3rd Annual Battle of the Paddle

October 1st, 2010 | By | 1,675 Comments

Battle of the PAddle
If you’re amongst the anti-sweeper movement, its time to get over it. Not only because the Battle of the Paddle at Doheny Stand Up Paddling pushes the limits watersports, but that most of these guys/gals surf better than you.

The Battle of the Paddle showcases elite SUP racing and maneuvering in a 5 mile biathlon for $25,000 in prize money. You seriously can’t take your eyes off the competitors as they punch through the waves and muscle their 12′ boards down the beach.

Last year delivered a solid head high swell which not only challenged the international competitors, but allowed trailing racers to catch waves in and surpass event favorites. Friend of SWELL, TJ Seamen took home a respectable 13th last year out of 94 world class competitors. This oceanic hombre charges when its flat or firing. Check out the video below, and watch TJ SUP scratch and swim into every slab in the seven seas.

The Battle of the Paddle features a SUP expo and heaps of good times at Doheny State Park, there’s something for everyone. Organizers extended the event an extra day because of the raging success over the past two years. Look for the SWELL hooligans hooting for TJ in the beer garden and we’ll toss you a custom coozie.

When you come home from Doho feeling like a chubby chump after watching these watermen grind out 5 miles of hell, hop on SWELL.com and check out our NEW selection of Riviera Stand Up Paddleboards. You can score a rippable SUP for under a grand, so get your gear here and start sweeping with pride. If some insecure punk ever tries to heckle the sport, kindly offer a board swap and watch his knees wobble…it works.

Here’s the weekend breakdown:

Saturday October 2 – Event day 1
7:00A.M. Event registration opens
9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. SUP EXPO & Kid’s Activities
8:30A.M. National Anthem
8:45A.M. Hawaiian Blessing
9:00A.M. Opening Ceremonies – Hitia O Tera (Tahitian drums & dance show)
9:45A.M. The Challenge – Tom Pohaku Stone & Elite Racers (chanting before race).
10:00A.M. The Elite Race
1:30P.M. The Open Age-Group Race
3:00P.M. Awards ceremonies

Sunday, October 3 Event day 2

7:00A.M. Event registration opens
9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. SUP EXPO & Kid’s Activities
9:00A.M. The Distance Race
12:00P.M. Kid’s SUP Races
1:30P.M. SUP Surf Relays
3:00P.M. Awards ceremonies

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Volcom Brand Jeans Presents: The Goons Of Doom

October 1st, 2010 | By | 1,563 Comments

New from Volcom Entertainment….the Goons Of Doom “The Slapper”

Snowboarding on a river!? Riversurfing Reinvented: Wakeboarders Raise the Bar

September 30th, 2010 | By | 3,098 Comments

Extreme sports fanatics eat your hearts out…

Pro wakeboarder Nick Ennen and photographer Mike Yoshida take wakeboarding to the next level in this clip recently posted by FuelTV. A pulley system and rushing river make for an incredible new hybrid sport that resembles street skating or snowboarding more than it does the traditional line behind a boat archetype. Kudos to these guys for progressing the stagnant sport of river surfing from tired to treacherous.

So start rigging up those pulleys, get out there are grind some river rocks already. When you go “over the falls” now it won’t necessarily be a bad thing…

Shades for Surfrider

September 30th, 2010 | By | 2,148 Comments

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Help Dragon help the environment with the new E.C.O. collection of shades. In an effort to help the oil spill crisis in the Gulf, Dragon has promised to donate money for each pair of Dragon E.C.O. (Environmentally Conscious Optics) Collection of sunglasses sold. Funds raised will be donated to the Foundation to fund water testing and cleanup efforts all along the damaged areas of the Gulf coast.

The hair above the brains of the covert op (Rob Machado) initiated the development of the E.C.O Collection to actively investigate methods of manufacturing environmentally friendly sunglasses by exploring sustainable materials from renewable origins. This spawned the first E.C.O sunglass frames made from 100% renewable materials, such as plant oil instead of petroleum. Behold…the E.C.O Collection. Check out the full Dragon E.C.O Collection HERE.