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August 14th, 2012 | By | 1,859 Comments

James Franco Wears Katin

A-list Hollywood celeb James Franco has amazing style, which is why we weren’t surprised when we spotted him rocking Kanvas by Katin. The guy already has a major cult following after starring in Spiderman, hosting SNL twice, and stoner favorite Pineapple Express, and now his core-score is through the roof by repping over 60 years of surfing street-cred with Katin.

CRUISE THE KATIN COLLECTION HERE

 

5 Funny Franco Facts

1. Despite his pot peddling role in Pinapple Express, Franco claims he does NOT smoke reefer

2. Franco is a PhD student in English at Yale University

3. As a juvenile Franco was arrested for underage drinking, graffiti, and involvement in a theft ring

4. Franco interned at Lockheed Martin aerospace corporation

5. James dropped out of UCLA and worked nights at a McDonald’s

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August 9th, 2012 | By | 1,102 Comments

Daze At Sea -A Free Billabong Surf Movie

Remember the days when you’d see a surf movie premier, but had to wait 3 months to buy the movie and rewind every cutty from your favorite surfer? Well the wait is over… and the flick is FREE!  Billabong and What Youth couldn’t wait to release a year’s worth of filthy shredding from freak talents like Granger Larsen, Creed McTaggart, Ian Gentil, Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone and the rest of Billabong’s international surf team.

Enjoy Victor Pakpour’s latest flick full of digital shorts, classic outtakes, dope music, pervy chick vision… oh ya and surfing.

Frothing over the free flick, are you? How about the new wave of fresh Billabong styles the crew was rocking? Well its all available at SWELL, so be the first to rock gear inspired by the international collective of surf addicts. Check it here.

August 8th, 2012 | By | 1,165 Comments

Nine Gnarly Shark Tales

Here’s our favorite shark stories from the last year on the SWELL Blog. Celebrate 25 toothy years of Shark Week by tuning into the Discovery Channel on Sunday 8/12/2012.

1. France hunts Sharks in Reunion Island Marine Sanctuary After Attacks on Surfers

In a highly controversial decision to protect surfers and tourism in Reunion island, professional poachers were commissioned to kill off the local shark population to deal with the ongoing shark attack problem.  Reunion Island is home of Pipemasters Champion Jeremy Flores who joined the controversial culling of sharks in the marine sanctuary, by tweeting “And now that they’ve tasted human blood, they love it,and they will charge any humans crossing their way!” The debate is far from over.

2. Dusty Payne Spots Shark at Rip Curl Pro Search Ocean Beach

After spotting the 12ft great white shark, Payne warned Jordy then quickly surfed his way to the sand during the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco. The threat was serious enough to make him forget about the $425,000 and was visible spooked all day. Read more here.


See Dusty get spooked at 1:48

3. iPhone App Tracks Great White Sharks

If you’re ever wondering if there’s a shark in the line-up, well… there’s and app for that. The Expedition White Shark App tracks tagged Great White Sharks in real time all over the world. It also tell you if there’s been an attack at the beach you surf, and other helpful info about “the man in the grey suit.” Keep you friends close and your enemies closer for only $3.99. Read more here

4. Cardiff Kook Statue Spoof

In the most ornate culture jamming attack on The Kook” to date, an anonymous local built a 25 ft paper-mache Carcharodon carcharias (aka Whitey) around the loathed statue that cost the city of Cardiff over $125,000. The bronzed surfer is officially named “The Magic Carpet Ride” and is frequently yet harmlessly vandalized for its surfing pose that lacks the style and/or accuracy of any surfing era. Read more here.

5. Freedivers Encounter a Grey Reef Shark in Maui

A group of lifeguards from Laguna Beach were free diving about 300 yards off the coast of Ka’anapali, Maui and captured this amazing footage with their GoPro HD If you listen closely you can hear the humpback whales singing in the background and then at 1:20 the boys have a close encounter with a grey reef shark.

6. Viral Shark Memes: True or Farce?

Thanks to Spielberg nothing gets people’s attention like a good shark scare, and clever photoshoppers are cashing in on our eagerness to witness a close encounter with our favorite apex predator. Even Yahoo has falsely posted doctored shark photo.

Can you guess which shark meme is real? 1) Saffa Kite Surfer on the Run. 2) Shark tank bursts into lobby. 3) Shark “tails” Kayaker.

7. Chuck Patteron SUPs with Sharks

SUP champ and international waterman legend, Chuck Patterson sent a shiver down every San Clemente surfer’s spine when he filmed a close encounter with 2 Great White just past the break in San Onfre. Watch Chuck stick his GoPro in the path of the kelp cruising predators, and they give him a warning tail whip.

8. Shark Researcher Falls Overboard onto 14ft Great White

Friend of SWELL Jeremy Fridmond was working as a Shark Week Researcher off the coast of South Africa when he got bucked onto the back of an enraged Great White. See how the ex-Laguna Beach lifeguard escaped certain death in the interview here.

9. Shark themed apparel now available on SWELL here

August 3rd, 2012 | By | 2,329 Comments

Shawn Parkin Wins $5K “Follow The Light” Photo Grant

Shawn Parkin of Dana Point, Ca wins the $5,000 grant at the 7th annual Follow the Light Foundation Awards in memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. Staged at the Shorebreak Hotel in the middle of the US Open of Surfing, every major player in the surf industry convened to see who’d be the hottest new photographer to work with. Attendees included Kolohe Andino, Sal Masakala, Jack Freestone, Matty Wilko, PT, and a special dedication to the family of the late Sean Collins.

His variety of styles showcased his experience with stop-motion, water angles, line-up shots, panoramas, and night flash. Here’s the slideshow that the Orange County local presented during the ceremony, giving fresh perspectives to highly photographed surfspots like Salt Creek, HB Pier, and Trestles.

Overall Winning Slideshow: Shawn Parkin

4:14 -SWELL Employee Max Pender photographed while shaping his hand plane
Shawn is expecting his first child and his work will be featured in the October SWELL catalog.

Sara Lee of Kona, HI captivated the crowd with her focus on human interactions with the water. She has a competitive swimming background and a reputation for getting big-wave water angles when no other photographers would get in the water. She was awarded the SWELL peoples choice award by the attendees, and was received an airline ticket to Pipemasters in Dec… or home for the talented Hawaiian.

SWELL People’s Choice Award Winning Slideshow: Sara Lee

Special thanks to Larry “Flame” Moore’s Sister Celeste, and everyone who showed up to pay tribute to Flame’s legacy. Check out the red carpet photos and the whole amazing event.