Chick Sticks (Oceanside) and Austrailia’s Surf Sister Mag Article

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Chick Sticks (Oceanside) and Austrailia's Surf Sister Mag Article

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Chick Sticks

Chick Sticks is a company located in Oceanside, Ca in America that
builds Surfboards for Girls. Lola Blake is the water women behind Chick Sticks
and has her factory making surfboards that are shorter, wider, easier to ride
Surfboards designed especially for Girls. The Chick Sticks factory does
everything 'in house' to keep the Quality Exceptional. Lola has some nifty
differences such as pink stringers, pink glue line with multiple fin set ups to
make every shape as versatile as possible.

Lola shared her story with SurfSister,

Can you tell us the story behind the start up of Chick Sticks? You talk
about your boards being " A full line of girls and womens Performance
surfboards with girl friendly shapes" can you talk about this in more
detail please?

I was always buying ‘guys’ boards because I wanted a performance board. The
selection for girls is terrible. All the girls’ boards I saw had no shape
whatsoever and you can barely turn on them and they weren’t even cool looking.
When I was first starting out everyone was trying to put me on a 9.0 longboard,
which I did and I hated it. I’m five feet tall and a little over a hundred
pounds and when I stopped listening to everyone and starting riding the little
fishes and thruster shapes the guys were riding I finally felt in control. I
got sick of being stuck on the inside with a huge heavy board. Once I learned
how to duck dive on the smaller boards Surfing got really fun and started to
feel more comfortable to me.

When I stopped buying used boards and I started having customs made I knew what
I wanted. I wanted a board with a little more foam so I could catch waves
easier, not as wide so I could carry it, a softer nose and tail so it was more
forgiving and easier to ride and definitely some rocker so there’s less
pearling. The boards I was having shaped were working so well, I was learning
to surf on little 5.6 to 5.9 short boards. I never planned on Chick Sticks
being a company but once I started making them for myself, and my friends loved
my boards it was like, I have to make these for other girls. I started my
business officially last year and its growing like crazy. I have shops carrying
them and sales reps and I consider myself so blessed to be doing what Im doing.
Of course I’m not the shaper, Luiz Masuzzo is my shaper. He and I took
thruster, egg, fish, fun board and longboard shapes, literally every shape you
can make a surfboard and with my input made them girl friendly and easier to
ride. My board models are all my own programs, my own shapes.

And by super performance, my shorties are the same shapes the guys who rip
surf. Five of my eight board line up are five fin options including my 7.0, 8.0
and 9.0 Bad Betty longboard. I just love my boards, they are Awesome!! And they
all come with full paint and you don’t pay extra. I’m getting into some tomboy
designs this year, I design my own paint sprays it is so fun to be creative. I
have models for the Grommie Girl, a total beginner just starting out,
intermediate, advanced competitive surfer girls on up to 3 sizes of longboard.
I truly make a board for every girl and every level of surfer.

How long have you been surfing/skating/snowboarding for?

I’ve been Skateboarding my entire life, that's my first love actually. When I
was a kid I skated after school with my friends and all day on the weekends. I
Love Skating, it’s so fun!! And you can basically do it anywhere. I grew up in
Santa Barbara close to the beach and I surfed a couple times but really only
got in to Surfing 4 1/2 years ago. I’ve had my share of accidents out there,
stitches in my head from the fins, broken bones, blown out knee so my surfing
progression has been slow and Ive been out of the water because of injurys
several times unfortunately but I’ve always Loved the sport. I’ve always seen
it as a beautiful and sexy sport that is so unpredictable because every day the
conditions are different and every wave is different. I Love to be out in the
water and a pod of dolphins comes by. I can’t think of a more beautiful place
to be. I’m not a huge snowboarder because even thou the drive isn’t that bad to
get to the mountains in So Cal I don’t get to go very often. It is important to
me to take my trademarked concept of Girl Friendly Surfboards and Skateboards
and make the progression to manufacturing Snowboards. I have a shaper and will
be introducing Chick Sticks Snowboards this Fall. I’m really excited!!

Can you tell us a bit about surf culture in CA?

I honestly think that is so accepted here to be a Surfer that its not uncommon
for me to see guys, young and old, arrive down at my Surf Spot in their
business suits on their lunch break heading out for a Sesh and then quickly
changing and going back to work. Also, its tough getting boards made when
theres swell LOL shapers, glassers, painters, they are pretty much going to get
a surf in no matter what. And I love to see families out with their little
ones, teaching them how to surf. It’s awesome to live in a place (Southern
California) where the climate and the breaks are so mild you can literally surf
every day if you wanted to. And there’s literally a Surf Shop on almost every
corner, I love it.

How many ladies are in the water at your local break?

I do see more Girls down at my break during Summer. The Girl there that is the
most rippingest and surfs almost every day I recruited to run my Chick Sticks
Surf School!! I love my break because on one side are the Warm Water Jetties
where the pros come to surf when they are in town and to the South is Terramar
a nice longboard break and then my friends and I surf in the middle. Just a
mellow break, although it can get really huge during winter swell. I Love small
waves, I just want to have fun so when it’s really big I stay out and like to
take pictures of the Rippers doing their thing.

For more info about Chick Sticks, www.chicksticksbylola.com,
chicksticksgirl@aol.com This email address is being
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