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2017 LOOKBOOK

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2017 LOOKBOOK

For our 2017 collection we've finally expanded our colour palette! Digging deeper into the surf with sandbars and closeouts while mixing it in with some timeless local patterns and icons. 

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Explore - Bali

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Explore - Bali

A lil photodump of a recent trip to Bali! Managed to do some product shots while we were there but we'll save those for later :p

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Explore - Elyu

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Explore - Elyu

Photo dump of some pics from a recent trip to La Union in the Philippines over Chinese New Year to escape the (not too) chilly weather!

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explore - taitung

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explore - taitung

Here is a collection of pics we managed to take over a very tiring long weekend in Taiwan! We drove over to Taitung and surfed Jinzun every session as Donghe had its banks moved by a earlier typhoon. Hopefully that will sort itself out soon! Anyway, super fun size, awesome crew = good times!

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Typhoon Stalking - Hong Kong edition

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Typhoon Stalking - Hong Kong edition
Typhoon Haima rolled through Hong Kong earlier today. It was originally a Cat 5 Typhoon before it hit the Philippines (Hope you guys are ok!). With winds packing up to 220KPH and heading towards Hong Kong it has promised to deliver some quality surf that had everyone stoked for some solid swell. While the typhoon slowed down a bit as it came closer it still produced the goods.
Around midday Big Wave Bay started to turn-on and everyone was ripping. Conditions were promising with strong offshore winds and solid overhead+ waves.
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Board Review - 5'9 DHD Mini Twin

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Board Review - 5'9 DHD Mini Twin
DHD mini twin fin reviewNever really being into Twinnies i didn't know what to expect but was really keen to give it another go after seeing some recent footage of guys like Asher Pacey and Ryan Burch tearing on their twinnies. I really liked the lines they were taking on the waves which were smooth and still quite performance oriented. Riding these boards also looked like alot of fun!

I decided to go with slightly more volume at 32 liters for my custom DHD. The dimensions are 5"9 x 21 1/2 x 2 3/8, I normally ride a standard shortboard at 29-30L.  

On first impressions the board looked really fun with quite a lot of volume forward and a very thinned our tail. The wide point was definitely front of center and I really liked the way the beaked nose came together. The overall template really points to easy paddling and and thinned out tail for pushing through turns. The other noticeable feature about this model is the artwork DHD offers. I custom ordered mine in a special fish scale type tribal pattern with a mottled blue background and solid blue rails. All of the mini twins come with a special artwork which i think was developed with Asher Pacey and really give the model a slick look! The bottom contours feature a single to double concave with V out the tail. The rocker is medium to low and glassing is 4x4x4 standard.

I picked up the board in Sydney and took it to Hawaii for my summer holiday with the intention of surfing it on the south shore. On my first session i decided to try it with the Rasta Keel twin fins (Sea Shepherd) from Futures. On first impression they looked like a lot of fin for the board with a really wide base template. The surf was small on my first session but i did notice how well the board paddled and stroked into small waves. Once up and riding the board felt very intuitive and easy to surf despite the very large fins which clearly contributed to a lot of drag. On my second session i decided to switch up the fins to a Futures Chritenson twin set which i managed to get hold of. These are medium sized twin fins which are quite upright and stubby. They had more rake than the rasta keel fins and had a much narrower base. The surf was about shoulder high and conditions very glassy. With the smaller fins the board really came alive and felt alot more lose and natural. 

What surprised me about the board was the ability to push through cutbacks very hard of your backfoot and not have it slide out. The overall ride was smooth and fluid and the board really carried through the flat sections and still held really well in the pocket. 

I surfed the board consistently for two weeks and really got used to it. I found that it really allowed me to push hard through my turns and surf vertically in the pocket.- something i really didn't expect from a twin fin fish which i thought would need to be surfed more laterally! I also tried it with the STX twin fin template from Shaper fins which are larger than the Christensen fins and they also worked really well giving a little more drive but still alot of flow and speed.  All in all an awesome board which is surprisingly versatile! yewww!
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Typhoon Stalking 2.0

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During the months of July and August is the perfect time to go swell chasing in the Philippines. The monsoon on the West Coast and the Typhoons on the East coast can provide tons of waves, its just a matter of knowing when to go.

With the effect of La Nina, the anticyclone was active mostly on the South China Sea which means less or no storms at all during this time of the year. Luckily some low pressure started forming on the Pacific Ocean side and intensified the southwest monsoon on the South China Sea.

First stop is Baler, one of our favorite local spot. With the short swell period we managed to score just a day of swell.



With the swell picking up on the west coast, I decided to pack my board and started the 12 hrs long bus ride from Baler to Zambales via Manila. The forecast didn’t look so promising as the wind will be blowing at 10mph making the beach break choppy.



Then Mac (Ramos of Crystal Beach Resort) tagged me along to check out this cove which is half an hour ride by banca (local outrigger) and we were not disappointed. The swell was perfectly aligned to the cove which is protected from the wind, giving us glassy head to overhead perfection.





Surfers – (wahine ) Bea Vega
(Pinoy power) Mac Ramos

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Opening of the Outpost

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We've put together some pics from the other nights Dim Sum and Drink some party! Just realized we didn't actually take that many photos, but you get the idea. It was a great night with some yum grinds, cold beers, good mates and some live tunes! We'll have to do it again soon. Stay tuned as we'll be organising some movie nights and jam sessions! Thanks everyone for coming, we are so grateful for your support! Don't forget to check the video at the bottom!

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