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‘Tis the season to be jolly, cause it’s the time to load up on all the cool gear you’ve wanted all year long (or at least request it from dear family and friends). Here is our ultimate surfer’s guide to gift giving to make it a little easier to a happy holiday. Best of all, you can find it all here at Becker Surf! Fa la la la la….

Capture Your Memories
You already know the Go Pro Surf Hero Camera is rad. How else can you capture all those sick waves you’re catching? Go Pro gives you professional quality footage and audio so you can document yourself ripping in any type of conditions, big or small. It easily mounts to any surfboard in seconds and it is so light even top pros claim they didn’t notice the camera on their boards. The Batteries last over 2.5 hours and it is waterproof up to 180′. The Camera can also be used for non-surf related adventures as well, with the use of different mounting kits. Go ahead and splurge for it! Tis the season! $230.00.

Cozy It Up
For those cold winter days when you just want to snuggle in front of the fire in your jammies all day long, the women’s UGG® Cozy II Slipper is a combination of durability, warmth and style making this a perfect everyday slipper. The Cozy II is fully lined with plush genuine sheepskin and offers a beautifully detailed cuff. Absolutely warm and sumptuous. $90.00.

You Can Never Go Wrong with Socks
If your family is like most, you know that you can never have enough pair of socks. It’s pretty much a “shoe-in” and perfect for any stocking stuffer gift (sorry for the pun!). We love these Stance Wilson Socks. The men’s Stance Wilson sock features a stripe pattern and a crew sock that are way cool, and if you don’t like this design, there are so many more to choose from. Or pick them all ‘cuz as we said before, you can always use socks. $10.00.

More Surfer Gear, Please
Even more than socks, you can never have enough dope boardshorts. I mean, you’re in the water more than you’re out, right? We think these Billabong Babylon Boardshorts rock. Made of 88%recycled polyester/12%spandex, it features a 2sublimated screen print with Rasta colors, Bob Marley logos, a velcro fly with a drawstring waist closure, a X quad stretch, and a side leg pockets with a velcro flap closure. Yes, everyting is irie, mon! $68.00.

Classic, Cool Shades
There’s no better way to get the wind and sun out of your eyes than sporting a pair of uber-cool sunglasses, like these from Von Zipper. The men’s Von Zipper Wingding sunglasses features a 100% UV Protection, a base 6 spherical lens, an impact resistant polycarbonate lens, a silicone nosepads, and a stainless steel optical hinges. $100.00.

Cuz You’re A Surfer, After All
Spiff up that board of yours with performance fins and catch those waves like never before. The FCS PC-5 performance core fin set* features the resin transfer molding (RTM) which allows the performance core fins to be made stiffer with the additional benefit of reduced weight. This stiffer flex pattern allows you to push extremely hard through turns while the inside foil technology provides increased drive. Another favorite with the pros, the pc fins will suit the more powerful surfer or those wanting to push each turn to the limit. $88.00.

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Check it – let’s give our skaters some love with our ultimate skateboarder’s guide. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, cause it’s the time to load up on all the cool gear you’ve wanted all year long (or at least request it from dear family and friends). Best of all, you can find it all here at Becker! Fa la la la la….

Capture Your Memories
How else can you capture that twelve set you just ollied? Go Pro gives you professional quality footage and audio so you can document yourself landing all those perfectly executed tricks. Just mount the Go Pro using the helmet front mount and you’ll capture all the sick footage. The batteries last over 2.5 hours so go ahead and splurge for it! Tis the season! $230.00.

The Perfect Treads
Your shoes can make all the difference, and we think the DVS Daewon 12’er shoes are off the hook. Designed and tested by Daewon Song, the 12’ers have a non-slip vulcanized outsole, a custom double sided flag label, a hidden double sided flag label under heel tab, a highly flexible lasting board, and bruise control technology®. Absolutely smooth. $55.00.

You Can Never Go Wrong with Socks
If your family is like most, you know that you can never have enough pair of socks. It’s pretty much a “shoe-in” and perfect for any stocking stuffer gift (sorry for the pun!). We love these Stance Wilson Socks. The men’s Stance Wilson sock features a stripe pattern and a crew sock that are way cool, and if you don’t like this design, there are so many more to choose from. Or pick them all ‘cuz as we said before, you can always use socks. $10.00.

A Sweet Watch
The Newton Digital Watch from Nixon is made with a one piece custom injected silicone band, a patented locking looper and polycarbonate buckle. This watch is a simple, single-button toggle that goes from time to day-and-date, featuring a water resistant case up to 30 meters and made from molded polycarbonate with hardened mineral crystal. $100.00.

Cool Kooks

You’ll look good when you jump over six stairs in more ways than one if you’re sporting this ELEMENT Emerald Collection Wabash Special Fleece. It features a raw neckline, hood, and kangaroo pocket. Recently launched by Element, the Emerald Collection is a premium quality line that incorporates environmentally friendlier materials, and this super soft piece is made of 50% organic cotton and 50% conventional cotton French terry. $98.00.

Cuz You’re A Skater, After All
Make sure you’ve got the goods with a board that will give you the technical expertise and skills to perform. Sector 9’s Rasta Prism Complete 31.75″ Mini will help you get your rasta on! This mini will get you where you need to go faster and smoother than whatever you’re riding now. A classic mini from Sector 9. 31.75″ x 8.25″. $139.00. Continue reading

The Becker South Bay Surfriders Club contest, the first of the club’s six-contest series this winter, attracted over 200 surfers last Sunday at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach, CA. The entries included 48 groms (12 and under) and micro groms (9 and under).

