NorCal Edition | october 3, 2009 


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Ola Chica Product Testing Session...

Santa Cruz's Aylana Zanville at Lance's Left, Mentawai



Oi!  Greetings from Southern Brazil! We're bummed that we're missing the Bay Area's Indian Summer, but we aren't complaining about the fresh papaya, coconut, mangos and acai down here. 


There's a slew of great October events -- swap meets, photographer Bob Barbour's Open Studio,  films on sharks and "Searching for Michael Peterson,"  many surf contests including this weekend's Women on Waves and more...and if you're in Healdsburg, head to the Mavericks bash at Longboard Vineyards featuring the new Peter Mel wine.  Check'em all out below.

By the way, our newsletter has a new shorter look. We've ported some content and the Surf Contest Calendar over to our growing website.  Also, for last minute event submissions and updates, they will now get posted on's "Upcoming Events" area, since our e-newsletter only goes out 1-2 times a month.  SO,  start checking regularly.

- Monica & the Zuna Surf crew


Gear + Review

Finally, a travel-proof, inflatable board bag that can withstand airline abuse
by kelly vander kaay

Designed by Santa Cruz veterans of the soft-goods industry, the SOMA Airbag gets run over by motorcycles, pummeled on, and dropped from various heights  in our product testing session.  Don't miss some of the video footage.  more

Surf Fitness
You, too, can get ready for this year's El Ni

by kelly vander kaay

Local groms and surf pros like Nick Hernandez and Kim Mayer are honing their competitive and physical edge with Scott Adams and Ty Fox's cutting-edge, Surf Stronger fitness regimen.  Take a closer look at surfing's newest conditioning trend.


Buy GoPro HERO Camera at

Our feature stories area debuts with two articles by our new contributing editor, Kelly Vander Kaay





A smattering of local snippets, bargains & tips...Got a sale, product launch or news to announce?  Email it over!

Cool Product

Ladies, need that perfect bikini that really stays on in pumping surf? You'll have to check Ola Chica's suits, designed by Santa Cruz's Aylana Zanville, featured above surfing Lance's Left in the Mentawais.  She's designed her suits to withstand the roughest surf conditions, as she's personally tested them in Maui tow-in sessions to 20-foot-plus winter days at Oahu's North Shore at Makaha and Waimea. "Ola Chica bikinis are designed for water-loving women who care about fashion and function."  Stop by her booth at the Capitola Women on Waves Surf Contest this Oct 3-4 weekend.  For more info, online orders, and local dealers, visit



October Surf Contest


The Big Chill Out Longboard Club Invitational Surf Contest and Festival happens all day Saturday, October 10 at Pacifica State Beach, Linda Mar. Put on by Pedro Point Surf Club, this event is a great time for friends and family to head out to surf, check out vendor booths, and watch some talented longboarders from up and down the West Coast compete.  The all-day raffle giveaways include a chance to win one of 3 custom-shaped surfboards (Harbour, Ambrose and Arrow) and a bicycle.   Find out more at

Surf Flix

The upcoming 2010 San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is expanding to five days of ocean-inspired films on February 3-7, 2010 at a new location on PIER 39.  SFOFF is now accepting ocean-related films that entertain, educate or inspire.  The submissions deadline is October 31, 2009. Visit for details and entry form.


Other surf film events & screenings:

  • SFOFF's Sharktober Film Fest - Oct 17

  • Save the Waves Film Fest - likely mid-Nov

  • "Searching for Michael Peterson" - Oct 7-8


Surf Safari Escapes
Las Olas Surf Surfaris for Women

Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, known for having introduced thousands of women to surfing, has just announced  newest travel dates.  Their week long safaris in Mexico include accommodations, lessons, yoga, massage, and more. 

Fall/Winter 2009 Winter/Spring 2010
Oct 29 - Nov 4 Feb 4 - 10
Nov 5 - 11 Feb 11 - 17
Dec 3 - 9 Mar 7 - 13 (Sun - Sat)
Dec 10 - 16 Mar 14 - 20 (Sun - Sat)
  Apr 8 - 14
  Apr 15 - 21
  Apr 22 - 28
  Apr 29 - May 5

Got a cool event to share or publicize? 
Just reply to this email and give us the scoop!  All submissions are subject to editorial review.


