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January 14th, 2013 | By | 684 Comments

Tee Street 2Fer Shirt Sale

In honor of our sacred local surfspot on Trafalgar Street in San Clemente, we’ve launched a sale on our top tees in surf. On any given day you can see international surf stars on the bluffs or their boards, repping the brands featured in the sale.

Swoop up the freshest styles before the tide drops out on this deal, like it does to the waves at boneyards.

Since San Clemente kids like Kolohe Andino and Luke Davis gained the rep of “the new guard of progressive surfing” T-street and the beachbreaks leading to Trestles have become a magnet for aspiring pros to work on their aerial game. This hotbed of talent makes it difficult to rack up a good wave count for your session, but just sit back and enjoy the show from regulars: The Gudang Bros, Wardo, Kelly Slater, The Fletchers, Beschens and the 29-time division champs San Clemente HS Surf Team.

Since the age of no-phones and no-cameras at surf spots has long passed, enjoy standout hashtags from a few T-street regulars.

Clockwise from top left:  @johnnyredmond of Catchsurf  doing some R&D, @theetylerwebster line-up shot, @cbook4 mini-grom-gram, Sunset Bro-down @elljay1

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January 11th, 2013 | By | 568 Comments

Billabong X White Mike Collection

In their ongoing crusade to protect this world of water, Billabong teamed up with celebrity photographer Michael Muller in developing apparel that raises funds and awareness for sharks.  The vilified sea creatures are of seminal importance to the world ecosystem, so check out the extreme sh#t they encountered in campaigning to saves the sharks.

Debunk the tired Jaws era ideologies about sharks, and take a stand against shark-finning, overfishing, and other threats to our precious sea creatures. Become an apex predator with the limited edition printed apparel from Billabong X White Mike.



5 Fast Facts About The Man in the Grey Suit

1. More people are killed by vending machines than sharks each year
2. 100 million sharks are killed each year
3. Sharks shaped marine life in the oceans for over 400 million years
3. There are no reported cases of a Hammer Head attack on a human
4. Entire tires, gasoline tanks and license plates, left in one piece inside the stomachs of tiger sharks
5. Vitamin content of typical shark fin soup is much less than that of typical vegetable soup

January 10th, 2013 | By | 1,061 Comments

John John Joins Hurley

After riding for O’Neill since age 6, the 20 yr old Hawaiian now rides with a Hurley logo on his boards. The details of his new contract remain to be seen, but industry predictions valued his annual market value at 4 million dollars. He showed deep gratitude for O’Neill’s support, and credits his mom aka “Mom-John” for managing the negotiations that attracted bids from every heavy hitter in action sports.

Hurley and John John have wasted no time developing his signature performance wear, which we expect to match his unsurpassed innovation in the water. Enjoy his welcome edit that follows John’s prodigal ascent to the pinnacle of the surfing world, and pushes the limits just like his new hi-performance Hurley gear.

As part of the Nike/Hurley family, his skyrocketing popularity will put the pressure on him to bring the world title back to Hawaii like Andy Irons. The fans are already psyching on social media, and campaigning for a dominant sophomore season on the world tour.

Follow John John on Instagram to keep up with the future world champ.

January 9th, 2013 | By | 1,745 Comments

Taylor Knox Retires at Age 41

Leader of the original Momentum crew, and what many call “the best rail-to-rail surfer in the world” T-Knox is hanging up his singlet after 20 years on the elite world tour. Taylor Knox spent the last couple season surfing against pros who weren’t even born when Taylor joined the pro tour.

The Hall of Famer now resides in Carlsbad where he manages his new Craft Brewing enterprise Saint Archer, enjoys life as a newlywed and father, then continues to pursue surf travel for video parts. Follow him on Instagram to check up on the power surfing icon.

taylor knox retires

After his retirement party at the Haleiwa Cafe, he enjoyed a homecoming at he and Kerzy’s favorite joint, Fish 101. So if you’re ever in C-Bad, stop in for the dankest fish tacos you’ve ever had, and you might get to rap out with a local legend.

One of Taylor’s secrets to his long successful careers was working with his sponsors to develop high-performance gear.  In doing so, Taylor overcame injuries that doctors said would end his career.

Train like Taylor with top gear from Rip Curl, Channel Islands, OAM and Reef.