Monthly Archives: November 2012

Mavericks Invitational organizers are preparing for the 2012 winter season, which started on November 9, 2012, with the traditional Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out. The season runs through March 31, 2013. The actual contest day happens when wave height and weather conditions are perfect, and organizers make “the call” to hold the contest with 24-hour notice.

Held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located just offshore Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay, and 20 minutes south of San Francisco, The Mavericks Invitational is a one-day, invitation-only surfing competition and the world’s premier, big wave surfing event. It is now part of the Big Wave World Tour.

After a strong winter storm in the northern Pacific Ocean, waves can routinely crest at over 25 feet and there’s even a claim that November 21, 2001 was a “100-foot Wednesday.” The Mavericks big-wave break, called a “voodoo wave” by Surfer magazine in 1992 is caused by an unusually-shaped underwater rock formation. Very few riders become big wave surfers; and of those, only a select few are willing to risk the hazardous conditions at Maverick’s.

This year, GoPro has signed on as the presenting sponsor. GoPro, maker of one of the world’s most versatile cameras which has produced some of today’s most engaging content, has made a two-year commitment to the contest.

The association with BWWT allows those surfers who are part of the tour to use their performance at Mavericks as part of their overall scoring for the season. The 24 most daring big-wave surfers in the world attempt to tame the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the 2012 winter season.

Below is the list of invitees. For additional details and to register for contest alerts, visit


  1. Matt Ambrose (Pacifica, CA)
  2. Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz, CA)
  3. Grant “Twiggy” Baker (South Africa)
  4. Chris Bertish (South Africa)
  5. Carlos Burle (Brazil)
  6. Ken “Skindog” Collins (Santa Cruz, CA)
  7. Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz, CA)
  8. Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA)
  9. Shane Dorian (Hawaii)
  10. Nathan Fletcher (San Clemente, CA)
  11. Mark Healey (Hawaii)
  12. Rusty Long (San Clemente, CA)
  13. Greg Long (San Clemente, CA)
  14. Alex Martins (Brazil)
  15. Peter Mel (Santa Cruz, CA)
  16. Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco, CA)
  17. Kelly Slater (Florida)
  18. Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz, CA)
  19. Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)
  20. Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz, CA)
  21. Grant Washburn (San Francisco, CA)
  22. Dave Wassel (Hawaii)
  23. Ben Wilkinson (Australia)
  24. Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz, CA)


  1. Tyler Fox (Santa Cruz)
  2. Josh Loya (Santa Cruz)
  3. Colin Dwyer (Pacifica)
  4. Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz)
  5. Danilo Couto (Brazil)
  6. Derek Dunfee (San Diego)
  7. Ben Andrews (San Francisco)
  8. Andrew Marr (South Africa)
  9. Travis Payne (Pacifica)
  10. Ion Banner (Half Moon Bay)
  11. Kohl Christensen (Hawaii)
  12. Shawn Rhodes (Pacifica)
  13. Mike Gerhardt (Santa Cruz)
  14. Garret McNamara (Hawaii)
  15. Russel Smith (Santa Cruz)
  16. Jamie Mitchel (Australia)
  17. Frank Solomon (South Africa)

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First, happy belated birthday to surfing legend Rob Machado, who celebrated his birthday last month (Tuesday, October 16th). In Machado’s surfing heyday, he was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for eleven straight years and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006.

Second, The Rob Machado Foundation, founded by the very same birthday boy, has announced that it will hold its first-ever benefit concert featuring solo acoustic sets from Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman, as well as a set from Jon Swift joined by Machado.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit The Rob Machado Foundation (RMF), a California based 501c(3) not-for-profit private foundation that Machado founded in 2004 as a way to support environmental programs worldwide. RMF was created to support charities dedicated to environmental programs worldwide.

The foundation’s primary mission is to provide funding and initiate educational programs focused on helping children understand their contribution towards a healthy earth. Two specific programs benefiting from the evening are the local community-recycling program and Hydration Nation, a collaboration between RMF and Hurley’s H20 charity giving program.

Event Details:
: Monday, November 12, 2012
: The Belly-Up, 143 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA
Show Begins: 8:00PM PST
Doors Open
: 7:00 PM
Age Policy: Ages 21 and up
Price: $40/ticket of $60/ticket for reserved seating

A limited number of VIP tickets, priced at $150, will be available via and will include:

  • 1 Ticket to the Event
  • Access to a Meet and Greet with the performers
  • 1 Limited Edition Special Event Poster signed by Machado and all the artists

Tickets are on sale now at and at the venue’s box office: (858) 481-8140.
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This Time Tomorrow, the latest film from Taylor Steele which made its world premiere headliner at the New York Surf Film Festival this past September, will premiere at The Malibu Inn tomorrow night, Thursday, November 8, 2012. A live performance by punk surf band Agent Orange will follow.

The film follows Dave Rastovich and Craig Anderson as they chase last year’s infamous “Condition Black” swell from Tahiti to Mexico to California to Alaska, surfing the same waves in each location. It’s a crazy and exciting run, and the film really conveys the “happiness through exhaustion” that Rasta noted about the filming of the movie.

The film documents an epic pacific swell chase over 8 days and 18,000 miles traveled. Rasta and Ando track waves generated from this single storm in an exhausting attempt to surf the same wave twice as they go Eastward through the Pacific. They head through Teahupo’o to endless points breaks of Mexico and onwards toward a frosty Arctic conclusion. They also catch up with friends Kelly Slater, Chris del Moro, Alex Grey and Dan Molloy in their journey.

This Time Tomorrow Film Premier starts at 9:00pm.

Agent Orange, one of the first bands to mix punk rock with surf music, will perform afterwards at 10:30pm.

There will be raffle prizes throughout the night, from Billabong, FreedomArtist, BubuLulu, Go Pro, and yours truly, Becker Surf. We will also have a local night’s sale at our Becker Malibu store from 6-8pm before the film.

Proceeds from the raffle will go towards Jimmy Gamboa’s Therasurf. THERAsurf is committed to the belief that there is healing energy in the power of the ocean. The goal is to provide children with special needs the opportunity to benefit from that positive energy by safely getting them into the water, and up on waves.

Event Details:
Where: The Malibu Inn, 22969 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
Doors at 8:00pm

All Ages from 8pm to after the film. 18 and over after the film.

$10 before 9pm and $15 after 9pm.

Click Here to Get tickets.

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During November each year, Movember (a mash-up of the words “mustache” and “November”) is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. An annual, month-long, global movement beginning November 1st, the mustache growing is aimed to raise awareness and funds of men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

Since the movement’s beginnings in 2004 in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros (male participants) and Mo Sistas (female supporters) in countries including New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Canada (which is the largest contributor to the Movember charities).

Earlier this year, the Global Journal listed Movember as one of the top 100 NGOs (non government organization) in the world. Since its inception, Movember has raised over $300 million dollars.

Who’s up for joining in the cause this month? Here are the rules of conduct as noted on the Movember site:

  1. Once registered at each mo bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face.
  2. For the entire month of November each mo bro must grow and groom a moustache.
  3. There is to be no joining of the mo to [one's] sideburns. (That’s considered a beard.)
  4. There is to be no joining of the handlebars to [one's] chin. (That’s considered a goatee.)
  5. Each mo bro must conduct himself like a true country gentleman.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas will celebrate by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

So, get growing! We look forward to spotting a ton more mustaches this month in support of Movember.

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Andy Irons

1978 – 2010

In Loving Memory


Another year has gone by, but all our memories of Andy Irons remain as strong as ever. On this second anniversary of his passing (November 2nd) we celebrate his life and impact on surfing and all those who loved him for who he was. The entire Billabong family wishes to take a moment to join the surfing world in remembering one of the greatest surfers and personalities our sport has ever known.

Out of respect and acknowledgement of Andy’s legacy we continue to dedicate the Billabong Pipe Masters in his memory.

Billabong is also proud to announce the new global AI Forever collection for release in Summer 2013 in stores and online March 15, in the USA. Proceeds from the AI Forever line will go toward ongoing guaranteed support for Andy’s wife Lyndie and young son Axel.

Andy Irons continues to touch hearts and minds of so many in the surf community – “AI Forever” says it all!

Aloha, Andy with love.

– The Billabong International Family

The new AI Forever website — a tribute to Andy Irons — will launch on December 8th, in celebration of Axel’s second birthday and the starting date of the 2012 Billabong Pipe Masters:

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