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Billabong is asking for photos to show why life is better in boardshorts, and it will help others, too. Billabong has teamed up with SurfAid International, the non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. Tsunami relief, providing clean drinking water and reducing the affects of Malaria are all part of SurfAid’s daily mission.

For every photo shared, Billabong will donate $1 to SurfAid, and your entry also gives you the opportunity to win great prizes. Their goal is to gather 50,000 images to raise $50,000 for this great cause.

Weekly Prizes
A weekly winner will receive boardshorts, towels, backpacks and other cool stuff.

Major Prize
The best 50 images as judged by Billabong will come together to make a pair of LTD Editions photo print boardshorts. The owner of these top 50 photo’s will all receive a pair of these Boardshorts signed and number by Taj, Parko or Occy.

Ultimate Prize
A trip to Bali for you and 3 friends.

Life’s better when you’re helping others! For more information, go to

Of course, if you need or want some boardshorts, we’ve got you covered here at Becker:

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California’s South Bay is renowned for its punk and reggae roots, but recently, the local music sound has been evolving toward eclecticism. Bands have been weaving in folk-based elements to their sound, trending toward Americana, Country, and Bluegrass roots, and creating a new music category, Whiskey Honk.

One of these bands is Bullys & Matadors, consisting of three Hermosa Becker Surf employees (yes!), Steve Huante (dobro resonator guitar, vocals) and Kira Lingman (hollow-body Casino guitar, foot-tambourine), and Rachel Togut (cocktail drum kit, percussion, back up vocals).

Huante is both a South Bay and local music veteran, RUHS class of 1999. Lingman and Togut, both 2005 Mira Costa grads, are surprisingly, new to being in a band.

Together, the three of them create a sound that’s a cocktail of Blues n’ Country, Jazz, and just plain ole good beer-drinkin’ music. Huante describes it as a blend of Rock, Country, and Blues, but acknowledges that they also dabble in Flamenco and are willing to try anything. He says, “It’s a couple hours of good live music with a great-looking, ripping pair of girls on cocktail drums and guitar, and a Mexican-hybrid of Elvis and Johnny Cash who ate Glen Danzig.”

The Bullys’ set runs through a variety of “countrified” covers, including those of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline to Billy Idol, Misfits, and Tiger Army. But, they also filter in a number of originals, with songs like “Drunk On You,” “Six String Slinger,” and “Whistle Arrow.”

“We’re hoping to have an album completed by the end of the year,” says Huante. “Goal is to have a full length out by this fall, and we’re almost there as far as enough original material – just have to tighten ‘er up a bit before dropping money on recording.”

Up for hearing them live? They’ll be playing at our Becker Hermosa Grand Opening Celebration this coming Saturday, February 25 from 12pm – 7pm, along with bands, Whitley Heights and The Parted. Join us for a day of celebration, ping pong, giveaways, and of course, cool tunes!

For more info on the band, check out their site:

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We want to take this moment to remember surfing great Andy Irons, who passed away one year ago today. During the course of his professional career, Irons won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004) and is the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar.

To quote the words of fellow surfer Kelly Slater, “ An anniversary is best used for remembering the good things and letting it all sink in more so that the sadness fades away and the good memories remain. And if we learn anything from that, let it be that the positive impact of Andy and all our other friends who are gone bring us closer to the ones and the things that we love right here, right now.”

Andy Irons from Billabong on Vimeo.

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We’re proud to introduce to you ambsn. Ambsn Clothing (pronounced “ambission”) is a surf clothing brand now based out of San Clemente, California. The line was launched in 2001 by brothers Dylan and Dustin Odbert as a fundraiser for their friend, Cameron Clapp, who was hit by a train losing both of his legs and right arm. The brothers started the brand as a way to help their friend’s medical bills, and soon after, ambsn began growing organically on the streets of San Luis Obispo when locals started bringing it to the street and local shops started taking notice.

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