Save the Waves has scheduled its fourth film festival and is calling all aspiring film makers and taking entries. This year, the festival will be traveling to three select California cities in November:

San Francisco: November 16
Santa Barbara: November 2
Santa Cruz: November 9

Save The Waves Coalition, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of surfing coastline and the marine environment, is a group of devoted surfers, scientists, and activists that share a common belief that our wild coastal areas around the world are precious and valuable, and need to be protected.

The Save the Waves Film Festival is a one-night event, featuring documentary surf films, live music, athletes, artists and ocean activist campaigns. Although entries are not restricted for any film genre and the coalition is open to all types of submissions, they encourage entries that explore all aspects and angles of surfing, coastal environmentalism, and the coastal lifestyle we all love. Film makers are free to submit cutting-edge and experimental artistry, documentary film, animation and any other unique works of ocean-inspired art.

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A benefit night for SurfAid International is planned for next Thursday, October 11th. SurfAid is an international non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected through surfing. It was founded by Dr. Dave Jenkins of New Zealand in 2000. Dr. Jenkins will be at the event.

In 1999, Dr. Jenkins was on a surfing trip in the area and saw the health problems of the local people, which inspired him to establish SurfAid. After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, SurfAid came to international attention since it provided medical aid to its victims. It was able to reach people on small islands, who were among the hardest hit, using small boats with people familiar with the area.

Now, SurfAid has earned several international awards, and receives donations of about $3 million per year from private and corporate donors, most involved in the sport of surfing.

In addition to founder Dr. Dave Jenkins who will be on-hand next Thursday, October 11, appetizers and light pupus will be served. There will also be a stand up paddle board and paddle (estimated value $1,000) and other surf gear up for raffle.

October 11, 2012, from 7pm-9pm
The Greenhouse
685 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI
$20 at door, includes one raffle ticket for stand up paddle board
Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at event
Must be present to win.

If you have any questions, call Robin at 808-489-3253. For more information on SurfAid International, go to http://www.surfaidinternational.org/.
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The world’s best surfers are getting ready for Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, to be held in Peniche, Portugal, at Supertubos starting this Wednesday, October 10 through the 21st, 2012. This leg plays a vital role in the determination of the 2012 ASP World Champion.

Front-runners Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and John John Florence (HAW) know that the Portuguese waters might decide their fate in the 2012 season. Parko, 31, current frontrunner on the ASP WCT rankings, overtook the tour’s top position from country-mate Mick Fanning, 31, at the recent Quiksilver Pro France, but the race is still tight and anything can happen.

Other names to watch include 22-year-old Californian surfer Dillon Perillo, who has been awarded the first event wildcard. Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, defending Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner, is currently ranked 6th on the ASP WCT. Also, thousands of Portuguese fans are expected to show up in the beach to support the local surf star, Tiago Pires.

Supertubos is one of the best beach breaks in the world. The perfect tubular waves are famous for its lefts but mainly provides epic rights. The best swell direction is from Southwest and the most favorable wind direction is Northeast.

Here’s the Round 1 lineup:

Round 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2012:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (Brazil), Brett Simpson (USA), Raoni Monteiro (Brazil);
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (Australia), Alejo Muniz (Brazil), Jadson Andre (Brazil)
Heat 3: John John Florence (Hawaii), Kai Otton (Australia), Pat Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (Australia), Kieren Perrow (Australia), Dusty Payne (Hawaii)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA) and Wildcard
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (Australia), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Wildcard
Heat 7: Owen Wright (Australia), Bede Durbidge (Australia), Yadin Nicol (Australia)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (Australia), Heitor Alves (Brazil), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 9: Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Miguel Pupo (Brazil), Matt Wilkinson (Australia)
Heat 10: Jeremy Flores (France), Michel Bourez (Tahiti), Adam Melling (Australia)
Heat 11: Jordy Smith (South Africa), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Travis Logie (South Africa)
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (Australia), Adrian Buchan (Australia), Tiago Pires (Portugal)

We’re ready for Supertubos!

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The Surf Industry Manufacturing Association (SIMA) launched a new online fundraiser this week called Stokes Me Challenge as a way for surfers to give back to benefit 10 humanitarian causes. It began Monday, October 1st and will run for 30 days through October 30, 2012.

The challenge allows surf brands, retailers, or individual surfers to compete and raise money, with prizes going to the top fundraisers (including a trip to two to Hawaii to the Triple Crown of Surfing). The goal is to raise $220,000 and surfers from around the globe are being called to unite to raise money and do what stokes them by living out the campaign’s motto: Surfers Helping Humans.

According to SIMA President Doug Palladini, “The Stokes Me Challenge is a simple, powerful way to augment that connection all surfers have and grows SIMA’s ability to meet our ongoing obligation to give back, one of our most important mandates. If you are a surfer or even just a fan of surf culture, Stokes Me deserves to be a part of who you are.”

There are 3 choices on how to get involved:

  1. You can become a fundraiser for your favorite surf brand, retailer or partner team
  2. You can start your own team
  3. You can make a one-time donation.

All 3 options lead to prizes, with the top fundraiser poised to win a trip for two to Hawaii for the Triple Crown, including VIP treatment to the Surfer Poll Awards. The top 50 fundraisers will receive the following prizes according to their final ranking: Skullcandy headphones, Vans custom shoes, custom Hurley Phantom Create boardshorts, and recognition in Surfer Magazine and on Surfline.com.

We want to give a shout out to Billabong, who is currently ranked #1 on the leader board, followed closely by Nixon. Let’s try to keep them on top!


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What names will we need to watch for in the future? The ASP regions have selected their representatives for the ASP World Junior Tour, and now we will watch the best of the best focus from local events to taking on the world’s best surfers under 20-years-old as they compete for the highly-coveted ASP World Junior Title.

The ASP’s seven regions (North America, South America, Africa, Hawaii, Europe, Japan and Australasia) are sending their top representatives to compete starting next week with the Oakley ASP World Pro Junior, in Bali, Indonesia from October 6-17th. This will be the first of the two-stop tour that will decide the 2011 ASP World Junior Champions, and the first place winner will receive a $100,000 prize.

Three Orange County, CA surfers are among the best young surfers in the world traveling to Bali in early October: Andrew Doheny, Kanoa Igarashi, and Luke Davis. There are six surfers selected from Mainland U.S.A; the other surfers are Evan Thompson, Taylor Clark, and Conner Coffin. Each of the surfers has competed in ASP events through the year to try to earn high enough points to qualify for the championships.

After Bali, the contenders will head to Australia from Jan. 20 to 29 for the Billabong ASP World Juniors on the Gold Coast.

Who do you think will be crowned ASP World Junior Champions? Watch the Oakley World Pro Junior Championship LIVE webcast at oakleyprojunior.com.
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