Author: Dylan

Nic Von Rupp’s New Edit “INDO DREAMS” + Q&A

2X4 LEAGACY – 5’10 X 18.65 X 2.38 PHOTO:@MENDODORNELLAS

 

 

Hey Nic! How is it being back home prepping for the upcoming big wave season?

“Yo Yo! The Boys! I feel like during winter time its a hassle here in euprope running around, cold water, heavy beatings”

 

Happy to trade in the big boards and wetsuits for some warm water barrels?

“Feels good to go to Indo, I have been going since a young age and just feels awesome to go to Deserts get barreled, not have a single worry, surfing in board shorts and just frothing out!”

 

What boards did you use during your recent trip in Indonesia?

“I was using the 2×4’s. I used the 5’10 on the smaller days as a 3 fin and the 6’2 on the bigger days. Boards felt really amazing! I really enjoyed how it rode in the barrel with speed and how fast it would pump through those sections”

 

Happy with the equipment and overall trip?

“It was a dream trip! I had never really “scored” Deserts and it was like two swells in a row. Epic waves, just as good as it gets. I was super stoked with the equipment”

 

How do you like the WSL’s idea sending surfers on more “strike mission” type of trips for coverage?

“With the tour their was only three events so we would appear only three days in the whole year so I think its great the WSL is sending people on strike missions and trying to promote the big wave scene. I think its positive you know, WSL always does a great job and I think its going in the right direction.”

 

You are pretty familiar with the whole “get up and go” type of travels this past year filming for “ON IT” and staring in your movie “RAIL ROAD”. Seems like this platform might be perfect?

“Thats it man, big waves, slabs and chasing swells. A contest just doesn’t do justice what our life is so its exciting times! I feel like their needs to be a tour as well as the WSL doing content around us is also really good. To have WSL support is awesome. Even though there is no event at Mavericks I see Mavericks as one of the biggest challenges. Thats my goal, I wanna push it out there, try and ride bigger barrels on the left, I feel like Mavericks is gonna have an impact on my career and thats where I want to put my efforts into.”

 

Thanks so much Nic! Hoping for yet another successful year for you and even though Mavericks will not be on the BWT schedule we hope to see some epic free surfs to come!

“Having you guys in Santa Cruz and having Stretch’s support for example giving me that 9’9 and all the insight its definitely one of the places I want to base myself and push the limits. Yeeewww!”

2X4 STEP UP – 6’2 X 18.65 X 2.45 PHOTO: @MENDODORNELLAS

 

Darshan Gooch keeping things loose

Surfer: Darshan Gooch

Height/weight: 6’4″ 185lbs.

When did you start surfing twins?

One of my first subscriptions to Surfing magazine in the early nineties, there was a feature on a variety of different fish’s ( I believe it was before Lost’s 5’5” x 19 1/4” video.) Probably in my early teens that whole fish revolution wave came through. And then again down the road in the early 2000’s. Luckily I had some friends that allowed me access to some classic twin keel type boards that really freaked me out a little bit.

There has been some dabbling through the years.

When did you switch to surfing twins exclusively?

Probably 2 plus years ago now. I purged all my thrusters and just went head first into a twin fin exploration.

Reason for the change?

Well, I think I was just having so much fun! Originally I had this mind set that I was riding twins because they thrived in small surf and it was something different. Then I kinda got to this place where I only wanted to ride contemporary short boards when the waves were really good.

But honestly, the first 2WIN I got from Stretch started shining in decent waves as well. I just felt some electricity and excitement, so there was an eagerness to keep going / learning!

After spending nearly 25 years forcing thrusters in all types of conditions, I think it just felt good to be a little more loose and free in the approach. It kinda became a quest for me to see if we could get the twins adapted to good surf, even though others had already done it before.

One of the things I appreciate about Stretch’s approach is he doesn’t want to take the shortcut and see what or how others are doing it with their equipment, he insists on honoring the process and finding his own way. Further down the road, Stretch explained to me that these twins were basically a modern version of the boards he was ridding at some of the beloved home spots years ago.

