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If you are in San Francisco, California next Saturday, June 9th, check out the Board Art Benefit for SurfAid at the Driftwood Salon Art Gallery. Dozens of excellent artists from Club Of The Waves are involved, alongside many more!

Come and enjoy this one-night only event of artwork infused with the clean lines of master craftsmen from the surfing world. Kona Brewing is once again providing refreshments while live music will be provided by Humboldt County’s Likwefi.

Building on their collection of boards from the previous event held in San Diego (over half of which have now sold to collectors), new shapers and artists have been added to create unique objects of art with the surfboard as the common substrate. With styles of art ranging from pure abstraction to gritty realism, from surreal visions to the honest captures of a camera’s lens, with narratives both visual and verbal, the benefit promises to showcase one of the most unique quivers of contemporary collectable surfboards ever assembled for a single cause. Many of the boards in this collection have significant values of their own, just by virtue of the hands that crafted them.

This will be the only chance for Bay Area collectors to catch a glimpse of these incredible boards in person before they are taken to Southern California for an Auction Event that SurfAid International will be hosting later this year. All of the boards will be available for purchase at pre-auction prices with at least 50% of each sale going directly to SurfAid International to support SurfAid’s humanitarian efforts on the Mentawai and Nias islands in Indonesia.

The shapers and artists involved in Board Art Benefit San Francisco include:

Shapers: Aleks Petrovitch, Jerry Madrid, Merrick Rustia, tba, Erik Baldwin, Mike Schoen, tba, Danny Hess, Bill Johnson, Travis Reynolds, Paul Jensen, Marc Andreini, Tim Bessell, Christian Beamish, Erik Baldwin, Tim Stamps, Robert Weiner, Yohei Shiraishi, Brian Heritage, Jed Noll, Rusty Preisendorfer, John Birchum, Jeff ‘Doc’ Lausch, Mike Hynson, Terry Senate

Artists: Aleks Petrovitch, Alex Krastev, Ea Eckerman, Eric Bailey, Greg P’Nut Galinsky, John Culqui, Kevin Pincus, Kim Cogan, Lydia Martin, Patrick Trefz, Sarah Utter, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Andy Warhol, Christian Beamish, Jose Emroca, Shawn Griggs, Erik Abel, Matt Beard, Matt Long, Rick Rietveld, Robb Havassy, Ron Croci, Spencer Reynolds, Wade Koniakowsky, Heather Ritts

When: Saturday, June 9, 6-10pm

Where: Driftwood Salon is located at 39 Isis St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (near 12th and Folsom Streets)

For more event and artist information, visit: boardartbenefit.com Continue reading

International Surfing Day, observed globally on June 20 is less than a month away, and has some really ramped up festivities for this year. The day is recognized as a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing and an opportunity to give back to coastal environments. Founded in 2005 by Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day has gone from just a handful of local observances in the United States to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide. This year’s ambassadors will be world champs Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore.

New this year, The Surfrider Foundation, TransWorld SURF and SME will also be hosting a Web-a-thon on International Surfing Day.

Influenced by the Muscular Dystrophy telethons that were big in the 60s – 80s, the ISD Web-a-thon will feature a variety of guests, including pro surfers, celebrities and environmental heroes, as well as musical performances, a bikini fashion show, and dispatches from various activations around the world. The program will be streamed live on the internet and will be hosted by TransWorld SURF Editor-in-Chief Chris Cote and supermodel and swimwear mogul Susan Holmes-McKagan.

In addition to interviewing guests and covering the day’s festivities, Chris and Susan will be helping the Surfrider Foundation raise funds and supporters through their annual International Surfing Day Membership Drive. The goal is to sign up 2,000 new members as supporters to help the Surfrider Foundation.

The International Surfing Day web-a-thon begins at 9:00 AM PST on June 20th and will run until 4:00 PM PST. Viewers are encouraged to “tune in” to the following sites to watch the International Surfing Day Web-a-thon: www.intlsurfingday.com, www.surfrider.org,www.surf.transworld.net and www.smelive.com. Continue reading

Next weekend, from May 26th-28th, retailer Local Motion (known for being the source for Hawaii’s favorite surf and beachwear) will once again be putting on the Surf Into Summer Contest at Ala Moana Bowls on the South Side Of Oahu. This year’s … Continue reading

Now that our original and first Becker Surf store in Hermosa Beach (Pier Avenue) is sporting its sweet renovation, we’re moving onto our next project, the Malibu store! We’re stoked about its new facelift and will be celebrating it with a grand re-opening!

Mark your calendars for May 19th from 1-5pm. There will be giveaways, contests, music, and more!

Stay tuned and watch this space for more details… Continue reading

The world’s best surfers on the ASP World Tour arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today for the Billabong Rio Pro, the 3rd men’s event of 10 in this year’s quest for the best in surfing. This event runs from May 9-20.

This latest stop on the ASP World Tour also sees the men’s and women’s tours aligning for the first time since the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach on April 3-14. Last year, Adriano de Souza beat Taj Burrow in the final, while Carissa Moore beat Sally Fitzgibbons on her way to winning the women’s world title.

Yesterday, Kelly Slater, who is currently sitting at the top of the overall standings, withdrew from the Billabong Pro Rio due to a heel injury sustained in Java. With Slater’s withdrawal, the current frontrunner spot on the ASP WCT ratings is up for grabs in Rio de Janeiro. At this time, Slater is followed by Adriano de Souza and Billabong’s own Taj Burrow is currently in third. Mick Fanning (fourth) and Jordy Smith (fifth) are both well placed to take advantage in Brazil.

The women, meanwhile, will be competing in their fifth event. Stephanie Gilmore is still out in front after two wins and a second place, but Sally Fitzgibbons (second) and reigning world champion Carissa Moore (fifth) are close behind.

We’re looking forward to watching the action… in hot and sexy Brazil. The LIVE webcast will be available at www.billabongpro.com.

Who do you think will be the hottest surfers to come out on top? Continue reading