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If you’re under 16 and think you’ve got the goods to be a pro surfer, but have never entered a surfing contest, the Menehune Surf Fest may be your entre to a whole new surf life! With divisions for ages 6 – 16, boys and girls, in both long and shortboard skills, the Menehune Surf Fest is a fun, low stress way to try your first competition or hone your competition skills for next season.

Although it is not a regular season Western Surfing Association (WSA) event and does not require WSA membership, the Menehune Surf Fest is part of its yearly schedule, and is now celebrating its 7th year.

The WSA is the oldest amateur surfing association in the world. This year marks the 51st Season of the WSA Championship Tour. Established in 1961, the WSA is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions.

WSA is an official West Coast member organization of Surfing America. The events offer fair, accurate judging (most are ASP) and WSA members can earn entry and a clear path to Surfing America Prime, Surfing America USA Championships and Team Trials.

The 7th Annual Menehune Surf Fest is next Sunday, July 15th at Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. The event begins at 7am. Prizes, food and beach games will be part of the fun. Online registration closes Friday, July 13, at 11:59 PM.

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Tony Award® and Grammy® Award winning musicians Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, world champion surfers Lisa Andersen, Tom Curren and Peter “PT” Townend, surf legend Mickey Munoz, skate legend Tony Hawk and gold medal swimmers Rowdy Gaines and Jason Lezak will join surfing legends and founding co-chairs Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis at the fifth annual Pipeline to a Cure Gala this Saturday, July 14th. The event will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.

The goal of the Pipeline to a Cure is to increase awareness and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by rallying the surfing and action sports world. Over the past five years, Pipeline to a Cure has raised more than $1.5 million for research to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a deadly inherited disease. This summer gala will again recognize the positive effect that surfing has on the health of children with cystic fibrosis.

Guests will enjoy an evening of celebrity entertainment, fabulous food, and spectacular silent and live auctions, all while mingling with their favorite surfing celebrities.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A few years ago, Australian researchers found that cystic fibrosis children who surfed had significantly healthier lungs. Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs, which allows cystic fibrosis patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which cystic fibrosis patients around the world now inhale every day.

As such, cystic fibrosis patients literally mimic a “surf session” on a daily basis. Given this natural link to surfing, the Pipeline to a Cure campaign was born, and events such as surf and stand-up paddle events for CF families are planned outside of this gala.

The funds raised at Pipeline go directly to life-saving research. With no public funding, funds raised from the private sector provide a tremendous and critical lifeline to the more than 70,000 children around the world with cystic fibrosis.

The Pipeline gala begins at 6pm for cocktails and silent auction, dinner and live auction program begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $350.

For more information about Pipeline to a Cure or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please call (714) 938-1393 or visit www.pipelinetoacure.com or www.cff.org. Continue reading

Let the J-Bay games begin! Starting tomorrow until July 15th, the 2012 Billabong Pro Jay-Bay, which was revised this year from a stop to an ASP 6-Star event, will once again showcase the best of the best surfers at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay. With the changed status, the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour calendar moved from 11 events to 10, with surfers now counting their best 8 out of 10 results towards their ASP World Title ranking.

Also with this change, there are now two qualifying events back to back in the South African region. It also provides the perfect opportunity for South Africa’s aspiring pro surfers, for the first time in 20 years, to compete at the best waves in the country against some of the greatest surfers in the world. Plus, it ensures continuity of the event for the local businesses in Jeffreys Bay.

Regardless of the contest status, 11 surfers out of the top 34 surfers from the World Championship Tour have entered and chosen to travel to South Africa and surf J-Bay, including Adriano de Souza, Pat Gudauskas, CJ and Damien Hobgood, Brett Simpson, Travis Logie and Jordy Smith.

The prize purse is over US$155,000 (R1,2 million). In addition, Nixon will again be running their Winner Takes All prize at the Billabong Pro. The Nixon WTA is an award of a US$10,000 (R85,000) jewel-encrusted one-of-a kind watch for the highest heat score in the event. Any competitor can win this prize, so we look forward to seeing who will capture the best wave and score a sweet watch.

Big and perfect surf has been predicted for the opening day of the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012, and the surfers in town are having great practice sessions as six-foot lines pour down the famous Supertubes point. The great wave conditions look exciting and are set to continue through the first three days of competition. July is historically one of the best months for large swells and favorable wind conditions at Supertubes, and the competitors are sure to score excellent winter waves for the event.

