On December 10, 2013 the band Switchfoot is releasing their first feature tour film Fade West on all the leading Video On Demand platforms in the US including X Box and Sony Playstation.
Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, Fading West follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and Executive Produced by Greenlight Media & Marketing and Switchfoot, the film was shot during their 2012 World Tour and charts the creation of the San Diego-based band’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages.
Jon and Tim Foreman get what look like some great waves all over the world and Rob Machado even shows up in the film to surf and say those things he says about how similar surfing and music are. For more info and the official word from Switchfoot, follow the jump.
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Hawaii’s Ezekiel Lau, 20, slipped past Damien Hobgood, Brazil’s Raoni Monteiro and Portugal’s Frederico Morais to win the 39th Annual Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset on Sunday, December 1, 2013. It is the biggest win of Lau’s professional surfing career and a.
Lau made a late tube-riding charge from behind to turn the tables on Damien Hobgood (Fl., USA) and Raoni Monteiro (Brazil) in the latter half of the 30-minute final. Fourth place was Frederico Morais, 21 (Portugal), who was announced the JN Chevrolet Rookie of the 2013 Vans Triple Crown. Lau went on the hunt and found his way onto the biggest waves of the final that also offered high-scoring tube riding potential. His final scoreline was 15.5 points out of 20 (8.67 and 6.83 point rides). Hobgood was second on 14.3; Monteiro third with 12.33, and Morais on 7.16.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing continues on December 8, 2013 with the opening of the waiting period for the Billabong Pipe Masters. For the official word from the Triple Crown of Surfing, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The producers of Out In The Lineup, a documentary film on surfers who are gay, are raising money to complete their project on Kickstarter. They’re hoping to raise AUS$30,000 and with 11 days left they need only AUS$3,000 more to get it done.
OUT in the line-up is a feature documentary about two gay surfers, David and Thomas, who set off on a global journey to uncover the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. They travel from Australia to Hawaii, California, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands to speak with people from all corners of the surfing community, from former world champions through to everyday surfers. Stories of fear, isolation and self-doubt emerge alongside ones of hope, self-empowerment and transformation. As their journey unfolds, Thomas and David are inspired to promote change within the existing culture by looking to surfing’s grassroots values of freedom of spirit, open-mindedness and love for the ocean.
If you’d like to help them finish their film, click the link and do what you can.
[Link: Out In The Lineup]
We have to admit, we’re not exactly up on the NYC and/or longboard surf scene, but apparently, Joel Tudor’s company Kookbox (which he co-founded with New York based photographer Andrew Blauschild), is having some organization issues, according to a story in the NY Post.
But Blauschild claims that Tudor — one of the world’s best-known surfers — became increasingly arrogant over the years and started treating him and other staffers like serfs . . . “Joel is one of the best-known surfers in history,” Blauschild told The Post. “But he has some issues.”
Now, Blauschild is suing Tudor in Federal court to have him “officially booted from the company.” Blauschild is also “demanding unspecified damages for slander and other misdeeds.” Guess that’s what happens when a California Surfer and a New York Photographer try to bridge the West Coast/East Coast gap in a business.
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Uppercut Deluxe, purveyors of authentic mens’ grooming goods, has signed surfer Jack Freestone as an ambassador.
Freestone joins a growing roster of Uppercut Deluxe ambassadors including surfers Josh Constable, Nick Wallace and Matt Chojnacki. Uppercut Deluxe director, Steve Purcell, says he’s proud that his company is representing a surfer who reflects his brand’s two most prized values— style and quality. “Jack Freestone represents a brand of surfing that aligns itself with the direction and values of Uppercut Deluxe,” says Purcell. “We do not look to conform, we are original and focused on style- just like Jack’s surfing.”
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Signal Snowboards founder Dave Lee and the crew at Leatherman Sport took a little surf trip South of the Border. And as usual, it’s a good thing they took some tools. Watch The Way of The Whale and you’ll understand.
Kirk Passmore, 32, a big wave surfer from Carlsbad, California who has lived on the North Shore of Oahu for the past two years, died surfing Wednesday, November 13, 2013 after getting held down while surfing Haliewa’s Alligator Rock, according to a story on CNN.
Jamie Sterling, a surfer who saw Passmore wipe out, told KHNL, “He was seen swimming down with his feet up above the surface, and we think he broke his eardrum because what happens when you break your eardrum is you have complete loss of balance and you have vertigo.”
SurferMag.com has a Daniel Russo photo sequence of Passmore’s last wave along with a statement from his family in which they said:
He was not new to big wave surfing, having surfed most of the well-known big wave locations, including Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, Pipeline, and outer reefs on the north shores of Hawaii. He was a familiar face at Todos Santos off Baja California. He also surfed Maverick’s in Northern California and Puerto Escondido in Mainland Mexico. He spent 3 years in the southern coast of France. He moved to the north shore of Hawaii full-time in the spring of 2012.
Our thoughts are with Passmore’s family and friends.
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Jamie O’Brien is all shaded up with his new “Mahalo” signature series from Nectar Sunglasses.
“Jaime represents the sweet life 110% , and that is what we’re all about,” says Sean Holmes, co-founder of Nectar Sunglasses. “We are stoked to have him on the team and are excited to build this partnership.”
For more on the new line of Nectar Sunglasses, click the link.
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The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is on today as the Reef Hawaiian Pro kicks off event number one at Haleiwa with the round of 128.
The first heat will hit the water at 8am and competition will run through 4pm. . . Conditions have cleaned up and dropped considerably after yesterday’s hefty conditions, though high surf warnings still persist around the state, along with a flash flood watch.
Watch it live right here.
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The first jewel of the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing, the Reef Hawaiian Pro will most likely kick off tomorrow (Wednesday, November 13, 2013) thanks a strong swell building on the North Shore of Oahu.
The REEF Hawaiian Pro will feature 128 of the world’s best surfers, competing for critical ASP Prime points and a share of $250,000. The winner of this event will take home $40,000 and an early lead on the 2013 Vans Triple Crown series ratings. . . Also hitting the waves this week will be four absolute legends of the Vans Triple Crown: Michael Ho (HI); Sunny Garcia (HI); Kaipo Jaquias (HI); and Brad Gerlach (USA). They will battle in their own best-of-three showdown in the REEF Clash of the Legends.
For the official word from the Triple Crown of Surfing, follow the jump.
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