Could Chi Town Be The Next Surf Town, USA?

June 18th, 2009 | By | 1,329 Comments


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…)

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The Top Ten Swimsuits for Surfing

June 17th, 2009 | By | 1,395 Comments



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!


Try a Rip, C’Mon, Everyone’s Doing It

June 16th, 2009 | By | 1,854 Comments


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.

Follow the Light to $5,000!

June 15th, 2009 | By | 481 Comments


June 15, 2009

Follow the Light Foundation Announces Call For Entries For
The 2009 Follow the Light Foundation Surf Photographers Grant

$5,000 to be granted to the winning photographer

SAN CLEMENTE, CA- For the fourth year in a row, the Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) will award $5000 to a deserving photographer in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. The FTLF was founded after Moore’s passing in the attempt to continue his legacy of assisting up and coming photographers.  Photographers of all ability levels are encouraged to participate.  The application and details can be found on the FTLF website.

Applications will be due August 17, 2009.  The grant recipient will be chosen by a panel of judges chosen by the FTLF.  This year’s recipient will be announced on October 1, 2009.

The FTLF is proud to be working with SWELL, Hurley, Surfline, Surfing Magazine, and Oakley to provide this year’s grant. The 2009 Follow the Light Grant Recipient Dinner will be held at the Surfing Heritage Foundation on October 1st, 2009. 

For photos and coverage of last year’s awards visit HERE 

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