Monthly Archives: March 2012

The American Pro Surfing Series, a new domestic surfing series, will kick off next month. The purpose of the series is to give professional surfers who aren’t at the top tier of the sport more opportunities to compete in the US.

Beginning April 25 in Huntington Beach, the new events are being created to fill a void for surfers who are ranked highly enough to earn sponsorships and be considered pro surfers – but have few opportunities to surf in big contests in the United States, said Scott Waring, founder of the APSS.

Three stops are scheduled at the South Side of the Pier in Huntington Beach through the year: Contest 1: April 25-29; Contest 2: September 20-26; Contest 3: October 31-November 7.

The Association of Surfing Professionals is the primary organization for pro surfing and for the past few years has geared much attention in ensuring the top 32 guys – surfers such as Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, and HB’s Brett Simpson – are taken care of, Waring said. The US Open of Surfing, which once allowed 200 up-and-coming surfers to enter, are only accessible to top-level athletes and leave few slots for mid-ranked competitors to prove themselves.

The only event that allows the mid-ranked pro surfers to compete is the Vans Pier Classic, an ASP 4-star being held in Huntington Beach later this month, March 28 – April 1, 2012.

But with the advent of the new series, we can now watch our mid-tier competitors show off their stuff, harkening back to a time when the homegrown surf series reigned supreme in the US.

“The APSS is a great opportunity for young pros and amateurs to compete in their own country, have some fun, and display some progressive surfing. I expect to see a big turnout of talented amateurs, young pros, and proven legends all mixing it up in surfing’s version of Times Square, Huntington Beach. We’ll be displaying a live webcast so if you can’t come down to the beach, you can catch all the action from your home.” says Waring.

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Surf photographers are invited to submit their applications to the Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) for its annual $5,000 grant in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. Entries must be received no later than Friday, April, 13, 2012.

Now in its seventh year, the FTLF recognizes photographers on the rise and helps fuel their vision. The FTLF was founded after Moore’s passing to help finance the dreams of up-and-coming surf photographers, and push the sport and its lensmen forward. Flame, a legendary Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for more than three decades, made it a priority to teach and inspire anyone with a passion for photography.

During this year’s submission process, photographers will edit their images and cue it to the music of their choice. The “visual presentations” of the Top 5 finalists will then be shown at an awards night at the Shorebreak Hotel during the US Open of Surfing on Tues, July 31.

The FTLF has helped propelled the careers of many talented photographers, including 2011 recipient Duncan McFarlane, who is now a staff photographer for SURFING Magazine, 2010 recipient Morgan Maassen, a SURFER staffer and is quickly becoming the surf world’s freshest eye, and 2007 winner Matt Clark, a professional photographer based in New York, specializing in fine art surf, travel and documentary photography. Additionally, former winners Chris Burkard, Todd Glaser and Ray Collins are three of the most prolific and talented photographers in the sport today, and they all give credit to Flame and FTLF for helping their dream job come true.

To submit an application, contact Peter Taras ( or Jeremiah Klein ( Applicants must be present at awards ceremony in order to win.

The application along with rules and regulations can be found on the FTLF website.

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Clean water. We assume it’s a given every time we swim or surf. Unfortunately, due to the growth and development along our coasts (which hasn’t been sufficiently managed), we’re now encountering negative effects when pollution taints our beaches and coastal waters.

The largest source of beach pollution is storm water runoff. Instead of soaking into the ground, rain typically flows off of paved and city, residential and agricultural landscapes, picking up contaminants as it flows downstream through the watershed and into the ocean. Leaking and overflowing sewer pipes, septic systems and discharges from factories and waste water treatment plants also pollute coastal waters.

Thankfully, Surfrider’s Clean Water Program is helping to solve water pollution problems and to educate communities about the many benefits of responsible land and water management.

