Archive for the ‘SWEEPSTAKES’ Category

November 1st, 2010 | By | 816 Comments

Andy Irons Transmits Dengue Fever, Withdraws from Rip Curl Search

Andy Irons joins his Billabong buddy Parko on the injury reserve after Dengue Fever sent him to the hospital shortly after arriving in Puerto Rico. Andy returned to Hawaii hoping to recover from the illness in time to compete in the Pipemasters on Dec.8.

Many considered the two time Rip Curl Search Champ a favorite to win the comp due to his ability to master new breaks in a couple sessions. We wish Andy a speedy recovery.
Andy blowing out the tail
Puerto Rico declared Dengue Fever an epidemic, with 28 fatalities and 757 confirmed cases this year. As the fastest growing mosquito-born illness in the world, Dangue Fever endangers pasty-skinned surfers traveling in the tropics. Dengue is an incurable virus, meaning you could have malaria-like flare ups throughout your life. Avoid this vacation killer with insect repellent, mosquito nets, long-sleeve shirts, and pants.

Luckily these mosquitoes don’t hang around beaches, so the boys at Middles can eat their Mofungo with ease.

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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 | 2,323 Comments

2010 International Surf Fest Makes Waves in the South Bay

International Surf Festival

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”.
Barney Killers... Killing it
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

July 29th, 2010 | By | 1,408 Comments

I’m On a Boat. Yes, a Real One.

I’m on a boat…
Enter to win a $50,000 Team Billabong Super Air Nautique Boat, or $10,000 in cashola!

1st Place:
The 2008 Super Air Nautique Billabong Team Edition Boat

Three 2nd Place Winners:
A Sony Vaio mini PC

3rd Place:
$500 in Billabong Gear

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