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get lost in the Chilean Fog with William Aliotti

“You Only Tell the Truth in the Dark” documents a journey through the Chilean landscape with William Aliotti and Sebastien Zanella of Desillusion Magazine. This video is a somber and introspective look at what drives us into exploring the unknown. It reflects the urgency in each of us to go out of our comfort zone, whether that’s paddling into massive slabs while undergunned or traveling in a camper van for a month with no access to your electronic devices. What we make of the moment defines who we are. We often can’t see well when heading into the fog. In this case, Willy clearly found his way.

Nixon | You only tell the truth in the dark: William Aliotti from NIXON Europe on Vimeo.

 

 

If you get lost in the fog tonight,
will you cry?
If you go out and you cannot see,
will you die?
If you get swallowed by clouds tonight,
will you wake up in your own skin?
Or will you become someone else?
Maybe him.
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Cody Robinson – THING v2 Therapy

While California has been vigilant, and for the most part, grateful for grovel boards this past summer. Victoria has been pumping during it’s winter season down under.

Cody Robinson sets a fine example of what his Thing v2 model is capable of doing in some fun looking surf!

Thing V2
5’11 X 18 3/4 X 2 5/16
Rounded Square tail
FCS II MF large

Videographer – Arnold Sykes

Therapy || Cody Robinson from Arnold Sykes on Vimeo.

for more info on the Thing v2 model and construction or to place a custom order in Australia, contact Cory Russell in Ocean Grove, Victoria Ph : 0438 555 967

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William Aliotti wins in Chile!

The fast flying, slab hunting frenchman capped off his Chile sojourn with a win at the 2016 Arica Pro presented by Maui and Sons.

William Aliotti Arica Final from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

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1st place in Chile. photo courtesy WSL

Willy was knifing frontside bombs on his CFT medium 5’10” x 18.187″ x 2.187″ Lil Buddy model. His final heat against friend and competitor Dean Bowen found him scoring a perfect 10 which sealed the deal and gave an unforgettable end to his to Chilean road trip adventure!

William had this to comment on how he felt after winning the event:

“Without the board you make me I would of never won this contest ! In my first heat I took a set on the head and I thinks if you board wasn’t strong I would of break my board for sure . I was soo confidant on the 5,10 lil buddy and the 6,2 2×4 there were amazing! flying every football !”

(Yeah, not sure what he means by “flying every football” either. It’s all good! Maybe it’s a french thing or something he learned while in Chile… William speaks English 100x’s better than I speak French but I still blame the autospell correct on his iphone!)

Congratulations WIlliam!

check out more on the 2016 Arica Pro and WIlliam’s perfect 10 ride here

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William Aliotti and Dean Bowen atop the podium in Arica, Chile.

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Acclimating to the Chilean surf during his road trip with Desilllusion magazine allowed William to get acquainted with gutting lefts prior to the contest. photo: Sebzanella

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Buzzsaw sk8 review with Darshan Gooch

 

Buzzsaw sk8 with Darshan Gooch from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

Name: Darshan Gooch
Height/weight: 6’4″ 185 lbs

Board model/dimensions: Buzz Saw sk8 6’0″ x 19.5″ x 2.25″ vol.31.8L (straight off the stock board rack!)

Construction type: CFT std (1/8″ bamboo stringer, marko foam 2.1pcf compression molded EPS, deck channels, 45º bias weave S-glass and RWG) + striped carbon tail strips

Fins used: Futures Timmy Patterson (sides) with Fins Unlimited S2 Stretch fiberglass 4.25″ quad rear pair

Conditions tested: Point breaks, reefs and beachbreaks,. Average to good waves, from slopey / mushy, and into hollow barreling waves as well.

Background (general skill level, current board(s), misc. other factors):

Just another working class parent from around the way. Continuing to remain passionate about riding waves, while keeping those kids fed and bills paid. 25 years surfing experience.

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

This was actually a stock board that was sitting in the factory. Initially I was drawn to this board looking for a daily driver to fill a few places where my quiver was lacking. Although the volume was a little towards the full side for my comfort, I previously had really enjoyed my experiences with the Super Buzz and was interested in going further down the rabbit hole prior to our El Niño season of 2015/16.

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

Since this board is coming from the daily driver sector I would imagine this board to cover a wide range of waves / conditions from average to good waves.

Ride experience:

Perhaps due to new board excitement, I found my first wave to actually be one of the best waves I ever caught on this board. The Buzz Saw paddled very comfortably and with my feet slipping right into the sweet spot of the concave SK8 deck I was ready to dig in at first draw. Over time I found this board to fit and work best in the pocket or curvature of the waves face. Also having great tube riding capabilities, there were a number of sessions were I took the Buzz Saw into waves outside of what I perceived to be it’s preferred size range. More often than not, I was surprised at Buzz Saw’s capacity to adapt and conquer in good waves in the overhead range.

