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May 4th, 2011 | By | 1,605 Comments

Interview: Heal Japan’s Founder Chris Walthall

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An interview with Heal Japan’s founder Chris Walthall, to find out more about Heal Japan, and how your donation money will to REAL people affected by the recent disasters…

SWELL: What is Heal Japan?
Chris: Heal Japan is an organization dedicated to benefiting the victims of the recent disasters that have taken place in Japan. Our goal is to collect $50,000 by the end of June. Funds will be delivered IN PERSON as soon as it is safe to do so.

SWELL: How did you come up with the idea to put something like this together?
Chris: The idea came to me at work actually! I was speaking to a client and out of nowhere all these ideas just came to me. After I got off the phone I started drawing shirts designs and a game plan for how I wanted the organization to function. I wanted to be the one held accountable for where the money went. If I could go and speak with people about the cause and “put a face to the name” that they were familiar with, I knew it would be effective. With so many people in this unimaginable situation, I just had to do something. So many people are willing to be a part of making positive changes in and around our community. I decided it was time to do my part. I called a close friend of mine and asked to go to lunch. We got together at a restaurant that same day and threw a bunch of ideas around. Right then and there he dedicated some funds to have wristbands and t-shirts made in exchange for donation. Without the help of my incredible friends who have done so much to make this happen, it just would not have been possible.

SWELL: When exactly do you plan on going to Japan? And do you have a charity in mind that you would like the money to go to?
Chris: As of now we’re thinking it will be close to a year before it is safe to go there ourselves. It’s just unreal how much damage the affected areas have sustained. It’s likely that it will be close to a year before we can go in person.
Our plan is to go to Japan and deliver the funds to charity ourselves. We want to make certain that the money goes to REAL people affected by the recent disasters. We are in the works of selecting a like-minded organization that will work closely with us in completing our goals. We are also very open to speaking with others and hearing new ideas in order to be as effective as possible.

SWELL: Why Japan? There are so many horrible things that could use benefit, what made you choose Japan? (Not saying it isn’t a mighty fine choice!)
Chris: When I really think about it, it was all about the timing. Around the same time as the earthquake and tsunami, my father was hospitalized. It was one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever been in. It’s so frightening to see a parent fighting for their lives. You think your dad is a super hero, but in reality we are all human. You don’t really know what it’slike until it happens. By the grace of God he’s still alive and making a smooth recovery. I took a step back and thought about the situation. That was my own personal earthquake and tsunami. If I thought what I had to deal with was hard, the people of Japan are facing some exponentially more difficult. We cannot even fathom what their situation is like. It’s on my heart to help, so I’m going to.

SWELL: Is there anything else you would like to add to this lovely Q & A that you think our readers show know?
Chris: I’d like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible: John Cohen, David Vanderveen, Ryah Arthur, Clarke Brogger, Dylan Fait, Steven Chew, and Chanel Sonego. The list goes on and on. Basically all of my friends and family. You know who you are. I’m just so blessed to have these people around me. It’s unreal.
Please check out our website HEALJAPAN.ORG, join our Facebook group and invite your friends, and do whatever you can to help spread the word. No matter how big or small your efforts, ALL of it makes a difference. God Bless! -CHRIS

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May 4th, 2011 | By | 2,872 Comments

Breaking News: Cute Girls (& Bikinis) Help Heal Japan

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Join SWELL, babes and bikinis to help Heal Japan. This Saturday, May 7th, SWELL will be sponsoring the Heal Japan swimwear show in beautiful Laguna Beach, California at the Blue Laguna Restaurant & Lounge. The show will feature SWELL’s newest swim lines to hit the site, plus a few sneak peak styles to be available later this month! Bikini-clad babes will be struttin’ in Eberjey, Salt Swimwear and Luli Fama (to name a few). A percentage of profits will be donated to HealJapan.org, a non-profit organization determined to raise funds to bring to Japan in person and give to the people of Japan that have been and are continued to be affected by the disastrous earthquake and tsunami. Heal Japan was started by Laguna Beach local Chris Walthall and professional surfer (and swell model) Ryah Arthur.

Come back later today for a Q&A with Chris!! Anyone can come to the show (anyone 21+ that is), so you should definitely be there! It’s only a $5 entrance fee and the towels drop at 10:30pm. See you there!

April 21st, 2011 | By | 1,630 Comments

Celebrate Earth Day with SWELL (+ Score Some Swag)!

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WHO?
You (+ your friends/family!)

WHAT?
SWELL Earth Day Celebration

WHERE?
Online & at San Onofre State Beach

WHEN?
4/22/11 – Join us all day online and/or show up to the beach clean up at 10am

WHY?
Come help preserve our beaches and oceans + score some free swag along the way

Click HERE to join us online!

April 18th, 2011 | By | 1,895 Comments

Follow the Light- And Submit Your Photos!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE 2011 FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION SURF PHOTOGRAPHERS GRANT

SAN CLEMENTE, CA- The Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) is calling all photographers to submit their applications for its annual $5,000 grant in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. The deadline is one month from today: entries must be received no later than May, 17, 2011.

The FTLF was founded after 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. The application and details can be found on the FTLF website. (folllowthelightfoundation.org)

Now in its sixth year, the FTLF continues to recognize photographers on the rise and help fuel their vision. During this year’s submission process, photographers will edit their images and cue it to the music of their choice. The “visual presentations” of the Top 5 finalists will then be shown at an awards night at the Shorebreak Hotel during the US Open of Surfing on Tuesday, August 2. “Recognizing the world’s best up-and-coming surf photographers fits right in with the spirit of the US Open of Surfing,” says FTLF sponsor Bob Hurley. “It’s so fun to see such an amazing showcase of young talent in one place — very inspiring.”

Judging from the career paths of past winners, the FTLF recipients will continue to inspire. 2010 recipient Morgan Maassen is quickly becoming the surf world’s freshest eye. Former winners Chris Burkard and Todd Glaser and Ray Collins are three of the most prolific and talented photographers in the sport today, and they all give credit to Flame and FTLF for helping their dream job come true. “It was such an honor to be picked for this grant,” said 2008 winner Todd Glaser. “To be recognized and critiqued by legends like Aaron Chang — and get funding on top of it — will always stand as a career highlight.”

To help round out the wide spectrum of gifted photographers, FTLF will be honoring the late Leroy Grannis this year, a surf photography pioneer and founder of Surfing Magazine.

Follow The Light also wants you to be a judge. The People’s Choice Award will be a text to vote format, where you can vote for your favorite. Winner will be announced at the Shorebreak Hotel.

To submit an application, contact Peter Taras (peter.taras@sorc.com) or Jeremiah Klein (miahklein@s7mg.com).

The FTLF is proud to be working with Surfing Magazine, SWELL, Hurley and Oakley to provide this year’s grant. For more information, go to followthelightfoundation.org.

About Follow the Light: On October 10th, 2005, the surfing community lost one of its most influential figures. After a nearly three-year battle with brain cancer Larry “Flame” Moore, 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 Magazine, Larry literally gave three decades of surfing their “look.” Today, honoring Larry’s request, we have established Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF), an organization that will help finance the dreams of surf photographers, pushing the sport and its lensmen forward.