Monthly Archives: August 2010 Has a New Look!!


We have a new look!  We redesigned our site to bring you even more stoke.  To celebrate, we will be having one big mofo of a giveaway session.  Over the next few months, we will be giving away some cool stuff including surf gear, boardshorts, DVDs, books and more….you can see these giveaways on the front page of our new site.

Some of Dailystoke’s new features:

The Stoke Community which is a new online community for surfers (only surfers will be allowed to join!).

Members will be able to:

  • Speak your mind!  Post your own blogs on our site (YouBlog)
  • Join groups, which will include groups for Surfers, Surf Gear Companies, Filmmakers, Musicians, Artists, Photographers, Writers, Surf Shops & Schools, and Shapers
  • Connect with surfers and others in the community
  • Post surf-related events & announcements
  • Join the Surf Marketplace where Filmmakers, Artists, Musicians, and Photographers can post their stuff and spread the stoke to all

Check out the new site, it was a lot of work, so we hope y’all like it.

Surfing Barbados – paradise found


The world headquarters for Malibu Rum sits on the west coast of Barbados, 100 feet from the Caribbean sea. The water there is flat as lake, as if the surfing gods punished the spot for knocking off the name of a secret spot in California. And while Malibu rum is no Barbados treaure, plenty of surfing treasures can be found on the island. Just up the coast is Duppies. A diagonal shot across the island is the world class Soup Bowl. As if that’s not enough, Malibu (in reverse) can be found with the left at Freights Bay, which, when breaking, will be more Malibu than Malibu rum will ever be. Such is surfing in Barbados – a break for every swell, and a wave for every surfer. And to top it off, you’ll need only tropical surf wax.

Barbados sits some 13 degress off the equator, a couple of hundred miles north of Venezuela. The west coast faces Central America, and the east coast is the Atlantic ocean. Soup Bowl sits on the east coast, with its jagged reef permanently being bashed by huge swell. Frequently blown out, and frequently overhead or more, Soup Bowl is where every Barbadian surfer wants to be.

Says Christian Boos, instructor at Zed’s Surfing Adventures and 2008 Barbados Longboarding Champ: “Soup Bowl is an excellent break, if inconistent.”

And while driving on the left takes some getting used to, you’ll be happy to have made the trip even further south than Puerto Rico for decidedly uncrowded waves, generally perfect weather and all the premium rum you’d want with Mount Gay Eclipse.

I don’t even know how to spell Corilois – Misunderstandings about Surf Forecasting – Ask a Surf Forecaster

Share What is the most frequently misunderstood element of surf forecasting made by regular surfers who are trying to understand the forecasts? That is sort of a hard one to pin down…there are a lot of confusing concepts in forecasting… How swell direction (and swell period) interact with local geography and bathometry is usually something that is hard for people to wrap their heads around. It is one of those, “wait…what do you mean that this spot breaks on a 290-degree swell…but only part of the time? I hate you Adam”, type of concepts.

Really though I think that the “swell model” is one of the most misleading aspects of surf forecasting. Most people look at NOAA’s Wavewatch-III in some form or another…usually it is in some sort of map-image or graph form. While it is mostly accurate there are some weaknesses to it. For one if it gets bad data, say a storm doesn’t produce as much wind as it is forecasting, then the whole output is corrupted…every forecast that would have been affected by that storm is now wrong…they may adjust the model on the next forecast run but if you only look at the output every 24 hours then you could completely miss or overcall a swell.

Another thing to watch is the “output point” itself…some people try to look at models that aren’t showing geographically relevant data…so for example someone in Santa Barbara looks at someone’s pretty graph, which is generated using a point just offshore of Oceanside. In the summer it would show lots of Southern Hemi swell that would never hit the beach thanks to the Channel Islands.

Lastly is that the model doesn’t really account for nearshore shoaling…it gives you a pretty decent deepwater wave height but it won’t do a great job of showing what the actual rideable size will be when it hits the beach.

Don’t get me wrong…overall it is usually a very good resource for surf forecasting but it can’t be the only tool that you use. Always try to back up the model with empirical data from satellites, buoys, and observed conditions.

