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We want to take this moment to remember surfing great Andy Irons, who passed away one year ago today. During the course of his professional career, Irons won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004) and is the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar.

To quote the words of fellow surfer Kelly Slater, “ An anniversary is best used for remembering the good things and letting it all sink in more so that the sadness fades away and the good memories remain. And if we learn anything from that, let it be that the positive impact of Andy and all our other friends who are gone bring us closer to the ones and the things that we love right here, right now.”

Andy Irons from Billabong on Vimeo.

RIP Andy Irons. Continue reading

Of course, we surfers have to celebrate Halloween surfer style. Newport Beach, California saw a fine lineup of ghouls, monsters, and other costumes this past Saturday, at the sixth annual Blackies Classics Longboard Association Annual Halloween Costume Expo.

It’s a fun way for surfers in a Halloween mood to get together and surf in costumes, and there’s no entry fee. According to judge Bill Spurgeon, “It’s just something to bring a little life to Newport Beach on Halloween weekend.”

More and more costumes hit the water each year. This year saw more than 50 decked-out surfers catching the few waves that came through. Although the surf was small, conditions were clean, and perfect for not shredding up the costumes and mellow enough for kids to take on waves.

Since its inception six years ago, the costumes have become more elaborate and creative as well, and because of the silliness of the event, a growing number of spectators are seen laughing and cracking up on the sand year after year.

The costume surf-off was followed by the Blackies crew serving pancakes, sausage, doughnuts, and coffee to the surfers as they came out of the water after they got out of the chilly water.

This event really helps create a sense of community around a classic spot, and more importantly brings a lot of “fun” out into the lineup, which sometimes even the best of us forget that is what surfing is really about, Spurgeon noted.

Check out a few of the costumes here: Continue reading

It’s time to celebrate Raptoberfest throughout the entire month of October.

What is Raptoberfest?

Raptoberfest is a reminder that there are numerous things we can do to reduce our plastic footprint. As many of us already know, plastics do not biodegrade. Instead, they gradually break down into smaller pieces, and eventually harm the environment upon infiltration, killing millions of birds and animals annually.

Sponsored by The Surfrider Foundation and Rusty, this fest shares plastic-related facts plus tips on how to minimize plastic use. The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and find solutions. Participants are invited to share their own tips on reducing individual plastic footprints via Surfrider’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Three interesting plastic-related facts include:

1) In certain places of the ocean, the amount of suspended plastic particles actually outnumbers ambient plankton

2) Approximately one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die from ingestion or entanglement in plastics each year

3) With the exception of a small amount that has been incinerated, virtually every piece of plastic that has ever been created still exists in some shape or form

Unfortunately, plastic has a devastating impact on the environment and marine life. Although plastics have helped manufacturing, shipping and packaging of goods for less money, unfortunately, the rise of plastics poses a significant threat to the planet.

A list of “10 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint” is also posted on the site and offers practical ways to cut back on plastic waste.

For more information, go to http://www.raptoberfest.org/ Continue reading

It’s almost Halloween! Have you picked out your kids’ costumes, yet? If you still can’t decide what they should be and feel starved for time, don’t fret Chet! Have you checked out our boys’ Volcom sweatshirts lately? We’ve got a bunch that are oh so cute, and easily double up as costumes. Whew! What a time saver, and best of all, when Halloween is over, your kids can still wear the cool threads.

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Volcom Monstars sweatshirt is made of 80%cotton/20%polyester. It features a zipper front closure to the head, mesh cartoon mouth and eyes at the hood closure, a stripe print, and waist patch pockets. Go give the neighbors a scare with your young cyclops. $69.50

Jeepers Creepers where’d you get those Volcom Peepers? This sweater features a zipper front closure to the head, screened sunglasses with mesh eyes, a screened mix print of stripes and checkers, an embroidered logo, and waist patch pockets. $69.50

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No it’s… the Volcom Action Team Youth Hoody! We’re not sure ourselves what this costume could be, but let your grom’s imagination go wild… say it’s a robot monster from the future – just have fun! The full zip up sweatshirt made from 100% Cotton. It features a Volcom graphic on the front and back, full face zip, mesh eyeholes, and it’s pre-shrunk. $64.50

Motocross daredevils can be an X-games star on Halloween with the Volcom Elsinore Slim Sweatshirt. This cool zip-up fleece has dual front pockets, vintage motocross graphics throughout, is pre-shrunk with a slim fit, banded hem and cuffs, with a hood that zips closed featuring mesh printed goggles. $60.00

Spiderman Spiderman does whatever a spider can! Your kid can too get into the web slinging action with the Volcom Action Team Youth Hoody. It’s a full zip up sweatshirt made from 100% Cotton. It features a Volcom graphic on the front and back, full face zip, mesh eyeholes, and it’s pre-shrunk. With the blue shade and spider web, one could almost pass as Spiderman. $64.50 Continue reading

This past weekend, Hollywood and surf culture came together for charity for the 4th Annual Project Save Our Surf (PSOS) Surf-A-Thon in Santa Monica, California.

Founded by actress Tanna Frederick (“Just 45 Minutes from Broadway,” “Hollywood Dreams,” “Irene in Time” and the soon to be released “Queen of the Lot”), who is an avid surfer, as well as actress, writer, producer and environmentalist, Project Save Our Surf brings the entertainment and surfing industries together in support of clean oceans.

The event, which was co-hosted by former world champion surfer, environmentalist, actor, and businessman Shaun Tomson, and had Hollywood celebrity surfers like Gregory Harrison (Chandler in “North Shore”), John Slattery (Roger Sterling on “Mad Men), Jesse Spencer (House), Tate Donavan (Tom Shayes on “Damages”), John Philbin (Turtle in “North Shore”) and others participating in two days of surfing and fun beach activities at Tower 28 south of the Santa Monica Pier.

These stars were joined by surfing stars, such as Jon Rose from Waves for Water, longboarder Mary Osborne, James Pribram from the ECO Warrior Project and the crew from the Mauli Ola Foundation.

There were 12 teams of 24 participants per team and each teammate surfed for 45 minutes. Team members were encouraged to raise $500 per person with 100% of total donations going to charity.

The event also featured daytime activities for the whole family including live music, mural painting with Joanne “Art Miles” Tawfilis, guest speakers, yoga and eco-friendly exhibits.

This year’s Project Save Our Surf (PSOS) beneficiaries are Santa Monica Baykeeper, Waves for Water, Inside the Outdoors and Tumelo Home.

For more info on future events, visit: www.projectsaveoursurf.org. Continue reading