July 18th, 2013

Shark Deterrent Surfing Wetsuit

Shark Deterrent Surf Range (SAMS Warning™ Technology)

Many years of anecdotal evidence suggests that a stripe pattern acts as a deterrent or repellent to sharks – but we now know there’s more to the story.

SAMS has applied scientific principles to this theory to discover that very specific contrasting, colors, shapes and dimensions work together for maximum effect. If you look closely, the stripes contain intricate detailing.

Sharks actually have very good eyesight but they see colors and shapes quite differently to the way humans perceive them. Basically sharks see in black and white, but their perception of shading is very acute and impacted by the ‘reflective spectrum’ in the water (how bands of colour react to light).

Scientists note the distinctive vivid coloration of many fish species, including the striped pilotfish which spends it’s life living alongside predatory sharks.

The SAMS Warning™ pattern is designed to overtly present the wearer as unlike any shark prey, or even as an unpalatable or dangerous food option. At the very least this will provide the user with increased protection, but it could also provide the time needed to evacuate the area if a shark is in range.

Suitable for: Surfing, Swimming, Shallow diving. Refer to application chart for best suited Warning pattern.

The Suit


The Board


The Surfer (you’ll look like Dion Agius, but at least your safe)


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July 17th, 2013

First Surfing Wave Pool In Las Vegas

“I’m a big dreamer. The only way to change the world is to just do it.”

“A collection of six wave machines near the center of the park would simulate surfing conditions for riders of all levels.” – Josh Kearney

(Sounds like you and Kelly Slater Wave Company need to meet)


Full story can be read at Surfing, Snowboarding, Motocross and Whitewater Rafting on the Strip: A proposed extreme sports park has it all *Be sure to read the user comments on the bottom of the page

July 17th, 2013

The Show Has Begun, Put Your Cell Phone Away

From The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviors By Andy Greene

I get it. You want to show all your friends on Facebook and Twitter that you saw a cool concert. Fine. Take a photo. Take five if you want! But please, don’t take 77. You always manage to hold your camera right in my line of sight. You don’t even look like you’re enjoying the show while you’re doing this. All your attention is on the photos. And you know what? Those photos are all going to look like shit. Every single one of them. You’re too far away. You’ll probably never even look at them. Also, you see those guys right in front of the stage with the giant cameras? They’re taking great professional pictures. There’s really no need for yours.


What happened to the good ol’ days, if you brought your camera in – you get knocked out? Starts at 0:35

July 17th, 2013

The Billabong Deal With Jeff Harbaugh

The Billabong Deal
“First, the Altamont Consortium is going to provide a bridge loan of $325 million. $289 million will go right out the door to pay off the banks. They are also going to buy the assets of Dakine for $70 million. That plus the part of the bridge loan not being used to pay off the banks means that Billabong gets $106 million in working capital.”

“My read on the change in Managing Director from Laura Inman to Scott Olivet is that the people providing the financing required an executive with extensive industry experience who would be immediately credible to everybody involved. In spite of Ms. Inman’s qualifications and significant accomplishments as an executive, it appears that what she accomplished during her tenure at Billabong wasn’t enough to create that perception.”


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July 17th, 2013

Learning To Breathe: The Anthony Ruffo Story

Learning to Breathe is an intriguing documentary that explores the troubled and changing life of professional surfer and legend Anthony Ruffo. Ruffo is a surfer, but he is also an addict, a dealer, a community leader, and at the mercy of a dysfunctional California court system.

Anthony’s surfing past, methamphetamine addiction, criminality, and eventual recovery are displayed candidly in Learning to Breathe. Those surrounding Anthony, including some of the world’s best surfers, discuss Anthony’s rise to fame and spiral into darkness. For the first time, athletes like Pete Mel, Tyler Fox, Darryl Virostko and Christian Fletcher, break the code of silence in the surfing industry and open up about their own addiction issues, discussing the problem of widespread drug use in the professional surfing community.

