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May 15th, 2013 | By | 107 Comments

Sterling Spencer Loves Recycling

Sterling Spencer aka Centaur, aka Sad Clown, aka Chancho, aka Hipster in training, has added “mad scientist” to his resume. He’s taking single use plastics out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and into radical new Billabong Recycler Series Boardshorts.

About Sterling:

Years Surfing? 17.
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Favorite Spot? Cola Point.
What kind of car do you drive? A van.
Favorite Food? Curry.
Who or what inspires you? Good humans, humans that do good, goodness of humans, the human goodness.
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What’s your idea of perfect happiness? Jumping off a diving board into a pool of money like in Duck Tales.
What person do you most admire? My father.
What’s your greatest extravagance? I’m too cheap.
What word or phrase do you most overuse? Hey…you know de rules.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I birthed a baby once.
If you could, what or who would you come back as in your next life? A Billabong recycled boardshort.

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May 14th, 2013 | By | 2,214 Comments

SWELL Summer Surfboard Guide 2013

Need help selecting your summer shred-stick? Check out SWELL’s quiver that has a magic board for anyone in every  surf condition.


SURFSHORE


Catchsurf Beater: Dont get barred by the blackball… surf it, skim it, or sponge it anywhere.
Catchsurf Odysea: Air-drop into that wedgey shore-pound, and don’t sweat snapping your stick.

 


SURFMUSH


Infinity 5F: Increase your wave-count with this fast, loose, versatile board that’s easy to paddle.
Pier Pony: The preferred board of Brett Simpson for flicking and sticking little airs in HB slop.

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May 12th, 2013 | By | 2,799 Comments

Photo Tip Of The Week Kona Water Photog, Sarah Lee Explains Her Perspective On "The Golden Hour"

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The Golden Hour…  Underwater
“The last 30 minutes of sunlight isn’t just beautiful above water … it is insanely beautiful BELOW the sea as well. It’s taken me awhile to consider shooting underwater during sunset.  Maybe it’s because I would rather be surfing, but recently, I have fallen in love with golden hour, underwater.

Taken on a GoPro Hero 3.  This was one of the first photos I took underwater at sunset. The waves were inconsistent but the weather was gorgeous, so for this wave I held the GoPro steady the first set wave passed over me, and thanks to the low light + warm rays of the setting sun, it created this effect.  Photoshop-free”

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“Within the last 30 minutes of sunset … no need for camera filters when the warm sun glows like this on her skin! Open your eyes next time you duck dive at sunset.  The light rays are incredible, and I was finally able to capture it with this photograph.” -Sarah Lee

Sarah won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Follow The Light Foundation Photography Grant in Memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. Read more about Sarah’s water photography.

 

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May 9th, 2013 | By | 865 Comments

Employee Picks: Mother’s Day Gifts Ideas

The boys of SWELL put together the best mother-lovin’ gift ideas money can buy. It’s a little late in the game so you might have to overnight ship it, but who can put a price on a mother’s love?

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“Do mother’s love gold watches? …ummm do I love peeing in my wetsuit?” -Dave.
Shop Nixon for Mom

mombill

“Mama Like…Mama Liiiiiike” -Bill.
Shop slippers for Mom

mommorgan
“I still use the blankie my mom gave me, return the favor with a beach blanket” -Morgan.
Shop Beach Blankets
for Mom

momjeff
“One size fits all moms and wallets” -Jeff
Shop Scarves for Mom

momclayton
“Moms who lug around lots of crap, calls for roomy bags” -Clayton

Shop Bags for Mom

momjon
“When it comes to protecting her from the sun’s harsh rays…the floppier the better” -Jonathan
Shop Brimmed Hats for Mom

Final Thoughts: “Mother, There is no other, Like Mother So treat Her right” -Mr. T