What boards do you opt for during winter swells? 

All depending of coarse, but mostly ranging from 6’1” to 6’10” single or double wing round pins . All twins, no trailer fin. Tazy has been ridding twin fins at Mavericks for some years now.

Has surfing twins limited any of your performance surfing?

Good question! On this twin fin journey, I have basically relinquished my mental association with “performance surfing”. It’s all just been learning a new dance. You can do everything as one would on a three or four fin surfboard. There is no limitations, it’s just an altered approach I think. Part of it is learning to engage in your rails a little more and utilizing the outline of your board. Naturally twin fins are fast, so you are giving less effort and receiving more. Tighter angled trajectories become a little different because you are usually working on bleeding speed just as a race car might be down shifting into a turn before accelerating .

What do you want to improve on design/surfing with the current boards?

It’s been great fun! Mostly I am happy with my boards and where we are at right now in the process. We have been working on various flex patterns and playing with different constructions. Also, Now we have kinda moved into some different outlines as well. Basically just keep the learning and passion moving forward. That’s where the fun is at for me.

What’s next? 

Well, I think we are in a pretty good place. I don’t think I will be going back to thrusters at this point personally.

More recently Stretch and I have moved into some more classic type twin fish’s. Perhaps there is some opportunity to explore the balance between performance capabilities within that particular genre of the twin keel fish.

Cheers Darshan!

 

Board model: 2win – 5’11 x 19.75 x 2.4 – Vol:  31.1L.

2WIN- 5'11 X 19.75 X 2.4 - VOL: 31.1L.

“INSTANT CLASSIC” ALONG SIDE ONE OF STRETCH’S OLD SHAPES VIA 1982

 

Board model: Retro 2win Fish – 5’10 x 20.5 x 2.4 – Vol:  34.6L.

A perfect fit for open face waves or pointbreaks, A bit cruisier and fun than serious.” – Darshan

 

Board model: Double Wing RP 2WIN – 5’11 X 19.25 X 2.38 – Vol: 31.13L.

 

2WIN DFT- 5’11 X 19.25 X 2.38 photo: DARSHAN GOOCH

 

“covers all the bases from average to decent waves, and fitting nicely into waves with tighter transitions.” – Darshan

 

 

 

Board model: 2WIN Step Up – 6’1 x 19.25 x 2.35 – Vol: 30.64L.

“Ideal for slightly larger waves,  either covering more ground (down the line speed) or a little more hold in the North / Central Ca winter beach breaks.” – Darshan

 

William Aliotti’s Film “NEW RELIGION”

William Aliotti is proud to release his first movie “New Religion” by Manuel Claudeville Morell. Over the past year these two have traveled far and wide to give you something special under 15 minutes. This movie represents both surfer and filmmaker in the artistic direction both William and Manuel had envisioned. With an original soundtrack from Manuel Claudeville Morell and other musicians Adrien Legrand and Arthur Labbaye. This video is one for the eyes and ears. Shot on Red Digital Cinema their is nothing left to do than sit back and Enjoy!!!! Congrats William and Manuel on the hard work this past year and for many more to come. Cheers!!

Locations: Tahiti, Canaries, Indo, France, Barbados, Chile and Ireland.

 

William Aliotti’s week in Santa Cruz

Your favorite frenchy William Aliotti and talented videographer Manuel Claudeville-Morell came through Santa Cruz a while back and got straight to work. With a surf, eat, surf, eat and a little sleep schedule it was one for the books. Talk about a well balanced team, you could always count on William surfing 3-4 times a day and Manuel dumping sand out of his shoes at least twice that amount.

 

Willy’s Asym-unicorn 6’0/5’6 x 18.4 x 2.25 photo: Dylan Andrews

A couple months ago William mentioned he wanted to try a new Asymmetrical. Stretch caved in pretty quickly and shaped him a magic stick. Forget the wallet, on Willy’s first go he dropped the entire bank account at a local beach break with fellow team rider Darshan Gooch.

