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Updates and news about Team Stretch

“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

 

 

 

2×4 round pin Ride Review with Darshan

2×4 round pin first ride review with darshan gooch from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

Height/weight:

6’4″ 180-185 lbs

2×4 round pin 6’2″ x 19.25″ x 2.375″ vol. 32.0L

darshan testing the 2×4 round pin barrel riding capabilities photo: Bryan Garrison @wetfeetphoto

Construction type:

6’2″ x 19.25″ x 2.375″ shown with abstract color lamination and futures AM2 techflex thruster set.

CFT std with uni-directional carbon tail strips and with the exception of the abstract color lam bottom, features duplicate CFT std glassing as seen in previous Thing v2 round pin ride review seen here

Fins used:

Futures AM2 thruster set:

fronts: 4.73” deep by 4.64” base – flat foil

center: 4.49” deep x 4.63” base – symmetrical foil

Fins Unlimited custom Stretch Generation 2 quad set:

Fronts: 4.75” deep by 4.625” base – custom stretch inside foil

Quad rears: 4.25” deep by 4.25” base – symmetrical foil

Conditions tested:

Wintery types of CA waves varying from chest high to several feet overhead.

Initial thoughts/expectations (was this really what you thought you were getting?):

The initial idea when ordering this particular 2×4 model was to find the performance differences between the THINGv2 and 2×4. We basically kept the dimensions and construction completely the same. I would imagine a fair portion of people ordering the 2×4 may have ridden it a little bit shorter. Considering the time of year and lack of any contemporary tri or quad fins available in my quiver, I thought I better get with a board that could not only fill a missing link in my quiver, but also a board that would be adaptable in the decent to good wave category.

What 3 board models come to mind when checking out this design?:

Stretch’s THINGv2, Matt Biolos’ Mini Driver, Channel Islands Fred Rubble?…

What wave types do you imagine surfing when viewing this design? (full spectrum and size range):

One of the strong points of this particular board is it’s fairly adaptable. Beach breaks, Reef’s, Point breaks, anything with enough juice to get you going and some space to move around. I had a couple great surfs on this board in hollower/down the line type of waves where I rode it as a quad. The majority of the time i rode this board as a tri fin as the waves on offer around town this time of year seemed most suitable.

Ride experience:

In all honesty this was a slight adjustment and exercise in remembering how to ride a contemporary shortboard again. My experience was a little humbling at times considering this past year I have mostly been surfing with twin-fins and singles. Similar to the THINGv2 I tested last year, I found the 2×4 to have a vague familiarity and user-friendly characteristics. Immediately there was an ease or comfort factor when standing up and getting moving. My personal challenge was making the subtle adjustment of stepping further back and finding that sweet spot towards the back fin. (Which isn’t quite the same with a twin fin in particular.)

Likes/Dislikes:

I think there is something to be said here about adaptability and having a board you know you can rely on. The only dislikes worthy of mention would be my own personal limitations from prior lack of interest in contemporary shortboards, This resulted in issues of the balance, timing and rhythm department of my own physical doing.

General observations:

In comparison to the single concave throughout the THINGv2 , I felt there was a little more excitement or eagerness of availability on the back foot that felt like quicker rail to rail transitions.

“If I could choose between this and one other model, I would get the ….. (can be a different stretch model or any other shaper/design):

I’m torn between the 2×4 and the THINGv2 at this point. If I primarily rode contemporary shortboards on a regular basis, I may be leaning towards the 2×4 due to the liveliness available off the back foot. At this point in my limited use and interest in “shortboarding” on a regular basis, I would probably lean more on the predictability and control that the THINGv2 offers.

How well does this board match up to it’s model description?:

I can only account for the slightly longer version being consistent with it’s description. Perhaps a slightly shorter/wider version might be the perfect adjustment in the small to medium sized waves category if you are primarily a conventional “shortboard” type surfer.

Summary (synopsis, recommendations or overall feeling you would tell a friend):

The 2×4 is highly adaptable, user-friendly, performance shortboard. Daily driver certified*

Check out the Stretch Boards webstore for available stock 2×4 models or contact orders@stretchboards.com to get started on a new custom!

Exactly the same construction as the previous Thing v2 round pin, CFT std with marko EPS, bamboo stringer, 6oz. RWG bottom and deck with 4oz. bias S-glass and carbon tail strips.

 

“What’s he riding?” Willy Aliotti’s blacked out quiver

Check out what models William Aliotti regularly packs into his bag for travel.

height/weight:
1.75m  by 70 KG
(5’8″ 165lbs.)

