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August 3rd, 2012 | By | 2,375 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.

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August 2nd, 2012 | By | 2,724 Comments

Lower Trestles Raid 2012

The second annual Trestles Raid just went down, and the pack of San Clemente surf rats showed up in force. Led by Riley Metcalf aka “Captain Barbossa” and a crew twice the size as last year shredded in full costume with decorated  boards to boot. The always tense line-up at Lower Trestles only had a few eggy hard board hold-outs who fileted a couple crew members, but they successfully took over the wave and already antsy for the next ambush.

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Success was owed to the boys at Catchsurf, who supplied heaps of Odysea Soft-tops, Beater boards, and some explicitly themed shapes. Beater Boy Johnny Redmond was in rare form, rocking the assless chaps and other “foreign objects” to match his uber phallic sled.

Catchsurf boards aren’t your boggy Wavestorm COSTCO board either. The lightweight performance of the Odysea lets you surf it like a shortboard without the thing flexing and flopping down the face. Made in San Clemente Ca, the CatchSurf boys have debunked the soft-top stigma since the beachbreaks are littered with this safe alternative when conditions aren’t optimal for your daily driver.

Check out the whole CatchSurf board here

July 30th, 2012 | By | 2,277 Comments

Joel Parkinson Reaches Podium at Molokai Paddle Race

Joel Parkinson has pulled out all the stops to make a run for the world title in the home stretch of the 2012 ASP world tour. During the 6 week mid season break from competition he and trainer Wes Berg entered the Molokai to Oahu paddle race across the island-pass known as “The Channel of Bones.” The two Aussies tag-teamed the 32 mi race, taking 20 minute intervals battling through massive oceanic hills and valleys.

Joel Parkinson and Trainer Wes Berg take 3rd place Finish, Parko Paddles in The Flux Trunks

For two months Parko trained for the treacherous conditions of the Ka’iwi Channel, and his 3rd place finish exceeded his expected result “We were hoping for a top five finish, so to finish in the top three was huge for us,” he remarked of his first attempt at the race. Ironically, Parko also sits at #3 in the world surf tour rankings but the twelve year pro has his sights set on the title. With small conditions expected for the US Open of Surfing in Huntington this week,  his arms are conditioned to catch any ripple in the lineup. Then it’s off to the Billabong Pro Tahiti where he’s never cracked the final round.

Parko’s new boost of confidence from the Molokai race is bolstered by his equipment that he claims is at it’s best. Despite some scrapes and bruises, he is pretty much indestructible “My knees are bleeding and I’m sunburned and the rest of me is pretty beat up, but I feel incredible.”

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Makua and Marcus pumped Reggae beats all day in the chase boat

Joel’s hi-performance approach to his world title campaign has him working closely with sponsors to develop gear to keep him safely shredding in the next event that is the hands-down deadliest wave on tour. Two key elements he relies on for the upcoming contests are his signature boardshorts and JS surfboard.

Platinum X technology provides Parko with ergonomic agility and won’t balloon up like a parachute during high risk drops at the upcoming Tahiti venue. He wore the Billabong performance trunks during the 32 mi Molokai Race and avoided thigh rashes that often sideline paddlers and surfers. This recycler series boardshort has won multiple awards for “Boardshort of the Year” from the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA).  Get Joel’s signature shorts here.

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Joel’s signature model has been built direct from the design which saw him win 3 back to back world tour events. Even with so many good boards in his quiver, this is THE board he will be using at the upcoming grovel-fest at the US Open of Surfing. The Black Box embodies the all around reflection of what Joel’s surfing has become, smooth, fast and on edge.  See the Jason Stevenson (JS) shapes here.

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July 23rd, 2012 | By | 145 Comments

Katin Sponsors Team USA Olympic Water Polo

When we say we have the world’s best boardshorts, we mean it. Katin is the sponsor and preferred active-wear of the USA Olympic Water Polo team.  Southern California being a breeding ground polo stars, the Huntington Beach based surf company was proud to support these 14 London-bound American Olympians all born and raised in California beach towns. Most of the boys grew up in the South LA Bay seeing lifeguards and waterman wearing these Katin trunks that have over 60 years for research and development.

(L to R) Team USA led by Tony Azevedo (middle). Chay Lapin, Janson Wigo, Shea Buckner and Andy Stevens train in Katin gear.

The boys have been training with Katin’s new line of performance sport-cut shorts and signature Team USA tops, all available at SWELL. A portion of the proceeds benefit the team in their campaign to bring a gold medal back home. Support team USA by rocking the Olympic themed tees and following our hometown heroes starting Sunday July 29.

Men’s Water Polo TV Schedule (All times adjusted to Pacific Standard Time)
Sunday, July 29: USA vs. Montenegro 2:40PM – 3:40PM (NBC)
Tuesday, July 31: USA vs. Romania 1:30PM – 3:00PM (NBC)
Thursday, August 2: USA vs. Great Britain 12:20PM – 1:20PM (NBC)
Saturday, August 4: USA vs. Serbia 2:45PM – 3:45PM (NBC)
Monday, August 6: USA vs. Hungary 9:30AM – 10:30AM (MSNBC)
Sunday, August 12: Bronze-medal match 6:30AM – 7:45AM (NBC SPORTS NETWORK)
Sunday, August 12: Gold-medal match 9:30AM – 10:45AM (NBC)
For the full event schedule listing, click here.