RIDER SHACK Blog :: Dreaming of Driftwood

  • Don't Get Rid of Your Funboard! Here's Why...

    Congratulations. You just landed your first air. You now stand out in the lineup, even among advanced surfers. As a shortboard shredder with your humiliating soft top days long behind you, there's no need to look back. Right?  Not quite. Those funboards and longboards we think of as "transition boards...
  • The Best Gifts For Surfers: Ridershack’s 2020 Holiday Guide

    Every surfer has a wish list but buying gifts for surfers can be nearly as challenging as surfing itself. Luckily, we’ve curated the ultimate surfing holiday gift guide to help you find the perfect holiday or Christmas gift for the surfer in your life. Surfboards This one might seem like...
  • When to Replace Your Winter Wetsuit and How to Choose A New One

    Winter surfing in Los Angeles often means colder water temperatures, bigger waves, and more neoprene. Likely, you haven't seen your old 4/3 wetsuit since the last winter season. To make sure you're prepared for the next few months of cold-water surfing, it's in your best interest to give your winter...
  • Should You Be Riding a Poly or Epoxy Surfboard?

    Poly or epoxy? This ongoing debate surrounding surfboard construction can be traced back to the '90s and gained traction in 2005 when Clark Foam, an industry giant and producer of polyurethane foam blanks for fiberglass surfboards, shut down. Surfboard shapes, types of foam, and surfboard blanks, are polarizing subjects for...
  • Stitches Seam Important: Differences In Construction Between High-End and Entry-Level Surfing Wetsuits

    Nearly all wetsuits are made to perform one simple function: to keep you warm. However, not all wetsuits are made equal. To understand what constitutes a high-end or an entry-level surfing wetsuit, it’s necessary to understand a suit’s basic components. Wetsuits are incredibly complex and include a number of factors...
  • The Inside Scoop on Wetsuit Linings

    When hunting for the best wetsuit possible, internal wetsuit linings are a crucial component of your decision. So far, our wetsuit guide has covered seam construction, entry systems, and and sizing, but we think linings are important enough to deserve their own article. The difference between a high and low-end...
  • Why Torq Surfboards Are The Perfect Hybrid Boards

    Torq Surfboards? Haven't heard of them? It's time you meet the ultimate hybrid surfboard. We know, "hybrid" is a loaded term when it comes to surfboards. As surfers, we're always on the lookout for that eternally elusive perfect board, the one that does everything—paddles with ease, duck-dives, turns on a...
  • Why You Need a Surfboard Bag and How to Choose the Right One

    Photo by Mohsen Ben Cheikh on Unsplash Do I really need a board bag? This question has been muttered in surf shops, debated online, and truthfully, has an easy answer—yes. We get it, you've already spent exorbitant amounts of cash on a fresh surfboard, stomp pad, leash, fins, and wetsuit. That said, when...
  • Surfing in Los Angeles: A Rider Shack Guide

    Waves on tap year-round Whether you're new to LA or just passing through, the best way to visit the beaches in California is to surf them! The Southern California coastline is packed with surfing spot after surfing spot, and water temperatures are pleasant year-round. The weather is typically warm, and...
  • The Lost PARTY CRASHER Barges Into the Mid-Length Lineup

    2020 is shaping up to be the year of the mid-length, and February is no exception. Lost Surfboards’ newest mid-length, the Party Crasher, needs no invitation to enter the 2020 lineup. The concept? A relentless wave-catching shred stick that’ll either make you wish you had one or wish the wave...

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