Mele Saili and Mick Rodger Featured in Foam Symmetry

 

We are so stoked that this months edition of Foam Symmetry features our very own Mele Saili and Mick Rodgers cover to cover. Mele landed an enormous 10 page spread, which showcases her many talents, only one of which is absolutely shredding on a longboard. Drop by the shop and pick up your own copy and give Mele a high five in person.

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Surf Shop Roundup

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We’re stoked to be featured alongside our fellow Encinitas Surf Shops in the most recent issue of Encinitas Magazine. Swing by the shop to grab a free copy and read all bout it.

Richard Kotch and his Bing Dart

We all know that the best surf days are those when Surfline says ‘Poor,’ but we paddle out anyways and the conditions end up being super fun. Well, Richard Kotch had one of those days but to the next level. Richard describes the day:

“Sometimes you’ve just got to paddle out! This morning had moments but it was nothing special, I had been swimming for a couple hours when a big squall hit and ripped the swell apart…complete whiteout conditions and totally un surfable so we went in for a coffee…twenty mins later the sky lightened slightly and the wind hinted at backing off so I paddled out. The next 45 mins were the best waves I’ve seen so far this season!”

Richard is riding his Bing Surfboards Dart Round Pin, and really proving that this board can handle anything from medium days here in Encinitas, to huge 3x overhead days in the Maldives. Way to really put this board through its paces Richard and thank you Amy Kotch for the amazing photograph!

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Seea Womens Guide to Bing Surfboards

Our friends at Seea Swimwear interviewed three of our leading women, picking their brains on their go-to Bing Surfboards for specific scenarios. It’s a great write-up for anyone to gain insight on board selection, but particularly helpful for any women out there who might be debating between board models. Check it out here.

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Summer Clothing Is Here

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone and we are now officially on the home stretch to Summer! We just unboxed tons of new warm weather clothing and accessories at The Bing Surf Shop to keep you looking good all season long! We have only the best hand picked items from our favorite brands like Brixton, Banks Brand, Pendleton, Hippy Tree, and many more. Stop by the shop to check it all out.

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Last few days to WIN a Bing Elevator

There are only a few days left to enter to win this beautiful 9’0″ custom Seea x Bing Elevator with a one of a kind marble glass job. You can buy your $10 raffle tickets on our site here through midnight (PST) on May 31, 2015. Seea Swimwear will be announcing the winner soon after. Good luck!!

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Spyder Surf Shop Expo and Alice Vedrine Art Show

Last week in Bordeaux France Spyder Surf Shop hosted a massive event and Bing Surfboard expo. The event featured the art of Alice Vedrine (who used to be a Bing Surfboards intern and we couldn’t be more proud), the ALOMBRE surf film premier, and a concert by Trouss ça. It was a packed house and an amazing night of surf inspired creativity and expression. Thanks to all who made it out!
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‘Intimasea’ by Nathan Oldfield

‘Intimasea’ is a short film by Nathan Oldfield, commissioned by the elegant, classical swimwear label Seea. The film celebrates the style, grace and beauty that is particular to women’s surfing. ‘Intimasea’ features Bing Surfboards team riders Lola Mignot and Mele Saili as well as Leah Dawson, Hallie Rohr, Karina Rozunko,and Makala Smith.

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Narration: Leah Dawson
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Music: ‘Christmas Lights’ by The Motifs and ‘I Need All The Friends I Can Get’ by Camera Obscura

Seea Swimwear Launch Event & Mele Saili Art Show

This last Friday we officially launched Seea Swimwear at the Bing Surf Shop here in Encinitas and we decided to celebrate with an art show featuring Bing’s own Mele Saili, and a Nathan Oldfield film premier. It was such a fun evening filled with great conversations and new friends. Everyone got to sip on complimentary ZIOBAFFA Wine and enjoy delicious cheese platters while also checking out the custom Seea x Bing Longboard that we are raffling off on June 1 (ps. if you still haven’t bought your $10 raffle ticket, there is still time, you can do it here.) These events get us stoked and are one of the great purposes of our surf shop. We want to be a community fixture where people can come to enjoy one another, talk surf, and hopefully make a few new friends. This Summer we are going to keep the community events rolling so be sure to check back as we announce the next Bing Surf Shop party.

