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July 28th, 2010 | By | 2,356 Comments

L.A. Bay Surf-Fest 2010, July 30 – August 01. Be part of the “Team SWELL” Meyhem.

Hands down the biggest weekend of the year in the South Bay, The International Surf Festival takes over the sand from Manhattan, to Hermosa to Redondo Beach! This 3 Day all sport, all welcome, all time event makes the U.S. Open of Surfing look like Kiddie Surf Camp. surffest

The Beach Sport blow out kicks off with the Inter-Squad Lifeguard Championships, where L.A’s best push the limits of lifesaving competition. Exciting displays of tactical maneuvers by the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter & L.A. County Lifeguard wow the audience of over 100,000. Try not to stare when these chiseled water-men grind out a 3 mile biathlon medley relay, paddle from pier to pier, and surf dory boats into the shore-break. A peaky chest high NZ swell is on tap for the weekend, so conditions should escalate the surf contest and the other aquatic competitions.

SWELL will be there for the “6 Man” Volleyball tournament to support our friends on team “El Geeter’s Barney Killers”. These guys ignore the ultra agro v-ball vibe. Instead, they dress in sizzling hot neons, joke around like the stooges, and let that mojo carry them to victory against hundreds of high strung ballers. Track down the court-side SWELL reps in the red white and blue hats and dig into their grab bag of free gear.

L to R: Barney Killer Rising Above the Competition, Tall Cans' Davis Charges

L to R: Barney Killer Rising Above the Competition; Tall Cans' Guitarist Davis P. Charges

After the sun, come join the fun with South Bay’s own, SWELL sponsored band Tall Cans rocking Redondo at Kilkenny’s Irish Pub on the Redondo Pier. These South Bay punks get crowds on their feet, and receive national press for their on-stage antics. Did we mention that the Tall Cans boys are hell-men when it comes to charging heavy surf? Come to the party and look for the SWELL girls who will be stoking everyone out with more rad swag.tallcans

Don’t miss out on the South Bay Surf Fest this year because there’s something for everyone, and SWELL is coming to make sure you stay stoked.

Here’s How Surf Fest Breaks Down
Friday, July 30

* 7:00 p.m. LA County Lifeguard Championships — Manhattan Beach Pier, U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter & L.A. County Lifeguard Rescue Demo, 6-Lifeguard Run Relay, Lifeguard Events, Bud Stevenson Intracrew Medley Relay.

Saturday, July 31
* 6:45 a.m. International Bodysurfing Championship — Manhattan Beach Pier.
* 7:00 a.m. Surfing Championships — Hermosa Beach Pier (South Side).
* 8:00 a.m. Sand Soccer Challenge at Torrance Beach.
* 8:00 a.m. Dick Fitzgerald Two-Mile Beach Run — Hermosa Beach Pier.
* 9:00 a.m. Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament — Manhattan Beach Pier 6-Man / 6-Woman.

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* 7:00 p.m. So Calif. Lifeguard Championships Events — Manhattan Beach Pier, U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter & Los Angeles County Lifeguard Demo, Lifeguard Events Junior Lifeguard Taplin / Lifeguard Beach Flags, Judge Taplin Three-Mile Lifeguard Medley Relay.

*8:00 p.m. Tall Cans – Kilkenny’s Redondo Beach Pier

Sunday, August 1

* 7:30 a.m. Velzy-Stevens Pier-to-Pier Paddleboard Championship – Manhattan Beach Pier, South Side.
* 8:00 a.m. Sand Soccer – Torrance Beach Continues.
* 9:00 a.m. Volleyball Tournament — Manhattan Beach Pier. Final rounds of 6-Man / 6-Woman.
* 9:00 a.m. Dwight Crum Pier-To-Pier Swim — Hermosa Pier to Manhattan Pier,
* 9:30 a.m. Lifeguard Dory Race — Hermosa Pier
* 1:00 p.m. South Bay Youth Swims and Paddles — Hermosa Beach Pier

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July 27th, 2010 | By | 3,058 Comments

IDIOSYNCRASIES Surf Movie Premiere Sponsored by SWELL in LAGUNA BEACH

Come support SWELL sponsored film IDIOSYNCRASIES, Thursday July 29 @ the South Coast Cinemas in Laguna Beach.

Get on board this trip-tastic journey to discover what drives underground rippers on the fringe of our sport. Take a break from the hyper-progressive surfing that represents a tiny niche of the whole experience, and lose yourself in stories from legends like Pat and Tom Curren, and locals from surfing strongholds around the globe.

SF’s Aqua Surf Shop reviewed the film and remarked, “Patrick [Creator] focuses on inspiring, creative individuals who bring their own peculiar outlook and energy into their surfing as they do in life. Some shape, sing, create visual art and film, some surfed at the highest competitive levels- and every single one rips with style!”

