International Surfing Day – June 20

June 19th, 2009 | By | 1,070 Comments

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Although it’s not officially recognized as a legal holiday (not yet anyway), International Surfing Day provides ocean lovers one of the few legitimate excuses to have a day at the beach. Now in its fifth year, ISD unites surf enthusiasts around the globe to to give back to Mother Ocean through various organized events and restoration projects.

This year, each regional event will host several “challanges” as a means to encourage creativity through active involvment. With a wide variety of themes ranging from “Most Unique Piece of Trash” to “Best Trash Sculpture”, contestants will submit photo and video essays of their projects for a chance to win cool swag and prizes.

With more than 100 event sites around the globe, chances are a needy beach near you is anxious for your participation. Check out ISD’s official website, here.

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Could Chi Town Be The Next Surf Town, USA?

June 18th, 2009 | By | 1,018 Comments

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When it comes to the great city of Chicago, Illinois, the first things that usually come to mind are windy weather, baseball and phenomenal jazz. But thanks to a pair of renegade eco-activists, surfing may one day be added to that list.

Former pro surfer James Pribram and Surfrider Foundation’s Lake Michigan Chapter Co-Chair Vince Deur are being hailed as the heroes responsible for lifting a 30-year ban on all flotation devices throughout city-wide beaches. The ordinance was initially launched following the tragic death of three young girls and an inflatable raft. (more…)

The Top Ten Swimsuits for Surfing

June 17th, 2009 | By | 1,218 Comments

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Here at Swell, we like to put safety first, and that includes protecting your dignity. While Carissa Moore might not be afraid to get some daring tan lines in the line-up, most of us would rather have a swimsuit that leaves the nip slips to the pros in Hollywood. So as a treat to you, we test drove summer’s cutest swimwear and hand picked the top ten that stayed on top while frolicking in the shore break. Click on the break to see the summer’s top ten stay-put suits!

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Try a Rip, C’Mon, Everyone’s Doing It

June 16th, 2009 | By | 524 Comments

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In case getting a free test drive of some killer new boards, new FCS fins, and the new Rip Curl wetsuit isn’t enough, South Coast added in some Taylor Knox and Tom Curren to show you up in the water. Still not convinced? Free Rip Curl swag. Knew that’d get ya. The only thing you have to worry about is not peeing in the demo suit. But c’mon, you can’t always have your cake and eat it too.