Surf Life in Sonoma County

  • Learn the Art of Surfboard Ding Repair

    Learn the Art of Surfboard Ding Repair

    Alright, alright, it's February and maybe some of you came up with a few resolutions at the beginning of the year.  Maybe some of you are actually sticking to them, or maybe you are like me, and don't even bother to fool yourself into thinking you're really gonna change your ways!  Whatever the case may be, if you are a surfer I hope you will consider, not nesesarily a resolution to do your own Ding Repair, but ding repair as a fun new thing to learn!   Surfboard ding repairs are not as hard as you think and can save you time without...

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  • Tide Pooling this Week

    Tide Pooling this Week

    During the Holiday season many of us have friends and family come in from out of town.  There's so much to do here in Sonoma County it's hard to choose ways to entertain guests, but tide pooling is always high on my list!  This year we've got some ideal tides for getting out there and enjoying the pools along our coastline.        Low tides, corresponding with the right timing, don't always match up, but this year we've got some days that do.  Tide pooling is best when the tide is at 1.5' or less and of course you want that...

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  • SURF SEASON

    SURF SEASON

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    It's finally that time of year..... surf season!  That special time when you pull on your hoodie and a beanie and take that drive out to the coast.  Perfect swell size and direction, light off shore winds, tide is right and the sun is shining, let's go!!!  It's our time!  Powdered doughnuts and chocolate milk for breakfast, Ride the Lightning blaring out of the speakers, let's see what the Sonoma coast has for us today!  That was the 90's for many of us, and not a lot has changed.  Driving what locals call the 'Sonoma Coast 5000' might end in...

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  • A labor of love

    A labor of love

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    Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go…for screen printing? That’s right. Shoved into Gram’s garage—next to a giant 69’ Impala named The Green Hornet—is Northern Light’s very own screen printer, complete with owners Ben and Sarah that are hard at work to bring you the t-shirts, long sleeves, and hoodies that you’ve come to know and love! When Ben and Sarah decided to take on the ambitious endeavor of screen printing the infamous Northern Light logo and custom artwork on all of their gear, Gram’s house seemed like the best option: plenty of space (minus...

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  • Ed's Shed: The man behind the boards

    Ed's Shed: The man behind the boards

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    If the door’s locked, better luck next time. If you hear the sander going, do not disturb. If it’s silent and unlocked, you might just be able to chat with our in-house shaper (and the ever elusive) Ed Barbera. He leaves a trail of polyurethane foam when he drops us off a new board, walking barefoot from his shed in the back through our always open shop door. In fact, he pretty much leaves a little trail of foam everywhere he goes, his white hair similarly but barely distinguishably covered in sanded down bits. Tucked behind our original Northern Light...

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