Check out this article about Sonny Miller from Jamie Brisick . . . . took the words right out of my mouth July 09 2014
It was a hacksaw laugh that dissolved all problems and summoned you right into the task at hand, which more often than not involved something wild, adventurous, and maybe a little absurd.
Sonny Miller -- photographer, filmmaker, possessor of giant joie de vivre -- died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 53 years old. As I write, his Facebook page swells with tributes and remembrances and bursting love, something Sonny had in spades.
His nickname was Cap’n Fun. When he was hitting his straps, which was often, he’d break from whatever hysterical rant, eye you with that rosy-faced glint, and in a playful boast, say, “It’s Miller time!”
Sonny did water photography on Hollywood films, worked as a hired gun on countless surf films and videos, but he is best known for The Search series in the nineties, which he shot and directed. Traveling to far-flung locales with Tom Curren, Frankie Oberholzer, and friends suited his temperament. He loved the unknown, loved to wing it, was at his best with a map spread across the steering wheel of a four-wheel drive vehicle on some washboard dirt road a hundred miles from the nearest town.
Hanging out with Sonny was loads of fun. His raw, no-bullshit, squeeze-every-last-drop approach was infectious. In the early nineties he showed up to the Marui Pro in Hebara Beach, Japan with a suitcase full of hideous polyester outfits from the disco seventies -- canary yellow bell bottoms, vomit green shirts with giant collars, white patent-leather loafers, glitter ball necklaces, purple porkpie hats.
He summoned a band of merry pros over to his hotel, outfitted us, and led us on a wild romp through Tokyo’s Roppongi district. Whiskey was slugged from the bottle on the long train ride for which we’d bought no tickets. Ghetto blasters were hijacked. Dance moves, choreographed by Cap’n Fun and partner-in-crime Brad “The Gerr” Gerlach, were mastered (“Push, push, in the bush”). Fire extinguishers were plucked from their hangers and blasted across cars. Turnstyles were hopped. Cops were outrun. Hoity-toity nightclubs were snuck into. Dance floors were dominated. And belly laughs of the sort that may cure terminal diseases were had by all.
Which is not to take away from Sonny’s robust work ethic. Yes, he was the last man standing at the bar or nightclub, but he was also the first guy up in the morning, pounding coffee, checking wave cams, loading vehicles with his extensive camera gear, and pushing, always pushing, to get the proverbial shot. At the 2006 Fiji Pro I found him shooting from the exposed reef at Cloudbreak long after all the other photographers had bailed. The tide was rising, and soon the spot where he was standing would be buried in Pacific Ocean. But the waves were good, and the light was golden, and Occy’s hacks were tossing spray all the way to Namotu.
“Do you want me to get one of the boatmen to pick you up?” I asked him as I was leaving to catch a ride back to Tavarua.
“No,” he said and nodded at his waterproof Pelican case. “When the water gets too high I’ll just pack everything in there and swim out to the lineup. I’ll find my way back to camp, no worries.”
Born in 1950 in San Jose, California, Sonny learned to surf at age 11 in North County San Diego, which would serve as home base between his frequent trips abroad. He began his career shooting still photos for Surfer and Breakout in the mid-eighties, and started making movies shortly thereafter. These were the early video days, but Sonny was a strong believer in film, shooting mostly 16mm.
“This thing about ‘filmmaker’,” he once told me, “It’s totally misleading. They’re calling video guys ‘filmmakers’, guys who’ve never once shot film.”
In 1997 Sonny won the Surfer Magazine Video of the Year Award for Searching for Tom Curren.
Sonny leaves us with a heap of great movies and images, but as someone who traveled with him a whole bunch, it’s his great sense of joy that I’ll remember most. There was no such thing as a bad time with Cap’n Fun. Plane delays, flat tires, waveless weeks at remote surf spots --Sonny always saw the bright side, always found the humor. From the very start of these adventures he’d hone in on something funny and turn it into an inside joke that would get batted around and bastardized and repurposed. By the end of the trip he’d have created a kind of secret language, eternally punctuated by his hacksaw laugh.
I spoke to him less than two weeks ago. He was looking after his dying mom, Suzanne, who’d had dementia for the last seven years, and with whom Sonny was both adoring son and best friend. She passed away on July 2. Sonny posted a loving note on Facebook which prompted a flood of condolence notes from friends. His final post was a self-portrait of a bearded, bright-eyed, smiling face toasting his cup of coffee at the world. His final words:
I get by with a little help from my friends! Live to Love! Love to Live! Love You Live! Hope to see y'all real soon ! #keepsmiling #relaxolivin #suzanna
The all new JP5.0 in Phase4 construction by Kinetik Racing combines their most popular S-M template with a brand new construction to produce the worlds most elite performance fin. The key development is the re-designed foil making the new Parko, lighter with thinner curve adding considerable speed, twang and agility to an already renowned outline. KR enhanced the new foil using Phase 4 construction. Vertical carbon strands add control from base to tip along the leading edge, this technique allows the back half of the fin to twist for additional acceleration out of turns. KR has also increased the surface area of 3k carbon in the base offering added support and drive.