The idea for a South Bay surf club hit Mike Balzer in 2008. His son Shane was 9 and his daughter Malia was 6. They weren’t enthusiastic about their dad teaching them to surf because they wanted to play with their friends and their friends didn’t surf. That got Balzer’s creative juices going – trying to organize a group to surf. After a year of talks with various people, the club was born. “The positive energy and vibe at that initial meeting was so strong there was no doubt the South Bay surfing community had been waiting for a club to bring families and friends together for fun and to give back to the community and protect our beaches and ocean environment. That was the birth of The South Bay Boardrider’s Club,” says Balzer, who is one of the ten original board members.

The success of that effort was apparent not only from the increase in the number of groms this year, but also by the improvement shown by returning groms. During last winter’s series, they were being pushed into wave by their moms and dads. On Sunday, they were paddling into outside waves on their own.

But, the young’uns are still learning. In the men’s open, “old guy” Ted Robinson, 48, nagged the top spot amongst his younger challengers. The former ASP pro, turned long board pro, turned big wave tow-in surfer, proved he’s not forgotten how to rip the waves.

Here is a list of the top 3 winners in each category:

Results, in order of finish. Men’s open: Ted Robinson, Kelly Zaun, Kent Nishia. Women’s open: Rachel Tominaga, Becca Rosen, Natalie Anzivino. Juniors: Kelly Zaun, Kent Nishia, Jordan Robinson. Boys (14 and under): Chris Stimpfl, Jack Rowan, Kyle Beatty. Groms: (12 and under) Sam Reichel, Cole Warner, Jeff McBride. Micro groms: (9 and under) Luke Snyder, Shane Moseley, Matt Hahn. Longboard: Tommy Ostendorf, Hudson Riche, Jiro Ikeda. Masters (40-59): Ted Robinson, Matt Walls, Warren Kushner. Legends (50 and over): Scott Daley, Mike Purpus, Derek Levy.

The E.T. SBBC contest, the second in the series of monthly contests will be on January 21st at 26th Street in Manhattan Beach.

For more information, check out: http://southbayboardriders.com/ and for a boatload of awesome photos follow these links: easyreadernews.com and more here.

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The world’s best surfers are getting ready for the 2011 Billabong Pipe Masters in honor of Andy Irons. The Billabong Pipe Masters is the final stop on the 2011 ASP World Title Series and is happening right now!

Can you believe we’re finishing off the year? We hear a solid West Northwest swell is expected for the North Shore of Oahu so it should make for an exciting end to an awesome year of surfing.

As many of us already know, Kelly Slater (USA), 39, clinched a historic 11th ASP World Title at the previous event in San Francisco.

The focus for this Billabong Pipe Masters will be on the Vans Triple Crown Title (the third and last stop) and the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers. The overall winner, based on accumulation of most points during the three contests, will walk away with a Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All) victory. The Nixon WTA and overall Triple Crown of Surfing winner will take home bragging rights and a custom one-of-a-kind black ceramic automatic Nixon 51-30 watch valued at over $10,000 USD.

John John Florence (HAW), 18, newcomer to the elite ASP Top 34 after the September rotation, is currently at the top of the board for the 2011 Vans Triple Crown Title after winning at Sunset last week.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, and defending Billabong Pipe Masters champion Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, have withdrawn from competition due to injury and have been replaced by first alternates C.J. Hobgood (USA), 32, and Adam Melling (AUS), 26, respectively.

The ASP has also awarded two wildcard spots to surfers next in line on the ASP World Rankings: Kolohe Andino (USA), 17, and Willian Cardoso (BRA). Both surfers will receive ASP World Rankings points for their campaigns at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Here are the rankings heading into the Billabong Pipe Masters:

VANS TRIPLE CROWN TOP 3:
1. John John Florence (HAW) 9,780 pts
2. Adam Melling (AUS) 9,650 pts
3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8,480 pts

ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 5:
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 63,350 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 48,600 pts
3. Owen Wright (AUS) 47,900 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 43,700 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 42,200 pts

The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will run from December 8 – 20, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2011

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SoCal and L.A. residents hoping for the second dog beach zone for L.A. County’s 75-mile coastline will have to wait some more. State Parks representatives last week cited risks to habitat and health in opposing an off-leash zone, and all but guaranteed there was “no chance” of opening a second canine-friendly stretch of seashore in Los Angeles.

Urged on by the advocacy group Unleash the Beach, the City Council voted last month to work with the state to establish a pilot off-leash dog zone in Santa Monica, but a subsequent meeting between Santa Monica city staffers and representatives of California State Parks, which owns Santa Monica State Beach, vetoed the pilot program.

California law prohibits unleashed dogs on state beaches without an order from a state parks superintendent. The agency remains firmly opposed to relaxing the rules, citing risks that dogs would pose to threatened species, habitat, beach-goers and other dogs.

The state also has raised concerns about the health and environmental effects of dog droppings. Water-quality groups also oppose a dog beach that extends into the surf, saying dog feces would pollute beach water and sand and sicken swimmers.

“Adding a new source of fecal bacteria to our local beaches doesn’t make any sense in these financially challenging times,” Heal the Bay President Mark Gold, although a dog owner, wrote on his blog.

Santa Monica taxpayers have spent millions of dollars cleaning up local beaches (over $2.5 million on the successful Santa Monica Pier cleanup alone.

So, for now, dog lovers must solely rely on Rosie’s Dog Beach, a 3-acre zone in Long Beach. It is the only place along L.A. county’s coastline where canines can legally run off-leash.

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