Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 Wetsuit

Posted in Jack's Surfboards on October 26th, 2012

body-glove-pr1me-32-cz-fullsuit-mensOne of the most awkward parts of surfing is the get-into-your-wetsuit dance in the parking lot. You know the one: where the zipper is jammed or you haven’t worn your wetsuit in a while or it didn’t fit right to begin with, and you’re in the parking lot doing yoga contortions to get into your wetsuit and get it zipped. It’s awkward and unpleasant, especially if you have to get one of your friends to zip you up.

You won’t have that problem with the Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 Wetsuit. It might be the easiest-to-get-into fullsuit on the market. It has what Body Glove calls an E-Z Entry Slant Zip, which is basically a zipper that goes diagonally across the chest. What’s great about this is that it gives you a bit more space to get your body into the suit without sacrificing the warmth of a snug fit once you’re in the suit—and the zipper’s right there on your chest when it’s time to zip up.

Of course, if you were going to buy a wetsuit just because it’s easy to get into you’d just wear boardshorts—a wetsuit’s whole purpose is to keep you warm while you surf. And the Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 does that as well. It has Pyrostretch insulation for added warmth from the chest down, and it has a shoulder bib cinch that lets you seal the bib up nice and tight to keep water out.

The Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 is also good and comfy once you have it on. It has a Glideskin neck, because no one likes neck chafing. And the whole thing is made of Body Glove’s Evoflex material blend, which ensures that it’s flexible and won’t hold your surfing back. So if you want a wetsuit that’ll keep you warm and comfortable, and want to be able to get into that wetsuit without the awkward get-into-your-wetsuit dance, look no further than the Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 Wetsuit.


Posted in Jack's Surfboards on October 9th, 2012
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CANGGU, Bali/Indonesia (October 8, 2012) —Team Jack’s Surfboards, from Huntington Beach, Calif., claimed the 2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championship in Bali, revoking Sunrise Surf Shop’s domination of the one-hour Final in a nail biting come-from-behind victory.

2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Champs: Jack's Surfboards Photo: Lowe-White

2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Champs: Jack's Surfboards Photo: Lowe-White

Now in its eigth year, the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge has seen its most competitive series yet with nearly 300 surfers from 70 shops around the U.S. competing in seven regional stops for a chance to ink their names in Surf Shop Challenge history.

For the first time in the events tenure, the National Championship battle took place on the wave-rich coastline of Bali Canggu in conjunction with the Oakley Pro Junior World Championship. 28 competitors from seven shops earned the coveted Oakley sponsored trip to Southeast Asia including Surf Ride (Southwest), Wave Riding Vehicles (Mid-Atlantic), Heritage Ocean City (Northeast), Jack’s Surfboards (West), Town & Country Surf (Hawaii), Sunrise Surf Shop (Southeast) and Pacific Wave Surf Shop (Northwest).

Four teams earned a Finals berth: Jack’s Surfboards (Huntington Beach, Calif.), former National Champions Sunrise Surf Shop (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.), Surf Ride (Solano Beach, Calif.) and T&C Surf (Aiea, Haw.).

Sunrise Surf Shop whammy rider Asher Nolan, whammied a powerful 9.4 in the Final, which put Sunrise in temporary contention for the title. However, with a team stacked full of former Regional Champs, the Jack’s crew implemented the perfect combination of skill and strategy to succeed in the unique Surf Shop Challenge format - a four-man rotation (two pros, two shop employees) with one team member designated a wildcard “whammy” rider. (Each surfer got a four-wave maximum to contribute their best possible score to the team’s heat total.)

Chris Waring, Jack’s designated “whammy” rider, played a pivotal role as always, staking claim to his best score, a 8.67 (out of possible 10), for double the points and to take a commanding lead. When asked about his clutch performance, Waring said, “I was stressing. I was just waiting for that certain wave and it didn’t come for the longest time. I can’t believe I got that one, I’m so stoked. I’m stoked for all my boys; Vance, Bobby, Pagan. This is epic. We just won 10 g’s boys!”

Chris Waring, slicing into a meaty Canggu left-hander. Photo: Lowe-White

Chris Waring, slicing into a meaty Canggu left-hander. Photo: Lowe-White

In addition to the trip of a lifetime, the Jack’s team won a $10,000 cash prize, a full-page shop profile in SURFER Magazine, online ads on, a custom Muscle Milk Beach Cruiser with surf racks and the priceless title of the “Best Surf Shop” in the U.S.A.

