Derek Hynd Lafitenia

Derek Hynd finless at Lafitenia in his own unique style.

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Bourton Silver Bullet surfboard

murray bourton silver bullet shortboard
murray bourton silver bullet shortboard

Due in September 2010 the Bourton Silver bullet shortboard. The Silver Bullet is right in between the Fat and Skinny Bullet. After having to customize down from the Fat Bullet so many times, Muzza reckoned bringing out the Silver Bullet would fill the void between the Fat and Skinny. This model would be suitable for anyone looking for a board that’s easy to paddle, but without the extra width and thickness of the Fat Bullet.

ROCKER: Low entry medium tail lift
BOTTOM: Con vee with cathedral hull
RAIL: Pinched shoulder
GLASSING: 4×4 diagonal with carbon and toe patches
FINS: Quad

Callt us to reserve your board now.

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Chilli Purple Peppa

New in September 2010 from Chilli is the Purple Peppa, sibling to the Peppa, the surfboards curve is lowered to a point where you’re paddling past the mals. This board demands a full, high tide wave & will glide you the whole way to the beach. It’s so much fun, never again will you drive home without getting wet!

LENGTH: 5’2″ – 6’4″
TAIL: Swallow Quad or Round tail thruster
FINS: FCS, Future Fins or Glassed

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Chilli Purple Peppa shortboard
Chilli Purple Peppa shortboard
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Simon Anderson KB shortboard

simon anderson KB surfboard
simon anderson KB surfboard

New in from September 2010 is the Simon Anderson KB shortboard, call us to reserve yours now! It’s a small wave Mollusc style board with the major difference being the wide rounded square tail. The idea of this board is to get quad style speed and looseness but in a thruster. The bottom has deep single to double concave and vee through the back half of the board like the Mollusc Robo, but the concave through the vee area remains deep, similar to the DK quad.

Simon surfed 6’2×21 ¼x2 ¾ KB with FCS Simon large fins. The extent of the rounded square tail width can freak you out but in 1-3 foot Sydney style beachies it gives you terrifc carry and down the line speed which in small waves sets you up to do satisfying turns at speed in little surf. Good slide control off the top on your forehand and easy rail to rail transition because of the double concave vee through the back half of the board. Mollusc style easy wave catching and take off, surf the KB at least 4” shorter and 1 ¼” wider with the same thickness to 1/8” thicker than normal.

ROCKER: Low to average
BOTTOM: Deep single to double with vee through the back half
RAILS: Low soft
TAIL: Wide rounded square

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Patagonia Wetsuits in-stock late August 2010

Patagonia R4 wetsuit
Patagonia R4 wetsuit

We’ll be stocking Patagonia wetsuits from late August 2010, there one of the warmest suits for thickness out there, and come with a bunch of green credentials, here’s the skinny on the wetsuits:-

Applying the skills Patagonia have learnt from building some of the most technical alpine insulation available and keeping a firm hold on the Patagonia mission statement – “Build the Best Product, cause no unnecessary harm” – Patagonia is now launching in Europe a range of wetsuits made for cold water surfing and using materials that are more environmentally conscious.

Patagonia wetsuits use the highest quality neoprene. It has a 98% closed-cell ratio, which adds dead air space and with it, warmth. Our patented fabric construction incorporates a suit lining that blends merino wool with recycled polyester to trap more insulative dead-air space and quickly wick moisture away from your skin (U.S. Patent No. 7395553).

Patagonia patented Regulator wool technology is applied in the R4®, R3® and R2® wetsuits, enhancing the performance of both wetsuit and rider. As a result, our R2 suits will keep the surfer warm in water ranging from 12 to 18 Celsius degrees, R3s when water temps range between 8 to 12 Celsius degrees and the new R4 allows uninhibited surfing in frigid water ranging from 3 to 8°C degrees.

The wetsuit seams are single-needle blind-stitched on the outside using nylon-bonded thread and triple glued for extra durability and strength, and crotch seams are internally taped. The use of highest quality neoprene coupled with the handmade construction of Patagonia wetsuits makes the lifetime of a Patagonia wetsuit much longer than average.

Patagonia’s green credentials are not forgotten in the surf line either; chlorine free, merino wool is bonded to recycledpolyester in a grid pattern lining the wetsuit. Naturally warm even when wet and naturally odour resistant, the wool in grid formation holds a greater quantity of air helping to retain body heat and insulating better. This therefore allows Patagonia to use less material and create superior warmth at the same time. The chlorine free merino wool grid lining also wicks moisture away from the skin and has a vastly superior dry time.

The kneepads are made without PVC, a carcinogenic plastic used in many wetsuits, inherently making the Patagonia wetsuit better for environment, whilst increasing durability and flexibility.

Widely acknowledged for their surf heritage, wetsuits are another addition to the reputable Patagonia line. Field tested by Patagonia ambassadors that include Keith, Chris and Dan Malloy, Gerry Lopez, Wayne Lynch, Belinda Baggs and Mary Osborne, the Patagonia surf offering is scrupulously built to allow longer water time, flexibility, warmth, quicker dry time, comfort and longer lifetime.

