SWELL's Archive

May 4th, 2011 | By | 1,607 Comments

Interview: Heal Japan’s Founder Chris Walthall

japanswimshow

An interview with Heal Japan’s founder Chris Walthall, to find out more about Heal Japan, and how your donation money will to REAL people affected by the recent disasters…

SWELL: What is Heal Japan?
Chris: Heal Japan is an organization dedicated to benefiting the victims of the recent disasters that have taken place in Japan. Our goal is to collect $50,000 by the end of June. Funds will be delivered IN PERSON as soon as it is safe to do so.

SWELL: How did you come up with the idea to put something like this together?
Chris: The idea came to me at work actually! I was speaking to a client and out of nowhere all these ideas just came to me. After I got off the phone I started drawing shirts designs and a game plan for how I wanted the organization to function. I wanted to be the one held accountable for where the money went. If I could go and speak with people about the cause and “put a face to the name” that they were familiar with, I knew it would be effective. With so many people in this unimaginable situation, I just had to do something. So many people are willing to be a part of making positive changes in and around our community. I decided it was time to do my part. I called a close friend of mine and asked to go to lunch. We got together at a restaurant that same day and threw a bunch of ideas around. Right then and there he dedicated some funds to have wristbands and t-shirts made in exchange for donation. Without the help of my incredible friends who have done so much to make this happen, it just would not have been possible.

SWELL: When exactly do you plan on going to Japan? And do you have a charity in mind that you would like the money to go to?
Chris: As of now we’re thinking it will be close to a year before it is safe to go there ourselves. It’s just unreal how much damage the affected areas have sustained. It’s likely that it will be close to a year before we can go in person.
Our plan is to go to Japan and deliver the funds to charity ourselves. We want to make certain that the money goes to REAL people affected by the recent disasters. We are in the works of selecting a like-minded organization that will work closely with us in completing our goals. We are also very open to speaking with others and hearing new ideas in order to be as effective as possible.

SWELL: Why Japan? There are so many horrible things that could use benefit, what made you choose Japan? (Not saying it isn’t a mighty fine choice!)
Chris: When I really think about it, it was all about the timing. Around the same time as the earthquake and tsunami, my father was hospitalized. It was one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever been in. It’s so frightening to see a parent fighting for their lives. You think your dad is a super hero, but in reality we are all human. You don’t really know what it’slike until it happens. By the grace of God he’s still alive and making a smooth recovery. I took a step back and thought about the situation. That was my own personal earthquake and tsunami. If I thought what I had to deal with was hard, the people of Japan are facing some exponentially more difficult. We cannot even fathom what their situation is like. It’s on my heart to help, so I’m going to.

SWELL: Is there anything else you would like to add to this lovely Q & A that you think our readers show know?
Chris: I’d like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible: John Cohen, David Vanderveen, Ryah Arthur, Clarke Brogger, Dylan Fait, Steven Chew, and Chanel Sonego. The list goes on and on. Basically all of my friends and family. You know who you are. I’m just so blessed to have these people around me. It’s unreal.
Please check out our website HEALJAPAN.ORG, join our Facebook group and invite your friends, and do whatever you can to help spread the word. No matter how big or small your efforts, ALL of it makes a difference. God Bless! -CHRIS

Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
May 4th, 2011 | By | 2,874 Comments

Breaking News: Cute Girls (& Bikinis) Help Heal Japan

japanswimshow

Join SWELL, babes and bikinis to help Heal Japan. This Saturday, May 7th, SWELL will be sponsoring the Heal Japan swimwear show in beautiful Laguna Beach, California at the Blue Laguna Restaurant & Lounge. The show will feature SWELL’s newest swim lines to hit the site, plus a few sneak peak styles to be available later this month! Bikini-clad babes will be struttin’ in Eberjey, Salt Swimwear and Luli Fama (to name a few). A percentage of profits will be donated to HealJapan.org, a non-profit organization determined to raise funds to bring to Japan in person and give to the people of Japan that have been and are continued to be affected by the disastrous earthquake and tsunami. Heal Japan was started by Laguna Beach local Chris Walthall and professional surfer (and swell model) Ryah Arthur.

