Monday, January 31, 2011

Yamamoto Rubber Gaining Ground Against Traditional Neoprene

From Wetsuits made for surfing are undergoing a new shift in manufacturing. Many wetsuits are being made out of Yamamoto rubber instead of traditional neoprene. This material was unheard of a few years ago but in recent years has broken ground in the surfing wetsuit market.

So what is Yamamoto rubber? Interestingly enough it is a material made out of Limestone. The Yamamoto Corporation creates this special polymer out of the rock it mines from an ancient Mesozoic mountain. Traditional old-fashion neoprene is a petroleum-based product. Wetsuits made out of Yamamoto rubber are more flexible, lighter, warmer, and last longer than traditional neoprene wetsuits.

Most of the large surfing wetsuit brands have been slow to adapt to Yamamoto rubber.  Several smaller brands have popped up the past few years to fill this void. Some of these new brands include Matuse, Boz, Isurus, and Seventhwave.

For more information about Yamamoto rubber and traditional wetsuits visit

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Surf To Summit Trailer: the crew surf and ski NZ in 5 days!

Over five action-packed days in September, Alex Herbert (Kingswood Skis), pro skier Tom Dunbar, pro snowboarder Maria Kuzma, and skier and surfer Angus Kebbell drove, choppered, ferried, flew, surfed and skied the length of the country from Cape Reinga on Day One (September 14) to Bluff on Day Five (by midnight September 18). The mega-storm that rocked New Zealand that week made for last-minute itinerary changes and a dramatic final surf on a snow-covered Southland beach.

Seventhwave made sure the team stayed warm with their very own MAX custom-fit steamers, which also came in handy when the team caravan got stuck in deep mud!

The Surf to Summit crew were joined by special guests Paige Hareb (ASP Surf Tour), Jossi Wells (free skiing world champ), Maz Quinn (WTC), Geoff Small (national big mountain champ, Ruapehu extreme champ), Sam Smoothy (national freeride champ), Sam Hawke (big wave legend), and a few of our very own Seventhwave riders.

Look out for the TV show, airing on C4 in February and playing on Air New Zealand inflight. In the meantime, here's the trailer:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Video: 2011 Hyundai National Surfing Champs

The 2011 Hyundai National Surfing Champs - Dunedin, New Zealand, shot by Seventhwave Wetsuits. A packed field of both local and national surfers made the trek to St. Clair, Dunedin, to compete for the title of National Champ.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Year, new gear: January Newsletter


January newsletter is out now! Those of you on our email list will have yours in your inbox, otherwise check it out here. Remember if you want to get it direct to your inbox just sign up on our website.

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  • The Surf Emporium
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  • Feedback: Melanie Bartels, Hawaii
  • Canterbury Kiteboarding Championships

Seventhwave riders perform at the Dunedin Nationals

Congrats to all Seventhwave riders who made it to Dunedin last weekend to compete in the National Surfing Championships. Luke O'Neill, Neil Robb and Mark Perana took top honours in their respective divisions, while a number of others made finals or came agonizingly close.

Luke O'Neill: 1st Under 18 Longboard Men
Neil Robb: 1st Over 40's Men, 2nd Over 45's Men
Mark Perana: 1st Over 50's Men
Harrison Whiteside: 3rd Under 14 Men
Joe Moretti: 4th Under 18 Men
Alethea Lock: 4th Under 18 Women

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