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Essential Gear for Surf Travel

December 08, 2017

Winter is upon us, which means the northern hemisphere is about produce the purple blobs that get our hearts racing. Whether you already clicked “buy”...

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The Case of the Missing Box

December 06, 2017

When I was still in California, getting ready for my big adventure, I was proud of myself for how light I was packing. I thought...

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Byron Bay Birthday Beach Bonanza

December 01, 2017

Taking a Stroll Through the New Neighborhood. Photo by Michael Assim. Last Saturday, I reached the ripe old age of 22. Normally, my birthday coincides...

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Good Waves Come to Those Who Wait

November 28, 2017

Originally, my plan for this post was to write about how I spent the last week roadtripping Australia’s east coast, surfing amazing waves along the...

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Distant Shores, Different Stores - Finbox Supply Co.

November 16, 2017

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find the shop... It wasn’t a problem. While I’m away from home, I unfortunately can’t just pop...

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Five Neat Things About Australia!

November 10, 2017

Oh yeah, it's super beautiful here. As I approach the one month mark since my arrival in Australia, I thought it would be fun to...

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The Great Van Hunt Part Two

November 07, 2017

Always wear proper safety gear when using tools, kids. Don’t worry everyone (I’m sure you were all worried), I FOUND A VAN! The Mitsubishi Express...

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The Great Van Hunt

October 30, 2017

The ‘82 Transporter that just wasn’t meant to be. Since the earliest stages of planning this trip, I have had the idea in my head...

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Snow Sale & Swap 2017

October 26, 2017

2017 SNOW SALE & SWAP Starting this Saturday, October 28th through Friday, November 3rd,bring your gently used snow clothing and equipment into the shop and...

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Singapore Struggles and Successes

October 20, 2017

First there was rain, then there was a rainbow, but alas, there was no pot of gold. I expected my transit experience from Sri Lanka...

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Ski & Snowboard Rental & Repair

October 18, 2017

As the days begin to shorten, the early morning temperatures drop and the crisp winds chill the tips of your ears. Even in the evenings...

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Onwards and Downwards

October 11, 2017

Thanks to photographer Robbie Jack, for trusting me not to send my board straight into his camera lens. After two months of tropical surf and...

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What Surfboard Is Right For You?

October 06, 2017

Hansen’s officially started making surfboards in 1960 when legendary founder, Don Hansen, began shaping under his name in a small Hawaiian shack on the North...

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Surf AND Safari

October 04, 2017

Water buffalo, elephants, and crocodiles - oh my! During the last few days, I took a little break from the beach and traveled into the...

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“Walking on Rainbows” Contest Details

October 02, 2017

Nothing defines Southern California footwear more than Rainbow Sandals, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from being a Rainbow Sandals retailer, it’s that they...

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The Slow Life

September 28, 2017

Remember that show “Pimp My Ride” ? There’s a new series in Sri Lanka called Pimp My Tuk-Tuk. I’m about halfway through my Sri Lankan...

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Uncharted Territories In Sri Lanka

September 21, 2017

Best seat in the house, Arugam Bay. Elliot Gray Photo Last Thursday, I packed up my boards and said goodbye to Indonesia. Two flights later...

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Kisses from the Coral

September 15, 2017

You should have seen the other guy. Photo by Tyler Correll Last week, during the last day of my adventurous stay on Nusa Lembongan, the...

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Nusa Bagus!

September 08, 2017

Having my best friend Morgan with me here makes home seem much less far away. Photo: Tyler Correll After two full weeks of fun in...

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Medewi Madness

September 01, 2017

Hi, yes, I’ll take 100 of these lefts please. Jon Weiand Photo I finally made the mission out to Medewi late last week, and boy...

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Amateur San Diego Surf Competitions Fall 2017

August 28, 2017

Whether you have never entered a surf competition, regularly participate, or are the proud parent of a shredding grom or even surfing dog, the waves...

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Rainbow, Reef, Olukai & Cobian - Our Staff Sandal Favorites

August 25, 2017

Here in San Diego, we are lucky enough to be able to wear sandals nearly all year round. With so many different sandal companies and...

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Life Is Sweet In Canggu

August 23, 2017

No shortage of watermelons here in Bali! I’ve made the pilgrimage to the promised land of Bali, Indonesia, and I could not be more excited...

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The First Leg: A Week in Japan

August 17, 2017

Taiyaki is one of many famous sweets in Japan. It is a yummy pastry with sweet red-bean filling, traditionally shaped like a fish! A week...

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Back To School Sale

August 17, 2017

School's almost back in session and we have some killers savings to have you looking stylish on day one! This Saturday, August 19th through Sunday,...

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How to Wax a Surfboard

August 15, 2017

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting a brand new surfboard. From the smell of the resin on your car ride home to the...

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Adventure Packing List

August 10, 2017

Color coordinated and ready to roll! Before a trip, we all go through the same process of picking what clothing and personal items to bring,...

