Surf Poncho and Wetsuit Changing Mat

Growing up, I would never towel change into my wetsuit. Instead, I'd wear my boardshorts under my wetsuit which was never comfortable. However, it was better than the scene I always pictured of towel changing in a parking lot and having my towel fall off with tons of people around. But I finally gave it go one time and never looked back.


And now Ho Stevie is introducing 2 new surfing accessories centered around changing in and out of your wetsuit. The first being the Surf Poncho which keeps you warm, dries you off (after surfing) and prevents the accidental mooning of the parking lot. Constructed using a thick microfiber material, it's both extremely soft and dries quickly after being used. 



Perhaps equally important is the brand new Ho Stevie wetsuit changing mat which protects your wetsuit all year long. If you're like me then changing out of your wetsuit happens in the parking lot where dirt, rocks and oil tend to collect. All of which make your wetsuit dirty and worn. Instead, change in and out of your wetsuit while standing on the changing mat which offers a barrier and turns into a dry-bag at the end of your surf session. It'll keep your car clean, while protecting your wetsuit! What more do you want?


Surfing is a sport that requires a few investment pieces (surfboard, wetsuit etc.) to participate. By utilizing some surf accessories like the Surf Poncho and Wetsuit Changing Mat, you can protect your investment and ensure a extended life for all. Cheers!



Clay Marzo | Baja, California

Native Eyewear Backbowl Snowboard Goggles

If I was rich, I picture myself traveling the world on strike missions to the finest snowboarding available. But until I buy a winning lottery ticket I'll spend my days at Big Bear, Mammoth & Brian Head. Nonetheless, I always like to have the latest equipment that offers the best materials and performance in a stylish package. And I figure it's about time I upgrade my snowboard googles.


Hence the reason why I'm absolutely stoked on the brand new Native Eyewear Backbowl Snowboard Goggles! With a rimless design, which offers a noticeable wide range of view, you'll definitely be cruisiing down the mountain in style. And these SnowTuned goggle lenses come standard with a high-efficiency anti-fog coating, providing an astonishing 8 minutes of surface-based fog diffusion. That means uninterrupted shredding without any hassles. 
The only thing that's left is to book my next snowboard trip. I doubt our local mountains will see very much natural snow in the near future, so I'll be packing my bags in search of some fresh powder. As for what I'll be packing, my Native Eyewear Backbowl Snowboard Goggles will be of upmost importance.


Seal Beach Shorebreak

WSL Championship Tour x Qualifying Tour?

Imagine WCT events with a handful of QS surfers in each draw. Maybe the top 20 ranked QS surfers on a rotating 5 man (per event) wildcard format. It would shake up the world tour race, make each heat more exciting and only extend the time period required to run by a minimal amount. But perhaps most important is the large amount of new content and storylines available to the webcast crew when developing all of their contest coverage. It would change the status quo and heat up the action. There'd be spoilers, big winners and massive failures. All of which create drama and exciting stories. Additionally, QS surfers could gain some valuable experience and re-qualification points if they succeed on the big stage. At this point, I feel like there's an unknown factor as to why surfing hasn't become a mainstream sport. And while the WSL is investing a ton of money and resources into growing the sport, I'd like to see them try some innovative changes. Worst case, they cancel things the following year if things don't go as anticipated. Let's make this happen!


All Good Expeditions

There's a lot of great clothing brands in the industry right now, but nothing like All Good. Imagine a lifestyle apparel brand that not only offers a great selection of clothes, but hand picked destination adventures for you and me. Talk about something unique and exciting! Are you ready to go on an adventure with All Good? I am!

As much as I love to travel, I rarely go on as many trips each year as I'd like. Take out my busy schedule and career that I'm focusing on building and perhaps there's a bigger reason. I'm not a huge fan of planning out vacations. There's always more to see and so many options. Let alone choosing a destination. It's almost overwhelming at times.

But with All Good, they do all the work for you so that you can have a great time without worrying about the small details. You have to check out their upcoming expeditions! Just looking at them makes me excited! We're talking about the Havasu Waterfalls, surfing in Nicaragua, bouldering in Joshua Tree and mountain biking on Vancouver Island. And they're constantly adding new All Good Expeditions! If these locations don't get you excited, let's dive into some of the trip descriptions!


