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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 - Easy Skate Surf, Manila

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We recently visited Manila's newest and freshest surf/skate lifestyle shop Easy Skate Surf and we were stoked. The decor is great, the store vibe is awesome, the staff are friendly and very helpful. The store has a strong range of carefully curated gear and accessories that caters to all your skate and surfing needs. We were also stoked they carry and make great coffee! (we love our coffee!)  Gerard Cancio (co-founder) mentioned they wanted their customers to get a "homely and friendly experience, and basically just chill and have a coffee, It creates a better vibe for the shop". Naturally we are glad to be stocked with the Easy crew!

Easy Skate Surf is located at:
Unit 104, 3 Brixton St., BRGY. Kapitolyo
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

http://easyskatesurf.com/




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2015 Lookbook

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For 2015 we have taken a more tailored and crafted approach by screen printing all of our new tees in-house. Introducing trunks and fins into our collection this year,  we have broadened our horizons by tapping further into our the beach culture roots. Clouds, lines, camo prints, and abstract brush stroke patterns are a central theme running through our trunks and boardies. Designed to provoke and intrigue, our tee prints ride on our theme of graphical slogans, paying homage to our identity here in Hong Kong and abroad. 

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Explore - Maldives

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Surf, eat, sleep, surf, eat, sleep and repeat. Sounds like a good plan? After almost a year of planning, we finally pulled the trigger and decided to book a surf charter / boat trip to the Maldives. This was something we had been talking about for years and there was no better time to do it!

9 of our closest friends met in Hong Kong to take the new Cathay Pacific flight to Male, the capital of the Maldives which is where we boarded our boat, the Carpe Vita. For most of us this was our first ever surf surfari which we booked through The Perfect Wave out of Australia.  Everyone was frothing and eager to surf some rippable waves. We were also stoked to try out our new Float captain boardies and tees which we handed out to everyone on arrival. 


The Carpe Vita is a stunning locally built motor yacht complete with it all the necesities you could need, as well as a Dhoni to ferry us out to all the breaks. Our Aussie Surf guide Brian James was awesome with amazing stories and knowledge of the Surf in the Maldives. He did his best to put us onto the best waves on offer depending on the swell direction, tides and wind direction. Likewise with our local guide Anko who made sure we were getting the waves we were after, they both can rip! 

The 11 day trip was nothing short of epic and we lucked out with the Swell pulsing the day after we arrived. We started out north of Male surfing Sultans, Jails and Cokes for the first 3 days which immediately threw us into some ovearhead perfection. We bust out our step ups for a session at Cokes with spitting solid 4-6 foot surf reeling in.  Many of us took our beatings but scored some sick waves with relatively mild crowds. 

Each day was finished off with beers, hot tubs and dinner at sunset following by more beers and fishing off the back of the boat. Some of us had a bit of rotten luck when it came to fishing, catching coral was super popular most nights. If we werent fishing we were chilling out playing poker or watching movies...depending out quickly you lost.

The rest of the week was spent motoring to the South Male atolls where we scored more sick waves at spots like Riptides and Kates.  A  particularly memorable session was had at Kates where the outside allowed our longboarders super long rippable walls to get some tip time and bury their rails on cutbacks. The inside was a super hollow, racetrack of a righthander that was uber fun for the short boarders among us. Getting shacked on almost every wave for three hours really became one of the highlights of the trip despite some of us bouncing off the reef after going over the falls!

After venturing south for a couple of days where we also swam with Manta’s and check out Kandooma resort, Brian decided to take us back north to catch an incoming swell.  What prevailed over the last three days of the trip really put an exclamation mark to finish things off.We woke up to Sultans on Friday morning going off at glassy 3-4 foot. Everyone surfed their brains out over three sessions really only coming in to re-fuel before heading back out for more. The following two days saw the swell grow to 5 foot with occasional 6 foot bomb sets and an even better lined up Sultans with less crowds.


Sultans got as good as it gets with a super shreddable outside section where you could throw in a few hacks before rifling into the inside section which provided some really hollow tubes. Everyone scored probably the best waves of our lives and got to meet and share the waves with people from all over the world in the line-up. One of the unbelievable moments was our last session at Sultans, we had the wave all to ourselves in perfect conditions and everyone was just stoked. After that most of us were completely and utterly surfed out. There’s something magical about surfing perfect waves with your closest friends for 11 days straight.
Shortboard, longboard, fish, we managed to ride it all and score just about everyday of the trip. Turns out our new stretch boardies were really popular and everyone gave us really positive feedback. The most positive and popular saying was “no ball rash guaranteed!”


