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Lightning Bel t i 9: a pure source of in spire tion. A surf icon born in Hawaii.

It became the trademark for progressive surfing, through skill in the water, distinction in design and bolt signature~ Our history goes back to the beginning of the 70's, when the short board revolution was taking place and the style of surf was being redefined. Th ere were no limits for the H awaiien surfers ami OUt board So ruled l..b e hu ge ru be 50 of Pi peline.

A cool and relaxed attitude, a soul surfer approach and a free rider state of mind, Lightning Bolt is inspired by the true spirit of surf and its ridera'Tifestylc.






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In the middle of nowhere far from everything else, lies an island that every surfer dreams of, and this island holds the utmost significance for Lightning Bolt as it was here that our story began under the Pipeline Masters' guidance nearly 40 years ago. Today, Lightning Bolt remains synonymous with the island of Hawaii, so last January the new Bolt team set out to make a pilgrimage to the place where it all began - the Mecca of surfing, Hawaii.

The trip was full of amazing experiences and memories, along with action-packed surf sessions on first-class waves as the trip was fortunately timed in conjunction with one of the North Shore's best winter seasons for surf of the last decade. The trip presented the ideal opportunity to photograph the Spring Summer 2010 apparel collection, which remains dedicated to Lightning Bolt's mantra, "A Pure Source." The collection is marked by style, distinction and originality. The quality of the fabrications and the design detailing shape the men's and women's lines: the Style Masters, the Red Label and the Black Label.

In addition to the re-launch of the brand in the U.S., Lightning Bolt expanded its European presence. This year, Lightning Bolt is proud to support surfers internationally,

in Spain and in The Netherlands, while simultaneously reinforcing the Bolt team in France, Europe's surfing capital. We are especially proud to present Txaber Trojaola, the Bolt's newest Spanish team rider, local to the Basque Country and a veteran of the WQS events.

Surf culture encompasses various other arenas, including music, travelling and art. The sport itself is one of the most artistic and photogenic and the team had the chance to speak with a very unique French surfer, Remi Bertoche, who also paints and publishes surf-inspired art. Later in the magazine, readers will have the chance to catch up on our interview with the multi-talented Bertoche.

Amongst the killer surf destinations visited by the Bolt team riders over the course of the last few months are Indonesia, Cuba, The Philippines and Mexico. Lucky guys, no? Are you amping to get out and surf yet?

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It was a longed-for journey and our hearts were full of expectations long before we left. After all, this trip meant the return of Lightning Bolt to its origins for the first time, almost forty years after its inception, launched originally by the Pipeline Masters Gerry Lopez, Mark Richards, Rory Russell and other surfers who shaped the world of surf in the seventies.

What a rich and heavy legacy they left us and we were proud to continue their legacy with the current team of Lightning Bolt Europe riders. It was a true melting pot resulting from the expansion of the brand into new territories and countries such as France, Spain and Holland - all joining forces in Hawaii on behalf of the Bolt.

Bolt team riders in attendance included: Portuguese team riders, Alexandre Ferreira, David Raimundo and Pedro Soares; newly sponsored Spanish team rider, Basque Txaber Trojaola; French team riders, Jeremy Brasset, a free surfer known for his fluid surf style, and Nicolas Pinot, a fearless big wave rider and Lightning Bolt sales representative; charismatic surfer and long boarder, [ord Fortmann from Holland; and finally, from the U.S., Dustin Franks, a soul surfer and musician.

For these guys, surfing in Hawaii was a dream come true, as is the case with surfers worldwide. This was their first time there and they were eager to see in person the legendary waves of the North Shore, the Mecca of surf, full of history and legends. The team was not disappointed as the North Shore's last winter proved to be one of the most powerful of the last years illustrated by the massive waves that fuelled the Eddie Aikau event in Waimea.

Upon arrival in Hawaii we were greeted at the airport by one of the icons of Pipeline, Sir Rory Russell. The warm welcome, Rory's endless good mood and his extraordinary stories helped us to immediately recover from an almost 2-day journey. Rory knows Hawaii like few others and has won the prestigious Pipeline Masters twice, but despite all this fame and glory, he remains humble and unpretentious - he is the epitome of a genuine soul surfer.

Unlike the 70's, our team riders did not rule the Hawaiian waves. In fact, as we mentioned before, most of them arrived

on this trip to the island for the first time. But the lack of experience was largely compensated for by the will to surf above and beyond their limits and push existing boundaries. The goal was not to prove to be the best on the island, but rather to gain knowledge, experience and familiarity with some of the most challenging waves and conditions on the planet. The team went straight to the North Shore and the lodging accommodation was right next door to Waimea. We sensed the Hawaiian energy right away. The sound of the waves breaking on the beach was overwhelming. The spirit of Aloha continued and the following day, Pipeline was massive with sets of 15', but still a bit messy. Not many dared to paddle out and just looking at the ocean was pretty striking. These were not" safe" conditions to surf in Pipeline in for even a professional surfer's first time.

From this day on, we kept in mind two essential concepts to surf well in Hawaii. The first was the importance of respecting and learning the ocean. Waves in Hawaii are stronger than those in Europe as it is an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific receiving less opposition from the continental platforms. Also, the coral bottom is frequently flat and can easily cause serious injuries. The second concept was the important of staying calm, a feature innate to the locals. They possess an incredible coolness and peace of mind that is a necessity when riding in big conditions. We learned that if you go in nervous, it will only make it more difficult and efforts may prove futile.

Despite being notorious for huge waves, Hawaii also offers breaks with different sizes for all types of riders, so for our first day we paddled out to one of the "friendlier" spots. Though all of the Bolt surfers wanted to ride Pipeline's giants, we made it a priority to get in some relaxed and fun sessions first so they could above all be able to develop their skill set and technique.

We saw that some of the most famous spots are not always ideal because of the local crowd, notorious for tough localism and hostility. Although our team riders faced no trouble with locals for the duration of the trip, they felt constant tension in the water, especially in the most well-known peaks on the North Shore: Pipeline, Sunset and Rocky Point.



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On the second day, when Pipeline was still quite powerful with 10 to 12' sets, Xarrinho shone amongst the team, dropping one of the biggest bombs. Throughout the hip, the Bolt team surfed several different spots depending on the wind conditions, on the crowd and each one's style. Haleiwa was a popular spot for the team as it presented a very manoeuvrable wave, perfect for Txaber and Gege Brasset's style. No one left the island without surfing Sunset, Rocky Point and other incredible secret spots. The highlight of the hip was undisputedly watching the big waves session in Waimea one day with waves reaching 30 to 35'. It was a stunning show and one you can only

truly understand if you're actually there to witness it. Surfers with no less than 10' surfboards and an impressive safety apparatus of life-guards with water motorbikes and helicopters made it even more striking, almost dramatic.

The trip was not just about surf. It was also about the return of the Bolt to our homeland. We wanted to visit places, meet people and hear the stories that make the brand legendary. So, after the surf sessions, lightning Bolt's fans and friends, local surfers and shapers joined our parties and barbecues. It provided the perfect atmosphere for all of the Bolt riders to bond as a team and get to know each other better.

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First contact of the Bolt Team with Pipe

Jord Fortmann tasting the Hawaiian waters ...


The European team was joined by some of the Lightning Bolt USA crew from Venice Beach, CA, where the brand was just re-launched this year. Along with Rory Russell, Lightning Bolt USA president, Jonathan Paskowitz was our guide and adviser. Jonathan also surprised us by showing his talent for cooking. He was the supreme Chef of the grill and managed to feed a never-ending queue of hungry surfers everyday, from breakfast to late night snacks.