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Surfboard Packing Tips

August 02, 2017

“Look Steph, I fit in your board bag! Guess you’re bringing me along.” - Ruby Traveling with surfboards is exhausting, nerve-wracking, unglamorous, and yet, SO...

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Confessions of an Ex-Hoarder

July 27, 2017

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Recently, I moved out of my childhood home, and as my mom and I...

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What Wetsuit Thickness Do I Need for San Diego?

July 20, 2017

Southern California is known for its consistently warm weather, beautiful beaches, tan bodies and of course, surfing. From rippable beach breaks like Blacks to the...

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Surf Etiquette: A Refresher Course

July 20, 2017

Ah, summer, a wonderful time for tourists and residents alike to enjoy the beautiful beaches of San Diego. While there’s plenty of room for all...

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Full Speed Ahead

July 18, 2017

Travel addicted - hiking to the peak of Mt. Masada, Israel, 2015 As I mentioned in a previous post – I have some pretty big...

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Summer Surfboard Guide

July 12, 2017

At first, I was going to write a post for all of you about various types of boards that are great for summer, but as...

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Hansen's Instagram Giveaway Contest

July 11, 2017

Its GIVEAWAY TIME! Our friends at Famous Surf @famoussurf are giving YOU the biggest Instagram Giveaway we have ever done! It includes everything pictured here:1 6' Deluxe Famous...

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No Place Like Home (in Encinitas CA)

June 30, 2017

That’s me at Pipes a few months ago. Photo by Chris Grant Hi there! My name is Stephanie Schechter, and I am a 21-year-old surfer...

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Hansen's Annual Fourth Of July Sale

June 28, 2017

Score amazing deals at our Annual 4th of July Sale! With up to 50% OFF of selected swimwear, sportswear, casual wear, backpacks, footwear, wetsuits and...

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What You Need to Start Ocean Swimming

June 16, 2017

The sport of ocean swimming is not for everyone. It is particular to a certain type of person….one who eschews the comfort of a warm...

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Peak to Peak Part 4 - Hawaii, Hap and Hobie: How Hansen Surfboards Took Shape

June 07, 2017

In Peak to Peak Part 4, we pick up with Don living on the North Shore of Oahu as he works to grow his surfboard...

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Shark Safety

May 24, 2017

SHARK SAFETY Recently, there have been several great white shark sightings from Orange County all the way down to our local Seaside Reef, with one...

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MEMORIAL DAY SALE

May 23, 2017

We’re fired up for summer! This Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th, save up to 50% OFF Swimwear, Sportswear, Wetsuits, Shoes, Sandals & More!*...

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Nat Shares Where His Adventures Have Taken him, Culture, & how Much He Has Surfed Part -2

May 12, 2017

Where have you traveled & why? How long are you planning on staying? I arrived in Sydney on February 10th and am in Australia until...

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How to Read a Tide Watch

May 08, 2017

One useful accessory for the surfer in your life is a tide watch, commonly referred to as a surf watch. While these watches do tell...

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Why Buy a $200 vs. a $400 Wetsuit?

April 25, 2017

There is a lot to learn when shopping for a wetsuit, especially for your first wetsuit. When choosing a wetsuit, many of our customers want...

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The Difference Between Surfing and Swimming Wetsuits

April 06, 2017

San Diego is perfect for surfing and ocean swimming alike. From the long beaches of North County to the renowned swim spot La Jolla Cove,...

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Spring Sale

April 03, 2017

ANNUAL SPRING SALE Saturday, April 8th through Saturday, April 15th(Closed Easter Sunday)UP TO 50% OFFSelected Swimwear, Sportswear, Wetsuits, Shoes, Sandals & more!*Sale is IN-STORE ONLY* Address:1105...

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Shop Employee Nat Foster Shares His Global Surf Travels - Part 1

March 13, 2017

My name is Nat Foster and I was born and raised in Leucadia, across the streetfrom Stonesteps Beach. That’s where my dad first taught me...

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Hansen's 2017 Annual Year-End Ski & Snowboard Sale

February 03, 2017

Thursday, February 9th - Sunday, February 12th *We are closing at 6pm on Wednesday, February 8th in preparation for the sale.* 20-50% OFF:SkisSnowboards Boots &...

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Creatively Cool - Matt Biolos

January 20, 2017

Photo: lostsurfboards.net Matt Biolos, the genius behind ...Lost Surfboards, has been at the leading edge of surfboard design since the early 90’s. His countless contributions...

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The Origin of Bikini-kind

December 21, 2016

Roman Gymnasts, Bombs, and Bikinis: The Creation Story You might have heard that the bikini was invented in the 1950s and named after the nuclear...

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3 Reasons You Should Be Wearing Boardshorts Right Now

December 16, 2016

In Southern California, our close proximity to the beach dictates an ocean-ready fashion culture, where flip-flops and bikinis are acceptable attire in most situations. We...

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