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The sun is shining, bikinis are on, and the waves are flat. It’s summer, and we love it nevertheless. Make the most of the swell-less season with this tutorial from Gillian Gibree. The Roxy SUP team rider combines the instability of SUPing with yoga, for added core strength and balance training (and let’s not forget it’s good excuse to get in the water!). New to stand up paddleboarding? Watch the start of the video for a few quick tips on how to get the most power out of every paddle stroke. Then learn a few basic yoga poses to get you started!
Ready to learn more? Gillian offers classes in Southern California at Paddle Into Fitness.
Ready to get started? Read on for a few highly recommended pieces stand up paddle surfing gear to get you going… (more…)
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For those of you still stuck in your Coachella bubble: The following may not be suitable for those who fear the unconstitutionality of music not necessarily played on KIIS FM. The countdown officially begins to Outside Lands 2012 and we’re only hours away! (We meaning you, or those that are going. Not meaning me, who is sadly not going, and will be working inside the confines of her cubicle.)
The art and music festival begins this Friday and lasts three glorious days in the Golden State Park of San Francisco. Not ONLY is it just oh-so-fabulously-amazingly going on its 5th year, but the minds behind the madness haven’t lost their original eco-friendly initiatives. Eco Lands is the name and sustainability is its game. Serving as an educational forum, Eco Lands’ efforts include an alternative and solar powered stage, urban gardening workshops for all, a farmer’s market and a recycling store.
If you just so happened to bike your way up the California coast, no fear! Your two wheels have a happy home at the Levi’s bike valet. What makes this all dear and special to our heart here at SWELL, is our (not-so-coincidentally-timed) Saturday Ocean Beach clean-up with San Fransisco Surfrider! This is a serious win-win situation, wouldn’t you say?! Just one more good excuse to find yourself in SF over the weekend.
For all of those in my boat, which I’m hoping is a very, very large boat, like Moses and the Ark style, I’ve compiled a little playlist for you to enjoy above. Just close your eyes and imagine you’re there! … haha I’m just kidding! That never works! But at least you have something nice to listen to while you go on that run tonight. Riiiiiight? – Chanel
Love it, hate it the FCS PONCHO is really handy. You might get some smirks at first, but you’ll have the last laugh when you are the quickest one in and out of your suit. No more fumbling with obnoxiously small towels or accidentally flashing the car park. This plush terry towel poncho will keep you dry and keep you covered.
It’s especially crucial on cold days when you lose your finger dexterity and have to change with your ol’ “Soup Strainers.” Throw it on and it will cut down the icy sea breeze as you’re climbing into your pantaloons and shirt. It’s great for dudes and ever better for ladies! You will be thankful, you will be warm, and you will be about as stoked as Lauren Enever is in the picture below.
Laura Enever sports the FCS PONCHO in her Surfline feature:
Ain’t that just the perkiest outfit y’ever seen? A terry-toweling modesty cap supplied by Laura’s sponsor FCS provides the laughs in this photograph.
“It’s really cute, it’s really sexy,” says Laura, dryly, although she stresses its importance and convenience when hiding her nudity in carparks. “When you are a girl you have to worry about tops and bottoms,” she says.
In this case she couldn’t be bothered taking off her wetsuit after the surf. Hence the combo of rubber + cape.C/o Surfline.
After hours of frothing closed door deliberation, Aaron Chang, Jeff Hurley, Ross Garret and other industry captains narrowed down the list of grant applicants to 5. These finalists will soon become the newest faces in surf photography, and many consider the Follow The Light Foundation in Memory of Larry “Flame” Moore to be the catalyst for progressive perspectives in surf media. SWELL is proud to sponsor this grant honoring Flame’s legacy.
Spanning many different perspectives, the finalists’ work varies from the cover-worthy pipeline shots to arty underwater expression. This year’s installment of young visionaries include: Ryan Craig from Santa Cruz, Matt Kurvin from Felton, Sarah Lee from Holualoa, Shawn Parkin from Dana Point, and Mike Smolowe from San Clemente.
In a press release announcing this year’s finalists, SURFING Magazine editor (formerly held by Larry “Flame” Moore) describes the batch of submissions. “This is the best collection of photos I’ve seen all year, it’s so inspiring to see the act of waveriding through fresh eyes.”
The winner of the $5,000 grant will be announced during the US Open of Surfing at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach on Tuesday July 31st. The event is open to the public and free of charge. The reception begins at 7:00PM; The Shorebreak Hotel is located at 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. “We’re very excited about the talent level of this year’s finalists,” said legendary photographer and Judge Aaron Chang. “And to celebrate their skills around this year’s US Open will make it even more special.”
FTLF sponsor Bob Hurley said,” Recognizing the world’s best up-and-coming surf photographers fits right in with the spirit of the US Open of Surfing. “It’s so fun to see such an amazing showcase of young talent in one place – very inspiring.”
The FTLF was founded after iconic photographer Larry “Flame” Moore’s passing to ensure that up-and-coming surf photographers continue to get the recognition and support they deserve. Flame — legendary Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for more than three decades — made it a priority to teach and inspire anyone with a passion for photography. This grant helps keep that legacy alive.
Founding board member and Judge Sam Olson said,” Every year there is so much new talent submitted to FTLF. And each and every year I go away from the judging inspired to build on my own photography”.
Now in its seventh year, the FTLF awards ceremony is part of the world’s largest action sports festival. The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach will reach all kinds of people, but there is no better place to showcase the best rising talent in the surf photography world. In years past, FTLF grant winners like Morgan Maassen, Chris Burkard, Matt Clark, Ray Collins, Duncan Macfarlane and Todd Glaser have continued to change the game in what is possible in surf imagery. This year, previous winners played a huge role in selecting the 2012 recipient.
Last year’s “People’s Choice Award” winner Matt Kurvin Talks about how it jump-started his career
“The follow the light foundation has continued to set a standard for up and coming surf photographers, each year that bar is raised and the photographers keep stepping up there game”, says former winner and SURER senior staff photographer Chris Burkard. This year, the submissions came from far and wide, and it seemed like each style of work was well represented, I know that I will be seeing so many of these names grace the credits of magazines for years to come. You can always tell the work is good when it inspires you to work harder. ”
SURFLINE Photo Editor, Jeremiah Klein added, “With all the talent this year we had to look at the slideshows a few times over to narrow it down to our top ten. The final five was even more difficult to choose but in the end we found a winner that is most deserving.”
Come July 31st, this new artist will get his or her due recognition. This year the evening will include the SWELL’s “People’s Choice” award, where fans will vote for the winner and a raffle with great prizes. All in all, it’s a great night, a great cause and a whole lot of fun.