Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you!

2012 was another record breaking year for us, and we couldn't have done it without all of you! Thanks to everyone who supported us by stopping by the shop and restaurant when you come to PC, by coming to the Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic, by spreading the word about Moment, or just by being a part of our great surf community.

Here's to a fantastic 2013! Let's hope for plenty of good weather, good waves, good times, and the ability to appreciate those things and enjoy them as they're happening.

It seems like we're off to a great start with a forecast of a week of swell and light offshore winds. If your resolution is to find more time to surf, this week would be a good one to start.

We are closing down for a few weeks after tomorrow, taking our break and refueling, and will be back and ready for the new season! We're looking forward to this year, but certainly not rushing it along. Making sure to enjoy the ride!

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Welcome to the team Justin Buford! Justin has been a part of the shop since we opened in 2010. He was a true local grom who would spend his days skateboarding in our parking lot and washing rental wetsuits when he wasn’t in school. His family lived just up the street and his step-dad is one of the best surfers in town. His brother-in-law comes from the legendary South County Surf family the Ledbetters. Surfing is who and what Justin is, it’s in his blood. 
It felt a lot like home, Ireland. I suppose in a bizarre way it is, as my ancestors planted their roots in county Sligo on the North West coast of the country in the early 1700's after immigrating from Scotland. Ireland has been at the top of my travel list since long before I found out there was surf there. I formed images in my head of what the landscape would look like from seeing pictures, videos and hearing stories of infamous rocky basalt point breaks and shallow heaving slabs. Every image I had crafted fell short in comparison to seeing it all in person for the first time.
Houdini was the ultimate escape artist of his time, and it’s pretty obvious that this was the reasoning behind the naming of the Firewire Houdini; a board built with large, powerful barrels in mind, as well as the act of disappearing into those barrels and then escaping while still standing. So will the Firewire Houdini have you escaping the best barrels of your life, or will you suffer the same fate as the namesake with a fatal punch in the gut when you paddle out into some bombing lineup?
“You’ve got to pay to play” or something along those lines, is what we tell ourselves whenever a board is broken during a session. When you get comfortable enough in waves that require a step-up board like Lost’s Sabo-Taj model, the likelihood of snapping it is pretty high. Extra glassing offered from many shapers can help, but it still takes just one bad wipeout or mistimed positioning to kiss your favorite PU board goodbye. So when Lib-Tech took its “dang difficult to ding” technology and combined it with Lost Surfboard’s slab hunting Sabo-Taj, could a board be born that finally holds up to heavy conditions? Let’s find out….