because there are a million breaks around the world that I have not been to…

BS.com: If you were stuck on a desert island and you could only bring 3 things with you, what would you bring?

P: My surfboard (hoping there are waves on this island), a snorkel to explore the reefs, and assuming I couldn’t bring people with me a picture of my wife and kids.

BS.com: Rest assured Patrick, we wouldn’t torture you by sending you to a desert island with no surf. Thanks so much for answering our questions, keep up the good work!

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3 Ways to Wear Boardshorts in Winter

Chicago WinterAs some of you may know, it gets cold out here in the Midwest.  Not all of us have the pleasure of kicking it in the California sun and basking in 80 degree weather in the heart of the winter. We’re certainly not chilling on the warm sand and drinking pineapple Mai Tai’s like those of you in Maui.  Some of us are staring down at least 2 more months of drab, cold, dismal winter.  Rad.  So how can we get use out of our boardshorts during this dreary winter lull?  Are your trunks are shoved to the back of the bottom drawer, hidden away behind your tank tops, waiting to be exhumed upon the first glimmer of respite from winter’s relentless grasp? Probably. But why wait ? Here, I’ll explore 3 ways to bust out those boardies and bring summer to you.

Workout/Exercise

Take these shorts for a runAthletic shorts, Basketball shorts, Soccer shorts, Lacrosse shorts, whatever, seem to be the standard work out shorts for men.  Unless you’re a hard core runner or something similar, chances are you wear some sort of basketball or soccer style shorts for working out.  These are okay I guess, but I find boardshorts to be better.  Basketball shorts can be bulky, sweaty, and the polyester-y nylon-y fabric can get awfully stinky over time. And while not all boardies are immune to unique smells when worn often, many of them don’t share this particular odiferous trait.  Light weight, 4-Way Stretch boardshorts offer supreme comfort and functionality, not to mention that they offer a splash of color and uniqueness in a sea of sweaty blandness. Plus, you can swim in boardshorts!  Hit the gym, then hit the hot tub.  Boom!  Women usually opt for spandex or work out pants, but a pair of ladies boardies can be super functional and perfect for beach volleyball or yoga.

Go for a Swim!

Swim training 20Along with workout-related reasons for wearing trunks in the winter, swimming is a great low impact, full body workout.  If you don’t usually consider yourself to be the swimmer type, I highly recommend taking the proverbial plunge and trying a few laps to get comfortable.  It’s an amazing and often overlooked way to round out your health routine, and you’ll end up being sore where you didn’t even think you could be sore.  If you’re new to the sport, chances are you wont be wearing a Speedo right away, so take those boadshorts and hit the pool.  Find one near you!

Throw a Party!

Beach PartyWhat could be more fun than a beach themed party in the dead of winter?  I seriously don’t know. I’m not going to get into reasons to have a party, there are just too many.  But if you do, crank up the heat to 80 degrees, bust out the tank tops and boardshorts, mix up the summertime drinks with little umbrellas, and rock out like its summer.  Sure you can do other theme parties, but they often require lots of preparation and gathering of costume accouterments which can be tiresome and annoying.  All you need for a beach theme are some boardshorts, a Hawaiian shirt, and a desire to pretend its not 8 degrees outside.  Have fun, and hang loose, bro!

Now there are WAY more 3 reasons to wear trunks in the winter.  So tell us!  How do you do boarshorts in the Winter?  We’d love to hear all about it!

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Q&A: What types of boardshorts make me look cool?

Our latest installment in our Q&A series, where our favorite Californian-turned-Midwesterner, Danny Robertson, helps us answer common questions on how best to wear your boardshorts, and how NOT to wear them. See his last Q&A here or check out his Mavericks Invitational recap here.
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Question: What types of boardshorts make me look cool?

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Answer: If you want to blend in, skip loud tropical floral prints and choose stripes or solids instead

Unless you are an irony-chasing hipster, we suggest throwing out those two-tone tropical style hibiscus floral print shorts. You know the ones, big white tropical flower print blasted all over the place. This print was super cool in the 90’s, just like puka shell necklaces, but nowadays not so much.  Trust us.  If you want to be stylish on the beach, ditch the flowers and step into something fresh.

