Welcome to Deflow Family - Matteo Fabbri

“Sono Matteo Fabbri, abito a Riccione, una ridente cittadina sulla costa Adriatica, penso uno dei posti peggiori dove poter surfare in Italia, le mareggiate sono veloci e poco consistenti.
Nonostante questo più o meno all’età di 8 anni, spinto da mio padre, mi sono incuriosito a questo fantastico mondo, prima solo in estate poi la passione è cresciuta insieme a me.
Questa fantastica passione mi ha portato a viaggiare per il mondo, anche per gareggiare in fantastici eventi contro surfisti fortissimi a volte portando a casa ottimi risultati, riempiendomi di orgoglio perché venendo da un posto senza onde questo momento rende molto fiero.
La passione per lo shaping penso sia sempre stata dentro di me, forse perché mio babbo si shapava i Windsurf da solo quando non c’erano ancora in Italia, forse perché sono stato sempre incuriosito da tutte quelle forme particolari che potevano avere le tavole e i vari stili di surf. Tutto ciò, durante uno dei miei viaggi in California, mi ha spinto a chiedere a Steve Boehne (fondatore di Infinity Surfboards mio ex sponsor) che mi ospitava sempre, di insegnarmi l’arte dello shaping.
Tornato a casa ero gasatissimo e grazie al mio amico Cece (Sequoia Surfboards) che mi ha ospitato nella sua shaping room mi ha fatto shapare qualche altra tavola per me. Le tavole venivano bene e i miei amici erano tutti vogliosi di tavole, allora così decisi di farmi la mia piccola shaping room!
Adesso sono totalmente preso da questo nuovo mondo che mi spinge a creare, e testare tutte le idee che mi vengo in mente per creare tavole performanti e allo stesso tempo con linee classiche come log, fish, mid e asimmetriche da utilizzare sia nelle nostre strane condizioni adriatiche sia su onde oceaniche.
Questa nuova collaborazione con DeFlow mi gasa tantissimo perché credo che la simbiosi tra tavole e pinne sia fondamentale, e questo mi stimola ancora di più a creare la giusta armonia tra le due parti per creare qualcosa di speciale!”
words by Matteo Fabbri

“I’m Matteo Fabbri, I live in Riccione, one small but pretty nice city, on the east coast of Italy. One of the worst place to surf in Italy, waves are small and inconsistent mostly of the time, but you know the surf is pure passion and enraptures you.
I started surfing at around 8 years old, introduced by my dad, only in the summer but years after years that passion grew up with me. The same passion that pushes me to travel a lot, everywhere in the world, competing with some of the best longboarders, sometimes with great results, which makes me really proud because I come from a place basically with no waves.
The passion for shaping maybe I was hidden in me since I was kid, because my dad use to shape its own windsurf I back in the days. I’ve always been in love with new surfboards and so curious, plus the weird condition of surfing that we got at home pushed me to try different shape. During one of the many surf trips I did to California I asked Steve Boehne (the owner of Infinity Surfboard, my old sponsor) to introduce me to the shaping art, so I spent most of the trip in the shaping bay with him.
When I came back I started shaping some boards for me in a dear friend’s shaping room and I like it a lot so I started building my own shaping room.
Now I’m totally in love with this, and I constantly push myself to create always different surfboards, for every condition, kind of waves, different template, log, fish, mid and I don’t think this researching will ever end.
I’m so glad for this collaboration with DeFlow because the right harmony between surfboard and fins is so important to create something special.”
words by Matteo Fabbri


Foggy Barrels - Miguel Castrillon

Few times per year, the ocean wakes up with complete foggy mornings. Even if we try to see how the conditions look like, we are unable to see through the fog. There could be bad conditions, or it could be one of the best surfing session on a long time.

Even if no one likes this kind of situations, it brings us back to the old times of surfing, when no forecast or webcam were available. If you weren’t lucky enough to live by the sea, it was hard to make the right choice.

This time, luckily for our ambassadors Miguel Castrillon and Coke Fontes, the waves were firing.

 

All Pictures by Coke Fontes (@cokoif)

 

 

 

We are more than happy to have this energetic and charismatic surf in our team. His fresh approach on any kind of fins and accessories helps us to develop and improve our products.

Want to know which is his favourite Deflow equipment?

6ft 6mm Leash

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3 Piece Traction

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Front Pad

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Supra Medium

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How to choose the correct longboard fin

Whenever we develop a new product, we like to have the opinion of our riders in order to base ourselves on the best feedback possible. That is why we are going to start a section in which they themselves explain everything concerning the Deflow product range.

