Quiksilver Pro France 2011 -Hossegor Heats Up!

October 6th, 2011 | By | 1,105 Comments

Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro France ran today then paused, due to the forecast showing 10ft waves headed for Europe’s surfing capital this weekend. Quiksilver made a wise choice in Mickey Picon as the contest director, because only locals can predict conditions resulting from a 20ft tide swing. The sandbank that competitors surf at the start of their heat can turn into shore-pounding sand-surge in a half-hour.

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Already in round 1 & 2 a record breaking seven board were snapped in a single heat, and the currents challenged surfers to even make it to the line-up. 3-time event champ Mick Fanning posted the highest scores of the event, while his countrymen and world title contenders Joel Parkinson and Josh Kerr made early departures from the comp.

As the buoys start to bob and guys start waving down the skis like their lives depend on it, expect two surfers to pull away from the pack: Frenchmen Jeremy Flores, and world #1 Kelly Slater. Jeremy’s tube riding skills are as sharp as any, and with the locals hooting from the beach, expect to see J-Flo go for broke. Kelly has won at Hossegor, but not under his sponsor Quiksilver’s banner. So if Owen goes down in the 3rd, Bob Mcknight might start production on the new “Ke11y” apparel line.

The next call is 8:30 local time/ 11:30 PST… but remember they have heats on-demand the next day at quiksilverlive.com so you don’t blow it at work tomorrow.

Hossegor -Situated in south west France, this little Basque town draws such amazing waves and vibes, that Tom Curren settled down here to raise his kids. If you surf, but the family wants a European vacation, you’re a fool not to book a trip to the Basque Country. Hanging in Hossegor, you’ll be getting free surf tips from T.Knox at breakfast, and be sitting across from Lopezs at lunch. With the best stretches of sandbars in the world literally breaking on WWII monuments, you’re sure to score in Hossegor.
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New at SWELL: ECO All Natural Sunscreen – Surfrider’s Official Sunscreen Partner

October 5th, 2011 | By | 449 Comments

This Just in: ECO Logical Skin Care. This new line of environmentally conscious sunscreens is the Surfrider Foundation’s exclusive sunscreen partner.

After fine tuning their product in the Ozone depleted lands of Australia, ECO has nailed this non-toxic, biodegradable, and very water resistant (BODY & BABY) formula and brought it to the States. Not only is this sunscreen good for you, but it’s also good for the environment. Chemicals found in other sunscreens such as oxybenzone and octymethoxycinnamate may pose a danger to marine life especially corals. But, ECO’s 100% natural ingredients ensure safety of our oceans and our bodies with their special non-greasy and eco-friendly blend. If that weren’t enough, 3% of profits benefit the Surfrider Foundation to help fund ongoing educational and activist efforts.

ECO sunscreens are Zinc Oxide based w/o the hard-to-rub-in & whitening factor of other sunscreens. These screens are definite must for any beachgoer, waterman, or pasty, I-forgot-my-sun-hat ginger.

Here’s a breakdown of their line:

BODY – Great general use sunscreen that’s fragrance free and will stay on you while you surf. ECO -BODY uses only the finest natural antioxidants (green tea & grape seed) and anti-aging (Shea butter, Jojoba and Silica) ingredients to help moisturize, reduce wrinkles and repair damaged, leathery skin.

BABY – Strong enough for a baby, but can be used by anyone. ECO Baby delivers a tough UV protection with a subtle, yet sweet avocado and Frankincense smell. It utilizes the same water resistant and UV protecting elements as the BODY sunscreen, but includes avo & carrot oil to give more protection and nourishment to gentle skin.

FACE – Specially formulated to go on very light and still offer maximum protection. This sunscreen is great for everyday use and can go great under makeup for ladies. Helps reduce wrinkles and promote cellular renewal while protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This screen has a subtle chocolaty fragrance that will have you licking your lips. This screen is not water resistant.

Sneak Peak: Billabong Holiday Collection 2011 Video!

October 4th, 2011 | By | 1,780 Comments

Behind the scenes footage from the Billabong Holiday 2011 photoshoot! Get a sneak peak at upcoming styles, plus get some fun styling inspiration (as in, faux fur jacket and lace skirt). Any favorite looks or pieces from the video?

Our top pick: Billabong red/white striped sweater
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Fall Trend Alert: Tunics Top transitional tunics for Fall 2011

October 3rd, 2011 | By | 4,419 Comments

tunic dress

Instant Fall style- just add boots…
Transition from summer dresses to fall foliage with this season’s favorite tunic dresses– the 60’s A-line that embraces a playful, bohemian look. For a perfect pairing add tall boots and a chunky scarf. Top with infinite layers of eclectic trims for a polished look. Happy Fall!

Tolani Tunic
Olukai boots
Volcom scarf

See what made the list: Top 20 Tunics