The Clean Water Program has 3 elements: The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is Surfrider’s volunteer water testing formula. This program is used to determine the condition of beach water and to raise community awareness of local water pollution problems. Ocean Friendly Gardens educates and assists people in taking action in commercial or public spaces, or their own yards to prevent pollution. The goal is to capture rainwater on-site before it can leave the property and carry pollutants to the ocean. Finally, Surfrider’s newest program, Know Your H2O (KYH2O) educates communities on how we mismanage and waste our precious water resources, and presents solutions for integrated land and water management.

For further details on the programs, go to Surfrider’s Clean Water Program page. But, if you want to do something right now, anyone that donates at least $10 until March 14th will receive a bundle of 5 stickers and a Surfrider koozie. Donate here on their Facebook Causes Page

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We’re pretty stoked that Noll Surfboards just announced an exclusive collaboration with Billabong for Summer 2012. The new line by Noll Surfboards, the surf brand founded on epic big-wave pioneering and transoceanic aloha, is based on the historic surf lifestyles surrounding the original big wave legend Greg “Da Bull” Noll and his son, acclaimed surfboard shaper Jed Noll.

Greg Noll, known for his unrivaled bravado in giant waves in the 1950s and 1960s along Oahu’s North Shore, was the first surfer to establish a “trademark” look by wearing black and white striped “Jail House” trunks. The new line will have elements of this, and is designed to bring back the stoke of the Do-It-Yourself era when surfboards were carved by hand and California surfers created their own youthful look by blending Hawaiian Beach Boy style, Hot Rod culture and Beat Generation independence.

The apparel line will be in stores in March and will feature a ten-piece collection including board shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, walk shorts and a special run of 200 Limited Edition signed and numbered “Jail House” striped trunks that will be auctioned exclusively online starting March 22 through to April 4. Opening bids will begin at $200 and consumers will be able to bid on board shorts based on their size and signing number.

The Noll family has always stood for authenticity, and the styles, colors and cuts of the new surf wear line are all authentically shaped by the historic surf lifestyle that Greg Noll helped create.
While this partnership allows the Noll family to bring their ohana spirit to a much bigger hui of surfers, they will remain deeply rooted in the business of handcrafting one-of-a-kind wood and foam surfboards for both collectors and modern performers via their flagship store in San Clemente, California and online at

“I’ve always felt that surfboards are the cornerstone of surfing and the surf industry,” said Paul Naudé, President of Billabong North America. “We’re honored to be collaborating with Greg and Jed through Noll Surfboards, one of the most iconic surfboard brands in the history of surfing, in producing an eclectic line of cool product that will create a lot of excitement in the market this summer.”

Keep a lookout for the line, and don’t forget the bidding starts in a couple weeks.

Greg Noll-60 from Billabong USA on Vimeo.

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Want a good reason to head down to Mexico for some fun in the sun? The 3rd Annual Punta Sayulita Classic is coming up from March 9th to the 11th in the beautiful surfside village of Sayulita, Mexico, 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta along Mexico’s tropical pacific coastline known as the “Riviera Nayarit.”

Over the past two years, the Punta Sayulita Classic has developed into one of the premier surfing and stand-up paddle events in North America. It has been attracting thousands of spectators and one of the deepest international fields of professional athletes as well as talented amateurs competing head-to-head in longboard and SUP surfing.

This year’s field of surfers and paddlers is one of the strongest yet and features top pros including defending champions Sean Poynter, Slater Trout, Candice Appleby, Mary Osborne and Darren Eudaly as well as a group of formidable challengers including 2011 BOP California Champion Connor Baxter, 2011 SUP World Tour Champion Kai Lenny, and a host of proven champions including Zane Schweitzer, Chuck Patterson, Anthony Vela, Aaron Napoleon and many more.

In addition to the action packed weekend of surf competitions and SUP races on the water, on-land festivities include a reggae benefit concert featuring Common Sense, and a surfing clinic for special needs and underprivileged children under the supervision of renowned Malibu, CA longboard surfer, Jimmy Gamboa, and members of his TheraSURF Foundation.

Proceeds raised at the 3rd Annual Punta Sayulita Classic will be donated to support the important environmental and community programs established by the Reef Check and Punta Sayulita Foundations.

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