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Patagonia’s Innovative PSI Vest Is Helping Save An Iconic Big Wave Surf Break

Over the past five years Patagonia has been working with some of the top big wave surfers in the world to develop their PSI (personal surf inflation) vest. The PSI is a purpose-built tool that supports multiple inflations in a single surf session, and Patagonia received a U.S. patent for the innovative technology back in 2014. 

They also made a promise that they would license the intellectual property of the technology to the industry at large and use those funds to support an environmental cause. They kept their word on this promise by donating $150,000 grant to FundaciĆ³n Punta De Lobos, a conservation effort working to protect an iconic Chilean coastline and big wave surf break. 

Here, field testers and experienced big-wave surfers, Aaron Gold, Mark Healey, Kohl Christensen, Ben Wilkinson and Brendan Shea speak about the inherent risks of big-wave surfing and how the vest can help mitigate risk when combined with proper training, experience, and preparation. 

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Stab Mag Flew an Illegal Drone to Capture Footage of the WSL’s Wave Pool Event
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Stab Mag Flew an Illegal Drone to Capture Footage of the WSL’s Wave Pool Event

Stab Mag Flew an Illegal Drone to Capture Footage of the WSL’s Wave Pool Event

If you have been following the Stab Mag crew the past couple days, you know those guys have been using some hard-hitting journalism to learn everything they could about the "secret" event at Kelly Slater's wave pool. It has been the worst kept secret that the best surfers in the world were going to descend on the wave pool for a test event after Trestles. This was confirmed yesterday morning when Kelly Slater announced on Facebook Live that it was on. Press were not allowed in and the event

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This is the Largest Boat Wave in all of Wake Sports
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This is the Largest Boat Wave in all of Wake Sports

This is the Largest Boat Wave in all of Wake Sports

The beaches of California, Hawaii, and the East Coast are no longer the place to find the perfect break or chase an endless break. The introduction and rapid progression of wake specific boats have led to an inland surf revolution. Now landlocked watersport enthusiasts can create their own endless summer wherever and whenever they please. At the forefront of this revolution is Mastercraft, a company that has been driving technical innovation in the wake world.  Xstar, Mastercraft's original

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The WSL is Running a Test Competition at Kelly Slater’s Wavepool Right Now
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The WSL is Running a Test Competition at Kelly Slater’s Wavepool Right Now

The WSL is Running a Test Competition at Kelly Slater’s Wavepool Right Now

It has been long rumored that the World Surf League was holding a secret competition today at the Kelly Slater Wavepool in Lemoore, California.  Kelly has been working for years on the wave, painstakingly recreating mother nature's perfect creations. The rumored guest list includes the most well-known names in surfing including, Adrian Buchan, Adriano de Souza, Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina, Jordy Smith, John John Florence, Joel Parkinson, Filipe Toledo, Matt Wilkinson and Kanoa Igarashi.