Without a doubt, I’m more excited than ever for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour. Why, you might ask? One word: Rookies. This year is sure to see its share of fireworks as the mix of seasoned veterans and fresh faces will be nothing less than spectacular. The tour has added five innovative surfers to the lineup, who all share the distinction of being under 20 years old. The roster includes Sally Fitzgibbons, Bruna Shmidz (who just happens to be the girlfriend of 2007′s men’s rookie of the year and WCT top 10 finisher, Jeremy Flores), Paige Hareb, Alana Blanchard and Coco Ho. They may be young, but they’ve been preparing for this debut for years and are ready to show off their bag of tricks. (more…)Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
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photo: Aaron Chang
On February 28, 2009 world renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang will celebrate the opening of his new gallery in Solana Beach, CA. With over 100 magazine covers in surf, fashion, travel, and more, his own brand, and collaborations with several well-established brands including Sanuk, and Nike, the new gallery is sure to be nothing short of spectacular.
Your Host: Erika Chang
What: The Aaron Chang Gallery Grand Opening
Where: 124 East Cliff St. @ corner of N. Cedros and Cliff
Solana Beach, California 92075
When: February 28th, 2009, 7pm – 9pm
To RSVP and to find out more about Aaron Chang and his new gallery visit:
If you can’t make it to the opening, the gallery will be open Monday through Saturday 11-6
It’s what I’d imagine the room to feel like right before the ultimate cage fight between a bear and tiger. The definitive brodown showdown was exposed last night at the Encinitas premiere of the new Andy/Kelly rivalry film, A Fly in the Champagne. As you’d imagine, the scene was, to put it in one word, intense. Rolling up to La Paloma (which if you haven’t heard, is the best place to watch a surf movie, hands down) you could feel the tension as both the Billabong and Quiksilver buses kept inching closer, squeezing the helpless Transworld SUV parked in between, fighting for prime placement in front of the entrance. Although temporarily occupied with bag of chips and guac and brown-bagged beverages, the crowd quickly turned into a full mob scene when Billabong’s AI took the stage with Cote, Sal Masekela, armfuls of Billabong/Quiksilver surf swag, and Kelly and Andy boards that got kicked down to two golden ticket holders. Unfortunately Number 9, Quiksilver’s K to the Slate, was alleged to be illin’ at home and couldn’t attend. Though I’d like to imagine that world champs don’t suffer from mortal constraints, so lets say he was busy saving a kitten from a tree and leave it at that. After the surge of sandaled kiddies calmed down and returned to their seat, the lights lowered, the cracking of beverages whispered through the rows, and the long-awaited rivalry began.
In true ESPN style, the film began with a 300-esque build up tune that set the tone for the commencement of the ultimate battle between Kelly and Andy. Crushing Backdoor, Pipe, and J-Bay contest footage intensified the rivalry between the two most ascendant surfers of the past decade. Heavy backside 20-footers, impossible drop-ins, close ups of icy eyes, champagne and barrel spraying dramatized the mortal enemies’ passionate battle for the world champion title. The film climaxed with the uniting of the two rivals, along with a crew of surfing’s legends, on a surf trip that led the film to a touching, inspirational ending. I’m not sure, but I think I saw a Unicorn jump over a rainbow. Or it could have just been another close-up of Kelly’s baby blues.
Although contest footage isn’t what I would prefer to see in a surf flick, it was not only appropriate for the rivalry, but necessary to intensify the battle between the two world champions. The superhuman power of the film’s stars made it one that even the non-surfer can admire for it’s adrenaline-laced footage and in-depth look at the most public and ultimate surfing rivalry of today. If you have a chance to catch a showing in the next month, lucky you. If not, you’ve got until March 15th let the rivalry marinate in your mind before the film is released.
Did anyone else see it? What’d ya think? Were you as stoked on the free chips and guac as I was (bet not)?
Slater/Iron’s Fly in the Champagne: A Documentary Rooted in Rivalry
Will Premiere in Selected Theaters February 19th Through March 7th
The much anticipated Andy/Kelly film, Fly in the Champagne will premiere this February/March in 11 locations up and down both coasts of the USA. A rare look into the intense and sometimes very public rivalry between the two most ascendant surfers of their era, the film will undoubtedly create even more interest in these two dominant personalities while providing fascinating insights and behind the scene looks at one of professional surfing’s most long-running competitive duels.
Sponsored by the unlikely duo of the culture’s most iconic brands, Quiksilver and Billabong’s joint support is testimony to the star power of these two surfers as well as the tribal nature of surfing’s cooperative spirit when times are tough.
A Fly in the Champagne will be released on video March 15th.
With only a limited theatrical run from February 19 through March 7th, the expected interest will no doubt be at an all time high. Check the times dates and venues below: