Monthly Archives: November 2011

Conceived by Hawaiian big wave surfer Shane Dorian following a near-lethal wipeout last year at Maverick’s, the Billabong V1 (for “vertical ascent”) inflatable big wave wetsuit has just received a pair of prestigious awards for design innovation.

Popular Science magazine awarded the wetsuit with a “Best of What’s New” Award and National Geographic Adventure magazine has given it their “Gear of the Year” distinction. The Billabong V1 wetsuit has also been featured in other top publications including Men’s Journal, Outside, and France’s L’Equipe.

Billabong wetsuit product manager Hub Hubbard worked with the world’s top maritime safety product manufacturer, Mustang Survival, to develop a suit with an integrated inflatable flotation bladder and CO2 cartridge that can be activated with a tug of a pull-cord. The V1 suit assists a surfer to reach the surface more swiftly after a severe wipeout, and has been called a “game-changer” in regards to big wave safety.

At this time, only Dorian has tested the suit. However, he has successfully tested prototypes in huge surf at Jaws, on Maui, Hawaii and at the legendary Cortes Bank, 100 miles off the California coast. The V1 wetsuit is now in limited production and a list of the world’s top big wave riders have already placed their orders for this winter season. It is not being sold to the general public at this time. A patent on the invention is currently pending.

“These awards are certainly a validation of the vision, time and effort put into the Billabong V1 wetsuit by both Shane Dorian and Hub Hubbard,” said Billabong USA Vice President of Marketing Graham Stapelberg. “Safety in big waves should always be the first priority, and for this reason Billabong is very proud to be associated with such an innovative product.” Continue reading

The photographs within “Surf Riot” contradict the standard imagery associated with American surf culture from the 1980s. No laid-back Adonis figures with flaxen-haired beach babes. Instead, “Surf Riot,” released in a strictly limited edition of 300 copies, with 100 specially packaged and containing a hand-numbered photographic edition, displays a youth revolt, in full dramatic color, of frenetic teens running wild.

“I knew I only had one roll of film,” New York-based British photographer Nick Waplington says, “so I was very careful about the shots.”

Waplington, who was then a 16-year-old on holiday in Los Angeles from college in Nottingham, England, carefully snapped away (with one roll of 25 exposures) to capture the fiery scene in Huntington Beach, on the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships. On that last day of August in 1986, thousands of youths went on a rampage. Waplington’s full-color photographs from that day are now on show for a month-long exhibition titled “Surf Riot” at Deyermond Art + Books in Santa Monica, California.

The action captured in his vibrant images is so impactful and immediate that you can almost feel the smoke yourself. In one, a man stands in front of a car swallowed up by thick, black smoke; in another, a man either saves a bright-yellow surfboard, facing a car-borne inferno blackening the sky, just as the Aeroméxico blaze raged in Cerritos. Other photos show the other aspects of the riot, embodying the darker side of youth.

In addition to the exhibition in Santa Monica, the shots have been collected for a limited-edition book, also titled Surf Riot, published by Little Big Man Books. Plus, limited-edition, fine-art prints of Waplington’s photographs are available.

Waplington has created a number of acclaimed photographic books including Living Room (1991), Other Edens (1993), The Wedding (1994) Safety in Numbers (1996), and Truth or Consequences (2001). Solo exhibitions include The Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, 1992, Photographer’s Gallery, 1995, the Underwood Street Gallery, 1999, and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2007. In addition, Waplington’s work was exhibited at the 2001 Venice Biennale and is held within a number of international collections, not limited to the MoMA, The Guggenheim, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Image Source: OCWeekly.com Continue reading

With New York hosting the East Coast’s first ASP World Tour event this past September (the richest in history, with $300,000 going to Owen Wright for first place), we can’t help but root on “the world’s greatest city” in its renaissance as an East Coast surfing epicenter.

