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As I’m writing this, Cyber Monday sales are up 24.1% up this year. We’ve spotted some really cool deals so it’s no wonder. Anyway, here at Becker Surf, the savings keep rolling in with up to 30% off!

Spend $50 get 10% off
Spend $100 get 20% off
Spend $150 get 30% off

Use Promo code: HARVEST at checkout.

Here are some winter items you may want to snag at some sweet prices:

  1. This Volcom grizzly tee will definitely bring out your inner grizzly bear fierceness and growl. $27
  2. The HIPPY TREE Aspen T Shirt will inspire you to hike the mountain trails surrounded by picturesque trees, or go down those famous slopes when they become snow-topped. Heather blue. $18
  3. This NIXON Regain beanie is cool… and looks hot. It features a fold up beanie, a woven label, and one size fits most. It’s perfect for the cooler days and nights. $15
  4. The ELEMENT Cedar Jacket, part of the Emerald Collection, is the perfect jacket for cooler climates. It is made with 100% organic peached canvas for the shell and conventional polyester cotton for the lining. It features a regular fit military inspired jacket, front button closure, dual chest patch pockets with button flap closure and buttoned cuffs. $154
  5. Some of you may have already upgraded to the iPhone 5, but for those of us that still have version 4, check out the VANS iPhone 4 Case. It features a waffle sole replica on the back, a red heel tag at the side, and case glows after exposing it to the light. $28

  1. The BILLABONG Shade Of Love Jacket is a gorgeous cropped jacket that is not only beautifully-styled, but also ridiculously cozy-soft. Constructed with a brushed wool/poly blend, this swing style jacket is fully lined and has a Sherpa fleece collar for the look of high end lamb’s wool. $99.50
  2. You won’t go wrong with the UGG Classic Cardy Boot. A must have footwear staple, the Cardy blends the coziness of your favorite sweater with the comfort features representative of UGGs. A heathered Merino-wool blend boasts functional wooden logo buttons, creating a three-styles-in-one silhouette that can be worn all the way up, unbuttoned and cuffed, or slouched down for a more casual look. $160
  3. Channel the warm cranberry color that is so hot this season with the RVCA Carnaby Street Sweater. This cotton sweater has an open, drop needle cable knit weave for a romantic, classic, crocheted look. It’s the perfect extra layer of of stylish warmth. $60

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And the countdown to the Summer X Games begins… The 18th Annual ESPN Summer X Games will be back at the end of this month! All the action begins on Thursday, June 28 and will continue until the big final on Sunday, July 1, 2012. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to televise 21 hours of live competition in HD, and on ESPN 3D. X Games will also be streamed digitally on XGames.com and WatchESPN.com.

Once again this year, more than 200 world-class athletes will descend on Los Angeles to compete in venues including the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE to show off their latest moves and tricks as they compete for medals and prize money and showcase serious competition in skateboarding, rally car racing, motocross and BMX. The X Games, which started in 1995 in Rhode Island, brings the best in Action Sports. With events in the United States, France, China, and more, it’s a place where the world’s best athletes, craziest fans, and biggest brands all come together.

Here’s who stands a chance of breaking repeat records at X Games 2012:

Three-peat Possibility in 2012
Daniel Dhers, BMX Park
Matt Buyten, MTX Step Up

Five-peat Possibility in 2012
Garrett Reynolds, BMX Street

Six-peat Possibility in 2012
Jamie Bestwick, BMX Vert

Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com/xgames, and the box offices at STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE for the Skateboard, BMX, Moto X and Rally Car events.

X Games Los Angeles 2012 ticket prices start at $10 and vary based on location and venue. All tickets to X Games include admission to X Fest at L.A. LIVE. X Fest, free to the public, is the ultimate action sports sponsor and industry village, featuring interactive skate parks, athlete appearances, demos and more. In addition to individual event tickets, several ticket packages are available. Ticket packages vary with options that include skatedecks to complete lodging packages. For more detailed information on ticket prices, times of venue operation and more, log on to Ticketmaster.com/xgames.

