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September 11th, 2012 | By | 816 Comments

SurfAid -Support in Style

In 1999, physician and surfer Dr Dave Jenkins went on a surf charter to the Mentawai Islands with one goal in mind: to find perfect waves. The surf at Lance’s Right proved to be everything he hoped for but he was also struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands.

Today SurfAid includes a strong network of surfers, celebrities and global ambassadors actively empowering the Indo islanders to protect themselves from famine, floods, and become economic sustainable. And now you can support SurfAid with their iconic tee styles at SWELL

To give back to the place where sooo many surfers have scored the waves of their careers, companies like Billabong and Quiksilver have each committed over $100,000 to SurfAid for preparation to emergencies facing the Mentawai villagers. When the devastating tsunami hit in 2010, the villagers did not wait around for hand-outs, instead they addressed the horrific problems themselves, and have completed the major recovery projects with the help of SurfAid.

Surfaid International is now an iconic legacy in the surfing community, and their clothing line is a reflection of the vision it took to do the greater good while charging the world’s best reefs. Join Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, Jack Johnson, Occy, Parko, Taj and more in supporting the cause by merely sporting a SurfAid tee

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September 7th, 2012 | By | 4,832 Comments

Art Walk Laguna Beach -Billabong Featured Artist

Laguna Beach has a history of producing surf pioneers and core companies who can claim their products are “Made for surfers, by surfers.” Dustin Pettit is a Billabong’s boardshort designer, surfer, artist and Laguna Beach native. His art was on display at Second Reef Surfshop, a legendary haven for local surfers, and named after the local reef that is home to the oldest surf contest in the USA.

The party went down during Laguna Art Walk, when every first Thursday of the month the art community comes alive with a soulful exhibits and open bars at every door. The coldies flowed well into the evening as the crew enjoy the sounds of Leslie Lowe, until the crowd migrated to the infamous Sandpiper Lounge aka “The Dirty Bird.” So if your ever passing through Laguna-town, stop into Second Reef Surf Shop on Thalia and PCH, say what-up to Bradley and tell them SWELL sent ya.

Dustin Pettit’s art portrays his vivid, colorful, and somewhat vulgar eye. His raw, energetic and spicy approach to art is only surpassed by his radical surfing that he’s polished in the break just down from Second Reef.

His boardshort designs are influenced by the trinkets he’s collected along his many surf trips. Here you see the progression of a boardshort design made from woven bracelets picked up in Mexico.

See the surf inspired boardshorts from Billabong here

September 5th, 2012 | By | 1,086 Comments

Quiksilver x NFL Boardshorts

Kick off the season in style with performance apparel from your favorite NFL team. Football is a messy sport whether you’re playing, tailgating, or just eating wings on the couch. Now Quiksilver boardshorts are here to get crazy for your team without stressing about stains.

nfl quiksilver boardshorts

All NFL collection boardshorts feature:
-Diamond Dobby performance stretch
-Rash resistant Lycra at front rise
-Embroidered team logo at pocket

But these boardshorts aren’t just for Tebowing and beer showers, they’re meant for hard charging that would flat-back Brian Urlacher. Watch as Reef Mcintosh and Mark Healey put em to the test at pipe.

September 4th, 2012 | By | 1,143 Comments

Kustom Airstrike -You Pick Surfing’s Best Aerialist

What better catalyst to spark the future of progressive aerial surfing than 5 of the world’s best, competing for $50K on a Mentawais boat trip? This year’s “winner takes all” event included John John Florence, Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Ryan Callinan, and Chippa Wilson. Freesurfing Innersection winners vs World Title Contender, Ausrtalia vs Hawaii… the boys definitely surfed like they had something to prove.

Watch the fourth and most freakish episode as the boys go for broke, boosting man-sized airs over super shallow razor-reefs. Absent in this episode four was Matt Meola, who head-butted some coral in the third segment of the aerial arms race.

See the other webisodes and vote for your favorite here. Voting ends September 20th, share your favorite in the comments below.

Their insane surfing style in the water is complemented by their new wave of looks on land. From scoop neck tees, to cut-offs and cat-eyes, here’s a list of their sponsors whose styles and gear is available at SWELL.

John John Florence -O’Neill, Vans, Dakine, Future Fins
Ryan Callinan -Billabong, Electric, Nixon
Albee Layer -ERGO Clothing, Xcel, Sanuk
Chippa Wilson -Analog, Nixon, FCS, Kustom
Matt Meola- Dakine, Sanuk, O’Neill, Ocean Minded