What does Manuel Lezcano ride?

Unless you live on Mars, you did probably watch the last surf video featuring Manuel Lezcano riding some of the best and heaviest barrels at El Quemao. If not, you should really click the play button above.

 

Manuel always gets perfect lines combining deep barrels with power surfing. And this is an honor for us that he has chosen Deflow for his surf fins and accessories.

 

Get a sneak peak at Manuel’s favorites below and make sure you are also equipped with the best surf gear for you next surf trip or for the coming winter season.

A.Toyon Thruster Fins

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Supra Quattro Quad Fins

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Accro Large Thruster Fins

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6"7 Pro Tech Leash

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3 Piece Burgundy Pad

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Sea Green Pad

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7"7mm Burgundy Leash

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Iñigo Agote Twin Fins

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Manuel Lezcano Interview Video EN

. Hello Manu! First of all… We are still amazed with the video!
When we saw those crazy barrels we couldn’t help but think that the Canary Islands is the best place in the world! Hahaha, do you agree? What does it mean for you to have grown up -as a person and as a surfer- in Lanzarote?


Thank you very much, it’s a pleasure to be able to share a part of my winter with you.
The Canary Islands is an incredible place, there is no doubt about that, everyone enjoys it in their own way. We are islanders, and thanks to that, there are many of us who can not live with-out the sea and all the good things it brings us in our daily lives. And as a place to grow and live, it lacks nothing, I think I have been privileged to have grown up in this environment.

. Another thing that amazes us is the difficulty that entails El Quemao and Santa, both at the height of the best waves of the North Shore. How does it feel to have seen them break since you were a kid and now be able to surf them like no one else? What do you experience when you enter these spots on such epic days?

When I was a kid I loved going to see it…I dreamed of being there someday, now I just try to learn more and more about them and how to get better every session. Luckily we have great venues ,that always push us to give it our all every day. Epic days are that…. epic days that you don’t forget.

. We imagine that your world stops when there are forecasts and finally the sea dawns as you had dreamed. Do you still feel the same nerves and the same magic after years of tubes and more tubes? How do you live the days like that?


I think that every year I’m worse and I get up earlier to prepare everything, with more nerves. Once I see the sea and that everything is in order … I forget everything and I only think about surfing the best, and enjoy the tubazos of my friends.

. About the material, a crucial aspect to optimize performance in such demanding conditions, what are the fins that give you more confidence in such heavy waves?

This winter I used Arcco large for all my surfs. For my quad, the Supra Quattro, with them I came out of one of the deepest tubes I remember in my everyday wave … so they became my fins for tube days and they have not failed me.

. On the other hand, when things get more playful and you opt for maneuvering and aerial surfing, what are your favorite Deflow models?

I use the Supra Large model a lot on my shortboards, I love the drive they have and how they respond both in bad wind and on smoother days…

. Since every surfer is different and we all have our own preferences …. Are you one of those who have already assigned certain fins to each board or do you change depending on the day and you feel like trying new things? Tell us about that ‘freak’ facet that every good surfer has in his veins! Hahahaha.

The truth is that I play with two models when it comes to thruster…Arcco and Supra Large.
I have my twins with the model of Iñigo Agote…. There are days that I consider only use twins for what I enjoy with them … both in tubes and maneuvers. But for now, I’m happy to alternate and I’ll continue to do so for a while at least hehe.

. If you had to give some golden tips in terms of equipment, surfing requirements, and how to be in the water, what would you say to all those who are planning to spend a winter season in the islands?

Trick question? hehe, I think that as in most places with quality waves, the most important thing is to know how to be in the water…and above all, when to be in the water. Every island is different…but most of the Canary peaks are already quite crowded with just the locals and it is difficult to coexist in a small space. then there are times and waves that can “hold” enough people and you see how everyone catches their wave. the important thing is to know how to recognize what they are and enjoy them with respect.

. Returning to the essence 100% CORE of your video …. No intros, no lifestyle, no bullshit, just tubes and more tubes from the first second! Since you transmit that pure essence of surfing, what does it mean for you to be part of the Deflow team, a brand that we try to keep true to that spirit?
I’m sure there will come quieter things haha, but yes…the truth is that we don’t hold back when it comes to putting one tube after another.

