ASP World Championship World Tour – Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, Australia

April 2nd, 2012

One day left til the kick off of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. Part of the ASP World Championship Tour, this event brings together great surfers from all over like Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Sofia Mulanovich, and last year’s winners Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson. A 12 day event, this year is dedicated to 3x winner Michael Peterson, who passed away earlier this year.

This year you can follow online live or watch clips of what you missed. Check out other attendees’ images as well as professional shots. The forecasts are calling for great surf! Watch online at live.ripcurl.com and follow the event on twitter @RipCurlPro.

Round One Schedule for Men:

Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Nic Muscroft (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Brett Simpson (USA), Davey Cathels (AUS)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (AUS), Mick Fanning (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), Damien Hobgood (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 11: Alejo Muniz (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

Round One Schedule for Women:

Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Lakey Peterson (USA), Nikki Van Dyke (AUS)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (AUS), Pauline Ado (FRA), Justine Dupont (FRA)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Sarah Mason (NZL)

A Bit of Towson Longboarding!

March 7th, 2012

Concrete playground from Whitney Shefte on Vimeo.

Towson has some pretty serious parking garages and a whole subculture of late night longboarders that ride them. This is a short (3 minutes) documentary about them. Also, can you spot one of our stickers at 0:28?

Red Tide Surfing!

February 29th, 2012

Red Tide Surfing San Diego 2011 Bioluminescence from Loghan Call on Vimeo.

No, someone didn’t mess with the video – these waves are really glowing blue!  It’s a natural occurrence called “red tide,” where phytoplankton bloom in mass. This particular species of phytoplankton glow when disturbed. What’s also great is the plankton (unless youre eating it) wont harm you – it’s totally safe to swim and surf in, at least on the west coast. Apparently red tides in Florida in the recent past have had a lot of toxic issues. No fair! The video here was taken in San Diego last summer.

Look for red tides in late summer or early fall if there has been warm water for a long period of time followed by a cold water upwelling creating the perfect conditions for an algae bloom.

sources:
http://www.surfline.com/community/whoknows/whoknows.cfm?id=1086
http://www.good.is/post/intermission-surfing-neon-waves/
https://vimeo.com/29871792

Small Business Saturday!

November 17th, 2011

The Holiday shopping season is upon us! With Thanksgiving just next week, and Black Friday to follow, it’s really time to get your lists together and come up with a shopping plan! Hopefully your plan is better than mine, which is to not think about it until the very last minute and then REALLY stress over it! Ah, tis the season, right?

When planning your Thanksgiving weekend attack, keep in mind that Saturday the 26th is the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday! This is a great day to support your community and your favorite small businesses this Holiday season.

PLUS if you register an eligible American Express card and spend $25 or more at a small business on Small Business Saturday, American Express will give you $25 back!

To find out more information, including how to register your card, visit www.facebook.com/ShopSmall and pledge to shop small this year.

Fells Point Surf Co Care Packages!

August 30th, 2011

College life can be tough! Send your student some love while they’re surfing the books. Buy any item at any of our locations, and we’ll send it to your loved one along with some college essentials and not-so-essentials. We have three package options to choose from -$25, $35, and $45- and we’ll pack it up and ship it out for you, too! Deadline is September 11th and all packages will be shipped September 13th!

Make a Wish!

November 23rd, 2010

Ah, the holidays are approaching. That means family, food, and… making wishes on dead animal bones. Wait, what? Why are we doing that? Turns out, this tradition dates all the way back to the Etruscan civilization around 300BC.

The Etruscans lived on the Italian Peninsula, and they believed that fowl had the secret gift of fortune telling. This was for a couple reasons: 1. when a man wanted an egg, he had to wait for the hen to squawk and announce it was coming; and 2. the rooster announced the new day by crowing at dawn. This belief led to the “hen oracles.” If someone wanted an important question answered by these oracles, they would draw a large circle divided into 20 parts (one part for each letter of the Etruscan alphabet), place food in each section, and record the order in which the hen pecked.  The letters picked could represent something like the first letter of your future wife’s name, for example.

After writing her message, the hen was sacrificed. The collarbone, considered sacred, was hung out for days in the sun to dry. Then, villagers were allowed to touch the bone while making a wish. Voila: the wishbone!

So, how did this trickle down to our current tradition? Well, when the Romans conquered the countryside, they began taking on many of the traditions of people such as the Etruscans. Only instead of just touching the wishbone to make a wish, they would fight over them, and, you can see where this is going, they would break them. The idea of the wishbone then migrated to England, where eventually the pilgrims brought it to the New World. Only when the pilgrims got here, they realized Plymouth Rock was surrounded by wild turkeys, so the tradition was transferred from chickens to turkeys.

