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The Surfer Gift November 26 2011

Wondering what surfing gift to give?  You cant go wrong with these:

  Bubble Gum Gu Wax Top Coat 10 pack $10.00


 Bubble Gum Surf Wax Original Formula 10 pack $15.00


 Surf Leashes by Creatures of Leisure Priced from $18.00


Traction Pads by Creatures of Leisure Priced from $32.00


 Surf wax scented coconut shell candle $3.50

Surf Gift, Surfer Gift, Surfing Gift, Gift for Surfer, Gifts for Surfers


Surf Wax Candle September 27 2011

Get the sweet smell of Bubble Gum Surf Wax in your house/room with the Surf Wax Candle.  Comes in Coconut scented too!

Get it here 



Bobby Martinez hates the ASP . . and Tennis! September 26 2011

 



Hahahaha - Sorry Bobby . . . . . . but you gotta appreciate good photoshop, I hope its photoshop!


FU Wax Brazil? Nice Try! September 15 2011

 If I hear another word about FU Wax (surf wax from Brazil) Im gonna barf!  C'mon guys, you would think the guys that are touting this stuff would be smarter, I mean after all they (Kolohe Andino, Taj Burrow, Ect) are amazing surfers.  But do you think the wax they use is really making the difference rather than the boards they ride or even fins?  Not to mention the physical training and hours spent in the water.  If you think your gonna use FU and surf like them, good luck. Having said that, if its super sticky, soft wax you want - no problem!  We've had that formula on the shelf for years.  As a matter of fact, we make small batches of it for select pros all the time.  I just dont understand the hype behind FU, its soft sticky wax, over harder wax (or base coat) . . . . nothing special.  I wish it was more complicated than that, but its not. Its funny how a few random comments can start a fire.  Its all in your head!

 

The original soft sticky stuff . . . this is from the 80's . . . . the formula Fu ripped off!


 vs.  = It's on!

Its as simple as this, soft and sticky over a base or an established wax job is what its all about.  We (Bubble Gum Surf Wax) had the sticky, stringy formula down pat in the 80's.  Then somewhere along the way people wanted more sturdy wax, wax that they could bead up instead of smearing into a mess.  Now its back to the gooey sticky stuff . . . . ok, fine!  All along I would (and still do) tell people, use base coat or a harder wax under a softer wax.  SIMPLE!  So in order to thwart the FU wax onslaught (and the Banana wax too) from Brazil, we pulled out the old recipe book and came back with the sticky ooey gooey formula.  Bubble Gum Gu Wax is here!  . . . . and were not making it just for a few select anymore.


Gu Wax! is so tacky that starting 10/15 we will be selling it in a re-sealable zip lock baggie with the above label.

We reformulated our original recipe with an ingredient that is uneffected by a wide range of water temps.  Bubble Gum Gu Wax is designed to go over your existing matted wax job or a fresh coat of base.  That combo and a comb . . . . .nuts grip!!


Britton Galland / 2nd Generation Waxoligist - took it to Bali . . . . . . it worked.

First we took it to the NSSA opener - gave it out to the groms and got instant feedback - gimme more!!  I had to hide because I didnt have enough.  By the way - 3 division winners that day using it. - worked in cool water

Then we took it to our home break, passed it out - worked in warm water, and now whenever we pull up to surf were surrounded!

Little Britt took it to Bali - worked in tropical water.

Then we took off to NYC to the Long Beach CT and passed it out to some of the boys, again - success in warm/trop water.

Then we gave it to Rob Machado . . . . . . after his surf he tried to take our whole bag, and we gave it to him to take up to the CT at Lowers this week.  

Just got back from the HIC pro in Hawaii and then went straight over the Pacific to the Rip Curl Search event in SF, it worked in both warm and cold water!

Use it over your regular wax coat or base, give it a comb over, go shred!

Get it here


Surfboard Wax Removal / Remover August 14 2011

There are many reasons to remove your old surf wax.  If your getting ready to travel to a destination that has warmer (or colder) water temps then you definitely want to start with a fresh coat when you get there.  Plus, when you check your boards the extreme temperature change under the plane can wreak havoc on any wax job.  You may also just want a fresh coat for your everyday use, we suggest changing your wax weekly for that. Whatever the reason, here are a few choices for safely removing your surf wax.

Option 1: THE MAGIC BUBBLE comes with 1 bubble, 1 wax comb/scraper, 1 bar Bubble Gum Base Coat, 1 wax storage container and 2 stickers.

The Magic Bubble is a clean dry wax remover option if you dont want to use liquid removers.  Its a good idea to use this one if you have exterior (on top of the glass) spray color for your board.

 

Just scrape as much wax as you can off your board with the included wax comb/scraper, then use The Magic Bubble with gentle pressure in the same motion you would wax your board.  Keep doing it until you reach the desired finish.  Watch our for shatter dings or sharp objects or you will pop your bubble!

