Posts Tagged ‘kelly slater’

April 20th, 2012 | By | 3,782 Comments

Newport Beach Film Festival 2012 Action Sports Film Series

The Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series showcases international films about athletes, filmmakers and pioneers of the action sports culture. It’s the largest action sports cinema event in the nation, taking place during from April 26 – May 3, 2012 in Orange County, CA,  at locations like the Lido theater where legendary surf movies premiered over the years.

If you are in Southern California during the festival, treat yourself to discover the host of groundbreaking visions of the sports we love. Check out the schedule to make it to some fun after parties where you can mingle with the stars like Travis Rice from The Art of Flight  and Quiksilver Waterman Jamie Mitchell.

Watch trailers and learn about must-see films of the 2012 NBFF Action Sports Film Series

Day At The Pool


A Day at the Pool is a documentary-style film that attempts to uncover the true origins of (more…)

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April 20th, 2012 | By | 5,291 Comments

Surf Camp -Top Schools and Gear Check out the best surf schools, and get geared up to learn from local legends

Regardless of skill level, no grom-hood is complete without a party-wave filled surf camp. Learning your shrediquette from a legendary local instructor is a crucial step towards parent-free beach days and earning your spot in the line-up. So Listen up parents, even if you dont live by the beach, send your kids to a surf camp. They will return with the confidence and strength that no other recreation provides.

Billabong camps are famous for featuring local pros and epic surf ambassadors to teach the next generation of surfers how to do it in style. Here’s two Bong camps that have been spreading stoke to thousands of aspiring surfers.

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Voted as Orange County’s Best Surf Coach (OC Weekly 2011) Stephen “Slidawg” Chew guarantees to get your grommet up on some Hakama peelers. For 20 years the camp has been perched in the epicenter of Laguna’s surf community at Thalia Street where campers have their pick of Reef rights, sandy lefts and shore-break mini-tubes.

Slidawg teaches kids a double dose of style and ability in the water, and the classic vernacular only heard in Laguna Beach.

1) The camp starts at 9am with some serious instruction about ocean safety from the certified surf instructors.
2) Next the trainees learn the rules of the reef, proper paddling, duck diving and getting to your feet.
3) Softboards and suits are provided, but bringing yours is a good opportunity to get more familiar with your sled.
4) The fun doesn’t stop at the sand, they get daily grinds at a local eatery, and the kids are hooked up with a Billabong backpack filled with swag from the top names in surf. Camp ends at 2pm.
5) Sign up before June 25 and save 20%. (more…)

April 13th, 2012 | By | 5,835 Comments

Punt Wax -Surf Essentails Volume 2

After a year of everyone stealing slivers of Fu Wax from friends returning from Brazil, super gooey surf wax is now available from your favorite domestic wax makers.

Adriano de Souza sticky little secret was out after Taj, Luke Davis and Slater returned from Brazil comps with kilos of Fu Wax, and they weren’t eager to share. Perpetual hater, Jamie O’Brien and Kolohe had their doubts but the proof is in the pudding, and this stuff will turn into it when left in the sun. It’s not too much of a stretch to link Kolohe’s epic tear to make the tour with punt wax. Right when he became a believer, he started “sticking” every damn air in the book, and consequently dominated consecutive contest in his improbable road to qualification.

Watch and learn as the Sticky Bumps gurus put punt wax to the test.

Skeptics bitch about messy goo that coats anything it touches, and the Velcro bond it makes to your chest while paddling. Those claims have some validity, but a small price to pay once you pop up, “Even though I get a Brazilian wax job before every wave, it feel like there’s foot straps on. I’ve been able to ride out of some shit I never thought I’d land before” claims Bill Laity, SWELL’s surf enforcer.

Combat the pitfalls of punt wax by throwing this gear in your kit.

1. Surf Shirt: In a recent trip to Puerto we surfed with the Billabong Skulldrag, avoiding painful wax in the chest hair and it even helped stay positioned on your board.

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2. Wax Case: 2 SWELL employees have fallen victim to a full wax melt-down in their backpack and boardshorts. It completely melts in about about 20 minutes at 80F heat. Box it up with this case from Sticky Bumps, and even if it melts, you can throw it in the fridge and pop it out of the mold then re-use. It also comes with a costum sharped toothed comb to avoid a bead-less top-coat.

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March 9th, 2012 | By | 2,629 Comments

Battle of the Boardshorts: Quik Pro Gear Review

When you hear touring surfers say “I’ve been focusing on my equipment a lot lately” they’re not just talking about working with shapers. With today’s seven figure prize purses, surfers spend the off-season in Olympic style training facilities, boosting into foam pits, and testing new competitive sportswear technology like they were Apolo Ohno.

The first stop on the World Championship meant the unveiling of the world’s best surfers’ new signature designs they rely on for the marathon 9-month dream tour. The challenging conditions at the Quiksilver Pro Snapper Rocks required competitors to generate their own speed, rather than the wave propelling them through sections. Judges awarded the highest scores for aerial maneuvers, a trick that would be impossible with the constricting old nylon trunks of yesteryear.

Here’s a few of our favorite world title contenders, and the trunks they depended on for max agility and performance.

Slater’s Cyhper Nomad trunks feature a diamond dobby fabric that reduces contact with skin, therefore minimizing the dreaded “balloning” or trapped water that acts like a parachute. Kelly landed an equal 5th, which we hope retains his interest to pursue #12.

Jordy’s semi-final finish came via powerful railwork and 100m long combos. He had to muscle his big frame extra hard in the soft conditions, but managed to whip his tail around and take out contest favorite Joel Parkinson. His O’Neill Neurosis features 4-way epic stretch technology helped him blow up, and start his 2012 world title campaign.

Daynolds’ tour aspiration are less predictable than Slater’s, but we always know he’ll put on a show. In just two heats, he stomped 3 of the best 5 maneuvers of the contest. His freakishly agile and aptly named Cypher Revolt boardshorts features a poly-spandex fabric blend.



Parko’s
Platinum-X Flux trunks by Billabong have ergonomic panels and water-repellant epic stretch fabric. His attention to those features have kept him a title threat into his 12th year on tour.

Taj’s intense dedication to training and equipment paid off with a victory at the 2012 Quiksilver Pro. His ocean friendly trunks made from recycled plastic bottles fall just above the knee. His Komplete shorts use zero gravity quad stretch, so they can have a less baggy fit without restricting motion. CONGRATS TAJ!!!