Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

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 Fundación 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. 

Play
READ THE STORY
Candide Thovex Continues to Ski the World…And Doesn’t Need Snow
Up Next Surf

Candide Thovex Continues to Ski the World…And Doesn’t Need Snow

Candide Thovex Continues to Ski the World…And Doesn’t Need Snow

After Candide Thovex's, "Quattro 2" took the world by storm last week, he has released another clip of him using his skis to slay everything that isn't, you know, snow. For his latest trick, he channels his Jesus of Nazareth choses to ski on water ... maybe next week he'll turn water to wine? And, in true Candide form, not only does he ski on water, but he throws a flawless backflip in a wave pool, and modestly titles the clip, "Thanks."   Keep it up Candide, your creativity is truly

Play
READ THE STORY
The Madness Of A Record Surf Day At Nazaré
Up Next Surf

The Madness Of A Record Surf Day At Nazaré

The Madness Of A Record Surf Day At Nazaré

The rocky coastline of Portugal plays home to one of the largest waves on Earth, just off the small town of Nazaré. This winter's swell forecast called for January 18th to be one of the biggest surf days on record, and it didn't disappoint. The Portuguese powerhouse known locally as Praia do Norte showed up with some of the most powerful waves to ever grace the ocean, and a collection of madmen were there to surf it.

Play
READ THE STORY
Josie Prendergast With Some Wave Walking For Your Humpday
Up Next Surf

Josie Prendergast With Some Wave Walking For Your Humpday

Josie Prendergast With Some Wave Walking For Your Humpday

Josie Prendergast's surfing style is timeless, with the young showing grace beyond her years as she effortlessly dances across waves on her turqoise longboard.  Her balletic technique is showcased in Gaps Sabuero’s video, “Born Here." The film explores her roots of growing up on Siargao Island in the Philippines, and when coupled with spoken word narration and Prendergast’s effortless abilities, the edit feels more like a piece of art than a traditional surf