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Our Becker Surf store in Hermosa Beach (Pier Avenue) is undergoing a renovation! We’re stoked that it is getting a long-awaited facelift. During this process, the store will obviously be closed, but we will temporarily operate out of a Manhattan Beach shop at 1727 Artesia Boulevard (corner of Artesia and Aviation Boulevards) until improvements are complete.

We’re thrilled to be creating a space with a higher ceiling and a more customer-friendly layout. To do that, we’re pretty much gutting the whole thing and starting over again, but the store’s dimensions will not be drastically altered.

For a behind the scenes glimpse, above are the guns that moved all the merch and furniture from Hermosa Pier Ave to Artesia Blvd – our very own store managers, John Leininger and E.L. Huante!

The renovation will happen all of October, and we’re aiming for a Nov. 15 reopening.

FYI – Becker Surf opened its first retail store in Hermosa Beach in 1980!

We’ll keep you posted on our progress. In the meantime, see you in Manhattan Beach!

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The 4th Annual California Surf Festival begins this Thursday, October 13th – 16th in Oceanside, California. Enjoy four exciting, action-packed days featuring multi-talented musicians, jaw-dropping surf film premieres plus appearances by today’s top surf pros and legends to celebrate the lifestyle of beach-goers and wave riders alike. This international event will bring people from all over the world to experience surf culture through films, music, art, photography and interaction with those who embody the culture as well as highlight the surf community of California. Proceeds will benefit the California Surf Museum (CSM).

Set against the back-drop of the CSM’s latest exhibits, attendees and guests will be entertained with a ukulele musical presentation and documentary, as well as several surf film premieres including the USA Premiere for the documentary, Oceanides, sponsored by Keep A Breast Foundation.

Other surf films to check out include Splinters, a top surf film that world-premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, and is about the first-ever National Surfing Championship in Papua New Guinea and how it changed the lives of several surfers from the host village of Vanimo, and the return of the CSF’s first winner of the Big Shorts From Little Groms filmmakers contest, Victor Pakpour. He will showcase his first feature surf film, Blow Up, which you may remember was the flick Billabong sponsored for its world premiere this past June. Closing the Festival will be the annual Silver Surfer Award, which will be presented to San Diego’s legendary surfer and shaper, Skip Frye.

The California Surf Film Festival was produced as a benefit by the CSM in Oceanside, and will include, in addition to the three mentioned above, many other exciting and groundbreaking new surf films with many of the filmmakers in the audience.

For more information and how to purchase tickets, check out www.californiasurffestival.com.

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Check out New York City’s thriving skate culture starting tomorrow, from October 13 to November 5, 2011, when Skateboarding Works highlights recent images of skaters in action. A group show, the exhibition is as diverse in subject as artistic style. Three photographers, Erica Reade, Paris Goodman, and Michael A. Cohen will be featured.

The title of this fifteen piece show, Skateboarding Works, carries a double meaning. The obvious – the show consists of works related to skateboarding; and the not so obvious – that skateboarding works as a sport, as transport and as a way of life.

Three common traits have bought these photographers together for this show:

  1. Whether born and raised, or a city transplant, they all now proudly call themselves NYers
  2. They all learned their skills through their peers and their own experimentation
  3. They all love skateboarding

The opening party is tomorrow from 7pm – 10pm. DJ Greenie, fresh to New York after moving from Sydney, Australia where he played regularly at large music festivals and at the Vice.com launch party alongside A-Trak & Rick Ross, will spin tunes from the last 30 years of skate films.

The venue is Panda Bar NYC, 139 Chrystie Street, New York City between Delancey & Broome. Can’t make the opening? Don’t worry, the closing party on Saturday, November 5, runs from 9pm till late. Both the launch and closing parties will have complimentary drinks and product giveaways.

Check out these links for more information on the artists:

Erica Reade: www.ericareadeimages.com

Michael A. Cohen: radcollector.com/columns/michaelcohen/

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ESPN The Magazine’s third annual “The Body Issue,” arrives on newsstands last week, Friday, October 7th. Over 20 athletes will appear naked, with their private parts strategically covered, as part of the issue titled “Bodies We Want.” LA Clippers Forward-Center Blake Griffin will be featured as one of the four covers. Soccer player Hope Solo, who is the Goalkeeper for the US National Team, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, and Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler are on the other three. See all the athletes here.

“This is an issue in the short time we’ve been doing it that’s become pretty anticipated,” ESPN The Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chad Millman said.

Last year’s Body Issue featured Kelly Slater strutting his nakedness. This time, four-time surfing world champ Stephanie Gilmore takes her turn posing in her birthday suit. Stephanie, who was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame last year in Huntington Beach, unveils her body, talks about being a pro surfer and staying in shape during the interview.

In addition to the bare body pictorials, the featured athletes also talk about insecurities, being self conscious, and how they feel in tune with their bodies while doing their sport.

According to Stephanie, on her inclusion in this year’s issue: “Why not? My thought was, Do it while the opportunity is there. Honestly, I was a little bit nervous, but I spend most of my time in a bikini anyway — although, posing naked goes a bit further than that. Of course, I was like, “Ahhh, I’ve got some insecurities,” but it was actually quite liberating.”

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Look at this footage taken by the GoPro camera. It is sick!

Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude capture some of the most incredible content seen by GoPro as they hit the Alps like true heroes skiing the French backcountry while escaping a large avalanche on their tails! It is crazy… and amazing!

Of course, you can capture the same kind of cool surf action with The GoPro Surf Hero camera available from Becker. The GoPro Surf Hero camera offers 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’s so light even top pros claim they didn’t notice the camera on their boards.

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