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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

 

 

 

“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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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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2win fin ride review with Darshan

Two fins in it to 2win it from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

 

Surfer: Darshan Gooch
Height/weight: 6’4″ 185lbs.
Board model: 2win single wing swallow tail
Dimensions: 5’11” x 19.75″ x 2.375″ vol. 32L
Construction type: Varial foam core  (no deck channels) + CFT std glassing + carbon tail strips
Fins used: futures Akila Aipa fiberglass 5.4″

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What comes to mind when checking out this design?

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the importance of rail profile, rocker, edge and fin placement are amplified in twin-fin designs. stretch and darshan examine the minute details.

Considering this is Stretch’s version of a modern twin-fin, it stands alone. Channel Islands has an updated version of the Merrick Twin but i don’t feel that these boards are comparable.

Where do you think this board will shine?

I imagine this board to be very adaptable in an assortment of different waves, mostly waves I wouldn’t consider riding a standard or contemporary shortboard.  Most ideally this would be for waves in the thigh to head high range that would be lacking in quality or substantial curve throughout the wave face.

Location/conditions surfed:

Sub average to decently good waves and everything in between: beachbreaks, mushy to decent point waves, wedgey and fairly hollow reefs. This board can be a real “go-getter”!

Initial thoughts/expectations:

Originally I had ordered this board amidst our 2016 summer season in hopes of finding a fun and user-friendly board that would get me excited to surf an assortment of sub-average summer-type waves.

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darshan bleeding speed via active rail engagement. photo: Kookson@aol.com santacruzwaves.com

 

Ride experience:

The “2WIN” immediately turned me into a 14 year old frothing grom again! Like experiencing the excitement of a fish for the first time, there was an immediate spark and sensibility of speed and freedom as soon as you hit your feet.  One of my favorite things about the 2WIN is riding that line between casual flow and radicalness. Naturally this board goes fast without the struggle of having to create your speed. It’s up to you where and how you want to use or bleed all that forward trajectory. For me the art of twin-fin surfing is learning how to use and engage the rails more actively, while exploring those boundaries of speed and control.

 

General observations:

I found it very suiting for the types of waves I surf regularly around Santa Cruz. With uncanny accessibility to an abundance of speed and a natural sense of user friendliness, the 2WIN proved to be very adaptable. What i had initially ordered for so-so summer days, turned into a board I felt confident bringing into larger overhead barreling waves. This is now a board I am having a hard time putting down.

Eventually when I pushed this board into waves that became too steep or square (far outside of it’s intended capabilities) the tail could begin to drift or slide. Sometimes if I mis-stepped behind the fins the board became a bit too squirrely and directionally challenged.

At times I found it challenging to project vertically in tight places, and sporadic situations. I don’t think this board is vertically challenged as much as it needs the appropriate time and space to find it’s optimum line.

Likes/Dislikes:

Strengths = natural speed and user-friendly characteristics.

Weaknesses = Not a “do-it-all” design for me. Need to pay attention to what that back foot is doing.

“If I could choose between this and one other model, I would get the …..

In a perfect world I would choose a 2WIN 2.0 version geared for the winter season and better waves in mind. And have the current 2WIN for a variety of average, to sub average conditions.

Summary:

“Twin it “2-WIN” it!” This board is sure to put a smile on your face especially if you are feeling tired of your conventional shortboards and stuck in the rigidity of habits and routines.

How did the difference in foam core affect performance?

The “2WIN” is the second Varial Foam blank I have tested. Initially Stretch made me two THING’s, a version with a 2.1pcf Marko foam EPS blank with 1/8″ bamboo stringer, and a duplicate THING using  Varial Foam, both in CFT construction glassing.

During the sessions where I compared both THING’s, I first noticed a subtle damping effect when surfing the Varial board in semi-chattery conditions. In cleaner conditions there were times when I could feel the board loading up in turns and almost having some subtle springiness qualities as you are unloading pressure. Almost like a rubber band on a very small scale.

My feeling is that Varial could have a lively, more natural – multi dimensional flex pattern as it interacts with the wave and different weight distribution. The subtleties of Varial had proven very hard for me to pick up on immediately, so I was interested in trying it in a summer type surfboard such as the “2WIN”.

Both these boards built with Varial cores were and still are durable. Outside of foot dents, I am amazed that neither boards have had any legitimate dings on them.

Compared to my CFT constructed boards with EPS/EPOXY, both of these Varial foam versions were not “lighter”. The THING built with the Varial foam actually weighed 6oz. more than the Marko foam and bamboo stringer version. There are a lot of variables in surfboard construction of course. Personally I’m not a “team light” kind of person and I don’t mind a little weight and these boards seemed appropriate to me. Not heavy in the slightest degree.

Honestly, I think a custom built surfboard with a longer lifespan is a step in the right direction. Some may find it a challenge to notice the performance differences but maybe that’s where the fun is at, learning and experimentation. Enjoy!

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photo: brian garrison

 

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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What Dane Rode for SITD2.0

13 unmarked 6’0″ shortboards. 1 anonymous pro surfer. The challenge to create the most high performance surfboard design was underway for the second iteration of Stab Magazine’s resplendent feature project “Stab in the Dark” featuring Dane Reynolds in South Africa.

If you missed the full video then do yourself a favor and indulge 1/2 an hour of your downtime by clicking here to watch

… then enjoy a few minutes by clicking here to learn more about Stretch’s design principles and what went into making board #23

 

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the board:

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modified Sword squash tail

6’0″ x 19″ x 2.5″

volume*: 30L+

*not entirely certain on the exact volume since the design criteria was for a newer model to be hand shaped. We have it digitized now and it comes out to 30.2L

CFT med Factory Pro construction:

  • 2.1pcf Marko Foam EPS core with Epoxy glassing
  • 1/8″ bamboo stringer
  • 4oz. S + 4oz. bias weave S + 4oz. E stomp patch deck lamination
  • 4oz. S + 4oz. bias weave S bottom lamination
  • no deck channels

Futures ILT tri-fin

Would we have liked to see a non-jet lagged Dane Reynolds going mental in 8′ drainers instead of less than ideal beach break conditions? Sure. Well, he didn’t get to ride it again but the limited time he spent getting his feet into it sure was fun to watch!

Would you like to have a crack at riding the same board? For FREE??!!??!! We made a total of 4. All you have to do is go to stabinthedark.stabmag.com and enter to win!

 

or… if you want one right now then you can scope it at http://store.stretchboards.com/product/the-sword

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Where’s Sancho – INDO EDIT

Benjamin Sanchis, a.k.a.- “Sancho” has the grueling task of traveling around the world to hunt down mind bending barrels for the enjoyment of your viewing pleasure.

WHERE IS SANCHO l KANDUI from FTR Films on Vimeo.

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Buzzsaw 5’10.5″ x 19.35″ x 2.5″ bat tail CFT med. construction FCSII quad with “feathered brush fade” colorwork by Sandy.
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Thing v2 6’2″ x 19.2″ x 2.5″ round pin CFT med. construction FCSII 5-fin with “vert brush fade” colorwork by Sandy.
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