For all of the latest information including photos, video highlights, results and more, check out

Congratulations to Jack’s and special thanks to Oakley and other event partners, Muscle Milk, Rusty, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, New Era, Futures Fins, Waterman’s Applied Science and Mizu for their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.

With the help of turns like this from Vance Smith, Team Jack’s was able to take the 2012 National title. Photo: Lowe-White

With the help of turns like this from Vance Smith, Team Jack’s was able to take the 2012 National title. Photo: Lowe-White

Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Championship Final Results

1. Jack’s Surfboards (33.35 pts)
Chris Waring, Matt Pagan, Vance Smith, Bobby Okvist
2. Sunrise Surf Shop (32.40 pts)
Asher Nolan, Ryan Briggs, Dane Jefferys, Garrett Carmichael
3. Town & Country Surf Shop (25.70 pts
Dustin Cuizon, Kekoa Balcaso, Geoff Wong, Travis Hashimoto
4. Surf Ride Surf Shop (21.54 pts)
Darrel Goodrum, Dayton Silva, Brent Reilly, Gabe Garcia
5. Wave Riding Vehicles (23.37 pts)
Blake Jones, Mark Yonkers, Brendan Petticrew, Kevin Hodges
6. Heritage Surf Shop (14.36 pts; including 5 point late deduction)
Zack Humphrey, Ian Bloch, Andrew Gesler, Jamie Moran
7. Pacific Wave (8.33 pts; including 5 point late deduction)
Randy Bonds, Kyle Buthman, Miles Clanton, Willie Eagleton

About Surf Shop Challenge
Originally conceived to provide a fun and competitive format for the hardcore surf shop riders, the SURFER Shop Team Challenge was one of the most popular and exciting Southern California contests of the early 1980s. Through the years the contest has evolved, with seven qualifying regional events around the country, culminating in a national championship in Bali, Indonesia for the first time in 2012. The underlying principles, however, have remained the same. The Oakley Surf Shop Challenge is still about giving back to the shops, the true backbone of the industry and the heart of the sport of surfing. Each year the competition level rises, the stakes become greater and the prizes become bigger.

About Oakley, Inc.
The global leader in performance sunglasses, goggles and prescription eyewear, Oakley also offers technical and lifestyle apparel, footwear, watches and accessories. The company was created for athletes who see impossibility as just another challenge, and their dedication inspires Oakley to seek out problems, solve with innovation and wrap invention in art. Exceeding the limits of possibility for more than thirty years, Oakley serves the demands of world-class athletes with unbeatable technologies including High Definition Optics® (HDO®). Additional information is available at

In 1960, SURFER Magazine began as the original. After a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award winning state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” The SURFER brand has also grown to include, Fantasy Surfer, and the SURFER message boards. All of these assets combine to make the SURFER network the most current and reliable channel of information to the surf community. The magazine is published by Source Interlink’s GrindMedia, which reaches more than 22-million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming. To learn more, visit

About GrindMedia
Source Interlink Media’s GrindMedia is home to renowned action and adventure sports magazine brands Surfer, Surfing, Snowboarder, Skateboarder, Powder, Bike, Canoe & Kayak, SUP-Standup Paddler, Dirt Rider, ATV Rider, and Paved. Along with our standalone websites, including, Newschoolers and, GrindMedia is the leading provider of print and online action sports and entertainment content in the United States. Delivering significant reach across both action sports enthusiast and various in-market consumer audiences, GrindMedia produces more than 20 leading events and webcasts such as Surfer Poll Awards, Powder Video Awards, Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro, EnduroCross and International Surfing Day. GrindMedia is also the exclusive action and adventure sports content provider for Yahoo! Sports. To learn more, visit

Three Lessons Learned from the Quiksilver Pro France

Posted in Jack's Surfboards on October 7th, 2012

__id-199-5-victoire_kellyIf you live on the west coast of the U.S., you probably think of the European leg of the ASP World Tour as the surf competitions that are on really late at night. In case you were sleeping while the world’s best surfers were battling it out, here are three things we learned at the Quiksilver Pro France.

