Posts Tagged ‘boardshorts’

June 4th, 2012 | By | 4,334 Comments

Craig Anderson -Surf and Style

The timeless and carefree style of Craig Anderson is an enigma. In and out of the water, he effortlessly out-surfs anyone and looks damn good doing it. A driving force of the Modern Collective progressive surfing boom, this Aussie/Saffa represents a new breed of free surfers with fresh styles.

Craig “Ando” Anderson has spent the last few years circling the globe with his fellow Quik free-surfers like Dane, Ry and Clay. From his Surfing Mag covershot at Greenbush, to his Punt of the Month, everyone’s trying to understand how this hair-farming ripper makes it look so easy.

Craig explains his approach to surf and style “To me, good style is about being in tune with the ocean, timing, nonchalance, vision, and just being relaxed. Everyone’s style is gonna be different. It’s all about being comfortable and enjoying what you like and everyone has a different take on what they enjoy”

Since becoming Quiksilver’s global poster-boy, his new school style influenced the latest cuts and colorways.

Here’s his go-to essentials he takes on his year-round travel benders:

1. Pocket Tee -Usually basics, but just anything without loud logos. Doubles as a surf top
2. Tight Pants- “I like that steez” -Ando
3. Cloth Trucker -Stylish sun protection is a must on the road, and also hides your nappy mop that hasn’t seen shampoo in days
4. Electric Sunglasses -He prefers contemporary twists on wayfarers. Kip Arnette hooks him up
5. Backpack -Boardbags require hands-free cargo. Stash some clothes with your boards if you need more space.
6. Boardshorts – The signature Ando Flint boardshort design is an extension of his surfing style: A retro outline with new-school flare and gravity defying agility.  The 4-way stretch Diamond Dobby fabric wont rip when you’re shredding your hardest.

The Cypher Brig boardshort takes performance to the next level for when Craig really gets acrobatic. A favorite short for Dane Reynolds, Ando and him share a similar lazy yet explosive style.


This basic yet enigmatic look and lifestyle has got Craig some very positive feedback from the ladies, so reinvent your steez with new Quik gear here

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May 16th, 2012 | By | 7,348 Comments

Battle of the Boardshorts: Rio Pro Brasil 2012

When the world tour came to the home of  “The Brazilian Airforce”, many expected the local young punters to air-reverse their way to a brazo-heavy final, but it was all Aussies and a Hawaiian into the Semis at the 2012 Billabong Rio Pro.  The precise tube riding and fine tuned gear of  these top ten ranked surfers continued to show why they are perennial title threats .

 Adrian “Ace” Buchan (World #8) came out firing in round one, taking out event favorite Gabriel Medina and progressive rookie Yadin Nicol. Ace relies on Hurley’s Phantom stretch technology for maximum stretch and lightweight performance when he unleashes  his combinations of  signature power hacks. This 60s Block Party style combines a rigid waistband with the 4-way stretch material that has made this patented Hurley technology the surf industry’s best boardshort for 4 years. Unfortunately Adrian fell to an in-form Jeremy Flores, but we look forward to his front-hand attack at Tavarua during next month’s Volcom Fiji Pro.  Get Ace’s style – Hurley.

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Owen Wright (World #10)  was another Australian who smoked a local hero Raoni Montieri, and out-gunned past Brazil winner Taylor Knox.  Owen owes it to Rip Curl’s Mirage Flex technology for sticking those tricky vertical re-entries and stomping airs. For such a big guy, it’s important that Owen’s shorts offer minimal  resistance and weight in such a tricky beachbreak. Owen went down to quarter finalist Tiago Pires in a wonky, stormy and low scoring 3rd round affair.  Get this Rip Curl technology

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John John Florence (World #5) stole the show with buzzer beater barrels against Julian Wilson, and two no-grab 360 airs to win the final over current world #1 Joel Parkinson. John’s hot streak continues in his signature Epic Stretch trunks that contain elastane stretch fabric for his freakish abilities above and beneath the lip.  He has been wearing this lucky style ever since his historic run to become the youngest Triple Crown Champion in 2011. He’s another goofy-footer that is poised to place high in the upcoming Volcom Fiji Pro.  Get John John’s signature style here

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Parko  (World #1) surpassed the sidelined Slater in the rankings with his second place result.  Joel made it through four extremely close heats decided by only fractions of a point (0.4, 0.7, 1.3, 0.83) In a game of inches, Parko trusted the super-stretch panels of the Flux boarsdshort, and the good karma of this recycler series style. Get the Flux here

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Photos courtesy of the ASP

May 11th, 2012 | By | 1,749 Comments

Greg Noll Moons Crowd at Billabong XXL Awards

On stage at the Billabong XXL awards with two Playboy Playmates at his side, 75 yr old Greg Noll pulled down his pants.

