Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

July 6th, 2011 | By | 281 Comments

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay 2011 Webisode #2

After a month or two of WCT inaction, the dream tour wakens from it’s slumber for stop #4 at Jeffery’s Bay, South Africa on July 14th.

J-Bay ranks among the most important stops on the tour, not only because of the culture and high-performance aspects, but because it determines who stays in the world title race, and who is on the bubble of falling off the mid year cut. The early swell outlook shows less than favorable conditions, but you never know what waves can pop up down around the African cape.

Enjoy Billabong webisode #2, and stay tuned on Swell’s Facebook for the give-a-ways we’re planning in honor of this classic event. Any early comp predictions?

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June 28th, 2011 | By | 1,567 Comments

Winner of FTL to be announced at the Shorebreak Hotel during the US Open of Surfing in August

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SAN CLEMENTE, CA — June 22, 2011 — Follow The Light Foundation (FTFL), a non-profit that continues to fuel the dreams of the world’s most talented young surf photographers, announced its 2011 finalists today after an evening of review and deliberation. This year’s installment of young visionaries include: Quincy Dein from Maui, Matt Kurvin from Santa Cruz, Ricky Lesser from Manhattan Beach, Duncan Macfarlane from Australia and Carlos Santana from Anaheim. The winner of the $5,000 grant will be announced during the US Open of Surfing at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach on August 2. “This is the best collection of photos I’ve seen all year,” said longtime SURFING Magazine Photo Editor Peter Taras. “It’s so inspiring to see the act of waveriding through fresh eyes.”
The FTLF was founded after iconic photographer Larry “Flame” Moore’s passing to ensure that up-and-coming surf photographers continue to get the recognition and support they deserve. Flame — legendary Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for more than three decades — made it a priority to teach and inspire anyone with a passion for photography. This grant helps keep that legacy alive. Details can be found on the FTLF website.
Now in its sixth year, the FTLF awards ceremony is part of the world’s largest action sports festival. The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach will reach all kinds of people, but there is no better place to showcase the best rising talent in the surf photography world. In years past, FTLF grant winners like Morgan Maassen, Chris Burkard, Matt Clark, Ray Collins and Todd Glaser have continued to change the game in what is possible in surf imagery. This year, previous winners played a huge role in selecting the 2011 recipient. “This was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do,” says former winner and SURER staff photographer Todd Glaser. “I found this year to be extremely difficult to judge. There were a lot of excellent submissions. At the end of the day, seeing these images made me want to shoot!” Come August 2, a new artist will get his due recognition. There will also be a “People’s Choice” winner, where fans will text to vote for the winner. The reception begins at 7:00PM, The Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, www.shorebreakhotel.com. Event is open to the public and free of charge. Please register on a first-come basis for this event on Facebook at our Follow the Light Foundation “Flame Grant” page.

June 27th, 2011 | By | 2,345 Comments

San Clemente HS Surf Team Claims National Title

The Swell proudly sponsored another year of San Clemente High School Surf Team dominance. We watched our champs complete an undefeated season at Salt Creek Point, after many considered this a “rebuilding year.” They solidified San Clemente as the breeding ground for progressive surfing, and we’re excited to watch this young team mature over the next couple years.
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Press Release:
Top ranked San Clemente High School marched to their eleventh National title in a decisive 111-103 victory over Edison High School. Both San Clemente and Edison came out of the gates with tremendous momentum in the first two rounds jumping to a huge points advantage over the rest of their opponents.

San Clemente led throughout the contest but Edison was still in the game until the semifinals when they lost their remaining Mens team competitors. San Clemente’s Breyden Taylor battled hard with runner-up Blake Davis in the hotly contested High School Men’s final. Taylor sealed it when he detonated on a heat high 7.5 wave score which was enough to edge Davis for the win and take home his first career National title. Taylor has become one of the standout surfers this season clinching his first NSSA conference in the Southwest Explorer Juniors division. He will be one of the leading contenders for a National title when that tier of the 2011 National Championships continues in Huntington Beach June 26-July 3.

Laguna Beach’s Taylor Pitz claimed her first National Championship in the High School Womens. Pitz, who was also a Southwest Conference Champion this season, will eye another title in the prestigious Open Womens category when the Nationals hits southside of the HB Pier next week. Huntington Beach’s Tony Bartovich took the Longboard title.

In the National Junior Varsity competition, Huntington Beach took a close 53-51 decision over Edison. This was HB’s first trip to the winners podium at the National Interscholastic Championships since their Varsity team’s victory in 1998. Edison’s Dylan Aragon took the Junior Varsity Mens title while Huntington Beach’s Paige Ortiz and Taylor McDole claimed victories in Junior Varsity Womens and Longboard respectively.


HIGH SCHOOL TEAM
1. San Clemente 111
2. Edison 103
3. Newport Harbor 90
4. Huntington Beach 64
5. Malibu 57
6. Laguna Beach 55
7. Kamehameha 50
8. Mira Costa 45
9. Jupiter 41
10. Melbourne 38
11. Palos Verdes 17
12. Marina 11

Press release courtesy of Janice Aragon, NSSA

June 16th, 2011 | By | 1,839 Comments

Design for Humanity 2011 Runway Show Video

As promised…some saucy (okay, and shaky) footage from last night’s Billabong Design for Humanity fashion show.
Surfing Magazine’s “Partial Bikini Coverage” report tells us that Mandy and the rest of the Billabong design team foraged the thrift stores and Grandma’s closet to complete the crochet-fringed and deconstructed leather looks. Highlights (says us), included some snakeskin skimpies, a fringed sleeve one-piece, and sequined shrug ensemble. What’s your favorite look from the clip?

Cheers to the team at Billabong for another superb showing!

Click for photos and more from Billabong Design for Humanity