Surfbreak Rentals – accommodations based on specific beaches and surf breaks

Whether the origin of the term “couch surfing” had anything to do with traveling surfers is a mystery, but surfers have been crashing at each other’s pads since they first started spanning the globe in search of new breaks and foreign adventures. So it’s only natural that Surfbreak Rentals, a new website dedicated to connecting traveling surfers with great beach rentals, carries on this long standing tradition by launching their “Stay With a Surfer” feature.

How it Works

  • A room in a house or apartment near a surf break can now be listed for FREE.
  • You do not HAVE to be a surfer to list a room, but it is recommended that you have some local knowledge about the surfing conditions in your area.
  • All of the arrangements and details are up to the host and traveler to work out between themselves.

About

Surfbreak Rentals was founded by a group of Northern California surfers with a passion for traveling and technology. After years of struggling to find great places to stay near their favorite destination surf breaks, they finally decided to do something about it by creating surfbreakrentals.com. The entire site design and navigation is based on more than 1,600 global surf breaks, which makes it the first vacation rental site that allows users to search for accommodations based on specific beaches and surf breaks.

via SurfWire

 

My favorite feature – “Sort By: Distance to break”.

 

Award-winning short about legendary surfer – ‘Another Day in the Life of Wayne Lynch’

Wayne Lynch is a surfing legend, blazing individualistic pathways in both the performance and the lifestyle. Ascending during a time of great change and experimentation, Wayne took up the mantle personally, redefining what a surfboard should look like and how it should be ridden. Much of this innovation done outside of surfing’s athletic or institutional complexes.

Today, Wayne’s life is almost as it was 40 years ago. He still shapes surfboards, still lives simply by the sea. Were it not for his recent heart attack, both the observer and Wayne himself, could be forgiven for thinking things had stayed the same, despite how they change. But serious jeopardy to anyone’s health, our surfing heroes included, can have a way of radically altering everything underneath the surface, appearances be damned. A rebirth into the same skin.

In this portrait, filmmaker Cyrus Sutton provides a window into Lynch’s new life. With a nod to Jack McCoy’s Tubular Swells, Another Day in the Life, is crafted with ultra-fine cinematography and a spare and modernist feel. The viewer is transported back to the Wayne Lynch they grew up idolizing, while making current those admirations and anchoring them in the reality of human mortality.

– Scott Hulet, The Surfer’s Journal

How much do you think it costs to travel on the Surfing World Tour?

You make the world tour, have 11 stops around the world and some cash to be made…. so, did ya ever wonder how much it would cost to travel the world tour?

 

Stop 1 – Gold Coast for the Quikkie Pro – roundtrip airfare, food, lodging, transportation: $2000

Stop 2 – LAX to Melbourne for the Rip Curl Pro: $1500

Stop 3 – Rio, Brazil for the Billabong Pro: $1500

Stop 11 – Hawaii for Pipe Masters $1500

 

Total cost – $27,000

 

It’s safe to say, no one is stressed about the costs of travel. Just $27000 to compete…. considering these guys make no less than $77K per year for just showing up and placing =25th, it’s no brainer… they can place last in every event and still show a net profit of 50K …. throw in their endorsements, if any, and they’re all making over a hundred K no matter how bad they surf….

See the cost of all 11 stops on the Surfing World Tour

 

Free surf film – Surf Madness – from Sterling Spencer and PinchMySalt

Surf Madness – A glimpse into the twisted, sarcastic and down-right hilarious mind of surfer Sterling Spencer, as he, and a group of talented friends set off across the globe in search of the ultimate ride.

For a free download go to pinchmysalt.tv

 

Also, be sure to check out last summer’s big surf movies (free for download as well) from Billabong, Vans, Nike, and SuperBrand.

My First Surfboards

I love these boards.

They are my coolest toys. I would sleep with them if I didn’t have a pretty lady, so instead I dream about them. Like Mitchell dreaming about Pepe the Spanish-speaking shark in Airborne (see clip far below).

Toffler

This is my current board, a 7’6 white and blue learner board. It’s not custom made or even brand name. As near as I can tell it was made in a factory with about 1,000 others.

We call her Toffler after a friend on Twitter (World Future Society) suggested the name. It refers to Alvin Toffler the American writer known for his work on the digital revolution.

Barnstormer

This is Amy’s current board and it’s a boat. So called the Barnstormer because in the surfing world ‘barney’ refers to a very inexperienced surfer and the board has ‘Wavestorm’ written across it.

It’s 8 feet long and you really can’t do anything with it except float. Which is perfect for the beginner who just wants to feel safe. It gives you a chance to learn the basics like paddling, sitting on the board, learning how waves break, and catching the crumblers (small waves).

Chuck

My very first surfboard, called Chuck, although Dent might be a better name. I bought this way before I was committed to surfing and even then it was a piece of junk.

Dents all over it, nose previously broken and repaired, and already turning post-white yellow (the picture doesn’t do the yellow-ing justice).

It stands 6’5 tall and could probably still shred. I’m gonna have to take it out one of these days and see if it still floats.

*at least the leash is rad with retro 80s colors*

Surf Rug

Where would we be without surfing memorabilia everywhere. Here is one piece from my house…maybe I can practice my pop ups on it..

Surfboard Bag

Surfboards are pretty fragile. I’m always denting, scratching, and cracking mine. After all they they are just shined up pieces of fiberglass. This is where the padded surfboard bag comes in. Great for garage storage and for the surf trip (will I ever take one of those?).

Mitchell on Stylin

From the movie Airborne, where Mitchell is a kid from California who moves to the midwest and has dreams about the ocean, specifically about Pepe the Spanish-speaking shark.

Here he is introducing himself to the class.