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The key to finding a high quality wetsuit at a low price is research. There is nothing worse than purchasing a wetsuit online to find that another store is selling it for less. In order to avoid this, shop around before you commit to the purchase. Going online can help you seek out the best wetsuit and make significant savings as well. You can browse hundreds of sites and compare prices at speed.
Avoid Hidden Costs
You may have found a great deal on a wetsuit but be careful of the hidden costs involved. When purchasing a wetsuit online, it is essential to take the following questions in to consideration.
- Does the price include taxes or a VAT?
- How much are the shipping costs for the item?
- Could you find the same product elsewhere with free shipping?
- Are returns accepted? (this is a big one)
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Check out Ozzie Wright having some fun on the board:
The guy’s a legend, folks, and if you’ve ever surfed with him you’ll know how ridiculously good he is.
He joins our newly created Team Recon Staff, a team of riders that will be reporting on their surf travels and industry events, giving surf tips, and just generally ranting about the world of surfing.
Read all the good stuff he’ll be writing and reach out to him on out site via our community.
Dailystoke had the great pleasure of catching up with Mark Kelly, the founder of Global Surf Industries. Mark built Global Surf Industries from scratch into one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in the world in just 9 years. Impressive. Read on to hear what he thinks of offshore manufacturing, what he thinks the future holds for all you shapers, how and why he built his ‘dream team’ of shapers, and how GSI gets all this done — without an office anywhere!
DAILYSTOKE: What was the inspiration to start GSI?
Mark Kelly: I was running Sales and Marketing globally for FCS and wanted a change. I also felt that it was time that I could start something of my own so I tried to visualize what the surf industry would be like in 10 years and with all the contacts and resources I had what out of that vision could I make happen in 5 years, that would be my niche. For me surfboards was the answer. I wanted to create a retail centric model for surfboards.
DAILYSTOKE: We hear and read that one of GSI’s strengths is distribution, what exactly does that mean? Is it relationships with retail, or does GSI somehow just distribute more efficiently?
Mark Kelly: GSI has been going for 9 years now. We sell boards in 58 countries at last count, we deal directly with about 550 stores in Australia and the USA and thousands more through our global network that is what Distribution means. We are more efficient at the logistics side of things than a lot of our competitors. We have always worked backwards from the end consumers needs to get the most efficient model.
DAILSYTOKE: The manufacturing process, you’ve taken some heat for the offshore production…why did you decide to produce offshore, and what do you say to the critics that suggest it takes business from local shapers?
Mark Kelly: When we first started GSI we want to work with the best factory on the planet for our goal of being a global company. Our search lead us to Thailand. If the best factory had of been in New Jersey we would have worked with them. As far as taking business from local shapers I doubt that we have done that. After 9 years it still takes most guys 4 – 12 weeks to produce a custom board. Now that just isn’t customer service orientated.
DAILYSTOKE: You’ve assembled a dream team of designers, why that mix of guys, what does each bring to the table, and what does a shaper need to possess to be good enough for GSI?
Mark Kelly: I get approached by hundreds of shapers a year to come onto our program we have never signed a deal with anyone who hasn’t approached us. I believe that for a shaper to come to us and ask us for our help to elevate his brand to a global status then they have the right mindset in place to be able to work with us. Basically our portfolio is full of innovators, yet they are all very humble people. It is a pleasure to deal with them all. We try not to have much overlap with the brands and their position in the market.
DAILYSTOKE: At a recent speaking event you said, and I believe you were quoting Tom Wegener, that Tom said his role with GSI is akin to a musician, where a musician plays live (which is the surfboard design side of things), and then also makes albums for mass distribution (where GSI manufactures en mass the design). Is the whole story here, that Tom needs the distribution to monetize his designs?
Mark Kelly: Actually GSI is like the record label; EMI for instance, we sign the artist and then promote them and get their designs out to the world. Tom is an artisan he can’t make a thousand boards a year, let alone ship them around the world. GSI does help people around the world who might not get to ride a Tom Wegener board to be able to get one under their feet. Tom signs off on the design and the quality of the board. He is stoked with every board that comes off the factory floor.
DAILYSTOKE: Where do you see the surfboard manufacturing industry in 10years? Are all local shapers dead if they don’t find a GSI? And can shapers survive in a world where global manufacturers take market share and can presumably make boards cheaper? How do the 2 co-exist?
Mark Kelly: The board industry is aging right now, there aren’t too many younger crew coming into it. So in 10 years it might be similar to what it is now but in 20 – 30 years it will change for sure. I feel that there will always be local shapers and manufacturers people love to get custom boards. These guys push the design edge. Every market no matter what it is needs these guys to exist.
DAILYSTOKE: What can surfboard manufacturers do better?
Mark Kelly: We can all be more customer focused for sure. Demo days and allowing surfers to experiment with different shapes is like travelling for the first time. You go WOW this is pretty cool.
