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AGIT GLOBAL / BLOG / 5 ESSENTIAL RULES OF SURFING

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5 Essential Rules of Surfing

The world is home to about 372,000 miles of coastline and endless surf breaks along these coasts. With this much exposure to the ocean, you would think that surfers would not necessarily need to abide by rules—wrong! Due to accessibility issues and limited areas where rideable waves break in a desirable fashion, surfers end up congregating in packs; and where there are groups of surfers there must be some sort of informal rules to avoid chaos in the water.  

To help remind some and inform others, we’ve put together a short list of a few of the most important surfing rules. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all unwritten surfing rules, but abiding by even just these few simple rules will help us all stay safe in the water and have the best time possible enjoying the sport we love. So, whether you are preparing to take out your 8-foot Wavestorm from Costco for the first time or you are currently surfing on the World Tour, we urge you to pay attention and follow the rules below.   

 

Don’t Interfere on a Wave Being Ridden by Another Surfer

At most surf breaks where there is a group of surfers, it will be customary for only one or two surfers to catch each wave. When two surfers catch the same wave, they will most likely be riding the wave in opposite directions to avoid running into each other. It would be considered rude and disrespectful for another surfer to attempt to catch or interfere on a wave that someone else is already riding. In fact, this is the highest form of disrespect in surfing. 

Do not attempt to paddle into a wave that another person is already riding. Not only is this highly frowned upon, but it can result in serious injuries to both you and the other surfer. This action of catching a wave that is already being ridden by another surfer is commonly referred to as taking-off or dropping-in on someone, burning, cutting-off, or snaking.  

In pretty much every circumstance, the person who caught and is riding the wave first has the right of way. This means they can travel whichever direction they wish, and even allow others to join them in riding the wave if they so communicate. Eventually every surfer will encounter a situation in which they are paddling into a wave at the same time as another surfer. The person who arises to their feet first gains the right of way at that moment. If both surfers rise to their feet at the same time, the person closest to the portion of the wave that is crumbling or peeling has the right of way, and the other surfer should immediately steer off the wave as a sign of respect, being careful not to hit the other person with their board.  

Most surfing accidents, both intentional and unintentional, are a result of surfers breaching this rule. Even if you believe someone deserves it, never break this rule to avoid unnecessary confrontations.

 

Avoid Paddling in the Path of a Wave Being Ridden

This rule is an extension of the rule we just discussed. As you paddle out from the shore you will notice that the easiest route is the one where you avoid running into the whitewash of a wave that has already broken. It is nearly impossible to travel over the top of the whitewash, so surfers will opt to duck-dive or turtle-roll beneath the whitewash and let it pass over them. Duck-diving uses up a significant amount of energy, especially when the waves are large and unruly. This will instinctually cause surfers to want to paddle toward the area of the wave that is smooth and unbroken, so they can easily float over the top and continue toward the outside, beyond where the waves are breaking. 

Paddling toward that unbroken part of the wave is perfectly acceptable, unless someone is riding or paddling into the wave. Surfers attempting to paddle to the lineup should be aware if someone is riding the waves they are trying to get around. If someone is riding an incoming wave, and it appears the surfer paddling out may end up in their path, they should paddle toward the whitewash to avoid interfering or colliding with them. This can be inconvenient to the surfer paddling out, but it is a sign of respect and can potentially save them from serious injuries caused by being hit by another surfer. Learning to properly duck-dive or turtle-roll will make paddling out significantly easier, especially in these circumstances.   

 

Always Keep Your Board with You 

Often, beginner surfers will think it is easier to ditch their surfboard and swim underneath the whitewash instead of performing a proper duck-dive or turtle-roll. This may be true in extreme circumstances, like if you are caught inside at Teahupo’o or the Wedge, but in all other cases this should be avoided. Ditching your board in the path of an oncoming wave will put a tremendous amount of force on your leash and may cause it to break. Not only will this be dangerous to other surfers paddling out behind you or riding the wave you are avoiding, but you will lose the ultimate water flotation device that may save you from drowning. 

Everyone loses their board accidentally on occasion, whether from a leash breaking after falling on a wave or having the board torn from their hands while duck-diving, but this should be avoided at all costs to prevent unnecessary injuries. 