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July 16th, 2013

Mavericks Invitational 2013-14 Invited Competitors

Ed’s note: Their are a few guys on this list that should surely step down

* Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz, CA)
* Grant Baker (South Africa)
* Chris Bertish (South Africa)
* Carlos Burle (Brazil)
* Kohl Christensen (Hawaii)
* Ken Collins (Santa Cruz, CA)
* Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA)
* Shane Dorian (Hawaii)
* Colin Dwyer (Pacifica, CA)
* Nathan Fletcher (San Clemente, CA)
* Tyler Fox (Aptos, CA)
* Mark Healey (Hawaii)
* Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz, CA) (We are super stoked to see Nic has finally got in!)
* Greg Long (San Clemente, CA)
* Rusty Long (San Clemente, CA)
* Alex Martins (Brazil)
* Peter Mel (Santa Cruz, CA)
* Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco, CA)
* Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)
* Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz, CA)
* Grant Washburn (San Francisco, CA)
* Dave Wassell (Hawaii)
* Ben Wilkinson (Australia)
* Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz, CA)

The Alternates:

1. Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz, CA)
2. Danilo Couto (Brazil)
3. Derek Dunfee (San Diego, CA
4. Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL)
5. Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz, CA)
6. Frank Solomon (South Africa)


July 16th, 2013

We Like The Donald

…and when he speaks we tend to listen.

“We are going up to $16 trillion [in debt] very soon, and it’s going to be a lot higher than that before he gets finished,” Trump says, referring to President Barack Obama. “When you have [debt] in the $21-$22 trillion [range], you are talking about a [credit] downgrade no matter how you cut it.”

In a recent appearance, Trump went to so far as to say the dollar is “going to hell.”

Prepare for ‘Masive Wealth Destruction’

July 16th, 2013

Party’s Over For Transworld Surf Magazine

The last issue – Transworld Surf 1999-2013


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July 16th, 2013

Altamont Purchases Billabong And Dakine


Will the former CEO of Billabong Paul Naude start his own brand?


Action Sports Executive Scott Olivet to Become New Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Billabong

Altamont’s Jesse Rogers and Keoni Schwartz to Join Billabong Board of Directors Altamont also Acquires DAKINE from Billabong to be Run as Separate Company

PALO ALTO AND GOLD COAST, 16 July, 2013: Altamont announced that it has partnered with GSO Capital Partners (the credit arm of the Blackstone Group, and together with Altamont, the “Altamont Consortium”) to provide refinancing for Billabong International Limited (“Billabong”) that stabilizes the business and enables Billabong to pursue a strategy to grow the business once again. The new capital structure will enable the company to build on the transformation underway and capitalize on Billabong brands’ tremendous brand equity and customer loyalty. As part of the recapitalization, Altamont also agreed to acquire DAKINE from Billabong, which will be run as a separate company.

Additionally, reflecting the significant investment by the Altamont Consortium, the Board of Billabong today announced that it intends to appoint Scott Olivet as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Billabong. Altamont partners Jesse Rogers and Keoni Schwartz will also join the Board of Billabong.

Olivet commented: “I am incredibly excited to assume the CEO position at Billabong and lead the company to its next phase of growth and success. I have been impressed with the dedicated and brand-loyal teams around the world and am honored to join them. Certainly there is still a lot to be done to transform the company’s business, but with the company’s liquidity issues behind us, I’m confident that we will be able to now focus on building upon the strong brand equity of Billabong and the portfolio companies.”

“The changes announced today provide Billabong with a stable platform and the necessary working capital to continue to address the challenges it faces.” said Billabong Chairman Ian Pollard. “The transaction reflects confidence in the value of Billabong’s brands and its ability to achieve future profitable growth.”

Rogers said, “We see real potential in Billabong. Despite all the company has been through, the brands are still strong and the business has the potential for significantly improved performance. Removing the uncertainty caused by the unending deal talk and financial stress helps tremendously. Combined with Scott joining as CEO, an extraordinary leader with the right industry expertise and a remarkable track-record, Billabong’s turnaround became an investment opportunity in which we wanted to participate.”

The refinancing will repay in full Billabong’s syndicated debt facilities and provide further capital to fund the Company’s immediate and long-term liquidity needs. As a result of this transaction, Altamont Consortium’s potential future ownership in Billabong equity could be between 36.25% – 40.5%. Additional details and terms of this transaction are included in Billabong’s press release, “Refinancing of Syndicated Debt Facilities.”

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July 16th, 2013

Canon 8-15mm By Jack English

Today I received the Canon 8-15mm along with my new port made by SPL.

I did a little water test today at Seaside using my Canon 7D. The lens is a little heavy and not stoked on the black edges. Other then that, it does the job.




I sent this to Peter Taras – Photo Editor of Surfing Magazine

hi pete. dam, i am soo bumbed on these black edges.
are you guys just oviously cropping out the black edges with your water shots?

shot these with the 7d. thanks, jack

Peter’s response:
yeah, we just clone stamp them like this


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