 

This time, we asked Clovis Donizetti a couple of questions about single fins and longboard fins. We hope this Single Fin Guide helps you choose your next quiver addition ?

Hello Clovis! First of all, thank you for letting us some minutes to answer some questions about single fins and longboard fins. Let’s start with a very simple but key question: How important is it to ride the right template?

Clovis: Of course depending on your skills ( a good surfer can ride anything, but will be more sensitive to details) you might find it important to have the right fin on the right board.
It can change drastically the mood of your board, and its behaviour in different types of waves.
There’s some basics to fins, but as with everything else in surfing, the most important is that it feels good to you.

In terms of longboarding, how do you choose your fin?

C: We got the chance to have a wide array of fins nowadays. Especially regarding Dolphin style fins.
I’d say first, analyze what you’d ultimately like to do on a longboard. Noseriding, maybe turning or both, or just going fast through sections all the way to the beach?
Next, size can be crucial, depending on your weight and if your regular waves are soft and clean, or a powerful beach break, for example, you might want to go smaller or bigger.

Best fin for noseriding? for turning? and best mix?

C: For noseriding, I am especially fond of the fins made in 65/66 at the height of longboard. they were pivot style fins but very lively too.
Turning, you can go towards more Australian fins influenced by Greenough and his different stages in the late 60’s.
Flex is key for the kickback, but sometimes a stiff fin in solid waves is interesting as well.
The best mix is without hesitation a combination of wide base and refined tip with a bit of flex throughout the fin. You could travel the world with just a few of these fins in different sizes and any board you’d be surfing would instantly be better.

Key aspects to take into account when buying a longboard fin.

C: Is your fin correctly finished? Was it made by a company that knows about fins? or just a cool design that doesn’t mean anything? Is it the right size for your board?
and eventually, don’t follow the trends, is it looking good for you?

We also asked our community via social media, here you have some interesting questions:

What kind of fin for a traditional shortboard single fin?

C: I’d go for a 70’s template style, anything upright in the 7’5 in. for real waves.
If it’s a softer style of the board (egg, midlength) in the 9 in. with a bit of flex and a refined template.

Why do most fins have sharp leading edges?

C: I don’t have an answer for this, but most fins erode with time and dragging on the sand, eventually refining the tip ( especially on volan fins).
The general foil of the fin is way more important than these edges anyway.

Which fin is the best for longboard?

C: The one that suits you the best ! In my opinion, having a few fins and being able to try more pivot, then more refined fins is like cooking the same dish and mixing up with different
ingredients each time. Once your board is glassed, the fin will be the only element you can actually adjust.

2 +1 when and where?

C: On a longboard, never.
On a midlength or shortboard, if you’d like to rely on a side bite in order to go more vertical.

I like to ride performance but look for a more classic feeling. Which fin should I choose?

C: Something not too big like 9’75 and with a fuller template than the dolphin fin style. From there you could decide on, more pivot style? more refined?

I ride a 10’1 eagle glider, haven’t found the correct fin, any ideas?

C: You can go Skip Frye style and put a 6’5 or 7’5 in the upright template. The bigger the board, the less the fin is a rule of thumb, as you tend to use the rails more, the fin being only here for take-off and as a stabilizer.
If you’d wish to turn more, 9 inches can allow you that. anything bigger and your glider will go slow in my opinion.

Thanks a lot, Clovis! Anything more to add?

C: Here are some Deflow fins in connection with what I discussed above
Modele Rouge: for a starting approach to classic longboarding, and a good simple fin to use.
Modele Cream, SaltWater or Margaux :  The fin that everyone should have in his quiver. turning trimming or holding noserides in the pocket. this is the one.
Modele DnD: For refined surfers, understanding a more subtle approach to surfing
note: you could use the cream model in a shorter size, mini cream, for gliders, single fins shortboard, etc, this template is like a good pair of 501, it works!


Iñigo Agote x Deflow

Iñigo Agote x Deflow

Iñigo Agote is a professional photographed based in San Sebastian specialized on water photography.

During the last couple of years, he has developed a unique water photography style, being the sunset light the key of his composition and colour processing.

He is actually part of the Deflow family and he collaborates actively with the brand generating content for its social media and communication channels.

Inspired by the colours of the sunsets captured by Iñigo, we created a fin replicating his iconic photos. Starting from deep blue (the ocean) we go all the way to a warm red and sunset yellow.

Finally, the fin fades into translucid area where you can see-trough the fin.

We emulate sunset spectrum from Iñigo’s images and allow you to put the fin between the sunset
and yourself to see how the light goes through and changes the colour of the fin.

Iñigo Agote x Deflow

Iñigo Agote is a professional photographed based in San Sebastian specialized on water photography.

During the last couple of years, he has developed a unique water photography style, being the sunset light the key of his composition and colour processing.

He is actually part of the Deflow family and he collaborates actively with the brand generating content for its social media and communication channels.

Inspired by the colours of the sunsets captured by Iñigo, we created a fin replicating his iconic photos. Starting from deep blue (the ocean) we go all the way to a warm red and sunset yellow.

Finally, the fin fades into translucid area where you can see-trough the fin.

We emulate sunset spectrum from Iñigo’s images and allow you to put the fin between the sunset
and yourself to see how the light goes through and changes the colour of the fin.

Iñigo Agote x Deflow

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How to choose your traction pad

Whenever we develop a new product, we like to have the opinion of our riders in order to base ourselves on the best feedback possible. That is why we are going to start a section in which they themselves explain everything concerning the Deflow product range.

 

Each one of our traction pads has been specifically designed in order to optimize its characteristics for a specific type of surf, conditions and boards.

In this case we have asked Legi Alonso, one of our 'performance' riders,  to tell us a little more about them. Perhaps his advice will help you decide what grip to put on your next board.

 

 

Which traction pad should I use?

2 Piece Traction Pad

 

It is the pad with the most contrasted surface since it combines a smooth part (very soft) with another based on rough textures (very adherent), which makes it a very didactic and intuitive grip since this contrast helps us to know the height at which we are treading at all times.

 

 

Because of this, I always use it on boards where I move my foot a lot. For example, on short boards for small waves. These types of conditions are given to the foot moving forward to pump and achieve speed (stepping on the smooth part) and then being carried backwards at the moment of executing the maneuver (rough and more adherent part). Hence, this last surface has the super adherent texture on which to exert all our strength in the most critical moments.

It is also ideal for when you start to land your first airs or other maneuvers in which the foot loses some contact with the board. Once again, that pronounced change in its textures will help you position your foot more effectively.

 

 

 

3 Piece Traction Pad

 

This pad offers a softer touch throughout its entire surface. However, it has a double grip on its lateral parts (thick vertical bands, longitudinally perforated) in order to optimize its adherence at key moments such as the 'bottom' or the 'cut back'.

Finally, it includes a small central bridge that indicates at all times the part of the grip that we are treading.

I use this grip model on narrower boards oriented to waves of a certain quality, generally 'round square tails', since in them I move less the tread and I focus almost exclusively on stepping on the sides (areas of greater grip of the pad) in order to trace rail turns on the wall.

 

 

 

5 Piece Traction Pad

 

It is the narrowest and offers greater subtlety to our tread since it is flat and provides, only, a high friction in its outer limits, on both sides and in the rear area.

I always use it on ‘round tail’ boards as they tend to be narrower and geared toward a higher range surf where the most subtle movements prevail.

The higher the quality of the waves, the less it is pumped or stepped on in order to generate speed (the waves are supposed to have strength and supply that part), therefore we would focus on moving the board from edge to edge, without taking off of the wall. Hence, any other element is superfluous (very bulky textures, central bridge ...).

Finally, the 5-piece grip has a very accentuated final block based on a classic grid texture, highly tested and infallible, in order to provide the greatest security in the most critical moments.

 

 

Front Pad

 

During the last few years, many of the more progressive surfers have started to use a front pad. Until now, I had never used it on my boards because I always thought it was silly, a mere 'pose' that was useless. However, after testing it, I realized that I was wrong and that, indeed, the front pad has a number of advantages to take into account. That's why ... We'd better dedicate a post to it ('coming soon'), since, with all certainty, it will become a regular of my 'air toys' ;P

Do you always use traction pads?

 

When it comes to standard shortboards… Always!

In my case, it not only helps me to obtain a greater firmness in the tread (thanks to its grip or the rear stud), but it also helps me orient my foot, giving me indications about the way in which I step on each board.

It is clear that I will not use a grip in the case of a 'single fin' or another type of board in which I do not stop moving my feet or look for another type of 'flow'. Nor does it make sense on longer boards (from 6'4 '' onwards, in my opinion) where the way of stepping and distributing the weight has nothing to do with that of a normal shortboard.

