October 2nd, 2015
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The good, the bad and the fugly. Now you can see it all for yourself with the first annual Surfer’s Yearbook from Surfer’s Village. A first of its kind, the Yearbook features over 240 illustrated pages of the who, what, when and how big of 2008. Handsomely hard bound and etched with gold-leaf lettering, this treasure will keep you captivated in your bathroom for hours. But don’t just take our word for it, the Yearbook has been officially endorsed by the International Surfing Association.
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So there I was, miserable and suicidal about another dreary June Gloom forecast, when AOL directed me to the sunny skies of “Vanity Fair’s” website. Whoa! Like a Phoenix rising from smoldering ashes, my heart was set free to see a dazzling video and slide show of surfing’s hottest female stars. Coco Ho, Alana Blanchard, Quincy Davis, Sally Fitzgibbons, and many more are profiled as the “Tubular Girls” who will dominate the winners’ podiums for the next several years.
A quick heads up: After viewing, you’ll most likely want to hit the tanning salon and then go bikini shopping.
Although it’s not officially recognized as a legal holiday (not yet anyway), International Surfing Day provides ocean lovers one of the few legitimate excuses to have a day at the beach. Now in its fifth year, ISD unites surf enthusiasts around the globe to to give back to Mother Ocean through various organized events and restoration projects.
This year, each regional event will host several “challanges” as a means to encourage creativity through active involvment. With a wide variety of themes ranging from “Most Unique Piece of Trash” to “Best Trash Sculpture”, contestants will submit photo and video essays of their projects for a chance to win cool swag and prizes.
With more than 100 event sites around the globe, chances are a needy beach near you is anxious for your participation. Check out ISD’s official website, here.
When it comes to the great city of Chicago, Illinois, the first things that usually come to mind are windy weather, baseball and phenomenal jazz. But thanks to a pair of renegade eco-activists, surfing may one day be added to that list.
Former pro surfer James Pribram and Surfrider Foundation’s Lake Michigan Chapter Co-Chair Vince Deur are being hailed as the heroes responsible for lifting a 30-year ban on all flotation devices throughout city-wide beaches. The ordinance was initially launched following the tragic death of three young girls and an inflatable raft. (more…)