The feminine side of the trip came into play during the Spring Summer 10 Collection photo shoot via our Californian muse, Dominique Fletcher. We couldn't go to Hawaii without taking pictures of a Hawaiian model, though, so we found Brooke, an exotic beauty, which made Nick Walker, our fashion photographer, one of the luckiest guys on the trip! Dustin Franks, our brand's ambassador who is also a musician and a free surfer, made the

Nicolas Pinol dropping Pipe

most cameos in the photo shoot, although not one of our riders escaped the fashion session! Throughout this amazing journey we confirmed that Hawaii actually breaths surf. The surf culture is overwhelming, especially in comparison to Europe. There's an intense spiritual dimension directly associated to the Hawaiian surfer's lifestyle. They consider surfing to be a requisite to achieve peace of mind, to feel pure and to live in harmony with nature.

We witnessed the special place that Lightning Bolt holds in Hawaii, but two weeks were enough to get just a taste of it ... It is impossible to take in a whole decade of history in two weeks, yet we came back with a reinforced understanding of the meaning and significance of the Bolt and the renewed goal of continuing to honour the brand's history and its founders.

Rory told us you're very talented as you're a quick learner. Do you agree?

Rory is very optimistic and motivating. I don't thlnk I'm especially gifted, but what can I say, he's the man!! With such a fine teacher, good tools and no experience at all, I reckon I did pretty well.


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Jord Fortmann shares his experience of shaping for the first time with professor Rory Russell:

You were the only one shaping side by side with Rory Russell in his own shaping room. Did you ever imagine this would happen before arriving to Hawaii?

Only in my wildest dreams!

How did it feel to be taught by a Pipeline Master for your first time? What kind of advice did he give you?

Having Rory as a teacher was such a huge honour - I feel so lucky to have had that opportunity! I wanted to shape a long board for the trip, so we looked for a good outline and started from the basics: width, length and thickness, but also how and where to apply those measures. We just took it step by step. The most important thing in the process is to create long lines and maintain a steady control on the tools.

In your opinion, which are the most difficult parts of the process?

In general, I think it's hard to see the lines you want on the shape and to keep them smooth and symmetric, so you won't ruin everything. The rails are the hardest part, because you really want them smooth - it's super easy to make the wrong cut.

Is it very different to be with Rory at work?

(Laughs) Not really. He's always in such a good mood and we had so much fun while working. Sometimes, he'd leave me by myself in the shaping room for a while - I think he needed to get some fresh air and share another story with the rest of the guys (laughs).

What kind of board did you shape? Have you used it? We shaped a 9' longboard single fin, with a diamond tail. A bit of a rocker, not too full of a nose, and thick rails that get thinner towards the tail. Unfortunately, the board needed to be fixed after my return flight and I haven't been able to try it yet in the freezing water of Holland.

And now are you thinking of specializing in this line of work or will you keep it just as an experience?

A friend of mine that lives nearby started repairing surfboards awhile ago and has started to shape. Maybe I'll try to shape a couple of boards at his place. I don't think of it as my future profession, but you never know ....

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Pedro Soares flying from Portugal to Hawaii

"Kaninho" talks about his first time in pipeline

You were especially eager to be surfing the mythic Pipeline wave. How did you feel when you got there?

I felt so fortunate to be able to fulfil another lifelong dream. As a surfer, this meant the world to me. Pipeline is an amazing wave ... even the bravest riders crack a little when looking at it. I studied the wave for three days because it was so big that I knew I could not afford to be making any mistakes.

Not many surf Pipeline for the first time when it's 4mts high. What was on your mind when you went in? Were you afraid?

Yes, I knew once I went in, there was no coming back without riding one of those giants in. The waves were beautifu!... The forecast was 10 to 12', the tubes were perfect, there was no wind and there were about 20 surfers in the water. I had to go in! I was focused on two things: riding a tube and not dying.

A couple of minutes after going in. you scored one of the biggest waves of the day. How was it?

After listening to a lot of advice and to the incredible stories of our local mentors, Rory Russell and Jonathan Paskowitz, I knew I had to be "away from the pack." That meant being as far outside as I could or on the waves' edges. The leftovers were not for me, so I positioned myself as close to the peak as possible and my first wave ended up truly being a gift.

What about the crowd here? Is it the nightmare we read everywhere?

Yes, there's a huge crowd since it's the global destination and on the itinerary of every surfer. Nevertheless, January was a good time of

the year to be there, after the season's competitive stress.

Which surfboards did you take with you? Did you make the right choice? I think I made the most reasonable decision by taking 2 small surfboards with me and buying the others there, which were really different from what I brought.

Now that you know what it takes to be a Pipeline Master, tell us what ingredients you must have?

To be a Pipeline master you have to be in top-notch physical condition and you have to respect the sea. The rest is up to the wave. Pipe takes care of you.

You realize that the idea of respecting the ocean carries more importance here. Were you more careful about sea conditions than usual?

Absolutely! It was very important for me to spend a couple of days evaluating conditions. Without that kind of knowledge, I could have been in real trouble.

When are you thinking of going back to the North Shore?

I hope to be there by the time that Pipeline Masters begins in December and for the WQS events in the beginning of January.

Jord Fortmann, the "Flying Dutchman"

Txaber trojaola about haleiwa

This was your first surf trip with Lightning Bolt. What wereyour expectations? Everything was new for me so I really had no expectations. I just wanted to get to know the rest of the team better, surf with them as a team, have fun, catch good waves, good vibes and hopefully some good photos too.

But this was not your first time in Hawaii?

It was my third visit to Hawaii, but I'd never interacted so closely with the Hawaiian community like we did this time! I also had the chance to surf new spots.

You surfed in Haleiwa a couple of days, why?

We went there a few times because it had smaller crowd so we could have more relaxed and fun sessions.The waves were not as big and dangerous as Pipeline.

How are the waves in Haleiwa in comparison to the classic spots of Pipeline and Sunset? It's a different wave, completely different. It's a very powerful right, with a strong swell, but surprisingly manoeuvrable and once in a while you get a tube.

Pipe took good care of Xaninho

With what kind of wind and swell conditions works better there?

With no wind or south wind and north swell. It needs a big swell to work.

You've surfed Pipeline, Sunset and other spots. Which one suits you best? I love Sunset and I think Pipeline could also be a good wave for me, but I need to know it better and get more confident there. Usually, there's a big crowd of people who've been surfing there their entire lives, which can be intimidating if you don't fee1100% prepared.

Did the locals give you a hard time?

I never got into any trouble there, but the competition for waves is always tough and everyone's position is made pretty clear. I like being relaxed in the water, waiting for my moment and for my wave. That's why there's nothing like surfing just with friends ...

The Bolt Team was a true European melting pot. How was it to be together with surfers from Portugal, France and Holland?

It was great - everyone is so nice and it was really fun to spend time with them in and out the water.


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The Bolt Team heading for another surf session

David Raimundo scoring in Haleiwa

Txaber on a double grab air

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Fresh out of the oven, we present our newest collection to stand up to the hottest months of the year. Dedicated to our signature, "A Pure Source", made by surfers for surfers, both the men's and women's collections express our core values: style, excellence and fellowship. This year we present three different lines: Style Masters, Red Label and Black Label.


This retro line is based on the iconic symbols, silhouettes and graphics of the brand's golden era, the 70's. It is characterized by a palette of warm and cool shades, used in gradients and inspired by the sunset's colours. The fit is also faithful to those times: slim and a shorter length, above the knee. Basic engineered stripes and original graphics from that period were used and given a vintage treatment. The sophisticated shape combined with the highest quality of fabrications gives the line an effortiesslychic feel and naturally merges vintage and urban.


The Soul Line illustrates perfectly our search for the ideal combination of collective, tribe and community. We went to the origins of the brand, back to a time when soul surfers dominated the waves, and we travelled to present times revisiting every sacred surf spot, gathering inspiration from each - their essence and their relaxed, cool and carefree style. We recycled their aesthetics and applied it to our current society's fashionability. The graphics are manual sketches and rough drawings, freely created for a contemporary look with its roots in global inspiration featuring a palette of burnt shades and natural fabrics such as cotton with a distressed feel. The silhouette is comfy and relaxed and the fit is loose. Fleeces and jerseys appear in a great variety of washes and dyes, creating a vivid and relaxed look.


