Detonator Review “Joss Brooks”…Morocco

Detonator Review “Joss Brooks”…Morocco

JOSS REVIEW
Team Rider Joss Brooks has been as SBS Team rider since 2017  and has been surfing around the Newquay area all his life Jose surfs mostly high performance shortboards so was defiantly the man for the job when it cam to reviewing our detonator model. Joss was surfing our 5’9 Detonator in morocco’s famous surf sport Anchor Point last winter when it was firing. full loaded and perfect conditions to test the detonator. Joss surfed this board for 4 days and this is what Joss thought of our Detonator model. 

 

Joss Brooks

Its really good on open faces you get a lot of drive through it, especially if you used a quad set up”

 “The Pin tail goes really well in big waves” 

 

“Really good for drawing out big turns”

“Really good on rail so you can carry that speed through your bottom turn, and sections”

“I would recommend this board for more experienced surfer as its a high performance board for high performance waves”

 

“If you your a more experienced surfer and looking to surf some bigger waves defiantly think about getting one of these” 

 

The Detonator  

The Detonator is our ultimate performance shortboard, designed for fast-paced and progressive surfing. Without a doubt our ultimate all-around high-performance shortboard. Its 5 fin set up offers maximum drive and work on the bottom turns but still holds strong with supreme grip in big carves and hacks off the lip. The Detonator allows you to pick and choose from thruster to quads depending on the conditions making this board extremely versatile in big and small waves.

We have increased the volume in key areas and slightly lowered the nose entry rocker to make this board easier to paddle and catch waves, without losing that instant responsiveness for quick rail to rail transitions.

ABOUT THE SHAPE

Its modern foil and rail profiles help give this board that real high performance feels in bigger waves without sacrificing planning speed in smaller less powerful waves. It has a pronounced concave combined with a medium nose and tail rocker making this an ideal board for intermediate to advanced surfers looking for a board with an instant response that works great in the pocket. The rocker combined with the concave allows it to generate high-speed on the critical sections of the wave, whilst also letting you perform quick turns and amazingly short arcs within seconds. The rail profiles allow for extreme manoeuvrability throughout turns whilst maintaining maximum control.

We recommend the Detonator for Intermediate to Advanced surfers, and best surfed in waist high to well overhead surf. Overall the Detonator is going to be a great board for fast passed surfing, really tight carves and high-performance manoeuvres in good surf. 

After surfing the detonator in morocco Joss started to really love the Detonator for bigger waves, as you can see in the video this board is a perfect surfboard for morocco’s bigger more powerful surf.  

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UK Surfer Longboarder Lewis Stritch give us the run down on what hes been up to.

Our Team riders Lewis Stritch is a local from Bude in Cornwall and has been surfing since the age he could stand Lewis surfs all kind of boards but favours the long board has his true passion and competes in the UK surf Tour against other long boarders. Lewis has has some great success in the past placing in the top 4 in the country and winning some local events. Lewis comes from a long line of Surfers and with his roots in Cornwall he grew up in one of the best places to be a surfer in the UK.

Lewis has some great long term goals of getting on to the longboard European tour and is working hard to achieve that dream working on his fitness health as well as dialling in the equipment he needs to get him there.

This winter we met up with Lewis a few times on his epic winter surf trip, getaway, Lewis surfers a custom made and custom spray big squid model to suit his fast passed surfing and performance needed in bigger waves. we caught up with Lewis in November and scored tome epic waves near his local break that were firing on this particular day.

Lewis comments on the Big Squid

“it goes pretty well in every condition  

“A lot of rocker through out the entire board and nice lift in the tail so you can really jam it in the turns”

 

“Great on the nose,  super light, one of the lightest longboards i have ever ridden that makes it incredible for all round surf” 

 

“Good in big waves good in small waves but defiantly better in medium to larger waves” 

 

“My favourite part of it is the quad set up as it gives it loads of release in smaller waves and a bit more speed and flow through out”

  Lewis Stritch & The Predator 

Lewis also surfs other boards as well with in our range when the waves get right Lewis like to surf our predator model because of it high versatility between small waves and big waves. the round pin tail help Lewis keep the control in turns and keep his line in barrels were as the high volume and the flatter rocker through the middle allows the board to be supper fast in small waves and give him the speed to get past flatter sections because of the higher volume upfront.