Mark Kelly: Yes it is true, we don’t have one single office anywhere in the world. None of our staff commute, well a few commute to drop their kids off to school each day but everyone works from home. We all communicate via skype and meet as a group once a year when we fly everyone in the company and their partner to Australia for a weeklong conference and celebration of all the achievements of the past year. Actually over the 9 years we have only ever lost about 5 employees for various reasons. All staff we have now have been handpicked none have come from advertising for a position. We have a great team of people who really understand what the mantra means and try to live it every day.
DAILYSTOKE: That’s awesome…if I quit dailystoke.com as a staff writer, can I come work for GSI (my boss reads this, so I’m kidding of course)?
Mark Kelly: Sure send me your resume I’ll have a read. 🙂
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So we posted a video the other day on Joe Crimo “surfing”, or more like skateboarding on water, and we now give you an exclusive interview Jon Steele did for ESPN. This is after Joe got messed up with drugs and went crazy with the tattoo gun. Some words of wisdom for the kids, and we like to show that surfing isn’t all perfect fun as most of the mainstream media likes to show. Check out the video interview on ESPN here, if you haven’t seen it yet it pretty serious sh!t.
And check out Jon Steele’s aka Death Weasel’s blog too. Here is what he wrote about it:
Meth, Tattoos and Surfing!
Joe Crimo is a good friend and a great person. Joe is a wonderful human being with a HUGE heart.. The problem is is Meth /speed destroys EVERYTHING you comin contact with..I have done a recent piece for ESPN of which i am really proud of.. I wanted to show kids that its not all glory at the top.
This piece is a heartfelt piece as Joe was one of my inspirations as a grom and a good friend. The surfing publication world doesnt begin to touch on subjects such as these because they want you to believe the world is fine and surfing is great for everyone and nothing is wrong. BUT when what they build up is destroyed they push it under the rug. Here is an interview i did tryin to show the youth the harms of drug abuse and tattooing that sometimes go hand in hand with our love of surf/skate/and life!
Yes, we all know that Tufflite sucks etc. etc. because all of our friends say so. But if you’re not sure on whether to stick to a traditional glass board or the ceramic-feeling Tufflite, then you should definitely check out this video. Once you get over the crazy Australian accents, it’s actually pretty useful to see what these surfers say about surfboard materials and choice translated into boards. As you may know, Tufflite gets props for being super-floaty and easy to paddle, but not great if there is any kind of wind, as they tend to bob around in the water. Anyway, check for yourself here.
We recently had the chance to sit down, and get the low down, on the movie SOUL SURFER with one of the stars, Ross Thomas. Ross is a ridiculously talented actor who plays Bethany’s older brother in the movie, and he somehow still has time to play the drums in a band, surf, and save the world. No, we’re not kidding, he’s legit. Read on, and you’ll see why he’s a amazingly talented, passionate, and inspiring person. This is one of the most interesting interviews we’ve done in a while. Go check out the movie and support Bethany and Ross! And as always, you’re welcome.
DAILYSTOKE: You play Bethany’s older brother Noah, how did you get selected for the role?
ROSS THOMAS: I had already had a working relationship with Sean McNamara (Director of “Soul Surfer”). We did a film called “The Cutting Edge: Going For The Gold” and a surfing TV series called “Beyond The Break” (also shot in Hawaii) together. Sean and I great friends and take every opportunity we have to work together because we have so much fun and are such a collaborative team. Not to mention we both have a deep passion for surfing. He is a really talented filmmaker and loves the process; his enthusiasm makes for a really great set to be on. Back when we were shooting “Beyond The Break”, both Sean and his partner David Brookwell mentioned that they were
trying to make Bethany Hamilton’s story into a movie. I was immediately intrigued by the idea, knowing what a powerful and inspirational story Bethany’s was. I asked them to keep me in mind if there were any roles that might be right for me. A few years went by and I finally got a call saying the movie was happening. They brought me in for the role of “Noah Hamilton”, Bethany’s older brother, and I landed the job.
DAILYSTOKE: When you read the script, and got to know the Hamilton family, what about Noah did you find most interesting? and Bethany?
ROSS THOMAS: Noah has been a huge advocate for Bethany’s professional surfing career since they were children. I come from a large family (three sisters and one brother) and I know there can be competition amongst siblings. Naturally brothers and sisters vie for attention and the spotlight. But the interesting thing about Noah is his humble, selfless attitude toward life and his sister’s success. Rather than focus on his own surfing or striving for a professional career for himself, he commits himself to Bethany and puts his heart into helping her succeed. I find that very honorable. When Bethany suffers the shark attack, Noah steps up as a protective older brother to both encourage his sister and shield her from the aggressively intrusive media.
