Category Archives: Coverage

William Aliotti wins in Chile!

The fast flying, slab hunting frenchman capped off his Chile sojourn with a win at the 2016 Arica Pro presented by Maui and Sons.

William Aliotti Arica Final from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

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1st place in Chile. photo courtesy WSL

Willy was knifing frontside bombs on his CFT medium 5’10” x 18.187″ x 2.187″ Lil Buddy model. His final heat against friend and competitor Dean Bowen found him scoring a perfect 10 which sealed the deal and gave an unforgettable end to his to Chilean road trip adventure!

William had this to comment on how he felt after winning the event:

“Without the board you make me I would of never won this contest ! In my first heat I took a set on the head and I thinks if you board wasn’t strong I would of break my board for sure . I was soo confidant on the 5,10 lil buddy and the 6,2 2×4 there were amazing! flying every football !”

(Yeah, not sure what he means by “flying every football” either. It’s all good! Maybe it’s a french thing or something he learned while in Chile… William speaks English 100x’s better than I speak French but I still blame the autospell correct on his iphone!)

Congratulations WIlliam!

check out more on the 2016 Arica Pro and WIlliam’s perfect 10 ride here

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William Aliotti and Dean Bowen atop the podium in Arica, Chile.

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Acclimating to the Chilean surf during his road trip with Desilllusion magazine allowed William to get acquainted with gutting lefts prior to the contest. photo: Sebzanella

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Andrew Bennett’s Nias adventure

Summertime in Santa Barbara during a post-El NiƱo mega winter is a huge let down if you just got tubed out of your mind for the past 6 months. So, Andrew decided to keep stoking the fire and chased down a bomber swell all the way to Sumatra.

andrew bennett in nias 2016 from Stretch Boards on Vimeo. video: @nickliotta

Andrew was settling his feet into a new 2×4 step up round pin 5’11” x 18.6″ x 2.4″ and chasing down the bombs on a 6’8″ x 18.5″ x 2.6″

check out more of Andrew’s trip to Nias by visiting sundancebeach.com

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the boards may have showed up late…. but at least they managed to show up! photo:@nickliotta

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andrew driving hard on his 5’11” 2×4 round pin step up. photo: @justin_buulolo

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no stranger to backside tubes. photo: @justin_buulolo

Documentary film “Story of a Sundowner” featuring Nathan Fletcher and friends

If you had 38 minutes to peek outside the “mon-fri, 9-5 office life” confines to satisfy your curiosity of those that live the surf/skate industry lifestyle then this film is worth the watch.

 

 

You could call it proliferation of “counter culture” livelihood. We are human and we enjoy finding ways to live our lives standing on 2 feet (preferably on top of board that’s moving really fast).

Detaching yourself from what everyone else is doing or thinks is “right” can be difficult for some. If you live in modern society then try leaving your smartphone at home for a whole day and see what happens. Here’s a documentary about certain individuals who don’t find that task to be too difficult in today’s world.

Features include daily life for Nathan Fletcher and family, our buddy Dave Nelson and a host of others who keep things real in this life we live.

Keep an eye out for a little cameo appearance by a micro sized Koa Depuyt!

 

visit more at storyofasundowner.com

Fletcher family adventures in “Peninsula South”

A surf trip south of the border can reset your mind, your soul and your perspective on the world we live in. Re-visiting childhood adventures as a new father brings a whole new meaning to the journey.

“…It’s a different world… and i like it!”

Herbie and Nathan Fletcher: Peninsula South from Nixon on Vimeo.

“Choose Your Way” featuring William Aliotti

William Aliotti moved to France when he was 15 years old in order to pursue a professional surfing career. He had a vision and a goal back then and now he’s living that dream today.

video and edit by Gines Diaz and Adrian Rodd

Will is riding his 5’10” Lil Buddy, 5’6″ 2×4 and 5’9″ Thing.

Check out more at Stretchboards.com

Nic Lamb wins 2016 Titans of Mavericks Event

On February 12, 2016, Nic Lamb paddled his 10’0″ Stretch Gun to victory at the Titans of Mavericks competition.

We simply always referred to it as “The Mav’s contest” over the years but despite who becomes the title sponsor, what dollars or points are awarded, the high profile glitz or the overall status, there’s one thing that remains the same. Maverick’s will take care of itself. Those who put in time at Mav’s know this.

There’s a crew of guys that know the ins and outs of Maverick’s. Nic Lamb is one of those guys. His commitment to physical conditioning, mental preparation, equipment choice and respect for something bigger than humans can fathom all paid off.

Big waves aren’t for everybody and it takes a certain type of surfer to engage in something like Maverick’s. It’s not an easy wave to surf. The wind, swell conditions, media and competitive field made it even more daunting. Nic has been envisioning these moments and training for them for a long time.

Congratulations on achieving an amazing goal Nic! Look forward to seeing what the future brings!

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What he rode:

Stretch Gun round pin

10’0″ x 20.3″ x 3.4″

PU gun core with triple 6oz. deck and triple 6oz. bottom

Epoxy lamination

Stretch template quad g-10 3.75″ fronts with 3.75″ symmetrical quad rear pair

(same board from his 2015 win at Punta Galea)

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Nic negotiating the drop on a wave during his final heat.

 

 

 

Missed the live broadcast from contest day? Check it all out by visiting redbull.tv here!

Don’t have 7 hours to kill during your day? Are you sick of that silly song replaying over and over? Then click here to check out the heat analyzer and filter through to select surfer, heat and wave score. Technology is rad!

 

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And lets not forget the efforts put in by big wave stalwart Nathan Fletcher.

His Buzz Gun was a 10’2″ x 20.5″ x 4.5″ beast that seemed ready to paddle into something massive. There seemed to be a playfulness not common in a board with those numbers and when he leans it over on rail it shows hints of a new era of gun design developing for those who are willing to put their paddle power into some uncharted territories.

  • Bonus feature which shouldn’t be missed is our friend Anthony Tashnick inflating his rescue device for Shawn Rhodes in the same wipeout segment at the end of Nathan’s last wave.

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And on a similar model to Nic yet different construction was the worthy endeavors of Ryan Seelbach in his heat 1 battle. Ryan rode a 10’0″ x 21.25″ x 4″ Stretch Gun round pin with CFT gun heavy construction, bamboo wood veneer bottom and custom color lamination.

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Stretch and I arent’ really that short. It’s just that Ryan is a big guy!

 

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Nic and Stretch February 15, 2016. photo: D.Aumentado

 

 

 

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…because if you had a chance to do a drop wallet layback on a 10’0″ then you’d probably do one too!

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L-R: Greg Long, Jamie Mitchell, Travis Payne, Nic Lamb, Carlos Burle, Tyler Fox

 

Words of wisdom from Nathan Fletcher

Fatherhood, making an impression in heavy line-ups, the future of surfing and more…

Nathan once told me that smoking cigarettes helped with oxygen deprivation training for big waves. I would’ve called bullshit on his approach except that he paddles into waves that give me nightmares.

Read “Unconventional Wisdom: Nathan Fletcher”on Surfermag.com

If you have the board and the balls, sometimes you won't need to call anyone off. photo: Fred, theshot.com.br

If you have the board and the balls, sometimes you won’t need to call anyone off. photo: Fred, theshot.com.br