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Option 2: Bubble Gum All Natural Citrus Adhesive and Surf Wax Remover.  Bubble Gum Citrus Remover comes in an 8oz bottle, 4oz bottle or a kit with a micro fiber towel, wax comb scraper and two stickers included.

Wax Remover

Just scraped off as much wax as you can with a soft edge scraper, spray on Bubble Gum Citrus Wax Remover, let stand for 20-30 seconds.  Wipe clean and dry with the Bubble Gum Micro Fiber towel.


How To Wax A Surfboard August 08 2011

Seem like a dumb question?  Not really, after all snowboards and skiis are waxed on the bottom for speed, while surfboards are waxed on top for grip. So dont wax the bottom of your surfboard!!!  Also . . . . you have to remember to wax with the proper temperature.  The colder the water the softer the wax, the warmer the water the harder the wax.  If you wax up with the wrong temp then you will either slip off your board (wax too hard) or it will melt off in the water (wax too soft).

Cold: 60°- Below / Cool: 58°- 68° / Warm: 64°- 74° / Tropical: 75°- Up 

Base Coat: All Temp (works great by itself in water 80°- Up


If you surf often (10 times a month or more) then you will know what the water temp is doing, it moves around quite a bit so if you are surfing on a board for the first time in a while its best to scrape off the old wax and start with a fresh coat.  The steps below will outline waxing a fresh new board and/or a board with the old wax scraped off.


1. Start with a Base Coat, you dont have to but we recommend it.  It serves as an immovable foundation for the softer temps that will go on top.  You dont need a lot, just a light coat.


2. After you have applied a base coat take your bar of wax and break it in half, this creates a rough edge that is preferable for application.  If your not using base coat then apply a few strokes with the clean edge before using the rough edge.


3. At this point there are many different ways to apply your wax.  Circles, Long Strokes, Short Strokes, Criss Cross . . . . it doesn't really matter, its your preference.  But one thing to remember is that your trying to create small mounds of tacky wax for grip, you must use light pressure or you will smear your wax.  Also, if you move your wax too quickly across the surface of your surfboard, the wax will heat up and smear.  Be patient, use light pressure, and watch it build!


4. Now you are ready to surf!!  But if you want even more grip - use a wax comb!  Very simple, using slightly more pressure than when you waxed your surfboard, run the comb in a criss cross pattern over the deck of the waxed surface.  







Airline Surfboard Boardbag Fees July 26 2011

If your planning a surf trip take into consideration the below chart - spending a little more on the ticket could mean free bags could save you money!!  

Aer Lingus
www.aerlingus.com
516-622-4222

Free

Free for flights between Ireland and North America. There's also no charge for passengers traveling in Business class. Surfboards are subject to a fee of €30 ($40) payable online prior to departure or a fee of €40 ($55) payable at the airport. Boards can't be larger than 110 in.
Aero Mexico
www.aeromexico.com
800-237-6639

$60

One-way per board, maximum length 9ft - packed. Sorry guys, you can't include this as your free carry-on.
Air Canada
www.aircanada.com
888-247-2262

$50

Space available basis. Pre-registered when booking. Each board counts as one piece of checked baggage. Max linear dimensions (length + width + height): 109 in. Max length: 80 in. No paddleboards.
Air Emirates
www.emirates.com
800-777-3999

Free

Included in your checked baggage. Remove fins and wrap tail and nose in bubble wrap.
Air France
www.airfrance.com
800-237-2747

$55-$200

If it's less than 200 cm, it's treated as normal baggage, but costs $55. Beyond the allowance (up to a max of 70 lb per item and 115"), it's $200. And €200 (273 USD) for longboards.
Air New Zealand
www.airnewzealand.com
800-262-1234

$25

In addition to checked baggage allowance, one sporting item can be carried as a checked in piece of luggage at 50% of extra bag cost for all international flights. This translates to NZ$7.50 when flying out of NZ and US$25 when flying out of USA.
Air Pacific
www.airpacific.com
800-227-4446

$50+

Each way per surfboard bag. Variable Excess Baggage Charge + $50 "Bulky Item" charge. Must be less than 50 lbs & 115 in.
Air Tahiti Nui
www.airtahitinui.com
877-824-4846

Free

Must be under 50 lbs. One board, one bag. Each additional board is $150 each.
Alaska
www.alaskaair.com
800-252-7522

$20-$50

The board can be included as a standard checked bag, but checked baggage fees apply (starting at $20). Max length is 9 feet, max weight is 50 lbs.
American Airlines
www.aa.com
800-433-7300

$150

One-way. One board per person. Max weight and size: 70 lbs, 126 inches.
Bahamas Air
www2.bahamasair.com
800-222-4262

$50

Must be less than 6 ft. One-way per board. Remove your fins.
British Airways
www.britishairways.com
800-AIRWAYS

Free-$60

As part of your checked baggage. Otherwise it's $60. Boards must be smaller than 75ins x 29.5ins x 25.5 ins.
Cathay Pacific
www.cathaypacific.com
800-233-2742