The Title Race is Going to Come Down to the Wire
Coming into the France stop, Mick Fanning led the title race, and a win there could’ve made it pretty hard for anyone to catch him. But Mick went down in round three, and Kelly, Joel, and John John all made the semis or better, tightening an already tight race. Those four surfers are all within 7,000 points of each other, so it’s tough to imagine that the title will be mathematically decided before the last stop at Pipeline.
What’s great about this title race is that all four of these surfers are at the top of their game. Kelly continues to get better with age, Mick and Joel have refined their acts and are surfing almost flawlessly, and John John has largely figured out how to use his top-notch free-surfing abilities within competition. Some years the winner—usually Kelly—runs away with the title because no one’s surfing consistently enough to challenge him. This year there are four surfers surfing at some of the highest levels we’ve ever seen, and any one of them could win it.

To Win France, You Have to Get Lucky
The beachbreak at Le Graviere might be shiftier than any stop on tour, even Brazil. The waves were incredible, especially on the last day, but you had to hope that you stayed out of a rip long enough and got lucky enough for one to come right to you, and then you had to hope that the barrel stayed open long enough for you to make it out without snapping your board.
Bad luck is what brought down Mick Fanning. As the number one seed, Mick was paired up with the lowest seed in round three, a wildcard. Typically that’s a big advantage, but the wildcard this time was Dane Reynolds—not your typical just-happy-to-be-competing-with-the-big-boys wildcard. Mick’s second stroke of bad luck was that he just didn’t get any waves in that heat, and Dane got more than enough to take Mick out.

Dane Still Rips
Dane Reynolds’s run to the finals, where he lost to Kelly, was probably the most enjoyable part of the contest. Dane’s never been the most consistent competitor, but the shifty but heavy beachbreak peaks seemed to play perfectly into his devil-may-care style. He didn’t have to think much about priority or other competitive tactics—never his strong suit—and was free to just go out there and surf. And watching Dane surf is always a treat.
Dane had some good luck to go with his great surfing. He won two heats—one against Mick, one against Kolohe Andino—not so much because of his surfing but more because his opponent literally drifted out to sea. All Dane had to do was avoid the rips long enough to score a few points. And Dane won his semi-final against John John by the smallest of margins—it could’ve gone either way, but Dane won the coin flip.
But it seems that even the luckiest surfer can’t match Kelly Slater on a hot streak, and Dane didn’t seem like much of a match for Kelly in the final. That’s two wins in a row for Kelly, and he seems like he’s on a roll. We’ll see if anyone can stop him at the next late-night stop, in Portugal.

Glacier Surfing: An Awesome Sidenote in Surfing’s History

Posted in Jack's Surfboards on October 1st, 2012

glacier-surfingOne of the fun things about being a surf fan is watching how the sport progresses. Just when you think everything’s been done—guys are doing turns! On waves!—someone comes up with something totally new, like taking their surfing to the air.

In the past few years, we’ve seen a ton of progression in surfing, some of it within surfing proper—rodeo flips are now common, and guys are now paddling into waves of unprecedented size—and some of it in a sort of tangential way, like stand-up paddleboarding, wakesurfing, tidal-bore surfing, wave pools, and so on.

These sort of progressions usually end up going one of three ways. Some of those progressions stick and become a permanent part of the sport—wave pools seem to be headed in that direction. Others splinter off and become their own more or less unrelated activities, like wakesurfing. Others are simply novelties that no one ever touches on again.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that glacier surfing is going to go route three, a novelty that never really becomes anything. But it’s an amazing novelty. Here’s how it works:

In places where glaciers feed into lakes or oceans, from time to time a huge chunk of ice will break off from the glacier and drop into the water—it’s called calving, and it’s pretty cool to watch in itself. Whenever you drop a large chunk of anything into the water, it creates a sizeable wave. And if there’s something for that wave to break on, that wave can be surfable. Of course, you’ll probably have to tow into it, because you’d have a tough time finding the exact right spot to sit and paddle. But once you tow into the wave, there you are—you’re surfing a wave

These guys are the pioneers—and some of the only practitioners—of glacier surfing. Check it out:

Glacier Surfing

The difficulty of getting all the pieces in place probably means that glacier surfing probably won’t catch on as a widespread sport. It’s a lot of effort for just one wave, and glaciers typically don’t calve all that often. But the difficulty of the whole thing makes it all the more awesome: these guys spent a bunch of time and a bunch of money—and surely did a ton of research—all just to see if they could do something new with the sport of surfing. So even though glacier surfing will probably just end up as a sidenote in the history of the sport, we can still be glad that these guys went to all that effort to plant a surfing flag on one mushy but awesome wave.