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November 16th, 2012 | By | 2,907 Comments

Movember: Mid Month Grow-a-thon

We’ve reached the hairy half-way point this Movember, and the facial fundraising is on par to meet the goal of $80K with our friends at Electric Visual. Join the grow-a-thon by getting involved in our Movember FURstivities.

Share, Vote & Win
Share your Stache on the SWELL Movember Facebook page, and we’ll donate $1 on your behalf to fight prostate cancer. No mo? No problem. Funny faux-mo’s are welcome. MO-Photos with the MOst likes win SWELL prizes, so tell your friends and see all the staches here


Award worthy MO’s
are eligible for dank prizes from our favorite vendors supporting the Movember campaign to raise funds for Prostate Cancer and Men’s health issues.  Hashtag #SWELLmovember and we’ll donate a dollar on honor of your stache. Thanks electric and AMBSN!

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November 6th, 2012 | By | 1,532 Comments

Restore The Shore: Ergo Hurricane Relief

Our friends at Ergo have deep roots in the East Coast Surf Scene, and they’ve mobilized to assist those uprooted in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. After watching their beloved coastal communities get consumed by the sea, a massive effort to Restore the Shore is currently underway.

“There was ten-foot bombs in Mantoloking spitting after the storm. It couldn’t even put a smile on my face. I was just like ‘F**k you!’ to the ocean.” Says Sam Hammer (via Surfline) When dozens of century old landmark piers and boardwalks were destroyed, so was the 38 billion dollar tourism industry in the beach communities that hosted the Quiksilver Pro New York just last year.

With people still stranded in without essential resources to survive, surf companies like Ergo, Hurley and Billabong are scrambling to deliver much needed supplies before the next storm hits the suffering residents.

Ergo has commissioned a special edition Restore the Shore apparel collection with 100% of the profits supporting hurricane relief.

Billabong arrived with truck loads of winter gear for the thousands of survivors forced from their homes, as they brace for a cold Nor Easter weather system.

Hurley and Jon Rose arrived with their Waves for Water support which provides Do-it-Yourself water filtration systems.

October 12th, 2012 | By | 5,608 Comments

#StokesMe -Surfers Helping Humans

You can only catch so many waves until the surf gods decide you need to share with others, and there no better way to share the feeling than stoking out humans in need of special care. It’s been medically proven that surfing is a therapeutic  activity unlike any other, improving metal and physical condition of those with Autism, Cystic Fibrosis and more. #StokeMe raises funds and awareness to 10 causes that surfers can easily support.  It is the SIMA cause formally known as the Humanitarian Fund.

Champions of the causes include Kala Alexander, Nick Hernandez of Common Sense, surf companies like Billabong, Surfline, Ocean Minded, Volcom and Nixon. The goal is to raise $250,000 for the 10 beneficiaries (below), and to raise awareness through the power of social media with #StokesMe on Twiiter, Instagram and Facebook. Hashtag #StokesMe to spread the good vibes and share what psyches you up like surfing, skiing or just smiling.  Join the SWELL team with a any size donation, and put a smile on someone who needs it.

The #StokesMe campaign benefits 10 different charities that any human can relate to.  Lean more  about the causes, and help reach the goals to provide the needed assistance on the SWELL fundraising page. Can’t afford it? Share your stoke with friends to get the good word out with #stokesme on your social media. See what’s trending on the #stokesme twitter thread.

Support in style. Your donations get you rad swag that everyone in the surf industry knows and respects.

What Stokes You?

$10 or more: Stokes Me Sticker
$40 or more: Stokes Me Hat & Sticker
$75 or more: Stokes Me T-shirt, Hat & Sticker


Check out the unqiue care that each of the ten beneficiaries provides:

Waves for Water Waves for Water’s mission is to provide clean drinking water for everyone who needs it. Led by Hurley, traveling surfers provide locals water filters and educate them about sourcing clean water.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Best Day Foundation Best Day Foundation helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports,

Surfers Healing Surfer’s Healing provides the unique and therapeutic experience of surfing to children facing autism at no charge to the families. The foundation has increased autism awareness from their great events and media attention.

SurfAid SurfAid International’s mission is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.


Keep A Breast The Keep A Breast mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.

Life Rolls On Life Rolls On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports to demonstrate the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

Stoked Mentoring Stoked Mentoring’s mission is to promote personal development, academic achievement and healthy living to under-served youth through action sports culture.

Outdoor Outreach Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego-based organization with a mission to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming.

Jimmy Miller Foundation The JMMF provides free Ocean Therapy to the United States Marine Corps. Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, as well as the Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from several care and shelter facilities for abused and foster children.

October 11th, 2012 | By | 3,095 Comments

Raptoberfest -Rise Against Plastic With Surfrider

October is “Rise Above Plastics” Month, or Raptoberfest: a month long  campaign to identify the harms of plastics and implement solutions to this global pollutant.  Every year the Surfrider Foundation mobilizes their team of passionate watermen to create rad ideas to help you reduce your plastic footprint.

Surfers see the harms of plastics firsthand, with one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals washing up dead from ingestion or entanglement in plastics each year. This prompted surf companies like Billabong, Hurley and Element to manufacture surfwear with upcycling, by building spent plastics into products of greater quality than before. So while most beach lovers try to Rise Against Plastics every month, the surf industry dedicates October to make this a mainstream ideology.

The Annual Surfrider Event has been instrumental in achieving:

-Banning the Bag in many Ca cities, Portland and internationally
-Impactful research about the Pacific Garbage Patch
-Innovative reducing & recycling solutions.

 One Foot at a Time Plastic Clean-up Contest

This creative clean-up activity brings together volunteers from across the country to turn the plastic beach trash into symbolic art pieces. One square foot at a time, beach-goers make cleaner oceans, unique mosaic sculptures, and win Rusty Surf prizes for: Most Creative, Best Use of Materials, Most Trash Collected, Best Photo, Best Overall.

Stocked with Eco-conscious gear, The Surfrider Store is your one stop shop for organic tees and rad gift ideas for that surfer on your gifting list.