Tequila Blackout with Laura Coviella

Laura Coviella spent 3 weeks in the Mentawaii Islands, Indonesia to surf perfect waves. The result is this incredible and dreamy video edit that shows how powerful her surf is getting, and obviously still really engaged! 

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Laura’s favorite picks

Rocket M // Thruster fins

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6″6 mm // Pro Tech Leash

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3 Piece // Traction Pad

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Supra M// Thurster Fins

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Erwin Bliss in '22:22' video

As always, you’ll find incomparable creativity combined with modern surfing in this last edit featuring the Deflow family member Erwin Bliss filmed and edited by Yentl Touboul for Wasted Talent. ’22:22′ is a true ode to Erwin’s surfing style and you’ll surely list this edit in your new faves. Watch video below and find extra pics from the talented photographer Nils Puissant

Erwin’s favorite picks

Rocket M // Thruster fins

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6″6 mm // Pro Tech Leash

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Erwin Bliss // Tail Pad 

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Erwin Bliss  // Front Pad

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Adrien Toyon and Numb collaboration

Adrien Toyon never stops looking for new epic projects that alway show his engagement and integrity with the surfing world. This is what the last Numb x Vans collaboration video for Salt Water Magazine testifies. Watch it below and learn more about Adrien’s unrivaled surf approach.

Adrien’s favorite picks

Highline M // Thruster fins

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Sea Green // Traction Pad

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6″6 mm // Pro Tech Leash

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Mid  // Twin Fins

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Deflow Welcomes Braiden Maither

Born in Maui, Braiden has always been connected to the nature and to the ocean. His style in surfing and approach for airs is unique, and it got our attention since the early beginnings. We are happy to welcome our first international ambassador with the amazing edit and interesting conversation below in order to know more about this talented surfer. 

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. Hey Braiden! First of all, it’s a pleasure to have you around. In fact, we don’t get to sit down and chat with too many people from Maui, so why don’t you start by telling us about your surfing and living environment?

 

Thanks for having me! Growing up on Maui was amazing, its a small community on the side of the island I live (Westside) It’s a special place to learn how to surf and progress at surfing.

 

. To give us a little more insight into you as a person, what other things besides surfing are part of your routine and what are you especially passionate about? Tell us what a typical day in your life is like!

 

I own a Surf Lesson Business so half the time I am doing lessons, but if there’s waves of course I take off and try to nail some clips! Just got a puppy also so that’s been taking up some time haha. Besides that usually grab a coffee in the morning try and do some stretching to get the body going then find some waves with the least amount of people.

. It’s funny… They just published an article in Stab about how many surfers from Maui have a great level, and yet the scarce representation of the island in the CT or the highest positions of the QS. Why do you think this situation is? Are you too busy living well and surfing good waves, instead of suffering the stress of the sleeves in half a meter? hahaha

 

Haha! The stress don’t help! A big part is the cost of living here is insane. It’s the highest cost in all of America by a long shot. So making enough money to live and chase the Q is really hard to pull off. On top of the fact that home is very easy to get real comfortable in your routine.

. Another big reason for our interview is your recent signing with us, DEFLOW. It’s true that nowadays we live in a global world where borders, as we understood them, have practically disappeared. Nevertheless, tell us what it means for you, from Maui, to sign for a European brand like Deflow. How was the contact and communication?

 

So stoked! Thanks for having me guys. It’s been awesome, for me im really passionate about all kinds of equipment in surfing. Especially traction. I love a good front grip/tail pad. So its really important to have the best stuff under my feet! Got to stick as many airs as possible before im to old haha. Hopefully get on a trip to Europe soon to meet up and get some clips!

 

. In fact, you have launched a ‘welcome to the team’ video… WOW, waves are amazing! Tremendous waves and aerials, that wave brings back memories of Clay Marzo or the mythical Volcom ‘BS’ section, with Coleborn and Dusty Payne. Tell us about that iconic spot and also about the big names that ride it or have ridden it!

