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Come out to the third annual Skate for a Cause this Saturday, May 5th 2012, at the newly renovated Etnies Skate Park, Lake Forest, CA. 10am-5pm. Tickets and proceeds benefit skate clinics for autistic children and their families.

Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation will again host the festivities, a family friendly event that combines a world class skate jam and carnival. Nixon athletes scheduled to appear include Ryan Sheckler, Jason Ellis, Ryan Decenzo, Torey Pudwill, and many more.

All of the day’s events give skateboarders, sponsors and the community a chance to have fun while giving back to raise funds for A.skate. The A.skate Foundation is a non-profit that allows kids with autism to be a part of the social world through skateboarding. They hold clinics for kids with autism at no cost to the families, give grants to kids with autism for skateboard gear, as well as promote awareness and education.

The high octane skate jam promises to deliver a rewarding experience for all participants. Plus, the Cinco De Mayo carnival will offer traditional games, modified to utilize skate equipment and themes like Bearing Toss, Bull Pong, Dunk Tank, Ring Toss onto Indy Trucks, and Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

Moreover, if you want to get inside the skate park and brush shoulders with the best skateboarders in the world, for a donation of $50, you’ll get out of the bleachers and into the action.

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If you don’t have plans next weekend and want to be part of a fun event that also helps out a good cause, check out the 2012 Standup for the Cure event at the Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 5.

Funds raised will support the OC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with every $125 raised enabling a mammogram. The event is $35 and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the clinic targeting the Guinness World Record of the largest Stand Up Paddleboard lesson with 250 or more participants starting at 9:45 a.m.

Whatever your level – from novice to expert – the event promises something for everyone. The event aims to set a world Record with a Standup Paddleboard clinic led by world-class Standup for the Cure ambassadors including Zane Schweitzer, Matt Hughes, Brendon Light, Jayson Campbell and Daniel Hughes.

The Newport Dunes is visible from Pacific Coast Highway and the paddling course will wind its way through the scenic harbor. “We chose Newport Dunes for the visual ‘pink’ impact we can make. Nothing draws your attention like hundreds of paddlers wearing pink,” said Mike Muir from presenting sponsor Riviera Paddlesurf.

After participants paddle through the course, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will provide lunch. A happy hour by Kona Brewing Company will have live music by Crimson Crowbar. A showing of “Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story” will round out the late afternoon. Riviera Paddlesurf, Yolo Board, Rogue SUP, Starboard and others will supply loaner boards and demos for new paddlers.

“Standup for the Cure’s May 5 event is an opportunity for families, friends and survivors to raise money and ultimately save lives by doing something they love. This is a great opportunity to learn how to paddle a Standup Paddleboard and meet the pros that are leading this new revolution,” commented event director Dan Van Dyck, whose mother is a 38-year breast cancer survivor.

Teams or individuals can signs up here. Bonus! If you register by May 1st, you’re guaranteed a free Victory SUP Jersey! Find out more information at Continue reading

We want to do a shout out to one of our fave Becker brands, OluKai, which has some of the best selection of footwear around and call to your attention their annual Ho’olaule’a.

Now in its fourth year, Ho’olaule’a, which literally means “celebration”, is scheduled for May 12-13, 2012 at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui. Their annual celebration and expression of gratitude is held every May on Maui’s north shore.

The event blends elite competition with family-friendly cultural activities and gathers some of the world’s best SUP and OC1 paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile “THE MALIKO DOWNWIND RUN.” Friends and families come together to enjoy canoe sailing and surfing, ancient Hawaiian games, traditional luau, hula, and live music.

This annual event is an opportunity for OluKai to recognize and honor their ‘Ohana Giveback partners, as the community shares collective gifts of time, energy, and spirit.

Wanna be part of the community? Register online by May 4th to receive a Premium Race Package including luau dinner, race jersey, and a pair of OluKai sandals. Online registration closes May 10th. Lo`a lo`a! (Have fun!)

You can also channel some of that Hawaiian spirit by checking out a few of the OluKai kicks here:

‘Ohana Sandal
Style No: 20110
Sku No: 201100248
Price: $65.00

The Ohana by Olukai. Translated Family. These sandals are not only fashionable but when you purchase a pair the proceeds support the Olukai Ohana Giveback Program. It features a water-resistant synthetic leather strap with soft, quick-drying jersey knit lining and neoprene backer, classic anatomical compression-molded EVA midsole with a soft ICEVA drop-in footbed for comfort and support, non-marking rubber or gum rubber outsole with coral reef lug design for added grip, and soft nylon toe post webbing, laser-etched logo, and embroidered detail.