Of course, that event, coupled with the 4th annual New York Surf Film Festival which followed, brought over 2,500 people in attendance with numerous parties and premieres, to celebrate the wonderful sport of surfing in The Big Apple. Presented by the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), the NYSFF welcomed international filmmakers, avid surfers, legendary surf photographers, film buffs, and friends to Cinema Village, NYC on September 15th - 17th for a screening of more than 40 films from around the world, as well as intimate Q&A sessions.

Well, the votes are in and the Official Jury 2011 NYSFF Film Awards for outstanding workin both feature and short form film, cinematography, and soundtrack, as well as the viewer’s choice selection, were announced last month.

Congratulations to the winners:

2011 BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

2011 BEST NOT SO SHORT SHORT FILM AWARD: CHASING THE SWELL

2011 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD: LUNCHBREAK

2011 BEST SOUNDTRACK AWARD: THIRTY THOUSAND

2011 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

2011 VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD: LOST & FOUND

For more information on the films, check out http://www.nysurffilm.com/. Also check in at http://newyorksurffilmfestival.com/ for 2012 festival details and updates. Continue reading

Are you ready for the holidays? Well, if you aren’t, get ready as the festivities are beginning. First up… the second annual Surfing Santa Contest at Salt Creek beach is planned for next Saturday and Sunday, November 19th and 20th benefiting Surfers Healing and children with Autism. So, get your Holiday costumes ready!

Our very own brands, Billabong and Sector 9, are two of the sponsors.

Entry fee is $40 per person and includes the contest and a Surf Swag Bag. The Surfing Santa Contest is part of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Community Footprints program, and combined with the annual Holiday Surfboard Auction has raised more than $57,000 over the last three years.

Surfers Healing benefits people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. The group was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz, whose son Isaiah was diagnosed with autism at age three. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children so they began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.

There are several categories for the Surfing Santa Contest, and lots of chances to win holiday funds, including $1,000 going to the winner of the Flying Rudolph Big Air category. There are prizes for each additional category, including Santa’s Helpers (15 and under), Santa’s Elves (16-20 year olds), Toymakers (ages 20+), and Yule Loggers (open long board).

Go to www.surfingsantacontest.org to sign up. Ho, ho, ho! Continue reading

With that weird Nor’easter last month, and the quickly dropping temperatures out West, too, it’s time to prepare ourselves for impending cold, blustery winter days.

So that you’re feet aren’t freezing (and for me, that will subsequently mean my entire body is suffering), you need to invest in a pair of warm boots to protect your feet from the cold and snow. Lucky for you, we have a huge selection of UGG®s, those cozy Australian sheepskin boots, that are a must have for those dropping temperatures. Here are just a few of the cool styles available on our site:

Women’s Lattice Cardy Boot Style No: 3066
The women’s Ugg Lattice Cardy boot features a heather merino wool blend made to look like your favorite chunky sweater, three wooden buttons, slouch the boot/cuff it over/or wear it up. and a light flexible outsole. Available in Grey and Black. $140.00.

Women’s Classic Tall Bomber Boot Style No: 5804
The women’s Ugg Classic Tall Bomber boot features the signature UGG silhouette, a genuine twin face sheepskin for an incredible comfort, and we recommend ordering a size smaller than your typical shoe size. Available in Chestnut. $180.00.

Women’s Bailey Button Boot Style No: 1873
The women’s Ugg Bailey Button boot features a playful twist on the classic boot with a button tab at the side, a genuine twinface sheepskin, super soft and comfortable. Available in Black. $200.00.

Women’s Kensington Boot Style No: 5678
The women’s Ugg Kensington boot features a motorcycle boot with same UGG comfort, an upper plush leather fully lined with the genuine sheepskin, buckle details, logo metal hardware, and an EVA molded outsole with rubber pod inserts for the best durability and traction. Available in Toast. $220.00.

Men’s Kenton Boot Style No: 3010
Of course, we can’t forget our dudes! The men’s Ugg Kenton boot features a twin face uppers, flexible and an EVA outsole to keep you comfortable for any adventure. Available in Chestnut. $110.00.

Truly a no risk investment as these are boots with sleek style that also serve a practical purpose! Find more here: http://beckersurf.com/footwear/for-gals/ugg/ Continue reading

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