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Hurley brings free surf events to kids across the states April 17 2014
Hurley Surf & Enjoy TourHurley has announced a new free national surf tour for kids 18 and under. Aimed at bringing excitement and energy into beach communities this summer.
Expect to see Hurley athletes like Rob Machado, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson,and Conner Coffin, the "Surf and Enjoy" Tour will have 27 stops up and down both coasts and Hawaii.
Phil Bannan, Hurley Marketing Manager says "Surf and Enjoy is what Hurley is all about” “Emphasis on fun, growing the sport of surfing, and bringing the joy of surfing to kids around the world. Our goal is to breathe that mantra into communities from coast to coast."
The tour events are all about fun, with no pressure –Newcomers to surfing can get pushed into waves by professional surfers, while those with more experience get a chance to compete.
Surf and Enjoy tour dates are May 4 to August 9, sponsors include FlexFit, Honda, Dragon, Futures, Bubblegum Surf Wax, Waterman's, Rev'd, Obertos, Suja and Peace Tea.
Snacks, goodie bags and prizes supplied by the sponsors will be on hand for all participants.
Participants can also enter to win the Grand Prize Sweepstakes – a trip to the 2014 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles, held in September. Official rules can be found on hurley.com/surfandenjoy.
To sign up, or for information, visit hurley.com/surfandenjoy.
Surf And Enjoy Schedule:
MAY 4 – SANTA CRUZ - PAC WAVE
MAY 10 – PISMO BEACH – MOONDOGGIES
MAY 11 – SANTA BARBARA - CHANNEL ISLANDS STORE
MAY 30 – MALIBU - SALVATION
MAY 31 – SANTA MONICA - ZJ BOARDING HOUSE
JUNE 1 – LOS ANGELES - SPYDER
JUNE 7 – CORONA DEL MAR – HOBIE
JUNE 8 – MISSION BEACH – SUN DIEGO
JUNE 20-21– GALVESTON, TX - OHANA
JUNE 24 – PENSACOLA BEACH, FL - INNERLIGHT
JUNE 27-28 – DEERFIELD BEACH, FL - IWS
JULY 2 – DAYTONA BEACH, FL - MAUI NIX
JULY 3 – JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL - AQUA EAST
JULY 5-6 – FOLLY BEACH, SC - PARROT SURF SHOP
JULY 7 – MYRTLE BEACH, SC - SURF CITY
JULY 8 – WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC - SWEETWATER
JULY 9 – NAGS HEAD, NC – WHALEBONE
JULY 11-12 – VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -17TH STREET
JULY 13 – VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - WRV
JULY 15 – SEA ISLE, NJ - HERITAGE
JULY 16 – ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JERSEY DEVIL SURF
JULY 17 – POINT PLEASANT, NJ - BRAVE NEW WORLD
JULY 18-19 – SHIP BOTTOM, NJ - FARIAS
JULY 21 – MIDDLETOWN, RI - ISLAND SPORTS
JULY 22 – HAMPTON, NH - CINNAMON RAINBOWS
JULY 23 – OGUNQUIT, ME - LIQUID DREAMS
AUGUST 9 – SANDY BEACH, OAHU – LOCAL MOTION KOKO MARINA
Kinetik Racing Trailers are Here! April 13 2014Turn your favorite Thruster Set of fins into your new favorite Quad Set of fins with the Kinetik Racing Trailers. They come in two sizes, Small-Medium (for surfers 120-165lbs) and Medium Large (for surfers 165-220lbs)
- Phase 4 construction using vertical carbon strands adding control from base to tip.
- Tailored 3k carbon base adding strength to base for drive and stability.
- Reduced internal core matt to create flex through the tip.
- Specifically designed flex pattern compatible with performance thruster front fins.
- 50/50 foil, suiting the widest range of conditions.
This template was used by Parko in Europe and Hawaii during his world title year of 2012 as well as Bali Pro, Fiji and Tahiti in 2013.
What do surfers want for Easter? April 08 2014
What to surfers want for Easter? Surf stuff of course!! We put all together in one handy dandy manly tin bucket.
Wax and Wax Comb
Surf Wax Candle
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How do YOU wax a surfboard? March 21 2014
Think about it . . the emphasis on "you" is meant to point out that everyone waxes up differently. There really is a preferred method that is unique to each surfer. Of course here at Bubble Gum Surf Wax we would like to think wax is the most important part of your equipment. How would that brand new board work without it? Put in a nice new set of expensive carbon fiber fins and without good grip - they would mean nothing.