What’s the Story?

When we build a product we want to build the best. When it came to wetsuits, we wanted something warmer, more flexible, better fitting and tough enough to withstand extended use. We started with a combination of ordinary neoprene, polyester and nylon, like all the other brands, but then pushed further, unsatisfied with just tweaking the status quo. First we tried lining a suit with the Regulator® insulation we use in our alpine clothing, but the polyester absorbed water and turned heavy and cold. So we looked to what divers, sailors and fishermen had been using all these years to stay warm in and on the ocean. Wool. Wanting the finest, we chose merino.

It’s the merino lining that gives our wetsuits their added warmth without added rubber. But our patented merino wool grid (U.S. Patent No. 7395553) is just one part of the successful equation. The neoprene we use has a high-density nitrogen cell structure for maximum warmth and durability, the post consumer recycled polyester jersey increases durability while minimizing environmental impact, and the quality craftsmanship and attention to little details ensures a great performing, well-made wetsuit.

Patagonia wetsuits are decidedly warmer than standard nylon-lined suits. But that’s not all. They’re also more flexible, wear longer, dry faster and are more environmentally conscious than other suits. We make them in three weights –R2®, R3®, and R4® – for all water temperatures, and in several styles for men and women.

Warmer – More Flexible – Fast drying – Durable – Environmentally Conscious

The beauty of having an amazing wetsuit is the fact that you can surf out of the way places that are colder, and actually stay out longer and get more waves. And that makes us all happier.
» Keith Malloy, Patagonia surf ambassador

A new standard for warmth

Ordinary neoprene wetsuits have always been measured in millimetres. But there’s more to Patagonia® suits than just neoprene and nylon. Our merino wool lining combined with high-density neoprene sets a whole new standard for performance and warmth. So we use an R-Rating standard that shows the appropriate suit for the waters you surf.

Range of wetsuits and accessories:

R4

Patagonia R4 wetsuit
Patagonia R4 wetsuit

Made for frigid water with 5mm neoprene (torso/back/legs), 4mm (sleeves & hood), 3mm (underarms) lined with chlorine-free merino wool (except accessories)

38-48° F / 3-8° C

Men’s R4® Hooded Front-Zip Hooded

Explorer (3 lengths)

Women’s R4® Hooded Front -Zip Full Suit

R4® Gloves Unisex

R4® Booties Unisex

R3

Patagonia R3 wetsuit
Patagonia R3 wetsuit

Made for cold water with 3mm neoprene lined with chlorine-free merino wool (except accessories)

48-55° F / 8-12° C

Men’s R3® Front-Zip Full Suit (3 lengths)

Women’s R3® Front-Zip Full Suit (2 lengths)

Men’s R3® Back-Zip Full Suit (3 lengths)

Men’s R3® Front-Zip Hooded Explorer (3 lengths)

R3® Hood Unisex, R3® Gloves Unisex, R3® Booties Unisex

R2

Patagonia R2 wetsuit
Patagonia R2 wetsuit

Made for cool water with 2mm neoprene lined with chlorine-free merino wool

55-65° F / 12-18° C

Men’s R2® Front-Zip Full Suit (3 lengths)

Women’s R2® Front-Zip Full Suit (2 lengths)

Men’s R2® Back-Zip Full Suit (3 lengths)

Materials and environmental efforts

We use chlorine-free wool, recycled polyester, PVC-free kneepads and thinner neoprene layers (without sacrificing warmth retention) to reduce our impact on the environment.

Merino Wool

Wool absorbs moisture and your body heats it, creating a greenhouse effect in your suit. Our R2®, R3® and R4® wetsuits use our patented Regulator® merino wool technology that helps retain body heat. We lay it out in a grid pattern and bond it to recycled polyester to better insulate, wick moisture away from your skin and dry quickly. Wool is naturally warm even when wet, and it’s naturally odor-resistant. By lining our wetsuits with merino, we’re able to use less material overall for better warmth and flexibility. We slow wash our merino for softness without the use of environmentally harmful chlorine. While they may sound Earth-friendly, wetsuits lined with bamboo and polylactic acid (PLA) are not as warm and require the use of harmful solvents or genetically modified corn to make them.

Quality Neoprene

Our wetsuits are made with the highest quality neoprene – neoprene that meets Patagonia’s rigorous standards for stretch, durability and warmth. It has a 98% closed-cell structure, which adds dead air space and traps warmth.

PVC-Free Kneepads

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a toxic, carcinogenic plastic used in our society. The kneepads on Patagonia wetsuits are not made from PVC. Our kneepads are more durable, provide more grip and create less environmental damage than those made from PVC.

More Warmth, Less Material

Our neoprene/lining package is 90% warmer than conventional nylon-lined neoprene. As a result, our 2mm suit will keep you warm in 12 to 18°C water, 3mm works in 8 to 12° C water and our 5/4/3mm will keep you surfing in frigid 3 to 8°C water. This not only means less weight and increased flexibility for the warmth, it also means we can reduce our consumption of neoprene and, to a degree, help preserve the natural resources that create it.

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