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August 2nd, 2011 | By | 3,130 Comments

Follow The Light 2011 Surf Photography Awards -Tonight in Huntington Beach

Swell proudly sponsors another talented class of up-and-coming surf photographers for this year’s Follow The Light Foundation grant, in memory of Larry “Flame” Moore.

The foundation has a reputation for identifying future industry pioneers such as Chris Burkard and Todd Glasser. The $5,000 grant encourages winners to continue pushing the boundaries of surf photography that legendary lensman “Flame” made his life’s work.

Follow The Light 2011

This year’s event is open to the public tonight at 7pm at the Huntington Beach Shorebreak Hotel’s Main Ballroom. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to preview the future of surf photography during the biggest action sports festival in the world, The US Open of Surfing. Every year the world best surfers show up to see which photog they want to travel with in order to get their next cover shot.

Let us know who you think has the passion to take this years 5k grant donated by Swell.com. Click their names to see profolo submissions. Here’s what inspires these young lensmen:

Carlos Santana
“The feelings that I get through my photography are what fuel my passion. The most joy that I experience happens when I’m swimming in the ocean with my camera because I simply feel free and in love with what I’m doing and when I’m doing it.”

Matt Kurvin
“I spent a lot of time on the beach and in the water watching 6 inch waves peel, wishing I was small enough to ride them. I was never able to describe to people the way I saw things, especially in the ocean. It wasn’t until photography entered my world that I was finally able to do so.”

Quincy Dein
“As a photographer, I feel successful when the person viewing one of my images takes a moment to rethink what is possible. I want to inspire people to go outside, to enjoy life, and to explore.”

Ricky Lesser
He has traveled the world, photographing some its most unique locations and people. Lessers’ unique ability to craft story through imagery is second only to his unbridled optimism and enthusiasm for life. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, surrounded by his greatest muses – his wife Bekah, son Noah and the enduring, domineering Pacific.

Duncan Macfarlane
“During high school I doodled with some smaller point and shoot cameras and then a Nikonos V, which I flooded because I knew nothing of seals and water photography. That prompted me to get a DSLR and from there I have been shooting for the last few years learning as I go.”
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June 16th, 2011 | By | 1,833 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!

Click for photos and more from Billabong Design for Humanity

June 16th, 2011 | By | 3,297 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…)

March 22nd, 2011 | By | 5,828 Comments

Derek Hynd and his finless wonder board

Derek Hynd is an Australian surfer/shaper/writer. On top of being a former contest pro and intelligent writer, he’s one of surfing’s great innovators and explorers. His ability of high level surfing as well as having such an understanding of board shaping and hydrodynamics puts him in a category which only the likes of George Greenough and Tom Wegener can hold a candle to.

Derek Hynd and His Finlessboard

Over the past few years Derek has been shaping and riding his own finless surfboard design. Instead of joining the throngs on the trail of the Polynesian Alaia he’s been updating this concept by using the advances of bottom contours in PU blanks. This newly invented, skegless board design has allowed him to harness the reduction of friction along with having the hold, trim and turning properties of concave. These results may just be a window into the future. Derek Hynd we salute you!

Check out this mind blowing vid segment of D.H. riding some of his finless wonders

For more incredible footage of Derek Hynd add this radical classic to your video library asap: Litmus The Special Edition DVD- http://www.swell.com/LITMUS-SPECIAL-EDITION-DVD

Litmus Special Edition