So regardless of everyones individual desired end result, heres a few tips to help anyone get a better wax job for your surfboard.
Base Coat: Use it! Most dont think they need it or they don't want to take the time to use Base Coat, Have you ever seen a board with a bald spot right were your front foot goes? Using base coat is a simple idea - its a harder wax than the softer tacky temperature specific wax that goes on top of it - its harder to displace and the softer wax sticks to it so is also becomes hard to displace. In colder climates you can use Tropical Wax or Warm Wax as a Base Coat.
Application: Slow Down! You want to know the worst time to start waxing your board? When you get to the beach and all your buddies are running out in the water and you don't have ANY wax on your board. Also, applying a fresh coat of wax in the sun or when your surfboard is heated up from being in the car - the worst! Take your time at home to apply your wax. Start with a thin layer of Base Coat, don't put on too much, just when the beads are starting to form - thats all you need. Then take your chosen temp for a top coat and apply using either long vertical/horizontal or circular strokes, that part is your choice. But heres the key to long lasting beads of wax, don't apply too much pressure. Think about it . . . . how are all those perfect little grippy beads of wax going to build up if you press down too hard with the wax against your board? All thats going to do is lay down a smeared mess. Just relax and let the wax build up to your desired texture.
Wax Comb: On your initial waxing you can finish with a comb or not - thats up to what you want from your wax job. But having a comb with you at all times can save you from being That Guy in the parking lot "got any wax" who knows what someone will hand you, it could be base coat. A comb will liven up any old wax job and get you in the water with surprisingly good grip with no wax application. Just dig the comb in and go diagonally rail to rail and then do the same from the other side crossing up your pattern.
Cleaning your surfboard for more a new wax job: Seems simple, but sometimes its not. Even after you scrape off all the old wax, sometimes there is an oily residue left on the deck of your surfboard. This can be caused by a number of things, no big deal - its common. But you need to remove it if you want your new wax to stick properly. Use a wax remover rather than solvent from the hardware store. Its safer for you and your surfboard.
Summer's Coming Up . . . . Dont Get Burned! March 17 2014
With summer fast approaching, dont get burned!!! When it comes to surfing and sunscreen its important to get the right one. If you use must any brand then you may run into a product that isnt water resistant, it also may run into your eyes and sting quite a bit. The three best brands for surfing and sun protection are Verta, Watermans and Headhunter. And if your going surfing, and you need sunscreen, then why not get free surf wax with your purchase? Bubble Gum Surf Wax carries the three best brands and you'll get free wax and free shipping. . . . Dont Get Burned!!!
Camp Shred, March 15 and 16, Cardiff Campgrounds, Ca March 14 2014
Camp Shred brought to you by Surfing Magazine and Surf Ride is the world's largest surf demo. The event returns to San Elijo Campground in Cardiff, Ca. this weekend - March 15-16, 2014. Sunshie and 70-plus degree beach weather is in the forecast as well as waves in the 2-3 ft. range Camp Shred brings together the best surf brands and their loyal consumers for a weekend of surfing and demoing the latest greatest gear while also benefiting California State Parks and Keep A Breast Foundation.
Brands in attendance: Billabong, Boardworks, Body Glove, C2O Coconut Water, Catch Surf, Channel Islands, Chemistry, Clif Bar, Creatures of Leisure, DHD, Everyday, FCS, Firewire, Futures Fins, Haydenshapes, INT Softboards, Isurus, JS Surfboards, Lib Tech, Lost, O'Neill, Otis Eyewear, Panda, Quiksilver, Raen, Rip Curl, Robert August, Rusty, Sector 9, Spy Optic, SR/MFG Surfboards, Subaru, SUPERbrand, Surface Sun Systems, Surf Ride, Surftech, Vampirate and Watermans.
Bubble Gum Surf Wax will be available at the Creatures of Leisure booth and the JS Surfboards Booth
There is also food and beverages from Banzai Bowls, Bull Taco, Cappuccino in the Park, CurioCity Catering, Not So Fast and Longboards Ice Cream, and the Sierra Nevada beer garden with proceeds being donated to Keep A Breast Foundation.
Camp Shred is free and open to the public, it will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.For more info, visit www.campshred.com. #campshred
Surfboard Travel Bags . . . Your choice made easier! March 09 2014
If you're planning a surf trip by plane or car then plan on protecting your surfboard!
A ding in your favorite board or worse, a crease or broken board will ruin your trip. The best way to avoid these terrible developments is by getting yourself a quality surfboard bag. Consider the cost of a quality surfboard bag an investment . . . in the end, you'll be saving money.
Surfboard travel bags serve several functions. A good board cover will not only protect your surfboard from the above mentioned it also protects from the harmful effects caused by the sun.