 

Well Clay is the number one person you think of out there. He’s the king and makes it look way easier to surf then it is. It’s such a tricky spot with a lot of variables. Maui gets insanely blocked by swell most of the winter because of the islands around us. So when you see videos of it, usually it’s from a handful of days all year. But it holds a dear place in my heart and is by far my favorite wave in the world.

 

. Would you dare to give us an honest feedback on Deflow’s material and its brand identity?

 

You can’t always count on Hawaii as a testing ground ;).  So good! I tested it for most of the winter which of course is our peak season. No broken leashes, loving the front grips! The new Erwin grips are sick in general! So many fin options, and the aesthetic of everything is perfect! I just need to design a grip now! Haha

. Going back to the Maui scene… We imagine that for you it must be an inspiration to grow up and surf with surfers like Meola, Layer, Payne, Marzo… Very versatile people that you can get an incredible aerial or a massive Jaws… What has it meant to be part of that scene?

 

Man its so cool. All the guys I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid our my friends now. Marzo for me was always number one hero status as far as how I wanted to surf. Now days surfing around guys like Dusty, Kai Barger, and Meola all the time is so fun to push my surfing!

. In relation to that contact with the ocean provides a place like Maui, which goes from the acrobatic of the new school to the purest and most extreme roots of XXL surfing, how would you define your way of living surfing and your experience in the sea, in contrast to other continental surfers from California or Europe, for example?

 

You learn to love it all! Maui is a fickle place but you get a little bit of every condition. Its the windy island, so that’s why we have the best Air surfers in the world! It’s fun to draw off what the ocean gives you everyday! I have a few to many boards trying to keep up with the conditions though haha.

 

. By the way, do you know Europe, is there any spot that especially motivates you? What is it that most strikes you about our culture? We hope to see you here soon ;)!

 

I went to France two years ago and loved it! Me and my girlfriend spent a little over two weeks adventuring around and having the time of our lives. The waves were insane and I need to check off some more spots over there. Ireland, Portugal, Spain all sound amazing!

 

. Regarding content and projects for this year, do you have anything planned? Any destination in your mind? Now that the COVID restrictions finally seem to give us a break, what would you like to be able to do after a few years with such a reduced mobility?

 

Man just came back from a knee injury so super excited to get some things going. I really want to focus on 1 or 2 big projects with some more traveling involved. I’m going to Kandui in September which will be my first time there! So excited to score. Also planning a trip to Europe for either August or October also. Hoping to check off one or two more spots if I can manage it! Just know more films are coming!! I’m hungry for clips.

. Apart from specific projects, but continuing with your projection for the future, how would you like to focus your professional career? CT or QS are acronyms that motivate you or do you prefer to go on your own?

 

All my own lane! I did the Q for a year two awhile ago, not serious just a few events but it just doesn’t fit my style. I prefer creating art with surfing. My own vision for the year, from editing to song choices to what clip goes where. It’s really important to me. Oh and land a 540 in the next year or two. I got to do one!

 

. Well Braiden, it has been a pleasure to share this little while with you and, above all, we hope to see you soon in our lands! If you want to close the interview saying something… Here you go!

 

Cheers guys! Glad to have some support and be able to make cool shit!

BRAIDEN’S FAVORITE PICKS

Supra Medium // Thruster fins

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Arcco Medium // Thruster fins

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Duette // Twins

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Spring Dance

Winter is long and cold here around Biarritz. Dark and rainy, it’s hard to keep the stoke for surfing when the water gets cold and the onshore winds arrive. However, and luckily, this season is not forever, and spring arrives with warmer and longer days. We spent few days around Biarritz with Clovis and Eliza, just before Spring started. Conditions looked perfect for early morning surf and with the help of the talented Nil Puissant we were able to capture some magic sessions. 

Even in cities (or big town as they like to call Biarritz), if you wake up early sometimes you can find yourself alone in the line up with just few of your friends.

