Cate’s Stoke: Holiday Gift Guide

Part 3: Seek the Unique

I don’t know about you guys, but when shopping for gifts, I always try to look for the most unique presents. Luckily, when I buy at Hobie, I always get the best gifts that everyone is stoked about!

All Hobie Surf Shops are stocked with their own book tables, which make a fantastic gift! There is a variety of coffee table books that will liven up the recipient’s house and make an excellent conversation starter. My personal favorites are Surf Like a Girl (a collection of photos of women surfers and photographers) and 50 Places to Surf Before You Die (I’m trying to check all these places off my travel list!). There are even some adorable kid’s books at all shops for the little’s in your life. There’s a unique book for everyone on your list!

A recent addition to the shops is Opinel Knives. Opinel Knives were started by a family in the French Alps and have become a household staple. These knives are simple, sturdy, very easy to use, and come in a variety of pretty colors to choose from. They also have a good price point (around $25)! With this, you can pair some of the finest, best-tasting salt from Laguna Salt Company. All shops have tons of different flavors that all melt in your mouth good. Put these two things together, and you have the perfect gift!

Another new product to hit the shops is Juniper Ridge. This is a brand of soaps, incense, and body wash all created in their Oakland, California workshop. They create these smells by distilling and extracting fragrance from wildflowers, plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings harvested on various scents. All Hobie Shops have the Juniper Ridge gift sets, which consist of incense, body wash, and essential oils for the nature lover in your life!

The last gift idea I would like to highlight is the Stanley Line found in all shops. All stores have a selection of Growler bottles and French-presses (including the cutest travel one to take on trips)! Stanley has made it a goal to create the best reusable products to reduce the waste people create when replacing their bottles. Therefore, all products are created with durability in mind, which makes it an excellent choice for the environment!

I hope you all enjoyed learning about all the unique gift ideas Hobie has to offer. See you next week!

Cate’s Stoked: Holiday Gift Guide

Part 2: Have A Hobie Holiday!

One of the most popular gifts in all our shops is a good old Hobie Tee. All shops have a multitude of styles for men, women, and kids! Stores have everything from the classic designs to new artwork created by employees! We have a Hobie shirt for everyone and will help you check off your gift list!

For a special limited-edition gift, all Hobie shops have limited quantities of Christmas ornaments designed to look like the very first Hobie Store! They are a must-have ornament to embellish your tree and can be used to add a bit of Hobie to your home year-round! Don’t miss out on this super special and unique gift!

The best gift someone can receive is a new board! All Hobie stores have tons of different models that would be the best gift under your tree! My personal favorites are the Uncle Buck and Uncle Buck 2, they are such fun noseriders. Make sure to check out all the boards at our shops and there may be one under your tree this year!

If you are really stuck on ideas, a Hobie Gift card makes a great gift!

Cate’s Stoke: Holiday Gift Guide

Week 1: Get It Wrapped!

It’s the time of year when the days get shorter, we switch out our tees and shorts for jackets and pants, and start shopping for the holiday season. If you’re stuck and do not know what to get, Hobie is a great place to start! For the next few weeks leading up to the holidays, I’ll be sharing my favorite gift ideas to make holiday shopping a little bit easier.

One of my favorite gift ideas is a good pair of pajamas. They’re something that everyone needs, and they last a long time. One of my favorite brands, P.J. Salvage, is fully stocked at every shop. They have everything from snuggly coats to the softest pants you will ever touch and are made with the best quality! Hobie Shops have women and kid’s sizing, as well as, mommy and me sets for an adorable family portrait. For another cozy option, Billabong Women’s created the cutest collection of fuzzy jackets that are so versatile and super comfy for colder months! I already have the leopard and black, but want every single color! They are fantastic quality and a reasonable price point at $70 (a good price for a jacket of this material and quality!). Another great holiday gift is a nice pair of Ugg’s. All stores have a wide selection of different fuzzy socks, slippers, and boots to keep you and your loved ones comfy and cozy this winter. Hobie has all your comfy needs for the favorite people in your life!

One thing that is important to me while Christmas shopping is convenience. All of our shops’ gift wrap free of charge, and they do an incredible job! This way, I can get all my holiday shopping done and not have to worry about the hassles of gift wrapping! I hope this helps you start to chip away at your holiday gift list and enjoy this magnificent season for a little bit longer.

Phil Edwards by Andrew Cowell

“Waves can’t be the god of the sport; if they were, we’d all live in Hawaii.  It has to be getting out in it that counts – surfing because you love to surf, and getting pumped full of life and whip and snap.”

Phil Edwards, also known as “The Guayule Kid” was born in 1938, in Long Beach, California; the year that the Church of England acknowledged the theory of evolution, Benny Goodman introduced jazz at Carnegie Hall, and heavyweight boxer, Joe Lewis, KO’s Nathan Mann in 3 for the title.

