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Updates and news about Team Stretch

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

Thing v2 Review with Darshan Gooch

 

The THING v2 round pin with Darshan Gooch from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

 

Height/weight:

6’4″ 185 lbs

Thing v2 round pin 6’2″ x 19.25″ x 2.375″ vol. 31.4L

Construction type:

CFT std with uni-directional carbon tail strips and duplicate CFT std glassing substituted with Varial foam for testing performance differences between foam types.

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:

I’ve taken this board through a wide assortment of waves and conditions from average 3-5 ft beachbreaks, to pumping sand / cobblestone points, and even hollow barreling waves.

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

One of the great strengths about this board is how it can handle the large variety of the wave types and conditions.  I would ride the THINGv2 in an assortment of 4-6ft waves as a tri fin. When the surf gets into the excellent range or you may be considering a step up for additional down the line speed, riding the THINGv2 will give you the extra boost of confidence you may be looking for.

Ride experience:

Considering that these boards showed up right as we were trending into an active El Niño season, there was no shortage of days to get well acquainted with these two boards. Initially, I had these boards set up as tri fins. As soon as I jumped onto these boards there was a sense of comfort, flow, and control. Considering there wasn’t much of an adaptation process, I immediately felt that the THING would be my trusty new companion for the season ahead.

In good to excellent waves I found the quad fin setup to be the icing on the cake. It was like having another gear that allowed me to unlock some previously unseen potentials in a board that I was already very happy with.

Likes/Dislikes:

All likes here. The only dislikes worth listing would be trying to ride the THINGv2 as a quad in mediocre surf after having great success in good waves as a quad. I’m very curious to ride the 2X4 now and compare the differences and concaves in these two models.

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

The THING is your best bet for getting the most “bang for your buck!” and the most versatile shortboard that will allow you adaptability in a range of average to an excellent waves.

 

Thing v2 explained from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

The Thing v2 can be custom ordered to excel in small wave conditions, used as a step up board, tuned for aggressive performance surfing or ordered with our stock configuration for all around daily driver duties.

 

Check out the Thing models in stock on our webstore or contact info@stretchboards.com to get dialed in on a new custom!

 

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Marko core on the left. Varial core on the right. Although glassed exactly the same, the weight difference between them was 310grams or 0.68lbs with the Varial packing in the slight extra heft.

 

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Wouldn’t you like to be the R&D guy in this instance? Darshan tests the relationship between bottom contours and rail profiles on the THING v2 for the benefit of us all. photo: Jeff Gideon @santacruzwaves

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 examines his Stretch Gun design

Construction specs, fins, overall weight, rails, design versatility……

Nic and Stretch share some winter time shaping room banter over the latest addition to the quiver.

Nic Lamb and Stretch Boards Gun design from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

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