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Surf text alerts service – wave height and wind – FREE


Ryan Payne Wins Inaugural Xcel Supertubes Showdown


Alan Stokes wins the Gul Night Surf

The Future Generation of Professional Surfers at the Gul Night Surf.

Surf text alerts service – wave height and wind – FREE

July 13th, 2009 No comments

Whilst its great to be able to check the surf so easily when you are near a computer with internet access, and even using WAP etc on your mobile it still involves you remembering to check and actually doing it..

We have come up with the solution! Sunset Surf is now trialling a buoy height and wind text alert service.

Currently this is just in trial to see how usefull people find this. Parameters that you can specify are: Buoy number, wave height, wind direction and wind speed. So for example when a buoy hits 10ft and the wind direction is Northerly you will get a text each hour those conditions are met. You can also specify the time you wish to be alerted, i.e dont get texts at 3am in the morning!

Currently this service is only available in the UK and to UK Mobile phones.

If you are interested in taking part of this trial, please drop us a note using the contact us form on the left and we will arrange to get you added!

If it works out sucessfully we will bring it online as a full service.


July 6th, 2009 No comments

ENCINITAS, CA- The second stop of the Nixon WTA (Winner-Take’s-All) will take place July 9-19 at the Billabong Pro in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa.

The Nixon WTA, now in its third year, will award the surfer with the highest single heat score a custom Nixon watch valued at over $10,000 USD. Any wave from trials to finals counts, leaving the WTA award open to all contenders during the weeklong event.

According to Nixon’s Marketing Manager, Mike Murciano, “The wave at Jeffrey’s Bay offers a little for everyone. From turning sections to amazing tube sections, it’s the perfect arena for competitors to showcase their skills. I’m really excited to see who runs away with this one.”

Each WTA watch features a Swiss Made chronograph with day and custom color date, a titanium carbide coated case and band with rotating bezel and countdown timer, sapphire crystal, a custom-engraved caseback and custom set diamonds and rubies.

Previous Nixon WTA J-Bay Winners for Highest Heat Score include:
2008- Taylor Knox

2007- Kelly Slater

Video content of each of the WTA stops and winners will be available to view on

Ryan Payne Wins Inaugural Xcel Supertubes Showdown

June 29th, 2009 No comments


Ryan Payne Wins Inaugural Xcel Supertubes Showdown
Sets Up Perfect 10 in Final Heat for Victory

JEFFREYS BAY, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 29, 2009 – In what can only be described as perfect 4′-6′ J-Bay, Ryan Payne outpointed Warren Dean in a dramatic and incredibly close final of the inaugural Xcel Supertubes Showdown.

Joining Payne and runner-up Dean in the 4-man final were consummate barrel rider Deon Lategan and stylemaster Stan Badger. The long, smooth tuberiding style of Badger helped him advance into the final, but left him short in the last 45 minutes. Lategan started off strong and fast, with some big hooks and long barrels, but the last 20 minutes belonged to Payne and Dean going wave-for-wave.

Ryan Payne

Ryan Payne

Towards the end it seemed impossible to separate the two, but a perfect 10-point ride saw Payne edge out the experienced Dean, taking the Supertubes crown and the wildcard into the Von Zipper trials.

“It’s the best contest I have ever competed in,” said a stoked Payne. “To have Supers as good as it was with just your mates in the water – we were all winners! I just got lucky and ended up with the contest win as well.”

“It was an amazing event,” said Mike Ginsberg when the dust had settled after the final. “Warren Dean surfed well, but after Ryan’s tube on his last wave he was the clear-cut winner.”

One stand-out of the day was 14-year-old Dylan Lightfoot, who charged Supers but missed making the final by a mere 0.4. Another competitor, Ashley Walter, caught a wave in his heat that he dubbed his “best wave in 17 years.”

Contest organiser Koffie Jacobs was also pleased with the conditions, event turn-out, and support of the local community. “It doesn’t get much better than this,” said Jacobs as the crowds cheered the final heat’s 10-point tube ride by Payne.

Xcel Supertubes Showdown Final Results:
1. Ryan Payne
2. Warren Dean
3. Deon Lategan
4. Stan Badger

Best Move: Deon Lategan
Best Barrel: Ryan Payne
Wave of the Day: Warren Dean

The event was presented by Xcel and sponsored by DaKine, Von Zipper, Red Bull, Billabong, Nixon, and Sector 9.

For more information on the Xcel Supertubes Showdown, please contact Koffie Jacobs.

About Xcel
Founded in 1982, Xcel International, Inc. (Xcel) is a global wetsuit brand distributed throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. Headquartered on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Xcel’s core wetsuit business focuses on the cutting edge of material and design development. Xcel’s primary markets include surf, dive, wakeboard, paddle, and sun (UV protection). In addition to its North Shore office, Xcel has stores on Oahu, Kauai, and Maui; and a warehouse/repair facility in California.

To learn more about Xcel, please visit