Nine years down the road, Edwards and family relocated to Oceanside, California, where the seed of surfing took root in his psyche and blossomed in the physical.  Taken aback by the sight of Oceanside’s surfing lifeguards, Phil recounts that “the sight of them set me on fire…, I went home and came back, dragging my paddleboard in a staggering, waving tail through the sand, my pride and joy, and I wrestled it into the water, [paddled out to the waves, turned and caught one,] jumped up… and rode the board all the way in to the beach….  In the next few minutes a surfer was made, not born….  Don’t miss understand, I was not yet a surfer.  I fought and swam, I paddled, fell down, drowned a little, tipped over, got thrown off, drowned a little more, paddled and worked for another two years before I ever caught another wave.”

By the age of 15, Phil was on his way when introduced to Killer Dana, a graduate level wave, now drowned under the somber granitic rocks and still waters of Dana Point Harbor.  Chaperoned by Jim “Burrhead” Dever, the young Edwards delivered a Master’s thesis on wave riding that has forever changed how a wave could be ridden.  Burrhead and Phil took off on a looming wave together, and when his mentor yelled, “head for the green!” as was custom on such a dangerous wave, Edwards reversed course, cutback towards the curl, then filled his board around and ran to the nose, attacking the wave where those before him ran for safety.  A new standard for surfing had been set.

It is well documented that Phil had a love/hate relationship with surfing competitions.  He entered a few but never won one, and it didn’t matter one bit.  The trophy-chasers won, but it was the unquantifiable areas of his style that couldn’t be scored: his timing, transitions, and gestures that set him apart.  When it came to contest surfing Edwards had two theories: first the stylist.  One who “concentrates primarily on maintaining control at all times – with good form.  This naturally limits maneuverability and tricks…, but looks smoother.  The stylist he states,” [sees] a wave [as] simply a beautiful expression of nature and respected as reason enough to participate.”  On the other hand, there’s the “get the job done” contestant; trophy chasers and performers.  These “surfers do many things on a board and are willing to lose some control and composure and even take an occasional spill.”  The wave is incidental.  “A gym or a track field would serve the same purpose.”

In December, 1961, Hawaii’s Bonzai Pipeline was deemed too dangerous to ride.  The cavernous wave roared out of deep water, rose to the heights of skyscrapers and broke over flesh-shredding coral and lava rock, in very shallow water.  While on a causal afternoon surf check, Phil and surf film maker Bruce Brown, of Endless Summer fame, stood alone on the beach at the Pipeline.  Could this wave be ridden?  Phil determined that the time was now.    He believed it was possible to ride the Pipeline.  As he waxed his board, Bruce ran to the car for his camera.  On his return, he found Phil already entering the water.  While Phil positioned himself, Bruce setup.  Sighting his wave, Phil spun his board shoreward, arms digging gaping holes in the ocean’s surface, in order to catch the approaching thing.  Standing, Phil plummeted down the concave face, turned at the bottom as the wave through its guillotine-like lip over his head.  Entombed and racing the cascading swell for daylight, Phil emerged to the relative safety of the wave’s shoulder, rode directly to the beach; mission accomplished, and Bruce had the historical ride on film.

Edwards’ surfing skill, contribution to the sport, knowledge of the sea, and public persona won him the inaugural, 1964 Surfer magazine reader’s poll.  Phil was different, wrote one journalist.  His surfing was elegant and improvisational, smooth and fast.  It appears as though he was having a conversation with the wave.  Phil Edwards surfed into history bring an endless stream of surf riders along with him.  For his part in surfing, he will be forever enshrined in surfing history.

Cate’s Stoke: Duct Tape Invitational Recap

Earlier this month, the Duct Tape Invitational Festival, a traditional longboard contest, took place at Rockaway Beach in New York. This contest was organized by Joel Tudor and Vans to showcase professional longboarding at its highest level. The Duct Tape is an invitational, so best athletes, along with up-and-comers, are provided a platform to showcase what longboarding has to offer.

New York was the third stop of the Duct Tape tour this year, and the event was held at a super fun beach break on the east coast. On the women’s side, it was almost an all Hawaiian final, with Kirra Seale taking her first-ever Duct Tape win. In second, was Kelis Kaleopa’a, Haley Otto got third, and Brazilian, Chloé Calmon placed fourth. All the women surfed terrifically, and it was so fun to watch! For the men’s contest, Harrison Roach came out victorious, while Orange County’s Kevin Skvarna came in with a close second. Hawaii’s Kani Stewart placed third, and David Arganda was in fourth. This event is one of my favorite contests because it is so fun to see high level surfers competing in a fun, laid back contest.