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If you haven’t noticed, Hurley has been doing a series of videos this year: One & Only.

There have been episodes featuring World Champion Carissa Moore and recently, Kolohe Andino.

Now, one of our favorite One & Only episode shows Santa Barbara’s Conner Coffin take his signature power and style to Hawaii and Lowers before putting on a backhand tube clinic at Teahupoo. Showing that power surfing is still alive and kicking, Conner’s One & Only edit is one enjoyable little ditty to showcase that sentiment.

According to Conner, “Perry and I have worked on mine over the last few weeks and I’m pretty pumped on how it turned out. It’s mostly just some random bits and pieces of footage that we accumulated over the little while. Some Hawaii leftovers, a lowers session and then a quick Tahiti trip. The song is by a local Carpinteria band called Pleasure. They shred.”

Enjoy this edit and get lost in for a few: http://stabmag.com/one-and-only-conner-coffin/

If you want to see more from Conner, including his favorite Hurley product, check out at Hurley.com/connercoffin, which of course includes the One & Only Classic T Shirt Men’s T $19.99, which you can get here!

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Hey, we know you’ve got style (I mean, you’re on the Becker site!) So, make sure you get your dad looking sharp, too, and outfit him with some pretty dapper Becker clothes and accessories. Best of all, all men’s apparel (excluding boards, wetsuits, watches, sunnies, gear) are 20% off right now, and if you decide to snag an item from our Becker private line, then, you’ve scored even more: All Becker products are buy 1 get one 50% off. So, don’t procrastinate. Father’s Day is on June 16th. Here are some pretty choice Becker products for Dad:

Becker Pinline Hermosa T Shirt
The Becker Surfboards Pinline Tee features a classic Becker on the chest and a classic Becker logo on the back with the city name as well. This version represents our Hermosa store, but you can get one for our Malibu outfit, too. Made from 100% Organic Cotton. $20.00.

Becker California Malibu T Shirt
The Becker California Malibu Tee features a California flag inspired Becker graphic on the front and small Becker logo on the back lower hem. Go California! Go Becker! Made from 50% Cotton, 37% Polyester, and 13% Rayon. $24.50.

Becker Traditional Malibu T Shirt
Need a cool, long-sleeved tee for those nippier nights? The Becker Traditional Malibu T Shirt features a classic Becker on the chest and a classic Becker logo on the back with the city name as well (Pick Malibu or Hermosa). $29.00.

Becker Pinline No Name Sweatshirt
This Becker Pinine zip hoodie is a must! Extra cozy with ribbed cuffs and hem, plus a pouch pocket, the graphic features our classic Becker logo on the chest. With twisted rope drawstrings at the hood opening, this sweatshirt is a staple in any guy’s closet. $48.00.

Becker Pinline Beanie
What more do you want out of a beanie than comfort, warmth and a little bit of steeze? The Becker Pinline beanie will get you the warmth and attention you deserve and have you ready for those chillier nights. 100% Acrylic. One size fits most. Features the classic Becker logo. $19.00.

Becker California Hat
The Becker California Hat is a classic snap back trucker with a Becker California logo. Represent the good ole state of California and Becker, too. Mesh back. One size fits most. $17.00.
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As he does every year, Tony Hawk is asking those serving at-risk youth to hit up his foundation for free money to be used for building skateboard parks. Don’t pass up the chance to receive free money (up to $25,000) to get your skatepark project on the move.

The principal focus of foundation grants will be to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of new quality skateboard parks and facilities, located in low-income communities in the United States. The minimum grant is $1,000 and the maximum grant is $25,000.

There is a catch: eligible parks must serve at-risk youth in low-income communities.

Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped to fund 512 public skateparks in all 50 states, and the Tony Hawk Foundation has seen 80% of the skateparks it’s helped fund open and begin serving almost 13,000 youth daily. In addition to its domestic Grant Program, the Tony Hawk Foundation has also provided critical Technical Assistance to thousands of skatepark projects around the world. In many instances, the foundation’s Technical Assistance has helped communities avoid costly mistakes and delays. Tony Hawk Foundation staff assisted over 1,000 communities in 2012 alone.

One caveat: the demand for grants from the Tony Hawk Foundation is pretty competitive. The THF has received as many as 450 applications in a single year, with the vast majority requesting the maximum $25,000 grant. So make sure you meet the criteria. If your proposed skatepark is not located in a low-income area, and if you are not able to illustrate strong community and grassroots support for the project, you are unlikely to receive a significant grant from the foundation.

