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June 27th, 2011 | By | 2,220 Comments

San Clemente HS Surf Team Claims National Title

The Swell proudly sponsored another year of San Clemente High School Surf Team dominance. We watched our champs complete an undefeated season at Salt Creek Point, after many considered this a “rebuilding year.” They solidified San Clemente as the breeding ground for progressive surfing, and we’re excited to watch this young team mature over the next couple years.
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Press Release:
Top ranked San Clemente High School marched to their eleventh National title in a decisive 111-103 victory over Edison High School. Both San Clemente and Edison came out of the gates with tremendous momentum in the first two rounds jumping to a huge points advantage over the rest of their opponents.

San Clemente led throughout the contest but Edison was still in the game until the semifinals when they lost their remaining Mens team competitors. San Clemente’s Breyden Taylor battled hard with runner-up Blake Davis in the hotly contested High School Men’s final. Taylor sealed it when he detonated on a heat high 7.5 wave score which was enough to edge Davis for the win and take home his first career National title. Taylor has become one of the standout surfers this season clinching his first NSSA conference in the Southwest Explorer Juniors division. He will be one of the leading contenders for a National title when that tier of the 2011 National Championships continues in Huntington Beach June 26-July 3.

Laguna Beach’s Taylor Pitz claimed her first National Championship in the High School Womens. Pitz, who was also a Southwest Conference Champion this season, will eye another title in the prestigious Open Womens category when the Nationals hits southside of the HB Pier next week. Huntington Beach’s Tony Bartovich took the Longboard title.

In the National Junior Varsity competition, Huntington Beach took a close 53-51 decision over Edison. This was HB’s first trip to the winners podium at the National Interscholastic Championships since their Varsity team’s victory in 1998. Edison’s Dylan Aragon took the Junior Varsity Mens title while Huntington Beach’s Paige Ortiz and Taylor McDole claimed victories in Junior Varsity Womens and Longboard respectively.


HIGH SCHOOL TEAM
1. San Clemente 111
2. Edison 103
3. Newport Harbor 90
4. Huntington Beach 64
5. Malibu 57
6. Laguna Beach 55
7. Kamehameha 50
8. Mira Costa 45
9. Jupiter 41
10. Melbourne 38
11. Palos Verdes 17
12. Marina 11

Press release courtesy of Janice Aragon, NSSA

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June 16th, 2011 | By | 1,829 Comments

Design for Humanity 2011 Runway Show Video

As promised…some saucy (okay, and shaky) footage from last night’s Billabong Design for Humanity fashion show.
Surfing Magazine’s “Partial Bikini Coverage” report tells us that Mandy and the rest of the Billabong design team foraged the thrift stores and Grandma’s closet to complete the crochet-fringed and deconstructed leather looks. Highlights (says us), included some snakeskin skimpies, a fringed sleeve one-piece, and sequined shrug ensemble. What’s your favorite look from the clip?

Cheers to the team at Billabong for another superb showing!

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June 16th, 2011 | By | 3,294 Comments

5th Annual Billabong Design for Humanity Runway Show

A Video and Photo Re-Cap of Billabong’s Design for Humanity 2011…
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Paramount Studios, Hollywood CA- Once again, the event known for both giving, and exposing, back, didn’t miss a bikini-clad beat. For the 5th year, Billabong’s Design for Humanity 2011 delivered an eclectic mix of head-turning bikinis, original artwork, and folk-tastico tunes from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros that, somehow, tied the proverbial dreamcatcher feathers together. Contrasting the an abundance of beer foam-dipped staches and gratuitous man tanks was the ever-popular swim runway show- a sneak peak into Billabong designers’ imaginations, as well as a taste of what’s to come next year in swim. This years show was a full on walk-off of fringe and sequins, topped-off with crochet and sueded trims.

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Once the runaway show ended, jaws were picked up off the floor, and dancing shoes distributed, the tunes started flowing. The line-up included blues/soul/garage rock from Hanni El Khatib, avant-pop from The Hundred In The Hands, gritty, psychedelic rock & roll from B.L.O.R.R., and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros brought it all home.

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To top the tomfoolery, every ticket, bikini and beer (don’t worry- we drank/donated one for you) went to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation- non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools. We’ll cheers to that!

More photos after the jump…. (more…)

June 8th, 2011 | By | 4,375 Comments

Billabong & Hurley to Host The Australian Open of Surfing 2012

In a “world first” collaboration between Billabong and Hurley, the two action sports giants announced they’ve partnered up to bring an ASP championship surfing event to Manly Beach, Australia. As an extension of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (the world’s largest action sports festival), organizers expect to attract over 125,000 people to come witness the world’s best in surfing, skate, music, fashion and art.

Manly Beach was the site of the first World Surfing Championships in 1964, the same year that surfwax was invented. The region of New South Wales hopes to generate $6 million dollars for their economy and re-establish Manly Beach as a world class surfing mecca.

US Open of Surfing in HB (top) Site of AUS Open of Surfing Manly Beach (Bottom)

US Open of Surfing in HB (top) Site of AUS Open of Surfing Manly Beach (Bottom)

Local surf icons like Occy, Rabbit, and Fanning were very outspoken in support of event during today’s ASP press conference.

The partnership between competing brands came to the surprise of many, but the Billabong’s expansive retail chains have long supported the Hurley brand. Both companies have long supported the evolution of the sport or surfing. Billabong will move their World Junior Title from Narabeen to Manly, combining the exploding junior scene with the stadium setting of this world class action sports showcase. “The ASP World Junior Championships provides a window into the future of surfing and by wrapping the season-deciding event into the broader Australian Open of Surfing, we now provide the competitors with an incredible opportunity to showcase their talents,” Derek O’Neill, Billabong International CEO.

Derek O'Neill, Mick Fanning & Bob Hurley © ASP / Dunbar

Derek O'Neill, Mick Fanning & Bob Hurley © ASP / Dunbar

The event, set to take place at Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach February 11 – 19, 2012. Surfline describes the Manly Beach area as “The Bondi of the northern beaches – crowded with tourists, filled with the stench of stale fish and chips, crowded bars that get violent after midnight and bursting with retail shopping, including several massive surf emporiums. Manly is the first beach you’ll come to when you cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

“Who’d think it has beachbreaks that get epic and a series of points at the southern end that can hold 12-foot barrels?” -Derek Rielly

AUSTRALIAN OPEN OF SURFING (February 11 – 19, 2010)
- Men’s ASP 6 star – $250,000
- Women’s ASP 6 star – $80,000
- Australian Open Men’s World Juniors – $75,000
- Australian Open Women’s World Junior – $20,000
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