RIDER SHACK Blog :: Dreaming of Driftwood

  • 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...
  • What to Pack for a Surf Trip – The Best Surf Travel Checklist

    What do I need to pack for a surf trip? Likely, your flight is a day or two away and you’re staring into an empty suitcase asking yourself this very question. The report looks good, you’ve got the time off work, you’re headed to surf the waves of your life...
  • Our Top Five Twin Fin Picks For 2020

    While certainly not new to the sport of surfing, the twin fin surfboard is experiencing a popular resurgence. The reason for this is simple—twinnies are often credited with drawing out the most fun attributes of surfing: speed, flare, and flow! That said, twin fins aren't necessarily the most user-friendly boards...
  • How to Install Surfboard Soft Racks on a Car in 7 Simple Steps

    It's Confusing We Know... "California Dreamin'" flickr photo by M McBey Installing Soft Racks on Car Open doors: front, back , diver's side and passenger's side.Lay soft rack flat on car roof, centered, at least 2ft apart and parrallel to one another.With doors still open, run the longer straps through...
  • First Look at Channel Islands' New 2020 CI Mid

    To the dismay of all you self-proclaimed “alt surfers” out there, the CI Mid marks the long-anticipated entry of the mid-length into the mainstream. Channel Islands Mid-Length Surfboards The CI Mid is a modern-classic design resulting from a fun collaboration with Devon Howard, a southern California surfer who has spent...
  • Channel Islands' New FishBeard Joins The 2020 Lineup

    With a new decade comes new surfboards, or rather... modern twists on old surfboards. We’ve all heard the classic fashion adage, trends are cyclical—and, when it comes to surfing, they are indeed. 80’s neon and twin fins are back! Channel Islands’ FishBeard is a high performance twin-keel fin fish that’ll...
  • Introducing The Firewire El Tomo Fish LFT

    Firewire El Tomo Fish surfboard We just caught a fresh batch of El Tomo Fish from Firewire. The El Tomo Fish is Daniel Thompson’s (AKA Tomo’s) newest addition to Tomo’s Firewire board line-up. This forward-thinking small-wave fish features Firewire’s patented LFT (Linear Flex Technology) construction and is available in the...
  • Surf Ponchos—Are They Really Worth It?

    "Do I really need a surf poncho?" Depends. If you've ever surfed before, you know the wetsuit changing process can be alright at best, and a public nudity nightmare at worst. For years people like you have been wrapping regular beach towels around their waists, tucking them in, and praying...

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