 

They got advantage of the perfect conditions to try different fins and placements. The ability of both Clovis and Eliza to change fin templates and adapt to the rhythm and inertia of them is simply amazing.
 

Eliza’s words:

 

I surfed the Clovis Dnd fin on my 8’6″! It was quite fun because it allowed me to surf my board a little more classic while being able to turn easily. Then we exchange the boards and tried the Cream in 9,75” on my longboard. It’s amazing how responsive it is for turns and how at the same time holds the nose while I’m doing hang fives 🙂

Hope spring comes with clean swells and warm days, just before summer arrives and everything gets packed. This is how it works in most of the places. Oh, we already miss the lonely surf from winter days

Follow @elizasista and  @clovisdonizetti on Instagram / Photos by: @nilpuissant

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Cream 9″75 // Single fin

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Thomas Lodin // D fin

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Yael Peña tells us about his last video

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. Good morning Yael! What a barrel party! Tell us when did you film the waves of the video and how you and Makoa experienced such epic sessions.


Hi, thank you very much for letting me stop by your blog ;). The truth is that the project came out quite naturally. We saw that a good swell was coming and in two weeks we got some material to get a DIY project like this. From my part it was amazing to spend two weeks of such good waves and share all that time with Makoa. Without a doubt, watching him surf and the rest of the local talent (Cristian Portelli, Conor Donegan, Dylan Donegan, Alejo Valido, Nahuel Garcia…) is very inspiring, they have an amazing technique for their early age, I can’t wait to see them on the following years!

. Since we still have the Pipe Masters fresh in our minds and its similarity with El Quemao is more than evident, what parallels would you establish in both waves and what is the key to be able to adapt to such difficult and dangerous conditions?

 

Yes, it’s true that from the outside they pretty similar waves. However, the reality is that inside the water they are very different. How the peak moves, how the wave advances… are characteristics that make both waves unique and perfect. When it comes to adapting, both are a puzzle that you have to solve little by little, in each surf you learn where to place a piece and you understand it better.

. A key factor for the evolution of any young surfer is the access to ‘world class’. Tell us what your day to day surfing looks like, what kind of waves you usually surf.

I think a pointbreak is going to develop your rail surfing the best. The lines you have to use in the waves are more obvious and therefore easier to learn. However, it takes a lot of time to become very good in this kind of waves. On beaches it is the opposite. You can surf the same wave in many different ways, they give more room for creativity.

. The Canary Islands have always given great surfers and with a representation like yours, it seems that the lineage continues! How does it make you feel to belong to such a special place?

 

The quality and range of waves in the Canary Islands has led to the emergence of so many good surfers. I thank them all for breaking down certain walls so that my generation and the following ones can fulfil their dreams. There are two surfers in particular that I want to thank for having broken and continue to break year after year the limits of what we thought possible not only here in the Canary Islands but also worldwide. They are Alexander Zirke and Manuel Lezcano, references both in and out of the water that motivate and support all of us who are coming.

. At this point, and after all this years, your relationship with Volcom is very close. In such difficult times, when traveling and competing is not as easy as it used to be, what does it mean for you to be able to count on the support of sponsors of such importance? Do you collaborate with any other brand? Tell us about your relationship with other sponsors!

The reality today is that there are many good surfers without support and that dream that invades us since we were kids to travel the world surfing and competing is increasingly difficult to fulfill. To be able to count on Volcom after so many years is incredible, they continue to trust me and support me by creating projects that motivate and inspire me. As for boards, I’m buying as many as I can. You guys at Deflow arrived a year ago, but I feel like I’ve been with them longer. You share my vision for creating audiovisual projects and I hope to get one done soon. HEY CBD helps me to feel 100% every day and to be able to give my best in every session. Thank you so much to all three of you.

 

. Abusing your confidence and experience, any extra tips to keep progressing in surfing and stay motivated?

