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May 6th, 2013 | By | 839 Comments

Billabong XXL (Style) Awards Top Styles from the Awards Show Festivities

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The 2013 Billabong XXL Awards served up plenty of waves, and a more than a few babes rockin some killer style. Of course, the two come hand in hand when the event hosts some of the worlds top surfers (check out the line-up of nominees and winners here). Looking for more photos of the show and winners, check out the recap blog HERE.

But for those who are equally enthused by an open back mini as an open bar, read on for the first edition of the XXL Style Awards… (more…)

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May 6th, 2013 | By | 3,015 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 4th, 2013 | By | 95 Comments

Billabong XXL Awards 2013

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2013 Billabong XXL Global Surf Awards
XXL Ride Of The Year: Shane Dorian (Jaws)
Pacifico Paddle Champion: Shawn Dollar (Cortes Banks)
Biggest Wave Champion: Shawn Dollar (Cortes Banks)
Pacifico Tube Champion: Shane Dorian (Jaws)
Men’s Overall Performance: Greg Long
Women’s Overall Performance: Keala Kennelly
Wipeout Champion: Chris Shanahan (The Right in WA)

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May 3rd, 2013 | By |

“Anything Sing” Newport Film Fest Premier

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The latest What Youth surf flick by Kai Neville just wrapped up the West Coast premier tour, and the boys were primed to share their worldy wave discoveries. The Film featured all the team riders from REEF, get your hands on the gear from their trip at SWELL

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Hurley’s Jp Olson with Connor Coffin

IMG_3847Nick Rozsa’s Morrocco Section was mental. Keep an eye out for him on SWELL this summer

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(L to R) Paul Fisher, Beau Foster, Travis Ferre, Luke Davis, Connor Coffin, Shane Dorian.