The black label is our streetwear line in which we played with the duality of urban elements and starkness, combined with experimental, fun and edgy vibes. The sobriety of black, grey, brown, bordeaux and white in the color palette is complemented by pops of electric blue, purple, orange and green. This line features a slimmer fit. Light jerseys and fleeces feature angular cuts, in which inspiration lies in the logo morphology, with minimal and simple graphics with a quirky and almost-ironic twist. Knitwear in ultrathin wool contrasts with heavy-weight knits and textures.


Hawaii Collection

Hawaii Pure Source Tee Brazil Bolt Bikini

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Basic Bikini Bottom Vandura Boardshort Style Masters Towel


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Graham Smith - It's a shaper's lifo!


It's a shaper's life!

Born on the 7th of July in 1952 in South Africa, Graham Smith began surfing in Durban when he was 11 years old. Today, with a 40 years of shaping under his belt, Graham Smith owns Gee Force Surfboards (Durban - South Africa), which was established under the influence of the Shaun Tomson era circa 1978.

Graham Smith has shaped, sprayed and glassed over 50,000 boards with "passion and finesse" for countless amounts of the top sutf talent worldwide. Recently he's begun working with Lightning Bolt on the creation of the new surfboard collection. After nearly a 30-year hiatus Lightning Bolt is thrilled to reintroduce the surfboards that pioneered the shortboard revolution of the 1970's and is proud to work with shapers and craftsmen that are state-of-the-art in the game! Graham Smith is the epitome of just that.

How did you start surfing and shaping?

I began surfing in Durban when I was 11. That's where I met surf legend, Max Wetland, one of the founding fathers of South African surfing. Max was a surfboard manufacturer and I started working in his factory as a courier - helping out however I could by cleaning the blank brackets and picking up in the glassing area. When I turned 14, I started playing with fibreglass and I was hooked. I developed a strong passion for shaping my own boards at age15 out of brown foam. My dad was a plumber and could fix everything so I was super hands-on as a kid - always fixing bikes and motorcycles - so shaping boards came easily to me and I was addicted to it, even at a young age.

What did Hawaii mean to you?

Just as it is for the youth of today, going to Hawaii was the dream of any surfer back then! Hearing stories from the SA senior team made me desperately want to go over there to surf their waves. By that time, there was so much hype about Hawaii and watching surfers such as Gerry Lopez, Rory Russell or Jackie Dunn, all part of the Lightning Bolt Team, ripping at Pipeline only intensified that.

Hawaii was the new melting pot of surfing and a meeting place for Hawaiians and international surfers. It was the place to be, especially after the first contest at Pipeline had just officially taken place. Most surfers were a bit scared of Pipeline, Sunset beach, as well as Waimea Bay, where the Hawaiians prevailed in most of the events ... In 1973 a young and talented guy named Mike Larmont set his horizons for Hawaii. He met the Hawaiian surfer & shaper, Randy Rarrick, who pointed him in the right direction of securing the rights to Lightning Bolt International. Mike's shaping skills and knowledge of surfboard manufacturing was so far advanced that when he got back to South Africa he a1ready had a stream of kids ready to place orders, all frothing for the Bolt brand ... and I was one of them. I rode for Mike on Bolt surfboards for years until I opened up shop with Shaun Tomson in the winter of 1978. After watching the world cup in 1979, I went back to South Africa with the vision of becoming a full time shaper as I had secured the Town & Country Hawaiian brand for South Africa. The fact remains that Lighting Bolt Hawaii was part of the surfing Mecca of the world and their product had now been introduced around the globe as a force to be reckoned with.

And what does Lightning Bolt mean to you?

Lightning Bolt set the surf trend and built hype for surfing around the world in the 70's as Jack Shipley and Gerry Lopez, the co-founders of Lightning Bolt, brought the iconic logo into the public eye when Gerry surfed the famous "Banzai pipeline" master tube riding. He was simply fascinating. One of the biggest surfing cults at that time was called "Hang Ten" run by Nancy "Kattin" who had the monopoly of the surf rag trade until Lighting Bolt came into play. Their approach in the "rag trade" was stunning - they had the best surfboards and styles of clothing to offer, the demand for the product was off the Richter scale. At the same time, surf films just became popular and began hitting the shores across the globe. Surfers were so stoked on watching surf movies all over the world, from spots they'd never travelled to. Thus the young, hot generation of surfers was born and all of the groms were stoked to be watching

their heroes. They couldn't get enough! Lightning Bolt had the best showmen team riders in every movie that was being made and they spread like wild fire throughout every major surf city at theatres globally. Viewers made an emotional connection with Lightning Bolt and everyone wanted to be associated with the Bolt somehow, look like one of the Bolt riders, felt the need to wear their clothes and surf their boards.

Do you look up to any shapers?

I learned everything I know from two of the most influential craftsmen in South Africa, shapers Max Wetland and Errol Hickman, two of the first South Africans who spent time in Hawaii in the early 60' s. These two guys alone must have shaped well over 60,000 boards. They are hands-down the best hand-skilled shapers that I have seen in my whole 40 years of being in the trade. These guys can band rails to perfection, using skilled plainers - it looks like they were designed on a computer. Today this is a rare sight - young shapers these days don't, or have never done any "donkey planning" in their short time of shaping. It's as if they let go of their apprenticeship training and went straight on to qualify as a journeyman. That's why the industry calls them "Scrubbers" or "Ghost shapers."

Also, at G-Force you've been working with the best ...

At G-Force surfboards we've had contracted some amazing South African shapers, including: Peter Daniels, Nigel Perrow, Glen D'Arcy, Mark Spowart, Erroll Hickman, Vaughn Makkink, Des Sawyer & Lonnie Buhn, and on an international level, shapers such as: Jim Lucas, Bill Cillia, Glen Minami, Timmy Patterson, Matt Biolos, AI Merrick, Jeff Bushman, Ben Mann, as well as Tim Barron & John Carper from Hawaii; all of whom have inspired me in some way or another while working with them.

How's your relationship with Jordy Smith? Is the life he leads what you imagined for him?

The new millennium saw Kelly Slater set a new standard in surf, which propelled surfing into the next level of the contest riders' league - he was an individual true to professionalism. This is what I wanted for my son Jordy. All the experiences I had over the past 40 years of my travelling, shaping and interacting with many surfer and shapers, led me knowing what I wanted for Jordy and knew in my heart that this day would be a reality. I took Jordy to Australia & Hawaii in December 1999 at age 11 where he competed against Jeremy Flores, Julian Wilson, Owen Wright, Ben Dunn, Josh Kerr and Matt Wilkinson, all examples of whom are successful because of the support they've received from their family and communities and from the influence of their fathers, all somehow involved in the surf industry. Jordy is self-motivated. My role was to listen and to transform his needs and wants into what was best for him. It wasn't easy because - there are so many different waves where you need to specialize in various technical areas of the surfboard to make its performance the best. Jordy maintained a great attitude on his own though, because at the end of the day my objective was to give him top-notch equipment to ride. I shaped more than a thousand surfboards for my son in the past 18 years, and his knowledge as to what a good board is, is shocking ... Like most pro-surfers, when picking up a board for the first time, they like to feel and look at the profile shape for awhile before making a comment: "I like this one ... " or "It feels alive" was a common response.

Graham Smith with Jonathan Paskowilz

Do you have any secrets in your art?