For me it’s incredible to be able to transmit my feedback on the material I use. I already did it with the boards, and now, with the fins, grips etc. so I feel happy to belong to the Deflow family and to be able to grow and improve with you.

. Precisely values like surfing and family are the ones that dictate your life. We would like you to talk about the things that are essential to you so that people can get to know a little more about the other Manu that doesn’t appear in the videos. What things and ideals define your personality and your day to day life?

As it may seem to many, the value of family is multiplied by 1000 when you are a father. My world revolves around my family and trying to enjoy every day with them. It is also incredible to transmit my love for the sea and the waves to my son, as my father did with me … .

. Nothing else Manu. Thank you for trusting us and our products and, above all, for sharing with us such unrepeatable moments in and out of the water.

Thanks to you guys, I hope to see you soon!


Manuel Lezcano Interview Video ES

. ¡Ese Manu! Antes de nada… ¡Pedazo de vídeo, eh!
Cuando hemos visto esos olones no hemos podido evitar pensar que Canarias es el mejor lugar del mundo. Jajaja. ¿Estás de acuerdo? ¿Qué supone para ti haber crecido –como persona y como surfista- en Lanzarote?


Muchas Gracias ¡ un placer poder compartir una parte de mi invierno con ustedes.
Canarias es un lugar increíble, de eso no hay duda, cada uno lo disfruta a su manera. Somos isleños ,y gracias a eso ,somos muchos los que no podemos vivir sin el mar y sin todas las cosas buenas que nos aporta en nuestro día a día . Y como lugar para crecer y vivir no le falta de nada, pienso que he sido un privilegiado por haber crecido en este entorno.

. Otra cosa que nos ha flipao es la dificultad que entrañan El Quemao y la Santa, ambas a la altura de las mejores olas de la North Shore.
¿Qué sientes al haberlas visto romper desde niño y ahora ser capaz de surfearlas como nadie? ¿Qué experimentas cuando entras en esos spots en días tan épicos?

De niño me encantaba ir a verlo…soñaba con estar ahí algún día .Ahora sólo trato de aprender cada vez un poco más sobre ellas y sobre cómo superarme cada sesión. Por suerte contamos con locales de lujo ,que siempre nos empujamos a darlo todo cada día.
Los días épicos son eso….días épicos que no se olvidan.

. Imaginamos que tu mundo se detiene cuando hay previs y por fin amanece el mar como habías soñado. ¿Sigues notando los mismos nervios y la misma magia tras años de tubos y más tubos? ¿Cómo vives los días así?


Creo que cada año lo llevo peor y me levanto a preparar todo antes ,con más nervios . una vez veo el mar y que todo está en orden…se me olvida todo y ya sólo pienso en surfear la mejor, y en disfrutar de los tubazos de mis amigos.

. Acerca del material, un aspecto crucial para poder optimizar el rendimiento en unas condiciones tan exigentes, ¿cuáles son las quillas que te proporcionan una mayor confianza en olas tan heavys?

Este invierno usé en todos mis baños las Arcco large. Para mis quad ,las Supra Quattro, con ellas salí de uno de los tubos más profundos que recuerdo en mi ola de todos los días …así que pasaron a ser mis quillas para los días de tubos y no me han fallado.

. Por otra parte, cuando la cosa se pone más juguetona y optas por un surf de maniobras y aéreos, ¿cuáles son tus modelos de Deflow favoritos?

Uso mucho en mis tablas cortas el modelo de Supra Large. Me encanta el drive que tienen y como responden tanto con viento malo como con días más lisos.

. Dado que cada surfista es un mundo y todos tenemos nuestras manías…. ¿Eres de los que ya tiene asignadas unas quillas determinadas a cada tabla o vas cambiando según tengas el día y te apetezca probar nuevas cosas? ¡Cuéntanos acerca de esa faceta ‘freak’ que todo buen surfista lleva en las venas! Jajajaja.

La verdad que juego con dos modelos cuando se trata de thruster…Arcco y Supra Large.
tengo mis twins con el modelo de Iñigo Agote ….hay días que me planteo sólo usar twins por lo que disfruto con ellos…tanto en tubos como en maniobras. Pero por ahora estoy encantado alternando y así seguiré por un tiempo al menos jeje

. Si tuvieras que dar unos consejos de oro en cuanto a equipamiento, exigencia de surf y saber estar en el agua, ¿qué les dirías a todos aquellos que estén planeando en ir a pasar una temporada de invierno a las islas?

