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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

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

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

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 »

Stretch Team Rider Wiggolly Dantas Wins Quiksilver Saquarema Prime

Congratulations to Wiggolly Dantas who won 1st place at the Quiksilver Saquarema Prime.


Wiggolly was riding a 5’11” The Sword model.

Disclaimer for those wanting to buy The Sword model: The Sword is designed for professional surfers for perfect waves


Wiggolly Dantas Wins Quiksilver Saquarema Prime

Wiggolly Dantas Athlete ASP

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Nathan Fletcher Day in the Life on Surfline


If you’ve seen this on Surfline already that could be because you’re stuck in an office job and dream about surfing so you’re plugged into the Surfline drip feed, or possibly because Surfline always has cool shit updated regularly. Regardless, we’re proud of the legendary Nathan Fletcher for all his accomplishments and honored to have him on our boards.

Check out the latest feature “Day in the Life” with Nathan Fletcher on Surfline.

Amazing photos by Brian Bielmann and shout out to the companies/sponsors who support one of the gnarliest surfers.
Arnette, Vans, Nixon, Astro Deck

Custom Stretch Surfboards hand built in Santa Cruz California for Japan


We are grateful to have finished a series of custom surfboards for our friends in Japan.
The finest detail and customization for the best quality. Surfing is better on these special boards for those that know.



Checkout our Japanese connection via Facebook here:

Santa Cruz Surfrider Foundation Benefit Raffle Friday February 28th at Cafe Iveta


The Surfrider Foundation – Santa Cruz Chapter is having a benefit raffle this Friday night at Cafe Iveta.

Raffle tickets are $5 for 1 and $20 for 5.
You get a chance to win a bunch of cool things.

We’ve donated a brand new set of Stretch ST-2 5 Futures Fins, a Wave/Kelp Logo T-shirt, and a Stretch Friday Factory Tour where you’ll get to hang out with Stretch and the Stretch factory crew, enjoy cold beer and warm pizza, and get a private tour through the factory.



If you’re in Santa Cruz, head down to Cafe Iveta this Friday night (02/28), grab some raffle tickets, help support the people who make a difference and help keep our beaches clean. Raffle starts at 7:30pm

Here’s What’s Up…

1. Friday, Feb 28 from 5-9:30p at Café Iveta at 2125 Delaware Ave. on the West Side
2. Two bands: Winkipop City (blues/rock/bluegrass) opening around 5:15pm for Coastal Connection (reggae/rock/soul)
3. $4 pints from a Santa Cruz Ale Works keg…other beer and wine will be on sale, too.
4. A delicious, custom menu by Café Iveta
5. A first-of-its-kind longboard for night surfing on display
6. Reclaimed wood boards on display and for purchase from Ventana Surfboards…with a % going to Surfrider
7. The Board Makers photos from me…still on display
8. The RAFFLE PRIZE winners will be drawn around 7:30pm. Winners don’t need to be present…but we hope they are. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the show ($5 for 1 or $20 for 5) up until the moment of the drawing.

Raffle tickets are on sale all this week at Café Iveta, Sawyer Land &Sea Supply and Freeline Design Surf Shop.

Below are a few link to learn more about the event:

Board Builders of Santa Cruz event at Cafe Iveta