The next wave you surf will disappear when it arrives to the shore, so take the best out of it, or just enjoy it 🙂

 

Thank you so much Yael for your words! See you soon 🙂

YAEL’S FAVORITE PICKS

Arcco Medium // Thruster fins

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Meet with Diogo Martins

. Hey Diogo, how’s it going!  First of all, congratulations for your recent incorporation to Team Deflow, tell us about how has been your process of approaching the brand and what does it mean for you, as a surfer, to sign with Deflow!


Thank you! I’m glad to share my thoughts with you! I was introduced to Deflow a couple months ago in a (unusual) uncrowned coxos lineup. I was having fun with my twin fin and the vibe was great when I met Joseba, he was surfing an asymmetrical surfboard with his Deflow fins and just got really curious about fin placement and shape. He told me about the brand and right now, signing with a European brand creating their own products makes the whole learning process a lot more fun! And it’s all about that!

. In order for our audience to get to know you a little better, tell us where you’re from, what spots you frequent and how is the environment where you surf.

I’m from Lisbon, I grew up surfing most of the time in Carcavelos, it’s my local powerful beachbreak but since I got my driving license I’d rather drive a few kilometres away form the crowds and find a wave to enjoy with my friends. I spend a lot of time in ericeira nowadays!

.  In addition to Deflow, you also surf for Volcom, something that is not available to many. What are your plans for the future and what projects or goals do you have as a surfer? Any goal you would like to achieve in particular?

I got into surfing pretty late and I never had time to create expectations, and everything that I reached is overwhelming! I’m surprised every day and everything is new to me! All I want is to spend time with inspiring humans that bring me into new sensations, I think that’s where evolution starts. There’s so much to grow every minute!

. We have seen a video of you surfing with Gony, how cool! How is your relationship with him and the people at Volcom? …We guess that the support of sponsors on a more personal level must be very important for a surfer as young as you.

Gony is one of my role models and for me being given the possibility to learn from him is the best I could ask. When I first knew I was joining Volcom team, I was really looking forward to actually meet the team, not just the surfers. As I said in the previous question, we learn a lot from others’ experiences and we have a lot to learn from artists, team managers, art directors, etc. It’s a great support to be in touch with everyone!

. Back to your 100% surfing side… How is your day to day life and how do you manage to integrate surfing or training in your daily routine? Do you have a favourite spot or type of wave?

I’m not studying at the moment and I have a lot of available time. A good performer foundation is balanced and I make sure I train both in the water with my coach (Rodrigo Sousa) and in the Gym with my coach (Mário Reis). I manage to have time as well to film and find good waves most of the time in Ericeira and Peniche with my good friend Guilherme Martins which is one of my favourite things to do! As a goofy footer I can’t help but always look for a left. My favourite wave would be a left where I can draw big turns.

 

. Besides surfing, we know that you like music and exploring more creative facets. Tell us about that other side of Diogo Martins that goes beyond surfing! 

Two years ago I found myself obsessed with surfing and all I thought at the time was surfing. Hopefully I found a special interest in music which led me to books and films and since then I never stopped looking for new artists. It’s all about interpretation and feeling about our everyday experience, that’s what I was fortunate to learn and bring into surfing!

. Regarding the projection of a professional surfer, nowadays you either manage to compete at the highest level or you have to develop creative projects in collaboration with the most important media, in addition to managing your own Social Networks. In this sense, which facet motivates you the most and how do you plan to face your competitive profile?

It’s a world that humans crawl for attention, I mean everyone is getting better everyday and in order to succeed we need to stand out one way or another, I thinks the best is to grow from both worlds. Although my passion is to create and explore the artistic side of surfing, competition plays a big role when it comes to improving surfing skills, and athlete mindset that I find super interesting for life itself!

 

. Going back to your signing with Deflow… The fact of having the support of a technical brand that has fins, inventions, grips… It is an incredible advantage when it comes to being able to test new material and optimize your performance with what best suits you. What do you think of the brand’s products and which are your favorites?

