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April 27th, 2012 | By | 6,422 Comments

XCEL Eco-Ventix Surf Shirts Will Save Your Life Hybrid, UV-Protecting, Breathable, Quick Dry, Eco Friendly, All-Sport Surf Shirts

The innovations at Xcel keep coming, and their new line of sport tops will literally save your hide. Every outdoorsman knows somebody who has suffered from melanoma or a similar cancerous affliction caused by sun exposure, that is why Xcel developed UV-defending alternative to the tight fitting rashguard.

Hawaiian waterman extraordinaire and Xcel ambassador Kaipo Guererro breaks down this core performance attire:

Xcel is based in Haleiwa on the North shore of Oahu, commonly refereed to as “The Proving Grounds” demanding the highest standards in product performance. Since many watermen loath the tight fit  of spandex rashguards, an alternative shield from the elements was needed. The quick drying fabric and relaxed fit of surf-shirts has become an essential for surfer looking to travel light and extend their session without worrying about re-applying sun-block.

See the entire selection of Mens  Xcel surf tops here

The sport of Stand Up Paddling created a demand for hybrid gear that protects from UV rays and reflections, but won’t overheat. There’s much less bodily contact with the water while SUPing than you’d think, and there’s no place to stash that hoody when that crisp morning gives way to relentless heat. The Hybrid tops have Eco Ventix fabric in high-heat areas like the sleeves and back, while the chest panel is made of high performance rashgruard Lycra. This balance of sun-protection, breath-ability, flex, fit, and quick drying features makes this the best sport top in the world. To top it off, its made from recycled fibers and benefits the Xcel Cancer Foundation!

See the entire selection of Womens surf tops here

4 funny reasons to rock the Eco-Ventix Hybrid Tops

1) Your buddy won’t have to awkwardly rub lotion on your back in public

2) Quick dry fabric hide pit-stains

3) Avoid  “lobsteritis” aka being sunburned where you look boiled and  squeal when people touch you

4) Avoid the “Brazilian surfboard wax-job” aka when surfing your wax unevenly rips off stomach and chest hair

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April 26th, 2012 | By | 3,242 Comments

Cinco de Mayo Inspired Clothing

Cinco de drinko, Drinko de Mayo, Cinco de Gringo…What ever you call it, just look good while you celebrate. Raise your glass in some authentico attire to the Battle of Puebla, where 2000 Mexicans fought off 6000 french invaders led by Napoleon III.

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Even though gringos probably celebrate more than the average Mexican, you cant knock those gueros for guzzling down that beautiful blue agave. If the surf gods have ever been good to you south of the border, give your gracias and check out the Cinco section here.

Here’s a shot from our April trip to Puerto Escondido.
Dave eyes watering at a mescal tasting
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April 25th, 2012 | By | 2,299 Comments

Surfing Magazine: Surf and Swimsuit Preview -June 2012 Issue

With today’s 24-hour action sports news cycle, note worthy swells and sessions literally come and go with the tide. That’s why we love the video trailers for Surfing’s monthly issues. These behind the scenes looks at the upcoming issue gets us re-psyched on Dorian’s recent Mavericks monsters, a potential Kolohe vs. John John rivalry and the highly anticipated sophomore campaign of Julian Wilson.

As an annual bonus, the June issue includes the Swimsuit edition, featuring the hottest models and swimsuits seen at SWELL. Enjoy your sneak peak into the making of Surfing’s latest patch of eye candy.

Pipe’s prodigal son, John John Florence has dominated covers and contest for the past 16 months. Thankfully SWELL is stocked with the tools behind his trick to landing yet another cover. Get his boardshorts, deckpad and fins at SWELL, and surprise yourself with little gear changes that make big differences is your surfing.

Our friends at Surfing Magazine had no complaints about shooting the 2012 Swimsuit edition on the North Shore of Oahu this winter. Sydney and Natazha put on a clinic for strutting the beach like a goddess in the hottest bikinis on the market. This year’s cover shot featured the Tyler Rose OHWAHANIGHT cut, and other flattering looks from Mikoh and Bubululu available at SWELL

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April 20th, 2012 | By | 3,716 Comments

Newport Beach Film Festival 2012 Action Sports Film Series

The Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series showcases international films about athletes, filmmakers and pioneers of the action sports culture. It’s the largest action sports cinema event in the nation, taking place during from April 26 – May 3, 2012 in Orange County, CA,  at locations like the Lido theater where legendary surf movies premiered over the years.

If you are in Southern California during the festival, treat yourself to discover the host of groundbreaking visions of the sports we love. Check out the schedule to make it to some fun after parties where you can mingle with the stars like Travis Rice from The Art of Flight  and Quiksilver Waterman Jamie Mitchell.

Watch trailers and learn about must-see films of the 2012 NBFF Action Sports Film Series

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