Nicaragua Surfing (December 8-14th)
Week long trip full of incredible surf, good eats, nature conservation, and limitless exploring.  Everyday in this tropical paradise will include group breakfast, daily surf lessons and rental, group dinner, and yoga. But that’s not all! Some of your best memories will be from our daily mini-expeditions. And if they aren’t what you are looking for, you can always opt to kick it at the beach, in town, or lounge pool side. Ready to book this epic trip?

Here’s the expedition schedule:
Arrive the 8th- Get to know the surroundings, chill, and then convene for our first dinner 
Friday 9th- Local Hike
Saturday 10th- Adventure sail : you can choose intro to scuba diving, horse riding, cave repelling, or surf at a different location
Sunday 11th- ATV excursion
Monday 12th- Conservation/volunteer
Tuesday 13th- Taco Tuesday
Wednesday 14th- Goodbyes are always the hardest 

Best of all, you can get 10% off the trip using my personal discount code: SURFBOARDMAN10! Thats a savings of almost $100

*flight and additional food/drinks are not included in the cost

Joshua Tree Bouldering (March 2017)
This trip will give you the opportunity to squeeze into your climbing shoes. You'll have plenty of time to soak in the hot springs, explore the catci garden, and bonfire till early morning. This expedition accommodates the absolute beginner to the advanced boulders.

Bike Vancouver Island (June 24-30th 2017)
Departing from Victoria BC and utilizing our ferry and regional trails and sections of the Trans Canada trail, this tour completes a full circle of southern Vancouver Island including the now paved portion forestry road between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew where you ride through coastal rain forest and an amazing coastline of unspoiled beaches.

At the end of the day All Good is centered around the California lifestyle where we spend lots of time outdoors and take full advantage of our enjoy mild year-round temperatures! Whether you're looking for some rad new clothes for your next adventure or are looking to get your next adventure on the calendar (like me), then All Good is the place for you! 

All Good Expeditions

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Can you believe it's already the middle of November? Luckily the weather has been unreal here in Southern California, where I spent the morning riding bikes on the boardwalk in Newport Beach. Nonetheless, as our days become shorter, temperatures cooler and lineups less crowded; the growing sense of anticipation of the holiday season makes for a special time of year. I love nothing more than lighting the fireplace, cooking some dinner and enjoying a slower pace of life. But as a laid back surfer, I'm not exactly the biggest fan of camping out for several days in order to score a new flat screen TV at Walmart on Black Friday. To many people. To much craziness. Heck, I usually go surfing on Black Friday...but don't tell anyone how empty it usually is :)

Unfortunately, this doesn't get me (or you) off the hook for Christmas gifts this year. This was my original motivation for launching my annual holiday gift guide; a nicely organized and hand curated set of products that will put a smile on every surfer's face. And this year's edition is no different! It's easy to shop from the comfort of your home and you want have to wait in any lines. We've got everything from the latest clothing to surf accessories spanning a variety of price points including some epic stocking stuffers. Shopping for surfers can be a challenge, but that's no longer an issue. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping below! You can also download the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide here!






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Breaking News: Anthony Booth Armer is Arrested for Jumping Off Newport Beach & Laguna Beach Locations

Updated: Saturday, October 29th at 9:12pm

It appears that Anthony Booth Armer is out of jail and back to doing what he does best. His latest Instagram post, and his first since being arrested last week, shows him in a costume concealing his identity with the caption: "It's like hide and seek".

While being released from jail and continuing on with his (alleged) illegal activities is not recommended, he does have an advantage on his side. He's been doing this for many months now and cops will be hard pressed to prove that any future posts weren't filmed prior to Anthony Booth Armer's original arrest. The caveat being that security camera's don't pick him up. Cheers to staying off private property!


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Updated: Wednesday, October 26th at 8:59pm
By now this news has circulated throughout much of Orange County, CA and the surf industry regarding the fact that Anthony Booth Armer is the man behind the now iconic Instagram & Youtube profiles showcasing some mind blowing and ultra dangerous cliff jumping antics in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. With millions of views and 275,000+ Instagram followers in such a short time period, he's certainly gained a following.

Anthony Booth Armer


In the interview below, when asked if he'd be willing to talk to authorities after they expressed interest in discussing his "criminal activities", Anthony Booth Armer says "definitely not" from behind his bandanna concealed face.