PICKING FUNGI photo: Manuel Claudeville-Morell

SIDE SHOW photo: Manuel Claudeville-Morell

 

“Big thanks to Darshan Gooch and Stretch for the accommodation in the most relaxing place in Santa Cruz” -William Aliotti

 

WILLIAM WAS HAVING A BLAST TRADING PUNTS AT THIS LEFT WITH LOCAL AUSTIN SMITH-FORD. photo: Manuel Claudeville-Morell

 

“Probably one of the most powerful spots around this area! It’s an epic wave for airs!” -William Aliotti

 

INSTANT CLASSIC photo: Manuel Claudeville-Morell

WOLVES EYE VIEW photo: Manuel Claudeville-Morell

THE MAN BEHIND THE LENS, Manuel Claudeville-Morell 

L to R

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5150- 5’4 x 18.4 x 2

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Asym- 6’0/5’6 x 18.4 x 2.25

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Lil’ Buddy- 5’9.5 x 18.4 x 2.3

 

TAIL TYPES photo: Manuel Claudeville-Morell

 

“Definitely coming back! Epic vibes, good waves! Nice people and the best Mexican food!” -William Aliotti

We will see you again soon boys!!!! – Stretch Family

 

TILL NEXT TIME photo: Manuel Claudeville-Morell

 

Want to see what William has been working on? Stay tuned for William’s new movie “NEW RELIGION” premiering June 6th at La Ruche Moderne in Anglet, France. Its gonna be a party!

 

 

Nic Von Rupp in “BRUSCO”

 

Nic Von Rupp has had a BIG year. He has endured cold water, heavy poundings and big barrels from Nazaré, Mavericks, Mullaghmore to Jaws. His ability to travel and surf anything is what sets him apart from the crowds. Making a huge push towards why he should be included on the 2019 WSL Big Wave Tour roster. Cant wait to see what is in store for next year! Enjoy!

Watch Nic and his 2018/19 XXL campaign below in “BRUSCO”. Music by Mars Red Sky – Strong Reflection
Edit by Felix Gansicke

Brusco from Nic von Rupp on Vimeo.

Nic’s 2018/19 XXL Quiver

CompGun – 9’0 x 20 x 2.65 – Vol: 69.4l.

CompGun – 9’6 x 20 x 3.5 – Vol: 70.8l.

CompGun – 9’9 Nathan’s Mav’s Knife

CompGun – 10’4 x 20.75 x 3.7 – Vol: 84.5

BuzzGun  – 9’6 x 19.25 x 3.5 – Vol: 70L.

BuzzGun – 10’4 x 20.25 x 3.8 – Vol: 85.7l.

 

NIC’S Nazaré 9’6 AND 10’4 BUZZGUN’S

9’6 AND 10’4 COMPGUN’S

NEW DFT 9’0 KNIFE

The 2×4 is the Ultimate Travel Board

“The 2×4 will increase your top speed, no doubt about that. There is a particular flex that you get when you are projecting down the line. A sensation that I obsess about” – @noamizuno

‘If you know, then you know’ is basically how word gets around about our 2×4 model. Without much exposure, it has continued to become surfers top choice of equipment for the hopeful mysteries of waves like Skeleton bay, Teahapoo, Pipeline, Honolua Bay, Kandui lefts and pretty much any wave on earth that one must push the limits of what’s possible.

Noa Mizuno’s 2×4 Legacy – 5’7 x 18.5 x 2.25 Vol: 25.1l.

With Koa Smith and Benji Brand both winning big paychecks from GoPro on matching equipment in Namibia, this board has been put to the ultimate test in stamina barrel riding and has came out victorious.

“I definitely couldn’t have made that wave without that board” – Koa Smith

Koa’s $35,000 GoPro winner Photo: Alan Van Gysen

“This thing helped me get drained all over the globe… 20 second barrels in Africa, 10ft Newport Beach, Nicaragua, Tahiti, Mexico and Hawaii. I need copies of this “2X4″ asap” – @koasmith

Koa Smith’s 2×4 Legacy – 5’9” x 18.65” x 2.3” Vol: 26.4l.