Pregunta con trampa ¿?¿? jeje
Yo creo que como en la mayoría de lugares con olas de calidad,lo más importante es saber estar en el agua…y sobre todo ,cuando estar en el agua. Cada isla es diferente…pero la mayoría de los picos canarios están ya bastante llenos sólo con los propios locales y se hace difícil la convivencia en un espacio pequeño. Luego hay momentos y olas que pueden “aguantar” bastante gente y ves como todo el mundo pilla su olita. lo importante es saber reconocer cuáles son y disfrutar de ellas con respeto.

. Retomando la esencia 100% CORE de tu vídeo… Ni intros, ni lifestyle, ni hostias. ¡Tubos y más tubos desde el primer segundo! Dado que transmites esa esencia pura del surf, ¿qué supone para ti formar parte del equipo de Deflow, una marca que tratamos de mantener fiel a dicho espíritu?

Vendrán cosas más tranquilas jaja, pero sí…la verdad que no nos cortamos a la hora de meter un tubo detrás de otro. 
Para mí es increíble poder transmitir mi fedback sobre el material que uso. Ya lo hacía con las tablas, y ahora, con las quillas, grips etc así que me siento feliz de poder pertenecer a la familia Deflow y poder crecer y mejorar con ustedes.

. Precisamente valores como el surf o la familia son los que dictan tu vida. Nos gustaría que hablases de las cosas que te resultan esenciales para que la gente pueda conocer un poco más a ese otro Manu que no sale en los vídeos. ¿Qué cosas e ideales definen tu personalidad y tu día a día?

Como a muchos les puede parecer ,el valor de la familia se multiplica por 1000 cuando eres padre. Mi mundo gira en torno a la familia y en tratar de disfrutar cada día con ellos .También es increíble el transmitir mi amor por el mar y las olas a mi hijo ,cómo hizo mi padre conmigo.

. Nada más Manu. Gracias por confiar en nosotros y en nuestros productos y, sobre todo, por compartir con nosotros unos momentos tan irrepetibles dentro y fuera del agua.☺

Gracias a ustedes espero verles pronto. Un saludo.


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!


Beyond The Noise

Noah Lane is a great example of nomadic lifestyle. He left the warm waters of Gold Coast and replaced his boardshorts for wearing thick wetsuits on the cold waves of Ireland. He is humble, lives simply and never misses a great day of surfing.

We talked with him few weeks ago with the release of his latest film with Harrison Roach, directed by Andrew Kaineder.

DEFLOW: Hello Noah! How is everything going? It seems you’ve been busy with a new project, Beyond The Noise, right? Can you tell us more about it?

Noah: Yeah so Beyond the Noise is essentially an experimental surf film by my friend and director Andrew Kaineder who was kind enough to ask me to be involved. He got an incredible group of creative people along for the ride and created a 40 minute film that I think is a great representation of what I see in surfing.

Deflow: Watching the trailer, we couldn’t help thinking on the era we are living, surrounded by the technology industry. How did you get to the idea for the documentary?

Noah: It’s a lot of Andrew's personal vision on the world around us, our disconnection and separation from nature told through the medium of surfing. For me the idea resonated strongly and I felt that deeper, there was a sense of telling what I find in surfing- the elements of escapism and being in an uncontrollable environment. So often these days we construct haven's where we're removed or masters of the natural world so it's nice to see a depiction of the places where you can still feel like a small cog in a larger machine.

D:How long have you been filming? How many people are involved in the project?

N: The film was shot over about a 6 month period between November 2017 and April 2018. But for AK the whole process was much longer. The surfing part that I was involved in was the easy bit. But it wasn't without it's difficulties. AK broke his leg and tore ligaments in his ankle just a few weeks before he was scheduled to come to Ireland. At that point, too many wheels were in motion to postpone the start so he spent the first few weeks hobbling through muddy fields with all his kit in a moon boot. It ended in April when I tore all the ligaments in my knee and was put out of the water for 6 months. It was kind of bitter sweet- I hardly wanted to be injured but we had scored some incredible moments, weather and waves in the previous months and I needed a rest from surfing for a while. 

