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December 7th, 2012 | By | 819 Comments

Complete Guide to Pipemasters 2012

Not since 2009 has the Men’s ASP World Title Race come down to the final stop of the year, the Billabong Pipeline Masters in memory of Andy Irons. Back to back wins at Trestles and France skyrocketed Kelly Slater into a world #2 position and is now within striking distance of Joel Parkinson’s #1 spot. Surfline forecasts epic 8-10 ft waves for the first 3 days of competition, which definitely heightens the drama.

As the math goes, in order for Parko to clinch the title he will need to place better than Kelly Slater. A feat that judging by Kelly’s stellar record at Pipeline, could be a mental hurtle for Parkinson even though  Slater lost to Joel in the semi-finals. And don’t count out Mick Fanning, who mathematically can still take the crown with a win at the Pipeline. Three surfers in the title race at Pipe, it’s all so exciting!

Here’s the breakdown of scenarios:
If Parkinson finishes 13th, 9th or 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
• Slater needs a 5th or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
• Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title. (*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or lower at Pipeline.)
If Parkinson finishes Equal 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
• Slater needs a 3rd or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
• Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title. (*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or lower at Pipeline.)
If Parkinson finishes 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
• Slater needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
• Fanning cannot win the 2012 ASP World Title.
If Parkinson wins the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will take the 2012 ASP World Title.

At this point all of the team houses from Off The Wall to Pipeline are full of ASP elite surfers. Aussies Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow decided to opt out of the Triple Crown in order to focus their energy on Pipe, while the hungry pack of local wildcards have been facing off at Haleiwa and Sunset.

As you may or may not have heard, Nike surf is no longer. All the Nike riders were escorted over to Hurley and surfers like Julian Wilson and Kolohe Andino will dawn the Hurley logo come Pipe Masters. This means Hurley will be the main sponsor of 8 out of 34 surfers on the WCT (Julian, Ace, Michel, Alejo, Miguel, Brett, Kolohe and Yadin).

Local "Enforcers" in SWELL Truckers, Volcom Pipe House, Billabong Off the Wall House

More often than not the team houses mentioned above are run by local heavies hired by each company to make sure their team riders don’t get themselves into trouble out in the lineup. Because as most everybody knows, Hawaii is one place you don’t want to slip up.

Pipeline, Backdoor and Off the Wall are three of the heaviest waves in the world sitting right next to each other. A small mistake out there can cost you your life, so any dropping in on locals is considered a threat to their life. Therefore, the locals take surfing this break very seriously and a misstep by an outside surfer can result in heavy consequences. As you can see in the footage below, Nathan Fletcher’s life was put in jeopardy from a sponger dropping in on him. And he paid the consequences. Surfing this stretch of beach is not for the faint of heart.

The Billabong Pipeline Masters in memory of Andy Irons celebrates the life of a champion and friend to many, A.I. It has been just over two years since the tragic passing of the 4-time Pipemaster and one of best personalities our sport has ever known. The Billabong Pipe Masters is dedicated to the 3-time surfing World Champion, who famously stole the crown from Slater at Pipeline in 2006 in what many say is the best Pipe Masters final of all time. A true legend.

Billabong is also proud to announce the new global AI Forever collection for release in Summer 2013 in stores and online March 15, in the USA. Proceeds from the AI Forever line will go toward ongoing guaranteed support for Andy’s wife Lyndie and young son Axel. Aloha and #goparko.

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December 7th, 2012 | By | 495 Comments

Holiday Gift Guide 2012

The countdown to complete your Christmas list is on! Be the best dressed and best gift giver this year when you shop at SWELL. The gift guide features: arctic eye-candy shot by Chris Burkard, official Pipemasters Gear, Stylish outfit guides for girls, and your favorites from Billabong, RVCA, Roark and every heavy hitter in surf.

The days are dwindling and so are the top styles, so knockout your shopping list and get guaranteed shipping before the big day.

December 6th, 2012 | By | 1,600 Comments

Employee Spotlight: Nate Zoller

He’s the guy behind SWELL’s frothy product descriptions, and he’s shredding around South OC in this LEAF video… introducing our newest employee Nate Zoller. The Laguna Beach native has long dominated the podiums of local surf and skim comps, and recently took 1st place in the surf leg of the Ultimate Boarder Triathlon in Seaside. We are stoked to call him one of our own, so enjoy his flick and style picks below.

Vitals
Favorite Surfer: AI
Watering hole: Coyote Grill
College mascot: Banana slug
Best beach day ever: Any day in South Laguna
In your headphones right now: Tame Impala: Lonerism
Daily Driver: 5’6″ Psychedelic Germ
Favorite thing about working at SWELL: Lunch
Worst wipeout:
At a slab in Bali. Got sucked over and dragged across the reef backwards

Nate’s Kit…simply put
LEAF JALAPENO TEE: My brother and friends started this company. They kill it.
ELECTRIC MAGS SUNGLASSES: My go to shades: The Trouble Andrew designed Electric Mags
GRAVIS FILTER LX SHOE: Light weight, durable, and not too flashy
STANCE TACOMA SOCK: More Feet steez
INSIGHT DUCK SOUP DENIM SHORT: One denim short that I back
ELECTRIC NIGHTHAWK BEANIE: Winter is cold, I like wearing beanies
MATUSE HOPLITE FULL SUIT: In my opinion Matuse wetsuits are the best on the American market

December 4th, 2012 | By | 2,240 Comments

Holiday Sweater Bronanza 2012

SWELL is pretty serious when it comes to making a splash at holiday parties, which is why we stocked 100s of sweater styles for this season’s festivities. The shop hooligans and Follow the Light winner Shawn Parkin had an after hours photo-bender featuring farm animals, firearms and 40s.


C-lo the wonder duck was not harmed in this Bronanza

Looking to throw your own amazing sweater shindig? Here’s a few must-have essentials for your holiday mixer.

1. Pick up a standout sweater at SWELL

2. Mix up a batch of seasonal libations.
Directions: Recklessly mix eggnog, bourbon and rum into a large punchbowl. Serve chilled and dont take no for an answer. Encourage the antics of cousin Eddie and drop quotes from the cult classic Christmas Vacation.

3. Ornament Stealing/Exchange
Rules:
-All guests bring a wrapped gift or ornament of a particular price-point (White Elephant Optional)
-Draw numbers from a hat. Equal to the # of participating guests
-Guest who draws #1 selects a wrapped present from the tree
-Next guest can pick from tree or steal from another person
-When a gift has been stolen 3 times. Nobody else can steal it