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Surf Vintage Line with Mele and Mick

Surf Vintage Line put together a cool video edit featuring Bing Surfboards team riders Mele Saili and Mick Rodgers. This shoot was a little different than their typical shoots, they were actually asked to pick out a board that represents their roots as a surfer. Mick, originally being from the South Bay, picked out a classic 60’s Bing log, while Mele, being the granddaughter of legend Larry Gordon, went with a 60’s G&S board. What came together was a nostalgic step back in time.

Artist Susan Wickstrand & Her Custom Bing

Last week Artist Susan Wickstrand came by the Bing Surfboards factory to put the final touches on her 100% custom 9’4″ Bing Pintail. Bing Surfboards owner and head shaper, Matt Calvani, shaped the board before Susan’s artwork was glassed into it. Just before the final gloss and polish Susan came by hand painted her final touches. Matt then signed and numbered the board on the stringer, before Susan put her signature on the tail. It was really special to see so many talented people come together to create such a beautiful piece of surf art. The board is now off on a world tour. It was premiered this past weekend here in Encinitas, before jetting off to The Greenroom Festival in Japan, and then finally Hawaii. Whew!

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Bing Surfboards Welcomes Reilly Stone

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Bing Surfboards is pleased to welcome Santa Cruz native, Reilly Stone, to our team and family. At just 16 years old Reilly Stone is already making a lasting impact on the longboarding world. Being a Pleasure Point native, Reilly has always been within steps of the ocean and takes full advantage with multiple surfs per day. Reilly caught his first wave at age three in Waikiki, and started surfing competitively at 11 years old.

Reilly has a maturity and work ethic beyond his 16 year age. While he travels the globe for contests, free surfing, and photoshoots he also maintains a high GPA through independent studies and a humbleness that is refreshing. Reilly’s dedication and focus has shown. In the words of his mentor and trainer, World Champion CJ Nelson, “Reilly has one of the smoothest approaches to longboard surfing that I have ever seen. Born and bred on the long walls of Pleasure Point, Reilly is loved and supported by his community. While a lot of kids his age are confused and scattered, Reilly is calmly focused on his passion and spends 90% of his time in the water. I am proud to say that the next generation of northern Californian longboarders is looking good and Reilly is the cream of the crop.”

We at Bing Surfboards are so proud to have Reilly as a part of the family! You can follow Reilly through this blog, our social media outlets, or on his instagram as well: @reillywstone

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Video: CJ Nelson
Photo: John Stone

BING x RAEN Launch Party Recap

Last Friday we hosted the official Bing Surfboards and RAEN Optics Launch party. Whew. What a night it was! MIHO Catering Co. served free AMAZING food to the first lucky 100+ people, while Drinks By Barçon kept the refreshing free margaritas shaking all night long. It was so great to see so many friends gather to eat and enjoy each other. Folks got their hands on the latest Bing boards in stock at the shop and even were able chat with owner and head shaper, Matt Calvani, face to face about what type of board is best for them. We capped off the night with giveaways where friends walked away with DVD’s, Bing Surfboards gear, and even a new pair of RAEN shades. We are so excited about our partnership with RAEN Optics, and look forward to bringing San Diego the best and largest selection of handcrafted RAEN Optics sunglasses available in one place at the Bing Surf Shop.

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Small Adventures

Our friend Nathan Oldfield put together a great short film for the crew at Critical Slide Society. The film features a slew of amazing shredders, including our own team rider, Mick Rodgers. Enjoy!