Stripes are in these days and it’s a style that has lasted through the ages. You cant go wrong with these gems by Quicksilver, or a more plain stripe look like these Rusty Kombi shorts. If you’re not into the whole stripe thing, I suggest trying a pair of plain solid boardies. O’Neill makes a pretty solid standard short here. I know it might be hard, but it’s time to toss that old floral print and get into some new trunks that bring you back to the future.

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Super Bowl Boardshorts: Would you sport them?

quiksilver nfl boardshorts 49ers ravens superbowlWith all the hype building up to the Super Bowl, loyal and fair weather fans alike are running to their nearest team store to bag some swag for the game this Sunday. Obviously we’re partial to a certain set of swimwear bottoms, so when it comes to picking up new gear, we like to invest in things of the boardshort variety. Fortunately for us, Quiksilver has a line of NFL boardshorts to meet our superfan needs [note: our offices are located in San Francisco and we’re native bay area dwellers, so you can take a wild guess at where our allegiances lie.]

For those seeking truly sexy swimwear, our fellow 49er fans should look no further than these beautiful red and gold trunks. If by chance you happen to be rooting for that other team down in NOLA, then I guess you’d be looking for these purple, gold, and black numbers.

For those of you looking for in-depth analysis on the comparison between the Super Bowl’s contenders’ cities, we highly recommend these competing analyses by The Baltimore Sun and The San Francisco Chronicle. Both are pretty biased, so we’ll let you be the judge.

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Mavericks Recap: Congrats Peter Mel!

Mavericks Surf ContestWhile the annual Maverick’s Invitational contest has laid dormant for the past two winters, last Sunday the famed break off Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, CA erupted with some of the best big wave surfers from all over the world. After a two year hiatus from the big wave surfing scene, the prospect of this year’s competition had us psyched, super psyched.

Mavericks Invitational 101

For those who aren’t already familiar, the annual Mavericks Invitational is one of the most prestigious big wave events on the planet, maybe second only to the Eddie Aikau Invitational at Waimea.  And being held at such an iconic spot for big wave surfing, it’s no wonder the contest draws the best big wave surfers from all over the globe.  Aside from South African ripper Chris Bertish coming out of nowhere with a borrowed board and a giant smile to win it all, much of the 2010 Mav’s contest in was shrouded in controversy.  Between the ocean mowing down people, media towers, pretty much anything in its way, and the organizer’s corporate battling behind the scenes, 2010 was a mess.  This year, things are different.  Much of the nonsense behind the scene has since settled.  Spectators are now off limits along the shores and cliffs in order to avoid mother nature’s unrelenting wrath.  Contest decisions are now in the hands of a small panel that include the Godfather of the Wave, Jeff Clark, and Maverick’s virtuoso Derryl “Flea” Virostko.  This panel of Big Wave maestros took the reins to ensure that this year’s contest was one of the best.

The Swell

No more than a few days before the contest, a ferocious storm was whipping around the northwest part of the Pacific Ocean, and those who know what to look for, got pumped.  Contest organizers who tracked the storm and the resulting swell gave the go ahead for the big dance to go on. Though the storm may not have produced the biggest swells ever, the fact that the swell originates farther west in the Pacific and has to travel a longer distance creates a unique and less conspicuous quality. Surfers get stoked when they see wave periods around 10-15 seconds, which means that the waves that are breaking aren’t just sloppy wind swell and will have better size and shape to them.  The Wave period of this swell when it careens into the shelf at pillar point is going to be 18+ seconds.  This means big, clean, and powerful ground swell waves that leaves everyone as stoked as they are weary.  Couple that with partly sunny skies, 62 degrees temps, and light NE winds, well the elements, they have come together.

