We here at US Outdoor like to look at products in creative ways, put them in crazy scenarios like Captain Ahab fighting Ninjas and Yetis in his Arcteryx gear… but we do so without losing sight of the key features that make the products we carry great all year round.
With that said, sometimes you have to get down to the nitty gritty of a product and that is what Jeremy Matherly does so well as he discusses the Lib Tech Waterboards and specifically the Ramp Series Waterboard.
Sometimes you are so into surfing that the winter is unable to extinguish the fire that burns. But surfing in the winter, especially in the Pacific Northwest, is no easy task. Let’s face it, just walking down a stretch of the Oregon Coast in December is enough to make people turn inland; though there is always hope for the dedicated! Fit for warmth, Roxy Wetsuits are designed to eliminate the frigid temperatures that lurk beyond the sandy shores. Besides, grey skies always clear up and there is no substitute for the beauty of the beach.
If not for a random trip to Pacific City, OR in late June, I might not have been informally introduced to John Koenig; an advocate of Warm Current, which is a non profit organization that promotes ocean recreation in communities that lack funding and access to surfing and other water sports. By providing recycled wet suits to underprivileged youth across the globe and running surf camps in the summertime, Warm Current creates a common bond for community residents that without help can only sit and ponder possibilities.
That brought me to warmcurrent.org and their story, which upon reading forced me to imagine the amount of “waste” that we discard in our lives, “waste” that may have run its course in our eyes and how most of us (including me) neglect or fail to recognize the life said “waste” might bring to those less fortunate. But I don’t want to sound like a preacher here, I would just like to say that it is way too easy to just “throw it away” even when it still works or serves a purpose. This is where Warm Current comes into play.
There are institutions set up to receive your second hand goods and for the most part they do a great job of serving the community but, what if you went directly to the source that would put your old yet still serviceable surf gear in the hands of those who are truly passionate about surfing? Warm Current accepts charitable donations and recycled wet suits and distributes them across the globe and throughout the Pacific Northwest. So if you are at odds with your old wet suit, look to Warm Current. Not only will you be helping out, you will up your karma points!
Last, you can learn about Warm Current and their objectives online but why not take it one step further and meet these folks face to face? Warm Current is hosting the first annual ‘Shaping The Northwest’ fundraising event on Thursday, September 13. For more information visit the Shaping The Northwest Facebook event page. I encourage you all to check this out and develop a relationship with these nonprofit surf saints.
We here in the Pacific Northwest covet the summer sun and most of us pray for an Indian Summer to roll through fall. Though it is a popular practice to do some sort of “dance” to conjure a desired atmospheric affect, lets hope this new Fall 2012 Collection video from Brixton will help set the mood and persuade the sun to stick around a while longer. After all, Brixton is based out of So-Cal and knows how to seduce the sun.
Lib Tech will be hosting a surfboard demo this weekend to showcase their new Waterboards (surfboards). Come on out to Pacific City Saturday Aug 25th and Indian Beach Sunday Aug 26th to try out the new waterboards from Lib Tech. The demo is free (with valid I.D. and credit card) and is going to be a ton of fun for all. Share some waves and get some high fives with the Lib Tech sales reps and some of the US Outdoor crew.
If you are at all curious as to why you shouldn’t miss this demo please watch this video and listen to Mike Olsen break down the evolution of the Lib Tech Waterboards.
Alright you salty dogs, US OUTDOOR is throwing a surf party and you all are invited! Head on down to the Triple Nickel (3646 SE Belmont) Sunday, August 12th, and get pitted in classic Hollywood surf cinema and live music while your favorite brands like: Volcom, Vans, Lib Tech, Xcel and more set up shop and host games with prize rewards. Grand Prize winner receives a Murdey Surfboard. You won’t want to miss this! The grill will be hot and the booze will be flowing like the mighty Mississippi. Don’t forget to dress appropriately!
Live music will be provide by: Don & The Quixotes and The Lonesome Billies. Together this lineup boasts an impressive resume of original 60’s surf and outlaw country tunes. The saloon doors will be swinging as the ocean breeze comes howling in. Check out Don & The Quixotes and The Lonesome Billies