$75

Per board. If traveling with a few boards, it's best to keep 'em in one bag because there's a triple charge for additional bags. The good news: no size restrictions.
China Air
www.china-airlines.com
800-227-5118

Varies

First board is a 50% charge, second board 100% charge depending on destination. Per board, not bag. Must be under 109". Going from US to Indo would be $109 if you already have two bags.
Continental*
www.continental.com
800-523-3273

$100-$200

North America, national: $100 each way per surfboard, South America: $200 each way per surfboard. From North America to another continent: $200. Fee is per bag. Due to merging airlines, print proof with you before you fly. Price ranges depending on destination. Two board max per case. Max of 50 lbs. & 109 in.
COPA
www.copaair.com
800-FLY-COPA

$75

One-way per board. Limit 2 boards per passenger. Only $50 to São Paulo and San Jose. Must be under 115 ins and 70 lbs. Remove fins. Can't be more than 115 inches or 70 lbs.
Delta*
www.delta.com
800-221-1212

$200+

One-way per board. If it's over 70 lbs, you have to pay extra. The $200 fee is only for the first board; additional fees apply for additional boards. To/from Brazil is $100, and Hawaii inter-island is $20.
Hawaiian Air
www.hawaiianair.com
800-367-5320

$100

One-way. Allowed two boards per bag. Max height 11ft, max weight 50 lbs. Price drops to $35 between islands. Goes up to $200 for travel to most Asian countries.
Iberia
www.iberia.com
800-504-8030

$205

One way. One board per passenger. Max size: 8'2". MUST make request 24 hours before flight via phone. Keep in mind: "Various charges, taxes or duties may be applied, in accordance with the legislation of each country."
Interjet (Mexico)
interjet.com.mx
866-285-9525

Free

Max weight is 55 lbs per passenger. Any excess baggage will have a fee of $50.00 pesos plus TAX for each additional pound.
Japan Airlines
www.jal.com
800-525-3663

Varies

A charge equivalent to 50% of the excess baggage charge for one board. 100% for two boards. Three times the charge if it's over 80 inches. Price also varies depending on destination.
Jet Blue*
www.jetblue.com
800-538-2583

$50

One-way. One board per bag. *No surfboards allowed on flights to Santo Domingo or Santiago. Can't be over 100 lbs.
Korean Air
www.koreanair.com
800-438-5000

$55-$110

If you bring as one of your two checked bags, it's $55. If you already have two checked bags, it'll cost you $110. Must be 70lbs and/or 109 total linear inches (L+W+H), which would be about a 7'2".
Lan
www.lan.com
866-435-9526

Free

Cannot exceed 300 linear inches or 50 lbs.
Lufthansa
www.lufthansa-usa.com
800 645-3880

$100-$200

Must be less than 70 lbs and/or 6'7". Within Europe: $100, Europe to intercontinental: $200. If it's over 6'7" (2 m), the fees are doubled. You need to register sports baggage 24 hours before the flight.
Malaysian
www.malaysiaairlines.com
800-552-9264

Varies

Can be included as your checked bag if it meets the size requirements. Price varies with destination. Bags are 50% of normal excess baggage charge. Max size of 98" (about 8 feet).
Qantas
www.qantas.com.au
800-227-4500

Free-$105

Free as part of your two bag limit. Must be in a bag and may not exceed 66lbs and 109ins. Can only be carried to/from/within South West Pacific; on other routes, they're excluded from checked baggage and will be charged based on weight. Oversize fees vary.
Singapore
www.singaporeair.com
800-742-3333

Free

As part of your two bag limit. After two boards it's $109 each way going from US to Singapore (other destinations may vary). Max size of 62 linear inches.
South African Airlines
www.flysaa.com
800-722-9675

Free

As part of your two bag limit, not exceeding 200 cm or 40 lbs.
Southwest
www.southwest.com
800-435-9792

$50

Domestic/International. One-way per bag (2 boards per bag). Fins must be removed.
SriLankan Airlines
www.srilankan.lk
661-250-8287

Free

You can bring one surfboard for free. Any excess weight will be assessed at the normal excess baggage rate.
TACA
www.taca.com
800-400-TACA

$125

One-way. Up to 3 surfboards in one bag per passenger. Up to 70lb and 12 feet in length. Fins must be removed. Prices vary based on takeoff location/destination. From Brazil it's $50.
TAP Portugal
www.flytap.com
800-221-7370

$50-$140

Each way per surfboard bag up to 10 kgs. Domestic, Europe, Morocco & Algeria is USD 50. Intercontinental are $100-$140.
Thai
www.thaiairways.com
800-426-5204

Varies

Max 109". It is recommended to call and get specifications directly.
United
www.united.com
800-864-8331

$100-$200

North America, national: $100 each way per surfboard, South America: $200 each way per surfboard. From North America to another continent: $200. Fee is per board. Price ranges depending on destination. Two board max per case. Max of 50 lbs. & 109 in.
USA3000
www.usa3000airlines.com
877-USA-3000

$50

Subject to additional charges.
USAir
www.usairways.com
800-245-4882

$200

One-way per board. Remove your fins.
Virgin Atlantic
www.virgin-atlantic.com
800-821-5438

Free

Free, limit one per customer. Must not exceed 109 inches and must not exceed 50 lbs in weight.