Adam Wright runs and is a professional
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Seen on Craigslist – Surfboard Bag Shoulder Strap for $10!


It never ceases to amaze what people will do to earn surfing gas money. On Craigslist, you can get some sweet deals. It’s the tool of choice for selling a used surfboard. Apparently for a Santa Monica surfer, it’s also a place to sell a Surfboard Bag Shoulder Strap for $10. In case – you know – you lost yours. Comes with a free bar of Tropical Sex Wax! Actually, no it doesn’t, but you kinda half expect to be comped.

Isle Surfboards: An interview with


If you go to Google, and type in the word surfboard, you’d be surprised at what you’ll find. The usual suspects won’t show up. Channel Islands? Lost? Rusty? No, the winner is Isle Surfboards, a company you may never have heard of, but your local beginner surfer will have. They’ve been pioneers in selling boards online and have been at it since 2004. Beginners surfer will find refuge in their product offerings; purists will call them out for putting more boards in the water.

The San Diego-based company has been very successful at serving the market they’ve targeted – surfers who want a decent quality board without blowing a ton of coin. They’ve got ten models, ranging from chip to tanker and a lot in between. Perhaps predictably, Isle Surfboards sells a lot to beginner surfers.

The boards are shaped and glassed in China. As any surfer knows, local shapers are fiercely critical of the practice. “I totally understand the concern, but at the quality and price point we’re trying to achieve, there’s just no choice.” What of putting more surfers in the water because of longboards that can be had for around $400? Doug is unfazed. “The truth is that there will be more people in the water anyways.” Hard to argue. On the lighter side, Doug has surfed China. “We got to this point break called Big Wave Bay in Hong Kong. The water was 80 degrees, and there were 30 not so great surfers in the water. And then the two white guys showed up,” he laughs.

“We’ve really focused on our online strategy,” says Doug. And while a few years ago, you might find dealers carrying Isle boards, a flood of entrants with a similar model has changed the game. “After that, we decided to really just focus on selling directly to our customers.”

Surfer gives up surfing too early


Well that just sucks. Saw this on Craigslist Newport beach the other day. Land lover indeed. It’s a sign of the end of summer. Poor ex-surfer gets frustrated at a sport that requires a serious commitment to fail, failure, fail again, can’t paddle fast enough, pearling and other general kookiness. But man when you get over the hump, it’s fantastic. Surfing is orgasmic! Here, our California frustrated surfer dude owns a G&S longboard that he’s hoping to dump for the not-quite-a-bargain price of $750. (Names etc. are hidden to protect the innocent.) Aside from the benefit of non-crowded line ups, we at suggest that nobody buy this board, and force the guy to give it a try again. Next summer. And further down the line from us, hehehe. Don’t sell your board, try, try and try again. GET STOKED!

Introducing Sonia Garcia – the world’s hottest competitive surfer?


Plenty of magazines and online sites (Dailystoke included) have written articles about this or that up and coming hot professional surfing chick.  Up-and-coming stars like Bruna Schmitz (hot), Alana Blanchard (hot), Kassia Meador (hot) and Erica Hosseini (hot) are names that you will frequently hear associated with surfing hotness.  There are a few notable others, and then other online and print references to beautiful surfer girls usually focus on some fine lady paddling on an SUP (gag!) or inadvertantly standing prone in a king’s stance on a foamie longboard in the whitewash.  Occasionally we stumble upon some surfing hotness that truly turns heads.  Such is the case with Sonia Estela García Correa of Panama.  This soon to be 35 year old is not only smoking hot, but also a nine time national champ in Panama.  How she has escaped the wider surfing world’s attention for so long is absolutely beyond me.  Why her sponsor Oakley hasn’t made her their poster girl is beyond understanding.  Bringing her to the attention of surfers everywhere is my civic duty.  Enjoy, guys and gals… and remember, she surfs too!