 Lewis Stritch & The Spud Stick 

Lewis also has an affection for our spud stick model when the waves get a bit smaller, the spuds stick perfectly fits Lewis more sole-full style and approach to surfing because off hits high volume and wider outline it really keeps the speed generated through the turns. because of the lightness and flex characteristics of the construction the spud stick really makes smaller waves a lot of fun and a great addition to any quiver as a small wave groveller.

Lewis also has a blog were he post his surf adventures and trips as well as pictures and update on what he’s up to

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10 Simple Ways Surfers Can Go Plastic Free

10 Simple Ways Surfers Can Go Plastic Free

why go plastic free?

For a long time the world has seen pictures and videos of rubbish piling up on to beach all over the world floating in the water of desert islands or even the great pacific garbage patch creating an impenetrable trash island. this has been brought to our attention even more recently from David Attenborough Groundbreaking documentary blue planet. this was views by millions in the UK and are got huge media attention and got regular views like you and me asking what can i do to help how can i stop adding to this problem. now there are a few things that can help like getting organised with your local surfers against sewage community organising or participating in beach cleans as well as spreading the word or picking up 2 bits of rubbish every time you at the beach, that makes a big difference. but how can we a people and more specifically surfers make a difference and stop adding to the already huge amount of plastic waste in the ocean

WHY IS PLASTIC BAD?

Making a conscious effort to avoid were possible single use plastics like plastic bags disposable coffee cups and knives and forks are just some of the culprits We are a species that largely thrives on progress, which isn’t necessarily the worst trait in the world. But we are also a species that can’t get enough of a good thing, which often leads to the good thing becoming a bad thing. Our unquenchable lust for innovation leads us to mindlessly push matters to the extreme, and then push some more and more and more. We can’t seem to help ourselves!

Plastic hasn’t always been the villain of the story tho from its creation in 1907 it was a revolutionary product that gave us such a malleable and shape-able material that had incredible durability it made everything from unbreakable baby cups and toys to military vehicle parts and household objects. this increase in production became a massive 288 million tons of plastic  made globally in 2012. and this equates to over Eight million tons of plastic that’s ends up in the ocean every year; can you just imagine the sheave volume and what that does to marine life. That’s roughly the equivalent of five grocery bags per every foot of coastline across the planet. and it doesn’t just affect the ocean creatures as it starts from the smallest organism in the food chain a lot of seafood based products have now be found to contain traces of plastic in as a recent studies suggest that over 700 species of marine wildlife have reportedly ingested plastic, according to National Geographic. not only this but scientist predict that 99 percent of seabirds by 2050 will have ingested some kind of plastic.

Now you might say plastic isn’t the problem it’s what we do with it when we are finished that’s the problem. well if you don’t make something that last for 500-1000 years and it potentially toxic for a single use product and it was replaced my a more organic biodegradable product of totally reinvented would that be a better way to produce a more Eco friendly product with less impact on the world?

If plastic  isn’t recycle into something else it goes into landfill or as you have seen in blue planet II it ends up in the ocean to the ocean. no you may ask the question why does it end up in the ocean good question

HOW DOES PLASTIC GET IN THE OCEAN?

In a lot of westernised countries plastic will end up in the ocean because of the following reasons not recycles or properly disposed of, litter rubbish, landfills, waterways industrial leakage and down our drains.

How Much Plastic ? – a lot .. just in Litter alone there is over 12 million tonnes of plastic waste somehow finding its way into the ocean every year, if you want perspective it’s about the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of plastic dumping its entire load in to the sea every minute so by the time you finished reading this blog about 6 dumper trucks would have loaded all their plastic waste in to the sea.

  • Not a lot of plastic is being recycled – yep even with today modern technology a majority of today’s plastics can be recycled  with only about 9% of all plastic ever produced being recycled, that give you an idea about were the other 91% are. the rest end up in the ocean and landfill.
  • Discarded Plastic litter –  how many times do you walk down the street and see a plastic lined coffee cup with a plastic lid or a plastic bottle or plastic bag being blow about probably most day if you live in a town or a city. if it’s not collected it usually ends up in a drain eventually leading to the drainage system or blown in to the sea. you may have seen the sheer mass of rubbish left across the UK beach in the summer it’s not hard to think that that can all easily get blown in the sea and be floating around for hundreds of years to come  to the discarded plastic on beaches and towns can be blown into drainage systems and rivers that end up in the sea.
  • Down our drains – yep even down the plug hole tiny plastic microbeads, baby wipes, tampons, clothes fibers  all end up down the drain from households.
  • Industrial comercial leakage – plastics not being disposed of properly and escaping during the production/transportation process.

