A huge woo-hoo, atta boy, and F#CK YEAAAAAH goes out to Astrodeck team rider and Wunderkind John John Florence. His latest victory at this year’s Volcom Pipeline Pro makes it three years in a row that the 20-year-old Oahu native has been able to do repeat business at the prestigious event. We’re so stoked and proud of John John. And this is just the start of things yet to come!
Everything you’ve heard about John John Florence is true. Everything.
He IS that good. He IS that talented. And he IS that surfing phenom who someday will be World Champ.
Need some more convincing? Watch the clip. John John makes his presence known and he makes his statement loud and clear. How sick is this kid? No. Seriously. If there ever was a true definition for the word Wunderkind, John John Florence would be it.
“Departure Delayed” also features guest appearances by Nathan Florence, Ivan Florence, Kiron Jabour, and Greyson Fletcher, so check it out!
To attack fearlessly and recklessly, that’s what the Japanese word “Banzai” means. And judging from Greyson’s recent assault at the Banzai Skate Park, the boy was all about being a Kamikaze daredevil.
Check out Greyson in a couple of links. It’s good for your soul.
But Greyson has a hot new chick in his life.
Surfline has a nice little “North Shore Quiver Check” featuring our very own team rider Reef Mcintosh.
Check out his boards. And how are all those Astrodeck traction pads on the tails? Looking pretty sick! But we’re not biased or anything.
Yeaaaaah! Dane Gudauskas landed the cover of the newest Transworld Surf. Way to go!
And here’s a pic of Dane and brother Tanner when they stopped by Astrodeck to pick up some traction pads for their Winter stay on the North Shore. And from recent photographic proof all over the ‘net, looks like the boys are making a huge scene out there. Just like we knew they would.
Gavin Beschen, Shane Beschen, Reef McIntosh, Makua Rothman, Matt “Archy” Archbold, Christian Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher, Kalani Chapman, Jamie Sterling, Danny Fuller, Timmy Reyes. Look at this roster. Team Astrodeck (or as some may call them, Team Terror) will be dominating much of the North Shore this Winter Season. No waves will be spared. No spot unridden. Other surfers will divert eye contact and question their manhood. Grown men will run out of the water, screaming and crying, wailing to God, “Why, Lord? Why can’t I surf like the rugged, brave hellion of Team Astrodeck?!”
Let’s face it. They’re the Wave Warriors. You couldn’t ignore them even if you tried.
How to apply Astrodeck Traction Pads:
The surface of the board needs to be clean in order for the tape to grip properly. Many new boards have mold release or showroom wax residue that can cause unwanted oil based surface. Or used boards that had wax applied will also have an oil residue as well. To make sure that you have a clean surface, apply acetone or denatured alcohol, which will get rid of any leftover residue.
To apply the pad, rip the tape off and use the paper to push down between the grid patterns. The adhesive is a pressure sensitive tape, which means it needs to be applied with pressure. By pressing along each gridline, you will create a bond that will withstand almost any conditions.
Astrodeck prides itself on its top of the line tape that solidly adheres the pad to the board. The pad should outlast the life of the board if applied correctly.
Now get out there and surf!
We’re really stoked here at Astrodeck that we actually have a relationship and rapport with all of our team riders. In fact, we consider them friends first and foremost. How many companies can claim that their riders come to their offices to just hang out and get caught up and shoot the breeze? Not a whole lot.
As is often the case, we’ll get weekly visitors. You’ll never know who will pop up. We’ll have Reef Macintosh come over and get some sandals for his size 13 feet. Or Nathan will drop by with best buddies Mr. Buzz and Bruce Irons, or maybe Shane Beschen might bring his little groms and chat skate with Greyson. It’s like a constant who’s who of popular surf culture at Astrodeck.
In fact, Danny Fuller just swung by yesterday. He picked up some of our sandals; his favorites are the MG1 and the ML3, as well as some of his traction pads, the 405 Danny Fuller pads, both in black and white and black and green. He talked some art with Herbie and also told the A-deck crew about SUP guys doing tow-ins at Puerto Escondido. Haha, what a trip that is!
Anyway, it was great seeing Danny - one of the nicest guys ever, and one of our favorite surfers of all time.
Just as we were going to write up a piece on the Japanese promo tour that Christian and Greyson recently got back from, the devastating and horrific earthquake and tsunami that took place in that nation blindsided the country and shocked the rest of us in the world. And though we didn’t feel it appropriate (at this time) to post up the photos from their trip, we do want to take this opportunity to express our deepest sorrow and condolences to this nation of people we consider friends.
The Japanese are in our thoughts and prayers, and we here at Astrodeck won’t pretend to know of the many struggles and trials they will go through in order to get their lives back in order. Many will question, “Why?!?” along this harrowing time, but we truly hope that they know we extend our friendship with gratitude, solace, and support.