Britt Galland . . . . Bali July 16 2011

Little B - testing out the tropical formula in Bali at night . . . . . . this is who makes your wax folks!!

 


Patrick Gudauskas Wins Mr Price Pro Ballito July 09 2011

BALLITO, KwaZulu Natal/South Africa (Saturday, July 9, 2011) – Patrick Gudauskas, 25, (San Clemente, California, USA) kept the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito crown in the family, earning the first ASP PRIME victory of his career by defeating John John Florence, 18, (HAW) in the final at Surfers Beach today.


Just two years after his brother Tanner won the event in 2009, Gudauskas stamped the family name on the 2011 edition of the Mr Price Pro Ballito, defeating Florence by 11.84 to 8.03 (out of 20.00) rocketing from World No. 27 to World No. 15 on the ASP World Rankings.

“This is crazy! I’m so psyched right now,” Gudauskas said. “This is definitely the best event I’ve ever competed in and maybe the best one I’ve ever watched. It has been flawless for a whole week and we’re all psyched to be in Ballito.”

Stringing together a powerful combination of lip bashes and critical floaters on the tapering Ballito walls, Gudauskas took the lead with a 7.17 (out of ten) before landing a massive air-drop floater to seal his victory off just a 4.67.

“I just got lucky in the final,” Gudauskas said, “John John was the man to beat at this event and it was a tough heat. I went for turns while he was looking for barrels and I think he would have ‘smoked’ me, had he found one!”

Gudauskas’s achievement marks one for the record books, the Gudauskas brothers becoming the second pair of siblings to win Mr Price Pro after the Irons Brothers, late 3X ASP World Champion Andy and Bruce (HAW), did so in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

“It’s crazy, people were asking me about that all week and I knew it would be a difficult task to defend Tanner’s title,” Gudauskas said. “Somehow I pulled it off and the fact that Andy and Bruce did it, makes it even more special.”

Florence proved a crowd favourite as the standout barrel rider of the event. Netting the day’s highest heat score a 19.40 (out of 20.00) for a pair of cavernous ‘Backdoor’ style barrels during the quarterfinals, Florence stormed into the final where unfortunately the barrels dried up, ending the young Hawaiian’s hopes of lifting this year’s trophy.

“It was really hard, the wind came up and I was tired but I’m really stoked for Pat,” Florence said. “This morning was so fun, the waves were perfect and clean and there were a lot of barrels. I just kept getting lucky and getting into the good ones, it was a lot of fun.”

Florence’s performance comes just weeks after capturing a third place finish at the ASP PRIME in Portugal and sees the youngster move up to World No. 39 on the rankings.

“I’ve had a great run lately and I’ll be looking to do a few more contest and hopefully get a few more results.”

Defending champion South African Jordy Smith, 23 (Dbn, ZAF) reached the semifinals placing equal third, advancing from World No. 5 to World No. 2 on the ASP World Rankings.

For more information, photos and highlights log on to www.mrpricepro.com

Final Results:
1 – 
Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.84
2 – John John Florence (HAW) 8.03

Semifinal
SF 1: 
Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 11.70 def. Jordy Smith(ZAF) 11.56
SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 11.20 def. Julian Wilson(AUS) 10.83

Quarterfinals:
QF 1: 
Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 17.10 def. Junior Faria (BRA) 13.76
QF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.07 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.73
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.03 def. Heath Joske (AUS) 8.87pts
QF 4: John John Florence (HAW) 19.40 def. Blake Thornton (AUS) 9.34pts


NSSA Nationals Full Coverage July 08 2011

Cam Richards, Parker Coffin and Leila Hurst take top honors in Huntington Beach

The NSSA National Championships were planning on an early fireworks show on Sunday at the legendary Huntington Beach Pier. But the dim, two-foot waves weren't exactly sending any sparks to the nation's best amateurs, forcing South Carolina's Cam Richards and Kauai's Leila Hurst to build M-80s out of matches to take the Open Mens and Womens Mayor's Cup Titles. 


After a week of average surf, on the final day, NSSA Executive Director Janice Aragon took note of the meagerness and said simply: "These super challenging conditions will be won by the super challengers."

Indeed. 15-year-old Cam Richards, fresh off a King of the Groms HB win and a Standout Performance at the Quilksilver USA Champs, challenged the gutless walls to let off some steam on the older division -- and dominated. "I was really bummed I didn't make Open Juniors, 'cause that was the main division I was focusing on. So I just took out my anger on the Open Mens."

A pretty carefree Richards breezed through the early rounds. But once the field was chopped to twelve surfers, he began to realize the weight of what was happening. Richards reflects, "Once it got down to the quarters and semis, I started feeling the pressure because I knew I was in the running to win -- it was scary."

