Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

August 13th, 2010 | By | 1,122 Comments

Creative Activism at its Finest–id est, Industry Hobnobbery at its Poorest

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August 11th, 2010 | By | 3,769 Comments

Night Surfing Breakthrough! Come See the Surfboard with Headlights!

So if you don’t already have enough reason to join us at the OC Art of Shaping this Friday and Saturday, then stop by at least to check out Bill Stewart’s latest creation the Night Stalker.

Bill's Night Stalker

The Night Stalker is a revolutionary new concept board specifically designed for night surfing. It has two top mounted 700 lumen headlights to light up your path and two LED embedded side fins to further flaunt your midnight maneuvers.

Also included are two hollow plexi-glass nose panels that allow the surfer to swivel the headlamps down and light up the water beneath…

…although I’m sure many of you OC surfers would opt out for that feature after seeing Chuck Patterson’s recent San-O Shark video..

No need to rely on full moons or pier lights with the Night Stalker

No need for full moons or pier lights with the Night Stalker

The system runs off two rechargeable batteries and could be all yours if you win the silent auction on the 14th!

This board will be on display at the ASR trade show on August 13 and 14 at Billabong’s Art of Shaping display. All the boards on display will be auctioned off on the 14th at 6:30pm. All proceeds from the auction will go to the 2010 SIMA Humanitarian Fund. You can own a nice little piece of surfing history and support a great cause!

Check out Stewart’s shop tees at SWELL!

Read more about the Night Stalker at: www.stewartsurfboards.com

August 4th, 2010 | By | 90 Comments

Congrats Morgan Maassen, 2010 Winner of Larry “Flame”Moore Memorial Grant, Sponsored by SWELL

As the youngest winner ever, 19yr old Morgan Maassen stunned the audience and judges with his radical vision of the surf world. He also took home the “People’s Choice” award from the audience pool full of photog favorites like Rob Machado, Taj Burrow, Kolohe Andino, and Jamie O’Brien.

Picture pioneer Aaron Chang took the stage to introduce the talented finalist whose artistic approaches ranged from progressive surfing specialist Billy Watts of San Diego, to Brooks Institute student Corey Wilson, and Outter Banks warrior Matt Lusk. SWELL happily sponsored the 5K grant to encourage this young talent to raise the bar of surf photography that “Flame” so passionately pursued.

Morgan’s credited his family for making world-travel a priority in his childhood.


Congratulation again to all the finalists.

Check out all the slide shows from the ceremony at: http://followthelightfoundation.org/

or check out Morgan’s website and judge for your self: http://morganmaassen.com/

August 2nd, 2010 | By | 2,372 Comments

2010 International Surf Fest Makes Waves in the South Bay

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Once again, the 49th annual International Surf Festival commandeered the beaches and bars of South L.A. Bay over the weekend. Over 4,000 competitors took to the chilly waters and staked their claims to the be king of the beach. To get the contestants fired up, the U.S Coastguard showed off their critical training and high tech toys with a demonstration where a guard repelled from a helicopter into a boat hitting speeds over 40 knots. The rowers, paddlers, and swimmers had to crash through the Redondo shore-breakers before rallying around buoys anchored throughout the bay.

The crowd went NASCAR crazy every time a set wave would stuff a paddle-boarder into the sand, or send a Surf-Dory careening over the falls. When the spume settled, the local Redondo lifeguard squad took home bragging rights in the relay race, Dockweiler won the shallow water swim event, Zuma won the six-man paddle-board race,and Venice won the Bud Stevenson Intra-crew Medley Relay for the fourth year in a row.

The Saturday night SWELL concert at Kilkenny’s kept the mojo rocking and everyone’s ears ringing with local South Bay rockers Tall Cans and Smart Patrol. Its refreshing to see a show with some smoking hot ladies in a rock band ripping on guitar and vocals. SWELL was stoked to support these home-town bands who have an insane stage presence, and filthy maneuvers in the surf.
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The weekend culminated with the 6-Man Volleyball tournament in Manhattan Beach. The tourney was borderline out of control with hundreds of teams sporting crazy uniforms, choreographed taunting, and hard-core heckles. Again, team SWELL a.k.a “The Barney Killers” drew throngs of thongs, and tested the nerves of their opponents every time our ruthless mascot got on the megaphone. One team took the insults a little too personal, and was disqualified for an un-sportsmanlike reaction to a barney joke. Bronzed Volleyballer Nick Glavas remarked, “Hey, if your not cheating, your not trying at the six-man”.
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Captain Aaron Wachfogel carried the SWELL team to a respectable 3rd place finish. To top things off, the sun came out and the waves turned on for the last day of the Surf Festival. See you next year.

Check out all the pics below