Likes/Dislikes:

The Buzz Saw thrives to fit and be pushed through turns in tight/round places on the wave where your standard shortboard might not fit. Perhaps my stubbornness to only ride this board as a quad made for times when I struggled or fought the extra volume of the skate deck in slopey or mushy parts of the wave. Considering my size 13 foot, I may have found my width limit for preferable SK8 deck options here.

General observations:

The Buzz Saw has an uncanny ability to be very adaptable from average everyday fun, into great waves that would be more performance oriented.

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

Lively daily driver that loves to be ridden in the pocket and also thrives in the decent to good waves category.

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voluptuous curves deserve something to feast on. gooch nurtures the buzzsaw sk8’s voracious open face appetite. photo: chachi

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“baby got BACK!” the butt tail is the default stock template off the rack. nice curves! chemically transformed image sharing courtesy of: darshan gooch

 

“NO FRIENDS” model ride review with Andrew Bennett

It’s summertime!!! Crowds, “so-so” waves and the pervasive struggle to get your slash on could use a good remedy. The “NO FRIENDS” model is your answer!

learn more about the NO FRIENDS model by clicking here

No Friends model ride review with Andrew Bennett from Stretch Boards on Vimeo.

 

check available NO FRIENDS models on our webstore or contact info@stretchboards.com to get dialed in on a new custom!

 

Name: Andrew Bennett

Height/weight: 5’10” 180 lbs

Board model/dimensions:

No Friends 5’4” x 21″ x 2.25″ vol.32.3L

Construction type:

EPS/EPOXY

Fins used:

Fins Unlimited custom hand foiled BUZZ template 4.875″/4.0″ fcs base with FCSII plugs and tab in-fill kit

Conditions tested:

The Hook, Chest high. Weak and crowded.

Background (general skill level, current board(s), misc. other factors):

I typically ride much better, but still summer style CA waves on my 5’6” PU/CFT glassed Super Buzz with Buzz Quads.

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

It felt like a lot of volume under my arm especially with the amount of width.

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

I rode the Dominator model by Firewire and it was similar. The No Friends model felt like it wanted to turn in a shorter radius though. I never rode the Average Joe by Channel Islands but maybe that would be similar.

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

I think the board was ideal for the weak chest high conditions that I took it out in. It gave me a reason to paddle out.

Ride experience:

The board felt like it wanted to turn quickly/pivot. It was very buoyant and responsive so it made it easy to squeeze in a bunch of turns without any help from the wave.

Likes/Dislikes:

The board didn’t feel like it wanted to project and create any lateral speed. I notice my super buzz has much more drive in comparison so it wants to go super fast down the line. But the No Friends felt like it was designed to keep turning in a tight radius.

General observations:

It’s a worthy board to have in the quiver for really gutless waves that are chest high and under.

“If I could choose between this and one other model, I would get the (fill in the blank)

I think for completely gutless tiny waves this would be the right board to jump on. My G-Buzz worked in a little bigger surf than the No Friends model and had more projection. But I think they both have their place in different surf.

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

The model name is definitely spot on. It was a “no friends” kind of session at the hook. Without bogging at all the board catches anything and turns on a dime.

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

The no friends model takes the struggle out of summer flat spells.

 

no friends spec sheet

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outline and volume comparison of G-buzz sk8 vs. NO FRIENDS built with same dimensions.

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No Friends is fully customizable in CFT, PU/PE, or EPS/EPOXY construction options. Dimensions, logos and all options offered through Stretch Boards are just a phone call or e-mail away!

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4 different model logo options available!

Andrew Bennett’s Nias adventure

Summertime in Santa Barbara during a post-El Niño mega winter is a huge let down if you just got tubed out of your mind for the past 6 months. So, Andrew decided to keep stoking the fire and chased down a bomber swell all the way to Sumatra.

andrew bennett in nias 2016 from Stretch Boards on Vimeo. video: @nickliotta

Andrew was settling his feet into a new 2×4 step up round pin 5’11” x 18.6″ x 2.4″ and chasing down the bombs on a 6’8″ x 18.5″ x 2.6″

check out more of Andrew’s trip to Nias by visiting sundancebeach.com

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the boards may have showed up late…. but at least they managed to show up! photo:@nickliotta

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andrew driving hard on his 5’11” 2×4 round pin step up. photo: @justin_buulolo

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no stranger to backside tubes. photo: @justin_buulolo

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

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