The development of boards has been always based on the principle of trial and error, in their outlines & curves, and that remains true today. That essentially proves that we have to pay attention to every detail and perfect the skill-set of shaping the new high-tech surfboards to achieve substantial results. Through my international manufacturing I found myself dealing with other international brands, experiencing and gathering information from other shapers - ideas and developments that influence we the modern technical shapes we see today. I have to say that contest influences taught me to take different shaping lines especially while discovering other surf spots, such as Bali, Asia, Indonesia, Peru, etc. Fortunately, I have Jeffrey's Bay in my back yard where I would do R&D on [ordy's boards. I had the opportunity to travel and meet knowledgeable and talented people while surfing and shaping, which I used to my advantage. Every shaper develops his own style of shaping, just like they do with surfing. There are no shortcuts to shaping a well-rounded surfboard. There's no magic wand, no secrets - there are good shapers who have the finesse, grace and have taken the time to learn and practice. You have to be conscious that you've given your best to achieve a good product. In competition, the board is there only for one reason - to achieve top performance for professional surfers looking for winning results. With lightning Bolt board collection, you're looking for a surfer who wants to embody Rory Russell and Gerry Lopez's dream. Lightning Bolt evokes nostalgia, sparks memories and leads to discussion of the school of thought and mindset of the old days which fulfill both the new-school groms and rippers and the old-school soul surfers that share the ocean today.

Was itvery differentto shape for Mark Richards and the other guys back in the seventies? Shaping for different brands like Mark Richards' models in the late 70's was so different. Then MR entered the surf scene with a bang as he reintroduced the Twin Fin, which became a revelation. The biggest difference is that today when shaping we are blessed with the machinery and technology that does all of the difficult manual work. Now we have C&C machines, which have increased production to meet the demands of the surf community today.

Why did you decide to work with Lightning Bolt again?

It brings me back to the roots where my vision began. To see lightning Bolt on the beaches of all global surf spots again and to be a part of making that happen would be an overwhelming experience for me. The evolution of Lightning Bolt has come a long way from 1973 to 2010. This brand has sustained its originality throughout the years with its recognition of surfing heroes known as the "Bolt Team." I personally feel that Lightning Bolt will claw its way into our market because of the great support team that I've recently met. I've seen the passion that they have to drive the brand to become a success again very soon. They have gone out of the way to source all of the right materials, the best shapers and of course the legendary presence of Rory Russell in promoting this brand, will all launch Lightning Bolt to become a success in the shaping & manufacturing world today. It is so cool to be a part of the surfing history that I grew up in and then to get the chance to use that experience and make it available to today's surfers. I look at this as a rare opportunity for me being a part of the LB crew and I see the brand going just continuing to grow in the near future.

Graham Smith with with the Legend Rory Russell


Radio Cuba - Ratusfori



A whole year touring for concerts and shows for the debut of the new "Souls of Fire" album of originals "Subentender," was the perfect excuse for Ratus Fari", percussionist of the Portuguese reggae band, to spend a full month in Cuba to focus on developing his music ability. He was able to practice and immerse himself in a country that wakes up and goes to sleep hearing the sound of the Rumbas, Boleros, Mambos, Salsas and Merengues.

But contrary to the mainstream tourists, who sunbath on the Varadero beaches away from" deep" Cuba, Ratus became connected with the daily life of local Cubans, as he stayed there as a guest at friends' homes in Havana.

Through this experience, Ratus returned to Portugal with many life lessons and renewed feelings of gratitude and optimism, Because everyday life in Cuba is so harsh, from poverty to lack of food to lack of freedom of speech, Ratus appreciated his blessed life in Portugal even more.

Visiting isolated Cuba made him understand that our daily material problems of a capitalist society are totally irrelevant and selfish. If it were possible to trade literacy and culture for money, then Cuba would be one of the richest countries on earth. What a strange world when one of the most educated people in the world is, at the same time, one that has shortage of basic food supply, healthcare and of fundamental rights. It's a strange world when a young man with a degree cannot afford to change clothes everyday. It's a strange world when a doctor cannot afford to drive a friend to the airport because gasoline is so expensive.

Ratus embarked on such a rich journey that concerned reflection on the human condition and on musical experimentation. He shares with us some of his feelings and experience that provide some food for thought.

Ratus was also able to compose one of the next Souls of Fire's album lyrics, while immersing himself in this incredible cultural diversity.

"I constantly see people worried about their miseries, trying to sweep out their many afflictions ... when intelligence wakes up, it may be too late, since our happiness depends mostly on what's on our minds, rather than on what's inside our pocket!"

"Men are dominated by rivalry, Jealousy, greed and ambition.

Soon they're fed up with what they have And yearn what they don't have

Rarely desiring what's not from others ... "

"Freedom is a higher good, without freedom personality becomes impossible."

"A man needs to build himself, to support himself ... "

"In abundant days we're living Isn't sharing costless?

Poor fool, who lives in greediness Poor fool, who loves no one ... "


Ratus Fari, also known as Rodolfo Neves, was born in Portugal in 1980. Currently, he plays as a percussionist in the band, Souls of Fire, and as a DJ at bars and discos around the country. He's been living in Cuba since the beginning of 2010.

Havana, an eclectic and monumental city



Remi Bertoche




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When he's not surfing the ocean, he surfs on canvas and when he leaves the canvas, he still embodies surf in his UFreeSurfing" magazine.

This is true, but an understatement when trying to describe Remi Bertoche! And why? Remi is a painter, graphic designer, professional surfer, golf player, fashion designer, book publisher and the owner and editor of two French magazines: the

"FreeSurfing Mag" and the "FreeGolf Mag."

This incredibly and multitalented young man, born in 1977 in the elegant seaside city of Biarritz, in the Basque Country, and began his career as a professional surfer when he toured with the world tour from 1998 to 2003. Around the same time, still in his twenties, Remi set up his first business utilizing his artistic skills. It continues to be his main occupation. His paintings are inspired by two main atmospheres, "Surf & Sea" and "Golf," his favorite sports. His work has made him well-rounded and worldly, namely travelling to luxury resorts in Turtle Bay (Hawaii) or in Tokyo (Iapan),

Remi has already gathered enough material to publish three art books, translated into English, Spanish and Japanese. He's currently preparing the fourth volume. Remi's graphic design skills stand out and can be seen in brands like Rip Curl, Swatch, Hurley, Puma and Purple Haze who have worked with him on advertisement and fashion design.

In 2005, Remi decided to launch an artsy golf magazine, the "FreeGolf Mag," which is now distributed in 800 clubs. Two years later, he created yet another great magazine, the

"FreeSurfing Mag," which has gained recognition for its innovative design and concept.

As such a multi-faceted individual, it would take us too long to make a full interview about his life and career, so we had to select only a few questions. It was tough ...

With such a busy career, how do you make time for your wife?

We celebrated our 10th anniversary together last year - we have 4 amazing children and I am very passionate about our family. They are integrated into all my projects and every major decision requires a family meeting. Everything requires a lot of planning, especially the art tour because I am on the road for 40 or 50 dates for live painting shows. It is true that I'm always over-booked, but never afraid of work and of new projects. Life is too short and nothing is more painful than regret ...

We must confess it's hard to figure it out exactly what your daily routine is. Can you tell us about it?

Wow! The most important thing is to understand that there is no plan or daily strategy. Sometimes, I dream and think of something and I wake up to take my paintbrush or paper to start something ... It may sound weird, but it is like that.

For example, last night I woke up to paint oil canvas at 4 a.m. (in front of me: my TV to watch the ride of my French friend at Olympic Games). At 7 a.m., I checked my email and messages on Facebook. It was already 8 a.m. when I had an hour surf session. I was working on the magazines' layout by 10 a.m. and had a lunch meeting with partners and investors from noon to 1 p.m. In the afternoon, I attended more

meetings for the European surf shop tour planning. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., I played golf with my wife's children and then checked ernails and worked on some issues for my 4th book. Then at 9:30 p. m., dinner with my wife ...

But not all days are alike; sometimes I wake up at 3 p. m, (laughs).The most important thing to me is to find some little windows for surf or golf and always keep a positive attitude.

Kelly Slater is also a good golf player. But don't you think golf and surf are probably on opposite sides regarding action, risk and even personal attitude towards lifestyle? What links you to these two sports?

