There’s no doubt that John John Florence is one of the most exciting surfers in the world today, and reputed to be surfing’s tomorrow. He started the year with a bang when he won the Volcom Pipe Pro and his streak has been red hot since, hovering on the edge of superstar celebrity. Now, the 20-year old is about to release a film.

Amidst his hallmark competitive season, John John headed to Tahiti, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, and of course, Hawaii, to catch perfect waves and for the past 11 months, secretly film a 23-minute film entitled Done. John John’s travel and surfing showcasing his deep barrels and casual style were shot mostly by his own RED Scarlet camera (he is a camera aficionado) by his friend Blake Kueny.

The film includes a cast of John’s best friends including brothers Nathan and Ivan Florence, and best pals Kiron Jabour, Matt Meola and Albee Layer. Best of all, you can catch John John’s sick surfing action of high airs and technical maneuvers, cut to classical, indie or gangster rap music.

The film will be out on iTunes fairly soon (before Christmas), but if you’re on the North Shore of Oahu today, Wednesday, 12/5, come by the Banzai skatepark at 6:30 PM for the premier and hang out with John John himself.

Check out the trailer below.

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“Waiting for Lightning,” a feature length documentary film about skateboarding legend Danny Way will debut in theaters and for digital download on December 7. Directed by Jacob Rosenberg, “Waiting for Lightning” delves into the life and accomplishments of Danny Way, one of skateboarding’s greatest innovators.

Way’s father died when Danny was 8 months old. Way went through a rough childhood with his mother working hard as a single parent. His mother re-married, and Danny Way gives credit to his step dad for his introduction to skating. His skateboarding passion has helped Way cross many cultural and ideological boundaries with feats that include jumping out of a helicopter and vaulting the Great Wall of China on a board.

“Waiting for Lightning,” was a featured selection and had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW film festival. The film revolves around Way’s achievements, including how he became a skateboarder and his major project in Hawaii. It also shows how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the betrayals of family, and how high and far dreams can fly.

The documentary also includes interviews with some of the greatest athletes in extreme sports, including Tony Hawk, Travis Patrana, Rodney Mullen, and Mat Hoffman, each talking about Way’s contributions to skating.

“Waiting for Lightning” is presented in association with DC Shoes. Danny Way’s brother Damon was one of the original two founders of DC Shoe Co USA (Damon was partnered with Ken Block). Danny Way teamed up with DC Shoes right at the company’s start, and his was the first signature shoe that DC made.

For more information, go to http://www.waitingforlightningthemovie.com/.
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What an exciting year! It has come down to the last and final event, the Billabong Pipe Masters – to decide who will take the 2012 ASP World Championship. Will it be Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA) or Mick Fanning (AUS)?

The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, is the third and final event in the Vans Triple Crown and the final stop on the 2012 ASP World Title Series. The event begins Saturday, December 8 and runs until the 20th. The Banzai Pipeline, or Pipe, is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on Oahu’s famous North Shore. The Pipeline is famous for its huge waves which break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow curls of water that surfers can tube ride.

The O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Santa Cruz’s Steamer Lane, Event No. 9 of 10, was won by Taj Burrow (AUS), 34. So, that means that three surfers remain ‘mathematically’ in contention for the 2012 ASP World Title: Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, Kelly Slater (USA), 40, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 31

We bet that all three will be going at it for one final time in 2012. Due to the altered format for the Billabong Pipe Masters, all three surfers will automatically be seeded into Round 3 of competition and finish no worse than Equal 13th (1750 points).
ASP WCT surfers’ year-end rankings are based off their top eight finishes from the 10 ASP WCT events in 2012. Parko is the current rankings leader on the ASP WCT, so the ASP World Title scenarios will be based on his potential finishes at Pipeline.