As for why Anthony Booth Armer decided to do such a media stunt is still unknown, but I'm sure he has go reason to risk his life. After all, he's all smiles in his mug shot. As for where the 28 year old Laguna Niguel resident is tonight is relatively unknown. After being taken into custody this morning, it's reasonable to assume that he was booked into jail & bailed out. As for the legal implications, he was charged for two misdemeanor counts of unauthorized entry of a dwelling and one misdemeanor count of trespassing with the intent to interfere with business.

Reports state the these jumps occurred on July 21 near Table Rock Beach, September 29 at the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach and October 6 at Newport Towers in Newport Beach.

Anthony Booth Armer


While the legal implications of his case are currently unknown, I'd be curious to see if the beach front property owners decide to press charges. Either way, if convicted, he most likely won't spend very much time locked up to do jail overcrowding and his non-violent (alleged) offenses.

As to Anthony Booth Armer's future, I doubt he'll be posting any more video's as he previously has done. It clearly would add to his legal woes considering his hidden identity is long gone. But that doesn't mean he won't continue to collect ad revenue from his Youtube channel. Best of luck to Anthony Booth Armer, we'll be following your case closely.


Breaking News - Full Story Developing:
Law Enforcement sources have reported that Orange County, CA resident Anthony Booth Armer has been arrested as the man believed to be behind the social media craze involving jumping from extreme height's into shallow water's. Millions of views later...he is no longer a hidden fixture in our beach cities. He was arrested this morning by Laguna Beach PD without incident. More details to follow!

Anthony Booth Armer
Photo via OC Register

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NLand Surf Park in Austin Texas | Complete Guide

Welcome to NLand Surf Park, the first WaveGarden surf park to open here in the United States! A place that surfers have long dream of and a place investors hope with turn them into surf park and resort moguls. After all we are in Austin, Texas where startups have turned a sleepy town into a hot bed for 20 somethings looking for a career and lifestyle that revolves around community, good food and a modern nightlife experience.

But where should you go, stay & eat in Austin, Texas while visiting (and hopefully surfing) the NLand Surf Park? This blog post features a comprehensive guide that you can base your entire vacation on and you’ll have an unforgettable experience. We’re talking incredible BBQ, resort style accommodations and even some of the newest surf shops that have opened (alright well, I’ll update this post once they do). Complete unrelated, NLand Surf Park might be looking to add some new team members and their exact address is below!

NLand Surf Park Location: 
5478 Navarro Creek Rd
Del Valle, Texas 78617





Accommodations and Resorts Near Austin Surf Park

For starters, let’s talk hotels and resorts. While there is talk of being about accommodations right on property of the NLand Surf Park, you might decide to branch out a little bit for a more well-round vacation. I’d suggest the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort just 5 minutes from NLand Surf Park ! This luxury resort provides a variety of amenities and guest experiences outside the realm of surfing. We’re talking archery, skeet shooting, weather ball, bike riding, ponies and other animal “mascots” that are paraded around the resort on a daily basis. I guess I should also mention that the rooms are really nice. I checked out the junior suite which featured an adjoining living room.




The resort itself is situated alongside the Colorado River and is unlike any other Hyatt Resort I’ve ever been to. We’re talking a water park (pools, waterfalls, whirlpools etc), numerous eating establishments including the Firewheel Cafe and a handful of indoor/outdoor event spaces. Did I mention they have free Wi-Fi? Score!




For the more budget minded, check out the Oaks Campground. It’s a steal at just $40-50 a night which includes bathrooms, electricity and wifi throughout the park. The Oaks Campground is just 5 minutes from the NLand surf park! Surf all day and enjoy hanging out around the campfire at night.

Best Food in Austin Texas

While in Austin, it’s essential that you experience some of their most renowned restaurants and eating establishments. And trust me, I’ve got you covered! There are so many to choose from but I’ve put together some of my favorites that will give you a good sampling of what Austin has to offer. For BBQ, skip the long lines at Franklins and check out La BBQ or John Mueller’s Meat Co. You will still have to wait a bit, but it’ll be worth it. Torchy’s Tacos is a small chain with all kinds of unique tacos. Don’t miss the queso and chips too.