That's probably why these two sports are complementary. The mental attitude for golf is very important; when you miss a shot you need to redirect your attention to the next one and forget the bad swing. It's exactly the same in a surf heat, when you fall down on your best waves ...

Also, it's always nice to think and play the golf strategy game and walk on the beautiful fairways in nice natural places ... I also like the feeling of the swing shot. It's nice to see the little white ball flying over 250 metres in the middle of the fairway. Golf is one sport where you cannot hold something against somebody, it's only you. lf you do a bad shot, that's your fault. Sometimes it's hard to admit it, it's always better to find an excuse ... This is why golf is so interesting; it helps you controlling your spirit.

What happens when you have a perfect off shore day to go surfing and you get invited to play golf with your best friend?

I always have a solution ... I don't need a 5 hour-session to be happy, neither an 18- hole nor a 5-hour golf course for satisfaction. Sometimes, I just play 3 holes and I shot 6 balls on each start. But first I am a surfer so my first choice is naturally a good surf session. And I like all the sessions even if it's on shore; I like it when it's stormy and big on the beach break, for example ... I prefer to have a I-hour session at 100%, than a 3-hour session at 50% ...

Anyway, I think I'd tell my best friend, who's also a good surfer (laughs), let's go surf. I'm sure he'd be ok with this choice ... Next day, we'd go play golf. We're lucky as the golf course is on the beach; we park our car at the same place for practising both sports.

Some of your surf and waves' paintings privilege hollow waves and others pass on turbulence. Is this related to your surf style?

I enjoy painting what I like in the surf scene and what people like to buy!!... In the surf shop tour, I really need to understand what clients like and ask. When I'm alone in my art studio, I like to explore different styles and abstract experiences ... You know, my art universe is always on a constant need for search and I need to learn a lot. The art oil painting is very technical and I need to explore again 80% of this world ... Above all I need to work all day on my art, this is the only strategy I have ...

Which painters do you get your inspiration from?

The best of the best is Salvador DALI, because he had it all: technical skills, vision and charisma. For the surf scene, I like Severson for his life and his entire art project. I admire Wyland for the big mural idea and also Lassen for his universe and fine art. I really like Lundy and Rietveld, who's a friend. Also the biography of Griffin ... Anyway, I admire all the painters who have a real art universe and singular technique or talent. For me and my vision about art, a black drawing with two eyes quickly done on a classic round face is not an art work. .. it's a drawing made by classic people. To become an artist, it takes more than a spiritual conception. You are not an artist if you take a black pen and draw something in five minutes like I see in all the magazines who want to be fashionable and new generation trend spotters. They wish to be different, but that's easy to do and everybody can do it, there is no origina1ity in working like that. What really catches my attention is when I see a magazine that it's different in its layout and on the choice of real artists or art projects.

What kind of atmosphere would you paint on the classic Lightning Bolt surfboards used by Gerry Lopez and Rory Russell in Pipeline during the seventies? I love this part of the surfing history, the colours of the classic lightning Bolt are very warm, like the Hawaiian place they come from, but it could be interesting to try more pink and green lagoon, associations with some resin pin line and special pro logo model.

And what about the release of three books, was it your own idea or were you pushed by friends or family?

At the beginning, it was a simple idea because the taxes and status for work in France are really not easy. So when you declare yourself as an artist, you need to say how many paintings you make, the colours you need for one canvas, how many paintings you sold with the picture, size and title ... So, now I say it for fun, it is better to make a book to declare everything ... and I worked on this idea and liked it, as I was a young artist, nobody at that time wanted to publish me. I checked the possibility and researched some sponsors who believed in this project and just managed to publish myself the books ... Though the books are not very interesting for profit, as I'm actually losing money with them, they are important to establish a real visual credibility.

Regarding the professional surfing, are you already out? What made you took that decision?

You know, it's hard to follow the tour when you are not always on the top. I left my family home when I was 17 to live in Australia and at 18 I slept at the surf club in the beach during 4 months ... so the pro tour was my dream but the budget to follow was not there ... That's why now I go to some competitions again, but mainly for fun. This year I finished 295 on the WQS and I surf on each event with a 5'2" purple haze 5- fin diamond tail just for fun!

And the FreeSurfing Mag, tell us a bit why you felt motivated to do it? That's an exciting project. I have the vision of a surfer to make a magazine for surfers, not for the public who just likes surf.

It makes a real difference for the surf wear brands, as their main message has not the same spirit of mine, because they always think of the target who buys the production. The FreeSurfing Magazine it's just an art surf magazine for surfers made by surfers.

What's on your mind for the future?

I am focused on my art studios architecture, on the 4th volume of my book, on the magazines, on the European art surf shop tour 2010, on the next barrels, on the next birdies, on the next travel. There are sooo many things on my mind ... and little time to slow down!

And where can we find your work soon?

Coming next is the European Surf Shop Tour 2010. You have more information, photos and news about the last tour on Facebook: Remi Bertoche.

Remi Bertoche in Vieux Boucau

Remi Bertoche in the French surf shops tour




Five months travelling around the best surf spots in the world. That's right, 150 days distributed among Indonesia, Australia, Hawaii, California and Mexico. This was how our French team rider spent his time from last November till March.

When we saw these action shots from Mexico we immediately tried to reach him to know further details, but from what we were able to find out, our Bolt rider was lost somewhere and it was really not possible to have more information in time for this issue. More info will come up on the next edition, that's a promise.


Nu Bai Soundsystem



Filipinas - Cloud 9 & Secret Spot

Nuno Cardoso and Tiago Campos are the key elements of the Nu Bai Sound collective, a musical project from Lisbon that Lightning Bolt is supporting since 2009. Besides running together the whole country and some international places doing their live performances, they both share the same taste for expeditions full of adventure and for capturing images to their common project related to bodyboard. Also, through their independent film production company Boss It Up, they seize these opportunities to release movies showing their experiences and travels around the world.The motto is ube yourself, enjoy the sea and keep always in mind a sharing spirit", which is an essential rule inherent to the waves' world. Recently, they went to the Philippines and shared with us their thrilling adventures.

After a 30-hour journey, between planes and waits at airports, we finally got to the capital of the Philippines. Manila is a huge city, with 30 million people, chaotic traffic and a load of pollution mixed with high levels of humidity, let alone the absence of waves. This set of circumstances makes it perfect for shopping and engaging in a rather doubtful entertainment for tourists, in line with what is offered in other cities of Southeast Asia.

We spent our first day appreciating the nightlife as we had already bought the tickets for our next destination, a remote island very exposed to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, but also the cradle of a dream wave. Past another flight, followed by a half-hour journey by van through the jungle, crossing rivers and mountains, we spotted at last the bay where the awaited wave rested! It seemed like a dream: perfect conditions with no crowd at sight! During a couple of weeks we stayed in bungalows right in front of the peak and we had good waves everyday, varying from 1 to 3 meters, on a big and almost virgin bay, full of green vegetation contrasting harmoniously with the blue crystalline water.

We tasted a bit of this paradise and decided to move on towards another island, where the most famous wave of this archipelago is to be found - CLOUD 9.

