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the quicksilver true wetsuit.

so.... quicksilver made a suit. Yes, the iconic surf gear brand made a suit... a men's suit. Weird, right?

At first glance you're thinking, "well, it doesn't look terrible. Maybe a bit form fitting,m but not terrible." It's not until you take a much closer look that your brain explodes.

are you getting it yet? 

That's right, these suits are actual wetsuits. Formalwear for the beach. Why did someone think this was a good idea? The answer: nobody knows for sure. But it happened nonetheless. 

Is it weird? yes. very much yes. all of the yes. 

But is it also kinda cool? also yes.

I'm not saying you should rushg out and buy one, because i haven't tried them, nor do I have a clue if they actually work. But, you know, it exists. so there's that. 


- james




the futures league - don't be a drag.

Guess what today is...? Wrong. Today is the day our friends in The Futures League drop their first ep.

If you haven't heard them already, the futures league is a four piece band based out of Los Angeles. picture the black keys + the ventures (yeah, that surf rock band from the 50s and 60s). The album don't be a drag features 5 tracks, all of which rock and/or roll. 

I honestly can't find enough good things to say about this band. Not only are they on the forefront of the emerging surf rock genre that is consuming my mind lately, but they're doing it with style. they're not pretentious, and it never feels like they're trying to hard. Honestly, the music just feels like old fashion rock 'n' roll for the sake of rock 'n' roll. 

melodies are simple and catchy, the bass line forces its way into your brain and stays there, guitar riffs flow perfectly, vocals have just the right amount of reverb and tone, and the subtle melodies add excellent depth--it's the perfect combination of classic surf rock and modern attitude. good for driving with the windows down (windows up may also be appropriate), tapping of toes, backyard parties, summer playlists, and people that enjoy good music. bad for sleeping, taking a test, expressing your love with a boombox lifted above your head, or serious conversations about your feelings. This is rock 'n' roll, not Kenny G or Peter Grabiel.

to be honest, my only complaint with this EP is that there are only 5 songs. The band will be touring this summer at some pretty big festivals including the bonaroo music and arts festival in tennessee, the bro-am in san diego, and a series of southern california shows preceeding the completion of the full album. 

so in the meantime, take a listen to these songs, and pick up the ep right here so you can listen to them over and over.


- drip cult


the wedge.

Summer is all about going on adventures, making impromptu (and often poorly though out) decisions, and creating your own fun. The beach is my favorite place for these types of summer activities, and there are few surf/bodysurf/bodyboard spots in southern California more famous then The Wedge.

If you've never heard of The Wedge before, allow me to educate you with some juicy bits of knowledge. The Wedge sits on the east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California. While on a normal day, The Wedge looks like any other beach. normal-sized waves, gorgeous surroundings, a scenic jetty to the left, and a neighborhood facing the beach. But The Wedge didn't become famous because of normal days.

In 1939, improvements were made to the jetty on the west side of the Newport harbor. This was the birth of insanity. During a south swell in the summer and fall months, waves approaching at the right angle, reflect off the jetty and reverse direction. These newly directed waves then collide with incoming waves, creating an enormous peak. These peaks can form extremely hollow waves of up to 30ft., that crash into only 3-5 ft. of water. Using basic math functions we see that [(BigWave1 + BigWave2)* shallow water = MegaWaveInsanity].

Pictures are great, but you'll never fully understand how gnarly this place is until you see it for yourself. So until you make the trip, here's an amazingly shot video from the first significant swell a few weeks back to tide you over. Get it, "tide" you over? Cause we're talking about beaches with waves and tides... yeah you totally get it.

{ WEDGE } from Brecht Vanthof on Vimeo.
- James


Thinking About The Water.

Woke up thinking about the beach and the ocean this morning.

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