Look for the SWELL table in front of the theater on PCH and sign up to win a 50K custom Billabong ski boat, and many other prizes that we will give away at the premiere.

check out the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/v/85UZBhBa6GA

See you Thursday.

Warning* Kelly Slater is NOT in This Film

Warning* Kelly Slater is NOT in This Film

July 23rd, 2010 | By | 4,617 Comments

Billabong presents OC Art of Shaping at ASR San Diego

Billabong Art of Shaping Orange County Edition

Clear your schedule for the 13th -14th of August and head down to ASR San Diego for the Third annual Billabong OC Art of Shaping Event. Twenty-two Local Orange County Shapers will showcase a trademark board that best represent his style and contribution to the sport of surfing. Each board will be displayed for guests with a complete bio, photos and more. Later in the evening the boards will be auctioned off to benefit the SIMA humanitarian fund and bragging right among the shapers. The Live auction will begin at 7:00pm sharp so make sure you get there early to check out an impressive collection of classic boards.

The finalized list of invitees includes: Robert August, Matt Biolos, Steve Boehne, Bob “The Greek” Bolen, Lance Collins, Richard Harbour, Roger Hinds, Bob Hurley, Bruce Jones, Jeff “Doc” Lausch, Terry Martin, Mickey Munoz, Timmy Patterson, Ed Sakal, Peter Schroff, Terry Senate, Cole Simler, Tim Stamps, Bill Stewart, Shawn Stussy, Jeff Timpone and Barry Vandermeulen.

read more at :
billabong.com/artofshaping

Hope to see you all there!

July 2nd, 2010 | By | 2,849 Comments

Follow The Light Foundation Announces This Year’s Finalists!

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FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION CHOOSES THE FIVE FINALISTS FOR ITS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD GRANT
Winner to be announced at the Shorebreak Hotel during the US Open of Surfing in August

SAN CLEMENTE, CA — July 2, 2010 — Follow The Light Foundation (FTFL), a non-profit that continues to fuel the dreams of the world’s most talented young surf photographers, announced its 2010 finalists today after an evening of review and deliberation. This year’s installment of young visionaries include: Ryan Tadao Foley from Hawaii, Matt Lusk from North Carolina, Morgan Maassen from Santa Barbara, Billy Watts from San Diego and Corey Wilson from Santa Barbara. The winner of the $5,000 grant will be announced during the US Open of Surfing at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach on August 3. “We’re very excited about the talent level of this year’s finalists,” said legendary photographer and judge Aaron Chang. “And to celebrate their skills around this year’s US Open will make it even more special.”

The FTLF was founded after iconic photographer Larry “Flame” Moore’s passing to ensure that up-and-coming surf photographers continue to get the recognition and support they deserve. Flame — legendary Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for more than three decades — made it a priority to teach and inspire anyone with a passion for photography. This grant helps keep that legacy alive. Details can be found on the FTLF website. (folllowthelightfoundation.org)

Now in its fifth year, the FTLF awards ceremony is part of the world’s largest action sports festival. The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach will reach all kinds of people, but there is no better place to showcase the best rising talent in the surf photography world. In years past, FTLF grant winners like Todd Glaser, Chris Burkard and Ray Collins have continued to change the game in what is possible in surf imagery. “The Follow the Light Foundation was a huge boost to my career,” says SURFER staff photographer Todd Glaser. “It not only was a dream come true, but it helped give me the confidence to keep following my vision. I couldn’t be more honored to be part of it all.”

Come August 3, a new artist will get his due recognition. The reception begins at 7:00PM, The Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, www.shorebreakhotel.com. A limited amount of VIP tickets can be pre-purchased for $20 each at www.followthelightfoundation.org. The first 200 general admission registrants are free of charge. Please register on a first-come basis for this event on Facebook at our Follow the Light Foundation “Flame Grant” page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Follow-the-Light-Foundation-Flame-Grant/128942323802095?ref=ts

The Follow The Light Foundation is proudly supported by Hurley, Swell.com, Surfing, Surfline and Oakley.

ABOUT FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION:
On October 10, 2005, the surfing community lost one of its most influential figures, Larry “Flame” Moore. After a three-year battle with brain cancer, “Flame,” the Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for 30 years, passed. He left behind a legacy of brilliant photography and an army of photographers trained by him. Through his work at SURFING, Larry literally shaped the “look” of three decades of surfing. Today, honoring Larry’s request, we have established Follow the Light Foundation (FTFL), an organization that will help finance the dreams of surf photographers, pushing the sport and its lensmen forward. For more information on FTFL, go to www.followthelightfoundation.org.