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August 2nd, 2010 | By | 2,400 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.

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August 2nd, 2010 | By | 2,334 Comments

Last Chance to Register…5th Annual Follow the Light Awards in HB

Last Chance! Registration ends TODAY…

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Join us for the 5th Annual Follow the Light Foundation Flame Photography Awards at the Shorebreak Hotel on Tuesday August 3rd in Huntington Beach. This year will include a “People’s Choice” Award and live raffle. Prizes include: Channel Islands board signed by Kelly, $500.00 gift certificate from )(urley, $500.00 in gift cards from SWELL, Oakley sunglasses and an Oakley Holeshot watch valued at $550.00.

Awards are free to the public, but go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Follow-the-Light-Foundation-Flame-Grant/128942323802095?ref=ts#!/event.php?eid=119788258066111&index=1 to pre-register

or http://bit.ly/9Ixymi for $20 VIP tix.

July 30th, 2010 | By | 1,009 Comments

TALL CANS REMINDER!!!

Don’t forget to come out to the TALL CANS concert in Redondo on Saturday at Kilkenny’s!

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Kilkenny’s Irish Pub
100 Fishermans Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277-3621
(310) 303-3880

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July 30th, 2010 | By | 2,223 Comments

Idiosyncrasies hits Laguna town

Thanks to all who showed up at the Idiosyncrasies premiere in Laguna last night. Some lucky hoodlums ended up with a random assortment of SWELL schwag ranging from $100 gift cards and backpacks to shirts, hats and whatever else the SWELL crew could throw at the crowd. Besides all the gear given away on the spot, those who signed up at the SWELL booth were also entered to win the $50K Billabong Team boat sweepstakes. So if you missed this showing, make sure to show up at the next venue to sign up and claim your prizes!
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Sign-ups View from Below ; Possible Winners of the 50K boat
Judging from the hoots and whistles coming from the crowd, the movie was a hit as well and the sound of cheers and coldies cracking was a many throughout the film. The after party was equally enjoyable; wine was flowing and Christian Beamish’s film-featured hand-crafted sailing vessel was parked out front on PCH. It was a great night out on the town and we here at SWELL are definitely looking forward to the next showing. Next Stop on the film tour will be Encinitas at La Paloma theater, a venue that always delivers a fun and memorable experience. Stay tuned for more detailed information & updates about future showings where we will hook you all up with some more gear and giveaways!
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Crowd’s gather around Christian Beamish in front of the Laguna Surf Gallery as he Hoists the main sail of the Cormorant which was featured in the film

Read more about Patrick Trefz’s movie here:
http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/idiosyncrasies–santa-cruz-filmmaker-photographer-patrick-trefz-on-his-newest-surf-flick_45649/

or follow Patzok’s blog at:
http://patricktrefz.tumblr.com/

or… check out SWELL’s earlier post at http://blog.swell.com/events/idiosyncrasies-surf-movie-premiere-sponsored-by-swell-in-laguna-beach/