Winter not only graces us with snow on the mountain, but with big waves on the beach. I remember surfing with my friend Arsenio at Shortys in late November. Both of us had lips that had turned blue and we were shivering. We kept looking over at each other saying, “One more wave”. Then a nice overhead wave came towards me. I turned, paddle, paddle, paddle. I felt a sudden rush of speed, the wave picked me up, I popped up and turned left, my hand dragging on the wave. It was awesome. Actually, I “pearled” and ate it hard. Pearling is a surf term where the nose of the board goes under the water when you are trying to catch a wave. it sucks. When I got back outside to Arse in the lineup he looked at me smiling and asked, “One more wave”.

If you plan on hitting some big surf this winter these are some things you might consider. First you need a pack. The Creatures Of Leisure Dry Lite Voyager 2.0 Pack is a good one. It’s got a compartment to keep your wetsuit from getting everything else in you pack wet. The Dakine Cinch Mat Bag is another good idea. You can change on it, keeping sand out of your wetsuit and booties, and if you don’t have a pack with a waterproof compartment the Cinch Mat Bag doubles as one. The average temperature of the ocean off the Oregon coast in winter is 45 degrees fahrenheit so you will definitely need some booties and gloves.

Of course you need a good beanie for when you get out of the water. A warm noggin is alway a great comfort. Always have extra fin keys on you. You need them for your fins of course, but you will find it’s a nice little tool to have with you in a pinch. An extra leash is a must. If you snap one, it does happen, then your day of fun is over. Wax is very important. Traction on your board is imperative. Michael, one of our surfers, likes Sticky Bumps. I grew up on Mr. Zogs Sex Wax. My favorite is strawberry then the grape. I just love the way they smell. Willy, one of our surfers, taught me a great trick. He puts a bar of his favorite wax under his seat in the summer. It melts and his truck smells great all year. And last, but definitely not least, you need a good water bottle. You get mighty thirsty after tasting the sea all day long. Sol, another one of our surfers, told me he likes to drink ice cold chocolate milk after a surf session. A great idea. I’ll have to try it.

U.S. Outdoor Presents: Fast Times At White Owl High

Time flies when you’re having fun, so why slow down? Catch the tasty waves and a cool buzz because the summer has just begun. It is time to celebrate for no other reason than to be in the sun with friends, drinking beer and playing games as surf videos and surf music fill the air with good vibrations.

On July, 23rd, The U.S. Outdoor Summer Surf Party will wash ashore on the beaches of the White Owl Social Club. Your favorite brands such as: Vans, Volcom, RVCA, Brixton, Lib Tech, Billabong, Xcel, VONZIPPER and more will be in attendance. Prizes will be awarded, like a custom Murdey Surfboard and a whole lot more. Sound waves will be provided by the returning Don & The Quixotes and DJ Danny Corn, so don’t miss out. This is sure to be a good time.

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U.S. Outdoor Presents FastTimes at White Owl High

Top 8 Wetsuits for 2014

The best waves aren’t always in the warmest water. Frigid temps should never keep you from hunting down premium swells, so take your pick of these top 8 wetsuits for 2014 so you can stay warm while paddling out.

O'Neill Psycho 5/4mm Hooded WetsuitThe O’Neill Psycho 5/4 Hooded Wetsuit is one of the most advanced pieces you could ever zip into. Crafted from TechnoButter Neoprene, which is the most innovative material out there, you get all kinds of warmth at a lighter weight that refuses to restrict your movements. The Air Firewall Insulation keeps your body toasty and functional anywhere you rip short of the waves created when a hunk of glacier breaks off and splashes down in the Weddell Sea (Antarctica).

Setting the standard for quality and affordability, the Billabong 504 Foil Chest Zip Steamer Billabong 504 Foil Hooded WetsuitHooded Wetsuit refuses to let you down. AX2 Airlite Superflex neoprene is not only super lightweight and perfectly stretchy, but it also features an incredible smoothskin comfort that will keep you feeling divine during the longest, most intense outings. This premium piece from Billabong has many fans and it promises to make you one as well.

Xcel Drylock 5/4 Hooded WetsuitIf the kind of surfing you do involves dodging icebergs, then the Xcel Drylock 5/4 Hooded Wetsuit is for you. Spun from technologically superior materials, this surf suit refuses to let cold water in while also using minimal seams to keep you lavished in ultimate comfort. The hydrophobic outer lining enables the Drylock to dry quickly, and the inner lining is composed of bamboo and recycled materials for an eco friendly approach to phenomenal performance.

When the ocean is flexing its freezing fury that stabs like 1,000 icicle daggers, pull on the Quiksilver 5/4/3 WetsuitQuiksilver Cypher 5/4/3 Hooded Wetsuit and ride into battle with full protection. Biofleece neoprene thwarts the advances of chilly waters, Ecto-flex kneepads rock some intense durability, and the use of earth-friendly materials actually enhance the flexibility of the Cypher so your body can revel in natural range of motion.

Xcel Infiniti XZip 5/4 Hooded WetsuitDesigned around the concept of ultimate flexibility, the Xcel Infiniti XZip 5/4 Hooded Wetsuit offers unlimited range of motion. Hop in the big pond and seek out those picturesque swells while never fearing those nearly frozen moisture molecules. A Thermocarbon lining can be relied up to keep you perfectly toasty and watertight seals deny cold water from flushing out the warmth.

