Posts Tagged ‘Surfing Magazine’

January 21st, 2009 | By | 2,704 Comments




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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December 10th, 2008 | By | 798 Comments




With seven ASP world titles, countless victories, and the place as the most successful female professional surfer ever, Layne Beachley finally passed on the torch in October of this year. To celebrate her lifetime of accomplishments and her recent engagement to long time boyfriend Kirk Pengilly, friends, family and industry supporters hosted a tear-inducing and bubbly-popping surprise celebration for Layne this past week.  Known for being one of the most prominent cataylsts for the advancement of women’s pro surfing, there was no shortage of surfers and friends to show their support at the Waimea gala.  Included in the guest list were fellow World Champions and friends Lisa Anderson (4x World Champ),  Sofia Mulonovich (1x World Champ), and Stephanie Gilmore (current 2x World Champ), who all dipped their straws in the cocktail-filled ASP world title cup.

To add to the smiles and overall jolly and sentimental mood of the night were the guest’s Layne costumes. The theme of the night was “dress like Layne.” This exploded into a mélange of Oakley and Zinc-faced, bandaged (from the famous fin accident in Japan circa 97’), big bikini-bottomed Layne look-alikes who took the opportunity to add some good-hearted roast-worthy moments to the night’s events. To top off the night, Layne received some great gifts, including a special Pipeline book from Sean Collins and the folks at Surfline in which all the guests from the evening signed. (more…)

December 8th, 2008 | By | 3,617 Comments



You probably won’t recognize his name, but you certainly know his handy work. Not to mention, Mother Ocean likes to think of him as her prodigal son. Meet Olaf Lohr, the main man behind Surfrider’s stellar membership drive.

Whenever you see a Surfrider sticker, email or newsletter, Olaf is the one who’s directing the creative distribution. As Membership Manager, O is on the hook for securing new members and keeping current one’s happy. So as you would imagine, much of his job is handshakes and smiles—and action sports loves him for it! Originally from Chemnitz, Germany, O hit Orange County in the late 90’s when he worked for a dot comer that provided technical support to Surfrider. After meeting the crew and volunteering at a few of their fundraisers, a position emerged that had O’s name written all over it. Already aware of his hard work ethic, Surfrider eagerly welcomed him aboard. (Which further proves what we’ve been saying all along: internships/volunteering = open doors.) (more…)

October 17th, 2008 | By | 2,634 Comments



winner Todd Glaser


In light of the dwindling economy, there are still a few lucky (not to mention innovative and amazingly talented) buggers that got a shot at the mother load of breaks at Thurday’s Follow the Light Award ceremony. Follow the Light Foundation (FTL) was created in 2005 in honor of Larry “Flame” Moore. After nearly 3 years of battling brain cancer, the legendary surf photographer and photo editor of Surfing Magazine passed, leaving behind this foundation to help finance the dreams of surf photographers.

On the line this year were $5,000 clams and a coveted opportunity to go on a trip with the Surfing Magazine crew. We can only imagine that this trip will include the best surfers in a location the rest of us only dream about. But the paper doesn’t come without the chasin’. In addition to the contestants’ undeniable talent, they were required to submit essays that covered their passion for surf photography to proposals for what they would accomplish with the grant money. The competition was tough this year with over 60 entries, but it was narrowed down to these 5 lucky finalists: