Monthly Archives: November 2012

November 19th is World Toilet Day, an international day of recognition started in 2001 to highlight one of the world’s biggest problems — inadequate sanitation for 2.5 billion people. Unfortunately, millions of people dying from poor sanitation is no laughing matter. One in three people do not have a safe, clean and private toilet.

Most of the people without access to a clean toilet live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Illnesses that are a direct result of bad sanitation affect the quality of life of millions of people around the world, especially children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diarrheal diseases alone are responsible for the deaths of 2 million people every year, and it’s estimated that 88% of those deaths are attributable to unsafe water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Diarrheal diseases are the second most common cause of death of young children in developing countries, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and resulting in 1 death every 20 seconds.

The positive effects of a clean toilet on society lead to a healthy life, greater human dignity, freedom, equality between women, men, girls and boys, and finally, a catalyst to the development of communities and countries. There is a strong link between the absence of good sanitation and poverty. The economic growth in Europe and North America went hand in hand when the sanitary conditions improved markedly, resulting in individual health gains and increased labor productivity. Toilets are a symbol of better health, higher income, more education, higher social status and a cleaner living environment.

During this Thanksgiving week, let’s be thankful to our access to clean, private, and sanitary toilet facilities. In the meantime, take a moment to consider global sanitation and how you can help:

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What are you doing later? Join our friends at Sector 9, who are hosting the Midmonth Mustache Melee benefitting Movember. Bring your mustache and party for a cause in Pacific Beach, San Diego at the Duck Dive bar, today, Friday, Nov. 16. Costumes are encouraged!


There will be giveaways, raffle, drink specials, and more.

The Duck Dive
4650 Mission Blvd
San Diego, California 92109
6pm – 10pm

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Just in case it hasn’t dawned on you that 2012 is practically over, ASP International has just released its tour schedule for 2013, outlining events for the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), ASP Women’s WCT, ASP Prime, ASP Star, ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT), ASP Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS), ASP World Junior Championship (WJC), ASP Pro Junior Tour and ASP Specialty events.

All schedules are subject to change and the ASP will continue to release information regarding event confirmations and scheduling when appropriate.
But, here is the schedule for now:


  • Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast – March 2 – 13, 2013
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – March 27 – April 7, 2013
  • Billabong Rio Pro – May 8 – 19, 2013
  • Volcom Pro Fiji – June 2 – 14, 2013
  • Billabong Pro Teahupo’o – August 15 – 26, 2013
  • Hurley Pro at Trestles – September 15 – 21, 2013
  • Quiksilver Pro France – September 27 – October 7, 2013
  • Rip Curl Pro Portugal – October 9 – 20, 2013
  • Billabong Pipe Masters – December 8 – 20, 2013


  • Roxy Pro Gold Coast – March 2 – 13, 2013
  • Drug Aware Pro Margaret River – March 16 – 24, 2013
  • Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach – March 27 – April 1, 2013
  • NZ Surf Festival – April 3 – 7, 2013 *Tentative
  • Beachley Classic *Tentative
  • Rio Pro – May 8 – 14, 2013
  • Roxy Pro Biarritz – July 10 – 14, 2013 *Tentative
  • US Open of Surfing – July 22 – 28, 2013

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The second annual Steep and Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge, which is being held in memory of Sion Milosky, a big-wave surfer who drowned at surf spot Mavericks in 2011, began last week on November 10.

The contest returns after a successful inaugural event, with Billy Kemper and photographer Zak Noyle getting the top prize for their dreamy, backlit Pipe bomb. This year there is even more prize money at stake.

According to Surfing Magazine which is sponsoring the contest, “Sion was an extraordinarily talented and humble family man. His unparalleled bravery in big waves and his first passion, charging Pipeline, made a lasting impact on the greater surf world. Steep and Deep celebrates the commitment that Sion embodied by rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter from Pipeline or Backdoor.”

Photographers and surfers have from Nov. 10 until Feb. 10 to shoot the two Hawaiian waves, rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter. All surfers and photographers, regardless of magazine or brand affiliation, are eligible to enter. The winners will receive $2,500 each and Vans will match the winnings by donating $5,000 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund, which was set up to help Milosky’s wife and two young children.

All entries must occur during free surf sessions — no waves ridden during a heat will be considered. Images will be judged by a panel of Sion’s peers, Pipeline specialists and photography experts.

Surfers and photographers can register in person at Sunset Beach Elementary on November 12, 6 to 9pm, or via email at The last day to register is November 30. A donation of $20.00 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund is suggested upon registration. All who participate will receive a T-Shirt and Live Like Sion stickers.

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The chillier temps have us yearning to commune with nature. If you feel like being one with nature, too, check out these great outdoorsy tees that our Men’s Buyer, Jessica Sporty, has picked out that are perfect to wear right now.

  1. The BECKER California No Name T Shirt is the perfect tee to wear to be representin’ your state and all the amazing nature it has to offer. $24.50
  2. The HIPPYTREE Panorama T Shirt says it all – you can surf in the morning, hike in the afternoon, climb in the evening, and stargaze once night falls. $30
  3. The QUIKSILVER WATERMAN On The Rise T Shirt is the perfect tee to be sporting when the swell is on the rise and you’re heading to the nearest spot to capture it. $22.50
  4. Take one for the team. The AMBSN Sharkabite T Shirt shows you aren’t afraid of any sharks because you’ve got jaws of steel. $32
  5. The HIPPYTREE Aspen T Shirt will inspire you to hike the mountain trails surrounded by picturesque trees, or go down those famous slopes when they become snow-topped. Heather blue. $18
  6. This VOLCOM grizzly tee will definitely bring out your inner bear fierceness and growl. $27

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