Posts Tagged ‘Billabong’

July 21st, 2011 | By | 3,128 Comments

Billabong Pro J-Bay -Round 2 Complete & Swell Employee Challenge

The Billabong Pro Jefferys Bay just finished the first elimination round, and the approaching swell should bring classic J-Bay conditions for the closing rounds. Defending contest champion and South African favorite Jordy Smith lived up to the hype in his first round heat. He smoothly comboed airs into multi-manuver scores on less than performance enhancing waves.

Billabong has provided an awesome webcast with the always entertaining Mark Occilupo, Ronnie Blakey, and Joel Turpel. Even during lay days they produce a funny and informing morning show that lays out the Surfline swell forecast and interviews the boys. Click the banner for the videos and forecasts:

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The goofy footers are frothing for the swell to even the playing-field against the regular footers. Watch the heats on demand to catch up on the action, and catch the live feed that usually starts around 11pm PST. But don’t stay up all night tweeting about your fantasy team, and drag your feet at work the next day.
With little to no surf in the first week of competition, many thought Kelly Slater would make a dramatic appearance just in time for his round 2 heat. But he and Bobby Martinez no-showed leaving Fantasy Surfer teams in disarray. The Swell office fantasy contest remains close as three players advanced at least 5 surfers into round 5, except for Billy who banked on Kelly pully a mysto-arrival.

This contest loser has to endure a firing squad of burritos, meaning we all get to huck a burrito at his face with any projection device of our choosing. Billy endured 24 hrs wearing a bike lock around his neck, and it looks like he’s headed to bean town this time.

Here’s the SWELL teams and strategies:
jbay-morgan Morgan’s Strategy: “The gnarlier looking the brazilian the better he surfs”

jbay-dave Dave’s Strategy: “Youth over experience…sorry Bill”

jbay-nutt Michael’s Strategy: “If he dated either of the Miller sisters he’s in the title race”

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Bill’s Strategy: “Kelly is going to jump out of a helicopter mid heat and steal this thing”

The Punishment

The Punishment

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July 15th, 2011 | By | 2,325 Comments

Top 5 Must Haves for a Tropical Vacation

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It’s Summer, and I have the travel bug. I’m planning my trip to Hawaii’s North Shore next month, and I will be spending it lying on the beach sipping mai tais and eating poke. Does it get any better than that? So here is a list of my top 5 essentials to bring on any summer vacation: an amazing bikini, a multipurpose day to night dress/beach cover up, and fashionable accessories to accentuate your outfit. Remember on your next trip to pack lightly and avoid baggage claim at all cost, be comfortable, and above look stylish!

1. Vix Michelle Bikini Top and Bottom
2. Tigerlily Celestial Mumu
3. Reef Goddess Sandal
4. Billabong Day Tripper Bag
5. Super Lucia Sunglass

hannahAbout the Author: If buying girl’s apparel were anything like garage sale shopping, Hannah would be the one knocking at your door at 5am, trying to score the best picks. Spot this dog surfing enthusiast with a longboard and lifejacket-ed Golden Retriever.

July 12th, 2011 | By | 3,082 Comments

New Bob Marley Collections

Get Up, Stand Up (In Your Bob Marley Tee/Skate/Shades)

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Another season of roots rocking the Bob Marley gear has arrived. This year Billabong has (puff, puff) passed on the proverbial Bob Marley torch to VonZipper and Sector 9. All three brands are spreading the green goodness this season with collaborations on Bob Marley skateboards, sunglasses, tees and more. The only thing that would make us happier at this point would be a combo brownie/Chex Mix pack.

Check out new Bob Marley Gear

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July 6th, 2011 | By | 281 Comments

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay 2011 Webisode #2

After a month or two of WCT inaction, the dream tour wakens from it’s slumber for stop #4 at Jeffery’s Bay, South Africa on July 14th.

J-Bay ranks among the most important stops on the tour, not only because of the culture and high-performance aspects, but because it determines who stays in the world title race, and who is on the bubble of falling off the mid year cut. The early swell outlook shows less than favorable conditions, but you never know what waves can pop up down around the African cape.

Enjoy Billabong webisode #2, and stay tuned on Swell’s Facebook for the give-a-ways we’re planning in honor of this classic event. Any early comp predictions?