But what to choose? It can be confusing out there as countless manufactures have jumped into the category. However, many of the choices out there are sub-standard at best. Do yourself a favor and stick to the best, the top three manufactures of surfboard travel bags are: DaKine, Creatures of Leisure and Komunity Project. If you stick to one of these three companies you simply cant'/wont go wrong. They make every kind of bag your looking for. They make single, double and triple surfboard travel bags for Short Boards, Retro / Fish Boards and Longboards. They also make a quad for short-boards that feature wheels for easy transport between planes, cars and hotels. They all offer reinforced foam padding, resistant outer layer, heat reflective tarpaulin, water resistant materials, and strong zippers and shoulder straps. Picking the proper size of your bag is important as well. If you normally ride a 6'4" board - then you should choose a bag a few inches bigger in case you end up with a slightly bigger board(s) for your trip or in the future. Besides one of these three companies making the bag your looking for they all offer guarantees and warrantees on your investment.
DaKine 2014 Product Release March 06 2014
Komunity Project Kelly Slater KS2.1 and KS3.1 Fins Are Here! January 26 2014
Brand new fins designs by Kelly Slater's Komuntiy Project are here.
Get em here!! Free Shipping and Bubble Gum Surf Wax Free with Purchase
Hurley Australian Open of Surfing Official Wax January 22 2014
When the best surfers in the world need wax . . . . .
. . . . . They call Bubble Gum Surf Wax!
Watch the Australian Open of Surfing at Manley Beach, Sydney Australia, Feb 18 - 24, 2014
Parko wins on Kinetik Racing Fins June 29 2013
KERAMAS, Bali/Indonesia (Thursday, June 27, 2013) - Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, has won the inaugural Oakley Pro Bali over Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, via an impressive come-from-behind effort in four-to-six foot (2 metre) waves at the iconic Balinese righthander of Keramas.
Stop No. 5 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Oakley Pro Bali hosted a historic high-performance showdown including perfect heats and next level progression from the world’s best surfers, culminating with Parkinson’s hard-fought victory over Bourez in the Final.
Special Formula Valentine Surf Wax January 12 2013
Give your sweet heart surfer a special treat for Valentines Day -
Holiday Gifts for the Surfer in your family November 23 2012Buying gifts for surfing enthusiasts is made easy at the Bubble Gum On-line Store, we dont just sell great surf wax!
Stocking Stuffers for Surfers November 19 2012Need some ideas to stuff your surfers christmas stocking? Start with these goodies from the Bubble Gum Surf Wax Store.
After a long anticipated wait for the new and improved Vertra Signature Model Sunscreen Sticks . . . . . .Ta da!!!!
There Here at Bubble Gum Surf Wax!!
Bubble Gum Surf Wax Candle July 13 2012We've made surf wax scented candles since the beginning. But recently we decided to take on the market in with a significant upgrade to our scented surf wax candle offering. Not only have we increase our scents, colors and sizes. We have also enlisted an expert in the candle making industry by commissioning a private label candle program with Cayden Candles. Its still our formulation, design and famous surf wax scents. But there's more to pouring a candle in a glass container than you think! We leave that part up to Cayden Candles and we handle the rest! If your company could use a private label candle, we strongly recommend them.
Ted Shreds Surf Wax Candle? Nice Try! July 07 2012
Why would you buy your surf wax candles from Ted Shreds? . . . they don't even make surf wax! I guess if you want just one scent and only a few choices and from a company who's folks that run it may not even surf, cool - go for it.
But if you looking for a surf wax candle from a top manufacturer of actual surf wax - here they are!! We decided to hit the ground running with 4 sizes and 5 scents. All of our scents are related to the amazing experience of waxing your board while the sweet smell of surf wax wafts all around you. From the classic Bubble Gum Surf Wax Candle to the the age old tropical scent of our Coconut Surf Wax Candle to the fruity Mango-Papaya and the flower made famous from the Lei makers in Hawaii . . .Tuberose! We even added a vague reference to the islands with our mixed scent called Tropical Breeze.
Check em out!!
Technician, as the name implies, pays attention to detail. This simple and incognito wrap is able to manipulate the classic style without any need for improvement.
Carver Bicycle Surfboard Racks July 01 2012
"These are the absolute best surfboard bike racks available! Get these surfboard bike racks today if you are going surfing by bicycle. These bike racks are the strongest, highest quality racks available anywhere! When I ride my bike down to Sunset, Wiamea, or Pipe, I know I can carry my board on my bike with ease. It doesn't matter if I am carrying a shortboard, a longboard or a big wave gun, these are absolute best surf board bicycle racks you can get! Buy them from Bubble Gum Surf Wax and get free wax too" - Garrett Mcnamara
Mounts on Seat Post
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Short or Longboard