‘Ohana Lace Up Shoe
Style No: 10130-6519
Sku No: 101306519AST
Price: $100.00

The men’s Olukai Ohana Lace Up is made of Durable and lightweight canvas and abrasion resistant synthetic leather. It features anatomically correct contoured footbed for a custom fit, non-marking rubber traction outsole and multiple lacing options for custom style.

Paniolo Sandal
Style No: 10139-2840
Sku No: 101392840KB
Price: $130.00

The men’s Olukai Paniolo sandals feature an Italian suede strap with a pigskin lining and neoprene backer. An EVA midsole wrapped in a premium full grain leather, an anatomically correct contour for a personalized fit and sustained comfort over time. A full grain leather wrap outsole with a non-marking molded rubber traction pods. Continue reading

Santa Cruz has been named the fourth World Surfing Reserve and the dedication celebration is next weekend. World Surfing Reserves and the Santa Cruz Local Stewardship Council (LSC) and Ambassadors are pleased to announce that the official dedication of Santa Cruz as a World Surfing Reserve will be held on April 27th and 28th.

To commemorate the selection, there will be an evening fundraiser celebration at Cocoanut Grove on Friday, April 27th, with a night of music, drinks, art, and surf history/culture. All proceeds will go towards the Santa Cruz LSC to continue the stewardship of the Reserve. Tickets are $25 (presale) and are available here:

On Saturday, April 28th, the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve will be officially enshrined with a morning paddle out at Pleasure Point at 10am, followed by the dedication ceremony at Steamer Lane at 1pm. This will be followed from 2pm – 3pm with a Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Fair, where attendees can mingle with local organizations and community groups and check out historic surfboards, wetsuits, and other artifacts on display thanks to the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society.

Congrats to Santa Cruz as it is quite a distinction. Santa Cruz was formally approved as a World Surfing Reserve on February 3, 2011 and will join the other three areas that have been approved: Malibu Surfrider Beach in USA, Manly Beach in Australia, and Ericeira in Portugal. The World Surfing Reserves proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments around the world. The program serves as a global model for preserving wave breaks and their surrounding areas by recognizing the positive environmental, cultural, economic and community benefits of surfing areas.

Save The Waves Coalition, along with key partners National Surfing Reserves (NSR) Australia and the International Surfing Association (ISA), launched World Surfing Reserves in 2009. The initiative creates a global network of Surfing Reserves designed to educate the world about the tremendous universal value of these special places and provide tools to help local communities better protect cherished surf breaks.

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A record number of ISA World Junior Competitors are currently in Pedasi, Panama to compete for individual and team glory. This event, which brings together the best under-18 surfers from around the world, marks the third time that Panama Tourism and the ISA have partnered to host an ISA World Championship event.

Nearly 300 surfers are competing in three divisions (Boys Under-18, Boys Under-16, and Girls Under-18) over the course of eight days of competition at Playa Venao, a beach-break located on the Pacific Ocean side of the country.

The ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, sponsored by Dakine and presented by Billabong, officially began this weekend with the parade of nations and opening ceremony. On Saturday, the streets of Pedasi were flooded with the flags and the colors of the 31 competing nations, making this the largest juniors event in history.

“Regardless of the color of our skin, the country we come from, our religion or anything that may seem to divide us, we are all connected through surfing,” said Fernando Aguerre, the President of the ISA, in his opening remarks.

As a symbol of the global surfing connection, each team sent a flag bearer and a representative onto the stage after the Parade of the Nations came to a close for the traditional ISA Sands of the World Ceremony. Sands from home beaches are poured into a glass container, representing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

The action started yesterday with the schedule devoted entirely to the boys, with 48 Qualifying Round 1 heats running in both the Under-18s and Under-16s. USA’s Trevor Thornton and Hawaii’s Koa Smith emerged as top contenders as they finished their heats.

According to Surfline, the Official Forecaster of the event, waves should be increasing in size for the next couple days, capping out in the six- to seven-foot range. It should make for some interesting competition this week. The event ends next Sunday, April 22nd, when it will be the Finals and Closing Ceremony.

To check out the event webcast live, log onto The day’s webcast begins at 8:00am local time (6:00am PST; 2:00pm in London). Continue reading