A Kook’s Guide to: Not looking like a kook while walking up to your break


(Sorry Mr. Kook, I know that kookiness is your domain, but I had to do this subject – Feel free to put up any posts using the title “A Kook’s Guide to” if you want…)

Disclaimer: This is a parody meant to be read by real surfers. But read this as if you were a clueless kook. That is the the only way that this post will be funny. You have been warned.

1. If you are in wetsuit weather, walk up with your wetsuit hanging around your waist. It’s a sign that you are too cool to put on your wetsuit fully until you know that the waves are good, and therefore not wasting energy, but you are still somewhat ready so that you can be out before anyone realizes you’re a kook (in the water, though, that’s a different story).

2. Stand on the beach and watch the waves for half-an-hour (time may vary depending on wave size). All the pros do it, so why shouldn’t you waste your time looking at the waves, seemingly thinking about rip-tides, paddle-out points, swell direction, drift – only losers do that! Besides, you’ll look like you’ll know what you’re doing (that is, until you get in the water).

3. Hoot and holler whenever a perfect wave peels down the line or someone already out does something incredible. Only hardcore surfers and crazy people hoot and holler for no apparent reason, and with a surfboard under your arm, people will think you’re a hardcore surfer.

4. Stick those stickers on them boards – not only will it cover the dings that you’re too kooky to know how to fix, but you’ll look like a sponsored hot-shot who can rip (again, until you get in the water). *

*I take no responsibility for black eyes in the line-up.

Surfboard Fins to the Front of the Car


Ok, so maybe I’m being a bit harsh on the dude pictured here, who has committed the error of putting his fins on the back of his…errr…Italian beach vehicle.

But for new surfers, it’s always a weird feeling seeing someone drive by in their JALOPY with their fins up, but at the front of the car. The first time a beginner surfer sees it, he might feel compelled to laugh at “the kook with his fins at the front of the car…”

Ahh yes.

Short answer is that today, it probably doesn’t matter where the hell the fins go on you car, but in years past, when straps SUCKED, if the back strap gave way, there was nothing holding your damn board to the car when you were flying down the 405 or PCH. IN THEORY, your board could actually slip out from the front strap as well, and then it’s bye bye board.

That said, I believe that if ANY of your straps fail, it’s a big problem, no matter whether its the front or rear strap. If the front strap goes, you’re toast. If the rear strap goes, and you’ve got your fins to the front, IN THEORY the fins will hook on to the front strap and you’ll keep your board.

The other thing is that if you’ve got the nose pointed down, and on the front of your car, you might be asking for a stress fracture in your board, especially if you’re travelling at highway speeds. In California, that can be as fast as 14 mph.

KOOK by Peter Heller, Book Review


“You f%cking kook, get out of the water!…were you born on planet kook?!”.  The answer is yes, at least initially.  This book was written by a Kook, Peter Heller is his name.  He never surfed a day in his life until he was 45yrs old and after getting yelled at (above) after snaking some dudes at Huntington Beach, he hits the road for 2 months.  He surfs every day, mostly in Mexico and ends up at Mex Pipe, aka Puerto Escondido and then the question is he is surfer, or just a guy that surfs….or is it the journey that matters?

This book is mostly notes from a surf travel journal, which are always cool, especially Mexico: the good food, the random people met, the beer that is never warm enough, the stories, and why does the rig always — always — break down? 

Anyway, Kook and his crew start learning at Huntington Surf & Sport, then hit Mexico for 2 months (La Fonda, Todos Santos, Punta Conejo, Scorpion Bay with stops at Pescadero Surf Camp)…some stuff happens on the way…and in the end Nathan Meyers at Surfer Mag sums it up by advising him “surfing is not conquered in 6 months…it’s a life path.”  Well said, and the Kook learns this important lesson. 

One other thing we like is that Peter and his crew come to appreciate the impact development is having on our coastlines.  They do some good things, including meeting up with Ric O’Barry and spend time getting to know, and surfing with, James Pribram, who won the John Kelly Environmental Achievement Award back in 2007.

