Friday, June 24th, 2011
On Wednesday, June 29th, 21 new banners will be hung along the light poles of South El Camino Real. The series, titled “Surfer’s Row” is a tribute to San Clemente’s surfing heritage. The honorees will have their images and names placed on the six foot tall banners between the freeway crossing and Cristianitos. Obviously there were hundreds of worthy candidates from the city’s deep and historically-rich surf community, and not just surfers, but surf-writers, surf-artists, surf-photographers, surf-filmmakers, shapers, retailers and industry leaders.
The project is sponsored by San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Clemente. The names we’re selected from an on-line poll the Chamber posted at surfersrow.com. Helping advise with the project was Jim Kempton, Steve Pezman and Ross Garrett from Surfer’s Journal, Barry Huan and Steve Wilkins from the Surfing Heritage Foundation, Fred Swegles from the Sun Post News, and Grant Ross from Surfer magazine.
OC Tavern from 5:00 - to 7:00 on the evening of the 29th, where Surfer’s Journal publisher Steve Pezmen will announce the honorees and Mayor Lori Donchak will present a plaque of the replicated banners to the San Clemente’s Surfing Heritage Foundation. The event is open to the public.
The 2011 Honorees are (Alphabetically):
- Dino & Kolohe Andino
- Matt Archbold
- Josh Baxter
- Shane & Gavin Beschen
- Corky Carroll
- Rich Chew
- Mary Lou Drummy
- Phil Edwards
- Herbie, Christian & Nathan Fletcher
- Dane, Patrick & Tanner Gudauskas
- Joyce Hoffman
- Jimmy Hogan
- Colin McPhillips
- Greg & Rusty Long
- The Paskowitz Family
- Mike Parsons
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Just in time for Summer, just in time for the 4th of July! Because it wouldn’t be a red, white and blue holiday without some good BBQ, fireworks and Astrodeck Sandals!
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
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!
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Nathan just added Nixon Watches to his roster of sponsors. He’s the first surfer in two years to be added to the team.
It looks like it’s gonna be a beautiful relationship, kid.
Click the link and scroll down to read more about it.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Happy Father's Day from the Astrodeck Family
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!
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Here at Astrodeck headquarters, we’ve all pretty much come to the same conclusion; Herbie definitely takes top honors in the “Coolest Surf Dad” category.
And while your own dad may still be walking around in those Bermuda shorts and white knee-socks - so much so that you just wanna hide and shrivel up from embarrassment - come on, cut the guy some slack. Or better yet, help him up his cool factor by ordering him a pair of killer Astrodeck sandals.
After all, he is your dad.
Happy Father’s Day!
Thursday, May 19th, 2011
(Photo by John Salanoa)
Astrodeck team rider and resident surf grom, Ian Crane, killed the competition during Volcom’s “Totally Twisted Crustaceans of Metal” event that took place earlier this week in Newport Beach.
He swooped up the junior’s division and was a force to be reckoned as soon as the singlets were put on. And when all was said and done, Ian got a big chunky $7,000 payday. Not bad for a kid still in high school, huh?
Congrats, Ian! Yewww!
Straight from his win in Newps, Ian stops by Astrodeck for some pads.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
You never know who’ll stop by our headquarters to pick up some Astrodeck traction pads. One week, it’ll be a group of traveling Chilean surfers. Another week, if the circus is in town, it could be a handful of the pros. And just yesterday San Clemente local and 1/3 of the tow-headed Guduaskas brothers, Dane, stopped by with his new housemate Masatoshi “Mar” Ohno, who just also happens to be the first Japanese surfer to ever crack the grueling WQS Top 40.
Both Dane and Mar have decided to have a go at trying out our front foot pads, and, in return, we’ve only guaranteed them a better success rate at going off and sticking it!
Here’s a photo of the boys posing with the CF 409 Front Foot pads. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! And it wasn’t even Christmas morning! (And you’ll also happen to notice Greyson in the background. He’s snarling because everyone’s ordering a ton of the 409’s and he can’t keep up with the demands. Either that, or he just has really bad indigestion from lunch.)
Mar and Dane got their CF 409's. What about the rest of ya?
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
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.
Nathan Florence getting shacked. And, hmmm, is that Astrodeck we see on his board? (Photo by Daniel Russo)
(If you can’t click onto the link directly, just copy and paste.)
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
In the Mentawai Islands: Nathan going off and Bruce cheering on!
Nathan just got back from a surf trip to Costa Rica with Ivan Florence. (The pic above doesn’t have anything to do with the Costa Rica trip but we just felt like posting it anyways and, so, what you see is what you get.) Typical of Nathan, of course, he had a great time and made the best of it. Now he’s back in California for a spell; surfing local breaks and catching up with the family and being good ole eclectic Nathan.
So there’s your little Nathan Fletcher update as of now.
A rare Nathan Fletcher sighting.