In the 1930s, the wishbone was so popular as a sign of good luck that it could be found in artwork or inscribed on gold coins. One could even buy little wishbone charms. It is also said that the phrases “I need a lucky break” and “I never get a break” are derived from this tradition.

And there you go. Just droppin’ a little knowledge on you this holiday season.

Aren’t you plaid to see me?

November 17th, 2010

I love plaid. I’m majorly, totally, butt-crazy in love with plaid. And I know it’s everywhere and maybe you’re tired of seeing it, or maybe you wore yours out last year and you feel like it has nothing left to give, but I think you need to give it another chance. I don’t see a flannel shirt as something to throw on when I’m lazy; it’s a wardrobe staple, a go-to. If you really think about it, it’s possibly one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. You can wear it a bunch of different ways, dress it up or dress it down, and it’s always comfortable. And to put things in perspective for you, my wardrobe consists almost entirely of black/white/gray clothes. So to tell you that I think plaid -it has colors! MULTIPLE COLORS! that’s a big deal for me!- is this versatile and easy to wear says a lot.

Did you think the only way to wear it was to put it over a t-shirt or a tank with jeans? Well, you’re wrong.  Tuck it into a skirt and add a chunky necklace. Wear it over or under a dress and belt it. Wear it under a sweater, under a blazer, with a leather skirt, with a lace skirt, with a pencil skirt, with heels, with boots, WHATEVER. Seriously, you can pair it with anything. Mix it up, wear it with stripes. Get one from the guys side for a different fit! It’s great on it’s own, it’s great for layering, and they come in so many color combos and styles that you can always find the right one.

Obey Northern Oak Flannel
Element Sigrid Flannel
RipCurl Kiki Sweater (stores only)
Hurley Wilson Flannel
(stores only)
Element Sigrid Flannel
Obey Clooney Flannel
Billabong Minx Blazer
Element Lisa Dress
(stores only)
Hurley Wilson Flannel
(stores only)
Volcom Kidder L/S Woven
Billabong Minx Blazer
Obey Clooney Flannel
Hurley Wilson Flannel (stores only)
Obey Blackbird Jacket
Obey Northern Oak Flannel
Element Sigrid Flannel
Hurley Wilson 2 Flannel
(stores only)
GARTH!

Did that give you enough options to think about?

beck(y)

November 15th, 2010

What are you supposed to do with a skateboard deck after it’s completely thrashed? If you’re designer Beck Hickey of Beck(y), you turn them into killer, hand-crafted one-of-a-kind bags.

The recycled decks, crafted in her New York City studio, are mixed with plush, high-end fabrics, creating a contradiction that Beck says, “fuels my creativity.” She alters the boards as little as possible in order to maintain the integrity of their original design, something she feels is extremely important. The result is both unique and fashion-forward.

In order to keep the skateboards coming in, which are donated to her from a variety of sources, and to give back to the community, she created the Boards 4 Bowls program, in which she donates to a variety of non-profit organizations dedicated to building/maintaining public skateparks around the country for every skateboard she receives.

You can check out Beck(y)’s collaboration with Element (shown above) here and here.

Andy Irons Passes at 32

November 3rd, 2010

Today the surf community mourns the loss of a champion, as news spreads of Andy Iron’s death yesterday. The three-time world champion will be remembered as a legend, and our thoughts are with his family during this tragic time.

WE LOVE BOOBIES!

October 27th, 2010

 

As October winds down, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, we wanted to take some time out to highlight the Keep A Breast Foundation, a non-profit organization on a mission: 

“…to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts, we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being. “

KAB has several unique campaigns to raise awareness: the Original Keep A Breast Art Events where plaster molds of the female torso are customized by artists and auctioned to raise funding for breast cancer; the This is My Story Campaign which uses written and video testimonials of young people impacted by breast cancer to help them make connections with others and learn coping strategies; the Treasure Chest Program allows newly diagnosed women the chance to turn a cast of their torso into art; and the I Love Boobies Campaign, which is a line of t-shirts and bracelets aimed to speak to young people about a topic that can be scary or taboo to discuss.

Click here to check out stories from pro surfers Lisa Anderson, Kassia Meador,  Megan Abubo, and more!

Check out the KAB online store to pick up a bracelet or t-shirt, or simply make a donation. And, of course, please go to www.Keep-A-Breast.org to learn more about prevention, early detection, and ways you can help.