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    Lamest Surf Product

    The lighted board thread got me thinking about some of the really stupid surf products I've seen in my 30 years of surfing. Those include:

    webbed gloves
    Zinka
    the 'turbo tunnel' fin
    surf sunglasses (aka oakley waterjackets)
    lyca surf shorts (I'm talking about the cycling style shorts of the late 80s)
    ultra short boardshorts
    front foot traction pads
    go pros

    Did I miss anything? (I'm sure there is some really wild stuff from the 60s and 70s.

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    LMAO!! I had webbed gloves and Zinka. but that was the 80's when it was cool

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    oh, i had that stuff too and the web gloves do work but they are still lame

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    I want to use everything you mentioned at once while riding a wavejet powered SUP made from faux bamboo and wearing a 1 mil purple wetsuit and a little hat. There will be like 100 little floaty things on my leash. No more tangles!

    Can I also add... Jetski's on perfectly make-able waves?
    Last edited by leethestud; Jan 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM.

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    ah weak i still use zinka. guess i'm lame!

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    i would say that they have been deemed lame by the general surfing community. I loved the gloves but i can see why they were rejected. they are an artificial aid when just begin in better shape could do the same thing.

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    This is lame

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    Got some cut-eye looks for it, as if I care, but I tried the gloves, too. Felt like my shoulders were gonna rip out due to the extra paddling 'traction.' Huge boost to paddling speed, tho. Gave 'em away, along with a longboard, to a lifeguard in Barbados.

    btw, that red Zinka makes people look like they've either been bleeding or have massive sun poisoning.
    Can't quite figure out the 'why' of that one.

    Waterproof music while surfing seems bogus.

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    Waterproof music while surfing seems bogus.
    good one.....

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    The 2 worst that I can think of that I used were the butterfly fin and traction tape for the entire surfboard. The butterfly fin worked until you tried a bottom turn and the whole board would just shoot out from under you. The freaking traction tape, I remember buying a whole roll of it and you put in on the entire board eliminating the need for wax. Well after about 2 hours of surfing it had wore my skin raw on my knees, nipples and the insides of my legs. Needless to say I tore it off that same day.
    http://www.soulsurf.com.au/recently-...zy-v-fin-retro
    On an interesting note I found this page when searching for the butterfly fin. Holy fin contraptions!http://www.surfresearch.com.au/f.html
    Last edited by StuckontheGulf; Jan 24, 2013 at 02:31 PM.