Koa Smith Photo: Alan Van Gysen

Benji Brand’s $20,000 GoPro Winner

“Fastest board around.” – @benjibrand

Brand brothers. 2×4 Legacy’ – 5’8″ x 18.5″ x 2.3″  Vol: 25.9l.

This past year Noa Mizuno and Nate Behl put on an absolute show at Kandui Lefts riding none other than their trusty 2×4’s. Again making it a tried and true choice of board for the “unknown” that surfers are faced with when traveling to places with no idea what to expect.

“I’ll never ride anything else ever again at Kandui Left.  Boards are literally like cheating out there compared to anything else I’ve ridden in 12 years ” – @justisstjohn

 

“That board as a quad seriously felt like a Tesla on autopilot cruising a foam ball.” – @natemcnasty

 

Noa Mizuno in the drivers seat. Photo: Justis St John

Nate Behl on a nasty one. Kandui Lefts Photo: Justis St John

Nate’s 2×4 CFT round pin – 6’0 x 19 x 2.3 Vol: 28.7l.

 

“Want to make own your own?”

order a new custom board with 3-5 week turnaround time*

$750 = EPS/EPOXY (2.0pcf Marko foam core glassed with EPOXY resin)
$830 = CFT (eps/epoxy with deck channels, bamboo stringer, bias weave S-glass)
$985 = DFT (eps/epoxy with deck channels, vacuum bagged bamboo inlay stringer, bias weave S-glass)
$1190 = LEGACY (CFT with cork deck/rails and bamboo bottom)

 

Contact: info@stretchboards.com for orders/questions

 

Nic Von Rupp’s busy week at Mavs’

It is no secret that Nic Von Rupp has been on an all out tear these past few years. Making himself a staple name at Nazare as well as other big wave spots in Europe. With the “certain death” swell forecasted for this past week, Nic finally had the chance to surf Mavericks for the first time.

It was about 3 weeks ago Nic Von Rupp mentioned something about going left at Mavs. I quickly threw him under the bus with a IG post about his idea and he was not too stoked about the added pressure of not only surfing Mavericks for the first time but now the anticipation about going left like few before him. Moving forward leading up to the swell, I asked Nathan Fletcher if Von Rupp could use his 9’9 I shaped for him back in 2011 for the same exact reason. Nathan’s response “of course!” adding a bit more pressure to Nic’s already hectic week.

 

Buckled on the drop Photo: Seth de Roulet

 

It was early Monday morning when Nic and photographer Seth de Roulet stopped by the factory to bring in a freshly buckled 8’6 and still a good amount of enthusiasm. We got him set up on a new Stretch Tow Board and also gave him the keys to Nathan’s 9’9″ CompGun, He was back in the lineup within an hour.

 

Nic and Spud in the bay getting prepped Photo: @powerlinesproductions

Porcella on the ski, Von Rupp earning stripes Photo: Fred Pompermayer

 “On my fourth wave we were trying to get deeper,” he said. “And I’m bottom turning and Francisco [Porcella] is on the bowl going sideways on the ski. I just went straight, and the thing landed on me and exploded me into the air. My wetsuit ripped open, I was holding on to the vest so it wouldn’t come off. I got smoked. Eventually, he picked me up, and that was the end of the tow session.” -Nic Von Rupp

 

Photo: Seth de Roulet

 

After a hectic week of travel, broken boards, jet ski madness and an extremely sore body, Nic sent us this.

 

“Its been a dream of mine to huck into a Mavs Black Hole for some time, everything about this wave is scary..

The Cold, Sharks, Steep drops, big boards.. If you fall you are right in the apex of a Mavericks guillotine.

Its real deal out there.

