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Here are a few of the top music festivals to look out for this year:

Coachella (April 12 – 14, April 19 – 21)
This may be the most famous of the music festivals and if you didn’t score tix the first 15 minutes they went on sale, then you’re outta luck. Try again next year. This will be Coachella’s 14th hurrah and its second year of splitting the festival into two identical weekends in order to accommodate their vastly multiplying audience (80,000+ people attended last year).
Location – Indio, CA
2013 Headliners – Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix, and Red Hot Chili Peppers
2012 Headliners – The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and, of course, the most famous hologram of all time – Tupac

Wakarusa (May 30 – June 2)
Deep in Arkansas’ charming Ozark mountains is a HUGE music festival that’s been selling out in the most recent years. The annual four-day event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and this festival just gets bigger and better every year with an eclectic mix of artists plus fun diversions for festival guests: hiking, Frisbee golf, yoga and swimming in the gorgeous Mulberry River.
Location – Mulberry Mountain, AR
2013 Headliners – Snoop Lion, The Black Crowes, STS9, Widespread Panic, Of Monsters and Men and Son Volt
2012 Headliners – The Avett Brothers, Primus, Girl Talk, Umphrey’s McGee, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Pretty Lights

Bonnaroo (June 13 – 16)

Reputed as “the best festival on the East Coast,” Bonnaroo is definitely one of the biggest, as over 100,000 attendees descend on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee every summer. In addition to music, comedy is a focus of this outdoor camping festival. Practically all of the available tickets are sold out so if you want to attend, hurry and snag the still available VIP Package for 2 for $1,449.
Location – Manchester, TN
2013 Headliners – Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Björk, Wilco, R. Kelly, and The Lumineers
2012 Headliners – Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Skrillex, Aziz Ansari, Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Civil Wars

Summerfest (June 26-30 and July 2-7)
Summerfest in Milwaukee is THE largest festival in the United States in terms of attendance. Held at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and going on since 1968, Summerfest has hosted almost every big name in music at one time.
Location – Milwaukee, WI
2013 Headliners – Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft, FUN., Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jason Aldean with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett, New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Rush
2012 Headliners: Lady Antebellum, Foo Fighters, ZZ Top, Chicago, The Roots, David Gray, 311, Young the Giant

Lollapalooza (August 2-4)

Since it started in 1991, Lollapalooza has a long-standing tradition for being one of the best festivals in the country, and once traveled each year from city to city. Since 2005, it has stayed put in Chicago, but continues to bring out many of the brightest stars in rock, punk and electronic music to eight stages in Grant Park over three days.
Location – Chicago, IL
2013 Headliners – It hasn’t been released yet, but leaks are hinting at Jay-Z, The Cure, Mumford & Sons, and Blur as some of the headlining acts
2012 Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + the Machine

Burning Man (August 26-September 2)

Burning Man is more of an art “event” than a music festival, but this weeklong gathering incubates tomorrow’s new sounds. Also, this festival is not about headlining artists, but more about highlighting the fact that each of us is an artist. Unlike other “festivals”, Burning Man does not provide a stage, there is no food being sold, nor showers to clean yourself off. But for art and music lovers, it’s a genesis point of sound and art, and the adventure of a lifetime.
Location – Black Rock City, NV
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Get inside the mind of Volcom team rider Ozzie Wright—“the guy who wrote the book, err, song on Strange Brains.”

Strange Brains is a rider-produced series of webisodes from the “strange brains” at Volcom profiling heavy moments in the lives of all of their team riders: “a celebration of your mental calibration.” In these webisodes, Volcom celebrates the weird underworld of surfing’s craziest characters.

In this latest episode that aired last week, Ozzie steps up to the plate and does his rad indie fun-focused artsy thing on the waves. Check out Ozzie taking apart some really fun lefts , and jamming out with his band, Goons of Doom.

If you missed the first three webisodes, here’s a recap:

Episode #1 with Alex Gray (Aired Dec 18, 2012)
In this premiere episode of Strange Brains, Alex Gray talks about losing his brother and how it’s motivated him to rush the biggest, craziest waves in the world.

Episode #2 with Andrew Doheny (Aired January 21, 2013)
Made completely by Droid and his pal/filmer Matt Tromberg (music and all), check out his “strange brain” – it’s a little crazy, a little experimental and a lot entertaining.

Episode #3 with Zeke Lau (Aired January 28, 2013)
An inside look at Oahu powerhouse Zeke Lau as he tears it up from California to Bali and back. Check out the North Shore’s young powerhouse’s mad aerial skills.

For more info, go to: http://www.volcom.com/strangebrains/. And to load up on some cool Volcom gear, go to: http://beckersurf.com/volcom/. Continue reading

Congratulations to surf photographer Peter “Joli” Wilson who has won Nikon‘s 2013 Photo of the Year award!

The Nikon Surf Photo of the Year is a prestigious award recognizing the best single surfing-themed image taken by an Australian photographer. The photo can be taken anywhere around the world and can be drawn from action, water, lifestyle, lineup or portrait photography.

Previous winners have included Jon Frank, Stuart Gibson and Jeremy Wilmotte, whose images are published and recognized around the world.

Below is Joli’s amazing winning photo from Cloudbreak, Tavanua, Fiji.

Here’s last year winning photo by Ray Collins:

And here are 2 of the other finalists’ beautiful photos, this one by Deb Morris:

and this gorgeous photo by Andrew Chisholm

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Current World Junior Champion, Jack Freestone, is currently starring in a new episode of Fairly Normal, which debuted last Wednesday.

Fairly Normal is a new series that chronicles the somewhat peculiar domestic situations surfers have come to find normal around the globe, giving you a pretty interesting look at what these traveling athletes consider normal.

This one’s a cool episode featuring Jack. Many of you may have seen his breakthrough performance in Dear Suburbia — which saw him do some amazing moves at Indo’s cutest beachbreak next to Dane, Kolohe and Taj without missing a beat.

Check out the episode to gain an inside look at a perfect day with Jack. This includes “coffee, shit-talking, a fun surf at D-Bah, lunch, shit-talking resumes, another really fun surf at Kirra, a beer on the veranda, barbecue. Fin!”

He also stars in a very candid conversation/interview in What Youth Issue 3, which is available this Thursday, February 14th. Surfer LOVE! Continue reading

Master surf film maker Jack McCoy’s Red Carpet World Premier Event of “A Deeper Shade of Blue” will be next Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. With “A Deeper Shade of Blue,” McCoy ventures into a new realm: … Continue reading