Monthly Archives: January 2012

Australian-based artist, fashion stylist and blogger, Mandy Shadforth of Oracle Fox, has recently teamed up with Billabong to create an amazing collection of women’s pieces inspired by her art and passion for surfing.

“Definitely my love of surfing, the ocean, nature and places that I travel to for work, and surfing trips acted as the main source of inspiration for the collection. Parts of my inspiration also come from the colours around me, textures in nature, music, old movies and old pictures in books and magazines,” Mandy has said about the free-spirited and eclectic collaboration.

Just like Mandy’s blog, the collection is definitely studded with wanderlust, individuality and earthiness. You’ll find the pieces are truly beach-chic including unique pieces such as tees and tanks with prints/graphics from her original art, sexy shorts made with a scalloped lace trim, and a super cute lace dress with bell sleeves and a scalloped edge finishing.

“Many of the goodies that we designed were inspired by vintage finds that I’ve collected over the years, my own artworks or a combination of elements from some favourite pieces in my wardrobe,” Mandy further explained.

We love the collection, and of course, you can get some key pieces here at Becker!

To see more of the collection, check out Mandy’s popular blog, Oracle Fox.

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We’re psyched to have the Billabong x Andy Davis new clothing collection available for sale here at Becker. The collaboration between Billabong and heralded San Diego County surf artist Andy Davis is a sweet new range of apparel celebrating the fun and funk of surfing’s bohemian lifestyle.

Billabong and Davis announced their partnership last August, and the collection has only been available through surf specialty stores such as Becker Surf, since December 1st. It features 18 pieces including including t-shirts, woven shirts, boardshorts and hats, and we’ve got 10 of those pieces here.

Davis is renown for his stylized illustrations depicting the joy and camaraderie of the surfing life, first entering the clothing scene with his Free apparel line in the 1990s and then under the Ando and Friends label. But, with the Billabong partnership, Davis can focus on his art while Billabong’s infrastructure absorbs the complexities of sales, manufacturing and distribution.

“I’m just totally stoked,” said Davis. “It’s a dream set-up as far as I’m concerned. Moreover, the apparel line is 100% organic or recycled. “That’s very important to me,” said Davis in reference to producing a line showcasing his art.

“It’s all light-hearted and fun,” said Davis in describing the vibe of his latest creations. “It’s surf-driven, but there are many other elements beyond just riding waves which make up the spirit of the surf and beach lifestyle. I try to capture that feeling in my art.”

“This is the first time an outside artist has collaborated with us on a project of this sort and so far the response has been incredible,” said Rob McCarty, design director at Billabong.

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The House of Marley, a collection of premium quality, eco-friendly personal audio products, and available through yours truly, Becker, is getting some attention lately. They were recently named the Official Headphone Sponsor of two of the biggest concerts of the year, Z100′s Jingle Ball New York and KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball Los Angeles, which were held on Dec. 3 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. They were also at the Ski Dazzle, the ski show and snowboard expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with a MARLEY Satisfy Your Soul Tour.

Working together for a better world, The House of Marley was created from the belief in the late Bob Marley’s vision of “One Love,” offering a range of eco-friendly, innovative audio electronics that adhere to the Marley family core values: equality, unity, authenticity, sustainability and charity. The House of Marley donates five percent (5%) of its annual profits to 1Love.org. The epicenter of a global movement, 1Love.org is dedicated to spreading Bob Marley’s message of unity and peace by lifting up a new generation to strike the hammer for charities, causes and ideas that can change the world.

Model prices of The House of Marley products range from $29.99 to $499.99 for the “young gongs” who don’t want to sacrifice style, sound or their commitment to a natural life. Uniquely crafted with eco-friendly material and recycled plastics, these provide the perfect balance of lifestyle expression and high-quality sound. Built for bass, your ears will experience every satisfying note.

Snap up one of the 10 available earphone and headphone styles available, or even a House of Marley tee, and get ready for the docking stations and speakers that will be out from early next year onwards.

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Writer, Musician and Teacher Joel Harper had an epiphany one day while riding home on his bicycle and saw the effects of pollution in the storm drains around his community. He realized that he needed to do something meaningful with his talents to help change the way people interacted with their environment. So, in 2006, he wrote his popular’s children’s book, “All the Way to the Ocean.” Since then, more than 30,000 copies of the book have been distributed around the world via schools, organizations, caring communities and parents.

The award-winning book features pint-sized heroes, Isaac and James, as well as “Ocean’s” dozens of endangered undersea creatures, as they take on one of the world’s most critical problems – coastal pollution. It begins when James has thrown a wrapper and plastic bottle in the gutter and doesn’t believe that it will go all the way to the ocean. Isaac warns James about the consequences of his littering. A concerned crane from the coast line and James’ Mother educate the children about the harmful effects of storm drain pollution.

“All the Way to the Ocean” was honored with a green earth book award, which is bestowed to books that inspire a child to grow a deeper appreciation, respect and responsibility for his or her natural environment. Started in 2005, the award focuses on books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that we have to protect it.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds of the book is donated towards the efforts of the Surfrider Foundation.

Now, the book’s core message that caring for our oceans and environment must become a way of life, is reaching other media. Joel, who is two-time Grammy winner Ben Harper’s younger brother, is currently working with his partners at Mediatavern to share his story in an even more powerful way, with a movie in the works and scheduled for release in 2012. Starring Marcia Cross, Laird Hamilton, Amy Smart and Xavier Rudd and directed by Pete Michels and Douglas Rowell, we can soon see the book come to life on screen.

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A paddle out for Sean Collins, founder and president of Surfline, is scheduled for this Sunday, January 8th on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

Collins, 59, suddenly collapsed while playing tennis last Monday afternoon, December 26, in Newport Beach. He was declared dead a short time later at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach. Since then, the tributes have been coming in from around the world, with the surf world saddened at his unexpected heart attack.

Collins, who began surfing in Seal Beach when he was 8 years old, was one of the most influential surfers of our time, developing the forecasting system that first started out as a phone service, then the world’s largest surf website. These forecasts and real-time views of beaches reach 1.5 million surfers a week, with more than 500,000 people logging onto the website each month.

Before Surfline, surfers spent much of their time behind-the-wheel on “surfin’ safari” journeys in an aimless search for waves, hanging out on the beach for weeks at a time, dropping everything, including work and relationships, when the surf came up. Collins’ forecasts changed all that – now, surfers could use their time more efficiently, eventually giving rise to a breed of plugged-in surfers who make their living through high-dollar contests or by chasing monster swells.

Collins sold the company about a decade ago but stayed on as chief forecaster and president, spending much of his time traveling the world searching for surf.

The celebration of Collins’ life is open to all who want to join, but those not familiar with waves should beware because of the forecasted big swell for that weekend. Those who don’t surf can watch from the pier. It will start at 11 a.m.

There will also be a simultaneous paddleout in Hawaii at 11am at Ehukai Beach Park. (Surf depending, alternate location Sunset Beach).

To keep posted and for more info, join the Paddle out for Sean Collins Facebook page.

Feel free to bring flowers and leis to throw out into the ocean for Sean.

A fund has also been set up that the family will direct to various causes Sean would support. Please make checks payable to OCCF, memo “The Sean Collins Surfline Charitable Fund”.

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Orange County Community Foundation
4041 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 510
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