 

Be Respectful

One of the most prevalent ideas behind the surfing world is the idea that surfers should have respect for the ocean and for other surfers. This is one-hundred percent true. 

The ocean is powerful and humbles even the most experienced watermen daily. The human element of surfing can be a safe one if we follow the unwritten surfing rules, but the unpredictability and volatility of the water can lead to serious injuries and even death. It is not uncommon for a handful of surfers to die every year around the world due to drowning or impact with the bottom. We should always respect the ocean and know our limits with regards to wave and weather conditions. Don’t put yourself in danger by surfing waves far above your experience level, and don’t surf in conditions that are unruly and visibly dangerous.    

 

Keep it Fun

Rule number one in surfing is to always have fun. Isn’t that why we are all out in the water? Sometimes surfers can get caught up in the artificial drama created by a seemingly limited resource (the waves) and an increasing number of surfers. As mentioned earlier there are hundreds of thousands of miles of coastline in the world. Most of this is not even utilized by surfers, and new waves are constantly being discovered. This is plenty for us all to share, and there will always be more waves in the future at our local breaks even if the swell doesn’t always last as long as we would like. 

It is important to remember that we are all out in the water to have a good time and enjoy the power of the waves. There are no rules for how you should or shouldn’t surf on a wave. As long as you aren’t running into anyone, no one can tell you how to surf. Be yourself and ride whatever you want. The feeling of freedom while riding a wave is indescribable and can’t be recreated elsewhere. Have a fun attitude and be respectful to other surfers, and we will all enjoy the waves together.

 

Summary

In case you didn’t notice, there is an overarching theme behind this list of rules. Respect the water and your fellow surfers and have fun. The ocean is home to incredible forces that are almost completely unpredictable. This is what draws many of us back to the ocean time and time again in an attempt to conquer the waves and soak in the energy they deliver. Respecting the power of the ocean and looking out for our friends in the water will ensure we all have a good time and get the most out of our surf sessions. Let’s remember these rules so we all stay safe and most importantly, have fun!  



 
AGIT GLOBAL / BLOG / TOP 7 SURF ACCESSORIES

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Top 7 Surf Accessories

Top 7 Surf Accessories    

Surfing is all about having as much fun as possible and enjoying our beautiful ocean surroundings. For many of us, the fun of surfing begins not when you are riding the waves, but as you gear up for your first or next trip to the beach. Being prepared for any mishaps or accidents will also help you stay in the water longer and get more waves. 

Dialing in your personal surfing setup has long been a surfing tradition and may take some time to get right. In fact, your setup may never be “perfect” because your taste in products will likely change as you progress. To help some of you who may need ideas on how to improve your setup, I put together a list of some of my favorite surfing accessories that help me maximize fun both in and out of the water. 

 

Surfboard

If you are just beginning to surf, you need to first invest in a surfboard. There is plenty of information available online on what surfboard is best for learning to surf. Personally, I have taught more people to surf on the 8-foot Wavestorm available at Costco than anything else. No other board compares to the price, safety, float, and stability that you get with a Wavestorm. I have four or five of them in my garage that I regularly use myself and teach beginners with. They just can’t be beat all factors considered. 

What do I ride? While I have several different shapes and sizes of fiberglass and foam surfboards, ninety-percent of my surfing is on the 7-foot Storm Blade. It is an extremely fun and solid board in almost any conditions. I have taken mine out in heavy, pounding beach breaks, minute long point breaks, and small wind-swell surf and had a blast every time. When my friends ask me why I always surf a “foam board”, I tell them it is a barrel hunting machine, and then let my surfing do the talking. 

 

Surf Leash

One of the first upgrades I make to my Storm Blade and Wavestorm boards is a new leash. While the leash that comes with them works very well and is plenty of leash for most surfers, they tend to break in overhead surf. This is not a huge deal since they come free with the board, but it can be a hassle swimming in to grab your board when they do break.  