 O C T O B E R  2 0 0 9
surf swap meet
oct 3 - sat SANTA CRUZ SURF SWAP MEET at Hotline | Santa Cruz

sat oct 3, 8:30am - 12 noon
Hotline Wetsuits Showroom Parking Lot + 719 Swift St at Ingalls
831-425-5924 |

Hotline | event page

Hotline's Santa Cruz Surf Swap Meet takes place on the 1ST Saturday of every month, at the same place and same time. Buy, Sell, Trade! SURFING, KITEBOARDING, KAYAKING, SUP, WAKEBOARD, PADDLEBOARDS & MORE.  Shop for deals and to bring your unwanted boards, wetsuits (no matter the brand), and all other water gear.  Free admission & no charge for sellers.  Next  swap is Nov 7, 2009.


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oct 3-4 - sat & sun
oct 17-18 - sat & sun
Open Studios:  Bob Barbour Photography| Santa Cruz

Sat & Sun Oct 3-4, Sat & Sun Oct 17-18 | 11am-6pm
Bob Barbour's Studio, 212 Pennsylvania Ave Santa Cruz
more: | event page

Bob Barbour, the former Surfing Magazine masthead photographer, hosts his annual Open Studios event in Santa Cruz over 2 weekends in October.  Barbour is known best for helping "break" Mavericks publicly and capturing defining moments like the infamous 1994 Mavericks "WipeOut of the Decade" image of 16-year-old Jay Moriarity.   We Zuna Surf editors have always had a great time lingering in Barbour’s beautiful backyard and studio, immersing ourselves in three decades of his images.  Check out beautiful waves, classic Woodie cars, historic North Shore moments, and stunning shots of big wave pioneer Margo Oberg and other icons, including Santa Cruz’s own Adam Repogle, Darryl "Flea" Virostko, Richard Schmidt and Terry Simms.   (Editors’ note – copies of Barbour’s most famous surf images are available for purchase in a variety of sizes and price ranges, and he does all the custom framing and matting himself).


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beach cleanup + benefit
oct 4- sun 2nd Annual Women's Paddle-Out, BBQ +  Beach Cleanup  |  San Francisco  

when: Sunday, Oct 4, 10am-2pm
where: Ocean Beach at Stairway 17 (across from Beach Chalet) San Francisco | map
more: | Surfrider SF

Open to everyone! Surfrider SF invites you to the 2nd Annual Women's Paddle-Out & Beach Clean-up. Share the stoke, catch some waves or do beach yoga, and then help clean-up OB.   First 30 surfers receive a free Surfrider rashguard!  Don't miss the $1 raffle for surf gear & Barefoot Wines!

Schedule: 10am Surf or Yoga with Amanda Harper / 11am Clean-up  / 1pm Volunteer BBQ.

Sponsors include Mollusk Surf Shop, Roxy, Carve Designs, Adventure Out, Patagonia, surf instructor Heather Hyde, Earl's Organic Produce & more.  Next Surfrider clean-up is Oct 25.


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surf fitness clinics
oct 5 - mon
oct 7 - wed

when: 6-7pm on Monday Oct 5 + Wednesday Oct 7 . Final two sessions of the series
where: 26th Ave Beach, Santa Cruz
contact: | event page

Round up your friends and get fit for winter surf!  Join Surf Stronger's  1-hour clinics,  focusing on balance, core strength, stability, paddling endurance, lung capacity, and dynamic flexibility.  The current series takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm, through October 7th at 26th Avenue Beach.  All levels are welcome.  Space permitting, drop-ins will be offered at $15 each.  Please inquire the day of for space availaility at 831/239-2339.  Read more about Scott Adams and Ty Fox's program here.


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surf film
when: Wednesday Oct 7, 8pm
Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th & mission  SAN FRANCISCO
cost: $10 | NOTE: No one under 16 years old will be admitted.
more: movie website

Searching for Michael Peterson, directed by Jolyon Hoff, is a documentary telling the moving story of one of Australia's greatest surfers whose career was cut short by mental illness. For five glorious years "MP" led the Coolangatta Kids and won virtually every event he contested, including three Bells Beach Pros back to back. His brilliant, aggressive surfing provided the centrepiece for Albert Falzon's Morning of the Earth in 1972, and MP never looked back. His final tour victory, at the inaugural Stubbies Pro at Burleigh Heads in 1977, is regarded as the high point of the early professional era. Sadly, a year later triumph turned to tragedy and Michael's demons claimed him.


