Archive for the ‘SURF’ Category

April 20th, 2012 | By | 5,214 Comments

Surf Camp -Top Schools and Gear Check out the best surf schools, and get geared up to learn from local legends

Regardless of skill level, no grom-hood is complete without a party-wave filled surf camp. Learning your shrediquette from a legendary local instructor is a crucial step towards parent-free beach days and earning your spot in the line-up. So Listen up parents, even if you dont live by the beach, send your kids to a surf camp. They will return with the confidence and strength that no other recreation provides.

Billabong camps are famous for featuring local pros and epic surf ambassadors to teach the next generation of surfers how to do it in style. Here’s two Bong camps that have been spreading stoke to thousands of aspiring surfers.

WEST COAST

Voted as Orange County’s Best Surf Coach (OC Weekly 2011) Stephen “Slidawg” Chew guarantees to get your grommet up on some Hakama peelers. For 20 years the camp has been perched in the epicenter of Laguna’s surf community at Thalia Street where campers have their pick of Reef rights, sandy lefts and shore-break mini-tubes.

Slidawg teaches kids a double dose of style and ability in the water, and the classic vernacular only heard in Laguna Beach.

1) The camp starts at 9am with some serious instruction about ocean safety from the certified surf instructors.
2) Next the trainees learn the rules of the reef, proper paddling, duck diving and getting to your feet.
3) Softboards and suits are provided, but bringing yours is a good opportunity to get more familiar with your sled.
4) The fun doesn’t stop at the sand, they get daily grinds at a local eatery, and the kids are hooked up with a Billabong backpack filled with swag from the top names in surf. Camp ends at 2pm.
5) Sign up before June 25 and save 20%. (more…)

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April 18th, 2012 | By | 3,447 Comments

Ca Budget Cuts To Raise Fees and Close Beaches Do Not Pass Go Unless You Pay $200 For Your Annual California State Parks Pass

Despite a 3 year period without a rate increase, the California Dept of Parks and Rec is hiking up the annual pass to $195! Line-up tensions at Cardiff and Doheny are about to get dicey with the price per wave costing around a buck for the average weekend warrior.

In order to break even with the daily rate you’d need 15 park visits, but most San Onfre surfers get their cost per visit under a dollar, and display their pass like a badge of honor. Aside from the exact monetary return on your investment visit your state parks, we’re giving you core-score points for supporting our parks in these tough times.

Here our top-10 reasons to pick up your pass before the May 1st deadline.

1) Keep beach facilities open at places like Morro Bay and Moss Landing
2) Avoiding long lines at most campground check-ins
3) Car security at sketchy beaches (3 SWELL Surfers had break-ins at Trestles)
4) Surf-checks w/o paying at secluded spots like Crystal Cove
5) Free +1 car with overnight campsites
6) Good karma with park rangers looking to “raise revenue” aka write tickets for bonfire parties
7) Loan it out. An easy way to return a $15 favor to a friend or neighbor
8 ) Exploring the best coastline in the world. See the list of parks here
9) No sessions cut short by expired parking meters
10) Unlike fishing licenses, the pass is valid 12 months for purchase date

The 35% increase takes effect May 1st in an effort to supplement the 22 million dollar budget-cut to park services. 70 of the 279 Ca State Parks are scheduled to close July 2012 due to budget cuts. Unfortunately the increase will only generate between 1 and 1.5 million from the 66,000 pass holders, but demand should increase in the days preceding May 1.

See the entire list of parks set to close here here.

April 11th, 2012 | By | 2,736 Comments

Hot 100 – A Free Surf Movie From SURFER

Every May SURFER Magazine ranks the top 100 young surfers in the world in an additional book with the normal mag. It breaks down every facet and flaw of top talents like John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, young Jack Robinson, Carrissa Moore, and tons more future household names. Enjoy the first ever video version if this special feature. And don’t be selfish, share the free flick with your friends

Sounds Track

1. “Blood on the Deck” by Thee Oh Sees
2. “Cloud Nine” by Blackfeet Braves
3. “Slave Exchange” by Lil Daggers
4. “Trippin’ Like I Do” by Blackfeet Braves
5. “DTV” by Natural Child
6. “The Dream” by Thee Oh Sees
7. “Run Me Over” by The Babies
8. “Long Live Dry Feet” by Dry Feet
9. “Aphrodite” by Phèdre
10. “Oh” by Fidlar
11. “Body Cold” by White Fence

April 5th, 2012 | By | 5,148 Comments

The Beater is Back and Ready for Summer!

Beaters are back and better than ever! After being out of stock for nearly 6 months the guys at Catch Surf just unleashed their best boards yet with updated colors, an unbelievable strong new stringer system, and now a new twin fin option. These boards will transform your average day at the beach into an epic tale of radness. Check out the fresh new Beater models here or grab yourself one of their super soft tees here at SWELL.

2012 Catch Surf Beaters

Never heard of a Beater?

The Beater is the ultimate, all-purpose shred stick perfect for groms, geezers and anyone in between. You can surf them, skim them, ride them like a boogie board, or even tow them behind a boat. This is a necessary tool to everyone’s quiver, no matter what your skill level or riding preference!

These custom shaped, foam boards were originally created to beat the dreaded summertime black ball zones in Southern California. When summer would hit and the Southern Hemi would chun out its typical, long period south swells, many surfers were left on the shore frothing and unable to surf some of the area’s best breaks. That’s when the masterminds at Catch Surf put their heads together to produce the world’s most versatile and shred-worthy foam board: The Beater. Now, many south swells and countless sessions later, the Catch Surf crew and team riders have perfected their most durable and high-performance boards yet with the new 2012 models.

2012 Beaters: Best Beaters Yet!

A big update to the 2012 Beaters is the inner maple-ply, dual stringer system. This ingenious design gives the boards an unmatched level of stiffness for greater durability and added performance.

Here Beater madman Johnny Redmond highlights both advantages of the enhanced stringer system in the new 2012 boards.

Twin Fin Model: New to the Lineup

Twin Fin Catch Surf Beater

Now the beater is available in a twin fin option perfect surfers a little less comfortable riding a single fin and wanting a bit more hold than a finless board. With the Twin Fin Model you can draw out your bottom turns and shred your local beachie like never before!

Want to upgrade your board? You can always get your self a couple of Beater Fin Kits and customize the fin set up to your liking.

Make sure to check out the other great Catch Surf Accessories including the Beater board bag, tees, and even Catch Surf’s very own body boards and fins. These boards are on every little gremmies xmas list this year so make sure to grab one before they sell out!

Remember folks, when the black ball’s got you down JUST BEAT IT!