Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

April 11th, 2013 | By | 2,146 Comments

Sand and Serif Festival Style for Guys

Sand & Serif is a blog comprised of coastal dwelling dudes with a knack for curating kits for any occasion. Here’s what they chose for festival bound fellas looking to sport a solid look.


1. Topo Ranch Tide Tank -Cool colorways and simple shapes make this a mellow top for an epic sun-day

2. Lightning Bold Pelican Boardshorts -Lightning bolt, your pure source of stoke and style. Its all 20 inches and shorter at these shows.

3. Brixton Oath III Hat -Nothing says indie like Brixton. Stay shady with guys who know music

4. Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses -Flare meets fashion. Spice it up with dash of flouro

5. Reef Coastal Cruiser Shoe -Few people actually wear sandals to big festivals, you’ll understand when you lose a slippa in the pit at the Descendents show

Thank you Sand & Serif for picking the freshest threads for the party. See the whole festival style collection here.


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March 27th, 2013 | By | 4,126 Comments

2013 Follow the Light Foundation Awards Call For Entry Calling All Amateur Surf Photogs: Application For The $5K Grant Ends April 19th

San Clemente, CA: The surfing world’s most prestigious photographic award is open for entries!

Follow The Light Foundation has made a call for submissions from the world’s top young surf image-makers, who will have a chance to put themselves in the running for the top Foundation Grant of $5000.

FTLF has announced four further runner-up grants of $1000 each.

The Grant and associated awards, including the popular People’s Choice Award, will be presented in July around the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, CA (date and location to be announced).

Presented in honor of pioneering surf photography legend Larry “Flame” Moore, the Foundation’s award and associated Grant is in its eighth year.

It continues Larry’s lifelong commitment to encouraging the art and skill of surf photography. As a lensman himself, Larry pioneered numerous surf-image techniques both in and out of the water. As Surfing Magazine’s photo editor, for over 30 years he nurtured the best and brightest in the game, while always having a word of advice for the hopeful kid whose first submission crossed his desk.

Recipients of the FTLF Grant have included young champions of the surf photo world such as inaugural winner Chris Burkard and subsequent winners Matt Clark,Todd Glasser, Morgan Maassen, Ray Collins, Duncan Macfarlane and 2012’s award winner, Shawn Parkin.

2012 Winning Slideshow: Shawn Parkin

Check out SWELL’s “Follow The Light Foundation” Catalog Feature Here

FTLF judge and masterful photographer Aaron Chang says it isn’t getting any easier to pick the winners. “Over the years the judging has been increasingly more challenging, because the photographers are beginning to understand that in addition to great photography, the judges are looking for the feeling created by the overall presentation.”

Aaron thinks that along with the extraordinary exposure to key surf industry people involved in an FTLF entry, young photographers gain an extra benefit: community. “Just being able to sit and watch what your peers are presenting provides aspiring photographers with a fresh set of goals and inspiration that is very difficult to access otherwise.”

Photographers who wish to submit in pursuit of the Grant should first spend time familiarizing themselves with the rules and process of entry, which can be viewed here.



March 19th, 2013 | By | 135 Comments

Camp Shred 2013

The first ever Camp Shred is in the books, with 3,000 frothing friends of the Ca State Parks demoing the latest surf technology. Booths from every master shaper in the surf industry took over the campground overlooking Cardiff Reef, and the waves woke up for anyone to take a shred-stick for a test drive. With no shortage of Pacifico or Bull-Taco, the Transworld Surf x SurfRide event raised much needed support for the parks.

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March 15th, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

Tavik Coachella Survival Sweeps

Every festival-goer knows the inherent risks of weekend long music benders in the sun like; lobster burn, hangovers, lost phones, thizzle face, public nudity and beer goggles. One thing you can control is looking sharp while you do your thang, and Tavik has you covered

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Fan Tagged #TAVIK style -Shop the steeze for guys or girls

Tavik is a music driven lifestyle apparel company, and your answer to any festive style conundrum. The Tavik team custom curated a guys and girls festival kit that includes swimwear, sunglasses, jammypack speakers, headwear, iPhone case and more. These guys are the authority on pool parties that parlay into all night ragers, just watch their 2011 highlight reel from Coachella.

Enter to win the Tavik Coachella survival fit here for him or for her. Ends 4/1/13. Earn 5 extra entries for every friend referred.