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Behold: the Billabong X White Mike collaborative series has arrived!

White Mike is an organization led by world-renowned underwater photographer (and shark enthusiast) Michael Muller and is centered around the preservation of our planet. The goal of this movement is to protect the dwindling population of Great White Sharks in our global environment and raise awareness of the possibility of the extinction of this species.

The movement began in June 2009 when big bold color posters of Great White sharks were mysteriously popping up throughout three major U.S. cities – Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. This guerrilla art drew attention to the sad fact that the global great white population has shrunk over 70 percent in the past 50 years, and as of 2004, is now on the Endangered Species List. Despite human’s fear of sharks, the prevalence of commercial long line fishing and the popular “shark fin soup” are among the many reasons that in actuality, sharks should be afraid; not us!

The Billabong X White Mike collection features Mike Muller’s famous shark photography and a portion of the proceeds from any Billabong X White Mike item will be donated directly to the White Mike organization.

For more information, visit http://whitemike.org/#/ and also follow @thisiswhitemike on Twitter.

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The 14-minute film, “Beach 87th St./Surfing After Sandy” which features the Rockaway surfing community after Hurricane Sandy, is well worth a watch. Debuting this month and filmed by snowboarding brothers Jesse and Lukas Huffman about 34 days after the storm, the film reminisces what it was like on October 29, 2012 from the vantage point of J. Scott Klossner, Keone Singlehurst and Beth Perkins, bungalow dwellers on Beach 87th Street.

As a reminder, the storm surge hit on October 29 affecting 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, and became the most devastating storm to hit New York and New Jersey since 1938. It was also the costliest storm to hit the region, with northeast surfing spots including Rockaway, being utterly destroyed – surf shops were flooded and blown away, boardwalks were ripped apart and the beaches were severely eroded.

The film starts off with painting the picture of last summer’s “them vs. us” vibe – the local, experienced surfers vs. novices from Williamsburg and other parts of Brooklyn, and the growing fight for waves. 7.1 million visited the beach last summer vs. an average of 3.4 million on prior years.

But after Superstorm Sandy, these once-dubbed “hipsters” became “helpsters.” After local Rockaway residents came to grips with all the loss they had experienced and realized they couldn’t rebuild alone and needed help, the newbie surfers who were once-stigmatized and blamed for robbing locals of waves in Rockaway showed up in droves to lend their hands. In the words of Beth Perkins, “[the surfing community] saved our butts.” They helped rip out soaked drywall, flooring, and helped distribute food and other necessities.

“We appreciate the help from Brooklynites, Manhattanites, and anyone else who came here,” said Keone Singlehurst, 42, a Rockaway surfer who lives with Perkins. “It has brought the surfing community together.”

Watch the short film to see gorgeous shots of the ocean, surfers, and beach lovers, as well as images of broken, damaged homes, and residents sifting through belongings that were destroyed by the hurricane. It will give you a warm fuzzy about what the surfing community is really about. “The surfer community is sort of like a family,” said Singlehurst.

For those looking to donate, our friends at Sector 9 are offering up a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Tee in either black or white. It’s made of 100% organic cotton, and best of all 100% of the sales proceeds of each tee will be donated to the Waves for Water Hurricane Relief Initiative to support their disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey.

For more information, on the Waves to Water mission, go to http://www.wavesforwater.org/.

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Adding to the catalog of TransWorld Skateboarding’s video legacy, the publication announced its latest and 25th full-length video, entitled Perpetual Motion, will premiere at the TWS Skate Awards night, slated for February 27, 2013, at Hollywood’s Avalon Theatre.

A film by Chris Thiessen and Jon Holland, the video will feature Silas Baxter-Neal, in addition to a numerous other skateboarders, including Julian Davidson, Jimmy Carlin, Walker Ryan, Josh Matthews, and Tom Remillard. Baxter-Neal is a recipient of Thrasher magazine’s “Skater of the Year” award; Baxter-Neal has been described by Transworld staff member, Oliver Barton, as a “all-terrain demolition unit.”

In an ESPN interview with filmmaker Jon Holland, who has been with TWS 17 years come this December, high points of creating Perpetual Motion include “Filming Silas doing some ridiculous moves in Portland, doing the Zoo bomb, and just getting to know and skate with Josh, Jimmy, Julian, Tom and Walker. I’m stoked to point a camera in their direction and witness their skating firsthand. They all rip.”

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No plans tonight? Join world renown surf photographer Steve Sherman for a night of storytelling accompanied with an epic slide show. The AI Forever/Who Would be King show will be showcased at The Privateer in Oceanside, CA Wednesday, January 15, 2013.

Sherman is one of Surfing Magazine’s most beloved staff photographers at large. Sherman started his photography career in high school working in the darkroom for the school paper. After he graduated, Sherman went to work for Transworld Skateboarding as a darkroom technician for Grant Brittain, which ultimately transitioned to his career as a photographer.

The event begins at 7 pm sharp and Sherman plans to share intimate stories to go with the Andy Irons images, along with providing the inside story on Kelly and Parko’s showdown at the Pipeline Masters last month.

It’s promised to be a special night! Plus, giveaways include some #aiforever /t-sherms collaborative shirts.

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In the small beauty city of Guarapari, Brazil, before Derek Rabelo was born, his father prayed this has son would become a famous professional surfer and named his son after the legendary Pipeline surfer, Derek Ho. Unfortunately on May 25th 1992, his prayer seemed unanswered when Derek was born blind.

But, being born blind did not stop Derek Rabelo from pursuing his dream to surf Pipeline and make his dad’s wishes come true. Seventeen years later, through the encouragement of his parents, best friend, and surf coach, Derek embarked on a three-year journey of grueling mental, physical and spiritual training.

The film by Walking on Water, “Beyond Sight” is the inspiring story of Derek who overcomes his blindness to surf regularly, and even surf Hawaii’s Pipeline, one of the world’s most dangerous and powerful waves. Along the way, he inspires the best surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, Tom Curren, Damien Hobgood, Derek Ho, Laird Hamilton, Lakey Peterson, Coco Ho, and the entire surfing world.

Derek’s story shows us the lesson that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight.

Also, the movie is just shy of its $77,777 Kickstarter fundraising goal to finish production. Here’s the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1102935190/beyond-sight-movie-the-derek-rabelo-story

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