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May 12th, 2013 | By | 2,815 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 | 888 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

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

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

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

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

Shop Bags for Mom

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“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

May 8th, 2013 | By | 2,508 Comments

Begin Again. Short Film By John John Florence

Mom John must be proud. Her prodigal sons have added film making to their bag of tricks that range from Triple Crown title, to big wave chargers, WCT rookie of the year, and even pro skaters.

This film is bittersweet for John John fans after he withdrew from the Billabong Rio Pro to nurse his nagging ankle injury. Thank you Florence bros, for giving us our fix of this next level S#IT!

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May 8th, 2013 | By | 222 Comments

Win It Wednesday: Billabong Invert Boardshort

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In honor of the insane covershot on the Summer SWELL catalog, we are giving away the trunks worn by Billabong juniors stud, and Hawaiian surf royalty Seth Moniz.

Enter here  and earn 5 extra entries for sharing with friends.

The Taj Burrow inspired  Invert style is made from recycled Plastic Bottles to provide the finest stretch money can buy. With its ergonomically enhanced fit and lightweight fabric to maximize performance. See all the Recycler series boardshorts from Billabong

They are also the 3 time winners of the SIMA Environmental Product of the Year, reusing over 51 million plastic bottles.

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Billabong board short design team: Beau Campi, Rob McCarty and Tom Jackson

The Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association Environmental Product of the Year Award went to this Recycler Boardshort Series by Billabong for the third time. This important award goes to the most exciting, appealing and innovative environmental surf product that was created to lessen the impact on the environment, whether through its manufacturing process, materials or usage of the product itself.