Everything was going smoothly till now, except for the red alert announced for this area where we were, which caused our flight's cancellation due to the inuninent tropical storm. We were lucky to have met an American guy who was in a mission in the Philippines and kindly invited us to stay at his place with his family until things calmed down. We ended up having an epic barbecue there and one day later we were finally able to board our plane to Manila, the mother island, and to catch the flight that was stopping in Cebu. From Cebu we would leave to Siargao, where the mythic Cloud 9 was. But the unexpected events were now an invariable travel companion and during this flight we had to constantly move away from the storm that had hit us the day before. We could feel the bad weather on board. There was some apprehension taking over us, because it's not very usual for a European to look out of a plane window and see lightning bolts and heavy rain everywhere. Nevertheless the smiling face of the air hostess was passing on some tranquillity ... As soon as we stepped out of the aircraft, we realised that something was wrong ... water by one's ankle is not quite normal! Even though, we chose to have something to eat nearby, it was around 10 a.m. After finishing our food it was already eleven thirty, since we spend some time discussing the next moves. The important thing was to find a way to leave the island as quick as possible because of the bad weather. To our surprise, when we walked out of the restaurant the water level was up to our knees, by that time we just wanted to get out of there! Only a small detail made us reassess our plan: the fact that it took us almost five hours to walk three blocks! We began thinking what would be best to do. If we should find a hotel or buy the tickets to Cebu ... the problem was that things around us were getting pretty weird! We could see kids swimming the backstroke in the middle of the street, people with water by their waist, boxes floating and cars being pushed by the water swift current. For a few moments we could feel that the city was out of control, people didn't know what to do, not to mention us!

Our adventure started in the morning and ended by the end of the day. It was already dark when we got ourselves a room at the Sogo Hotel, which was providing shelter for many families that had lost their homes due to the storm. We took the time to recharge batteries and keep up with the latest developments of the Asian pornography. Later we found out that Sogo is a hotel chain of ill repute (laughs). On the day after it looked like nothing had happened; the metropolitan rivers gave place to usable streets, but still with residues of the previous night storm.


The perfect painting, by Nunito

At last we got our plane tickets for the next day; we changed to another hotel recommended by some friends, though oddly enough it was of the same reputation. That night we went out to relax a bit, have a couple of drinks and forget that nightmare. It took us almost 80 hours to get us to our final destination. What an unforgettable adventure! Only when we had access to the internet and to the news, did we realise how luckily had we escaped from one of the biggest floods of the last 40 years in Manila. Even one Portuguese television and the Reuters agency had tried to contact us to obtain our account of the facts.


Hitch-hiking with the locals ...

From our worst nightmare we travelled to our best dream. Cloud 9 is, undoubtedly, .. a touristic surf spot. Locals call it Crowd 9 instead. But the truth is that you can still 'II1II

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catch a lot of great waves. Here we had a perfect combination of waves and some night diversion balanced with a pretty peaceful atmosphere during the day. It was a week full of waves and a feeling of mission accomplished, since we managed to gather the necessary footage to include in our Boss It Up Podcast series, which is already freely available at iTunes. We will soon visit the Philippines islands again for sure. There are a number of islands hiding secret waves that may be the wave of your dreams.


Bolt Riders in Indonisia




Pedro Soares

This is an example of how to kill two birds with one stone: Pedro Soares impressed his girlfriend by taking her to spend last Christmas and New Year in Bali and at the same time, as to be expected from any real surfer, he grabbed the chance to surf and surf and surf ...

Pedro told us about some of the adventures he lived and about the waves he surfed. It was almost a decade ago, right after the prohibition imposed by the Indonesian government to the Portuguese people that I joined the first entourage of Portuguese surfers travelling to Indonesia. Ten years gone by and I return to Bali, this time with my girlfriend, with the purpose of surfing all the waves that I had before recorded in my memory, and also of exploring the one side of the island that I'd never visited, the rights' coast. In our agenda we had also a road trip with some of the best local surfers planned, which would be documented by Pedro Almendra from SurfTotal TV. It was middle of December when we left from Lisbon and after almost 30 hours spent in airplanes and airports we finally arrived to Bali. As soon as we landed, the temperature and the unique odour of that land were enough to reload all our energies. The first night was in Kuta Beach at a seaside hotel. Loads of kilometres, many visited places, many discovered spots! From hotel to hotel, from one beach to the other, always with our luggage ready to roll, in a really nomadic trip as the swell was the one dictating our next move!


Keramas is a volcanic beach famous for its perfect rights and some bad locals. This point break runs over a rocky reef and it has some localism. I can speak for myself, because I experienced it as soon as I put my feet on the water and started getting invitations to get out of there in their local dialect. But I kept the good mood and I guess I was also lucky, because the more stressed guys stopped being aggressive! Despite the conditions were never the finest, I managed to score some good surf moments, with a swell varying from one to one meter and half.


Following Keramas and Serangan (a beach break), other waves were ahead of me: the rights in Nusa Dua and in the Canggu coast. The highlight goes to the latter, where several good right and left breaks may be found along many kilometres of the coast. In each wave it is possible to fit different manoeuvres, and it's even a good spot to perform aerials ... Actually, many WCT surfers bought houses here for training. From these options, my favourite wave was Keramas. It's not by chance they call it the best right of Bali.


After many days discovering unknown breaks, I came back to the spots I'd been on my previous trip here: Uluwato e Padang Padang! Though it was off-season (in winter this side of the island rarely works), Uluwato offered us its famous lefts working in perfection. With much less crowd than during the peak surf season and waves around one and half meter, I scored pretty good surf sessions.


The last days of the trip still brought us some surprises. We were lodged in a cabin by the Padang Padang beach when we were attacked by monkeys! While we were taking a nap after a surf session, several monkeys surrounded our place. One managed to get inside and stole our food and ruined all our hygienic stuff (shampoos, creams and toothpaste). Simultaneously, just as if in a well thought-out gang assault, the rest of the monkeys outside wrecked our jeep. Both rear-view mirrors were ripped, the tyre cover was destroyed and the car painting all damaged ...

Pedro Soares in Uluwatu


Bolt Riders in Indonesia

Except for Kuta city, extremely populated II"" and jammed with traffic, Bali is still a true ~ dream destination! It has beautiful white or volcanic beaches, fabulous weather, warm ~

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For all these reasons, I strongly recommend ~ this surf trip that has far exceeded my .... expectations, in spite of the monkeys?! ,..


and clear water, premium waves and breathtaking landscapes. The great majority

of the natives is quite poor but very spiritual and friendly. They're privileged to live in an island with such a cultural wealth (lots

of sacred temples can be found everywhere around the island) and with a healthy and

diverse gastronomy.

Currently, Bali is definitely one of the most sought surf spots in the world, not only for

its abundant consistent spots, but also because it has a low standard of living for the European pockets.


Last February it was time for Hadrien Ballion and Lea Mengual, our youngest french team riders, to spend one month exploring Bali. The surfers from Bordeaux just loved the trip.

"This surftrip was incredible! One month

in the sun, with warm water and always good waves. It was never less than 3 feet.

We were 5 friends and there were really good vibes in the group! We didn't stay

only at one place, though we spent a lot

of time in Uluwatu because of the perfect

left. We visited the entire island (the waterfalls, the inner land, rice fields, etc.)

The people from Bali are really friendly

and peaceful. The nightlife in Kuta was great too. It was really a nice experience and II. I wantta go there againl" by Hadrien Ballion 'liliiii




Classic Suifboards


New Collection

In the early seventies, when legendary Gerry Lopez was busy turning the Lightning Bolt logo into the most powerful symbol of the surfing world, he had started, at the same time, the "short board revolution" in Hawaii. The huge 12-foot boards, inspired by the ancestral Polynesian wooden flat planks, were then replaced by boards with shapes suited to the various wave sizes and types. They were no longer flat and started having a curved bottom (rocker) enabling sharper turns and they also became narrower to drop into big waves, at high speed, escaping the lip, but with sufficient length to absorb the impact of the water surface turbulence. His 9' Guns and 7'or 8' Mini-Guns, which had won so many times at Pipeline for Gerry, and later for his fellow surfer and shaper Rory Russell, displayed the Bolt symbol with pride, inspiring the brand's slogan:

"The Bolt - more often seen coming out of the waves tubes, across the world".

With all this prestige and heritage, Lightning Bolt is presenting a range of models of its Classic Boards conceived by three traditional LB shapers: Rory Russell from Hawaii, Craig Hollingsworth, from California and Graham Smith, from South Mrica. From these different areas, they have shaped LB surfboards, maintaining the traditional and innovative characteristics for all types of waves, which made this board brand a legend.

