Remember how you felt after finishing high school, college, and/or graduate school? Woohoo! Years of studying, cramming, and writing late night papers, and now it’s over. Finish line crossed. Now it’s time to reward yourself or someone you know with a little somethin’ somethin’!

Since we want to celebrate our rad grads out there, we’ve compiled a graduate gift guide that’s sure to get your rad grad feeling that all that studying was well worth it.

Billabong 302 SGX Xero GBS Full Wetsuit
Billabong wetsuits are made by surfers for surfers, and this one is no exception. The Billabong SGX Series is the world’s lightest wetsuit that fits about as well as an additional set of skin, yet is expressively warmer than many other suits out on the market. Give Taj a run for his money. $439.50.

Billabong 302 SOL SG5 Chest Zip Full Wetsuit
You won’t go wrong with snagging one of our best selling wetsuits. Part of Billlabong’s utilitarian SG5 wetsuit line, the 302 Sol CZ Wetsuit is loaded with high-tech features to deliver tons of bang for your buck. Features ZG400 neoprene for flexibility and durability, chest-zip entry for easy on and off, and a classic 3/2 thickness which keeps you prepared for cool-water temperatures roughly between the low 50s to mid 60s (Fahrenheit). $339.50.

Becker Malibu Super Sport
If your reward for getting your degree was to finally master the waves, longboards are the way to go, and the Becker Malibu Super Sport Surfboard is the perfect one to get you well on your way to riding the tide. The Malibu shaped surfboard is the board of choice for most aspiring surfers as a great beginner’s board but it’s also one that many seasoned surfers go back to for its easy maneuverability. Designed with classic lines for good control and a smooth ride, you won’t go wrong with this great traditional single fin nose rider in a pretty sweet shade. $950.00

GO PRO HD Hero 3 Camera
How else can you capture that twelve set you just ollied or that barrel you’ve surfed? Go Pro gives you professional quality footage and audio so you can document yourself landing all those perfectly executed tricks. Just mount the Go Pro using the helmet front mount and you’ll capture all the sick footage. The batteries last over 2.5 hours so go ahead and splurge for it! There’s no better way to capture your memories. $399.99.

Retail Gift Card
Stoke your SoCal buddies with a gift card good for purchases at any of our Southern California retail locations! From Malibu to Hermosa Beach, Mission Viejo to Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach to Encinitas, card holders will be sure to find a location nearby and the gear that they dig.
Note that these gift cards are valid for use only at our retail store locations, and cannot be used for purchases here, online, at

Online Gift Card
If you haven’t stepped foot in a retail store in years and you’re all about online shopping, click on this link to check out our online gift certificates instead. online gift certificates make a perfect gift for any occasion! Simply fill out the names of the giver and recipient, together with a denomination and a delivery option, and we’ll take care of the rest. Continue reading

If you haven’t been keeping up with THE ISLE, the web series by Matt Meola and Albee Layer that premiered last February, you won’t want to miss this latest episode that kicks off Season Two.

In the first episode of Season Two, we watch as Matt Meola, Albee Layer, John John Florence and the rest of their crew prepare for the end of the year swell at Jaws. When the swell finally arrives, things get serious and Matt Meola drops in on a wave that nearly takes his life leaving him completely rattled.

“I was just under forever, and that’s when I thought I was gonna black out,” says Matt Meola of what his best pal, Albee Layer, describes as one of the biggest waves he’s ever seen at Jaws.

This series is good stuff, and as noted by StabMag, “their show… is one of surfing’s best.”

Watch the video here, which features the guys and the perils of Peahi:

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Surfing is back at the X Games, and Jordy Smith can now boast the first X Games gold medal, which he scooped up in the Real Surf competition last month. The South African surfer captured the best footage and beat 7 other pro surfers for the $50,000 prize: Matt Meola, Josh Kerr, Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, Chippa Wilson, Dion Agius, and Albee Layer.

To mark the global expansion of the 2013 X Games, surfing was added to the X Games, along with two other disciplines. Real Surf made its first splash last month, April 2nd, as part of X Games Foz do Iguaçu. Employing the all-video Real Series format, featured in tandem with each on-site action sports competition, the X Games will stage three new international events — Foz do Iguaçu, Munich and Barcelona.