My aftermarket leash of choice is the Dakine Kainui Team 7-foot leash. The Kainui Team leash takes serious force to break and is usable in all conditions. I go with the 7-foot leash because I ride the 7-foot Storm Blade. As a rule of thumb, you typically want to pick out a leash that is as long or slightly longer than your board. I always bring a backup leash just in case I break the first. A solid leash can go a long way, and only set you back minimally.   

 

Surfboard Fins

Fins are one of the first upgrades I make that actually affect the performance of the board. The fins that come with the 7-foot Storm Blade work well in large and small surf, but I did notice an improvement in responsiveness when I swapped them out with stiffer FCS fins. I did not use one of the many pricey FCS fin options but opted for a thruster (3 fin) set that cost around $30. The additional drive and responsiveness were well worth the cost.

One of my all-time favorite fin upgrades is the Perfect Storm Fin. The Perfect Storm Fin is a large, pink single-fin that easily installs onto any foam board with the more traditional “Wavestorm” style fin plugs. Riding a Wavestorm or other Foam board with a large single-fin changes the feel of the board completely. The ride becomes very smooth, and the board turns much better with less effort. For around $30, this is an excellent upgrade that is well worth the minimal investment.   

 

Surf Wax

It would be hard if not impossible to find a single board out in the water without wax on it. Surf Wax prevents your feet from slipping around on the wet board surface. Some boards, like my 7-foot Storm Blade, have a special deck that doesn’t necessarily need wax on it, but I wax the board up anyways for my own sanity. I don’t use much, but I like to cover the whole surface with at least a small layer.  

People have opinions on what is considered the best surf wax, but I have used just about every one and come away with very similar results. Keep in mind that surf wax is water temperature specific, and each brand will have different types of wax for varying temperature ranges. Choosing wax made for the wrong temperature range can lead to the wax either being so hard that it is slippery in the water, or so soft that it slides around under your feet. Check the current water temperatures before you head out for the best results.  

 

Portable Shower

If you have public showers near your favorite surf spot, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, driving home covered in sand can be an uncomfortable experience, and make quite a mess of your car. By far one of my favorite surf related purchases, my portable surf shower comes in handy every trip I take to the beach. Whether I am surfing before work and need to rinse off before changing into dress clothes, or I am on an all-day weekend adventure to the beach with the family, my portable shower follows along. 

Personally, I own a RinseKit portable shower system. It comes equipped with a quality adjustable nozzle, hot water adapter to fill it with hot water from your sink, hose bib adapter for filling from a spigot, and a 2-gallon water tank. The thing I love most about the RinseKit is that it self-pressurizes as it is filled from the water source. This means you get 2 gallons of pressurized water for spraying down anything dirty or sandy. This is a must have for before work surf sessions or beach days with kids, and a need for solo surf sessions. 

 

Surfing Specific Tools

Another inexpensive but important surfing accessory that is often overlooked is a set of commonly used surf tools and hardware for board maintenance. Nothing can ruin a surf session quite like having technical issues with your board. Unfortunately, I have had to learn this lesson the hard way several times. Broken leash cords, loose fins that have come unset from the fin screws, and holes in your board are all too common issues that can easily be fixed or prevented with a little preparation beforehand. To avoid having to drive home or to a surf shop, I now carry a small kit with a couple of important maintenance items.  

My homemade Tupperware surf kit contains a few bars of wax, a wax comb for stripping old wax off a board, a roll of duct tape for emergency hole covering, and several fin keys, which are essentially 3/32 Allen keys with a flat surface for easy use with your fingers. I keep several fin keys in the box in case one strips during use. Also within the box I have plenty of extra fin screws, a few cords for attaching a leash to the surfboard, an extra set of Wave Storm fins and plugs, and an extra set of FCS fins. 

 

First Aid Kit

Another critical piece of gear that is often left out but should be a part of every surfer’s setup is a first aid kit. Surfing can be a dangerous sport and being prepared with first aid materials can greatly assist you and others who may happen to get injured. A basic first aid kit will suffice for most surfing related injuries. Cuts and gashes are some of the more common injuries that occur, whether they come from fins, board tips, rocks, or reef. Butterfly bandages, disinfectant, gauze pads, and wraps can all be useful in temporarily treating these wounds. Also common are sprained ankles and sore muscles. I recommend bringing an ankle brace and pain relievers like Advil or Ibuprofen on longer surf trips. 