I’ve been testing products the last couple months, it’s a great opportunity to try new products, and most of all to talk directly with the brand about what can be better for my surfing and my own feedback on the products. I love to ride different boards, I have single fins, twin fins and it feels incredible to try different products for all conditions! I ride the Arcco large in my thruster most of the time, and the Two piece Burgundy traction pad! For my twin fins, I choose the Arin and the Iñigo Agote!

. On the occasion of the signing, you gave life to a small welcome video as a new rider profile. How was the recording and editing process? Tell us about those sessions and your feelings once you’ve seen the final video!

Filmmaking and Editing is a big part of my daily routine and working close with my friend Guilherme taught me a lot by building my influences and my defining my taste, it’s where all of my interests come together and working everyday with a friend makes it more challenging, we are both on the computer in front of the footage for as long as it takes to be ready and the result fulfils both of us! Lou Reed’s This Magic Moment fits perfectly with the slow motion turns in Praia Grande, all recorded in sunny Portugal!

. By the way, you remind us a little bit of Yago Dora, hahahaha, have you ever been told that before? We guess that must be the biggest compliment for you! Hehehehehe. How would you define your surfing and what aspects are you most interested in enhancing and improving?

It is a fantastic compliment indeed, Yago is on of my favourites surfers, his style and incredible technique combined with power and the fact that he’s a goofy footer as well…his airs are absolutely flawless! He’s great in the dream tour and he still manages to release good surf films from his free time! – I’ve always loved big turns and a frontside carve is probably my favourite turn and on of the most difficult turns to do properly. Carves and high airs are what I’m working the most! – Besides regular shortboard surfing I’m focused in improving my surfing with any surfboard, I want to make the most out of any kind of surfboard I get to surf and to make it look easy and fluid!

. Well Diogo, it’s been a real pleasure to talk to you for a while, thank you very much for your time and good luck in your surfing career! See you soon. 

Had a great time answering your questions, it’s good to search and ask ourselves and understand where we come from and where are we going! – See you soon!

DIOGO’S FAVORITE PICKS

Arcco Large // Thruster fins

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Christmas... What an endearing time!

Christmas tergiversation with Erwin Bliss

 

Christmas… What an endearing time! Well, at least it usually is when you are a child and you stay on vacation, waiting to be buried under a mountain of gifts while you stuff yourself with nougat and sugared almonds. Then, suddenly, you get older and realize that these holidays have become for you synonymous with overspending, heavy digestions, crowds and gatherings even heavier than your digestions.

 

At Deflow, as we love that you keep the childish spirit, but we are also amused by those who are more cantankerous than the Grinch, we wanted to put on trial two of our riders with the worst karma and who will probably end up splitting their chewing so much coal.

 

Would you be able to define Christmas briefly?

Well Christmas is a beautiful fairy tale about a old man we call Santa,  living in Laponie, that brings you present once a year to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  Is it ? And also he is flying on a sled dragged by flying deers. 

 

What is the best/worst thing about Christmas for you?

Best thing about Christmas is that it’s a wonderful moment to share with family.

In the contrary the worst would be not having the family to share this moment with.

 

Tell us something you always do around Christmas time. Tradition or custom, you know?

 We always drink in Christmas.

 

Any movie – song that you are particularly fond of?

Mickey’s Christmas!

 

Do you buy lottery tickets? What would you do if you hit the jackpot?

I do not buy lottery tickets. I believe there is no winning tickets.

 

Do you decorate your house, wear reindeer headbands and shit? Send us a selfie!

 

What did you ask for this year from the Three Wise Men / Santa Claus?

This year l asked for resin so l can make me a surfboard.

 

As we know we are here to sell products (hehe), which 5 Deflow products you recommend to your friends?

I would recommend a pair of Arcco fins, a set of front and tail grips (you can see my collab here), a leash and a surfboard sock ! ❤️‍🔥

Arcco Large

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6"6 mm Pro Tech Leash

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Erwin Front Pad

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Erwin Tail Pad

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Boardcover Perf 

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Carbón para todos!