Here is how the year turned out:

  • Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Taj Burrow (AUS)
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Mick Fanning (AUS)
  • Billabong Rio Pro: John John Florence (HAW)
  • Volcom Fiji Pro: Kelly Slater (USA)
  • Billabong Pro Tahiti: Mick Fanning (AUS)
  • Hurley Pro at Trestles: Kelly Slater (USA)
  • Quiksilver Pro France: Kelly Slater (USA)
  • Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Julian Wilson (AUS)
  • O’Neill Coldwater Classic: Taj Burrow (AUS)
  • Billabong Pipe Masters: TBD

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The 5th annual NY Surf Film Festival, which happened mid-September, finally announced its 2012 awards last month. Presented again by the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), the NYSFF welcomed international filmmakers, avid surfers, legendary surf photographers, film buffs, and friends to Nitehawk Cinemas, NYC on September 19th and 20th, 2012 for an arrangement of 30 films from around the world, intimate Q&A sessions and charity fundraising.

Film awards were given for outstanding work in both feature and short form film, cinematography, soundtrack, as well as the viewer’s choice selection. There were thirteen sold out screenings, and over 1,500 people in attendance at the numerous premieres and parties.

The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing with a forum to present their work to a larger audience. As surf culture becomes more popular, the notion of what it means to be a surfer expands. The aim is to program a mix of film views and stories from all over the different parts of the world.

From both Indie as well as established surf filmmakers, The New York Surf Film Festival hopes to foster the growth of this global community in NYC. The New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF) is one of the many surf film festivals around the world in the collaborative launch of the Global Surf Film Festival Collective (GSFFC) at gsffc.org, a streamlined one stop submission process to worldwide surf film festivals.

Congrats to the winners:

2012 BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD: HERE & NOW
2012 BEST SHORT FILM AWARD
: KOOK PARADISE
2012 BEST SOUNDTRACK AWARD
: DEAR SUBURBIA
2012 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
: RAW: THE MOVIE
2012 BEST WAVE SEGMENT
: DANE REYNOLDS, DEAR SUBURBIA
2012 VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD FEATURE FILM
: DEAR SUBURBIA
2012 VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD SHORT FILM
: KOOK PARADISE

Further information about the New York Surf Film Festival and the films are available at www.NYSurfFilm.com, info@nysurffilm.com, or by regular mail to New York Surf Film Festival LLC 242 President St #3R Brooklyn, NY 11231. Also check in at http://newyorksurffilmfestival.com/ for 2013 festival details and updates.

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As I’m writing this, Cyber Monday sales are up 24.1% up this year. We’ve spotted some really cool deals so it’s no wonder. Anyway, here at Becker Surf, the savings keep rolling in with up to 30% off!

Spend $50 get 10% off
Spend $100 get 20% off
Spend $150 get 30% off

Use Promo code: HARVEST at checkout.

Here are some winter items you may want to snag at some sweet prices:

  1. This Volcom grizzly tee will definitely bring out your inner grizzly bear fierceness and growl. $27
  2. The HIPPY TREE 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
  3. This NIXON Regain beanie is cool… and looks hot. It features a fold up beanie, a woven label, and one size fits most. It’s perfect for the cooler days and nights. $15
  4. The ELEMENT Cedar Jacket, part of the Emerald Collection, is the perfect jacket for cooler climates. It is made with 100% organic peached canvas for the shell and conventional polyester cotton for the lining. It features a regular fit military inspired jacket, front button closure, dual chest patch pockets with button flap closure and buttoned cuffs. $154
  5. Some of you may have already upgraded to the iPhone 5, but for those of us that still have version 4, check out the VANS iPhone 4 Case. It features a waffle sole replica on the back, a red heel tag at the side, and case glows after exposing it to the light. $28

  1. The BILLABONG Shade Of Love Jacket is a gorgeous cropped jacket that is not only beautifully-styled, but also ridiculously cozy-soft. Constructed with a brushed wool/poly blend, this swing style jacket is fully lined and has a Sherpa fleece collar for the look of high end lamb’s wool. $99.50
  2. You won’t go wrong with the UGG Classic Cardy Boot. A must have footwear staple, the Cardy blends the coziness of your favorite sweater with the comfort features representative of UGGs. A heathered Merino-wool blend boasts functional wooden logo buttons, creating a three-styles-in-one silhouette that can be worn all the way up, unbuttoned and cuffed, or slouched down for a more casual look. $160
  3. Channel the warm cranberry color that is so hot this season with the RVCA Carnaby Street Sweater. This cotton sweater has an open, drop needle cable knit weave for a romantic, classic, crocheted look. It’s the perfect extra layer of of stylish warmth. $60

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