Billabong Pro J-Bay -Round 2 Complete & Swell Employee Challenge

July 21st, 2011 | By | 3,378 Comments

The Billabong Pro Jefferys Bay just finished the first elimination round, and the approaching swell should bring classic J-Bay conditions for the closing rounds. Defending contest champion and South African favorite Jordy Smith lived up to the hype in his first round heat. He smoothly comboed airs into multi-manuver scores on less than performance enhancing waves.

Billabong has provided an awesome webcast with the always entertaining Mark Occilupo, Ronnie Blakey, and Joel Turpel. Even during lay days they produce a funny and informing morning show that lays out the Surfline swell forecast and interviews the boys. Click the banner for the videos and forecasts:

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The goofy footers are frothing for the swell to even the playing-field against the regular footers. Watch the heats on demand to catch up on the action, and catch the live feed that usually starts around 11pm PST. But don’t stay up all night tweeting about your fantasy team, and drag your feet at work the next day.
With little to no surf in the first week of competition, many thought Kelly Slater would make a dramatic appearance just in time for his round 2 heat. But he and Bobby Martinez no-showed leaving Fantasy Surfer teams in disarray. The Swell office fantasy contest remains close as three players advanced at least 5 surfers into round 5, except for Billy who banked on Kelly pully a mysto-arrival.

This contest loser has to endure a firing squad of burritos, meaning we all get to huck a burrito at his face with any projection device of our choosing. Billy endured 24 hrs wearing a bike lock around his neck, and it looks like he’s headed to bean town this time.

Here’s the SWELL teams and strategies:
jbay-morgan Morgan’s Strategy: “The gnarlier looking the brazilian the better he surfs”

jbay-dave Dave’s Strategy: “Youth over experience…sorry Bill”

jbay-nutt Michael’s Strategy: “If he dated either of the Miller sisters he’s in the title race”

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Bill’s Strategy: “Kelly is going to jump out of a helicopter mid heat and steal this thing”

The Punishment

The Punishment

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Vans x Captain Fin Collaboration Collection

July 19th, 2011 | By | 1,964 Comments

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Holy Ship! Now you can drop style and anchor with the new Vans x Captain Fin Co. collection. The special edition Vans Captain Fin SRPLS and Del Norte feature art, detailing and colors, created in collaboration with team riders/artists Andrew Doheny and Alex Knost.

Check out the collaboration styles HERE

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Art in the Streets at the MOCA – Visual Crack for your Eyes

July 16th, 2011 | By | 691 Comments

Street art is punk as hell. It grew up on crushed beer cans and gritty street corners. It’s a backyard pool, a railroad car or an abandoned building. It’s an album cover, a painted surfboard or a strange sculpture. Street art is so many things that it seems impossible to fit into one all-encompassing exhibit, but somehow this is exactly what they did at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. 50 street artists from around the world contributed to this massive display that is the first major survey of Street Art and Graffiti in the United States.

The result is a Disneyland-esque acid trip. Whole street corners and alleys were built. A mini indoor skate park sits at the front. Strange lights, colors, & sounds are spread throughout every corner. It’s as if Stanley Kubrick and Gaspar Noe wrestled the inside of the building and won. Somehow it all came together. The skateboarders, the artists, the gangsters, the punks, the surfers, the cholos, the rappers, the intellectuals all had this one thing tying them together: Street Art. It’s art for the sake of art. No dollar signs, no profit, just pure self-expression.

Go check it out you won’t be disappointed.

The exhibit is free on Mondays, compliments of renowned street artist Banksy. His words, “I don’t think you should have to pay to look at graffiti. You should only pay if you want to get rid of it,”

ART IN THE STREETS
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
04.17.11 – 08.08.11

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Top 5 Must Haves for a Tropical Vacation

July 15th, 2011 | By | 2,499 Comments

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It’s Summer, and I have the travel bug. I’m planning my trip to Hawaii’s North Shore next month, and I will be spending it lying on the beach sipping mai tais and eating poke. Does it get any better than that? So here is a list of my top 5 essentials to bring on any summer vacation: an amazing bikini, a multipurpose day to night dress/beach cover up, and fashionable accessories to accentuate your outfit. Remember on your next trip to pack lightly and avoid baggage claim at all cost, be comfortable, and above look stylish!

1. Vix Michelle Bikini Top and Bottom
2. Tigerlily Celestial Mumu
3. Reef Goddess Sandal
4. Billabong Day Tripper Bag
5. Super Lucia Sunglass

hannahAbout the Author: If buying girl’s apparel were anything like garage sale shopping, Hannah would be the one knocking at your door at 5am, trying to score the best picks. Spot this dog surfing enthusiast with a longboard and lifejacket-ed Golden Retriever.