The winner was decided by a panel of surf industry experts who evaluated the best 60-second video edits. “Real Surf is a great opportunity to take the concept of ‘best surfers in the best waves’ to the logical extreme,” says surf journalist and Surf Editor Jake Howard. “Allowing the surfers to go out, surf their favorite waves and put together a video edit they’re proud of showcases their talents to the fullest. Rather than leaving a winner up to chance, or the whims of the ocean by being limited to whatever waves show up in a 30-minute heat.”

Jordy beat Chippa Wilson in round one, then Josh Kerr in round two, and finally, Gabriel Medina in the last round. “Most of my video was filmed in Africa, in Mozambique. My girlfriend Lyndall told me about this spot and I never believed her at first. I was like, ‘Yeah yeah, babe, just another little wave…,’” explains Jordy. “She ended up taking me there and I scored some of the best waves I’ve had in the last ten years, so I dedicate this one to her. All my family, friends and sponsors have been a massive help, as well. I’m over the moon.”

Judges Taylor Steele, Kai Neville, Brad Gerlach and Chris Cote delivered the silver and bronze medals to Chippa Wilson and Dion Agius, respectively. Gabriel Medina was voted the best Real Surf video by the surfing fans.

Congrats to Jordy on his win! Check out some of the awesome footage above.

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The Billabong Rio Pro is in full swing, and just in case you are missing John John Florence from the competition due to his ankle injury, don’t fret. “Begin Again,” the latest film effort by John John and his crew, showcase some of his pretty sick moves in a nice 4-plus minute clip ditty.

According to filmer, editor and pal Blake Kueny, it doesn’t mean starting from scratch. “Begin Again means a new beginning. It’s emptying out the hard drives and starting again fresh.” That means that all the footage in Begin Again is John John in his prime, pre-Snapper (before MRI scans and ice packs were even in the picture).

According to SURFER Magazine, “It is an A-grade cut. The edit is built on solid foundations. It’s what good surf films used to be: a great surfer in epic waves.”

We have to agree. You’ll enjoy this clip. It starts off with some close-up and artsy-ish footage set against a slower-paced “I’ve Got A Crush On You” by New York Philharmonic & Zubin Mehta. Then bam… on to John John and friends’ slick skills, set against a more aggressive “Feel It” by Wake Up Lucid.

Hopefully John John will be back in the saddle for Fiji, but for now enjoy this cool video of his friends and family: which also star Nathan Florence, Ivan Florence, Kiron Jabour, Koa Rothman, and Eli Olson. Filming by Damien Robertson, Daren Crawford, John John Florence and with Phantom footage from Chris Bryan.

Last but not least, savor the last clip, undoubtedly the future of surfing footage.

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Announced last month, The Barrel is a year-long surf project where professional and amateur surfers, photographers and videographers around the world have the possibility to showcase their passion: Barrel surfing. It hopes to celebrate surfers’ collective passion for seeking out and riding barreling waves, where the water is hollow where the wave breaks.

There will be monthly episodes called “Monthly Grid”. The greatest clips will be awarded with prizes, like iON Cameras. It is all about skills, creativity and love to the waves.

“Whether you are 8 or 80 years old, if you love to surf, you love getting barreled; that’s what we go into the water seeking each day and talk about each afternoon,” explained Tony “Harro” Harrington, the project director.

Harrington has been shooting surf and snow around the globe for more than 20 years with more than 150 magazine covers to his name. He has brought together an international line-up of iconic surfers to participate in the iON The Barrel Movie, slated for November release. These include Reef McIntosh, Jamie Mitchell, Rusty Long, Ken “Skindog” Collins, Marty Paradisis, Peter Hayes, Justin “Jughead” Allport, Laurie Towner and a host of others.

“We’ll be on a hunt for barrels all year from Hawaii to Tahiti, up to Indonesia and down to Tasmania. The movie will track our journey and take audiences inside these beautiful, majestic waves” said Harrington.

The Barrel website will be a gathering place for surfers and videographers to shoot and share their barrels throughout the year, winning iON cameras, Carlton Dry prizes, surf adventure packages to Papatura Island Retreat in the Solomon Islands, a VIP travel prize to the movie launch at Turtle Bay Resort on Hawaii’s North Shore in November and plenty of products from Shapers Fins.

So grab your Go-Pro or get one here: and start shooting some barrel action. For more info, go to Continue reading