Surf Like A Girl

Surf Like A Girl

Surfing Is A Unique Sport Where You Have To Trust The Ocean, Trust Yourself, Dig Deep, And Then Let Go. When Daily Life Is So Filled With Choices And Indecision, Surfing Is An Excellent Example Of Seizing The Present Moment And Just Going For It.

As A Female, This Sense Of Trust And Letting Go Can Be Some Of The Hardest To Tap Into. We Are Typically Not So Quick To Throw Caution To The Wind And Release Control Over To Trust. And The General Stigma Remains That Women Are More Timid Creatures, Lacking The Hard Charging Attitude Because It Is Opposedly Feminine. Despite Those Challenges Woman’s Surfing Continues To Grow And Progress And The Only Reason For Outlining These Pitfalls Is To Identify And Ignore Them.

Being In Touch With Your Own Strengths, Capabilities, And Even Mood During A Given Session Is Key To Surfing. Knowing Yourself Can Be Just As Important As Knowing The Ocean When It Comes To Surfing Bigger And Better Waves. If You Have A Deep Understanding Of Who You Are As A Surfer, You Are More Likely To Choose The Appropriate Waves And Consequently Become A Better Surfer And Have More Fun. Erase Doubts, Trust Yourself, Thrust The Ocean, And Let Go.

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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….