In the 30-minute final, Cam mixed tailslides and precise rail carves on the numbered lefts to take over the lead from start to finish. 

This makes only the second time an East Coaster has won the prestigious Open Mens title -- the last time it happened was in the summer of 1978, NSSA's inaugural year.

Before this year, Leila Hurst already made a big impact on the NSSA with two Explorer Women titles -- and she even made the final in the Open Women back in '08. But with all the prestige on the Open title, she didn't want to head into her pro career without one. 

"The only reason why I did NSSA again was to get that Open Womens Title," Leila explains, "Open is such a bigger deal than Explorer."

Well Leila ended up winning her third Explorer Womens title earlier in the week, it was just a side note on her way to achieving her goal. 

And the Open Womens final wasn't exactly a breeze - it had some great talent that kept Leila focused.

"I was actually worried about Taylor Pitz cause I've seen her surf really well before." Leila admits, "Tatiana (Weston-Webb) and Mahina (Maeda)-are little machines, they just catch wave after wave and have so much energy."

Leila blitzed a few lefts, hitting the lip with power on her backhand to seal the deal. Tatiana had a late charge but her waves weren't connecting to the inside and couldn't catch up. Leila can go ahead and qualify for the WT, now that her amateur dreams are fulfilled. 

Results:
Open Mens Champion: Cam Richards
Open Womens Champion: Leila Hurst
Open Junior Champion: Parker Coffin
Open Boys Champion: Jake Marshall
Open Girls Champion: Dax McGill
Open Mini Grom Champion: Tyler Gunter
Open Longboard Champion: Steve McLean

For more results and info go to nssalive.com



ASP Copa Quiksilver El Salvador July 08 2011

So this is my rant on the ASP - which stands for "Association of Surfing Professionals"  Its 3:00 a.m. right now and Im in Hawaii - I got up to watch the event on webcast - its now 30 mins later and still no event.  This is not the first time this has happend either.  If your gonna include the word Professional in your name - then you should run your events that way.  Fact is - the ASP just doesn't really care about the lower than CT series.  They are allowed to run as "whatever" events.  


That little message at the bottom of the screen keeps changing.  Today at 7:00 am . . . . Today at 7:15 . . . . . Today at 7:30 - Get a grip!!!

The report from the beach where my team riders are waiting for their heat is that the contest director and some of the judges havnt shown up yet.  If I were running that show - someone loses their job.  If it were condition related then . . . . ok, but the web cast should be on and informing the viewers what the situation is, you will NEVER build interest, viewers operating this way.

What if you tuned in to watch your favorite sports team on TV and it just wasnt on?  

This is not a professional approach to a sport that needs professionalism badly!!  And it happens all the time.



Finn McGill National Champ! July 06 2011

Congrats to Bubble Gum Team RIder Finn McGill - NSSA National Champ!!!!!!!!! 


Funny Surf Blogs June 12 2011

Here are some Blogs we love to check in on as much as possible . . . . Bookmark em' - very entertaining!

Britt Galland, JD Lewis, Derrick Disney 

3GreenOranges - Britt Galland, JD Lewis, Derrick Disney


Sterling Spencer

Pinchmysalt.tv - Sterling Spencer


Connor Coffin, Parker Coffin


Young Wise Tails - Connor Coffin / Parker Coffin


Private Label Custom Surf Wax June 10 2011

Bubble Gum Surf Wax introduces an opportunity for shops, events and special occasions to private label their own design surf wax.  

Bubble Gum currently manufactures and distributes its own line of wax under the Bubble Gum name as well as a blended organic formula under the Rob Machado's Organik Blend label.   Our proprietary formulas (Organic Blend and Original) are available for private label for orders starting at just 3 cases.  


  • Bubble Gum Surf Wax is a manufacturer and distributor.

  • We can accommodate every aspect of your Branded needs.

  • Our production and packing facility can customize to a myriad of specifications to assure complete client satisfaction and can mass produce these items in a variety of sizes, case counts, colors and scents.

  • We have the capability to deliver your branded product anywhere in the world. We will expedite, and cost effect the process for client or courier pick up.


Pricing and info


Any Questions please contact us at: bubblegumsurfwax@yahoo.com



ANDY IRONS' AUTOPSY ANALYSIS June 09 2011

The following statement was just released by the Irons family regarding Andy's autopsy and toxicology report. The full report was prepared by the Tarrant County, TX Medical Examiner's office and will not be made public until June 20.

We have received the final autopsy and toxicology report filed in connection with Andy's death on November 2nd, 2010, from the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office in Forth Worth, TX.

The family apologizes for the delay in the release of this information. The injunction filed last December was to allow Andy's widow, Lyndie, who was then eight months pregnant with Andy's son, Andy Axel Irons, to give birth in peace.