HOW SURFERS CAN GO PLASTIC FREE

You might think it’s impossible to go plastic free as a surfer , you might think there is just too much of it in our daily lives. well companies and business are pretty savvy if they see people aren’t buying their products because its got plastic in or demand a plastic alternative or they won’t purchase of refusal to partake in the service of companies will soon change so why no strive for that plastic free life and if you follow out 10 tips and make a few small changes think how much plastic you might save in 1 year and maybe your friends and family will follow. One person can make a difference and it’s a lot easier than you think.

    1) AVOID MOST OR ALL SINGLE USE PLASTIC

    Every year is it estimated that around 500 billion plastic bags are used globally. and that means more than one million bags are used every 60 seconds. where do end up ? a lot ends up in the ocean.

    Plastic container

    • Plastic bags
    • Single use Coffee cups
    • Single use plastic knife and forks
    • Paper plates
    • Plastic bottle
    • Plastic cleaning spray bottle
    • Shampoo – conditioner – body wash
    • Squeeze ketchup bottle (opt for the glass one

      2) USE NON-PLASTIC CONTAINERS

      Every year is it estimated that around 500 billion plastic bags are used globally. and that means more than one million bags are used every 60 seconds. where do end up ? a lot ends up in the ocean.

      Plastic container

      • Plastic bags
      • Single use Coffee cups
      • Single use plastic knife and forks
      • Paper plates
      • Plastic bottle
      • Plastic cleaning spray bottle
      • Shampoo – conditioner – body wash
      • Squeeze ketchup bottle (opt for the glass one

        3) NEVER DRINK BOTTLED WATER

        Buying bottled water in the UK seems pretty absurd when you think about it especially when you realise pretty much all taps have to be suitable for human consumption and almost across all of the UK every person has access to free drinking water plastic bottle are some of the worst culprits for plastic pollution as soon as you have used it its unless and it’s not meant to be reused. why not use a glass/ metal or even bamboo bottle and keep it on you even a plastic reusable bottle is better than nothing you won’t just save plastic you will save the pounds not buying expensive water.

        4) GET A ECO FRIENDLY SURF WAX

        No some people are pretty picky about surfboard wax and i get it you want the best traction possible for your stick but every choice you make has repercussions a lot of surf waxes are sold with a plastic wrapping which usually cannot be recycled  and a lot of waves are petroleum based meaning they made of the same stuff as plastic and when that wax come off in the water it can affect marine life, you might not think it’s much but with enough surfers over time your wax can create quite a problem for the marine life.

        way not try to find a Eco-friendly, no plastic wax that can biodegrade and is from a more organic source. Most companies now have it as an option so give it a try.

        1. beeswax surf wax
        2. hemp surf wax
        3. soy surf  wax

        5) SWITCH TO PACKAGE FREE SOAPS

         Something that we all might be guilty of is shower gels, shampoos and conditioners. these plastic bottles on average take 450 years to decompose !! and it’s not just us hotels Holiday apartment all offer tiny little plastic bottle that might last a few days at most. these plastic bottle clutter up the shower or bath and inevitably run out and end up in landfill or the ocean this excessive packaging can add up for some  family’s i know that go through 1 bottle of shower gel a week that’s a lot of extra plastic that can be avoided.

        Soap bars have been around for hundreds of years and it’s time to bring them back organic and non toxic company like Lush make some incredibly  shampoo & conditioner bars that smell amazing. They made from all natural products using ingredient like lemon and limes so you smell super fresh  also encouraging recycle of the small amount of plastic they use in their stores.

        Convenience foods are among the worst culprits for excessive packaging waste. Frozen foods come wrapped in plastic and packaged in cardboard, which is often lined with plastic, too. There’s not any way around it; it’s a shopping habit that will have to go if you’re serious about ditching plastic.

        6) GET A BIODEGRADABLE TOOTHBRUSH

        Plastic toothbrushes are the devil and the dental industry is taking note it take roughly 250- 300 years for a toothbrush to decompose. Now if were are to listen to the national dental association we should replace our toothbrush every 3-4 months  so the average person will have 3-4 toothbrushes a year times that by 60 million people that live in the UK and you got a whole lot of plastic waste. Switching to a biodegrade one you can throw it on the compost heap when your finished or even if it does end up in the ocean it will break down a whole lot quicker i would recommend a bamboo toothbrush as they very strong and  very sustainable.

