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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

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

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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.

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

 

7’0″ IT Round Pin CFT std with Darshan Gooch

In this “First ride impressions” piece, the featured board happens to be none other than the most under stated, longest continually offered and most inquired board in the Stretch model line.

Darshan really wanted to wrap his head around the IT and what the mystifying board design was meant to do, where it could go on the wave and how it fits in to a surfer’s quiver.

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Stretch would sum up the IT model as longboard paddle and stability up front with control and maneuverability out the back. It’s got rocker, it’s got foil, it can be pushed harder than you may think. Over the past 20-something years since it’s inception the IT has turned heads and put smiles on every person who rides one.

The stock size dimensions for Darshan’s 7’0″ IT show a nose width of 17.8″ and a tail width of 15.1″. That’s loosely calling it a “not so pointy” Super Buzz nose width spliced onto a tail width the same as a THING v2!

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The IT comes standard with a 5-fin convertible set up. Available in either Futures or FCS systems.

The IT really isn’t a down-sized longboard. It’s not an up-sized shortboard. It’s not really fair to call it a “funboard” or “mini-mal” or “micro HPLB”. The IT is so much of an anomaly we couldn’t come up with a more descriptive name!

I would’ve called it the “Surf Mullet” if someone had asked but i think that name was already taken. The IT has been around longer than i have so we’ll just leave it at that.  “Business in the front, party in the back!” Makes sense to me!

Name: Darshan Gooch

Height/weight: 6’4″ 180lbs

Model/size/fin set up:

IT round pin 7’0” x 21.5″ x 2.65″ vol. 43.2L CFT std construction. Ridden as a quad with Firewire template (Futures)

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Location/conditions:

Steamer Lane: Fairly clean, 4-6 ft waves off the slot and inside middle peak., a little challenging with the higher tide wobble and refractions..

Pleasure Point: 4-6 ft, North westerly slopey walls with lots of people/ obstacles.

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

Goofy looking regular footer, 25 years surfing experience.

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

Considering this board is fairly different than the boards I usually ride on a regular basis, I tried to approach this particular board with an open mind.

Ride experience:

The first thing I noticed when I jumped off the cliff and onto this board was it’s incredible paddling abilities. It was almost like I had to wipe the smirk off my face once I discovered the advantages I was gaining.

Strengths:

Paddling! There was a huge advantage that opened up in the accessibility of catching waves I wouldn’t usually consider paddling for. Great down the line speed and maneuverability.

Weaknesses:

The only weakness that comes to mind might be the amount of people you may upset if you take full advantage of this boards wave catching abilities.

Summary (your best one sentence description, recommendations or overall feeling):

The IT : A very user-friendly board for a wide variety of waves and skill levels.

 

Check out the available stock IT models for sale at: store.stretchboards.com. As always, each board is made custom and individual.

Not seeing exactly what you are looking for? Choose from the “fast track” options in the pull down menu to put down a deposit and build up the stock dimensions with color, fins, logos, tail template and construction specs to your own personal preference!

There’s been a set of commonly asked questions in regards to the IT model i’ve encountered over the years. Darshan responds back after gaining some insight:

Can you duck dive it?

DG: At 7’0” I found the IT reasonably easy to duckdive in the 4-6 waves IT was tested. I think in bigger / more powerful surf or in larger sizes the IT could get challenging to push under waves unless you could over power it.

Quad or Tri?:

DG: I have ridden the IT both with quad and tri fin setups. Personally I have enjoyed quads more recently but trust the tri fin setup to be equally functional. It’s all personal preference in my opinion.

How does it work when the waves are pumping?

DG: If the surf was pumping the IT will open up nicely! In a perfect world I would enjoy this board in some overhead walls where you could get in early with an abundance of speed and push this board down the line and through it’s paces. Top to bottom waves might be a little more challenging of coarse.

What are your intentions?

DG: My intentions with the IT would be: taking a load off and cruising along like a sea bird. Long flowing movements, nothing to serious, just riding like the wind. Enjoy!

Would you travel with it?

The IT is a great travel board for easy locations where the consistency needle is trending to the lower end of the spectrum. It will cover all the bases and when the surf jumps up you won’t necessarily be scrambling for shelter since it has the rocker and foil to handle a bit more punch that the waves will throw at you.

Can you nose ride it?

