2011 Billabong Pipemasters: Kieren Perrow Crowned

December 14th, 2011 | By | 8,570 Comments

John John scores 10s, Slater nails buzzer-beater comebacks, and Kieren Perrow (literally held together by duct tape) redeems last year’s finals fail. Pipemasters 2011 was the culmination of a record year of amazing surf on the World Championship Surfing Tour, and most surfers have the scars, staph, and cover-shots to prove it.

After the opening ceremonies came a special blessing in memory of Andy Irons, and a first birthday cheers to his son Axel Irons smiling on the beach with mom Lyndie. The wave gods proceeded to put on a spectacle of bombing surf that continuously drenched spectators like the Shamu Show.

Surfline predicted the swell would break at second and third reef pipeline during the first day of competition, something we haven’t seen since the 97′ Pipemasters. An irregularly sober mood swept the field of surfing’s favorite jokers. Perhaps out of fear for his riders, Jeff Hurley suggested starting to run heats a day early in more contestable conditions. But Slater said “There’s about 100 yards of sand that still needs to wash off the reef, and the wave doesn’t know where to go until this first pulse can push it off” and everyone reluctantly agreed.

Round 1 started with pipe-savvy Hawaiian wildcards like Marcus Hickman, Ian Walsh, and Jamie O’Brien winning 8 of 12 heats, while the visiting CT boys were just happy to make it back to the sand.

Here’s a few post comments that surfers told the SWELL team after their round 1 heats:

“Those were the worst beatings I’ve ever taken in a contest” -Ian Walsh
“Has anyone seen the other half of my board?” -Jamie O’Brien
“I was praying they would postpone the heats until the swell died down” -Kolohe Andino
“I got slapped around so hard, and had no idea which way I was paddling” -Bruce Irons

In Round 2 John John Florence continued his triple crown campaign scoring a perfect 10 and a 9.93 in round 3. But who other than Slater to nearly dash his lifelong hopes of a triple crown title in their quarter final face-off. From the beach it appeared the judges would be accused of another scoring scandal, but decide for yourself in this heat recap.

After losing to Slater, Michel Bourez had to make the finals to steal surfing’s second highest honor, but honorary Hawaiian Kieren Perrow weaved through backdoor to keep the crown in Hawaii with John John Florence.

Kieren earned his first elite victory after 20 years as a touring pro. Only a day earlier he was facing elimination from next year’s tour, but went on to beat Taj, Dorian, Gabriel Medina, Michel, and finally Parko, to become the 2011 Billabong Pipemasters Champion. This smiling 34 yr old Aussie is the surfer’s representative to the ASP, a respected big-wave charger, and a role model family-man.

Even Slater teared up as he announced the victory over the live webcast. Everyone was “over the moon”

Watch thrills and spills from the first day of firing surf.

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Nixon Holiday Gift Guide Wishlists from the Nixon Team

December 14th, 2011 | By | 2,819 Comments

Some picks from the pros. We know…any gift from Nixon is a primo gift, but in the spirit of easing awesomeness overload, the team at Nixon has stepped up to offer some gifting guidance. On the top of the list? Some select staples, a few gold-ed gifts,  re-worked classics and some key style pieces for the season. Ready to take the tour? Introducing your virtual gift guides:
Tony Hawk
Santigold
Bruce Irons
John John Florence
Lisa Anderson

See It: the Nixon Gift Guide

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Win It Wednesday: Tavik Jammy Pack

December 13th, 2011 | By | 1,284 Comments

Happy Holidays SWELL surfers, tomorrow is WIN IT WEDNESDAY and we’re taking the tunes to the street with this week’s prize pack.

The elves at Tavik just finished making their jazzy new Jammy Pack…that means we’re putting portable music on your fanny! The Jammy Pack features loud little speakers with MP3 hookups to blast your favorite tunes anywhere from beaches to barmitzvahs. It even charges your phone or player with back-up power packs.

I know everyone wants this or has a friend that would rock it , So put it on your SWELL wish-list and buy it by FRIDAY Dec 16 8am PST so it’s guarantees to get there by Christmas.
Even if you’ve been extra naughty, sign up tomorrow at facebook.com/swell for your chance to win every Wednesday.

The SWELL Guide: Gifts for Girls Edition

December 12th, 2011 | By | 737 Comments

SWELL’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” of girl gift-giving. Follow this 2-3 step gift roadmap to finding the perfect gifts for girls who surf and/or style.

Start Here:
STEP 1. Does she like the beach?
– Yes, she loves it more than she loves you. Go to step 2
– No, sand is icky. Go to step 3

STEP 2. Does she surf?
– Yes, better than you. Find gifts for girls who surf
– Yes. Well, maybe. She owns a board. It’s pink. Find her gift HERE
– No, but she lives for beach days. Find her gift HERE

STEP 3. If she had a cheesy liscence plate frame, it would read…
– I’d Rather Be Dancing. Find her gift HERE
– I’d Rather Be at a Music Festival. See all eclectic gifts
– Princess. Run, hide, then ship her a top shelf gift
– I AM Texting. Shop fashion-forward tech gifts

Need more ideas? Check out the SWELL Gift Guide for Her