Archive for the ‘CHECK IT’ Category

November 3rd, 2007 | By | 2,024 Comments

PARK LIFE IS #1

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How quickly they grow. It seems like only yesterday that Park Life came screaming into this world, and now they’re already a year old. To celebrate, they’ve planed a major benefit / exhibition shindig, featuring the works of more than 30 artists who have helped in their success. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be given to the SF Coalition on the Homeless. The show will run from Nov. 2 – Dec. 5, 2007.

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November 2nd, 2007 | By | 2,080 Comments

ALL THAI’D UP

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Swell model Sophie was nice enough to send us some photos from her recent Quik trip to Thailand. Along with teamrider Danny Fuller and friends, the group got up close and personal with the people, the culture, and alternative means of transportation. (Check out that trunk space!) Jealous much? We are. And while most of us will never get invited by Quik to go anywhere, you too can trek this eco-surf adventure through the Phuket Surf Club. Check ‘em out and tell ‘em we said hi. (More photos after the break.)

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November 1st, 2007 | By | 2,093 Comments

HEROES AMONG US

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This is arguably one of the most compelling stories we’ve heard in some time. Earlier this week Dave Rastovich led an international group of celebrities, surfers and activists in a paddle-out peace mission in the waters off Osaka, Japan, to honor the lives of the 25,000 dolphins and pilot whales killed each year by local fisherman. However, the demonstration quickly derailed when the group encountered 30 captured pilot whales that were facing immediate termination. In blood filled water, the activists faced off with fishermen who wilded wooden poles and propeller blades in an attempt to avert the group from stopping the slaughter. TransWorld Surf has full details.

November 1st, 2007 | By | 1,105 Comments

COVER STORIES

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The benefits of working for the world’s premiere online surf retailer are, as you would expect, vast and never ending. But one of the best perks by far is getting to work with the best photographers and artists in the business. The images above and below provide a before-and-after of sorts. The “before” being the original photo as we received it, with the “after” being our catalog cover once our art directors perfect it for our purposes. In the series above, the shot was taken by Jeff Hornbaker during a massive swell in Tahiti. As stunning as the original photo is, it becomes even more impressive when we tightened the shot to reveal that the lone surfer is actually a girl.

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As a personal favorite, we have Brian Nevins‘ vision of three journeymen traveling through beautiful parts unknown, somewhere in New Hampshire. We received so many questions surrounding this shot regarding the location, the break, the distance they had walked, and whether the shot was staged. We decided it was best to just let it speak for itself.

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Photographer DJ Struntz didn’t receive his first camera until his high school graduation. In fact, he hadn’t even considered pursuing photography until well after he earned his Masters in Biology from UNC Wilmington. However, a chance surf / photo trip to Pascuales, Mexico in 2002 changed all that. How lucky for us. This shot features Puerto Escondido at it’s finest, and we’re not kidding when we say our bags were packed five seconds after this came across our desk.