The Contenders

The invite-only contest has been gaining reputation and popularity since the event was first held in 1999.  Like summiting Mt. Everest, or winning the Super Bowl, finishing atop Maverick’s long list of heroic water warriors is an epic milestone that Big Wave surfers would love to check off their list.  It’s the kind of event that can catapult a relatively unknown surfer into the grand spotlight of Big Wave Madness.  The roster of 24 is chosen by their peers and everyone on the list works very hard to get there.  You can’t just walk into an office somewhere, smile, shake some hands, and get an invitation.  Years of preparation, decades of experience, and extraordinary physical and mental toughness must be gained, fought for, and nurtured in order to even be looked at as an invitee.  Those who put in the time, and who gained the respect, are only then afforded the privilege to ride with the best.  With every surfer on the list worthy of praise, we’ve chosen to highlight just a few:

Shane Dorian

Regarded as one of the best big wave surfers today, Shane has accumulated quite a bounty of big wave accolades.  Having a Billabong XXL award or two under his belt, he’s fully capable of paddling into 60 foot BOMB’s.  Funny thing though, he’s a rookie.  This is Shane’s first go at surfing’s big dance and is definitely one to look out for.

Kelly Slater

When this 11-time world champion shows up to a contest, he’s always a threat. Even amongst big wave contenders at Mav’s.  With a 2nd place finish at the Invitational in 2000 and only sporadic appearances since, he’ll be looking to keep his reputation as the best in the world.  With his superstar status, he’s going to get a lot of looks from cameras and judges alike.

Grant “Twiggy” Baker

Baker caught a ridiculous wave in the 2010 contest that made up for the fact that he came up short on the podium. From that appearance, it was clear that he digs what Mav’s has to offer up. It garnered him a cool $50,000 and a Billabong XXL Ride of the Year award.  That, and the fact that he has been on several surfing expeditions to ride some of the biggest waves ever seen, are just a couple reasons why he is another contender to keep an eye out for.

Shawn Dollar

Santa Cruz local and all around ripper gained notoriety when he was credited for paddling into the biggest wave ever ridden, which the Guinness book topped out at 57 feet.  That monster was caught at Jaws in 2011 and he’s probably still riding that high till this day.  When the guy who caught the biggest wave ever is in the lineup, he’s probably a threat to win.

But in the end, all of these dudes got beat out by Santa Cruz local Peter Mel. Surf Channel got an exclusive on the play-by-play of how things went down:

For the consummate pros, this contest is a big one.  For the guys who have made themselves famous at the hands of the mighty, this isn’t just another contest. It’s THE contest.  The last stand between those who are good, and those who are great.  A veritable clash of gladiators and gods in the grandest arena of the sport.  All our best to Peter, you earned it!

And just because we couldn’t resist, here’s Mel’s GoPro POV on how he did it:

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Q&A: Is it cool to wear “boardshorts” with an elastic waist?

As the holiday season comes to a close, we’re already starting our summer countdown. In order to help us get ready, we reached out to our favorite Californian-turned-Midwesterner, Danny Robertson, to help us answer common questions on how best to wear your boardshorts, and how NOT to wear them. Stay tuned in the coming weeks, where Danny will be answering lots of questions about how to stand out (in a good way!) on the beach.
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Question: Is it cool to wear “boardshorts” with an elastic waist?

Answer: Sadly, no.

Ugh, it hurts to say this, but elastic waist shorts are a dead giveaway that you’re way new to the beach scene. If you’re trying to look the part of being hip to things in and around the water, I assure you those elastic shorts are NOT helping your cause.  Those elastic floral print shorts with a mesh tightie whities that you got at Ross have Got. To. Go.  If you’re older than 11 and younger than 57, there is a pair of fitted non-elastic boardshorts out there for you. For those of you looking to break the elastic cycle, we recommend trying a pair of 4-way stretch boardshorts that have all the comfort of a stretchy elastic waist without the stigma that goes along with them.

What can you do? Try on shorts to find the right size for you.

Alright, so this is a web store, but we highly recommend visiting your nearest surf/skate/snow shop (or even department store) to get an idea of sizes and styles of boardshorts work best for you.  Most boardies have standard one inch increment sizes, so matching the size to what you normally wear is usually a no-brainer. Fit can vary between brands and styles, so we recommend trying out a variety, especially if this is your first venture from your elastic comfort zone. Better yet, sometimes very attractive people work at these stores and they’re usually super stoked to help you find the right fit. If you find a great pair of shorts that day, then you’re all set! But if you don’t like the styles/colors/prices, then you can always come here and shop around for your favorite pair. Also, be sure to check out the “Fit Tips” section of our product description for our custom insight on how shorts measure up.

