Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

March 16th, 2009 | By | 1,990 Comments

Fountain Valley High Wins Hurley’s Walk The Walk


One of Swell’s favorite yearly events is Hurley’s Walk the Walk. A real life combination of “Project Runway” and “America’s Next Top Model”, Walk The Walk pits rival high schools in catwalk showdowns featuring retooled and restyled Hurley lines.

But the event’s real challenge is the original design competition where team’s must create stellar his and her’s ensembles. Extremely competitive, all Walk The Walk events display the same glamorous, rock-n-roll atmosphere you’d expect at Bryant Park during Fashion Week. (more…)

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March 11th, 2009 | By | 862 Comments

Parko’s Ten-Laced, Sweet, Sweet Victory at the Quik Pro Gold Coast

The judges at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast this go-around are serving out dimes like they’re going out of style. To the demise of a few fantasy surfer rankings, Parko’s undeniable victory yesterday was topped off with his second perfect ten of the day. Some solid waves and nearly flawless surfing led Joel Parkinson to the Gold Coast win and to the top of the ASP tour rankings. Bravo Parko.

Waiting on the edge of our swivel chairs over here to see what he brings to the next stop, Bells Beach. 

1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.83
2 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.30

SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.66
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.84 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5.34

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 1200 points
2. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 1032 points
3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 876 points
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 876 points
5. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 732 points
5. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 732 points
5. Adrian Buchan (AUS)732 points
5. Damien Hobgood (USA) 732 points

March 9th, 2009 | By | 374 Comments

A Perfect 10: Dane Reynolds at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

A perfect ten. Some hypothesize it was the double grab, some accredit it to his outstanding flair, others propose it is the anti-chafing Diamond Dobby boardshorts he was rocking, but whatever the factors may be, Dane Reynolds scored a perfect 10 this weekend at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. 

Despite the popular speculation that the judges were a little overzealous when dishing out the ones and zeros this go-around, Dane seems to be pretty stoked on smashing his first ever dime. 

Ten or what have you, I have to say that the background emo /pop punk tune in the video takes more than a few points off the clip’s core score. That said, thoughts on the perfect ten score? Let ‘em loose. I’m listening, really (unless you set your comment to said emo tune).

March 7th, 2009 | By | 852 Comments

Day Two of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast



It looks as if my (I mean, the media’s) hype about the youngsters on tour is right on target.

I feel like the tour has taken a breath of fresh air this year: The rookies and veterans are definitely pushing each other to progress their surfing. Day two brought heats to remember, with the heat of the day going to Silvana Lima and Coco Ho—the queen of aerials and proud owner of this week’s only perfect 10, versus the on-fire Hawaiian rookie. And, drum roll please, after a six-minute judge’s delay, Coco Ho took the win to prove she’s a force to be reckoned with. After defeating Rebecca Woods in the following round, Ho made it through to the semis where she’ll face fellow islander Melanie Bartels. It looks as if Coco is mastering this whole competition thing… (more…)