While Noll was presenting Garret McNamera with a $50,000 check for Biggest Wave of the Year, everyone enjoyed “Da Bull” retell his own quest for the world’s biggest waves in his signature black and white boardshort. He then alluded to the fact that his original short style was being copied by surf companies and poser brands. But, patenting black and white stripes would be harder than laying claim to boardshorts themselves, so he did what any pissed-off surfer would, and mooned the crowd with his signature stripes across his bare ass.

It was not what many expected from a nice looking old man, but Noll is a real bad-ass and has a core perspective about wannabe fads in the surf industry. Here’s what he said about the trendy surf guitar genre of the 60s “Crap, all of it. That’s what real surfers thought. Dick Dale was okay, but the rest was garbage. We hated all that stuff; all the surf music and the Beach Blanket Bingo movies. It (The Beach Boys) just sounded kind of pussy to us.”(Warshaw, 2006)

Playboy’s Miss June 2012 Amelia Talon, and Miss April 2011 Jaclyn Swedberg weren’t the ones taking their clothes off this time, so they cheered him on along with the rest of the industry in attendance.

Who Stole Surfing?

Noll mentioning rip-off surf companies comes just weeks after Hollister Co. became the world’s largest (so-called) surf company, posting 2 billion dollars in annual revenues. This upset many in the surf industry who are dedicated to maintaining an ocean-first mentality, and an overall sense of respect to the heritage of people like Greg Noll.

Hollister aka “Mall-ister” mass produces kitschy knock-offs of our coastal classics, and waters down our sacred surf culture.  Making shirts that say “Hollister Surf Team” is blatant rip-off of smaller surf companies who actually invest in their fellow rippers who keep the dream alive.

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Warsaw, M. (1996). Photo/Stoner: The Rise, Fall, and Mysterious  Disappearance of Surfing's Greatest Photographer (pp. 46). San
Fransisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

 

April 12th, 2012 | By | 4,616 Comments

Music Festival Attire Essentials FRESH, FLOURO AND FUNCTIONAL GEAR FOR SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

Springtime kicks off a nationwide blitzkrieg of outdoor music festivals, showcasing cutting edge bands and hot summer styles. Coming off record breaking hot weather in March, picking the right ropa will be clutch for surviving those long raging days.

Here’s SWELL’s pick’s for putting together a fresh and functional kit.

Good shades are the cornerstone to a marathon weekend in the sun. They hide your droopy hung-over eyes, avoid squinting from those blazing rays, and even shields you during those light shows on the main stage.

Vonzipper Cletus sunglasses tweaked the classic wayfarer style with a larger frame and slightly wrapped lens. Cletus gives you more sun protection, updated contours, and the Frosteez blue chrome tint -$100

The Sidecar by Dot Dash are spicy and not to pricey. If you habitually lose your spendy shades at blow-outs like Coachella, these shades will fit the bill without draining your dollars -$27

Tank or Tee, pick a top that says you like to party. Check the weather to ensure you wont over heat or freeze based on your shirt selection.

coachella tops Mingle Tee from Neff: your friends wont have trouble tracking you down in a crowd. Flouros are a must at most festivals -$26

Freddy Tank from Lightening-Bolt adds some extra aloha to a day in the sun. Keep your special party favors in the chest pocket and get loose -$54

Vox Tee by Howe features an over sized graphic of some crazy French omen. Big parties call for big styles like this -$48

Jailor Sappy tank by Dues en Machina was inspired by epic bike rallies, just like the origins of many festivals in the desert. It’s walking street-cred, and keeps you cool in the hot sands of places like Burning Man and Coachella -$33

Accessories finish off a festival kit like a maraschino cherry. Accent your look with a functional piece from SWELL

New Wave Trucker: Ride the party wave with RVCA and shield your mug from the sun in style -$26

Will Farrell’s Sexy Hot Tan: It’s a conversation piece, it’s sexy. Rub it on , Rock out. Get your man tan on -$14

Vans Rata Vulc Shoe: This kind of hemp isn’t meant to get passed around the crowd, unless you’re crowd surfing -$58

HDX Hydration Pack: Stay hydrated, keep cool, party longer and harder $1.50-$20

Nixon Carded Iphone Case: Party proof your body with the all-in-one combo kit -$24

Boardshorts are notoriously bad for protecting precious cargo, but thankfully we’ve got new hybrid styles that have lightweight water-friendly fabric and pocketing for your phone and wallet. Choose from over 100 hybrid styles here

Party in style…and responsibly