Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

September 6th, 2011 | By | 2,798 Comments

Kelly Slater Continues to Win on his Quad Fin -Advances at Quik Pro New York

The Quiksliver Pro New York kicked off this morning, and the first question the announcers asked was “What fin set-up is Kelly using?” For the third straight event he screwed in his signature FCS K2.1 quad fins, and easily advanced through his round 1 heat. He sent fellow Quik rider and local wild-card Balaram Stack into the losers round. For more contest updates, visit quiksilverpro.com

Critics thought Slater’s fins were too big for the gutless 2-4ft waves, but Kelly anticipates significant swell to move in via Hurricane Katia, and he looks ready to destroy any wave/anyone with his current fin configuration. He forecasts “We’ll find some peaky barrels and we’ll see what happens. I know that Hurricane swell is out there.” Not one to over-hype conditions, we look forward to seeing what Kelly and Katia bring in the coming rounds at the Quiksilver Pro New York.

Kelly Slater Wins Massive Teahupoo

The quad fin set-up has gradually gained popularity in the past few years, and Kelly is taking it to new levels this year as he four-fins his way to winning three straight events in 2ft-TOH surf.

At the Billabong Pro Tahiti Kelly Slater proved once again that he’s the best surfer on the planet. In what many described as the heaviest and most terrifying World Tour Event to date, Slater defeated Aussie surfer Owen Wright at the 2011 Billabong Pro at Teahupoo. On a board much smaller than his competitors’ and ridinghis signature K2.1 quad fin set-up, Slater weaved through slabby, 6-12ft barrels to claim his 2nd World tour Victory this year.

FCS K2.1 Quad Fins

Of his fin choice the 10x World Tour Champ said, “I rode my K2.1 Quad set-up for the entire event, it felt really fast and comfortable in the tube. The quad set-up seems to provide a little more security especially in the barrel, it also gives you more control when you’re riding a shorter board.”

Kelly Slater US Open Photo: Jeff Gross - Getty Images North America

Not only did this choice of equipment propel him at the infamous reef pass, but it also helped him win at the sloppy 2-4ft beach break surf at the US Open of Surfing as well. There, with the same K2.1 set-up, Kelly both won the event and pulled off one of the craziest maneuvers in the competition’s history by landing a no grab, backside 360 during a heat (This was against yet another hyper-progressive Lost Atlas surfer, Dusty Payne).

These wins have put Slater at the top of the World title ratings and it seems like only a matter of time before we start seeing the KE-11-Y flags being raised. In an interview in Tahiti he remarked “Since there’s no other multi-contest winners at this point in the year, it’d be almost impossible to catch up if I had three wins after New York.”

Kelly’s signature FCS K2.1 fins are available at SWELL in a variety of set-ups, including Quad, Thruster, and Tri-Quad

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Get official Quiksilver Pro New York apparel here.
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September 1st, 2011 | By | 1,437 Comments

Swell Presents: OC Brew Ha Ha -SoCal’s Best Beer Festival

Join Swell as we raise money for fire-fighters while throwin back the finest micro-brewskies in the world. The second annual Brew Ha Ha commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and aids The Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund.

The festival kicks off with seminars from the gnarliest beer wizards in the business, breaking down the magic behind the hops and hooking up the dankest food pairings. Speaking of food, OC’s best food trucks are rolling in some rare treats for the foodie in all of us.

Did we mention 150 beers will be flowing? Yes, so smile at those pourers and you may get a couple extra courtesy ounces. Enjoy California’s top 80′s band The Creepers, and OC’s own Dub Rock sensation Seedless.
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Swell and partnering sponsors are trying to beat last year’s mark of $5,000 in donations we raised auctioning surfboards, mopeds and other primo prizes, so don’t miss the funnest fundraiser of the summer.

Not enough? then use discount code “swell” here to save on general admission and VIP tix while they last. Buy tickets here http://ocbrewfest.com/

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DATE: Saturday, 9/10/2011
TIME: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
DISCOUNT CODE: swell
All tickets include:

Commemorative Festival Glass
Ten 4 oz Tastes (Additional tastes may be purchased)
Free Parking
Free Water and Soda
Beer Appreciation Seminars by Renowned Experts

August 12th, 2011 | By | 2,228 Comments

Swell at the 2011 Watermans Classic Golf Tourney

Billabong Crew w/ SWELL girls

Billabong Crew w/ SWELL girls

Hole #16 was where it was at. This was our sponsored hole for the day. We posted up with a Mexican motif, including a taco cart with all of the tastiest tacos you could eat, along with an array of Mexican decoration and 2 lovely ladies pouring the players shots of tequila

Every player that got to our hole absolutely digged our taco scene. In fact people even came back to hit up the taco cart for “seconds” and “thirds.”

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August 4th, 2011 | By | 4,508 Comments

Taj Launches Airs and His Signature Collection at the 2011 US Open of Surfing

Taj Collection Debut Party

The always classy, subtly casual Taj Collection is back! After dominating his first couple of heats at the US Open of Surfing, Taj Burrow celebrated the night with a launch party for his newest collection at RA sushi in Huntington Beach. The swanky, yet laid back restaurant seemed appropriate for a line which Taj claims, “You can wear it to the beach, but then it still has enough steeze to work in a bar.”

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SWELL will be one of the first to carry the Taj Burrow Collection, so make sure to check back (some of it is already up) and be the first to get your hands on the gear that’s fresher than a thick slice of sashimi!

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Click here for more pics from the event

In the meantime, we’ll def be rooting for Mr. Burrow in his upcoming rounds in US Open of surfing!