As I mentioned earlier, there was an incredibly talented crew involved. Andrew headed the whole thing up. Along filming was Todd Barnes who worked on Ben Player's "Far North" together with Andrew. Harrison Roach joined me in the ocean surfing. Dan Crockett wrote some poignant words that make up the script. Joe Franklin did the completely original score with about 10 other musicians and Tim Wreyford was the colourist.

D: When and where we will be able to watch the full film? Which are the next dates of screening?

N: The first screening of the film was back in October at the London Surf Film Festival and shortly after we toured it through the UK with the support of Finisterre. It's since played at a number of film festivals and is set for an online release on iTunes in March.

D: if you would have to choose one reason why someone should watch this film, which one would it be?

N: It’s really hard to choose just one reason to watch the film but there are some parts that really stand out to me. The cinematography is compelling and really captures what Ireland and the North Atlantic is like during the winter. Andrew and Todd are both very skilled at their craft and it shows. It's beautiful and dark and more like the quality you would expect from a big budget film rather than a surf film.  The music score is also something else. Joe created a soundtrack that's both original and unique not just in a surfing sense. I've watched it quite a few times now and every time, I still manage to hear something new in the composition. 

It's completely immersive and I would suggest to anyone watching and wanting to experience the full package and hard work the guys put in- to do so in a dark room, on a decent sized screen, with the volume turned up.

Thanks mate!

Noah

 

Watch the teaser and full film here:

Beyond the Noise from Andrew Kaineder

 


Deflow Music - Tarik Rahim

If you haven't met him yet, lets introduce you to Tarik Rahim. We know him for some years now, and we always have been interested by his artistic way of doing things. From helping his father at the family business crafting surfboards in Asturias, to compose his own music with his band Carisma.

Ah, and we can't forget his unique style of surfing different boards and having fun with any kind of waves.

We asked him a few questions and proposed him to create a little playlist to inaugurate our Spotify channel.

 

Deflow: How is it going?

Tarik: Hey, what’s up, all good around here

D: First of all, introduce yourself, tell us where you come from…

T: Conceptually Tarik Rahim is 20 years old, was born on a cold day of January in Asturias (Spain) but his parents are from the tropical and sunny Brazil and his grandfather was originally from Lebanon, so he is a quiet big combination of cultures that melts into surf (because his dad has been a shaper since the 70’s), music, drawing, photography and in general terms, using creativity in the ways he consider cool since he was little tiny punk.

D: Music, surfing, photography… where does this creativity come from?

T: That’s a little mystery still, but as far as I know, it came in a really natural way; I remember I used to look up for super sketchy websites where I could download music illegally when I was like 9 or something, and I also remember coming back from class when it was flat and just spending hours drawing God knows what in these small notebooks that I still keep and try to understand nowadays.

  

D: We have heard you have a music band too? How is that going?

T: Aaaaah man, for one side it’s been reeeeal good, getting to know a lot of different people, playing in a bunch of places, and specially having a lot of fun with the rest of the band, shout out to my boys Ivan(Pendejo), Ruben and Santi. But in the other hand it has been a bit busy for me managing it, manufacturing the cassettes, doing posters, looking up for gigs, etc, also tried to get the band on a label a month a go, sent like 50 emails but no one answers back even for saying no, so I guess it’s all about timing.

D: Which type of music you normally play? Planning to be on the MTV Ema’s someday? hahaha

T: For the band I mostly do like 60’s kinda garage rock, which I’m a super fan, but besides that back at home, I love playing some bossanova, funky, jazz chords, even a bit of flamenco I don’t know, I love to play other styles of music so I invite everyone to listen to my Soundcloud and if they want just give some feedback haha and about the EMA’s, yeah, why not, CARISMA would be stocked to do some twerking with Miley Cyrus hahaha

  

D:  Ok, so now introduce us the little music recompilation you’ve done for us :)

T: Alright, maybe is a bit confusing for whoever listens to it because there are many different styles of music in that playlist, but there's one only thing they have in common, and that’s the energy and vibe every single song gives, not each of it has the same energy but they still transmit something, so I hope everyone finds it and enjoys it.

 If the Playlist bellow is not visible, click here


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