Archive for the ‘OUTREACH’ Category

May 15th, 2013 | By | 106 Comments

Sterling Spencer Loves Recycling

Sterling Spencer aka Centaur, aka Sad Clown, aka Chancho, aka Hipster in training, has added “mad scientist” to his resume. He’s taking single use plastics out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and into radical new Billabong Recycler Series Boardshorts.

About Sterling:

Years Surfing? 17.
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Favorite Spot? Cola Point.
What kind of car do you drive? A van.
Favorite Food? Curry.
Who or what inspires you? Good humans, humans that do good, goodness of humans, the human goodness.
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What’s your idea of perfect happiness? Jumping off a diving board into a pool of money like in Duck Tales.
What person do you most admire? My father.
What’s your greatest extravagance? I’m too cheap.
What word or phrase do you most overuse? Hey…you know de rules.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I birthed a baby once.
If you could, what or who would you come back as in your next life? A Billabong recycled boardshort.

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May 6th, 2013 | By | 2,322 Comments

Interview: Justin LePera of “Isolated”

We caught up with Film Maker Justin LaPera at the Newport Beach Film Festival to get the low-down on his surf discoveries in Papau New Guinea, and the unexpected journey they encountered while filming “Isolated” Exective Producer, Ryan Phillippe.
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What physical and other strategic preparations did you make before embarking on a surf trip into the unknown?
JLP: For physical preparation we all train in our own ways. The guys surfing, they surf and do whatever they normally do to stay in top physical shape. For my film crew, I put them on a workout plan. We don’t have a big crew at all. Just 4 of us at most so we have to carry all of our film gear ourselves. Because there are no power sources, this means we have a lot of extra stuff like batteries, tapes, drives, as well as, all the cameras and our own personal packs. This means we have to be in great shape since we don’t know exactly how we will travel which means we could be trekking for days through the jungle. We had no idea what to expect. For their workout plan they need to do a ton of cardio and swimming along with weights to build up physical strength.

What stood out on the google charts about papau new guinea
JLP: The area we traveled was West Papua which is located on the Western half of the island of New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is on the Eastern half. West Papua is apart of the country of Indonesia whereas, Papua New Guinea is an independent nation. A lot of the waves in Papua New Guinea have been mapped out. Because West Papua is a journalist dead zone with a lot of conflict between the native Papuans and the Indonesian military, there aren’t any waves that have been mapped out on West Papua. It is one of the last frontiers in surfing which is what made us want to explore the region.

When looking at google charts, we can only really see what the coastline looks like from satellite images. So what we look at is swell direction in that region and how it hits the coastline. We look for a lot of points and river outlets. Because the coastline is lined with steep cliffs, we try to spot reefs and beaches that line up perfect with the swell direction. It is really hard to tell what your seeing so you have to go with your instinct and hope your seeing something that is promising and hope that a swell hits with the right direction to the coastline while your there.

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May 1st, 2013 | By | 138 Comments

Maaji 2013 Collection + WIN IT!

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Made in Colombia, with love…as well as fun prints, top shelf quality and plenty on Summer inspiration. Made for surf, sand and anything else under the sun, the Maaji Swim 2013 collection brings a new wave of signature, mixed print bikinis. Named “Seaside Reverie Collection,” the whimsical ‘kinis are both playful and playable (ie – the thick fabric stays in place whilst frolicking in the waves). And as if the prints weren’t enough, each piece is reversible, so you have double the style options.

And quite possibly the BEST added bonus:
In an effort to protect your style AND the oceans, Maaji plants a tree for each suit sold. Planting a tree helps to prevent erosion, decreasing the amount of sediment that ends up in our oceans, lakes and rivers. An added bonus: each suit comes with a unique code that can be used to see where your tree was planted! To date, over 50,000 trees have been planted!

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April 22nd, 2013 | By | 1,689 Comments

WeWood Watches -150K Trees and Planting


In honor of Earth Day, SWELL salutes a brand making the world a better place. WeWood’s “Global ReLeaf Campaign” fights deforestation by planting a tree for every one of their wood watches sold. They have proudly planted over 150K trees, and the growing popularity of the lightweight wood watches is bound to “reLeaf” many more forests.

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Going green has never been so easy or fashionable, so check out these earthy WeWood time pieces at SWELL

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