Monthly Archives: March 2012

Is the time of inland surfing here? That’s what Wavegarden hopes to accomplish with its man-made wave prototype located just outside of Zarautz, deep in the Basque Country of Spain.

After seven years of trial and error, this 30 yard pond lined in black plastic now offers waist high rip-able freshwater wave surges, and has captured the attention of the surf world, including Owen Wright, Mick Fanning, and Bobby Martinez. The reality for people of all ages and surfing levels to enjoy a “real” surfing experience beyond the oceans of the world is almost here.

The idea for Wavegarden started when engineer Josema Odriozola and sports economist Karin Frisch decided to combine their expertise in designing and building sport facilities with their passion for surfing. Their goal was to create the most realistic surfing experience in perfect waves. In fact, their entire team is composed of passionate surfers, whose aim is to share the amazing sport and healthy lifestyle of surfing with others not fortunate enough to live near natural waves.

The wave itself will provide rides up to 30 seconds in a “Pointbreak” style of wave, both right and left simultaneously. It will allow most surfers two decent turns (four if you’re Jordy). The wave size, speed, and shape can be altered at any time, even during a ride. The maximum height of the wave will be roughly 5.2 feet on the face. But, with enough skill a rider can achieve a tuberide of unheard of length. Moreover, it uses a low environmental impact and an energy consumption average of only 350kwh.

If all goes to plan, the technology will be pumping man-made waves down a river for the public to surf by the Spring of 2012. Wavegarden already has commitments for facilities in the Middle East, Europe and America, including WaveGardenHawaii, a 6 acre pool in Oahu.

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It started in 2007 when the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Australia inspired 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses in Sydney to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event. 5 years later, Earth Hour has become an annual and global event.

It’s scheduled on the last Saturday of every March to closely coincide with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it is rolled out around the Earth. This year, Earth Hour will take place on March 31, 2012 from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m., at the participant’s local time.

From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Empire State Building in New York City, the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa to the Leaning Tower in Pisa in Italy, the world’s most captivating icons will go dark for Earth Hour 2012. Earth Hour will also extend to the International Space Station for the first time, where astronaut and WWF ambassador Andre Kuipers will experience Earth Hour watching over the planet for the European Space Agency (ESA).

Last year’s Earth Hour was the biggest year in the campaign’s five year history. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. More importantly, members went Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet.

For 2012, with the power of social networks behind the Earth Hour message, Earth Hour organizers are hoping to attract even more participation to build a truly global community committed to creating a more sustainable planet. In February, Earth Hour launched its 2012 campaign, “I Will If You Will”, with the intention of engaging its growing global community to go beyond the hour and coordinate their efforts publicly through social media.

So, don’t forget to turn off all non-essential lights this Saturday for an hour. It’s a small gesture to show your commitment to the environment.

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Looking to view what will be a classic film of some of the best skating moves? “The Cinematographer Project,” TransWorld‘s 24th video, will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and iTunes worldwide March 30, 2012. Featuring 13 filmmakers and 145 skaters, this film collaboration is a culmination of years in the trenches and producer Jon Holland’s creative vision.

The premise of “The Cinematographers Project,” was to get the best filmers in the industry, let them go one-on-one with any skater of their choosing, and then give them total creative control in the editing room and splice the results together to create one rad skating compilation.

The participants include the industry’s premier lensmen: Jon Holland himself, Dan Wolfe, RB Umali, Lee Dupont, Mike Manzoori, Beagle, Chris Ray, Bill Strobeck, Benny Maglinao, Brennan Conroy, Russell Houghten, Torsten Frank and Chris Middlebrook.

“The Cinematographers Project” stars top notch skaters Jason Dill, Dennis Busenitz, Zered Bassett, Chaz Ortiz, Braydon Szafranski, Dylan Rieder, Mark Gonzales, just to name a few of the amazing shredders featured from around the world.

Transworld also created an online Cinematographer contest for anyone to participate in. There were over 130 entries, with Ohio native Dan Mizicko, winning overall. For his top efforts, Mizicko’s video edit is now included in the film, plus he was flown to L.A. for the premiere, got to stay at The Roosevelt, presented with an award at the TWS Awards, and showed his winning entry on the big screen! Due to the success of the contest, this will now be an annual Transworld contest and award at their premieres.

Transworld also picked 9 other runners-up to make up a Top 10 Finalists list, and are featuring them on their Facebook fan page. The video with the most Likes on March 30 will win the Fan Favorite award.

Here’s to the worldwide release of “The Cinematographer Project” on March 30.

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Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego-based non-profit group that encourages orphans and foster children to get in the water to not only help them learn how to swim, but also to help build their self-esteem and confidence, is looking for volunteers for this weekend’s surf camp.

The event, held at Blackies on the north side of the Newport Beach Pier at tower 24, will be this Saturday, March 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be Urban Surf 4 Kids’s second Orange County event. They launched their first OC event late last month, and taught the kids how to Stand Up Paddle with Tom Jones.

This weekend, the group is looking for volunteers to help out, and is looking for qualified lifeguards, surf instructors, and any other volunteers who have experience working with children. They could also use a few soft top surfboards, SUP’s, kayaks and wetsuits that anyone could spare for the afternoon.

This Saturday’s Blackies event is being sponsored by several local surf organizations including Clint Carroll’s Surf School. Clint is the son of world-famous surfing icon, Corky Carroll. Corky is a five time US Surfing Champion, three time international Champion, International Big Wave Champion, and was named the number one surfer in the world by Surfer magazine. The Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp will be held on the beach located directly in front of Corky Carroll’s newest boardwalk location in Newport Beach.

UrbanSurf4kids was started in 2009 by Wesley Stewart to help orphans in Mexico, Haiti and other areas get involved in sports programs, and encourage the kids to give back to their communities. Their very simple motto is Surf and Serve! The goal is to teach surfing with the agreement of kids to volunteer in their choice of community service.

If you’re interested in helping, please contact Mark Ralph, the Volunteer Event Director of Urban Surf 4 Kids at or (949) 297-8598. For further information on the organization, check out their site at

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The swim season is almost here, and the annual swimsuit issue of Surfing Magazine goes on sale in just a few weeks, April 3, 2012. Below is a video teaser of the bikinis and beauties you’ll catch in the issue, and a few of our very own fave suits now available on our Becker site:

Style No: O2311280

Sexy strings! The Volcom Rear View Bikini Bottom features a strand side, adjustable ties, a scrunched back detail, and a metal logo applique. Price: $44.00

Style No: X232TONE

You can’t go wrong with a white suit to show off your tan. The women’s Billabong One Love bikini features a crochet bikini, a triangle top with adjustable neck and back ties, an adjustable bottom, and a Bob Marley logo patch at the back. Price: $69.50

Style No: 12474092

Channel the tropics with the women’s O’Neill Shangri La bikini top, which features a floral print, a triangle top, and adjustable neck and back straps. Price: $38.00

Style No: T001

We’re crushing on this brand, which has some of the hippest suits right now. The women’s Tavik Jackie bikini top features a 80′s inspired shape print, and a triangle top with adjustable neck and back ties. Best news of all? It’s on sale! Price: $58.00 $26.99

Style No: S15T2470

Missing a leather bikini in your swimsuit wardrobe? The women’s Tigerlily Aella bikini is made of 100% suede! It features a washable suede, an adjustable neck and back closure, a triangle top with a rope tie, and a solid bottom. Scrumptuous. Price: $113.61

Style No: 619017

We think the women’s Roxy Wrapped bikini top is so sweet. It features a t-strap back, a pretty floral pattern, a halter top, and a tie center closure. Price: $46.00

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