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May 8th, 2013 | By | 402 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.

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May 7th, 2013 | By | 1,665 Comments

As Seen On: Hawaii 5-0

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In last nights episode of Hawaii 5-0, the aloha loving Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly rocked the RVCA Fern & Burn Shirt in every scene. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, “Chin” is a local-boy cop with a shoot first mentality and an appetite for Kamekona’s shrimp truck.

Watch Hawaii 5-0 Mondays at 10 pm on CBS to see Chin’s weekly aloha shirt styles. Check out SWELL’s Aloha Friday Pinterest Board for dozens of fresh floral shirts, shorts, shoes and more.

May 6th, 2013 | By | 2,985 Comments

Interview: Justin LePera of “Isolated”

We caught up with Film Maker Justin LaPera at the Newport Beach Film Festival to get the low-down on his surf discoveries in Papau New Guinea, and the unexpected journey they encountered while filming “Isolated” Exective Producer, Ryan Phillippe.
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What physical and other strategic preparations did you make before embarking on a surf trip into the unknown?
JLP: For physical preparation we all train in our own ways. The guys surfing, they surf and do whatever they normally do to stay in top physical shape. For my film crew, I put them on a workout plan. We don’t have a big crew at all. Just 4 of us at most so we have to carry all of our film gear ourselves. Because there are no power sources, this means we have a lot of extra stuff like batteries, tapes, drives, as well as, all the cameras and our own personal packs. This means we have to be in great shape since we don’t know exactly how we will travel which means we could be trekking for days through the jungle. We had no idea what to expect. For their workout plan they need to do a ton of cardio and swimming along with weights to build up physical strength.

What stood out on the google charts about papau new guinea
JLP: The area we traveled was West Papua which is located on the Western half of the island of New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is on the Eastern half. West Papua is apart of the country of Indonesia whereas, Papua New Guinea is an independent nation. A lot of the waves in Papua New Guinea have been mapped out. Because West Papua is a journalist dead zone with a lot of conflict between the native Papuans and the Indonesian military, there aren’t any waves that have been mapped out on West Papua. It is one of the last frontiers in surfing which is what made us want to explore the region.

When looking at google charts, we can only really see what the coastline looks like from satellite images. So what we look at is swell direction in that region and how it hits the coastline. We look for a lot of points and river outlets. Because the coastline is lined with steep cliffs, we try to spot reefs and beaches that line up perfect with the swell direction. It is really hard to tell what your seeing so you have to go with your instinct and hope your seeing something that is promising and hope that a swell hits with the right direction to the coastline while your there.

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May 4th, 2013 | By | 95 Comments

Billabong XXL Awards 2013

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2013 Billabong XXL Global Surf Awards
XXL Ride Of The Year: Shane Dorian (Jaws)
Pacifico Paddle Champion: Shawn Dollar (Cortes Banks)
Biggest Wave Champion: Shawn Dollar (Cortes Banks)
Pacifico Tube Champion: Shane Dorian (Jaws)
Men’s Overall Performance: Greg Long
Women’s Overall Performance: Keala Kennelly
Wipeout Champion: Chris Shanahan (The Right in WA)

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