But if you do meet the criteria, apply and make sure you get it in by the deadline. Applications must be turned in by July 1, 2013 to be considered.

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Every year, we watch the world’s best surfers gather at the coolest surf towns in the world. But what do we actually know about these ASP towns? In case you feel like channeling your inner Parko and heading to these warm, exotic locales to catch some of the best waves in the world, we’ve done our best attempt to break it down for you.

So whether you’re a beginner or an expert, here’s a guide to those perfect, glassy swells that qualify for ASP World Tour locale material:

1. Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
Let’s start with the big one – the one that pretty much decides our ASP World Champ. Pipeline is the daddy of all waves. Most surfers will never be good enough to surf here, but there’s nothing wrong with dreaming of one day (maybe) riding its perfect crest. Aptly, it’s located at the island that created surfing, and is one of the heaviest waves in the world. If you can tackle it, you won’t regret surfing this flawless water tube and experiencing one of nature’s finest.

2. Keramas, Bali, Indonesia
Ask just about any pro surfer, and they’ll name Bali as one of their top three surf beaches, since this paradise island can boast abundant world-class breaks all over. This year, the first elite tour event in Indonesia since 2008 will be happening at Keramas, an internationally-recognized venue of high-performance surfing. While the righthand reef break of Keramas will serve as the primary venue, performance-oriented beachbreaks of nearby Canggu has been noted as a backup location. We look forward to the ASP Top 34 doing battle here for years to come.

3. Gold Coast, Australia
Another of the world’s finest breaks, the Gold Coast consists of a bunch of righthand pointbreaks. South-to-North, these are: Snapper/Rainbow, Greenmount (Coolangatta beach), Currumbin (The Alley) and Burleigh. Plus there’s a new artificial reef at Narrowneck. There’s also miles of beachbreak, which can be just as enjoyable. We suggest you road trip up the east coast of Australia and take your pick. Each bay is set up for the Australian national sport and you’ll be able to rent boards in most locations. You may well have the ride of your life, which will produce tubes and solid walls.

4. Barra de Tijuca, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is a metropolis with rich cultural heritage, loads of beautiful people, and a huge center located with a breath-taking cathedral of 2,000 foot mountains bordering Guanabara Bay, with a massive statue of Jesus Christ overlooking all. Brazil offers year round warm weather and there are some good waves to be had. Between April and October, South Brazil garners swells from the east and south with powerful Antarctic swells that can get up to 10 feet. Its crowning surf jewel? Barra Da Tijuca, a fun wave for all surfers with rights and lefts, and the site of this year’s Billabong Rio Pro.

5. Cloudbreak, Tavarua Island, Fiji
Tavarua Island Resort, the heart shaped island in the South Pacific, is the premier surf and water sport resort in Fiji, and offers something for everyone. Cloudbreak, however, is a difficult wave to surf and is strictly for experts. The only way to surf Cloudbreak is to check into the Tavarua Surf Resort in Fiji. Cloudbreak is almost a perfect left, and has three main sections: the point (also called “the top”), the middle, and the inside (also called “Shish Kabobs”). The inside looks like the safest bet to most newcomers, but the boat drivers will tell you otherwise. The point and the middle are actually more rippable, and the inside is not called “Shish Kabobs” for nothing: the reef gets really shallow there, and it is very sharp.

6. Teahupoo, Taiarapu, French Polynesia
In the middle of the South Pacific lies the islands of French Polynesia. Amidst the incredible natural beauty, warm weather and plenty of waves, lies Teahupoo, one of the heaviest and scariest waves on the planet just off the shore of Tahiti Iti. “Chopes” is one of the high spots on the ASP World Tour, and is also one of the most challenging waves of the season. Known for the surf break and heavy, glassy waves offshore, often reaching 7 to 10 feet, and sometimes up to 21 feet, Teahupo’o is included on Transworld Surf’s list of the’ Top 10 Deadliest Waves’ and is commonly referred to as the “heaviest wave in the world”.

7. Trestles, California, United States of America
Trestles is a collection of surfing spots at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego. Trestles consists of, from north to south, Upper Trestles (Uppers), Lower Trestles (Lowers), and Middle Trestles (Middles). Lower Trestles is arguably the best surf break in the mainland United States, and is California’s premier point/reef break and a world-class showcase for high-performance surfing. It is here where the most futuristic maneuvers in surfing are attempted and perfected, and this world famous surfing break is known for consistently producing contestable waves.