Recently on a trip to mainland Mexico, I sprained my ankle severely early in the morning as we began a surf session. Not wanting to sit out and watch perfect and empty beach break barrels all day, I was forced to surf on an unsupported sprained ankle for 6 hours. Not only did this hurt incredibly, it could have done more damage than the original sprain. Had I brought an ankle brace with me I could have supported my ankle better and enjoyed the session more as well as subsequent sessions. I highly recommend keeping a simple first aid kit with you whenever you surf, because you never know who you might need to help. 

 

In Summary  

While this is not a comprehensive list of every accessory you need for a fun day of surfing, these accessories are some that I always keep with me. Not only do they increase my fun level while surfing, but they help me stay out in the water longer and enjoy the whole surfing experience.  

Use this list as a rough guide to help get your personal surfing setup together. Everyone has different preferences with their gear, so personalize this list as you progress in the sport. Share what you learn with others, and always think ahead. You never know when you might save an otherwise lost surf session.    



 
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AGIT GLOBAL / BLOG / 10 ICONIC SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF SPOTS

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10 Iconic Southern California Surf Spots
Home to endless sunny weather and shorelines that catch nearly every swell direction, Southern California is a surfer’s paradise. With such a wide variety of consistently rideable waves throughout the year, from fast and hollow reef breaks for short boarders to slow and lengthy sand-bottom point breaks perfect for a Wavestorm, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
 
For all of us to have the best possible experience, it is critical for everyone entering the water to become familiar with the waves around them. Studying and observing waves, winds, swell patterns, tides, and the many variables that affect our local beaches has been a longtime tradition of the surfing community and continues to define how we play in the ocean. Endless information is available on the internet about waves around the world, but no matter the conditions, you can bet that at least a handful of the following Southern California surf spots will have fun, rideable waves any given day of the year. 
 
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Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
This iconic sand-bottom point break is arguably the best place to learn how to surf in Southern California. Friendly crowds and long, gradual waves make this spot inviting to even the newest and most timid surfers. The wave itself can become pretty crowded, but if you aren’t afraid of sharing some “party waves” with several other surfers, you will have an absolute blast here. Being a right-hand point break, there is plenty of room to paddle out on the south side of the wave, away from people surfing. Average wave heights at this break run knee to chest high, perfect for a Wavestorm or longboard. Bring a foam board (to avoid hurting others should you fall) and your buddies and have one of the best carefree sessions of your life. Afterwards, head over to Lupe’s for some of the best tacos and burritos in Southern California. 
 
The Wedge, Newport Beach
About as wicked as they come, The Wedge exists solely to scare the living hell out of even the hardest charging adrenaline junkies out there. During winter months the wave is completely dormant, but come summertime and the big south swells, Mother Nature unleashes everything she has onto the large sandy beaches of Balboa Island in Newport Beach. Massive hollow lefts crash forcefully into the shallow water, churning the sand into the water and spitting it at anyone in its path. If you can surf here, you might find yourself in the thickest, widest barrel of your life, and then proceed to take the worst beating of your life. Unfortunately, the wave is only open to surfers very early in the morning before the lifeguards raise the “Blackball” flag, signaling no surfboards allowed. After the blackball goes up, bodysurfing, bodyboarding, and skim boarding only. While few are daring enough to surf the here, even highly experienced surfers enjoy joining the congregations on the sand to watch the ultimate carnage highlight reels unfold. 
 
La Jolla Shores, La Jolla
Another excellent wave for entry-level surfers, this break is located in one of the most frequently visited towns in San Diego. Rental boards and surf lessons are prevalent, and so are the crowds. But with plenty of free public parking, showers, numerous restrooms, and grassy areas, this is the perfect family surf spot. The wave is sand-bottomed and consistently small throughout the year, offering both rights and lefts. When the occasional big swell hits, overhead plus waves will show up and draw experienced surfers to the long rides. Plenty of restaurants and shopping are located nearby to entertain the whole family when out of the water. 
 