Christmas tergiversation with Legi Alonso

 

Christmas… What an endearing time! Well, at least it usually is when you are a child and you stay on vacation, waiting to be buried under a mountain of gifts while you stuff yourself with nougat and sugared almonds. Then, suddenly, you get older and realize that these holidays have become for you synonymous with overspending, heavy digestions, crowds and gatherings even heavier than your digestions.

 

At Deflow, as we love that you keep the childish spirit, but we are also amused by those who are more cantankerous than the Grinch, we wanted to put on trial two of our riders with the worst karma and who will probably end up splitting their chewing so much coal (carbón para todos!).

 

Would you be able to define Christmas briefly?

A brief period in which to economically compensate for a whole year of indifference towards those closest to us; in which the sons of bitches become endearing and social coherence is questioned by continuing to bombard you with the idea of being sustainable and ‘ecofriendly’ in the middle of a city whose lighting could be seen from Mars. Meanwhile, TV oozes ‘tear-jerking’ commercials and zapping programs where showmen who have been out of work for decades have their moment of glory again.

…Stupidity strain with a high rate of contagion.

 

What is the best/worst thing about Christmas for you?

The only good thing is the nativity set up by my grandmother. 

Last year’s had two ‘jesus’ children of different scales holding a postcard of the ‘birth’, which means that at the very moment of your birth there are already photos of you printed in large format, highway billboard style.

 

Admit that you’ve ever surfed with a Santa hat on Christmas Eve!

If I could, I’d shoot them all a tranquilizer dart in the temple. 

 

Tell us something you always do around Christmas time. Tradition or custom, you know?

Lately I’ve been organizing a ‘Street Fighter’ world championship at home.

Although I only invite the most clumsy colleagues and try to cheat as much as possible, I am unable to win, so the thing usually ends in a fight and kicking them out of the house.

 

 

Any movie – song that you are particularly fond of?

The Exorcist.

 

Do you buy lottery tickets? What would you do if you hit the jackpot?

I would install a wave like WACO’s in the garden of my house. …But for that, I would first have to have a house with a garden.

I would need at least a couple of jackpots. That’s why I never play the lottery.

 

Do you decorate your house, wear reindeer headbands and shit? Send us a selfie!

I don’t decorate the house and I don’t wear festive crap. The only thing I do to bring joy to those who spend Christmas with me is to go to bed early.

*It’s not a selfie, but I hope the doggy decorations make up for it.

What did you ask for this year from the Three Wise Men / Santa Claus?

*It was clear that this was all a damn Deflow promo. unscrupulous motherf***s!

 

5. DUETTE

This year I’ve ridden a lot with twin and these have been, by far, the keels that have been the coolest. Very agile, they allow you to close the turns and maintain speed. Cool.

 

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4. PRO TECH LEASH

No tangles. It doesn’t weigh anything. The feel of the anklet is brutal, and I think it’s really cute!

 

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3. COFFEE COLLECTION

The coffee is amazing and that of establishing a capsule with its specific range of colors for different objects of hard material… Love it!

 

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2. LEGI ALONSO FIN

Even if you didn’t like him because of this shitty interview, you should know that these keels are made with a lot of love and go great on beach waves. People are very happy with them…And I’m glad they are ☺.

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1. TURRÓN DE CHOCOLATE SUCHARD

The other good thing (along with my grandmother’s birth). Besides, you’ll have to dip something in the COFFEE COLLECTION, I say… 😉

 


What does Laura Coviella ride?

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We are so stocked to have Laura Coviella part of the Deflow family.

 

Laura is constantly proving us how performant she is in both small and big waves. Engaging and technical surfing means taking the right decision with surf gear.

 

That’s why we are really proud to provide Laura the best surf fins and accessories that respond perfectly to the way she surfs and adapted to wave conditions at home in the Canary Islands or when she travels around the world.

 

See below her own selection of Deflow finest surf gear and get inspired for your coming fall sessions.

Supra Medium Thruster Fins

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Accro Medium Thruster Fins

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2 Piece Burgundy

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3 Piece Black

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6"7 Cream Leash

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