Monday, February 27, 2012

Clean Ocean Surfboards 2012 - gearing up for a good Spring!

Since we opened in 1996, Clean Ocean Surfboard has consistently been one of our best selling and best riding surfboard labels on our racks.  Having grown up surfing our beach breaks, Tony truly makes boards that work in our surf…from summertime crumblers to fall and winter Jersey juice.  Given that COS makes such a variety of models we are constantly offering custom board orders.

Clean Ocean Surfboards (COS) are hand crafted in Jacksonville, Florida, one at a time by Craftsmen/ shaper, Tony Iannarone, since 1993. Each one of these beauties is shaped, colored, glassed and sanded completely by hand, from start to finish…right in Clean Ocean Surfboards shaping & glassing factory. Tony, originally from Brick, NJ, started shaping boards in 1989, while finishing a Bachelors Degree at Jacksonville University.   From 1990 to 1992, he shaped boards in San Diego under a few labels, including Clean Ocean Surfboards. He worked along side William Graham, who specialized in big custom single fin guns for traveling surfers. William was committed to making boards as they were in the 70s, using resin tints and heavy glass, which was very uncommon at the time. In 1993, while working on his Master’s degree at Jacksonville University, he opened the Clean Ocean Surfboards factory where he has shaped and glassed ever since. Tony currently shapes everything from high performance shortboards and longboards to classic noseriders, guns, and modernized retro shapes. They are a full service glass shop specializing in 60s style resin tints, and volan work, while also offering ultra light performance glass jobs.
9'6" Chingona Norerider
Craftsmen Tony Iannarone

9'4" three stick Chingona Noserider

9'0" "The Juice" model...designed for Jersey beach favorite longboard model  of all time.

Chingona...3 stick

9'2" Midway

Round pin Midway

Hot 'go to' board

7'0" D'Evolution 2+1

5'6" & 5'8" Nano Plugs...2+1 fin set-up. 

The newly re-vamped King Fish...ready for Spring/Summer 2012
Quite a variety and this is just scratching the surface....stop in to check out our stock or to custom order one.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's about time...some fun waves here in Bay Head. Rode a classic 1970s shape & had a blast.

After a few week flat spell, we had some fun waist to chest high peelers in Bay Head...up the road from the shop.  A nice little South swell...Water 42 degrees and air 45 degrees, offshore winds and super clean.
A shot of Bay Head from this morning...thanks Skeeter.

 A couple years back, I picked up a 7'10" early to mid 70s single fin...Sunset Surfboards shaped by Bill Shrosbree. Pintail, rounder nose, turned down rails, real hard through the know the kind.   It looked so fun, but I never got a chance to give it a ride...untill today. 

Nice template...stick on leash plug.

Really fun rider, held in nice and had some down the line speed to help out with our quick little peelers. Caught waves well and was pretty manueverable...brought me back to my days as a grom.  Man, this board's shape was way ahead of its time.  It brought some stoke back to my surfing and I had a blast...just what I needed.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A couple more cool things from the back wall of the shop...

We've got some intersting things around the shop....some cool stuff on the back wall leading into the employee lounge. 

the 'back wall' doors

This photo's a 1967 Harbour Surfboards ad. Hand signed by Rich Harbour.  It says "To Beach House Never Quit  Rich Harbour". That's super that I've been in the surf shop business going on my 17th year, I know why he wrote what he did. We've been carrying Harbour Surfboards for 16 years and they really are pieces of art and have a cult-like following.   It's a "Cheater Model" ad, explaining how well the Cheater rides in all sorts of conditions...I love the Walker Foam logoin the bottom right corner.

This is one of my's a mid 1960s Hap Jacobs Surfboards ad, signed by Hap as well as Robert August.  Cool surfing shots of Robert August, LanceCarson, Rick Irons and Dale Struble...all teamriders at the time.  I love the original Jacobs 422 Model outline.  We've been carrying Hap's boards for 16 years as of the nicest, most humble guys I've ever met.  He's a true class act anda true craftsman.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Crow Haley Leashes - locally made in San Diego California!

I got a bunch of leashes delivered yesterday from Crow Haley...San Diego, CA.  I've been carrying them for years, but yesterday took a closer look at the packaging.

Looks like a normal leash, right?

Take a closer look...pretty cool.  They're super affordable as my business.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Harbour Surfboards - A true Classic.

Harbour Surfboards have a new surfboard model ...check it out.  I borrowed this from Harbour Surfboards blog.