You can check out the book here:

Mine! — World Tour priority rules, part one


In an ASP World Tour event, who has the right of way in a three man heat?  Once again, I turn to my trusty ASP Rulebook.  Though the man on man heats following Round 1 of a given World Tour competition have a completely different set of rules governing a surfer’s right to a wave, the rules for a three man heat are pretty straight forward.  The rules of the three man heat pretty much follow the unwritten laws of the lineup, where the surfer on the inside position has the right of way, snaking is not allowed, and surfers may even split a peak, as long as there is no fading involved.  Though the rules vary slightly from location to location, today we’ll review the rules as they pertain to the current Boost Mobile contest being held at Trestles where there is essentially one well defined peak that the surfers share (yes, I know there are many peaks at Trestles, but in the contest they stick to one), the rules are such:

Reef or Beach Break – One Peak Situation

If there is a single well defined peak with both a left and a right available, at the initial point of take-off and neither the right or left can be deemed superior then the right of way will go to the first surfer who makes a definite turn in their chosen direction (by making an obvious right or left turn).

A second surfer may go in the opposite direction on the same wave without incurring a penalty, providing they do not interfere with the first surfer who has established right of way (i.e. they may not cross the path of the first surfer in order to gain the opposite side of the peak unless, in the majority of judges opinion, they do so without possibly hindering the inside surfer).

Perils of pearling while “surfing”


Ahh yes. Goat boats. We’re sure it’s quite a rush to surf down the face of a wave in a big mofo of a boat. But, as any kook knows, pearling happens from time to time. It can be rescued. You’ve got to push yourself off of the deck of your board etc. etc. Anyway, that’s a LOT harder to do when you’re surfing with a mammoth, 40 ton boat. Sucks to be, umm, all of them. Serves them right for (probably) taking over the break.

Intel Shows Off a Web-Surfing Surfboard


I came across this bizarre display of ridiculous surf consumerism during a random Google search this morning.  The article was originally published by ABC News on Oct 8, 2004 …the headline screaming: “Intel Shows Off a Web-Surfing Surfboard”…a desperate attempt to save the hi-tech company from the bubble burst.  Because you wouldn’t believe me if I simply summarized what the article is about, I feel that it is necessary to paste the stupidest part of the article:

“Ralph Bond, a spokesman for Intel, says the company has helped designed a surfboard that contains a fully functional wireless laptop that would allow riders to “Surf the surf and surf the Web at the same time.”

Bond says the one-of-a-kind creation is meant “to show how wireless connectivity to the Internet is really permeating every aspect of our lives.” And while mixing the waves with the Web might sound like an ingenious idea, it wasn’t an easy task to accomplish.

Are they on crack?  “Ingenius idea?”  This is possibly the lamest attempt to make a geek brand cool – but please, don’t pull surfing into this one.   It would not have been so outrageous if they had at least used the stand up paddle surfboard as their digital dream quiver.

Celebrities who can stand next to surfboards: Kardashian #2


Do we really have to start caring about all the Kardashians now? It’s like celebrity Reagan economics. I mean, I could make some really obvious “trickle down” jokes stemming from why Kim Kardashian is famous, but I’m gonna be a lady and pass…

Caption: “Does this board make my a$$ look big? I hope so, ’cause my sister gets all the attention with hers.”

Writer’s Note: I will never drink Sierra Mist again.

Writer’s Shopping List: Find new vodka mixer.

I can’t believe they had the balls to make the drop on those logs


Some vintage footage of surfers at Sunset, Pipe, Waiamea in the 1960s, including George Downing, Ricky Grigg, Greg Noll and Mike Doyle. As the narrator says a couple of looooooong rides into this video: “And that’s what you call really getting stoked.” Stoked indeed. This surfing vid is a beaut. The best part is watching what appears to be Greg Noll doing a drop-knee turn on his surfboard. At Pipe.

Time Lapse surfboard shaping is really, really cool


Watching a surfboard get shaped is pretty fun – it just goes to show you what goes into to making a custom made surfboard. There’s! a! lot! of! flipping!! This time lapse shaping vid is brought to you by Rick Malwitz surfboards.