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December 19th, 2012 | By | 2,448 Comments

Albee Layer’s “Double Albee Oop”

Double oop. 720. 540. Whatever you want to call it, Albee Layer has done it, becoming the first surfer ever to complete it and beating Julian Wilson in a footrace to the finish line. Outdoing Julian is no easy feat, especially when Red Bull throws a campaign geared towards J Dubs’ attempt at landing the elusive whirly bird alley oop rotation.

But as the money was thrown one way, the kids on Maui were hucking themselves into the wind in a more reckless fashion. Enjoi.

If you haven’t seen Albee Layer and Matt Meola’s entire web series “The Isle” yet then you have been missing out. The two aerial surfers and Innersection winners produce a new video every few months that is filled with innovative airs and classic outtakes. As you may know the trade winds blow in Maui nearly every day of the year, which makes for loftier airs and ultimately more time in the air. Even Greg Long has called Albee “The most exciting surfer in the world” for his skills on slabs and in the air.

While the pair have invented their own aerials in the past, this “Albee Oop” is deservedly at the top of the list. He spins a full rotation alley oop and proceeds to keep spinning another 180 degrees, landing with his tail towards the beach and rotating out with the motion. Incredibly difficult and unprecedented until now. SWELL would like to give a big congratulations to Albee and we can’t wait to see what he and Meola do next.

Vitals

Hometown: Haiku, Maui, HI
Age: 21
Sponsors: ERGO, Dakine, Xcel, Sanuk,
Neighbor: Laird Hamilton
Favorite Wave:  Peahi (Jaws)
Biggest paycheck: $100,000 for his winning Innersection part
Random Fact: Has webbed feet.

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December 18th, 2012 | By | 1,033 Comments

Parko’s World Title -By the Numbers

In the biggest feel-good win in years, Joel Parkinson puts on a spectacular display of competitive flair to capture his first world title. Parko was the biggest threat to Ke11y’s 12th crown, and they had the entire surfing world on the edge of their towels at the Billabong Pipemasters in Memory of Andy Irons.

Enjoy the memorable recap of his run at the ASP World Title.

Parko’s 12-year title campaign saw more ups than downs, but the stats show he really earned it.

6: # of boards Parko broke at Pipe this winter
31: # of Stitches in his foot from his Snapper fin gash
22: # of Parko Signature Styles on SWELL
40,000: Bar-tab charged after Parko won the Quik Pro (Turns out they added an extra “0″ to 4K)
3689: # of #GOPARKO tags on Instagram
67.34: Career Heat Winning %
16,400: # of people talking about Parko on Facebook
7.57: Avg Wave score in 2012
4: # of Years he was runner up for the world title.

December 14th, 2012 | By | 496 Comments

Pipemasters Final Day #GOPARKO!

It’s the final day of the Billabong Pipemasters and 4-time runner up Joel Parkinson is 1 heat away from capturing his first world title. The social media world is campaigning to see the worlds best rail-to-rail surfer and all around good guy to take it! Watch as Joel fights his way to bring the title race to the pipe.

Support Joel by hashtagging #GoParko on Instagram and Twitter.

December 13th, 2012 | By | 780 Comments

Taylor Hawkins Wears TRKY

Born in the Laguna reefbreaks, TRKY is the freshest cuts to ever fly onto SWELL’s shelves. It’s inspired by the groovy gandu way of life in the rootsy little Laguna Beach village, where being called a Turkey is a compliment. Co-founder Stephen “Sli-Dawg” Chew is a Tavarua boatman, travel writer, winemaker, artist, and voted Best Surf Coach in Orange County.

Their psychedelic designs aren’t only the contest art for the oldest surf contest in the world, but the favorite feathered threads of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Taylor grew up in Laguna Beach with the TRKY crew, and accepted his last 7 Grammys sporting his TRKY tees. The hometown hero also wore em during his SNL performance with Mick Jagger and rocks out regularly at free concerts around Laguna-town. Click here to watch Foo’s historic acceptance speech.

A fresh batch of TRKY tees just just come outta the oven, so get the famous Space Meatball NASA tee while supplies last.