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Thanksgiving is here next Thursday, and we’re kicking off the holiday season by giving thanks to you, our loyal customers. When you spend $100 or more, receive a free Becker item on us. Hurry while it’s on. The promotion is only valid from 11/18 until this Sunday, 11/24. Stumped on what you can get to take advantage of this cool deal? Here are some of our sweetest and newest arrivals:

Billabong Rev Up Jacket
A playful take on the cropped denim jacket, the Billabong Rev Up jacket puts the classic look of a motorcycle jacket by mixing both denim and sweater fabrics. It features a denim body, contrasting sweater sleeves, a removable hood, asymmetrical zip front closure, dual chest pockets with zippered side pockets, and distressed details throughout. It’s the perfect piece to wear with a girly dress and sneakers for a fun look. $89.50.

O’Neill Girls San Fran Sweater
One of our fave sweaters this season is the O’Neill Girls San Fran sweater. Part of their Holiday 2013 collection, it’s the perfect get-up to get cozy this season. Featuring an abstract zebra-like stripe print in black, white, and a cool blue/gray, plus a custom logo badge, there’s no doubt wearing it will make you feel merry and bright. $69.50.

Billabong Bringing It All Bag
Bring everything you’ll need for a day of shopping or hanging out at the beach with the Billabong Bringing It All bag. The large canvas tote puts a heavy emphasis on street chic with a modern tribal print, two large flap pockets at front for added storage options, and an interior laptop compartment. The main compartment can hold all your daily essentials, and the zip up closure ensures they stay in there. Dual shoulder straps make it easy to carry, too. Dimensions: 15″ (H), 15″ (L), 5″ (W). $59.50.

Old Guys Rule Surfstein T Shirt
The Old Guys Rule brand, established in 2003 as a tribute to the legendary American surfer Doug Craig, has a cool new shirt that gives Albert Einstein a nod. The Surfstein t-shirt in a cool lake shade features a small logo at the chest with an enlarged version at the back and features Einstein’s quote, “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.” 100% pre-shrunk cotton t-shirt and a regular fit. $21.00.

Element Vermont Sweatshirt
Looking for a fresh new hoodie that’s lightweight and soft? The Element Vermont Hoodie answers your need. This cozy, front zip sweatshirt comes in a two-tone colorway that features a drawstring hood with contrast drawcords, front pouch pocket, thumbholes at the cuffs, and Element tree embroidery detailing. The lightweight construction and fleece lining make it perfect over a tee shirt or under a jacket so you’ll have super cool skate style. Constructed of 60% cotton/40% polyester. $54.50.

Dakine EQ Bag 51L
If you’re headed somewhere for the holidays, then you’ll need the right traveling gear. Dakine’s EQ Medium Bag (51L) is the perfect bag to ensure you’ll have plenty of space for all you need. The U-shaped opening on top gives you easy access to your necessaries, the zippered end pocket helps you separate the stuff you need to separate, and the padded shoulder strap ensures you won’t have neck and shoulder problems hauling all your goods. 22 x 11 x 11″ [56 x 28 x 28cm] $45.00.
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Sobering news: we’ve just read that the world’s oceans are becoming acidic at an “unprecedented rate.” Sadly, the addition of so much carbon has altered the chemistry of the waters, which would affect many discovered, and yet to be discovered, surf breaks around the world.

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In their strongest statement yet on this issue, scientists are worried, saying acidification could increase by 170% by 2100, and that some 30% of ocean species, including corals, are unlikely to survive in these conditions. The more acidic oceans become, the more damaging they are to the shells and skeletons of marine organisms.

The researchers conclude that human emissions of CO2 are clearly to blame, as we consume fossil fuels to feed our appetites for energy-intensive lifestyles. There’s “very high confidence” that increasing acidification is caused by human activities, which are adding 24 million tonnes of CO2 to oceans every day.

Due to human activities, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide has been rising extensively since the Industrial Revolution and has now reached dangerous levels not seen in the last 3 million years.

Currently, the Arctic and Antarctic oceans are feeling the effects of acidity the most. These chilly waters hold more CO2 and increasing levels of the gas are turning them acidic more rapidly than the rest of the world.

So, what can we do?

Marine protection zones will give some short term benefit, but scientists say that in the long term, only significant cuts in emissions will slow the progress of acidification.

87 percent of all human-produced carbon dioxide emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and oil. The remainder results from the clearing of forests and other land use changes (9%), as well as some industrial processes such as cement manufacturing (4%).

What do you think… let’s limit their use, no? Food for thought.
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If you haven’t already heard, two weeks ago, Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle may have tackled the biggest wave ever surfed.

Praia do Norte, at the Portuguese town of Nazare, is renowned for its huge swells — and on Tuesday, October 26, Burle caught one of these, estimated to be around 100 feet high (this after he helped save fellow Brazilian Maya Gabeira out of the pummeling surf after she was knocked unconscious).

Gabeira, one of the world’s leading female big-wave surfers, was taken to hospital and luckily escaped with just a broken ankle, while Burle is hoping to have his feat ratified as a Guinness World Record.

The wave measured some 100 feet in height—much higher than the confirmed 2011 Guinness world record of 78 feet set by Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara last year, also in Nazare waters.

“It was luck. We never know when we will be catching the wave,” Burle told Surfer Today,” I still hadn’t surfed any wave and everyone had already had their rides. Maya almost died. For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened.”

Check out the video, courtesy of CNN, of Burle’s wild ride. It’s both terrifying and amazing at the same time.

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Want to support a great charity and watch some cool surf flicks, too? Then tonight, November 8, head to the Save The Waves Film Festival for an intimate evening of live music, an acclaimed short films program, and the world premiere of SE7EN SIGNS, the new surf travel epic from director Nathan Myers and executive producer Taylor Steele.

Now in its fifth year, the festival will be traveling across the country to these locations this year:

Los Angeles, California – November 8, 2013 – Majestic Crest Theatre
Brooklyn, New York – November 15, 2013 – Shangri-La Studio
San Francisco, California – November 22, 2013 – Victoria Theatre

Save The Waves Coalition, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of surfing coastline and the marine environment, is a group of devoted surfers, scientists, and activists that share a common belief that our wild coastal areas around the world are precious and valuable, and need to be protected.

Tonight’s evening begins at 6PM with live music by Lee Koch, followed by a short films program, a fundraiser raffle and very special solo musical set from Guy Blakeslee (front man of The Entrance Band, recently voted best new rock band by the LA Weekly), and then the world premiere of Se7en Signs around 8:30pm.

Se7en Signs features six countries and is the anthology of six filmmakers in different countries on one journey. It features Peter Devries, Asher Pacey, Ozzy Wright, Torrey Meister, Joel Fitzgerald, Harrison Roach, Otis Carey, Daniel Jones, Chris Del Moro, Eli Steele, Noah Cohen, Gavin Gillette and Kiron Jabour.

Other films in the festival include Old Dog, The Ocean Inside, Untitled Norway, Transparent Sea, and Martin’s 5. Check out the Official Film Program here.

For tickets, go here.
General admission $20. VIP Tickets $50.

The Majestic Crest Theatre
1262 S Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Here’s the official Se7en Signs trailer:

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It’s the first week of November, and would you believe that the high temp is going to be in the low 80s today? Well, yes… because luckily for us, it’s still tank top weather in this part of the country. … Continue reading