Monthly Archives: December 2011

The world’s best surfers are getting ready for the 2011 Billabong Pipe Masters in honor of Andy Irons. The Billabong Pipe Masters is the final stop on the 2011 ASP World Title Series and is happening right now!

Can you believe we’re finishing off the year? We hear a solid West Northwest swell is expected for the North Shore of Oahu so it should make for an exciting end to an awesome year of surfing.

As many of us already know, Kelly Slater (USA), 39, clinched a historic 11th ASP World Title at the previous event in San Francisco.

The focus for this Billabong Pipe Masters will be on the Vans Triple Crown Title (the third and last stop) and the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers. The overall winner, based on accumulation of most points during the three contests, will walk away with a Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All) victory. The Nixon WTA and overall Triple Crown of Surfing winner will take home bragging rights and a custom one-of-a-kind black ceramic automatic Nixon 51-30 watch valued at over $10,000 USD.

John John Florence (HAW), 18, newcomer to the elite ASP Top 34 after the September rotation, is currently at the top of the board for the 2011 Vans Triple Crown Title after winning at Sunset last week.

Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, and defending Billabong Pipe Masters champion Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, have withdrawn from competition due to injury and have been replaced by first alternates C.J. Hobgood (USA), 32, and Adam Melling (AUS), 26, respectively.

The ASP has also awarded two wildcard spots to surfers next in line on the ASP World Rankings: Kolohe Andino (USA), 17, and Willian Cardoso (BRA). Both surfers will receive ASP World Rankings points for their campaigns at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

Here are the rankings heading into the Billabong Pipe Masters:

1. John John Florence (HAW) 9,780 pts
2. Adam Melling (AUS) 9,650 pts
3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8,480 pts

1. Kelly Slater (USA) 63,350 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 48,600 pts
3. Owen Wright (AUS) 47,900 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 43,700 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 42,200 pts

The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will run from December 8 – 20, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via

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SoCal and L.A. residents hoping for the second dog beach zone for L.A. County’s 75-mile coastline will have to wait some more. State Parks representatives last week cited risks to habitat and health in opposing an off-leash zone, and all but guaranteed there was “no chance” of opening a second canine-friendly stretch of seashore in Los Angeles.

Urged on by the advocacy group Unleash the Beach, the City Council voted last month to work with the state to establish a pilot off-leash dog zone in Santa Monica, but a subsequent meeting between Santa Monica city staffers and representatives of California State Parks, which owns Santa Monica State Beach, vetoed the pilot program.

California law prohibits unleashed dogs on state beaches without an order from a state parks superintendent. The agency remains firmly opposed to relaxing the rules, citing risks that dogs would pose to threatened species, habitat, beach-goers and other dogs.

The state also has raised concerns about the health and environmental effects of dog droppings. Water-quality groups also oppose a dog beach that extends into the surf, saying dog feces would pollute beach water and sand and sicken swimmers.

“Adding a new source of fecal bacteria to our local beaches doesn’t make any sense in these financially challenging times,” Heal the Bay President Mark Gold, although a dog owner, wrote on his blog.

Santa Monica taxpayers have spent millions of dollars cleaning up local beaches (over $2.5 million on the successful Santa Monica Pier cleanup alone.

So, for now, dog lovers must solely rely on Rosie’s Dog Beach, a 3-acre zone in Long Beach. It is the only place along L.A. county’s coastline where canines can legally run off-leash.

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LAUNCH: Community Through Skateboarding is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to empowering individuals to better themselves and community through skateboarding. Their mission is to provide an environment that fosters a culture of creativity and self-expression for skateboarders of all ages.

Founded by Executive Director Andrew Weiss, LAUNCH started earlier this year when Weiss, whose passion for skateboarding began after helping to grow and support the local skateboard scene through his skateboard retail store The Market Skateshop for the past fifteen years.

“There is one important thing that skateboarding teaches that often gets overlooked. It teaches an individual the ability to cope with failure. For example, you may try a kickflip 200 times only to land it once….and when you land one it feels so good, you want to land it again only better, cleaner and faster,” says Weiss.

As the skateboarding population grows, more people will see the positive impact skateboarding has on people’s lives. LAUNCH joins other skating-focused organizations like the A.skate Foundation, a pending 501(c)3 non profit that allows children with autism to be a part of our social world through skateboarding, and Skateistan, a Kabul-based NGO and Afghanistan’s first skateboarding school dedicated to forge bonds that transcend social barriers and affect change.

Man, these organizations are diamondz… doing amazing work by utilizing skateboarding as a tool to improve people and their lives.

For more information, check out LAUNCHSKATE.ORG.

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