Fancy a suit with a detachable hood that actually rocks proper functionality? That’s where O'Neill Mutant 5/4mm Hooded Wetsuitthe O’Neill Mutant 5/4 Hooded Wetsuit claims the most beastly merits. When the hood is engaged, it legitimately seals right into the suit thanks to a modular collar. Warm enough to ride without it? Cool beans. Just switch in the standard collar and you’re good to go.

Billabong Synergy 5/4 Hooded WetsuitThe Billabong Women’s Synergy 5/4 Chest Zip Wetsuit was crafted to withstand chilly ocean conditions so you can focus on the good times outside of the tropics. This piece has been triple glued for warmth and blind-stitched for maximized comfort. With loads of flexibility, the Synergy works with your body in the elements to deliver a superior surfing experience.

Become a legit feminine force in the water with the Roxy Women’s Cypher 5/4/3 Hooded Roxy Cypher 5/4/3 Hooded WetsuitWetsuit. There is nothing cute or precious about this piece as it rocks a ferocious slew of features that all combine to kick some serious cold water booty. Ecto-flex kneepads deliver protection while a Vapor stretch mesh hood offers bonus insulation to eliminate brain freezes every time you duck a wave.
Just say no to freezing your fins off during your next cold water surf session by suiting up with one of the top 8 wetsuits for 2014.

US Outdoor Beach Party!

The time to party is upon us! Time to party as hard as we can before the long summer days fade to long dark nights. Before the heat turns to hundreds of millions of drops of rain mixed with a thick grey fog. Before we switch from tank tops to down jackets and so on and so forth.

… But seriously, it is time for you to hang out with us at Rontoms Bar (600 East Burnside Portland, OR 97214), Wednesday, August 7th. We will be setting up shop and hosting our annual US Outdoor Beach Party that is FREE to attend. Yes, free! There will be games, prizes and drink specials to set the mood along with surf videos and live music performed by The Lonesome Billies and Don & The Quixotes! Whiskey drinkin’ saddle tunes mixed with twangy surf rock? Yes please. Some of our favorite brands will be hanging out too! Vans, RVCA, Xcel, Electric, Murdey Surfboards, Lib Tech, Poler, Volcom and more! IT’S A PARTY, PEOPLE! 8pm, be there.

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Quiksilver Amphibian Boardshorts

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Every once in a while trends that blend two worlds together take shape and honor the masses with a new product or concept that makes sense. In this case the concept that I am referring to is what Quiksilver has dubbed as their “Amphibian” Series. It’s an easy concept to grasp and it has been adopted by other brands like Volcom, O’Neil and Ezekiel. Let me explain…

A combination of 95% polyester and 5% spandex material treated with water repellent Diamond Dobby DLX (based on Quiksilver Amphibian Series) helps transform the shorts you wear to church, the bank, casual Fridays at work, Monday Funday in the park, your best friend’s wedding, your best friend’s BBQ, a complete stranger’s BBQ, parties etc. into the quick drying shorts you can get wet without remaining wet for hours. They are like board shorts that look like normal shorts that you can wear all day everyday. Their versatility is proven. Not to say that wearing board shorts all day is not in your best interest and you can certainly get cotton wet, but consider this scenario…

Imagine a trip to the river: it is an easy scenario to conjure up as it is almost always on your mind in the summer time, but in this case, when the idea arises amongst friends, you are nowhere near a pair of aquatic ready shorts and thus stuck in the stylish, self-made cutoff jean shorts you thought would prove practical throughout the day. It has happened to the best; including me (in fact this scenario is based off a true story… of mine). It is not the end of the world by any means but for the sake of rambling, I will continue. On you will go to the river and have fun and all will be good with the universe… until you have to get back into the car. This posses a problem; your friend has leather seats and your jean shorts have soaked through the towel they lent to you. DAMN! Seeing as your group sought out the clean river that runs through the woods located an hour outside of town, you have a long way to go; hopefully your friend is forgiving about the leather seats you are about to dampen (they are… sort of). Feeling bad in your soaked denim you offer to pick up the tab for beer as you make you way back into town and on to another friend’s BBQ. Little did you know that you didn’t have enough in the bank account and are now faced with an overdraft fee that you won’t know about until the next time you deposit your pay check. OOOPS! At least you had fun, right? Yes, but doesn’t erase the overdraft fee and you can only be mad at yourself for not wearing shorts like Quiksilver’s Amphibians; their quick drying material is teeming with style from morning, noon and night.

In closing, wearing quick drying, water ready shorts that look and feel like everyday, socially acceptable shorts might, in some cases; keep you out of theses situations, though it is not a given. So this spring, look to brands like Quiksilver, Volcom, O’Neil and Ezekiel to dress your summer adventures appropriately. Cheers!

P.S. Thanks for letting me rant.

Check out Quiksilver Amphibian Boardshorts: Quiksilver Rambler and Quiksilver Dry Dock at USOUTDOOR.com. For more Quiksilver shorts, click here.