Without a doubt, I’m more excited than ever for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour. Why, you might ask? One word: Rookies. This year is sure to see its share of fireworks as the mix of seasoned veterans and fresh faces will be nothing less than spectacular. The tour has added five innovative surfers to the lineup, who all share the distinction of being under 20 years old. The roster includes Sally Fitzgibbons, Bruna Shmidz (who just happens to be the girlfriend of 2007′s men’s rookie of the year and WCT top 10 finisher, Jeremy Flores), Paige Hareb, Alana Blanchard and Coco Ho. They may be young, but they’ve been preparing for this debut for years and are ready to show off their bag of tricks. (more…)
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It’s already been a helluva year for artist Julie Goldstein. As one of the most recognized modern surf artists, Julie and her husband Mark Tesi had recently accomplished one of their lifelong dreams with the opening of Pine Surf Shop and Gallery in Long Beach, NY. Extremely popular with the diverse art communities throughout the eastern seaboard, Pine served as a beacon to surfers, artists, families and admirers as place to chill and be inspired. All that changed on December 20, 2008 when a fire destroyed nearly all of Pine’s irreplaceable inventory, including priceless vintage surfboards, original art, photos and wood sculptures, as well as the merchandise and supplies for the couple’s new clothing line, Perfect.
While Julie and Mark make tentative plans to relaunch Pine and Perfect, Swell hopes to spread the message and encourage new fans of Julie’s art with the sales of the two tees featured above. Julie’s unique method begins by drawing on blocks of wood, which she then hand carves and finally prints the woodcuts onto paper, canvas, or fabric. Her work is inspired by her experience in the surf community as well as from her time spent living in Brooklyn, during which she obtained her MA from Columbia University.
Later this month, Julie will be exhibiting at the Australian leg of the surf, art, film and music festival, “The Happening”.
New to Swell and to the States, the Aussie grassroots sensation Rhythm designs cutting-edge surf apparel to the beat of their own drum. Heavily influenced by art, music and the creative self-expression that comes from surfing, Rhythm brings together all these elements to come at us with a fresh attitude, some funk, and all that jazz.
It looks like one of holiday’s favorite trends has decided to stick around for spring. A look usually favored by lumber jacks, Lauren Conrad has pulled of the plaid shirt trend with great success. By pairing the shirt with skinny jeans, heals and a bright purse, LC takes the look from masculine to chic. Great for stylishly laid-back day wear, or dramatic when paired with skinny jeans and heels for a night out, this trend looks like it’s here to stay. Arent you glad that plaid is back?
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