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We’re pretty stoked that Noll Surfboards just announced an exclusive collaboration with Billabong for Summer 2012. The new line by Noll Surfboards, the surf brand founded on epic big-wave pioneering and transoceanic aloha, is based on the historic surf lifestyles surrounding the original big wave legend Greg “Da Bull” Noll and his son, acclaimed surfboard shaper Jed Noll.

Greg Noll, known for his unrivaled bravado in giant waves in the 1950s and 1960s along Oahu’s North Shore, was the first surfer to establish a “trademark” look by wearing black and white striped “Jail House” trunks. The new line will have elements of this, and is designed to bring back the stoke of the Do-It-Yourself era when surfboards were carved by hand and California surfers created their own youthful look by blending Hawaiian Beach Boy style, Hot Rod culture and Beat Generation independence.

The apparel line will be in stores in March and will feature a ten-piece collection including board shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, walk shorts and a special run of 200 Limited Edition signed and numbered “Jail House” striped trunks that will be auctioned exclusively online starting March 22 through to April 4. Opening bids will begin at $200 and consumers will be able to bid on board shorts based on their size and signing number.

The Noll family has always stood for authenticity, and the styles, colors and cuts of the new surf wear line are all authentically shaped by the historic surf lifestyle that Greg Noll helped create.
While this partnership allows the Noll family to bring their ohana spirit to a much bigger hui of surfers, they will remain deeply rooted in the business of handcrafting one-of-a-kind wood and foam surfboards for both collectors and modern performers via their flagship store in San Clemente, California and online at www.NollSurfboards.com.

“I’ve always felt that surfboards are the cornerstone of surfing and the surf industry,” said Paul Naudé, President of Billabong North America. “We’re honored to be collaborating with Greg and Jed through Noll Surfboards, one of the most iconic surfboard brands in the history of surfing, in producing an eclectic line of cool product that will create a lot of excitement in the market this summer.”

Keep a lookout for the line, and don’t forget the bidding starts in a couple weeks.

Greg Noll-60 from Billabong USA on Vimeo.

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Want a good reason to head down to Mexico for some fun in the sun? The 3rd Annual Punta Sayulita Classic is coming up from March 9th to the 11th in the beautiful surfside village of Sayulita, Mexico, 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta along Mexico’s tropical pacific coastline known as the “Riviera Nayarit.”

Over the past two years, the Punta Sayulita Classic has developed into one of the premier surfing and stand-up paddle events in North America. It has been attracting thousands of spectators and one of the deepest international fields of professional athletes as well as talented amateurs competing head-to-head in longboard and SUP surfing.

This year’s field of surfers and paddlers is one of the strongest yet and features top pros including defending champions Sean Poynter, Slater Trout, Candice Appleby, Mary Osborne and Darren Eudaly as well as a group of formidable challengers including 2011 BOP California Champion Connor Baxter, 2011 SUP World Tour Champion Kai Lenny, and a host of proven champions including Zane Schweitzer, Chuck Patterson, Anthony Vela, Aaron Napoleon and many more.

In addition to the action packed weekend of surf competitions and SUP races on the water, on-land festivities include a reggae benefit concert featuring Common Sense, and a surfing clinic for special needs and underprivileged children under the supervision of renowned Malibu, CA longboard surfer, Jimmy Gamboa, and members of his TheraSURF Foundation.

Proceeds raised at the 3rd Annual Punta Sayulita Classic will be donated to support the important environmental and community programs established by the Reef Check and Punta Sayulita Foundations.

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From March 1 – 11, legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk will be auctioning off collectibles from his office to raise money for his charity, The Tony Hawk Foundation. Established in 2002, this charitable, non-profit organization has helped to create free, public skateparks for at-risk youth for over a decade, and now Hawk is offering a collection of personal belongings and other special items to help raise funds to build even more.

All the proceeds from the auction will go to the Tony Hawk Foundation. The Foundation has awarded $3,972,350 to 493 communities, and focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building.

The special eBay auction will run until Sunday, March 11 at 7 PM (Pacific Standard Time). Some of the items up for auction include: X Games Champions’ Set, which is a special collection of 5 autographed pro skateboard decks from Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, Shaun White, Buckly Lasek, and Pierre-Luc Gagnon, an autographed Michael Jordan Jersey, a Tony Hawk Prototype Doll Head, prototype Airwalk Shoes, five nights in Cancun, Mexico, a custom car, a super slick motorcycle, skateboards and trophies from Tony’s archive, a two-night stay at Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont, and tickets to televised tapings of “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent.”

There’s some pretty cool stuff, and all sales will help to build more skateparks, and other children-related charities.

For a full list of auction items and to place a bid, check out www.thfauction.org.

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Free shipping on all US Cont. orders all month long. This excludes all oversized items such as boards and paddles. Other than that, what are you awaiting for!

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Marking its second year, the Arnette 2012 Cash Pot Surf Series is in full swing. The first of the eight-stop series began last weekend at Seaside Reef in San Diego, and the second will be this weekend at Blackies in Newport Beach.

Unlike most surf events, the Arnette Cash Pot Surf Series distributes prize money to the winners of each heat, not just those who make it to the finals. So, top finishers will take home some prize money, but money and prizes are also set aside for heat winners and the guys that simply just rip it up out there. Both the Pro-Am and Juniors divisions were filled to capacity last weekend, with alternate lists for both in the double digits.

It’s first-come, first served sign-ups and beach entry only – so get there early before 6:30 a.m. to make sure you secure a spot if you want to compete. There are two different divisions – Pro-Am and 16 & Under – with $3,000 in cash up-for-grabs at each event.

At each contest, ASP judging criteria and interference rules will be in full effect. The first place finisher in the 16 & Under division will receive $250, the winner of the Pro-Am division brings home $500 and additional prize will be going to heat winners and surfers who otherwise impress the judges.

2012 Arnette Cash Post Surf Series dates and locations include:
* 2/26 – Seaside Reef, San Diego, CA
* 3/03 – Blackies, Newport Beach, CA
* 3/17 – Ventura, Los Angeles, CA
* 4/21-22 (two day waiting period) – Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, NJ
* 7/08 – Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI
* 7/14 – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, CA
* 8/13 – Ponce Inlet, FL
* 8/17 –Outerbanks, NC

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