Come back later today for a Q&A with Chris!! Anyone can come to the show (anyone 21+ that is), so you should definitely be there! It’s only a $5 entrance fee and the towels drop at 10:30pm. See you there!

May 2nd, 2011 | By | 353 Comments

Tickets On Sale Today! Billabong’s Design For Humanity 2011

savethedatedfh

Billabong is at it again, saving the world one outfit at a time, a different cause a year all while rocking out! Billabong’s 5th annual Design for Humanity Event is being held Wednesday, June 15th at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Ca. Started by Billabong’s marketing, art and design teams, Design for Humanity was an opportunity to give back and benefit an organization close to the heart of our community and industry by combining fashion, art and music, all in the name of a good cause. Every year there is a big name band that rocks the crowd, art that’s a killer, and lovely ladies in fashion that are so beautiful they capture every heart. Started in April 2007, the very first Design for Humanity was held at Avalon and Spider Club in Hollywood with Shiny Toy Guns and DJ Vice, benefitting SurfAid International. In the following years they have had musical guests such as Steve Aoki, MGMT, and Fischerspooner, benefiting non-profits such as Surfrider Foundation and Invisible Children. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will be taking the stage this year in hopes of raising huge awareness and profits for VH1’s Save the Music. And don’t fret, this isn’t an “invite only/someone who knows someone” event; you can go too! Tickets go on sale today at www.DesignForHumanity.com / $30 for General Admission and $99 for VIP. Can’t wait to score your tickets? Don’t panic- you can listen to The Zero’s here while you’re waiting in angst to score your tix!

April 23rd, 2011 | By | 7,040 Comments

5 Spring Essentials

Spring has finally sprung and it is time to bust out cute sandals and flowing tops! There are 5 staples every girl should have their closet for spring that will definitely carry over to summer chic.

1. A Sheer and Simple Tunic Top or Dress
A perfect add to your spring wardrobe. It’s light, flowey, and a extremely versatile. You can wear it as a dress, top it with leggings or even a cute pair of skinny jeans.
g0002xek
Pictured: Quiksilver Handy Crafty Cubes Tunic Dress


2. A Cute and Flirty Bikini

It is obvious that bikini’s in general are a girl’s spring/summer staple. We basically live in them and wear them more than any other piece of clothing! But unlike a standard black string bikini, every girl will need something a bit girlier and flirtier for these upcoming months!
g00031kb
Pictured: Billabong Ginger Bandeau Top & Stacey Bottom


3. A Stylish Yet Practical Hat

Hats. They aren’t our favorite because let’s face it.. hat hair is NOT cute! But our skin is definitely more important. The sun is ridiculously harsh right and why not protect your beautiful face while being stylish in that fedora that is wildly popular with celebrities right now!

g0002nwm

Pictured: Brixton Castor Fedora


4. Sandals That Go With Everythin’ and Add a Little Somethin’

You always have your go-to sandals for when you just don’t know what other shoes to wear. They are comfortable, they are versatile and usually they are just so freakin’ cute. Well here are your new go-to sandals with an extra bit of spice. If you are a girlie girl or not these will work for anyone and everyone. Come on… they’re so perfect!

g0002prp

Pictured: Steven Madden Bubblez Sandal in Cognac


5. Aviators. Enough Said.
These have been a proven staple by celebrities, fashion icons, and pretty much anyone else! Aviators will not go out of style so you pretty much NEED to own a pair. These are perfect for spring/summer with the light frame and glass. If Heidi can do it, why can’t you?
g0002vw1

Pictured: Ray-Ban Aviator Large Metal Sunglasses in Gold

What’s your Spring Essential?