What would it take for a pro­fes­sion­al ath­lete, per­form­ing at the high­est lev­el, to take a break? SPY Pro Surfer Alex Gray shares what was behind his deci­sion to stop com­pet­ing in order to chase big­ger waves:

Also in the spir­it of fol­low­ing a less-trav­elled path, over a decade ago, graf­fi­ti artist and surf pho­tog­ra­ph­er Andrew Sar­nec­ki began design­ing and print­ing his own mini surf mag­a­zine, “South Bay.” Now, he’s tak­en his sig­na­ture tag and cre­at­ed Hip­pyTree, an eco-con­scious com­pa­ny that pro­vides qual­i­ty surf and climb­ing inspired prod­ucts to open-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als. Hip­pyTree also walks the walk in terms of sus­tain­abil­i­ty, using organ­ic and eco-friend­ly blends in their cloth­ing mate­ri­als and print­ing their cat­a­logs on recy­cled paper.

Pho­to: HippyTree

Today we cel­e­brate that indi­vid­u­al­i­ty with exclu­sive Hip­pyTree and SPY Optics events and we wel­come Gravis – footwear and appar­el for skaters, snow­board­ers, and surfers. Gravis debuts on The Clymb today with inter­na­tion­al­ly known, skate, surf and snow inspired footwear, appar­el, and packs. Con­sid­er col­or with Gravis’ unique styles that trans­late all over the world.

You can still take advan­tage of $4.98 ship­ping on every order OR add a The Clymb t‑shirt to your order for free shipping.

We’ll be shar­ing some great surf and skate videos on Face­book today. Make sure to pay us a visit.