Terramar Point, Carlsbad
Surfing is deeply rooted into the Carlsbad culture, and the local favorite longboard spot is at Terramar Point. Located just south of the old Carlsbad Power Plant, now the Encina Power Station, reaching this wave requires either a long walk down the beach from the north, or a hike down a very long set of stairs located right in front of the wave. The main peak runs right nearly 100 yards on a decent day, and there is even a decent left if you sit further north. This spot breaks year-round, and due to the reef bottom it is rideable in knee high, or well overhead surf. Paddle out about 10 yards north of the stairs to avoid stepping on the reef, and to make it out without running into other surfers. 
 
Lower Trestles, San Clemente
Widely regarded as one of the premier Southern California waves, this surfing “skate park” is host to an annual World Surf League event which draws thousands of people to watch the best surfers in the world tear apart its perfectly shaped faces. This spot requires a 20-minute walk after parking your car, and there is almost always a large crowd in the water. Catching a wave here makes that well worth it, as it is quite literally a surfer’s playground. Waves break both left and right and deliver 100+ yard rides when there is a half-decent swell. Waves break year-round, but summertime south swells tend to be ideal. Even if you shy away from crowds, this wave is worth checking out just to see the local pros ripping it up. 
 
Swamis, Encinitas
Another right-hand point break, this wave is located right at the south end of Encinitas, a classic Southern California surf town with lots of great dining and night life. The wave is known for being one of the only breaks that can hold its own when a huge swell hits the area. When everything else is closed out, head down to Swamis with your step-up board and your guts, because you will need both. During a big swell, the waves break long and wide out the back, and gradually get steeper and hollower as the wave moves along the reef towards shore. If you are lucky enough to get a set wave out the back, you may be able to ride it for almost a minute and will definitely have a shot at pulling into the barrel on the inside bowl. This wave also breaks during small swells and is inviting enough for beginners. This spot draws a large local crowd, so remember to bring your surfing etiquette
 
Salt Creek, Dana Point
Salt Creek sits near the border between Laguna and Dana Point. With a large parking lot, bathrooms, showers, and other typical beach amenities, this is a perfect beach for the whole family. If you don’t take advantage of the $1 per person shuttle service, you can expect a 5-minute walk down a paved road to the huge sandy beach. The main peak delivers very playful rights and lefts, often barreling on the inside section. There are several other breaks just north of the main peak which also deliver high quality waves. While Salt Creek is often slightly crowded, most of the surfers out are laid-back local kids looking to have a good time. There are usually a handful of Wavestorms or other foam surfboards out in the lineup. With waves breaking year-round, Salt creek is excellent choice if you are looking to get into a lot of waves. 
 
Black’s Beach, La Jolla
One of the most recognizable and esteemed big waves in San Diego, the main peak at Black’s Beach is famous for generating huge bowly lefts often reaching double to triple overhead during large winter swells. Not for the faint of heart, reaching the wave requires dedication and planning as the hike down can last 30 minutes no matter which of the several routes you chose to take, and the paddle out can last the same depending on your ability to time the sets. Blacks is also notorious for “Canyon Sets” which break large and way outside of the crowd, cleaning up and tossing around anything in their path. Surfers skilled enough to brave the many dangers at Black’s are rewarded with some of the best surfing Southern California has to offer. Our advice, surf early to avoid the nasty late morning winds, and save some energy for the hike back to your car. 
 
First Point, Malibu
Maybe the most famous wave in Southern California, Malibu was featured in some of the first classic surf films and continues to make appearances in feature films shown around the world. The wave is known for its extremely long rights which are perfect for longboarding. The wave breaks all year but is primarily a summertime spot. Don’t be afraid to share waves here, as there is plenty of room on the long open faces for multiple surfers. Cruise casually and you will be rewarded with some incredibly long rides. Being one of the closest surf spots to Los Angeles, don’t be surprised when you see any of the local celebrities who frequent the wave. 
 
La Jolla Reefs, La Jolla
Scattered throughout one of the most ideal stretches of surfing coastline in Southern California are several premium reef breaks known to turn on during both summer and winter months and deliver some killer surf. Lefts, rights, big and mushy, fast and hollow, you can find it all if you search diligently enough. Local knowledge and relationships pay dividends if you are looking to surf some of these spots. Localism is rampant, so try to surf with someone who knows the area well. If it is your first time visiting the area, check out Windansea Beach to sample some of the glassy and playful goodness. Bring a Wavestorm if the inside whomp is breaking and you will have about as much fun as you ever had. 
 