I think Bethany speaks for herself. Just look at everything she has endured and the good that she has created in the wake of losing her arm. She is a powerful woman and uses that power for the good of mankind. It is refreshing to see such a globally recognized and famous person using their voice to help spread positivity and hope.
DAILYSTOKE: Where did you guys shoot, and did you get some time in for some waves or was it all business?
ROSS THOMAS: We shot on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i. I love it there…it’s paradise. The icing on the cake is that we were there during peak big wave season, so we got to experience some epic swells. I took every opportunity I had to surf while I was there. If I wasn’t on set, I was in the water. Chris Brochu (Timmy Hamilton) and I dialed our breaks in right away. We rented an old surf truck with racks for the two of us and hit the waves almost every day. We loved surfing a break called “Freddies” and occasionally we’d drift over the “V-Land”. I was on cloud-nine for months after getting back to the mainland. I still daydream about how awesome that experience was. Hawai’i is the place to be!
DAILYSTOKE: What’s it like to work alongside Anna Sophia Robb, and did she have to cut off her arm for the role!? How did they actually do that, just editing?
ROSS THOMAS: Haha! Jokester! No, Anna Sophia didn’t have to cut off her arm. It’s incredible what they can do in Hollywood these days! They painted her arm green and CGI-ed it out. I have to say, I saw the movie and thought, “wow…that is real deal!” They did a great job with the effects. Anna Sophia is a superb young actor and a true pleasure to work with. We became great friends on the set of “Soul Surfer” and I am really excited to watch her career as it continues to take off.
DAILYSTOKE: Tell us about your band, and your philanthropic activities?
ROSS THOMAS: I am a major advocate for indigenous rights and rainforest preservation. A large part of my spirituality is influenced by indigenous shamanism and and ancient tribal philosophies. Through my personal experiences with indigenous people, I have learned so much about life and the earth we live on. In my opinion, many of the remaining indigenous tribes really understand what it means to live harmoniously and sustainably with
the land and it’s natural resources. Last year I shot a short documentary film in the Peruvian rain forest called “Extraction: The Plundering of the Amarakaeri Reserve”, which documents first hand, the effects of oil exploitation on an indigenous people. I also collaborate with both the Survival International and Amazon Watch organizations. I recently met with Surfrider Foundation and plan to volunteer my time and efforts toward their “Rise Above Plastics” campaign, to help spread awareness about the harmful effects of plastics on our marine environment.
DAILYSTOKE: and what about the band?
ROSS THOMAS: I play the drums in an indie folk rock band called “The Outlaws & Astronomers” (http://www.myspace.com/theoutlawsandastronomers). The band is comprised of myself and three of my really good friends. Our lead singer, Jamie Roberts, writes most of the material (and is easily the best musician out of all of us). It’s funny because we always joke with him that he should fire us and link up with true career musicians and really take the show on the road. But he likes our camaraderie and the fusion it has with the music we make. We don’t get to play together as often as we’d like, but it makes for a really great creative outlet to let loose and rock out. One day we are going to pile into an old Winnebago and drive across the U.S., playing a bunch of small towns a long the way and howling at the moon!
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Gotta hand it to …Lost enterprises. They’re happy to cause some shiz by calling out posers and surfers who wear RVCA, like Al Knost. I recently came across their old ad campaign that ran in Surfing Magazine – which I believe was the first time their ads had gone in a major magazine.
Said …Lost: “In our latest attempt to alienate potential customers we offer the new ad campaign: IF YOU DON’T SURF – DON’T START!”
We like it. According to Lost, Gotcha surfing had a similar ad that appear in the 80s. I wasn’t surfing then, so I don’t care.
Wow. Bodyboarding can be really, really cool, and there’s even The Wedge, a surf break made especially for spongers. This guy, however, really gets it. And it’s just a really, really shitty situation. Check out the vid. It also reminds me of this sponger taking it for the team. Courtesy of Surf Nation.
Back in 2008, a 44-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark in the waters off Volusia County, setting a record for the most recorded attacks in one year.
The surfer chick was attacked on a Sunday afternoon near the jetty at Ponce de Leon inlet — the county’s 23rd recorded shark bite in 2008. The incident breaks the record of 22 set in 2001, which was dubbed “The Year of the Shark.”
The surfer, who was bitten on the foot, did not suffer serious injury in the record-setting attack. The chamber of commerce said millions of people go into the ocean off Volusia County each summer, and only 23 have been bitten. Most of the victims are surfers, and some aren’t like this guy in the video who has crazy stitches. Watch out kids…
Here is the statement from the Irons Family:
Ok, we’re not going to rag on these folks for riding in a boat. No, we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to say: “well, I’m sure that’s fun, but you shouldn’t have been riding a boat in the first place.”. No, we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to speculate on the feeling of pearling in that thing. No, we’re not going to do that.