        7) GET A BAG

        This is a pretty self explanatory one but some many of us still don’t do it. using plastic bags for a one time use is one of the worst for ocean health when you go shopping next get yourself a couple of hessian or big rucksacks or even a bag for life if you have to just whatever happens don’t get a plastic bag  

        8) CLEAN WITH HOMEMADE CLEANERS (BAKING SODA & VINEGAR)

        This is a pretty self explanatory one but some many of us still don’t do it. using plastic bags for a one time use is one of the worst for ocean health when you go shopping next get yourself a couple of hessian or big rucksacks or even a bag for life if you have to just whatever happens don’t get a plastic bag  

        9) REPLACE YOUR PLASTIC SCRUBBERS

        If you washing your body or the plates get yourself a plastic free scrubber, opting for a wood and bamboo Bristles or adding a scour or a cooper brush to your arsenal will give you some extra power. for the softer stuff you the good old cotton dishcloth you will save on the disposable sponges and plastic brushes and know you helping keep some plastic out of the ocean.

        10) BE VIGILANT FOR PLASTIC FREE ALTERNATIVES

        Being plastic free isn’t about committing your entire life to never using plastic again otherwise you might end up living in the woods on your own . it’s all about small steps to getting rid of a lot of the unnecessary plastic specifically single use. so next time you at a party and there are plastic cups maybe ask for a glass or take your own. another situation might be if you are on the run at your favourite Coffee palace take your own coffee cup. Most stores offer 10-20% off if you do so you be saving the pennies and the ocean at the same time.

        let us know if you though this blog was helpful or if you would like to make similar blogs or talk about different subjects

         

        *Decomposing times are approximates as varying conditions/factors have to be taken into account.

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        The Widowmaker has been our stable surf sup for the south coast waves mostly in the autumn-winter or using at places like Saunton sand in the summer. it’s our wave sup that is just so easy to ride but with all the major performance features of a lower volume and thinner surf sup.

        Surf sups should be fun to ride they need rapid response time in turns, be able to create speeds fast and still perform to a high level these are all crucial to this sup and we have tried to include all those major parts in the widowmaker.

        The Widowmaker is one of our favourites for average waves up to head height but what would the team at SUP mage think.

        Tez Thought on the 9’1 Widowmaker Surf SUP

        “We tested the SBS Widow Maker 8’3” back in 2015. As the brand continues to evolve and add more sizes/shapes to its range we got hold of the biggest in the WM line to put through its paces”

        “The 9’1” comes in similar looking wood reveal livery with five fin boxes allowing it to be tuned for conditions. At 32” wide it’s certainly stable but don’t be fooled into thinking this is to the detriment of performance.”

        “Even before a wave has been ridden you can feel the WM’s loose attributes beneath your feet”

        Supplied FCS fins were pretty good and as a quad set up the 9’1”’s tracking is fine. To improve this, and therefore get out to the peak earlier (or paddle any distance), a thruster configuration with larger centre skeg helps. But obviously, changing fins will alter surfing performance. For the most part we stuck with quads.

        Speed down the line is cracking and those quad fins do bite. It’s a simple process of banging in a bottom turn and red lining back up to the lip. Even with such a voluminous board underfoot manoeuvres can be fairly critical.

        Vertical hits are possible as are full on roundhouse cutbacks back into the pocket, the Widow Maker’s speed coming back into play having finished off your move.

        While the WM 9’1” works fine in smaller conditions it actually likes a bigger more open face to play with.

        If you enjoy full rail carves and racing sections down the line it’s an efficient SUP for this.

        That said it’s still a rewarding SUP to ride in the types of conditions most paddlers come up against. Bigger boned riders will find it a good fit for wave sliding purposes.

        Conclusion 

        Depending on the type of SUP surfing performance you’re after will dictate what size you ultimately plump for. SBS’s 9’1” tested here would suit bigger boned individuals looking for an all water surf SUP or those who can access slightly bigger waves that may lie offshore or clean reef/point breakers. For onshore beach break mush the smaller sizes will be a better bet. Smaller SUPers will find a degree of flat water performance with this model. Also a great price for a hard surf SUP.

