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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 

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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’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 joins the NIXON Pro team

Nixon | Welcome William Aliotti to the Team from NIXON Europe on Vimeo.

Not too unlike motorcycle clubs compelling you to work for that 3-piece patch, showing your worth and earning the respect of the vanguard, you can’t just join the Nixon team. One has to be voted in by the other members in order to join the elite Pro ranks of the tight knit family.

Through years of support from Nixon Europe, William’s hard work and commendable attitude both in and out of the water allowed him to prove his mettle to the surfing world. He’s just been voted in to be a full fledged member of the Nixon Family. Congratulations William!

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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.

Open House November 27th, 2015

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Stretch Boards is hosting a holiday open house event on Friday November 27th. We’ll be swinging open the factory doors to anyone who has always been curious as to what goes into making a custom built surfboard.

There will be light refreshments, beverages, working factory tours and face to face customer support for any surfboard related topic you can fathom.

Check out some cool new projects, unique custom builds not seen elsewhere, view a bit of Stretch memorabilia and join in on the community of surfers which make the Stretch Boards family what it is today.

Black friday deals on apparel, fins, accessories, stock surfboards and new custom orders will be in full effect also!

 

This event is in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. Bring in minimum 4 non-perishable food items to receive extra special deals!

Our factory is located at the end of Tower Place just off Felt St. It is the largest dedicated epoxy glassing factory in North America and is unlike most every other traditional surfboard factory you will encounter. There is no VOC release or harmful chemicals, messy work areas or hazardous concerns (save for the dust factor). If you’ve ever been curious as to how a sustainable surfboard can be built then this is the perfect opportunity to see first hand!

 

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Barrel dreaming with Koa Smith

While the majority of us were slugging through the doldrums of a lackluster surf season earlier this summer, Koa Smith was globetrotting his way from Hawaii to Tahiti then to Africa all in the name of finding the best waves possible. Yep, he sure did find some gems! Continue reading »