THE QUIVER GIVER CONTEST GIVES!

January 21st, 2009 | By | 2,589 Comments

SWELL AND THALIA STREET SURF SHOP AWARD THE SURFBOARD QUIVER TO NEWPORT FAMILY

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San Clemente, CA – The unconventional partnering of Swell, the premiere online surf retailer, and legendary surf shop, Thalia Street Surf, gave birth to  one of the biggest and most unique board giveaways ever! The stoked out winner(s) of the Surfboard Quiver Giveaway were announced on Friday, Jan 16th. A priceless collection of five hand-crafted boards from surfing’s most renowned shapers was the coveted prize.

Swell and Thalia Street Surf Shop conducted the random drawing and contacted the winner – Hillary Springborn, from Newport Beach. Come to find out, she rarely enters sweepstakes, but thought it was perfect for her family of water babies, soon to be groms and long time surfers. The entire excited crew showed up in the SUV to claim their boards and get “I saw it first” rights. Here’s a short interview with Scott Springborn, Hillary’s husband:

Q. Family names and ages:
A. Hillary [mom], Scott [dad], Siena [7 1/2 years old, she made sure I knew she wasn't 7 but 7 1/2], Kiernen [5] and Grayson [turned 3 on Monday- Happy Birthday indeed!]

Q. How Long Have You Been Surfing?
A. 15 years

Q. Favorite Spot?
A. Blackies, 56th Street, basically any spot in Newport. When I’m by myself I’m surfing 56th, but for surf days with the family it’s always Blackies.

Q. How did you hear about the contest? Have you shopped at Thalia in the past?
A. We heard about it when we saw that ad in Surfer Magazine. Hillary’s mom actually lives in Laguna Beach, so of course we shop at Thalia Street!

Q. Which board are you most excited to ride and why?
A. Ah! The Alaia! That’ll be the one we all fight over! It’s such a unique board and one that I’ve been so interested in trying, but it’s one of those boards that you don’t just go out and buy, so for us to have won it is perfect!

Q. So, last question, if there was one board that you had to giveaway which would it be….and can we have it?
A. Hahaha, sorry guys, but there’s five boards and five Springborns. We’re putting mileage on all of them!!

“With tens of thousands of entries from across the country, we were very excited to learn that the winner was a surfing family from Southern California,” said Stacy Clark, CEO Swell. “The partnership with Thalia Street couldn’t have been better. It’s a great shop with a great team.” 

“We are really excited to have been able to stoke out such a cool family from our own county,” said Nick Cocores, owner Thalia Street Surf Shop. “We can’t believe out of all the entries that a local family won. We want to thank everyone for all their entries and loved the comments.”

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RYAN SHECKLER TO HOST DOWN FOR LIFE: FIGHT FOR A CAUSE

January 21st, 2009 | By | 836 Comments

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Come help Ryan Sheckler fight for a major cause. His Down For Life event will take place on February 6 at 7:00 pm at the Grove in Anaheim. The night’s proceeds will benefit The Sheckler Foundation, which seeks to provide financial assistance to injured action sports athletes, as well as famalies affected by autisim.  Other athletes slated to appear are Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan, Jason Ellis, Kit Cope, Erik Apple and Danny Abbadi. The evening will also feature a performance by a special musical guest. For more information visit www.shecklerfoundation.org

CORRIE’S PICK OF THE WEEK: BILLABONG’S FADER BOARDSHORT

January 20th, 2009 | By | 740 Comments

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Corrie is a very nice girl, so we were extra surprised when her pick of the week was Billabong’s irie Fader boardshort. Corrie expalined that rasta-inspired prints will be everywhere this Spring, and this boardshort featured the best of the bunch. Well shame on us for assuming anything but the purest of intentions from Corrie, but we’ll go ahead and burn one down for ya anyway.

DID YOU GET SOME? SAN DIEGO DIDN’T

January 20th, 2009 | By | 1,174 Comments

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re already well aware of how hard the swell hit — everywhere except San Diego that is. While our northern neighbors were bragging about headhigh sets and a few barrels, we were lucky enough to get 3-feet of nothing. How about you? Send us some photos so that we can compare sob stories.