In the comments, feel free to challenge me. Do you disagree? Are Hawaiian boardshorts still cool? If so, are puka shell necklaces cool too? Let’s hear it.

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It’s Santa’s Tubular Tuesday!

santa sale post pictureFor those of you who still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping: we feel you. Between holiday parties, white elephant pranking, and Santacon revelry, we just haven’t been able to find enough time.

For those of you in our boat, we have good news. Santa stopped by our offices this week and convinced us to offer our customers 30% off so that everybody can get their board essentials just in time to get them under the tree. Just enter SANTA30 at checkout and we’ll send some reindeer your way as fast as they can fly!

A huge Happy Holidays from the Boardshorts.com team. Thanks for making our year so great!

 

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Updated Boardshorts.com Shipping Policy: FREE

As we head into the holiday season, the Boardshorts.com team is filled with cheer. In the spirit of giving, we’ve decided to do away with charging our customers for shipping. From this point forward, our little elves will work diligently to ship your order to arrive in the same 2-3 day time frame, with zero cost to you.

For more information on our shipping policy, visit boardshorts.com/shipping.

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The 3 Best iPhone Accessories for Skiing and Snowboarding

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Whether we’re in the jumping in the water or carving on the slopes, we’re always concerned with the safety of the technology in our pockets. Yes, we’re talking about our precious iPhones. So as we head into snow season, we’re shopping for protective gear so we can stay plugged in on the mountains without putting our technology at risk. We know that many snow-goers aren’t comfortable taking their phone on the slopes, knowing that their mobile device could suffer from water damage due to a tough fall or other debacle (we’ve had to use the iPhone-in-a-rice-bowl trick more than a few times). Here, we dig into this season’s hottest accessories to help ensure iPhone-safety on mountain.

Waterproof iPhone Case

Probably the biggest factor that holds people back from carrying their iPhone while skiing or snowboarding is the fear of damaging the device during a fall. If you’ve taken a tumble before, you probably found out the hard way that your everyday screen protector won’t prevent water from getting in your case. That’s why many hardcore snow-goers use a heavy duty waterproof case.

When it comes to durable iPhone cases, OtterBox is the Cadillac of protecting from disaster. The OtterBox Defender Series Case is a tried and true product that can be used on and off the slopes – its two piece polycarbonate + silicone shell protects your iPhone from substantial drops and shocks. However, OtterBox is upping its game this year with its soon-to-be-released Armor Series. Boasted as the “toughest case [they’ve] ever built,” the Armor Series is completely waterproof and crush proof. If you want guaranteed protection, we suggest holding out for this top-of-the-line case.

For those of you who just want protection from water without all the bulk (maybe for filming your buddy’s backside air while you’re cruising down the hill), SealLine’s E-Case provides fully submersible protection from water and other debris.

Helmet-Friendly Headphones

Whether you are listening to music on slopes or chatting with your buddy while you lug your gear, you’ll need to be completely hands-free. To do this, we highly recommend the Bose IE2 Audio Headphones, which provide superior sound quality and can be easily installed into a snow helmet. These headphones are also known for their “in-ear stability,” which means that they won’t go falling out when you hit a jump. Or a tree.

Touchscreen Liner Gloves

You want to check tomorrow’s snow forecast on your weather app, but you don’t want to take off your gloves when it is 15 degrees out. That’s why you need a pair of glove liners with touchscreen control fingers. For this, we recommend Burton’s Touchscreen Liner Gloves, which were made with special fingertip membranes that allow you to “manipulate your phone or music player with pinpoint accuracy.”

Another great product for this is the Aglove, which are made of an anti-microbial fabric that is 100% touchscreen friendly (aka you can use any part of the glove to manipulate your screen, not just the fingertips). In fact, they weave a silver thread into the fabric in order to make these gloves super warm and super conductive. They even have a special Sport version, which are made with extra warmth and sweat resistance.

Case in point: you don’t need to store your iPhone away when you go to the mountains. Get yourself some of these accessories with you so that you can listen to music and stay in contact on the slopes. We know you’re dying to text your friends lots of pictures of how good you look.

 

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