Who do you think will take it? And who’s your best guess for winning the Nixon watch?

For more event details go to the event site on www.billabongpro.com.

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Veteran surf filmmaker Taylor Steele hopes to once again redefine the surf movie. Premiering last month on International Surfing Day with the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and in Australia, Steele’s latest film with Nathan Myers, “Here and Now,” is an epic effort to document the world of surfing in a single 24-hour period: May 2, 2012.

The Rockaway Beach Surf Club and The New York Surf Film Festival will host the New York City Premiere on Saturday, July 7th, on an outdoor screen at The Spot at 302 Beach 87th Street in Rockaway Beach, NYC.

Steele has been redefining surf cinema for two decades, ever since his groundbreaking 1992 flick, “Momentum.” It was a low-budget flick that featured Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Ross Williams and Rob Machado but included none of the genre-standard elements, such as slow-mo or narration or plot or water photography. It was groundbreaking, and Steele’s methods were emulated by video makers everywhere.

This time, Steele dispatched 25 cameramen around the world to shoot the likes of Kelly Slater Rob Machado, Stephanie Gilmore, Dave Rastovich, Alex Knost, Ozzy Wright, Conner Coffin, Matt Meola and others to make “Here and Now.” This project brings together shapers, photographers, legends, beginners, third world, first world and surf world. Some found epic waves. Others couldn’t find a ripple. It’s all part of the surfing experience, ultimately showing the best place to be is here and now.

When asked about his new film, Steele recently told a reporter, “I think there just needs to be an emotional attachment to the surfer, however you get that, so that when you watch the surfing you can relate to that person or you’re rooting for them, in a way. In this film, it’s an overall attempt to humanize these athletes and make their lives more relatable. The surfing is almost secondary, in terms of what’s entertaining. It’s just a real intimate view of what these lives are like.”

The film will be preceded by a live performance from legendary local surf punk band The Supertones. Sixpoint Brewery, Vita Coco, and Kanon Organic Vodka in collaboration with DiCosmo’s Ices, will be providing complimentary beverages. Roberta’s will be selling a selection of pizzas from their mobile pizza oven.

Doors will open at 7:00 pm; The Supertones will perform at 7:30 pm; and “Here & Now” will screen at 9:00 pm. Admission price is $12.

Tickets are available at: http://hereandnownyc.eventbrite.com

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Mark your calendars: Saturday, JUNE 30th from 11:30a – 2:30p. Where: Becker Surfboards Hermosa Beach Store location (301 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA. 90254)

American musician, songwriter, surfer, long-time close friend of Jack Johnson, and Billabong spokesperson Donavon Frankenreiter will be signing posters and CDs and performing a LIVE acoustic set next Saturday, June 30th11:30am – 2:30pm at our Hermosa Beach store.

We’re stoked to host this talented dude since we all know Frankenreiter’s ability to command a crowd is undeniable. Plus, we can’t wait to hear him perform tunes from his fifth and just recently released album, Start Livin’. “Start Livin’ is basically a love album,” says Frankenreiter. “Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we’ve built together in Hawaii.” Awwwww….

To create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy – and no one else. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter.

While love songs serve as the album’s centerpiece, Frankenreiter also explores non-romantic love. For instance, “Same Lullaby” makes a sweetly hopeful plea for world peace. The album’s most somber moment, “A.I.” pays tearful tribute to Frankenreiter’s dear friend and pro surfer Andy Irons, who passed away in November 2010. “I’d never been that close to someone who passed away before. The song’s about me telling Andy that I just wish I could see him one more time,” says Frankenreiter of “A.I.”.

Still, the essence of Start Livin’ is most fully captured in its album-opening title track. “Start Livin’” is a feel-good, uptempo call to “celebrate tonight.” “To me the most beautiful thing about this record is it really reflects who I am today,” says Frankenreiter. “Start Livin’ means stop worrying about where you’ve been, where you’re going-just start embracing what you have around you. Start loving what you have right now.”

True that! We look forward to hearing Donavon perform, plus there will be FREE Chipotle burritos and you can register to win a Pro trip to Central America with Donavan, and they’ll be loads of Billabong prizes and giveaways!

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