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One more month until the 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing comes back to HB! Are you guys ready for the music, art, free swag, crowds, and the best in skating and surfing?

Festivities will run from July 28 to August 5 on the south side of the Huntington Beach, CA Pier.

If you’ve never been, nearly 300,000 people come to town along the 14-acre stretch of sand for the massive event, which includes the big surf competition, skate and BMX areas, retail shops on the sand, and about 60 vendor booths.

The US Open Music Stage, one of the most popular events of the festival, will host a soon-to-be-announced lineup of bands that will surely rival last year’s MGMT performance. Plus, check out one-of-a-kind retail and brand experiences, public skate courses, movie premieres, 100 interactive exhibits, autograph signings, DJs and giveaways.

Of course, the real draw is the surfing and skating! Anchored by the world’s largest professional surfing competition, the US Open is a pivotal point on the ASP World Tour for both the men and women.

For the men, a win at the US Open – a North America ASP Men’s Prime event – will earn them valuable points. And for the women, the US Open of Surfing® marks the final stop on the 2012 ASP World Title Tour. With everything on the line and a close race for the World Title, the US Open will potentially crown a women’s World Champion in Surf City this summer.

Will Kelly Slater again dominate, just coming off a win at the Volcom Fiji Pro, to take a second consecutive U.S. Open title? What about Carissa Moore, the 2011 Women’s World Champion? It will be exciting to watch if they can repeat last year’s wins.

All events are free and open to the public and can be viewed live daily at With more than 3.6 million webcast viewers last year, the webcast broke viewership records and expects to deliver content to even more viewers worldwide this year.

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Next month, we’ll be able to download (for free!) Daze At Sea, a new film collaboration from Billabong and What Youth. What Youth documents youth on the run with a surfboard, making films, a quarterly magazine, and daily digital pieces on

For eight months, Billabong has had its best young surfing stars all over the world, catching waves in France, South America, Hawaii, Indonesia and all over Australia east to west.

Daze At Sea documents that stretch of international sessions, which was shot and directed by What Youth contributor Victor Pakpour. 20-year old filmmaker Pakpour left high school and went directly into the arms of Billabong, where they’ve been buying him international plane tickets for the last two years. He’s filmed in Indonesia, Australia, Hawaii — pretty much anywhere the Billabong team hangs a fin out.

Pakpour’s latest film documents youth on the run captured raw and cut to good sounds. The main faces belong to Jack Freestone, Ryan Callinan, Peterson Crisanto and Ian Gentil, with assorted friends and cameos.

Daze At Sea is due for a July 15 delivery, but check the What Youth site in the meantime. They’ll be running fresh pieces and previews from the film as a collaboration with Daze At Sea, starting with this exclusive trailer shot in the What Youth studios.

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Billabong is gearing up for their 6th Annual Design for Humanity, a fashion, music, and art benefit, which will take place on July 25, 2012 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Once again, it promises to be one massive block party that you won’t want to miss.

There will be two concert stages, a bikini runway fashion show, art show auctions, food trucks, multiple bars, live t-shirt screen printing, street performers, tons of BARS, and live art installations. Design For Humanity is Billabong’s charitable initiative which began as an opportunity for Billabong’s marketing, art, and design teams to come together and give back to a non-profit close to the heart of our industry.

Today, Design For Humanity has become an opportunity not only for Billabong but for their retailers, athletes, celebrities, artists, and ultimately you, to be part of one night of celebrating, and be motivated by a cause.

This year, proceeds will be donated to Cultivate Foundation, which is committed to creating a more sustainable and healthful food supply and to raising awareness concerning food issues. This is realized through the support of family farmers and their communities, educators and programs that teach younger generations about food matters, along with support for ranchers and farmers who are working to develop more sustainable practices.

Over the last several years, the Cultivate Foundation has contributed more than $2 million to help fund initiatives that support sustainable agriculture, family farming, culinary education, and innovation that promotes better food.