Rory Russell

He is himself a legend as a shaper, after the several world class championships he won and as a Pipeline Contest twice winner, riding boards with the Bolt logo, he conceived and shaped fast, reliable and manoeuvrable for such big and hollow waves. And also as many surf films movie star, like Five Summer Stories and many others. After more than 30 years, Rory is back again with Lightning Bolt, a brand that never really left his heart. In meantime, he has been teaching people to surf, for the last twenty years, being an example of the "real spirit of surfing".

Graham Smith

From South Africa, Graham Smith has shaped, sprayed and glassed over SO.OOO boards with "passion and finesse", as he says, during his 40 years of activity he has shaped for many of the best surfers in the world, such as World champions like Martain "Pottz" Potter, Dane Keoloha , Barton Lynch, Chane Horan and many other good ASP surfers of that period. He is actively travelling to the wcr events to gain and gather more feedback on modern shaping & designs through the pro surfers of today. In the beginning of his surfing career, Graham was a member of S. Africa's Mike Larmont's surfing team, using LB boards shaped by Mike, who had, in 1973, obtained

the rights to the Lightning Bolt International brand. He used LB boards from Larmont, until opening in December 1978 a surfboard factory shop with the legendary Shawn Tomson, who had already won a Pipeline Contest in 1977, becoming the ASP 1977 World Champion. At that time, many famous surfers like Ian Cairns, Jerry Lopez, Rory Russell, Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew and Mark Richards the inventor of the "Twin Fin", rode on Lightning Bolt boards where all seen as icons including Shaun Tomson alI over the world in all surfing magazines and Surf films of that period. Graham returned to Hawaii in December 1999 and secured the rights to "Town & Country surf" where he continued to work with shapers like Glen Minami and Ben Aipa. Then, in 1984, John Shimooka and Sunny Garcia the two new young Hawaiian rippers, only at the age of 15 years old, arrived from Hawaii to S. Africa to compete in the famous "Gunston 500", were put under Graham Smith's guidance, using the boards he shaped specially for them incorporating alI his knowledge and experience in complementing their different surfing styles and talents.

All this past knowledge, experience and charm will be presented in our Lightning Bolt range and now it is up to you to choose the board which best suits you're surfing style and aspirations when riding a Retro State of the Art surfboard of that period and find out why they became so famous.

Craig Hollingsworth

Craig has been shaping surfboards since 19?3. Craig was born and raised in Southern California, and a world class surfer himself. Craig has travelled the world over perfecting his designs. With his long time experience and hands-on-approach to testing surfboard performance, Hollingsworth is one of the most versatile shapers in the world today.

RSH SWAJ.IDW TAIL 6'2".11"1/4.27/8


Txaber TrojaoZa


Name: Txaber Trojaola Renobales Nickname? Antonio & Kangurin. Birthdate? 14-04-86 Hometown? Bakio Married, Single or Engaged? I have a girlfriend, Nerea. Pets? 2 dogs, Gatz and Baloo Hobbies and other sports? I like a lot of sports but my favorite is snowboard. Also I like playing cards, movies and I spend a lot of time with my girlfriend and my friends.


Favorite Spot in Spain? Mundaka Regular or Goofy? Goofy

Surfboards? Pukas Boards. My usual board is a 6'0 x 17 7/8 x 21/16.

How long do you surf? Why did you start it? I started surfing when I was 10 years old. In Bakio, my hometown, together with my friends and my brother, we used to stay a lot of time at the beach, and so we started surfing ...

Coach, do you have one? Yes, I got a group of people that helps me a lot, for a long time now. I really thank them for their huge support!! Favourite surfers? There are so many good surfers around the world, but I really get impressed by people like Kelly, Taj, Rob Machado ... Surftrips? Last one was to Hawaii, my first surftrip with Lightning Bolt. I already made many surftrips and visited really interesting places I enjoyed a lot. I have some more planned, but I'll disclose details, when they're confirmed.

Wave types? I like a lot the rights and the lefts, with one perfect size, between 1,5 to 2 mts., hollow and with the possibility of making good manoeuvres too. Best spot where you've been? Hum ... there are many but I think the best ones are Mundaka, Teahupoo, Barra de la Cruz and Snappers ...

Favourite manoeuvre? Tube

Biggest wipe out? Well ... Mundaka, Menakoz and a lot more ... Some of them I'll never forget!

Top 5 results in competition? 2nd - WQS 5* 2009 Newquay England, 17th - WQS 6* PRIME 2009 Lanzarote 1st - Open EUROPA INTERCELTICOS 2008 Sopelana 4thWQS 1* 2007 Cordoama Portugal 4th - Junior EUROPA 2* 2004 Ericeira Portugal Why competition? The level is too high, and you have to try your best all the time and be ready for it. I have a competitive mind too.

Physical maintenance? Sports and training. The surf and the environment. Do you take part on any programme for protecting the beach? Yes, I try to participate with some groups in cleaning the beaches. When we got the trouble of the Prestige petrol ship, I spent a lot of time trying to clean it. I love nature. Every time it's possible, I do whatever it takes to preserve the environment.

Advice to whom is starting to surf? You have to enjoy it a lot and be persistent with it. Finally, you start progressing and getting new feelings.

Sponsors: Lightning Bolt, Pukas, Arnette, Euskaltel, San Miguel, Manual accessories. What do you think of Lightning Bolt in the surf world? What made you join the Bolt Team? It is one of the oldest brands in the surf world. I like the brand and its history is something special. I am happy with the support and the spirit of the brand. Surf Objectives for 2010? I want to make the WQS European tour which it is a part of the world tour too and I would like to get some good results and improve my ranking in competition. Outside competition, I want to make some reports in different places and get some really nice pictures from there too.


Conservative or Liberal? Liberal.

As a Basque, do you think the Basque Country should be autonomous? Yes, I would like it.

Do you support the Spanish monarchy? I prefer to talk about waves. Soccer Team? Atletic de Bilbao and Atxurre from Bakio!

Favourite Meal? My mum's meals, like lentejas, pasta, rice, fish ... Txuleta! I like all kinds of food!!

Alcoholic Drinks? Beer.

Dramas or Comedies? Comedies, for sure! I hate dramas.

Movie of your life? Ali, Braveheart, Cadenza Perpetual, and many more. Favourite Bands? I like music very much. Normally I hear all kinds of music, but I'm not so fond of Opera, Classic Music, Rap and Reggaeton. Which bars and discos do you recommend in your hometown? Bar 01, Txoberne, Newman's bar and Bar Bakio. Bakio is small, but we have almost 20 bars!!!

Urban Tribes? I don't care much about it...

Are you against gay marriage? NO, I've nothing against gay marriage and nothing against them. I wish them to live happily and I think that marriage is important for their happiness.

Who inspires you? Honest people. Are you superstitious? A little bit. Sometimes when things go well, I try to copy it and make everything the same way next time to make it happen again.

If you could have dinner with a celebrity, who would you invite? Anyone, as long it is someone sincere and modest.

Txaber in a fun day in Puena Point - Hawaii


Lightning Bolt stand at !spo 2010

AT ISPO AW 2010-11

To witness that one could actually breathe surf, within the snowy environment of ISPO 10 in Munich, was absolutely amazing! It happened at the lightning Bolt booth, as the gathering of remarkable and true legends of the history of world surf, coming from different parts of the world, took over the mood and involved all surf fans and visitors. It was an authentic Lightning Bolt show starring Rory Russell, the legendary Hawaiian Pipeline master, Jonathan Paskowitz, the surf industry veteran and second oldest son of the unavoidable Californian surf clan - the Paskowitz Family, and Graham Smith, the renowned and prominent South African shaper, together with the brand new surfboards and apparel collection.

