Camp Shred 2017: Celebrating the art of surfing and its community

Words: Hayley Helms and Kailee Bradstreet

In the blink of an eye, another year of Camp Shred has come and gone.

The annual event is a place for the surf community to gather and celebrate the shared culture that unites us, and Camp Shred 2017 was no different than its predecessors. Founded in 2013, Camp Shred has made its home at Cardiff Campgrounds each year and really gained some legs with the local community—as was clear this weekend as hundreds of surfers stormed the beaches to try the latest in-store gear.

Related: Camp Shred 2016 Photos

The event brought together new and established brands from the surfing community in an intimate setting, cultivating a sense of camaraderie that is hard to replicate anywhere else. For those in attendance, it was the perfect opportunity to interact with a hyper-engaged audience looking to test out their next board or wetsuit before making the big purchase.

Here are just a few of the standouts that caught our eye:

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Hemlock is a new brand on the scene, appearing at Camp Shred to debut their unique hats. Photo: Hayley Helms

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Poler Stuff provided an interactive display for visitors, complete with cornhole for entertainment. Photo: Hayley Helms

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Justin Cote of Superbrand shows off one of the brand’s more popular boards, the Magic Mix. Photo: Hayley Helms

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Nixon was educating surfers on the latest gear, including the Mission smart watch and Tide/Surf watch collections available to demo.

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Captain Fin brought a variety of fins for Camp Shred visitors to demo over the weekend. Photo: Hayley Helms

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The Haydenshapes crew holding it down at their tent. Photo: Hayley Helms

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Happy campers.

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Bump Coffee and their mobile caffeine fix was a new and much welcomed addition to Camp Shred this year.

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Lots of fun for all ages at Raen’s tent.

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Billabong’s Ana Andreoli, Spencer Pirdy, Tess Hodges, and Gary Clisby holding it down on Saturday and showing off the Carbon Furnace wetsuit ($299) which conducts heat from the body and retains it to keep you warm for that all-day surf session.

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The Surf Ride tent was packed Saturday with surfers registering for the afternoon.

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Otis’ Alex Colvin, Sean Kelly, and Rory Kelly. Otis was showcasing most of its newest collection, but the women’s product—particularly the Little Lies sunglasses—were getting the most interest.

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Creatures’ Alex Colvin and Eddie Doyle.

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Captain Fin crew & family, taking it easy on Saturday afternoon.

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Channel Islands had quite the crew on hand, helping surfers dial in their boards. Thanks to Taylor, Tyler, Michael, Rick Xzavier, Karli, and Bryant, for taking a moment for this photo op.

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The three most-demo’d boards of the day for Channel Islands were The Sampler, The Biscuit Bonzer, and the Rocket 9.

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A Camp Shred staple, Sector 9’s compound was bigger and better than ever this year.