Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

August 16th, 2012 | By | 406 Comments

Waterman’s Weekend Golf Tournament 2012

Surf Industry CEOs, World Champs, and Watermen of the world took to the links at the St. Regis golf course perched over the Salt Creek surf break. The Waterman’s Weekend tournament is infamous for crazy costumes and rowdy high-octance antics. This year was no different when team SWELL rolled out a jello shot ice-luge that gave a new meaning to “handicapping” in golf.

Standout performances came from Team Hurley with Kai Barger’s Olympic size luge shots, Billabong retail wining longest drive, Dane Gudauskas’ hair-piece of team Vans, and the ever present and ever delicious Peligroso tequila crew.

The event was followed by the Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association Waterman’s Ball, where they raised over 6 million dollars for sea protecting initiatives.

The reception awarded legendary achievements in surfing.
Watermen of the Year: Shanne Dorian
Environmentalist of the Year: Jean-Michel Cousteau
Lifetime Achievement Award: Sean Collins

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August 9th, 2012 | By | 3,224 Comments

Outside Lands Palylist + Join In.

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

August 3rd, 2012 | By | 3,315 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.

July 23rd, 2012 | By | 147 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.