Please understand that this decision meant that the family did not learn the cause of Andy's death until May 20th, and only after a second delay was requested by an attorney in Dallas, without the family's knowledge or consent, to provide time for the 13-page toxicology report to be interpreted by two independent forensic experts -- a process that took several weeks, but also enabled the family to fully come to terms with the unexpected root cause of Andy's death.

The autopsy concludes that Andy died a natural death from a sudden cardiac arrest due to a severe blockage of a main artery of the heart. Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a prominent forensic pathologist in San Antonio, TX, who has consulted on many high-profile cases, was asked to review and explain the autopsy results to the family. 

He states: "This is a very straightforward case. Mr. Irons died of a heart attack due to focal severe coronary atherosclerosis, i.e., 'hardening of the arteries.' He had an atherosclerotic plaque producing 70%-80% narrowing of his anterior descending coronary artery. This is very severe narrowing. A plaque of this severity, located in the anterior descending coronary artery, is commonly associated with sudden death."

Dr. Di Maio continues: "The only unusual aspect of the case is Mr. Irons' age, 32 years old. Deaths due to coronary atherosclerosis usually begin to appear in the late 40's. Individuals such as Mr. Irons have a genetic predisposition to early development of coronary artery disease. In about 25% of the population, the first symptom of severe coronary atherosclerosis is sudden death." He concludes: "There were no other factors contributing to the death."

Andy had a grandmother, 77, and a grand-uncle, 51, both on his father's side, who died of congestive heart failure. Looking back, Lyndie recalls that Andy complained of chest pains and occasional intense heartburn for the first time last year, and also recalls a holistic health practitioner, whom he sought out in Australia for vitamin therapy, offhandedly mentioning he "had the heart of a 50-year-old." In addition, Andy contracted Typhoid Fever five years ago, which can result in damage to the heart muscle. But Andy shrugged it all off and led no one to believe he was in ill health.

The official autopsy report, prepared by Tarrant County Chief Medical Examiner Nizam Peerwani, MD, lists a second cause of death as "acute mixed drug ingestion." 

On this point, Dr. Peerwani and Dr. Di Maio diverge. In a letter sent to Arch McColl, a Dallas-based attorney acting on behalf of the family, Dr. Di Maio questioned Dr. Peerwani's decision to list the finding "Acute Mixed Drug Ingestion" under "Cause of Death" because he believes "it was not the cause of death and did not contribute to the death. The Manner of Death is in fact labeled Natural." 

Dr. Di Maio goes on to say that the drugs cited, Alprazolam (Xanax) and methadone (an analgesic drug commonly used in the treatment of chronic pain), are in "therapeutic levels" and notes that benzoylecgonine is an "inactive metabolite," which Gary H. Wimbish Ph.D., DABFT, a forensic toxicologist consulted by the family, has explained is a breakdown product of cocaine. Wimbish states that the benzoylecgonine present in Andy's blood at 50 ng/ml "is consistent with the use of cocaine at about 30 hours prior to his death." In addition, Wimbish agrees with Dr. Di Maio that that the amount of Alprazolam present in Andy's blood "is consistent with a common therapeutic regimen."

Dr. Peerwani's report also cites the presence of a trace amount of methamphetamine. Lyndie insists Andy was not a methamphetamine user, so it is likely the substance was present in the cocaine he ingested. But again, Dr. Di Maio believes that none of these drugs was the cause of, or contributed to, Andy's death.

As we are not doctors, we have no choice but to accept that two respected pathologists have come to different conclusions about a secondary contributing cause of death. 

However, the family would like to address the findings of prescription and non-prescription drugs in Andy's system. Andy was prescribed Xanax and Zolpidem (Ambien) to treat anxiety and occasional insomnia -- a result of a bipolar disorder diagnosed by his family doctor at age 18. This is when Andy first began experiencing episodes of manic highs and depressive lows. The family believes Andy was in some denial about the severity of his chemical imbalance and tended to blame his mood swings on himself and his own weaknesses, choosing to self-medicate with recreational drugs. 

Members of his family, close friends, and an industry sponsor intervened over the years to help Andy get clean, but the effort to find balance in his life was certainly complicated by his chemical makeup.

Finally, as has been reported, Andy was suffering from severe flu-like symptoms while in Puerto Rico to compete in the Rip Curl Pro Search leg of the ASP World Tour just days prior to his death. Andy was unable to leave his bed and for the first time in his Pro career, withdrew from a contest. He was put on an intravenous drip for hydration and strongly advised to seek further medical treatment. Against doctor's advice, Andy left for Kauai, Hawaii, to be with his wife, telling the doctor: "I just wanna go home."

Though Andy's illness is not addressed in the autopsy (which only tested for and ruled out suspected Dengue Fever), Andy's weakened condition clearly contributed to the tragic circumstances of his death, adding more stress to an already gravely compromised heart.

Having defied the odds so many times before, Andy may have felt that getting on a plane while dehydrated and wracked with fever, and choosing to meet up with acquaintances during a short layover in Miami, was nothing out of the ordinary. His strong-willed personality was part of what made him such a formidable surfer and champion. Like others who face down extreme danger, Andy seemed to feel bulletproof -- as if nothing could take him down. But traveling while sick and suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition, was more than even Andy could overcome.

