BOOBIES ARE SO RAD !

Rusty has partnered with the Keep A Breast Foundation to release a collaboration that will be available for delivery for National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. This collaboration consists of limited edition mens and juniors tees and Wired Series fleece.

Rusty will donate $1 for every unit sold of this collaboration back to Keep A Breast. In addition, Rusty will feature the KAB collaboration in Surfer, Transworld, Skateboarder, Surfline, Facebook, and Rusty.com for the October time frame.

The goal of this collaboration is to increase breast cancer awareness among young people. The proceeds will benefit KAB’s breast cancer support, education and prevention.

The art for the juniors styles was created by Rusty ambassador and athlete, Karlee Mackie. All of the juniors styles will be coming with a separate hang tag featuring a bio about Karlee and her endeavors.

The Keep A Breast Foundation is known for their tagline “I Love Boobies”. They were looking for a new tag line. In conversations about Rusty, we talked about the So RAD division and the idea came up…why not “Boobies are so RAD”. KAB loved it and may use it for the future!

Thank you to all of those involved in keeping as many boobies safe as possible. Thank you Greg Jones for letting us run wild in your car for this shoot.

Rusty Dozer: Presented by John Maher

The ’80s meet the future. The Dozer flies over the flats and drives through power hacks. This is one of my favorite California performance surfboards. They work insane in fun, gutless surf.

The Dozer has flat-enough rocker to skate through the flats, but enough curve to go on rail as hard as you want in fun little waves. I ride them four inches shorter than my average shortboard since Dozers are wider, thicker, and have more volume overall. Dozers fit really well in the pocket, but still have that flat tail rocker that gives the board crazy scoot.

I like to surf off of my back foot, and the Dozer responds really well to it. Surfing the board off my back foot in really small waves is great for keeping momentum through each turn and helping to link every turn together from start to finish.

Since it has single concave, it skates across the wave face, going everywhere you want it to. No bogging or plowing on the Dozer. They fly down the line with little effort, and if you know how to do airs, they are great for stomping punts. The Dozer has enough hard, progressive rail to draw out power turns and has a breakaway point that is easily controlled for drifting the tail through slides.

Whether it’s ankle-high mush burgers or fun six-foot nuggets, the Dozer works insane. I like to ride my Dozer as a tri-fin and plug larger fins in the boxes than I usually ride in my shortboard, because the bigger fins give the board a lot of drive. I recommend going with an EPS (epoxy polystyrene) blank so it’s ultra light and durable, but PU (polyurethane) works great too.

Popular Dozer Dimensions:

5’6” x 19” x 2-1/4”
5’8” x 19-1/4” x 2-3/8”
5’10” x 19-1/2” x 2-1/2”
6’0” x 19-3/4” x 2-5/8”
6’2” x 20” x 2-3/4”

 

Surfboard Review: John Maher

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JAY DAVIES + STAB + MEXICO + ELSEGOOD

Jay & Wyatt Wile-n Davies make sweet love to Mecico. Peep the video STAB put up. Also creep on over to Jay's blog. Wutang !

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Congrats Marlon- First in Indo!

Our friends over at Surfing Magazine recently featured Marlon and his big win in their "You Are Here" section on their website.... Photos and Words by Nathan Myers

 

Marlon Gerber doesn’t have time to celebrate. It’s 8 a.m. Monday morning in Kuta and there’s just enough time for one victory beer before he heads to the airport. Breakfast of champions.

He’s just secured the 2011 Indonesian Surfing Championship on Rote Island, but he’s bailing his own award ceremony for Thailand, where he’ll compete for the Asian Surfing Championships. Just one quick Bintang before it’s back to the heat.

All this rushing around and jersey-wearing stuff is very un-Marlon. Here’s a man who appreciates his beauty sleep, chilling for hours on The Balcony veranda, and walk-able afternoon sessions at Kuta Beach. Marlon likes to cruise.

He does it well, too. And with a style that’s every photographer’s wet dream, Marlon’s become one of Indo’s best-known photo pros, with cover shots, Taylor Steele video parts and more coverage in the international mags than most of the local boys. This is the good life…and he’s passed up modeling and acting offers to keep it that way. Simple. Pure. Cruise-y.

But winning contests? Not so much.