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        How To Wax A Surfboard

        How To Wax A Surfboard

        How To Wax A Surfboard

        Wax has been used for years to help surfers gain traction and grip to their surfboards in water. Traditionally a surfboard is quit slippery in the water and without wax or traction pads I would be difficult to paddle and ride. Most surfboards have a thin layer of wax on the deck. Surf wax applied correctly will create a layer of small waxy bumps giving your feet a grip/traction

        The following is a beginner’s guide to waxing your board as well as a tutorial of how to get the perfect traction for your board If you’ve never waxed a surfboard before or you’re just looking for tips to get a better wax job, here is our guide to waxing your surfboard.

        wax types

        Choosing the right wax for the job is key depending on the size of the board as well as the temperature of the water will determine what wax you need tropical water, warm water, cool water & cold water are your usual wax names if  you take a cold water wax to warm water, it will be too soft. But you could use a warm water wax in cold water, but it’s better to get what you need.In the UK the average temperature varies from around 4 C in winter to around 15 C in summer. There for you will need to possible change your wax in the summer and winter. But most of the year Cold water wax is perfect

        Wax temperature guide below

        how to wax a surfboard in 5 simple steps

        Step 1: What You Will Need

        To wax your surfboard The main thing you will need is some wax remover/white spirit/a rag or cloth/ basecoat wax, topcoat wax and a wax combe

        Step 2: Clean The Surfboard

        When starting to wax a surfboard you need to remove any debris, dirt or previous wax to ensure the surfboard is clean to ensure you get proper adherence. If your surfboard is brand new follow step 4

        First, take the wax combe and start scraping off all of the wax with the straight side of your wax comb. It helps if the wax can be heated up or the board left in the sun to aid this process. Ensure that you remove all wax from rails nose tail & deck using the curved and flat sides of the combe

        You will still have a small amount of wax on the board so you will need to use wax remover cleaning product or white spirit that will dissolve any excess wax. Gently rub a cloth over the area to ensure all the wax is gone & wash off the cleaning solution with water.

        Step 3 Where To Put Wax On Your Surfboard

        The picture below shows a rough guide of were to apply your wax on different types of a surfboard. Other areas include the rails were you grip the board for duck diving and also all the way to the nose. Also, try to keep any wax off the bottom of your board as that will slow it down making your board less responsive.

        Step 4: Applying The Basecoat

        The basecoat is the foundation of your grip basecoat wax is harder than top coat and will last longer on your board. It also makes it harder to apply so will require a strong amount of pressure.

        It will help to create a pattern of bumps on your surfboard that helps the top coat stick easier. The base coat will help to keep your wax on for longer were as applying just topcoat would need to be applied constantly.

        Begin by applying broad strokes on the board and continuing until you see a bump pattern emerge. Each surfer is different so try a range of patterns and styles of waxing that works for you. 

        Its a good idea is to start off with criss crosses by going diagonal one way up the board and then go perpendicular to that direction back down the board. Its then a good idea to fill on those criss crosses by either

        Circles: Rub the wax in little circles, moving up and down the board

        Front to Back: Rub the wax in a straight line parallel to the rocker and to keep grip when duck diving apply a small amount on the rails close to the nose

        Random: doing circular, straight, side to side in a random directions. After doing this for a few minutes “if properly performed “you will see small bumps and lumps begin to appear. Ensure to keep waxing until you have an even and suitable layer of wax.

        Step 5: Top Coat

        Now it’s time to apply the top coat of wax. Usually a lot softer in texture and greatly affected by heat changes and water temperature

        The top coat is applied in the same way as the basecoat but with less pressure as the wax is softer. Use a similar technique.

        Keep your wax sticky for longer

        Once you finished your surf you will want to prepare your wax for the next session. Wax will enviable flake off and get stuck to your wetsuit body and shorts, therefor to keep your board at maximum grip you will need to reapply small amount of top coat before each session. The wax will eventually get flatter and less sticky a great tip if you haven’t got any wax or want a little more grip use the jagged side of a wax combe to scratch some lines in the wax to reveal the fresher wax underneath this will help your wax go further

        If you surf a lot and find your wax isn’t doing its job it’s a good idea to go back to the beginning and start a fresh basecoat. On average a new basecoat should be applied every year but if you surf a lot every 3-4 months might be ideal.

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