We are hoping that people will remember Andy for his very full life, which included his intense passion for surfing and the ocean, his astonishing achievements as a world-class athlete, and his devotion to the family and friends who love him dearly and miss him every day. Receiving the disturbing news about the cause of death brings back the shock and tremendous grief we first felt upon receiving word that Andy had passed.

We would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support over the last seven months. There was so much positivity in Andy's professional and personal life, not least of which was how hard he worked to overcome his challenges. For this we remain forever proud of him.

This continues to be a very difficult time for our family and we appreciate the media's respect for our privacy. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support and will not have any immediate comment beyond this statement.

For those who wish to honor Andy's memory, we ask that they consider making a donation to the Surfrider Foundation, a charity Andy supported, at www.surfrider.org"

--The Irons Family 



Interview: Shane Dorian On The Billabong Inflatable Wetsuit June 07 2011


TransWorld SURF: Let’s start with the wipeout at Mavs in 2010 that got you thinking about a way to make big-wave surfing safer. You’re pretty understated about it—but you were in bed for a few days straight afterward, right?

Shane Dorian: Yeah, I basically had the symptoms of a concussion. I was really rattled physically. I was sick, nauseous, and all that kind of stuff. It was a horrible, horrible wipeout. It was mostly air deprivation kind of stuff. I couldn’t stay awake, and basically slept for two whole days and had a really bad headache, dry heaving a bit. But I don’t want to hype it up too much. It was a terrible wipeout, I almost drowned, but there weren’t any crazy side effects or anything.

Who decides who can get one of these suits?

That’s one reason it’s taken a while for this all to happen, and both Billabong and I have known that’s going to be the hardest thing. It’s tricky. We don’t want people thinking, ‘I’ve always wanted to surf Mavericks,’ or wherever. I don’t want the suit to take the place of experience, ability, common sense, or good judgment. It’s supposed to help make the people who are already doing this and love to surf big waves safer, that’s the point.

What I’ve done at this point is reach out to Twiggy [Grant Baker] from South Africa, and asked him to give me the names of all the guys who are really into it over there. And then I reached out to the Santa Cruz and Maverick’s guys to get a list of guys and girls. The Hawaii guys I sort of know.

But it’s definitely not up to me, I’m not going, ‘Yes, no.’ It’s tricky, and I know Billabong has gotten a lot of requests from people. It’s hard because there are a lot of underground guys who are hardcore big wave riders who surf big waves way more than I do, and who want this suit. I know Billabong is doing the best they can to filter through everything, and make them available for people who love riding big waves. There’s no easy answer though.

The most public preview people got of the suit was at that insane paddle-in session you and Ian Walsh had at Peahi (Jaws) in March, when you pulled in to a huge barrel. The lip closed down on you, and you inflated the vest underwater. Do you think you would’ve pulled in if you hadn’t have been wearing the suit?

Well, if I caught that wave I was going to pull in no matter what. Where I was positioned on that wave, I couldn’t have made it to the channel without pulling in. It was either go straight down and get blown up for sure, or pull in and probably get blown up. So that choice was basically already made for me when I stood up.

But that’s not why the idea came to me in the first place; it had nothing to do with enhancing performance, or giving anyone more confidence. It’s purely to make things safer and save lives. But to be honest, I’d already done some testing with the suit, and it definitely added to my confidence that day. But it’s definitely not to the point of like, ‘I’m going on this wave no matter what, because I’m going to come up no matter what.’ It’s meant to make it harder to be held under for two waves, and an added measure of safety. Again, it’s not meant to take the place of experience, ability, and common sense.

The most obvious use seems like it would be at deep-water breaks like Peahi and Mavs. Do you plan to wear it at a shallow reef like Shipsterns or Teahupo’o?

I would definitely wear it at Teahupo’o, for sure. At a place like that the wave is probably not going to drown you, or there’s a lesser chance because it’s so shallow, but there’s a really good chance of hitting the reef hard, and possibly dying from hitting the reef so hard. If you’re able to get the thing inflated quick enough, I imagine it would help to keep you farther away from the reef.

Falling on a big wave at Teahupo’o, you’re almost guaranteed to hit the reef. At Teahupo’o you get pounded uphill, because it goes from super deep water to super shallow. If you have an inflated air bladder it would help you stay closer to the surface.

Do you feel like it’s pretty well tested at this point?

No, we’re still in a testing phase, there’s no doubt about that. I’m the only one who’s had a suit; no one else has tested it yet but me. That’s part of the reason we want to get it out to a lot of the guys, so there’s more feedback coming in to refine it and make it safer and better.

I’ve only pulled it on three wipeouts. I’ve tested it a lot in flat water, in non-surfing situations. But in big waves, I’ve only pulled it three times, so it hasn’t been tested enough. But just like any other product that makes things safer, the more testing the better.