You also can’t go to Austin without eating from one of the most iconic food trucks, Gourdoughs Donuts. I go for Dirty Clucker, fried chicken on a maple donut drizzled with honey butter. Looking for a more upscale dinner, Odd Duck has you covered with craft cocktails, innovative small plates and an open kitchen. For those late night munchies, hit up Via 313 for some Detroit style pizza. If you don’t want to wait, call in your order. Or even better, wait next door at The Violet Crown Social Club and have a drink and 313 will bring your pizza right to your table.

If you decide to stay downtown, stop for breakfast on your way out to the Nland Suf Park.  Take a quick detour to a food truck called Taqueria Morales for some chorizo breakfast tacos or barboacoa tacos. You will thank me later.

What to Do and See in Austin Texas

What you see and do in Austin depends on if you want to live like a local or take in the sites  like a tourist. Go tourist and see the bats fly, The State Capital, Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Museum and the University of Texas. Then drive south of the Nland Surf Park and check out Bastrop, an old fashioned main street that gives you the feel of what Texas used to be. Or hang out like a local downtown in SOCO, the Barton Springs Pool, drinking craft coffee, talking about your latest start-up or bar hopping on 6th street. Whatever you choose, being able to surf in Austin makes everything better.


NLand Surf Park Opens This Week in Austin, Texas

Updated: Friday, October 7th at 7:23am

We are less than 2 hours away from the grand opening of Nland Surf Park in Austin, Texas which is officially North America's first artificial surf park! Anticipation is high to see what the day will hold and I'm sure it will be a day to remember. All of the surf sessions for the main "reef" wave are completely booked and the first surfers will be arriving shortly to suit up and get ready to go.

It's set to be a beautiful day with water temperatures exceeding 80F degrees and air temperatures reaching the high 70's. Winds are light and variable. While the surf forecast is peaking around 6' without any lulls. Cheer's to NLand Surf Park! Can't wait to update this story after the first day of action here in Austin, Texas

NLand Surf Park Grand Open



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Updated: Thursday, October 6th at 7:33pm

The crew at NLand Surf Park just issued an officalt statement in preparation for tomorrow's grand opening!

"Tomorrow is Opening Day. Thanks for your overwhelming support and patience. Apparently surfers around the globe are eager to jump on Austin's new home break. We are humbled. Our team has been working around the clock to manage the massive interest. For those of you who experienced difficulties booking sessions and coaching, we apologize. All systems are cranking so give it another go. We look forward to welcoming you.

For the A-Z on NLand, check out this link: http://nlandsurfpark.com/visit/#nland-a-z.

Make Waves"

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I got a great email this morning and have been frothing ever since. The surf park in Austin, Texas is set to open on Friday and I'm on the verge of booking an airline flight right away! The promo video looks so fun and I'm dying to try it. I've been talking to the crew about getting things setup for me to visit and do a full feature on my trip & experience. Fingers crossed I hear back tomorrow!!

We've been waiting so long to surf an incredible artificial wave and now that it's hear, it almost seems to easy. We're talking about a short flight via Southwest Airlines and $90 per hour in the Lagoon! With my birthday later this month...I think Austin, Texas can expect me quite soon. I'm going to keep frothing, while you enjoy the promo video below. Yewwwww!


RVCA Pro Jr & Newport Beach Championships

Newport Beach Wedge | September 25 2016

When the waves are good, The Wedge in Newport Beach becomes as crowded as the 405 freeway as everyone tries to get a piece of the action. And while there were hardly any surfers in the water, the sets poured in and dished out plenty of memorable wipeouts. It's wasn't massive or perfect conditions by any means, but there were still some fun one's to be had. Hopefully this is the first of many swells to arrive before the winter months! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Newport Beach Wedge

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Revolving Waiting Periods

I'm a fan of surfing. I watch the webcasts. I talk about the world title race with friends. And I play fantasy surfer, even though I'm terrible at it. But above all, I love watching the top surfers compete in all-time conditions. Now, let's be clear. I'm not talking about Strider over-hyping conditions. I'm talking about absolutely firing conditions that showcase the break's capabilities and surfer's performance levels. It pushes our sport's growth to a new rate and creates some extra stoke for all the viewers.

With so much money be sunk into the WSL in a race to bring the sport to the masses, we need to reconsider the scheduling and waiting period format. Every event is a role of the dice, which often results in mediocre surf conditions. Consider the Hurley Pro, that's currently underway. The surf's been good and very contestable. But it's also been overcast, windy and inconsistent. Within the next couple weeks, we'll probably see pumping surf with sunny weather and howling offshore winds that California surfers have come to expect every fall. Imagine these top conditions for every event. It would be incredible. 