Stretch Surfboard made a 9.9 for Nathan Fletcher to knife the left back in 2011, Somehow it ended up under my arm

That thing knifed like a 6.6.. “ – Nic Von Rupp

 

Filmed by @powerlineproductions

edited by dompadua

Photo: Manu Miguelez

 

“Radical Humility” a Nathan Fletcher Documentary

Stab Magazine just dropped a new mini documentary on team captain Nathan Fletcher. Filmed and edited by Michael Cukr, the film includes Dane Reynolds and plenty of past/present footage of Nathan that embodies what we all love about surfing and the Fletcher family.

“I did a lot of other things that were gnarly, but in my head I was like, ‘If that’s not gnarly, I don’t know what is,'” said Nathan Fletcher about his Code Red Teahupo’o bomb in 2011. 

Tune into Stab High’s Air Show Saturday September 22nd and catch Nathan in round 5 as well as announcing/judging the Vans Acid Drop Contest from 3:25 – 3:50pm PCT. This will be an all out shit show just before the Air Show final! Don’t miss it! 

 

 

 

William Aliotti in “Rumble Fish”

 

William Aliotti and crew run a muck of Portugal in the new Volcom film “Rumble Fish” produced by Wasted Talent. Filmed and edited by Guillem Cruells starring William Aliotti, Charly Quivront, Gony Zubizarreta, Joao Moreira, Baptiste Gaud, Alex Botelho, Maud Lecar, and Harry Timson. Enjoy!

 

RUMBLE FISH from WASTED TALENT on Vimeo.

 

William’s 2018 Quiver

2win Fish – 5’4 x 19 x 2.1 – Vol: 27.3l.

5150 Sk8 – 5’4 x 18.63 x 2.1 – Vol: 27.5l.

2win – 5’7 x 18.5 x 2.25 – Vol: 26.8l.

Fletcher Four – 5’8 x 18.875 x 2.375

Skate – 5’8 x 18.8 x 2.3 – Vol: 27.5l.

2×4 Legacy – 5’8 x 18.65 x 2.25 – Vol: 25.78l.

Lil’ Buddy – 5’9 x 18.35 x 2.2 – Vol: 25.3l.

S10 Double – 5’9 x 18.38 x 2.25 – Vol: 26.4l.

Lil’ Buddy – 5’10 x 18.875 x 2.375 – Vol: 27.3l.

Thing – 5’10 x 18.25 x 2.25 – Vol: 26.6l.

Square One – 5’10 x 18.3 x 2.25 – Vol: 26l.

Lil’ Buddy – 5’11 x 18.63 x 2.3 – Vol: 26.9l.

2×4 Bruce – 6’2 x 18.25 x 2.35 – Vol: 27.7l.

2×4 Step Up – 6’2 x 18.25 x 2.35 – Vol: 28.8l.

 

William on his 5’9 Lil’ Buddy Photo: @rebosolasanta

 

“Whats he riding?” Kevin Cortez

 

“What’s he riding?” Kevin Cortez on his Buzzsaw Sk8 from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

 

Name: Kevin Cortez

Height/weight:

5’6 “/ 150 lbs.

Model/size/fin set up:

Buzzsaw Sk8 – 5’7″ x 18.63″ x 2″     Vol: 25.83L.

Location/conditions:

Playa Colorados / Pumping

Rider background

Hurley Team Manager quote on quote: “Yes, this kid freaking rips. Good style, progressive, and great barrel rider.” -Asher Nolan

Initial thoughts/expectations

Bizarre, weird with no rocker, felt weird at first on a high tide session but after two waves the flow came in and the combos came too!

Ride experience:

Works in everything pretty much any conditions, I like how you do airs sometimes and you disappear in the whitewash the board has enough volume to get you in front of the white wash again and complete a maneuver with good flow. That’s my first thought on my first good ride.

 

Strengths: Volume gives you extra pop and it’s fast on rail works really good on rail!

 

Weaknesses: No complaints just like any board loses its spice as I use it more and more but I surf A LOT!!

 

Summary Helps you with rhythm and flow between rail turns, it’s fast, maintains!!!

Social

follow Kevin on Instagram

 

photo: @gerardo_photo

Kevin at home photo: Brian Scott