Special thanks to the Perfect Wave and Brian James who really made our trip memorable. The Crew on the Carpe Vita were also a really cool bunch with a really positive vibe. Finally we’d also like to thanks Anko for being our local Maldivian surf guide and all around stoked individual and also Joel Coleman from Saltmotion who took some amazing water shots of our trip!


We really can’t wait to get back to the Maldives for more. There are lots of other spots we want to check out down south where the crowds get even thinner! It’s a must for any surfer at some point in their lives. 

Dont forget to check out The Perfect Wave, we'll be going back to them for sure!
www.theperfectwave.com

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A night with: The Stay Up

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We spent last night at the Fringe clubs new(ish) space "The Dairy', for the EP launch from The Stay Up (許懷欣) ! Also performing were The Pancakes & Oh! Nullah, but unfortunately we only caught the end of the Oh! Nullah set which was still pretty awesome!​

I was stoked to get the vinyl giveaway at the event too, each ticket came with a 7" with 2 tracks on it. Just need to located a player so i can listen to my growing collection of random records that i have managed to amass over the years. Anyway back to the gig... Ryans set was sweet, i hadnt heard much of his music until now, glad to finally get a chance to do so! Refreshing sounds and great support from the crowd too. Ryan played a selection of his own new and old tracks as well as a song with DeeJay from the Pancakes, and closing with a great solo cover of Dylans 'Times they are a-changin'. You guys should def check out his stuff on iTunes and support our homegrown talent!

https://www.facebook.com/thestayupmusic

https://itunes.apple.com/hk/album/upstart-ep/id902972872

http://ohnullah.bandcamp.com/

http://www.thepancakes.com/

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Sea what? w/ Phey Palma

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"Sea what?" is a series of photos taken by photographers from different places and differrent walks of life. We wanted to see how they view Float Captain through their lenses, we're stoked to see how each one will turn out!

"A Filipino who's been in HK all my life  and making a living as a Photographer. As i always say "I'm just a dude with a camera" who loves making photographs and spending time with my family & friends. I am fortunate enough to spend a good amount of time on personal projects, hanging out and collaborating with a bunch of awesome peeps. Won a couple of major photography contests in HK like HK Asia Tatler, Leica & Wyng foundation. A sucker for photography assignments whenever i had the chance.  When you see me roaming around HK shooting either street photography or shooting Gorgeous Bikini-clad models at the beach....don't be shy and say hi!"

Check his work at 
www.fb.com/pheysb00k
www.flickr.com/pheypalma

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Sea what? w/ Desmond Centro

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"Sea what?" is a series of photos taken by photographers from different places and differrent walks of life. We wanted to see how they view Float Captain through their lenses, we're stoked to see how each one will turn out!

Desmond Centro is a Honolulu based photographer and surfer. "Living in Hawaii makes it really easy. Hawaii is a great place to just grab a camera and walk around. The people are just as interesting as the landscapes." Desmond feels most comfortable in the ocean, either surfing of shooting photos, the ocean is his natural playground. 
 
Check out his Tumblr Walk Thee Earth and Instagram: @desmondo!
 

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Explore - Zambales

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A 3 hours drive away from Manila, Zambales is the perfect place to get away for a reef break. Magical Left- the best spot during south swell, offers a chance for both beginner surfers and the more advanced to experience the excitement of the ocean.  

Whilst its proximity to Manila may ward off some, there is no need to worry, as the lack of crowds is evident in the fact that Zambales is a popular weekend get-away for city surfers. There are numerous points to go surfing: Magic Left, Mags, Liw Liwa, San Narciso and River Mouth. The variety of different locations allow surfers to test themselves against all kinds of breaks- a challenge that many enjoy. 

Thankfully, for those who can’t take a full on surf weekend, there are numerous activities that one can enjoy ranging from hiking, fishing, island hopping and adventures into the wonders of nature. 

Ways to get there:
-    3 hour drive via SCTEX highway to Subic then to Zambales province.
-    Bus 5-6 hours bus ride (Victory Liner).

Places to stay:
-    Punta De Uian (Magsaysay) https://www.facebook.com/PDUofficial - provides a more upscale feel with a family resort and a very nice location close to the beach
-    Villa Janella Residences and Beach Resort http://www.villajanella.com/ - modest family resort. 
-    Megan’s Resort https://www.facebook.com/pages/Megans-Paradisio-Beach-Resort/144706228902343 - surfers discount and low-priced stay and food. Excellent location on beach front. 
-    Capones Vista Resort http://www.caponesvista.com/ - busy and popular due to proximity to Mags beach.  

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