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January 9th, 2012 | By | 2,331 Comments

Sean Collins Memorial Paddle Out in Huntington Beach

Thousands lined the rails of the Huntington Beach Pier like it was the finals of the US Open of Surfing. AAron Pai of Huntington Surf and Sport started the memorial service by listing Sean’s countless accomplishments from founding Surfline to working as a wave consultant on national security issues. Sean’s widespread influence were deeper than anyone imagined!


Everyone showed major appreciation for the gift of Surfline that Sean Collins founded in 1985. It was the first accurate wave forecasting model service that now sees 1.5 million monthly visitors. Legendary surfers Taylor Knox, Mike Parsons, and Brad Gerlach spoke of their special relationship with Collins, noting that his keen wave intuition gave them the knowledge necessary to track huge swells that earned them big wave awards. Stories of Sean’s love for his family and traveling in Baja California helped describe this passionate man who’s memory lives in every surfer’s pursuit of waves.

The paddle-out follows a traditional gathering of the surfing community, and this occasion may have been one of the biggest in history. (more…)

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January 7th, 2012 | By | 3,031 Comments

SWELL Order-A-Day Giveway…Ending Next Week

All good things must come to and end, and the SWELL Order-A-Day Giveaway is no exception. After nearly a year of giving out one free order a day (in Shaka form), we’re sad to say that we’re giving the hands a rest from the perpetual hang loose cycle…we’re simply Shaka’d-out. To celebrate the last week of free orders, here’s a list of our top shaka winner photos of all time. Presenting the Shak-Awards!

Read on to see which photos won the Shak-Awards… (more…)

January 6th, 2012 | By | 2,397 Comments

Top Tweets of the Week: Holiday Surf Banter

A weird week in the surf world brought us unseasonably epic weather and surf, but an untimely loss of a legend.  Read what our favorite folks to follow had to say over the holiday, and keep up with SWELL’s steady stream of twitterrhea.


With heavy hearts we must announce that Sean Collins, Surfline’s founder, president & chief forecaster has passed away. http://t.co/pb3j8NCe
@surfline
Surfline

We all owe Sean Collins a debt of gratitude for opening the doors to one of the most elusive wonders of the world… good waves. His untimely passing took a huge toll on the surfing world, and the gift of Surfline he left behind will be daily reminders of his greatness.

Celebrate his life at the memorial paddle out, Sunday, January 8th at 11AM. Throw flowers from the pier or suit up and enjoy the waves.


I’m pretty much surfing’s version of Tim Tebow…except the winning, God and not getting laid parts.
@Daynolds
Daynolds

Impostor or not, @Daynolds’  “blunt” honesty and humorous self portrayal explains why Dane Reynolds is the 5th most talked about surfer in the media. But how can a guy bite the hand that feeds him, quit the tour, and still land 7 figure contracts? Well, maybe we’re all sarcastic punks who glorify apathy, and destined to grow musty neckbeards.

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January 3rd, 2012 | By | 3,973 Comments

New at SWELL: the Billabong + Andy Davis Collection An eco-conscious clothing collabration from Andy Davis and Billabong

Andy Davis Intro Animation from Billabong USA on Vimeo.

Southern California artist, surfer and creative mind behind the label “Ando & Friends,” Andy Davis, has teamed up with Billabong to create a clothing collection, certified to help treat severe cases of Shaka Dysfunction and Summer Separation Anxiety. Most-certainly a product of Andy’s lifestyle, whimsical daydreams and countless acai bowls, the collection highlights fun, sunshine and radness- in organic + recycled form. The collection includes some retro-inspired volley shorts, beer gardens and 70′s surf sketches. The fan favorite so far? A supa fly pair of pelican boardies.

Check out the collection: Andy Davis + Billabong Clothing

For more inspiration, photos, sketches and animated shorts, check out the Andy Davis and Billabong Tumblr.