First Unit Land & Water Camera: Nathan Oldfield // nathanoldfield.com
Second Unit Camera: Macauley Rae // macauleyrae.tumblr.com
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Titles: Zander Van Oldenborgh // zandervo.com
Music: ‘The Summer Is Done With Us’ by Palms

Shop Feature: The Shop Next Door

This is a shop to lose yourself in, floating around looking for that board you just have to have. Not if you are looking for a high performance board though. This is a place of gliding and long drawn out lines, and fun. Most of all fun.

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Globalbardsports.com just featured one of our favorite Australian Surf Shops and we couldn’t be more stoked. The Shop Next Door in Manly NSW Australia stocks only the highest quality boards and goods, and we at Bing Surfboards are thrilled to be among the shops offerings. Their commitment to the core and heritage of surfing is something we really admire.

Products that are built to last on a foundation of authenticity, that really was a driving force for me here

If you could only have one board in your quiver and I didn’t know what the waves would be like it would be a Bing Dharma. It is just so versatile.

Read the full article HERE

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Photos: Globalboardsports.com

James Parry Wins Saunton Longboard Classic

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Congratulations to Bing Surfboards team rider James Parry for taking First Place in the Men’s Open Division today at the first British Longboard Union event of the year, The Saunton Longboard Classic. The conditions looked challenging to say the least, but James made the most of every opportunity and really showed his deep talent to shred even in such adverse conditions. Congratulations James!

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Noosa From Above

Hands down some of the best drone footage we’ve seen. Noosa may not be the heart-pounding waves of the North Shore that we’ve seen other drone footage of … but there is no denying that this beautiful wave can get your heart-pounding in a new way, a first love, romantic slow dance kind of way. Soak it up.

Video by: Keahi de Aboitiz
Music: “The Garden” by Woodlock

Bing Surf Shop + Brixton

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Drop by The Bing Surf Shop to check out our selection of Brixton Hats in stock. Just in time for Summer festival season and full-day beach hangs. One of our favorites is the Wesley hat (seen above) which fits in just as well for a local wave check as it does on a weekend adventure to the mountains.

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Friends of Bing Surfboards: Artist Susan Wickstrand

We were super excited to see this video announcing artist Susan Wickstrand as the newest member of Sanuk Footwear Team. Susan has been a long time friend of Bing Surfboards. Susan’s unique and vibrant work can be seen internationally, but holds really neat connections to our home here in Encinitas, California. This video below even shows Susan working on a few pieces which feature Bing Surfboards team riders Mele Saili and Lauren Hill. Great work Susan!

Bing Surf Shop + HippyTree

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As the seasons change and we can feel the Summer warmth start to touch our skin, the Bing Surf Shop is stocking up with all your must-have Summer clothing. We are super stoked on the new guys clothing from HippyTree. Great patterns, textures, and cool artist collaborations, like this t-shirt featuring photographer, Chris Burkard. Drop by the shop to check out HippyTree as well as all of the other great clothing and accessory brands we carry.

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Unstad Arctic Surf Camp + Bing Surfboards

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Thoughts of surfing usually conjure up beautiful images of barreling point breaks, sandy beaches, and hot summer days … but one of the incredible things about surfing is that it can happen wherever a wave happens. My mind was blown when I saw the images and heard stories of the Unstad Arctic Surf Camp, a Surf Camp that exists above the Arctic Circle in Norway. The folks at Unstad Surf camp create a once in a lifetime experience where you can join them for everything from a beginners surf lesson to a weekend retreat, to a full group camp experience. One of their philosophies is their desire to ‘warm your body and soul’ and they really live up to that motto. Not only do they offer some of the most breathtaking surf on Earth to warm your soul, they will warm you body with their cozy cabins, traditional saunas, and incredible food. We here at Bing Surfboards are so thrilled that they stock a full lineup of Bing boards that have been tested and proven in the incredible arctic waters. So if you are looking for the day, weekend, or trip of a lifetime, check out Unstad Arctic Surf Camp.

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All photo credits: Unstad Arctic Surf Camp