Next to the stunning Lightning Bolt «Pipeliners models, these down-to-earth celebrities were giving interviews and autographing pins and posters, chatting and posing for the numerous cameras with fans and friends, creating a cool, relaxed and effortless welcoming vibe.

The feed-back on the surfboards and apparel collection couldn't be better. Everyone was really excited to see how the Lightning Bolt crew went back to the roots, taking aboard the original surf brand character and distinction and interpreting it smoothly into something different and fresh.

We are happy to say that Lightning Bolt is offering an alternative for a new feeling of nostalgic satisfaction that the surf community is warmly welcoming.

Jonathan Paskowitz with Saturdays Surf Shop founders.


For the first time in NYC, Lightning Bolt featured its product for a limited time at recently opened, "urban surf" boutique cum coffee bar, Saturdays Surf, located in New York City. On November 3, media, tastemakers, buyers and friends gathered to officially celebrate the re-launch of Lightning Bolt in the United States. In addition to a sneak peek of the newest collections, guests had party with the Bolt team and VIP surf legends; cocktails, appetizers and a live OJ; view screenings of vintage surf films; and the opportunity to be the first to shop the extremely choice selection of Lightning Bolt goods available.

"Saturdays is the ideal space for Lightning Bolt's pop-up shop. Their vibe perfectly complements the brand image and company culture that we've maintained since the re-launch - understated, yet stylish," says Jonathan Paskowitz, president of Lightning Bolt, USA. "Being based in Venice, CA, we've created a good amount of buzz on the west coast and are looking forward to bringing that to New York, showing the east coast some love and aloha on behalf of the Bolt."

The young team of edgy designers behind Lightning Bolt's USA creative direction is influenced heavily by 70s surf. In turn, the SS10 collection features a perfectly cohesive combination of nostalgia and modern, effortless chic.

The collection was available during November-2009.

Abraham, Joshua and Jonathan Paskowitz of the legendary surf family

American actress, Kelli Giddish

Dustin Franks


A lively and fashionable crowd gathered at Lightning Bolt's newest popup shop, Lightning Bolt x GroupHomme, located in trendy Los Feliz to officially celebrate its longawaited re-launch on the west coast. The Bolt partygoers enjoyed cocktails and noshed on gourmet barbecue from "Let's Be Frank" food truck as live tunes from Joshua Paskowitz and team rider, Dustin Franks pumped throughout the venue.The spring/summer 2010 collection was showcased along with vintage Lightning Bolt surfboards and nostalgia photos and posters circa 1971, creating an authentic Bolt experience. The collection remained on sale at the shop for a limited time through the last week of December 2009, providing southern California with the perfect venue to finish all of their holiday shopping.More than 150 guests were in attendance, including members of the press; key executive lightning Bolt team members, president, Jonathan Paskowitz; sales manager, BG Porter and head designer, Kara "Kake" Smith; local tastemakers including Blake Sennett of the band, Rilo Kiley, and his girlfriend, Elkin designer, Brit Smith; actress Kelli Giddish; producer Jonathan Shestack; and a handful of close friends and family.


Snowboaxd legend, Bob Stanislous

American Collection photoshooting


On January, the american team was busy presenting the new Autumn-Winter 2010 collection. Class (Orlando), ASR (San Diego) and Capsule (Las Vegas) were the trade shows chosen.

Trying to capture what was going on back in the seventies, there was an effort to incorporate new technology, physics, and new materials, but always capturing the vintage style in essence and in shape.

Teresa Abracos

Andre Pedroso


The main novelties are the first ever team riders in France, Spain and Holland, as the brand is now expanding its business in several European countries.

InFrance, we welcome Jeremy Brasset. Justin Deianne, Hadrien Ballion and Lea MenguaL In Spain, from the Basque Country, pro-surfer and WQS athlete Txaber Trojaola (read profile section) is our first ever Spanish surfer.

In Holland, [ord "Flying Dutchman" Fortmann, the surf, longboard and snowboard instructor, but also a great free surfer, will hold the Bolt in the cold Dutch waters. In Portugal, we highlight Teresa Abra~os, national champion in 1996, and now a very respected and admired free surfer. She surfs since 1981 and, nowadays, her main

Miguel Ruivo

objective is to use surf as a strong environmental keeper, but also to spread the sport in the poor coutries.

Also in Portugal, we have now Miguel Ruivo and Andre Pedroso.

Miguel Ruivo is one of the best portuguese longboarders, and big wave rider too. He's currently managing a surfcamp in Ericeira.

Andre Pedroso is an experienced big wave rider, but above all, is a truly waterman. He's a fisherman, and he has a really interesting story.

As he only can work (fish) when the waves are small or flat, he only can surf when the waves are big. That's probably the opposite of the majority of surfers in the world.


The 2009 World Skin Cancer Foundation Slater Brother's Invitational was a great success. This was truly an event where the surfers community gave back and helped save lives. There was a free skin cancer screening on site, and 132 were screened. And some screening tests were really important, as 4 were diagnosed with probable Melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and a quick killer if not caught in time. While there was great surfing in the water and family fun on the beach, the free skin cancer screening held was the most important event by far. If not for the screening, those 4 diagnosed with Melanoma would most likely be going through their daily routines not knowing they had a potential killer inside their body. The Slater Brother's Invitational was held for the 4th year in Cocoa Beach (Florida) between 30-October and the first of November.

We truly congratulate the World Skin Cancer Foundation for such a noble cause, and we expect to support more in the near future.



Surf Portugal is probably the biggest surf mag in Portugal, and at the end of each year they have a great party awarding the best portuguese surfer, men, women and junior, and also their best cover.

This year the public made the jury, through an online poll, and Maria Abecasis was awarded as the best surfer in Portugal in 2009. This was an extremely important victory to her, as she was ahead of the best surfers of Portugal like Francisca Santos, Francisca Sousa and Joana Rocha. Last year Maria Abecasis improved a lot her surf and she reached three finals in the national tour. Hundreds of people were there, including the iconic ex team rider Rabbit Bartholomew, Dean Morrison, Bruno Santos and all the best Portuguese surfers. There were also music concerts and lots of party. Congratulations Maria.




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We want to have a garment or a fashion accessory in the new Lightning Bolt SpringlSummer 2011 Collection signed byyou!!! And, besides, we want it to be the item that all surfers will want to have.lf you want to be the author of the next Lightning Bolt's best seller item, send us the design for a piece of clothing or fashion accessory or only the print, design, illustration for standard article [t-shirt, long sleeve, sweatshirt, backpack, boardshort, rash vestl, You just have to be sure that any surfer will want to buy it! There's no limit for your creativity, except the fact that your proposal will have to be attractive and inspiring for as many surfers as possible in the shops. The best idea will be part of our production next year and sold in all. European countries where Lightning Bolt is selling is collection.To be our newest invited fashion designer, you have to show us, and to our fans, why do you deserve it.

How to participate?

1.Visit our Facebook pages ou

2. Add the following title on each post: BOLT4FREE - Surfer's MustHave / BE AN OFFICIAL BOLT DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR and attach your piece of clothing or design, graphic, print, illustration. On this post you can also add some text you find convenient or other links. Obs.: On Facebook you'll have to send jpg or png formats. If you wish to send us files in other formats (AI, Freehand, Photoshop, etc) afterwards, send them to

Who wins?

Choosing the winner will depend on the number of fans of your idea and, also, on our opinion. The decision will be taken upon:

The fans' votes on each idea: the one who gathers more "I Like this" and positive comments - 50% and the Lightning Bolt's crew opinion - 50% If you have any doubts, please contact us to


lightning Bert: is a pure source of inspiration. A sud icon born in Hawaii.

it became the trademark for progressive surfing, through skill in the water. distinction in design and bolt signature, Our history gees back to the beginning of the 70's, when the short board revolution was taking place and the etyle of Oil rf was being redefined. There were no limi ts for [be Hawaiian surfers and our boards ruled the huge lubes of Pipeline.

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