Tickets for Design for Humanity go on-sale to the public Thursday, June 14th, or sign up for the insider e-list at to get a jump on the public.

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No plans for the weekend? Check out the Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas this Saturday, June 16, 2012. Now in its 8th year, this annual event was created to give back to the San Diego community while benefiting a local children’s charity through funds raised at a pre-event auction night soiree, as well as from vendors on the beach day-of, corporate surf team entries, and sponsorships. Since its inception in 2005, the Bro-Am has raised more than $515,000 for San Diego-based children’s charities.

The Switchfoot Bro-Am will once again benefit StandUp For Kids, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization founded in San Diego that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless, and street kids ( The organization’s volunteers go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives by providing and connecting them with lifesaving services. StandUp For Kids has been recognized by both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations and the U.S. Justice Department for the impact and scope of its programs. Charity Navigator recently recognized StandUp For Kids as one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits in the United States.

In addition to the surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats, this year’s event will welcome the newly-added Rob Machado Bro Junior. Rather than a financial donation, those ages 16 and under who collect the most donated clothing win a spot to compete.

The pre-event auction is tomorrow, June 14, at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. With a “taste of San Diego” format, guests will savor signature dishes from the area’s leading restaurants including 2Good2B, Bull Taco, Chuao Chocolatier, The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe, Crush Restaurant & Wine Lounge, Daphne’s, Del Mar Rendezvous, East Coast Pizza, Flavor Del Mar, Jake’s Del Mar, Luna Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pacific Coast Grill, Pacifica Del Mar, Pizza Port Brewing, Rimel’s, Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, and Zenbu. The evening will also include an exclusive live performance, silent and live auctions, and opportunity drawings. Tickets are limited, and are $150 per person; VIP are $225 per person, and include a VIP reception and meet & greet with Switchfoot.

On Saturday, the surf contest runs from 7am-3:30pm. Four-person surf teams secure their participation via sponsorship donation to StandUp For Kids. This year’s surf contest will feature riders representing Hurley, Billabong, Channel Islands, Transworld Surf, Surf Ride, Dragon, Surfer Magazine, the Encinitas Firefighters Association, and more, as well as surf legends Tom Curren and Rob Machado, and members of Switchfoot.

Later that day (from 12pm – 5pm), a free concert on the beach will feature performances by Brandon & Leah, Le Blorr, Dead Feather Moon, professional surfer Makua Rothman, and Jon Foreman and Friends. Past performers have included Jason Mraz, OK Go, Johnny Rzeznik, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants Timmy Curran, Dynamite Walls, The Almost, Kate Voegele, members of Angels and Airwaves, Young the Giant, and many more.

This year’s event will also welcome The Rob Machado Foundation, which aims to provide funding and initiate educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution towards a healthy earth (

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This Friday, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day when people around the globe come together to celebrate our ocean and take action to protect it. Not only does the ocean make our world liveable, we need healthy oceans for food, water, commerce, recreation, and medicine.

Unfortunately, the ocean has suffered some serious blows lately: 90% of the big fish in the sea are gone, the gyres are filled with more plastic than previously estimated, the Deepwater Horizon disaster dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and coastal dead zones from agricultural runoff are worse than ever.

Yet, most of us don’t realize the ocean is truly in danger. Most Americans think that the ocean is healthy and “too vast” for individual action to have an impact. In fact, the American public believes that ocean waters bordering the US are significantly less imperiled than are “foreign” waters. Sadly, that isn’t true.

The good news is that a record number of aquariums, zoos, and museums are providing ways on World Oceans Day for their visitors to get inspired and take personal action to help our world’s ocean.

So, let’s all transform our concern and “green-friendliness” into action and join 11x ASP World Surfing Champ Kelly Slater and take action for our world ocean. There are hundreds of events being held all over the world, so find one near you and celebrate with a purpose this World Oceans Day… the perfect day for all of us across the country and around the world to celebrate our ocean connections, do more for ocean conservation, and learn more about our ocean!

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