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American chemist Eric Stroud says he’s found several substances that can repel sharks, and he wants to use his discovery to protect them.

Stroud, 38, used to work fulltime as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. Then, in the summer of 2001, after he and his wife noticed that the news was filled with stories of shark bite after shark bite in the Florida oceans, he turned his talents to developing shark repellents. Stroud has now been doing this for more than a decade, founding a company, SharkDefense, which aims to develop and commercialize shark repellents.

When Stroud started, he set up several kiddie pools in his basement, filled them with small sharks, and observed how the sharks fed, swam, and behaved. Then, one day in 2004, he accidentally dropped a large magnet from his workbench. He noticed some small nurse sharks dart away.

“That night, we put magnets into the tank and couldn’t believe [that] the nurse sharks were just extremely distressed and stayed away from them,” he says. It led to an AHA discovery: Magnets repel sharks.

Sharks possess electrical sensors, called the ampullae of Lorenzini, that look like tiny freckles on their snouts. Biologists believe sharks use these sensors to detect the heartbeats of their prey and to navigate using the Earth’s magnetic field. Stroud believes the spinning magnet overwhelms and interferes with those electrical sensors. “It’s probably something like a bright flashlight across your eyes,” he says. “It’s just temporarily blinding, and you’re startled. And it’s not pleasant.”

They’ve tested other substances, too, and have found that some non-magnetic metals also interfere with a shark’s electrical sensors, including rare-earth metals like samarium, neodymium, and praseodymium.

Since many shark species are being over-fished (fishermen trying to catch other fish often catch sharks by accident), and some are endangered, Shark Defense’s main focus has switched to using repellents to protect sharks, and has created a magnetized fishing hook.

“We realized we could magnetize the fishing hook, and we can coat it with a rare earth metal,” he says. “It looks just like a regular hook, and we get the benefit of two repellents at the hook.” Some tests show a 60 to 70 percent reduction in the number of sharks caught.

Stroud received an award from the World Wildlife Fund for his invention, and he’s hoping to soon sell it commercially. In the meantime, he continues to refine the design, trying new combinations of metals and magnets, and observing how they affect different types of sharks.

Holy mackerel! Looks like we won’t need the bat-shark repellant!

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The swim season is almost here, and the annual swimsuit issue of Surfing Magazine goes on sale in just a few weeks, April 3, 2012. Below is a video teaser of the bikinis and beauties you’ll catch in the issue, and a few of our very own fave suits now available on our Becker site:

VOLCOM GIRLS
Style No: O2311280

Sexy strings! The Volcom Rear View Bikini Bottom features a strand side, adjustable ties, a scrunched back detail, and a metal logo applique. Price: $44.00

BILLABONG
Style No: X232TONE

You can’t go wrong with a white suit to show off your tan. The women’s Billabong One Love bikini features a crochet bikini, a triangle top with adjustable neck and back ties, an adjustable bottom, and a Bob Marley logo patch at the back. Price: $69.50

O’NEILL GIRLS
Style No: 12474092

Channel the tropics with the women’s O’Neill Shangri La bikini top, which features a floral print, a triangle top, and adjustable neck and back straps. Price: $38.00

TAVIK
Style No: T001

We’re crushing on this brand, which has some of the hippest suits right now. The women’s Tavik Jackie bikini top features a 80′s inspired shape print, and a triangle top with adjustable neck and back ties. Best news of all? It’s on sale! Price: $58.00 $26.99

TIGERLILY
Style No: S15T2470

Missing a leather bikini in your swimsuit wardrobe? The women’s Tigerlily Aella bikini is made of 100% suede! It features a washable suede, an adjustable neck and back closure, a triangle top with a rope tie, and a solid bottom. Scrumptuous. Price: $113.61

ROXY
Style No: 619017

We think the women’s Roxy Wrapped bikini top is so sweet. It features a t-strap back, a pretty floral pattern, a halter top, and a tie center closure. Price: $46.00

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