 

Want to know more about our traction pads? Discover our full collection here 

 

 

 


One morning with Clovis and friends

When the cold winds of winter hit the classic buildings of Biarritz, takes away the summer eccentricity and leaves Biarritz quiet.

This is one of our favourite times of the year. Even when the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, feels good to be walking around the lonely streets, getting to know the people that live side by side peacefully on winter time.

In between winter swells, we went to visit and surf with Clovis Donizetti and his friend Thomas Lodin on the classic sand-bank of Côte des Basques.

Mornings are cold but, when the waves look like this, no one doubts on entering on the freezing waters running to be the first out there.

 

Thomas Lodin on his glass on classic pig
When you noseride isn't needed. Thomas Lodin
Thomas on the wave bellow, and Clovis on the one behind.
Just Clovis.

  

 

Classics of Biarritz, Clovis on the wave and the Belza Villa

Once again, Thomas taking the first of the set, and behind him Clovis
Let's go for a coffee guys :)
Clovis Donizetti's Signature Fin

 


Interview / Salt Water

Aloha!

During this dark and cloudy weekend, we shared a coffee and had a little talk with Benjamin Fabre about one of his projects, Salt Water. 

He is running a Kickstarter Campaign to launch the first Salt Water Magazine which (we hope) it will be available on the your nearest surf shop very very soon. But, what is Salt Water?

 

DEFLOW: First of all, explains us who is behind salt water and which is the concept.
BENJAMIN: I created Salt Water in 2016. At the time, my idea was to offer to photographers, writers, travellers, shapers, filmakers... a playground to express their art. Today the community has grown and counts more than 150 contributors from everywhere. So Salt Water is the fruit of many talented persons who trusted the project. Today, after 3 years of digital life, Salt Water will also become a print magazine, in which our contributors will be able to share their work. For this new challenge I was lucky enough to find on my path 2 persons who accepted to join the adventure: Thibaut Spoe Paruite who design all the magazine and Joseba who is in charge of communications and marketing.

 

D: How did you came with the idea of Salt Water? and why “Salt Water”?
B: The idea came discussing with my girlfriend late at night in a pub we loved after too many beers. But more seriously, I really think that there are many talented creators who don't have enough visibility. Surfing industry is tough and it's hard for small photographers to build a name.  Recently some brands have contacted us to collaborate with some of our contributors because they saw their pictures on our website. If Salt Water can help content creators and brands to connect, everyone would be happy.

 

D: Ohh that would be great, reciprocity. Also, there is something you say on your web that seems very interesting for us: “We believe that surfing has a lot more to offer than performance shortboards and wave pools.” Explain us more.
B: Surfing is evolving so quickly. Surfing contests are organised in the middle of the desert in pools. Crowds are gathering on the beach at every WSL events to see their idols. In one sense it's good. Surfing is becoming a mass activity. It will be at the Olympics in 2020. But I feel we are loosing the real essence of the sport. Experience a close connexion with nature, discover remote places to ride empty waves, enjoy seshs at home with friends or just try any crazy trick in shitty waves for the fun of surf. More and more riders are riding different shapes, asymetrical, longboards, twin fins, single... That's for this part of the surfing community that Salt Water was made.

D: Then, thanks Salt Water for being here! hahaha...Tell us about the evolution of Salt Water. Until now it was a community of content creators. Now it has become a magazine. Which are your thoughts for the future?
B: Salt Water started as a blog, animated by our contributors who hared some articles. In few weeks Salt Water will also be a print magazine that will be published 2 times a year. Our goal is also to develop our agency activity to create content for brands using our network of creative minds. Brands have understood the power of surfing and are using its image and values. That's where we position our agency: from strategy to content creation and amplification, our goal is to inspire consumers to live outside and enjoy the fabulous playground nature is offering us.

D: About the magazine. On your Kickstarter campaign you say you will launch 2 magazines every year. Which is this first issue about?
B: Our first issue called "Somewhere Else" is a 200 pages magazine featuring 14 contributors. Their articles focus on the theme "places". Because location is the most important ingredient in the surfing experience. Each article will describe a moment, an adventure, a simple routine that makes our living so exciting. Whether it's searching for empty waves on the other side of the world or enjoying the simple pleasure of surfing your home break with your friends, we all have a place in our mind that motivates our future.

Want to support the Salt Water KickStarter Campaign? Click here.

The pictures we've been sharing on this blog posts will be featured on the Salt Water magazine, and are taken by: Simon Fitz, Xue Gil Guidonet, Ben Thouard, Fabien Voileau and Adrien Belagner