8. Hossegor, France
Located on the Atlantic, expert surfing spot Hossegor has been dubbed the “surfing capital of Europe,” and has long been one of Europe’s premier surfing locations, with a series of world-class beach breaks such as Gravière and La Nord, and with nearby beach breaks in Capbreton and Seignosse such as La Piste and Bourdaines. Well known as a seaside resort and surfing center, it is considered as one of the best surfing locales in the world, with the city’s economy totally centered around surfing. People come from miles around to watch the pros ride tubes, and heavy walls break on the unnervingly shallow sandbank.

9. Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia
Bells Beach, a coastal locality of Victoria, Australia and a renowned surf beach, is the home of the world’s longest-running surfing competition – the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival, which was first held in January 1961. Bells Beach is a small bay and straight stretch with two headlands facing the Southern Ocean. Bells Beach has waves of ten to thirteen feet on good surfing days rising to as high as 16 feet depending on tide and wind conditions. The final scene of the film, “Point Break,” is set at Bells Beach (although the actual scene was not filmed there).

10. Peniche/Cascais, Portugal
Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal, is known for its long windy beaches, and as Europe’s most consistent and flexible surf spot, has very good waves. The Peniche Peninsula is considered ideal for both novice and expert surfers. There are a wide variety of waves – sand, reef, left, right, hollow, mellow – all within a few minutes of each other. Supertubos is the most popular wave in the region, with very fast and powerful (tubular) waves that look so similar to the Hawaiian Banzai Pipeline that many now refer to it as the “European Pipeline.” The world-class wave found at Supertubos is being touted as one of the best beach breaks in the world. Waves can reach up to 13 to 16 feet in height, drawing their power from the long and deep swells which are fuelled by the Atlantic Ocean.

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Brace yourself, ladies. Bikini season is practically here. So, whether you’re ready or not, summer is ready for you! If you’re at a loss of where to start to get the right look, here are a few choice options that will get you perfectly poised for the beach and pool.

Volcom Dotted Line Bikini Top & Volcom Dotted Line Bikini Bottom
The Volcom Dotted Line Bikini Top and Bottom provide a really fresh, modern look to the season. The Volcom Dotted Line bikini top features a stripe print, a contrast stripe strap, and an underwire cup. $48.00. The Volcom Dotted Line bikini bottom features a stripe front panel with a solid back, adjustable stripped side ties, and slim back coverage. $36.00.

Billabong Tara Rio Bikini Top & Billabong Tara Rio Bikini Bottom
If you want to channel a more tropical vibe, hit the beach with the Billabong Tara Rio bandeau and bottom, and bring the fiesta to the beach. This strapless bandeau bikini top has removable padding, removable straps, and slick macramé detail on back tie with spaghetti fringe detail. Tara Rio Bikini Top: $48.00. Tara Rio Bikini Bottom: $42.00.

RVCA Jambi Bikini Top
You can’t go wrong with RVCA’s basic triangle top. The RVCA Jambi Top is made of 82% Nylon/18% Spandex, has slide triangles, and spaghetti straps with ties at the neck and back.
Plus, the colors and pattern options are simply gorgeous. $32.00.

Billabong Lee Biarritz Bikini Bottom
There’s a reason that the Billabong Lee Biarritz Bikini Bottom is one of our best selling swimwear items. It’s a classic, solid bikini bottom that can easily be just as much a summer wardrobe staple as a classic white tee. Low rise, line, slightly cheeky seat coverage, and made of 80% nylon/20% spandex. $34.00.

Roxy Double Tiki Bikini Top
Roxy’s Double Tiki Bikini surf top serves it up tart and tangy with classic triangle cups that slide over double strings. Features a sparkle stripe pattern, an adjustable neck and back tie, and custom logo details. A perfect choice for surfing and swimming with a supportive, customized fit. Made of 52% poly-nylon/43% lurex/5% spandex. $42.00.

Roxy Tankini Bikini Top
Roxy gives us one of the surf essentials with a cropped tankini top that swings into action with a layered look that’s adorned with scallop edging. It actually swishes and sways with your every move. Designed with fuller coverage, it’s a great choice for surfing and swimming. Made of 80% nylon/20% spandex. $50.00. Continue reading