In 1983 he was locked up after a 15-car police chase across Queensland and finally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He never surfed again.


Thirty years on, MP is still vitally interested in the sport and culture of surfing and is a fixture at most Queensland events, enjoying the action with his mother, Joan. He is rightly regarded as an iconic figure in Australian surfing, and Hoff's film, while it pulls no punches, is an intensely moving tribute to the man.


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surf film
when: Thur Oct 8, 8pm-10pm
cost: $10 | NOTE: No one under 16 years old will be admitted.
more: movie website

See San Francisco showing on Oct 7 for details.


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surf swap meet  
oct 10 - sat AQUA's WINTER SURF SWAP MEET |  San Francisco
Sat Oct 10| 11pm - 5:30pm
Aqua Surf Shop's Lot,  2830 Sloat Blvd (at 46-47th), SAN FRANCISCO
more: event page

Say goodbye to Summer and Hello to Surf!  Aqua's next swap meet is Sat October 10 from 11 to 5:30pm.  This is a perfect chance to gear up for the upcoming season. Buy, sell and/or barter used surf equipment like outgrown wetsuits and underused shredsticks. Check the vendor booths for BIG deals while enjoying food/drink and live music from THE RUSTANGS & THE FEROCIOUS FEW.

Check the map for location of vendors thus far and where to set up your used equipment..


Note- Used Vendors- there is no cost! Just gather up your used surf/skate stuff, grab a blanket or some kind of ground covering to set  your goods upon. Set up in the field (see map) and you have from 11am to 5:30pm sell and trade away!


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film fest
oct 17 - sat SHARKTOBER FILM FEST   |  San Francisco  

Sat Oct 17 Shark Film Fest, 1-5pm
Aquarium of the Bay,  Pier 39, San Francisco
price: $17  | event page

This SHARKTOBERFILM FEST on October 17th is sponsored by San Francisco Ocean Film Festival and Sea Stewards at Aquarium of the Bay. Films by local and international filmmakers include:

  Rethink the Shark, Save Our Seas Foundation

  City of the Shark, David McGuire

  Sharks: Stewards of the Reef, Holiday Johnson

  White Shark Caf, Sean Aronson 

  Requiem, Living Ocean Productions

Following the screenings, renowned shark experts and scientists will share their insight during presentations and panel discussions moderated by filmmaker and marine biologist David McGuire

  Jim Toomey, Author, Sherman’s Lagoon

  Maria Brown, Director, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

  Sal Jorgenson, PhD,  Hopkins Marine Station

  Jonathon Kathrein,Founder, Future Leaders for Peace (shark attack survivor turned shark conservationist),


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art & wine  
oct 23-24 fri-sat "Mavericks: Everest of the Seas" +  Longboard Vineyards |  Healdsburg
Fri Oct 23 reception, 5pm-9pm | Sat Oct 24 show
Longboard Vineyards Tasting Room, 5 Fitch St, Healdsburg
cost: Free admission
more: event page

Get ready for the Big Wave Season with a special Mavericks evening!  Head to Longboard Vineyards's Tasting Room in Healdsburg  where you can hangout at a redwood-surfboard bar, sample award winning wines and kick back on a comfy sofa watching surf movies.  You'll also be treated to “Mavericks: Everest of the Seas,” the heralded collection of Mavericks surf photography from Frank Quirarte, Doug Acton, Seth Migdail and Ed Grant.  The photo show debuted recently at HMB's Coastal Arts League Gallery and SFMOMA.


Additionally, Oded Shakked, a longtime surfer and founder of Longboard Vineyards, will be unveiling his latest release, The Peter Mel/Mavericks Cabernet Sauvignon. This signature wine will be blended by not only Shakked but guest vintner, Peter Mel.


Mel along with the feature photographers, shapers and wine makers will be on hand for the Friday night reception, 5pm-9pm.  During the weekend,  surfboards, memorabilia and Acton’s acclaimed book, “Inside Maverick’s” will be available for sale. 


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