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September 7th, 2010 | By | 4,130 Comments

Drink Beer, Live Longer?

Have you seen this??


TIME magazine link:,8599,2014332,00.html

A recent article in Time Magazine reports that after years of study involving scores of participants, researchers now believe that drinkers live longer than non-drinkers!

Much to everyone’s surprise and for reasons that are not entirely clear, the study found that those who abstain completely from alcohol have higher mortality rates than those who slug schooners with their mates!

So come on out and celebrate the news with us at this years OC Brew Ha Ha and it might just add some years to your life!

Remember that this study applies to social drinkers, so buy your tickets already and enjoy some of the best fermented beverages to keep the reaper at bay!

The OC Brew Ha Ha is next Saturday 9/11 at Hidden Valley Park in Irvine, Ca.

Not only will the event benefit fallen firefighters, but it will be a filthy fun saturday where you can win some gear and improve your longevity too. Save $$ on tickets using the discount code: swell brew at

Not a believer yet? Then heed to the wisdom of Clemente Freud, “”If you resolve to give up drinking, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.”

Party with SWELL at the OC Brew Ha Ha

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August 31st, 2010 | By | 1,983 Comments

Drink Beer, Support Firefighters! Visit the SWELL booth at the OC Brew Ha ha – 9/11/2010

For info on this Year’s 2011 Brew Ha Ha Event Click Here:

That’s right, come party with SWELL at the 9/11 OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival and help us honor firefighters everywhere by toasting our beverages and saluting these brave men. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go on to benefit the local Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that aids families of Orange County Fire Fighters lost in the line-of-duty.  Also, patrons will get a chance to win the SWELL Surfboard, motorized scooter, and tons of other raffles to benefit the charity. Did we mention your entry includes ten free beers?!

Party with SWELL at the OC Brew HA HA craft beer festival flyer

So come out,  sample a variety of tasty brews and party with the SWELL crew at this hiccup-worthy event.  There will be over 100 different craft brews from over 50 different breweries to toast away the summer. Beer connoisseurs to the not-so-informed drinker alike will enjoy the beer seminars, live entertainment, and many other festivities that this venue has to offer.

Plus, stop by the SWELL aloha grass-hut and we will be giving out heaps of free prizes, high-fives and shakas to every brew-lover with a smile on their sunburned mug .

General Admission: $35
VIP Packages Available

Get your tickets at:

Use the discount code: swellbrew (all lowercase) for 22%  off your tickets!

Designated drivers get in for $10!

Nobody under 21 is allowed into this event

Hidden Valley Park
8800 Irvine Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618


Event to be held:
Saturday, 9/11/2010
12pm to 3pm

Event to support Local 3631 Firefighters Union:
Local 3631 Firefighters Union

For info on this Year’s 2011 Brew Ha Ha Event Click Here:

August 23rd, 2010 | By | 2,803 Comments

49th Brooks Street Classic Surf Comp hits Laguna Beach – Aug 21-22, 2010 – Contest Results

49th Annual Brooks Street Classic

The Brooks Street Classic was held this past weekend in sunny Laguna Beach with solid surf and frigid waters. Touted as the longest running locals only competition, the Brooks Classic pits the best hometown surfers against each other in friendly 4 man heats.

This iconic surf comp put on by the city of Laguna Beach with help from the whole Laguna Surf & Sport crew is one of the few “last minute” competitions of its kind. Needing a solid south swell to fall on a weekend, the Brooks Classic comes together at 6am the morning of, through word of mouth and many impromptu phone calls/texts.

This past weekend, surfers showed their knowledge of this heaving left as they dodged the mystery chop and massive boils in the 49th staging of this legendary event. With water temps around 55 degrees, the short 15 minute heats kept surfers from turning into popsicles and helped judges power through all of the 100 or so local competitors who signed-up.

Those who made it into the finals duked it out in longer 20 minute sessions and the crowds were pleased as the south swell delivered some memorable rides and boily bombers. One notable highlight was Leah Pakpour snagging the set of the day during the girls/womens finals, where she raced down the line to win both her division and the hoots and hollars from the many spectators on the beach and stairs. Past ‘CTer Jeff Booth took the overall win of the Pro/Am division and made away with the $1,000 cash prize, while Bobby Champan, Eric “Frog” Nelson, and Tristram Miller took 2nd through 4th respectively.

