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Updates and news about Team Stretch

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

 

 

 

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!