 The new “1966 Banana” and How it Compares

 Now, you’re probably wondering what’s the difference between a “1966 Banana” and a “Classic.” I was wondering the same thing so I had Rich give me a little feedback on this “1966 Banana”. Here’s what he had to say…
1966 Original Harbour "Banana"

 We took down the 1966 Banana that was hanging on the ceiling in the shop, spent a half a day taking some measurements and made a 9’6″ and a 10’0″ for stock as seen below.
9'6" "1966 Banana" Board #30301

 Here’s the 9’6″ 1966 Banana we made for stock. Board #30301. It has a 1″ Balsa stringer, a tail block, and some color on the hot coat to give it that old school vibe.
Length: 9’6″
Tail: 15″
Wide: 22″
Thick: 3 1/4″
Nose: 17″
Price: $1,305.00
9'6" "1966 Banana" Board #30301

10'0" "1966 Banana" Board #30300

 Here’s the 10’0″ 1966 Banana that we made for stock. Board# 30300. It has a 1″ Balsa stringer, a tail block, and some black and red color on the hot coat.
Length: 10’0″
Tail: 15″
Wide: 22 1/4″
Thickness: 3 3/8″
Nose: 16″
Price: 1255.00
10'0" "1966 Banana" Board #30300

"Classic" VS. "1966 Banana"

 The blue “Classic” on the left is 9’10″ and the “1966 Banana” on the right is a 10’0″ but it’s close enough for a visual comparison. Notice the “Classic” has a more pulled in tail, smaller tail block, is wider at the mid-point, and wider through the nose. The “1966″ Banana has a straighter/narrower outline.
The “Classic” at 10’0″ is:
Length: 10’0″
Tail: 14 1/2″
Wide: 22 3/4″
Thick: 3 3/8″
Nose: 17 1/4″
“Classic” Dimensions:
10’0″ x 14 1/2″ x 22 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ 17 1/4″
“1966 Banana” Dimensions:
10’0″ x 15″ x 22 1/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 16″
What can I expect out of these boards?
The “1966 Banana” is literally that…a Banana from 1966. These boards tend to have a pretty narrow and straight outline and a flatter rocker. This one will definitely set trim pretty easily. Breaking that trim, or in other words, turning this board, will be a bit more challenging than any other board in our lineup at the same length. If you have a sense of humor, then you’ll have fun on this one. And yes, it noserides but not as well as our “Noserider” model.
The “Classic” was designed in the 80′s using all of the knowledge gained through the longboard years of the 60′s, this board has the glide that was so important, and a turn that rivals the best design from that era. This one has more curve in the outline than the 1966 Banana.This is a great board for someone who wants the best of everything from those golden years.
What kind of rails do these boards have?
Both boards have 50/50 rails that are full. These boards are stable.
Where do you see these boards performing the best?
Both will perform well at San Onofre, Cardiff, or Bolsa Chica on a peaky day. Maybe Rincon, Malibu, or Trestles with nobody out! Lot’s of people in the lineup means more maneuvering around them while going down the line. These boards will not maneuver very quickly so good luck dodging the crowd at first peak, Malibu on these.
Who would benefit most from this board?
A “1966 Banana” would benefit a better-than-average surfer looking for something different and challenging.
A “Classic” would benefit an average to better-than-average surfer looking for a novelty ride that is challenging but not as challenging as the “1966 Banana”.
Think of surfing the “1966 Banana” like driving an old Cadillac from 1966 without power steering. It’s going to take a some effort to crank a turn, it’s heavy, and you’ll probably pearl it if you take it into any waves that are fast and/or steep. However, once you get the hang of it, it’s a lot of fun!
The “Classic” is for the person looking to ride an old school log. It’ll be easier to turn and maneuver than the “1966 Banana” but it still won’t turn like a contemporary cruiser. Don’t worry, it won’t bite you!

“There may be something to be had with riding equipment that doesn’t make surfing easier. Surfing ancient equipment that is difficult to ride is an achievement in itself.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Patagonia Wetsuits rock...plenty on the racks to choose from.

patagonia wetsuits from jason baffa films on Vimeo.

We've got a full range of Patagonia Wetsuits on the racks.  Best suits on the market.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A few cool 70s & 80s used sticks came in...For Sale.

1970s Surfboards Hawaii twin fin

early 70s Bing single fin...3 stick

1970s G&S single fin

7'6" 1980s G&S thruster

Volcom Pipe finals...awesome!

Check it out...down to the wire!