Until the end of last year, Marlon had never really won anything. Then this year, he pretty much gutted the tour wide open…winning the ISC title before the season was even over.

So what changed? It’s clearly not a dietary thing…

 

SURFING: The press release from Rote said you were “taking it one heat at a time” — did you read line that off a cue card or what?

MARLON GERBER: You know, I don’t think I even said that. I think they just pick those quotes from a list sometimes.

Yeah, I’ve got that list in my wallet. So how did it really go down?

Well, that’s pretty much how I approached it. That’s how you’ve got to do it. Not get too far ahead of yourself.

After you won the first event this year you told me you were planning on winning the title this year.

Did I say that?

You did. But after that, it was like, “Let’s never speak of it again.”

Totally. There’s always that fear of jinxing it. But I really felt like I could win it this year.

What changed to make you start winning?

Just believing in myself. I always knew I had the ability. I just didn’t have the confidence to win.

Simple as that?

Rizal [Tanjung] was also a big part of my winning. He’s been kind of like a coach to me this year. Right before my heat he texted me and said, “Just surf. Don’t think about anything else. Just surf.” I remembered that in the water and it helped.

Riz has a lot of experience. He’s a former Indo champ himself, right?

Yeah. He’s a really smart competitor. So much experience. And he’s my brother.

A lot of top surfers are using coaches these days.

Yeah, Taj, Parko…lotta guys. There are so many good surfers around now that’s it’s almost more of a mental game. Anyone can win on the right day, but to put it all together in a heat for 25 minutes with the pressure on…it’s not easy.

How did it go down in Rote?

I almost lost my first heat because it was four-man and not many waves came through. I was just really nervous, too. Even the head judge came up and said, “Man, you were sucking out there.” I appreciated his honesty. The next day was a totally different story. I feel more comfortable in the man-on-man heats.

How was the final?

The final was with Cabul [Raditya Rondi]. He’s really good in any conditions. I pretty much won it in the last ten seconds. I needed an 8 and I got the score.

With an air?

Couple turns, an air, then two more turns.

That’s what it takes to get an 8 on the ISC, right? Full-on combo waves.

Oh yeah. It’s harder than the WCT. Lee [Wilson] was boosting something on every single wave. One wave he did a turn, a straight air, then an air reverse and scored a 9.5.

If you took the bottom 15 guys from the WCT and put ‘em on the Indo Tour, you think they’d get smoked?

Yeah, probably. For sure we’d have a good chance of beating them. The surfing on this tour is really good.

Do you watch the WCT events?

Not really. I watched some of New York to study how guys were winning heats, but I didn’t really learn anything. I already knew what I had to do. I just keep it simple. Try to get two good waves.

Did you realize that winning this event would secure the title for you?

No. I hadn’t done any calculations. I didn’t even want to think about it like that.

Just taking it one heat a time?

Exactly.

We’ve barely started the breakfast victory party and it’s already time to go. “People keep asking how it feels to be champ,” says Marlon, sliding the Money Maker board into his boardbag, “but I haven’t even had time to think about it. I don’t feel anything, really.”

For some people, it just takes a while to set it. For others, being champ isn’t really a defining experience. For Marlon, it’s never been a matter of points or fame or titles…it’s just the best life in world. Traveling. Surfing. Chilling.

It’s nice to know you’ve left a mark somewhere, but my suspicion is that in a few months you’ll have to remind Marlon that he was ever Indonesian Champion at all. He’ll be cruising up at The Balcony or chasing peaks down on Kuta Beach and someone will be like, “Hey, remember when you were The Champ?”

Marlon will pause for a second, think about it, then smile that easy-going, money-maker grin and say, “Oh yeah, that was pretty cool.”

And then he’ll go back to cruising. —Nathan Myers

 

Congratulations, Marlon. Check out www.isctour.com for photos, video and made-up press release quotes from the event.

For more "You Are Here" features from Surfing Magazine click HERE.

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KETO BURNS + COREY HOWELL = EASTERNS CHAMPIONS

Keto took top honors in Junior Men's at Easterns with a first place podium. Corey took first place in Open Men's at Easterns and Keto came in second behind him. Damn yeah! Congrats boys!