Cheater 5’s, maybe. For sure in the longer lengths with a steep wall. Perching on the nose in full trim isn’t something that most people can handle on an over rockered longboard let alone a mid-length though.

Can it be ridden as a tri? Single? 2+1?

The IT was originally designed with a thruster set up. In the mid-2000’s  when the quad craze went full tilt we were doing them as convertibles and also 4+1 set up’s with 8.5″ center fin boxes and even 10 1/2″ boxes if the length, width and rocker would accommodate it. This gave the most options for anyone who wanted 2+1, tri (with center box adapter plug for your normal FCS center fin) and yes, even a single if they wanted to get funky. Everyone raves about the quad set up in the IT but tri’s work darn well also! We make them 5-fin convertible so you get the best options to choose from.

Can you get a longer version and surf cowells on one?

You could….. We’ve made them long but the sweet spot is in the 7’0″ to 8’0″+ range. Groms, light footed proficient folks and smaller statured surfers could get away with it in large, slopey, slow moving walls but there’s a reason flat rockered logs dominate longboard zones. Paddling harder and getting less waves doesn’t sound super fun.

What construction would you prefer?

We’ve made them primarily in our CFT construction. EPS/epoxy gives a lively feel and adds the durability and longevity which is paramount in a board design such as the IT. Legacy cork/bamboo builds and funky color laminations are another way to spice things up. Custom builds are what we do so sky is the limit and is all about what your personal preference dictates.

 

Still have questions? Contact us at: info@stretchboards.com

 

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Stretch explains the theory behind the “stinger”to Darshan.

 

 

Check out the groovy IT stylings sans verbage in the edit courtesy of Mike Cochran here:

 

 

Benji Brand wins 2015 GoPro Of The World on his 5’8″ CFT LEGACY 2×4

Like Dejavu…

Dreamy Skeleton Bay instagram video post from Benji Brand

That familiar view featuring Koa Smith on his 5’8″ CFT LEGACY 2×4. Same wave, same stance, same model, same construction. They even had the same dims!

Hear Benji’s thoughts on Skeleton Bay in the Surfline feature here

To those who don’t pay much attention to the details this could’ve been the same thing as seen before. But for those who know, there’s a lot to be said about commitment, aspirations, confidence and fulfillment on the part of the 19 year old Benji Brand’s efforts to score one of the most epic POV tube videos the world has ever seen.

Taking a nod at Koa Smith’s vehicle for success, Benji opted for the exact same board. Granted, Benji wanted his board to be light green, he chose to ride his 2×4 swallow tail CFT LEGACY construction 5’8″ x 18.5″ x 2.3″ cork/bamboo with future quad set up through that Namibia tubefest with conviction.

Congratulations Benji!

Wanna follow in the same footsteps as both Koa and Benji?

Want the exact same board?

Does a replica CFT LEGACY 5’8″ x 18.5″ x 2.3″ cork/bamboo 2×4 fit your needs?

Well, we’ve got one with a granitic green deck that’s brand new and available for purchase now!

Just click on over to store.stretchboards.com to view the new 2×4 models available for sale

So how do they compare?

Koa recounts his experience from the inaugural GoPro of the World win on Surfline

 

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you’d be this tired too if you just got slotted endlessly for hours on end…

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Namibia support vehicle with Alex Smith, Koa Smith and Benji Brand.

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Benji giving thanks for the grinders at Skeleton Bay.

Open House November 27th, 2015

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Stretch Boards is hosting a holiday open house event on Friday November 27th. We’ll be swinging open the factory doors to anyone who has always been curious as to what goes into making a custom built surfboard.

There will be light refreshments, beverages, working factory tours and face to face customer support for any surfboard related topic you can fathom.

Check out some cool new projects, unique custom builds not seen elsewhere, view a bit of Stretch memorabilia and join in on the community of surfers which make the Stretch Boards family what it is today.

Black friday deals on apparel, fins, accessories, stock surfboards and new custom orders will be in full effect also!

 

This event is in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. Bring in minimum 4 non-perishable food items to receive extra special deals!

Our factory is located at the end of Tower Place just off Felt St. It is the largest dedicated epoxy glassing factory in North America and is unlike most every other traditional surfboard factory you will encounter. There is no VOC release or harmful chemicals, messy work areas or hazardous concerns (save for the dust factor). If you’ve ever been curious as to how a sustainable surfboard can be built then this is the perfect opportunity to see first hand!

 

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