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Before you choose one of these spots to visit, do some research online to become familiar with the wave and other unique things you might encounter. YouTube videos can be a huge help in preparing to visit a surf spot. Surfline and MagicSeaweed also have a plethora of information on just about every piece of shoreline in California. Regardless of your experience level, remember to always be friendly to everyone in the water, and don’t forget to share waves every now and then. We are all looking for that same thrill of accelerating on a wave with a board under our feet, let’s enjoy it together.
 
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AGIT GLOBAL / BLOG / AGIT'S TOP 5 HOLIDAY GIFTS

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AGIT's Top 5 Holiday Gifts

Happy Holidays from AGIT Global!  Gifting can be hard, so we’ve rounded up some of the most experienced people on our team to tell us what their favorite AGIT products are. Each office member is encouraged to try each model we sell, ensuring that we’re experienced with our own product...Rough Life!  Withoutfurther due, AGIT’stop 5 recommended Holiday gifts:

 

STORM BLADE 7ft SURFBOARD

 

"My favorite item has to be the 7ft Storm Blade Surfboard. The volume is generous and this board will fit into most cars without a set of surf racks! Just set your side seat low and kick your surfing buddy to the back while your new ride sits shotgun. I have found the 7ft model to be just short enough to scoop on a drop and still track down the wave with drive and speed. It's a gift that will see mileage in the winter surf and summertime cool off sessions."

 

“The 7ft boardgives a total longboard type feeling. It's easy to cruise, make sections and catch plenty of waves even on really small gutless days."

 

STORM BLADE 5ft6 SWALLOW TAIL

 

"I love riding the 5'6" swallow tail!I am a smaller person and have always been a shortboard surfer. When I get on our 5'6" swallow tail I find they have plenty of volume and are easy to paddle, catch waves and do floaters and cutbacks etc. and just have a good time when the waves are small to medium in size."

 

WAVESTORM 5ft6 SWALLOWTAIL

 

"My favorite AGIT product to ride is the Wavestorm 5'6 Swallow Tail… it has enough volume in the nose making it easy to paddle and catch waves while still being able to be surfed with a good amount of performance.  It is also very fast down the line and a unique shape that most surfers don't know it even exist.  I also like the turquoise deck option color.  The board is very durable and easy to transport, also it's perfect for the small summer days when you can't shortboard but still want to get wet and have fun!"

 

STORM BLADE SSR SURFBOARD

 

“The Storm Blade SSR surfboards are the perfect learn-to-surf surfboard! Perfect for beginners, teaching friends and family  and even as a surf instructor side gig!  They are easy to carry with the convenient carrying handle and their volume make it easy to get up on your first wave.“

 

WAVESTORM SUPYAK

 

The buzzword for this board is “cool.” Possibly AGIT’s coolest board yet is the SUP Kayak Hybrid coined SUPYAK. This board is accessible at all levels, with the ability to take it easy stand up and paddle. Easy to switch mid session, there’s always flexibility in how far you want to go and how hard you want to work. Those of us who have ridden the SUPYAK can’t stop singing itspraise!

 

HOLIDAY GIFT BUNDLES

 

This holiday season, we wanted to make gifting worth while! Find your Wavestorm Longboard Bundle, Storm Blade Shortboard Bundle and No.6 Bodyboard Bundle all equipped with the full AGIT surf essentials. Hand picked, these bundles have been specially chosen to be the perfect fit for all levels.  



 
AGIT GLOBAL / BLOG / CONTEST GUIDELINES

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CONTEST GUIDELINES

  • Winning photo must be positively show the brand and adhere to the contest theme
  • Winner must be shipping within the continental US
  • Board is final sale and cannot be exchanged or refunded
  • AGIT Global North America is authorized to use the winners photos on its social channels
  • No photos depicting any objectable content will be posted or accepted into the contest
  • AGIT holds no responsibility and assumes no liability for content posted during this contest


 
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