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October 12th, 2012 | By | 4,471 Comments

#StokesMe -Surfers Helping Humans

You can only catch so many waves until the surf gods decide you need to share with others, and there no better way to share the feeling than stoking out humans in need of special care. It’s been medically proven that surfing is a therapeutic  activity unlike any other, improving metal and physical condition of those with Autism, Cystic Fibrosis and more. #StokeMe raises funds and awareness to 10 causes that surfers can easily support.  It is the SIMA cause formally known as the Humanitarian Fund.

Champions of the causes include Kala Alexander, Nick Hernandez of Common Sense, surf companies like Billabong, Surfline, Ocean Minded, Volcom and Nixon. The goal is to raise $250,000 for the 10 beneficiaries (below), and to raise awareness through the power of social media with #StokesMe on Twiiter, Instagram and Facebook. Hashtag #StokesMe to spread the good vibes and share what psyches you up like surfing, skiing or just smiling.  Join the SWELL team with a any size donation, and put a smile on someone who needs it.

The #StokesMe campaign benefits 10 different charities that any human can relate to.  Lean more  about the causes, and help reach the goals to provide the needed assistance on the SWELL fundraising page. Can’t afford it? Share your stoke with friends to get the good word out with #stokesme on your social media. See what’s trending on the #stokesme twitter thread.

Support in style. Your donations get you rad swag that everyone in the surf industry knows and respects.

What Stokes You?

$10 or more: Stokes Me Sticker
$40 or more: Stokes Me Hat & Sticker
$75 or more: Stokes Me T-shirt, Hat & Sticker

 

Check out the unqiue care that each of the ten beneficiaries provides:

Waves for Water Waves for Water’s mission is to provide clean drinking water for everyone who needs it. Led by Hurley, traveling surfers provide locals water filters and educate them about sourcing clean water.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Best Day Foundation Best Day Foundation helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports,

Surfers Healing Surfer’s Healing provides the unique and therapeutic experience of surfing to children facing autism at no charge to the families. The foundation has increased autism awareness from their great events and media attention.

SurfAid SurfAid International’s mission is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

 

Keep A Breast The Keep A Breast mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.

Life Rolls On Life Rolls On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports to demonstrate the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

Stoked Mentoring Stoked Mentoring’s mission is to promote personal development, academic achievement and healthy living to under-served youth through action sports culture.

Outdoor Outreach Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego-based organization with a mission to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming.

Jimmy Miller Foundation The JMMF provides free Ocean Therapy to the United States Marine Corps. Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, as well as the Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from several care and shelter facilities for abused and foster children.

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October 11th, 2012 | By | 2,555 Comments

Raptoberfest -Rise Against Plastic With Surfrider

October is “Rise Above Plastics” Month, or Raptoberfest: a month long  campaign to identify the harms of plastics and implement solutions to this global pollutant.  Every year the Surfrider Foundation mobilizes their team of passionate watermen to create rad ideas to help you reduce your plastic footprint.

Surfers see the harms of plastics firsthand, with one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals washing up dead from ingestion or entanglement in plastics each year. This prompted surf companies like Billabong, Hurley and Element to manufacture surfwear with upcycling, by building spent plastics into products of greater quality than before. So while most beach lovers try to Rise Against Plastics every month, the surf industry dedicates October to make this a mainstream ideology.

The Annual Surfrider Event has been instrumental in achieving:

-Banning the Bag in many Ca cities, Portland and internationally
-Impactful research about the Pacific Garbage Patch
-Innovative reducing & recycling solutions.

 One Foot at a Time Plastic Clean-up Contest

This creative clean-up activity brings together volunteers from across the country to turn the plastic beach trash into symbolic art pieces. One square foot at a time, beach-goers make cleaner oceans, unique mosaic sculptures, and win Rusty Surf prizes for: Most Creative, Best Use of Materials, Most Trash Collected, Best Photo, Best Overall.

Stocked with Eco-conscious gear, The Surfrider Store is your one stop shop for organic tees and rad gift ideas for that surfer on your gifting list.

October 5th, 2012 | By | 3,042 Comments

Dane Reynolds…The Shaper

Since he triggered the chop-tail trend with his advent of “The Dumpster Diver” Dane Reynolds and Al Merrick have been knee deep in foam dust experimenting with more ultra-modern templates.

Dane’s mysto shaping expertise was put to the test in France after his DFR snapped in the semi-finals and was left with his 100% hand shaped board seen in this video. He shredded it to a come-from-behind victory against the lethal John Florence in the dying minutes of the heat.

Even though he lost to Slater in the finals at Hossegor, Daynolds’ fellow CI team rider took a page out of his own playbook to beat him.  Slater actually used the new DFR aka “Dane Freaking Reynolds” signature model in his recent back to back tour victories.

The DFR is the latest evolution template that began with the Dumpster Diver, then Neck Beard, the Double Helix, the Sperm Whale, and the Wave Bandit. Dane Reynolds and Volcom‘s Andrew Doheny are currently the only two touring surfers to have success riding self shaped boards, and Dane’s model has earned multiple SIMA awards for “Surfboard of the Year.”

Dane cracked the code of creating an outline with short rail line that still maintains aggressive drive in variable conditions. The outline puts most of the width and volume towards the front of the board to float your girth and get you down the line. Its no secret that Dane packs on his beer weight,  but the sharp flip in the exit rocker allows that patented release through the lip.  See the whole Channel Islands board room at SWELL.

 

Quiksilver and Channels Islands must be doing something right with their two top athletes sharing the podium at the Surfer Poll Awards and on tour.  Shop the Quiksilver styles that Dane and Kelly travel the world with at SWELL.

October 3rd, 2012 | By | 735 Comments

TMZ Dude Wears Katin

Guilty pleasure, soo bad you cant stop watching… what ever your excuse for watching TMZ, we’re stoked to spot the long haired dude on the TMZ show sporting the latest Katin clothing. This guy (Max Hodges) might be doing a bad Spicoli impression, but the Santa Cruz local actually surfs and heckles every D-lister who dares step foot in the south bay.

The “Nose tee” he’s rocking is in Katin’s latest line of hand crafted apparel. The custom vintage detail is unique to this surf company that’s been killing it in the south LA bay since the late 1950′s.