After nabbing 2nd in the Past two events, Steve "Ralph" Manee was stoked to finally win his division

After placing 2nd in the Past two events, Steve “Ralph” Manee was stoked to finally take the first over Mike Todd in the Sr. Mens division

Sponsors included:
City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Surf & Sport, Costa Azul, Quiksilver Boardriders Club, Volcom, Electric, Matix, Billabong, Skull Candy, Turkey, XS Energy Drinks, Screen Works, Laguna Apparel, Mozambique

Here are the Final Results 2010 49th Annual Brooks St. Classic in Loving memory of Jack Denny

Cy Chambers Award – Adam Mejia

Tom Chambers Award – Austin Silvers

1st – Dave Vanderveen (Orange)
2nd – Ted Taylor (Yellow)

1st – Ted Taylor (White)
2nd – Tobie Grierson (Yellow)
3rd – James Henry (Orange)
4th – George Vitolo (Green)
5th – Paul McMannus (Red)

1st – Travis Sampson (White)
2nd – Dave Vanderveen (Red)
3rd – Paul “Pablo” Cernich (Green)
4th – Walter Viszolay (Blue)

1st – Leah Pakpour (Red)
2nd – Taylor Pitz (Blue)
3rd – Hannah Fait (White)
4th – Brenda Joseph (Green)
5th – Lauren Hampton (Orange)

Boys 13 & under
1st – Shane Chapman (White)
2nd – Tobie Grierson (Blue)
3rd – Michael Chapman (Green)
4th – Harrison Kirkman (Red)

Jr. Men 14-17
1st – Austin Silvers (Green)
2nd – Adam Mejia (White)
3rd – Chris Williams (Blue)
4th – Derek Strombatne (Red)

Men 18-23
1st – Porter Hogan (Green)
2nd – Brad Burdick (Red)
3rd – Issac Zoller (Blue)
4th – Tyler Stanaland – (White)

Sr. Men 24-29
1st – Steve Manee (Red)
2nd – Mike Todd (White)
3rd – Clayton Snyder (Blue)
4th – Blake Pettit (Green)

Masters 30-39
1st – Hans Hagen (Blue)
2nd – Eric “Frog” Nelson (White)
3rd – Steve Hurst (Red)
4th – Tristram Miller (Green)

Sr. Masters 40-49
1st – Jason Steris (Green)
2nd – Bobby Lockhart (Red)
3rd – Sean Brown (White)
4th – Paul “Pablo” Cernich (Blue)

Grand Masters 50+
1st – Scott Holt (white)
2nd – Phil Johnson (Blue)
3rd – Doug Bunting (Red)
4th – Keith Gregg (Green)

1st – Jeff Booth (Blue) – $1,000.00
2nd – Bobby Chapman (Green) – $750.00
3rd – Eric “Frog” Nelson (Red) – $500.00
4th – Tristram Miller (White) – $250.00

pictures taken by David Vanderveen winner of the paddleboard division

August 19th, 2010 | By | 2,459 Comments

Giant Kelp Forest Thriving off San Onofre!

If you are like us and you noticed the unusual abundance of kelp appearing off San Clemente then you are not alone.

Researches are now saying that the artificial reefs planted by Southern California Edison are beginning to show signs of success and so far results look promising. The kelp restoration project has been successful thus far thanks to efforts by ecologists and the power company. The artificial reefs that hold the ecologically significant algae were planted to offset damages from the power plant just south of San-O where large kelp forests were once present.

So pretty much this is the marine equivalent of re-planting an entire forest… only its sheephead and garabaldi that flourish rather than birds and monkeys…

kelp forest off San Clemente
Drive south on the 5 around Calafia and you will see the growing plumes of brown thalluses popping up everywhere

This $46 million dollar project will not only support our defenseless sea creatures, but it will also keep the surf glassy for sessions at San-O and San Clemente. Plus now Chuck’s nursing whites will have a healthier food source with all the new marine life.
Kelp Thalluses..

Read the full story below and be stoked that artificial marine innovations are finally panning out!