Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

August 3rd, 2012 | By | 3,269 Comments

Shawn Parkin Wins $5K “Follow The Light” Photo Grant

Shawn Parkin of Dana Point, Ca wins the $5,000 grant at the 7th annual Follow the Light Foundation Awards in memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. Staged at the Shorebreak Hotel in the middle of the US Open of Surfing, every major player in the surf industry convened to see who’d be the hottest new photographer to work with. Attendees included Kolohe Andino, Sal Masakala, Jack Freestone, Matty Wilko, PT, and a special dedication to the family of the late Sean Collins.

His variety of styles showcased his experience with stop-motion, water angles, line-up shots, panoramas, and night flash. Here’s the slideshow that the Orange County local presented during the ceremony, giving fresh perspectives to highly photographed surfspots like Salt Creek, HB Pier, and Trestles.

Overall Winning Slideshow: Shawn Parkin

4:14 -SWELL Employee Max Pender photographed while shaping his hand plane
Shawn is expecting his first child and his work will be featured in the October SWELL catalog.

Sara Lee of Kona, HI captivated the crowd with her focus on human interactions with the water. She has a competitive swimming background and a reputation for getting big-wave water angles when no other photographers would get in the water. She was awarded the SWELL peoples choice award by the attendees, and was received an airline ticket to Pipemasters in Dec… or home for the talented Hawaiian.

SWELL People’s Choice Award Winning Slideshow: Sara Lee

Special thanks to Larry “Flame” Moore’s Sister Celeste, and everyone who showed up to pay tribute to Flame’s legacy. Check out the red carpet photos and the whole amazing event.

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July 23rd, 2012 | By | 146 Comments

Katin Sponsors Team USA Olympic Water Polo

When we say we have the world’s best boardshorts, we mean it. Katin is the sponsor and preferred active-wear of the USA Olympic Water Polo team.  Southern California being a breeding ground polo stars, the Huntington Beach based surf company was proud to support these 14 London-bound American Olympians all born and raised in California beach towns. Most of the boys grew up in the South LA Bay seeing lifeguards and waterman wearing these Katin trunks that have over 60 years for research and development.


(L to R) Team USA led by Tony Azevedo (middle). Chay Lapin, Janson Wigo, Shea Buckner and Andy Stevens train in Katin gear.

The boys have been training with Katin’s new line of performance sport-cut shorts and signature Team USA tops, all available at SWELL. A portion of the proceeds benefit the team in their campaign to bring a gold medal back home. Support team USA by rocking the Olympic themed tees and following our hometown heroes starting Sunday July 29.

Men’s Water Polo TV Schedule (All times adjusted to Pacific Standard Time)
Sunday, July 29: USA vs. Montenegro 2:40PM – 3:40PM (NBC)
Tuesday, July 31: USA vs. Romania 1:30PM – 3:00PM (NBC)
Thursday, August 2: USA vs. Great Britain 12:20PM – 1:20PM (NBC)
Saturday, August 4: USA vs. Serbia 2:45PM – 3:45PM (NBC)
Monday, August 6: USA vs. Hungary 9:30AM – 10:30AM (MSNBC)
Sunday, August 12: Bronze-medal match 6:30AM – 7:45AM (NBC SPORTS NETWORK)
Sunday, August 12: Gold-medal match 9:30AM – 10:45AM (NBC)
For the full event schedule listing, click here.

July 16th, 2012 | By | 986 Comments

Billabong Design for Humanity 2012

The best event of the summer is back and the showcase of music, fashion, charity and celebrities makes this the pinnacle of all parties hosted by Billabong. Be part of the most exclusive gathering in the action sports and fashion industry. Watch the teaser and get your tickets here.

Who: Bands -The Joy Formidable, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon.

Artists -Maya Hayuk, Justin Krietemeyer, Chris Bettig, Lisa Solberg, Deedee Cheriel, Damion Silver, Mark Warren Jacques, Magda Wosinska, Paige Smith, Brooke Reidt, John Antoski, Tyler Warren, Andy Davis and more.

What:
3 Concert stages, Bikini Runway Show, Art Exhibit and Silent Auction, Organic Food Trucks, Urban Gardens, Live Art Installations, T-shirt Screenprinting, Photo Booths, Surf Films, models, Customized Wetsuit Gallery Auction, Surfboard Shaping Room, bars, bars, and more bars

Where:
The Paramount Pictures Studio Lot on the NY Streets Backlot -Set of The Godfather. 5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038

When: July25 2012, Doors Open: 7PM
Silent Art Show Auction: 7PM – 11:30PM
DJ VAN VILLE: 7PM – 8:45PM
DJ CHRIS COTE (VIP STREET): 7PM-9:30PM
IMAGINE DRAGONS: 8:45PM
WALK THE MOON: 9:15PM
FASHION SHOW WITH DJ TINA T: 9:45PM
THE LUMINEERS: 10:15PM
THE JOY FORMIDABLE: 11PM
MIKE RELM DJ SET: 11:45PM til close

Why: To throw the best party of the summer while supporting Billabong’s charitable initiatives. 100% of the ticket sales and auction items directly support the The Cultivate Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthful, and equitable food future, helping to produce food the way it was meant to be eaten, organic and chemically free.

Want to get the most fashionable outfits for your evening out in Hollywood? Visit the SWELL surf shop here

June 20th, 2012 | By | 1,583 Comments

Go Skateboarding Day 2012

On June 21 skateboarders around the globe will celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding. OK, most skateboarders do this every day of their lives, but this is just one more reason to bail your Job, tv, computer and go skateboarding!

Ya, we know it follows International Surfing Day, but why not throw a back-to-back blitzkrieg of boarding right when school gets out. Skaters hit the pavement in over 200 cities worldwide and Cops don’t stand a chance at stopping us.

Here’s footage from last year’s event in San Diego.

Our favorite gathering goes down in Mission Beach, Ca where the Sector Nine boys throw an annual “Poker Run.” Hundreds of Nine-Ballers of all ages race down the boardwalk collecting poker cards from various checkpoints. The best hands of 5-card-stud take home free skates and sweaty wads of cash. If your in the area, come to the South Mission Jetty between 12-2pm. Only the first 100 skaters will get to play, but anyone can join the skate parade.

Check out all the new Sector 9 skates at Swell and Go Skateboarding!