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!
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.
An outside source recently pointed out that with Nathan’s current (and record-setting) 8 magazine covers in one month, as well as past cover shots of Christian and Herbie, there may be no other family in surf history with more combinations of front journal pieces. Those of us here at Astrodeck got a chuckle out of it and never really thought of it along those lines. But it is an accomplished feat of publication. So, yeah, we think it’s pretty bad ass, too.
Check out just a FEW of the covers that the Fletcher’s have graced over the years.
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.
The Fletchers and Astrodeck are featured in the September 11th issue of The New York Times Style Magazine. If you happen to have an extra copy around, send it over to us!
In the meantime, here’s the online version of that article, as well as a video piece on the family made by the guys at NY Times.
Click on the link below or copy and paste it to your browser. You know the drill by now!
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!
Astrodeck has been family owned and operated since 1976. So we know a little bit about longevity, loyalty and the drive to keep it all together.
And through all the years of spectacular highs and dismal lows, the one thing that we’ve always been consistent and proud of is that Astrodeck has always kept it Fletcher. We’ve always held that bond; from Herbie to his own sons Christian and Nathan, to Christian’s boy Greyson, there’s a strong patriarchal influence and kinship that’s thicker than water.
This Father’s Day, we just want to give a shout-out to all of our friends, riders, fans, supporters and even the occasional passerby… because we know there’s a father in that mix somewhere. And whether your own childhood was memorable (or scarred) because you had the kind of dad who yelled at you about forgetting to turn the light off, or you had the kind of dad who got on your nerves and embarrassed you in front of your friends, or you had the kind of dad who gave you a break even after you messed up the umpteenth time, we just want to take this time to acknowledge all the dads out there. We know that they’re not perfect men but we hope that they at least tried.
And one last thing… if you were lucky enough to be that kid who hung out with your family at the beach, especially with your dad, make sure you let him know how grateful you are because of it. And if he was the kind of dad who pushed you into your first wave, give the guy a hug. Come on, don’t you think he deserves at least that?
Happy Father’s Day!
Nathan Fletcher recently contributed to a pictorial featured on Surfline about his trip to Micronesia with brothers Nathan and Ivan Florence. Check out the link, and read the captions that Nathan wrote himself. And the pics are pretty killer, too.
(If you can’t click onto the link directly, just copy and paste.)
It was a pleasant surprise yesterday when Shane Beschen came by the Astrodeck office with his little grom, Noah.
Shane and brother Gavin have been long-time Astrodeck team riders. Their loyalty, support and belief in knowing that we produce the best traction pads has now transcended to the new generation - their own offspring of mini-rippers.
Noah is 10-years-old and is going the way of his dad and uncle. In other words, the kid rips in the water and apparently he’s no hack with a skateboard either. Greyson’s had a few sessions with him at the local skatepark and both “sons of” had a pretty good time landing a few.
Check out the 113 Shane Beschen Traction Pad. Not only do we have this in solid back, but there’s also a camo version as well.
And it wouldn’t be nice of us if we didn’t include and produce some pads by Shane’s little brother, Gavin, right? So here they are. Another one of our more popular models. Solid and sick.