RIDER SHACK Blog :: Dreaming of Driftwood

  • 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...
  • Lost Rocket Redux

    When it comes to rockets, Lost Surfboards might as well be an aerospace company. It all started with the OG Lost Rocket, a 5'3" shortboard shaped from a broken blank by Budroe for Shane Beschen's baby son, Noah, to learn on. Shane tried the board out himself and ended up...
  • How To Buy a Used Surfboard: A Rider Shack Guide

    Buying a used surfboard can be a great way to save money but can also be a daunting task. This article will cover the basics of how to buy a used surfboard, where to buy a used surfboard, and what to look(out) for when choosing a board. We’ll equip you...
  • How to Choose the Perfect Wetsuit: A Surfer’s Guide to Buying a Wetsuit

    There are tons of surfing wetsuit guides out there but we’re going to break it down for you simply and quickly, Q&A style. Do I Need a Wetsuit to Surf? Do I Need a Wetsuit to Surf? Unless you’ve achieved your dreams of moving to the tropics and surfing pristine...
  • Soften Up This Holiday Season: The 5 Best Soft Top Surfboards To Gift This Christmas

    Three surfers carrying soft-top surfboards at Venice Beach, CA Don't make Christmas shopping for your favorite surfer harder than it needs to be, go soft this year! Soft top surfboards are an excellent gift for experienced surfers and novices alike. In case you're not sure what a soft top surfboard...
  • Surfing Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for Surfers

    Photo by Laurent Gence on Unsplash Buying gifts for surfers is almost as difficult as surfing itself. Unless you’ve got the cash for a backyard wave pool, you can’t buy your loved one perfect waves (yet)!  That said, you can grab them everything they might need for those looming winter swells! We’ve broken...
  • Surfing Dogs: A Cure to the Monotony of Surf Spectatorship

    Surf Dogs flickr photo by Mike's Birds shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Could surfing dogs be the answer to viewer boredom in an era of wave pool competitions, mechanically executed wraps, air-reverses, and seemingly endless barrels? On the heels of the WSL Fresh Water Pro, I find myself...
  • Five Reasons You Need a Surfboard Bike Rack

    Photo by Matthew LeJune on Unsplash If you're one of the lucky few who live close enough to ride a bike, you'd be remiss not to throw a surfboard rack on it. Faster than walking and easier to park than a car, we think a bike is the perfect way to get to...
  • Surfing Gear Guide for Beginners

    What do I need; what should I have? Photo by Delphine Ducaruge on Unsplash Learning how to surf is difficult, almost as difficult as choosing the right gear as a beginner. New surfers often walk into the shop with many questions, especially about various products and accessories with significant brand recognition. "Do you...

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