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April 18th, 2011 | By | 1,980 Comments

Follow the Light- And Submit Your Photos!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE 2011 FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION SURF PHOTOGRAPHERS GRANT

SAN CLEMENTE, CA- The Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) is calling all photographers to submit their applications for its annual $5,000 grant in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. The deadline is one month from today: entries must be received no later than May, 17, 2011.

The FTLF was founded after Moore’s passing to ensure that up-and-coming surf photographers continue to get the recognition and support they deserve. Flame — legendary Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for more than three decades — made it a priority to teach and inspire anyone with a passion for photography. This grant helps keep that legacy alive. The application and details can be found on the FTLF website. (folllowthelightfoundation.org)

Now in its sixth year, the FTLF continues to recognize photographers on the rise and help fuel their vision. During this year’s submission process, photographers will edit their images and cue it to the music of their choice. The “visual presentations” of the Top 5 finalists will then be shown at an awards night at the Shorebreak Hotel during the US Open of Surfing on Tuesday, August 2. “Recognizing the world’s best up-and-coming surf photographers fits right in with the spirit of the US Open of Surfing,” says FTLF sponsor Bob Hurley. “It’s so fun to see such an amazing showcase of young talent in one place — very inspiring.”

Judging from the career paths of past winners, the FTLF recipients will continue to inspire. 2010 recipient Morgan Maassen is quickly becoming the surf world’s freshest eye. Former winners Chris Burkard and Todd Glaser and Ray Collins are three of the most prolific and talented photographers in the sport today, and they all give credit to Flame and FTLF for helping their dream job come true. “It was such an honor to be picked for this grant,” said 2008 winner Todd Glaser. “To be recognized and critiqued by legends like Aaron Chang — and get funding on top of it — will always stand as a career highlight.”

To help round out the wide spectrum of gifted photographers, FTLF will be honoring the late Leroy Grannis this year, a surf photography pioneer and founder of Surfing Magazine.

Follow The Light also wants you to be a judge. The People’s Choice Award will be a text to vote format, where you can vote for your favorite. Winner will be announced at the Shorebreak Hotel.

To submit an application, contact Peter Taras (peter.taras@sorc.com) or Jeremiah Klein (miahklein@s7mg.com).

The FTLF is proud to be working with Surfing Magazine, SWELL, Hurley and Oakley to provide this year’s grant. For more information, go to followthelightfoundation.org.

About Follow the Light: On October 10th, 2005, the surfing community lost one of its most influential figures. After a nearly three-year battle with brain cancer Larry “Flame” Moore, the Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for 30 years, passed. He left behind a legacy of brilliant photography and an army of photographers trained by him. Through his work at SURFING Magazine, Larry literally gave three decades of surfing their “look.” Today, honoring Larry’s request, we have established Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF), an organization that will help finance the dreams of surf photographers, pushing the sport and its lensmen forward.

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April 14th, 2011 | By | 2,240 Comments

Top 3 Summer Bag Trends…

On the fringe, or rocking the fringe? Either way, these favorites have our top satchel trends in the bag:

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1. The Bag with the Fringe:
Rocking far superior summer accoutrement than the boots with the fur, the bag with the fringe can take on our favorite boho charm, or add a rock edge to this season’s favorite ‘skinny dress’ and shades.

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2. The Crossbody:
Ever try to really rock-out with your oversized tote? Aside from the limited range you’d achieve on your air guitar and decreased power slide distance, the the amount of spilled beverage due to your tote flinging around the dance floor is enough to make 20 kittens cry. 20. Instead of carrying around all of your excess baggage, opt for this season’s favorite little crossbody bag.

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3. The Oversized natural beach bag:
Go au naturel this summer by sporting the go-to carry-all…the large (and in charge of your style) beach tote. An ode to the 60′s, and a perfect match for the maxi skirt, natural straw, canvas and burlap styles are sure to rule the beach scene. Our favorite: the Billabong Day Tripper Bag. Perfect for traveling, beach trips, and (dare we say it this soon), a go-to book/computer bag.

In need of a new partner in crime? Shop new bags at SWELL

Have a favorite go-to bag for the summer? Post your favs here.

April 12th, 2011 | By | 2,904 Comments

Throwback Trunks..Yay or Nay?

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Although still early in the season, I’m sure you’ve spotted many-a-spring break-dude are sporting scalloped leg trunks (no, not boardshorts) in the 16″ to 18″ range. Aside from the obvious increase in bronzage potential, these retro styles are coming back once again because of their advantage in both style and shred…less knee hang-ups, less weight, and because deep down, you know the Hoff was a stud.
Top stache-pairing picks for the shorty enthusiast include retro styles from The Ryde, Critical Slide Society, and AMBSN.

Check out the full line-up of throwback trunks

That said, there are plenty o’ haters to be had. Go ahead, voice your thoughts here.

April 1st, 2011 | By | 5,972 Comments

Get Shaka’d (and WIN YOUR ORDER)!

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The SWELL Order-A-Day Giveaway…
Get Shaka’d & Win your order today!

Because here at Swell, we treat fans mo bettah, we’re picking a random order to give away on the house EVERY DAY. After you order, check your email to see if you’ve been Shaka’d!

Shaka?
SHAKA: AKA the pinky and thumb salute, is the ultimate symbol of aloha and local culture in Hawaii. Interpreted to mean “hang loose” or “right on,” or “righteous.”

How to Shaka:
Make a fist. Carefully extend the thumb and pinky fingers, in unison for optimal results. Shake and repeat if necessary. Shaka, brah!

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