One thing I want to say is that in the press release it was called an invention. But this isn’t something I feel like I invented. It’s technology that was already in place. Similar things are out there, like this thing backcountry snowboarders and skiers use that in an avalanche will pull you to the top. I didn’t know about that until about a month ago. And there’s another one for freedivers that I’ve seen that’s a little thing on their belt. So, I don’t think of it as an invention, I think of it as an innovation that’s new to surfing and a different application. I don’t want people to think that I think that I invented something.

On a technical note, the bladder is inside the wetsuit, so it’s not something you can put on a regular suit, right?

No, you can’t. But I’m going to have some prototypes made of a vest that could possibly go over a wetsuit, or even something you could wear by itself if you were someplace in Hawaii just wearing trunks. It would make it super simple and easier. But I’m not sure there’s enough room for the stuff you need in there to modify a vest. As it stands now, it’s a modified wetsuit that has to be customized for the flotation device.



Futures Fins releases Rob Machado Fin June 06 2011



Rob Machado's fin features a torsional flex pattern

Surfersvillage Global Surf News
, 1 June, 2011 : - - After nearly 10 years of riding the Futures system, Rob Machado has signed off on his first ever signature fin.  The collaboration between Rob and Futures is the perfect blend of cutting edge hydrodynamics and environmental sustainability. Rob’s fin features a torsional flex pattern, thanks to Futures’ V2 foil and a layer of strategically placed carbon fiber. 

Combined with renewable, fast growing bamboo, the fin is both light and lively. Designed for Rob’s explosive style, the bamboo carbon matrix stores potential energy and releases it as a burst of kinetic speed. Rob had been riding the V2 AM1 BlackStix for years, he said, “I knew that was a good starting point for me in designing a fin. I just really liked the flex that the BlackStix had. I don’t know exactly what it does but it feels good. I am more of a feel kind of person, you know… sometimes it just feels good.”

“We have been lucky to work with Rob and we are proud of how this fin turned out,” says Head Designer and Founder Vince Longo. Rob’s fin is made of a high quality epoxy resin, instead of polyester.  Not only is epoxy resin stiffer, lighter and better performing, it is also more resilient and releases less VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).

The Rob Machado Signature Fin represents a step forward in decreasing the environmental impact of the resin transfer process, while remaining Strongest, Lightest, Fastest.   

 

Congrats Spyder on Oakley Shop Challenge Win June 05 2011

TEAM SPYDER WINS IN NEWPORT / STOP 4 SOUTHWEST

As head-high waves rolled through Newport Beach’s 56th street, a mix of surf shop employees and pros slugged it out in one of the closest Oakley Surf Shop Challenge events ever. By event’s end, it was the Zaun brothers of Spyder Surf who led their team to victory at this year’s Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Western regional event.

In the first round, the nine teams comprised of four surfers—two shop employees and two pros—wasted no time in making work of 56th street’s punchy beachbreak. At the front of the game stood Val Surf’s whammy surfer, Dillion Perrilo, who he received a 9.03 for a giant slob-grab.

“I saw the end section and thought I’d try an air-reverse, but then as I got closer I decided to play it safe,” said Perillo. Safe was understatement, and since Dillion was Val Surf’s “whammy surfer,” the judges doubled his score to give Val Surf a birth into the final.

As the 2010 Western regional champions, Jacks Surfboards stood in strong contention to repeat last year’s success after Clay Crandal posted a 5.93 for two backside turns. But moments before Clay’s wave, Spyder Surf’s whammy surfer Dane Zaun ripped into a mid-size left all the way to the beach to earn a 6.0 and give Sypder surf an early lead in the Finals.

Following Zaun’s rhythm was Spyder’s two shop employees, Dickie O’Reily and Chris Broman. After O’Reily posted a score of a 4.13, Broman used his smooth and effortless style to net a score of a 4.53 and force his competitors to lock in a good score. However, Katin Surf Shop’s Ryan Carlson did just that. After nearly pulling a backside air-reverse on his first wave, Carlson stuck with his strong aerial prowess and soared high into the summer air to earn an 8.17 and give Katin the advantage.

With the hopes of a Western regional title lying on the shoulders of Spyder’s youngest surfer, Kelly Zaun took to the water. After patiently waiting, Kelly used his powerful rail-to-rail surfing on one of the heats better rights and was rewarded with a solid 6.77. With this ride, Spyder now had the ball back in their court and could nearly taste the event’s win.

But as time dwindled down, Katin’s whammy surfer, Teddy Navarro, posted a 5.97 that put Katin back within reach of taking top-honors. In the dying moments of the heat, needing a score in the high-four range, Katin’s Drew executed a layback snap on an inside section that would fall just short, and give Spyder Surf Shop the Western regional title.

“I wasn’t going to go because there was a three-wave set, but luckily I went and was able to do one good turn and a layback on the end section,” said Spyder Surf’s Kelly Zaun. “We’ve been doing this contest for five years now and have never won, so to finally win is awesome.”