 

All boards built with:
CFT medium construction
  • 4oz. RWG + 4oz. bias S-glass bottom / 4oz. bias S-glass + 6oz. RWG deck
  • 2.1pcf Marko Foam EPS core
  • 1/8″ bamboo stringer
  • deck channels

3k uni-directional carbon fiber tail strip reinforcements

Future ILT fin system with Jordy Smith Medium HC 4.54″ height by 4.59″ base

Whether threading through gutting tubes on his frontside or wafting tail-free drifts in small points on his backhand, Willy finds the Lil Buddy as his “go-to” board. photo: david aumentado

 

Lil Buddy squash tail – 5’10” x 18.187″ x 2.13″ vol. 24.3L

“personally the Lil Buddy is the board for me that i can take on any trip ! for any kind of condition like proper barrel 4 to 6 ft and in normal and mellow waves from 2 to 4 ft ( the lil buddy model will be the first one in the board bag”

Willy cracks a frontside ollie on his 5’8″ skate. photo: @laurentpujol

Skate swallow tail – 5’8″ x 18.25″ x 2.187″ vol. 24.5L

“the second board that i will always take on a trip is the Skate ! when the wind swoop on shore this board become amazing and really skatey on shity waves”

thing v2 CFT 5’9″ x 18.187″ x 2.13″

Thing v2 squash tail – 5’9″ x 18.187″ x 2.13″ vol. 24.8L

2×4 step up round pin – 6’4″ x 18.25″ x 2.4″ vol. 29.5L * modified nose outline and tail rocker

“…and to finish my perfect  last boards of the quiver on barrel destination i will always the 2X4 step up and normal short board”

aiming for the cosmos on his cosmic color lam thing v2. photo: @chroniclesofchristie

 “i trust stretch surfboard more then any other! i just thinks they are super solid and so performance! they stay magic forever and never get old”

Willy has switched from his rocket red airbrushes into the dark side. Apparently Stretch didn’t get the memo when he decided to surprise Willy with this neon twinnie!

 

 

Speak softly and carry a big foil

Perennial waterman Peter Trow floats along with his custom Stretch foilboard.

photo/video/edit by Ian Boyd

Hydrofoil Surfing with Peter Trow from Ian Boyd on Vimeo.

So…. what exactly are Stretch and Pete putting together?

Modified No Friends model 5’10” x 20″ x 3″

EPS/EPOXY light construction with stringerless 2.1pcf Marko foam blank and some carbon treatment.

Tuttle box mates a Go Foil Kai model.

You may recall Pete’s previous foray into foiling when he teamed up with Stretch on a kite foilboard a little over a year ago. When the wind isn’t blowing and the swell is building, it’s pretty funny to hear him tell me that he’s amping for the waves to get crappy so he can go surf!

Custom foilboards are available to order. send any inquiries to orders@stretchboards.com

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“What’s he riding?” Sancho’s 3 board quiver

The globe trotting Frenchman seemingly finds himself sliding into more fun waves every time we look. Here’s what he’s been getting his feet into lately:

Benjamin Sanchis (a.k.a.- Sancho)

height/weight:
1.80m  by 86 KG
(5’11” 190lbs.)

 

Mr. Buzz sk8 bat tail – 5’6″ x 19.65″ x 2.4″ vol. 32.8L
CFT std construction
FCSII quad with fiberglass Split Keel quads

 

2×4 round pin – 6’0″ x 19.25″ x 2.5″ vol. 32.0L
2.375″ adjusted rail profile
CFT med construction
FCSII 5-fin convertible with Stretch template WR large quad PC carbon 4.625″/4.125″

 

2win double wing swallow – 5’6″ x 20.35″ x 2.65″ vol. ???
nose “pugged 4″ from a 5’10”
CFT med construction
FCSII twin with MR PC twins (plugs for twin trailer were retrofitted but not yet used)

 

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laundry day quiver shoot. photo: manu migueles photography

 

“Where do you like to surf these models?”

i really enjoy more on reef breaks and points. i can surf the 2×4 6’0″ on an everyday basis in the canaries from slabs to fun powerful reefs.

i surf the mr. buzz everyday also when the waves are small, or fun little waves where my chick surfs.

also in points but work good in little slabs. same for the twins.

“What is it that you like or don’t like about any of these boards?”

the 6’0″ can feel a bit stiff at the drop sometimes. works a lot better in glassy/offshore conditions. but, is the fastest board ever! feels really confident. goes good for turn. (stretch should stop bothering putting the 5 fins set up…heheheh) if i had to choose one board to go on trip will be this one.

the Mr Buzz ,
really really user friendly. goes really good with those fins, got lots of flow.
sometimes feels a bit short on the back hand.
perfect for summertime but hold the rail in points also. good for carving.

here’s some fun follow cam footage of the 5’6″ mr. buzz sk8 carving:

 

 

the twin is a little devil.
it’s crazy fast! holds the rail in turn but also super loose in turn.
rare for a twin but good on the backhand.

 

check the video below to see Sancho laying rail on his 5’6″ pugged 2win.

 

“Are there any comparisons to other boards?”

no. riding those boards is like riding something different which makes it cool. it’s a different vibe.
i have your boards that i have been riding for the last 3 years. no other boards last that long!

“If you had the chance to change anything, what would it be?”

i’d put the factory in europe so it will be easier for me to get boards 🙂 then i could bug stretch all the time in person and talk to him about fins.

 

sancho slips into a goodie to evaluate quad fin placement back home. photo: manu migueles

sancho slips into a goodie to evaluate quad fin placement back home. photo: manu migueles

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through the looking glass. sancho fins his 2×4 round pin getting the hero shot.

Nathan Fletcher “Follow Your Mission” presented by Nixon

Nathan Fletcher is human. He faces challenges like you and I but perhaps on a different scale…

 

click on link to learn about Nathan’s daily routines, being a parent and his method of cell rejuvenation

Follow Your Mission With Nathan Fletcher, Presented by Nixon

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