For more please visit SURFLINE.com / Photos DUGAN / Edit LJeezy

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John Maher and Rusty Surfboards: Bootlegged in Bali

A funny note from Rusty Surfboards team rider, John Maher:

Walking through the epicenter of Kuta, Bali, I saw myself on the cover of a DVD at a corner store. Then I saw it again, and again — so funny.

Turns out that all of the DVD vendors in Indonesia have it for sale. We were laughing our asses off with the Indos.

Pretty classic bootleg, because I am not a goofy-footer like the reversed picture on the cover, and I’m pretty sure the film is not “an important surfing and political statement” like the cover says!

Still haven’t watched the movie yet.

A couple days later I saw myself on a big poster outside of a restaurant on one of the busiest streets in crazy Kuta Beach. Don’t know where these guys are getting my photos, or why they are using them, but thought it was pretty funny.
- John Maher

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Punt of the Month on Surfline: Scanezy’s Full Rotation

Rusty sponsors the "Punt of the Month" on Surfline.com and this month's winner is Oscar Scanes for his full rotation double grab at Canggu in Bali. Click the frame grab below to have a look...

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KERR-SNAKE

Mr Kelly Slater put on a fine performance indeed and much deservingly got the win in his seconf quarter finals heat with Kerrzy this month. BUT ! Mr Josh Kerr is an entertainer and of course he had to finish in fine form... No hard feelings Slates.

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COTE LOVES RUSTY | HAPPY B-DAY!

I think he wants a new Rusty sled... Sounds like the Bali Single Fin has been very lusted after by our dear friend Chris Cote. Found this on Mr Rusty Preisendorfer's FaceBook wall... We feel you dudeman. H A P P Y | B ! R T H D A Y

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Rusty Traveler: Presented by John Maher

Pack one for your next surf trip: there is a good chance it could be the only board you’ll really need when the surf bumps up. The Traveler is basically a step-up shortboard that covers a wide range of conditions, from chest-high beachbreaks to eight-foot hollow reefs. It is such a solid and versatile surfboard.

The Traveler is designed to handle bigger waves than a shortboard, but is loose enough to shred small waves all day long. I recommend going with Futures Fin Boxes or FCS with the Traveler because of the convenience while on the move in between cars and airplanes. It is also nice to be able to plug in narrower-tipped fins, which loosen the board up if you find yourself riding it in small waves. Plug in big, wider-tipped fins for stability when the surf is a little bigger.

I really like when one board can cover a wide variety of surf sizes and conditions. There are a good number of surfers who travel with only one or two boards (usually a shortboard and maybe a step-up). The Traveler is an ideal complement to the shortboard as the step-up.

The Traveler is a great board to fall back on if you ding or snap your shortboard, since it works so well in both small and big waves.

I like to ride my Traveler at spots like Cloudbreak, Puerto Escondido, Blacks, and Pipeline. The Traveler gets into waves really early since it has more volume than a shortboard, still has rocker and rails that are maneuverable enough to sneak under the lip or go on rail, and holds its rail in steep, hollow barrels.

I like my Traveler three to six inches longer than my shortboard, and ride it with a round pintail. I also like to ride mine with either a tri-fin or quad-fin configuration, and prefer it shaped out of a PU (polyurethane) blank, but EPS (epoxy polystyrene) works too.

It feels good to have confidence when putting your board on rail when the surf is solid, and the Traveler goes on rail in heavy waves with the best of ‘em. A good friend of mine got the best barrel of his life on his Traveler at six-foot Blacks.

I ride mine wherever I need to sit and take off outside of the bubble or ledge in order to glide in early and set up for the barrel. The Traveler allows for more high-performance surfing in juicy surf, unlike a mini-gun that a lot of other surfers will be riding the same session.

I also like the Traveler when I’m surfing small waves in really cold water, because of the extra volume throughout the board, which helps out my paddle game when I’m restricted in thick rubber. The extra few inches of rail also help keep me from bogging when I’m surfing in booties. The Traveler is the bomb and it goes with me on every surf trip.

The Traveler is a bigger alternative to the Rusty Slayer and a valuable asset to your quiver.


Board Review: John Maher
Photos: Scott Winer and a tourist in South America. Maher in Chile and Fiji surfing a 6’6″ Rusty Traveler.

For more gear reviews and surf tales check out Maher's all new website hungrywalrus.com.

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