So how would revolving waiting periods work? There'd be 2-3 sections of the world tour organized by the best seasons for each break's ideal conditions. As swells pop up on the radar, the WSL would decide which contest to run and quickly mobilize to make it happen. Much like the big wave world tour. No set dates and no agenda. Just incredible surfing in incredible conditions.

But what are the limitations? The 2 primary issues would be contest permits and constructing the contest sites in a shorter timeframe. Both can be solved with some additional capital and negotiations.  And the upsides are huge for the WSL (World Surf League) including increased viewership, overall growth and more price money. Lets make revolving waiting periods a thing. Surfing in sub-par conditions just isn't worth it. 


2 New Songs | What I'm Listening To Right Now

If you're heading out for a surf, then you probably like to crank some music before you head out to get in the zone. Like most of the world, these 2 songs have quickly found their way onto my playlist whether I'm in the gym or driving to the beach. If you haven't heard them before, then give them a listen. Got some musical suggestions? Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram! I'll always looking for new stuff to check out. Cheers!


Zachariah Zeiger Breaks His Back At The Wedge in Newport Beach

Updated: Friday, August 26th: 

"Jesus is healing me. Multiple doctors told me Friday I should be paralyzed. I broke my vertebrae almost in half, while hemorrhaging almost every muscle around my spine.

6 days later as I sit in my hospital room today, I learn I passed all my physical therapy tests. I can walk now. I can move by myself. I brushed my teeth all by myself today. Today I am alive and well.

And I am getting out of the hospital today. I get to go home. This has been nothing but a blessing from my God."

- Zachariah Zeiger

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Nothing's worse that hearing that one of your friends is in the hospital from a surf-related accident, and yet that's exactly what happen. I've known Zach since Junior High and he is one of the most stoked guys I know! He's such a talented bodysurfer and always fun to hang out with. Get well dude! Hope you have a speedy recovery.


Zachariah Zeiger



Getting Beyond Road Blocks in the Gym

It's in those last five seconds that I always want to quit. My muscles are exhausted. It's been a long day. I'd rather be reading a good book at home. It's hot. I'm thirsty. It goes on and on. And I used to quit. I stopped during the 5 second countdown. But not anymore. I was reading a career book by an incredible author and he randomly talked about how pushing through the last section of each interval (and consistently using heavier weights) is the most beneficial part of your workout. A time when you maximize your results and strengthen your mind.

I find it interesting how certain pieces of advice from the most unlikely sources can impact you. I've been doing this interval circuit training regiment for about 9 months now, and just recently I've started to see the biggest results. A trend which has only made me double down and see how far I can continually push myself.

As a quick sidetone, this super cool video about Sarah Gillette is quite inspirational. She's a great fitness trainer and has an incredible story. Enjoy!

Steve | Laguna Beach, California

To be honest, I don't know Steve. For all I know his name probably isn't Steve. But to the 3 separate rescue's he performed when lifeguards were nowhere to be seen, some might be calling him a hero. The first rescue was especially touch and go as a cleanup set lingered towards shore, breaking about 20 yards past the impact zone. While all the experienced bodyboarders and bodysurfers swam out to meet it, the tourists and inexperience beach goers sat still and subsequently went up and over the falls in a spot where they could no longer touch the bottom. Luckily, Steve was paying attention when the Laguna Beach lifeguard wasn't and made a swift rescue in-between sets. 

So what's the moral of the story? First, you need to pay attention to those around you. Even without formal lifeguard training, you can usually notice when someone is in over their head. For starters, look for those who are exerting to much energy for the situation and have a certain scared look in their eyes. Second, you can only help someone else if you're in a safe situation. What do I mean by this? On this afternoon, my friend and I were bodysurfing. Without a flotation device to extend to a potential rescue victim, we'd only be putting ourselves in extreme danger if things go south. Why? Because drowning victims will pull others down with them. But that doesn't mean you can't help signaling for help from lifeguards. 

Thanks to Steve, 3 people went home safely after a day in Laguna Beach, CA. Were each of these rescues on the verge of becoming drownings? It's possible. We'll never know. What I do know is that it's better to step up and help someone in danger than to sit back and watch them struggle to stay afloat. 




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Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach | August 4th 2016

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

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Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach

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