New: The Billabong Garage Collection

New: The Billabong Garage Collection

The Billabong Garage Collection is an extension of the original “do-it-yourself” philosophy that is core to our DNA. It is a reinterpretation of the experimental, handcrafted designs that we made our name with in the 1970’s.

The Spring 2017 Billabong Garage Collection features Creed McTaggart and Shaun Manners in a classic mix of Lo Tides boardshorts, an insane coach-style jacket and wave washed tees

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Billabong Debuts Global Warhol Collection

Billabong Debuts Global Warhol Collection

Billabong’s first ever global, dual gender collection debuts today, a collaboration between the brand and the art of Andy Warhol.

The collection hits retail floors in key core accounts, aspirational national retailers such as Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, and at Billabong stores and on its website.

Billabong had already decided to do the collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, when the design team discovered that Warhol had a fascination with surfing while digging through his archives in New York.

PHOTOS OF COLLECTION

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Otis Carey joins the Billabong Gallery Collection

Otis Carey joins the Billabong Gallery Collection

It’s the latest in a long line of collaborations. Billabong introduces Otis Carey as an addition to their Billabong Gallery Collection. Otis, who’s bloodlines are of aboriginal ancestry, is relatively new to the art scene. “I paint contemporary indigenous art. The way I can best explain is it’s a broken-down form of traditional symbols and stories that aren’t giving all of it away but just enough for people to understand,” he says. It leaves us with much to ponder, these shapes and designs. No doubt beautiful, though.

Michel Bourez Wins Billabong Pipe Masters

Michel Bourez Wins Billabong Pipe Masters

Today started with a bang, ended with a whimper – but there’s always a winner. And in this case, that winner was Michel Bourez (7.53) over Kanoa Igarashi (6.17) in the final, which was also the lowest scoring heat of another very long day.
Here’s six reasons it was still rad: 

Upsets! 
No one would’ve picked Michel Bourez over John John Florence in perfect Backdoor. Even fewer would’ve picked Kanoa Igarashi to beat Kelly Slater in perfect Backdoor. (In the dying seconds no less. By picking the only wave in a closeout set that had an exit. Kid’s got a good relationship with Backdoor for a kid.)
Also worth noting: Kanoa’s quarterfinal win got Zeke Lau on next year’s WCT -- and his semifinal win nailed the Vans Triple Crown for John John Florence. So the HB native is pretty popular in Hawaii right about now.

Watch the First Trailer for Billabong’s ‘Waves of the Soul’ Surf Documentary

Watch the First Trailer for Billabong’s ‘Waves of the Soul’ Surf Documentary

Veteran surf brand Billabong has unveiled the first trailer for a new documentary film titled Waves of the Soul.

The story traces the history of the company’s Adventure Division team and includes a bunch of previously unseen footage. Surf icons including Shane Dorian, Eric Rebiere, Francois Leits and Greg Long are featured in the film, which has been shot entirely in 4K for optimum viewing quality.

VonZipper Lauches Digital Store On Rawr

VonZipper Lauches Digital Store On Rawr

VonZipper, the leading extreme sports accessories brand, has launched an official digital store within Rawr Messenger, the 3D avatar-based messaging app.

From today, Rawr users who love to snowboard, ski, bike or surf can purchase unique branded items, such as sunglasses, snow goggles, fleeces, t-shirts, hats and moto goggles, to express their love of extreme sports. These items can be bought with in-app currency, which can be bought outright, and also accrues over time spent using the app. By hashtagging #VonZipper to Tim Rawr, the in-app chatbot, users will be gifted a free black VonZipper t-shirt for their avatar’s expanding wardrobe.

The in-app store is the result of an ongoing partnership between California-based eyewear and accessories brand, VonZipper and Helsinki-based Futurefly (www.futurefly.net), creators of Rawr Messenger. With monetisation a key issue for messaging apps, Rawr, which is the first product from Helsinki-based developers Futurefly, is inviting leading global brands to create a commercial (yet unobtrusive) presence within the app, and take the majority of the revenues created through the selling of special items. The VonZipper digital store signifies Rawr’s fourth high profile corporate partnership since August 2016, following formal launches with Chelsea Football Club, Red Bull and The Walking Dead.

Please find a press release attached which includes a quote from Brian Green, Marketing Director at VonZipper. Do let me know if you’d like to speak with Oskari ‘Ozz’ Häkkinen, Futurefly founder and Chief Product Officer. Below are some articles below which provide further context on Rawr.

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Review: Vonzipper Sunglasses

Review: Vonzipper Sunglasses

When searching for a new pair of sunglasses, for me at least, it often comes down to a balancing act between a fashionable frame and a durable frame that I can wear out in the field biking, hiking and generally being active.

Sure, you might find a fashion-forward pair of glasses that you think makes you look great, but are you going to take those out on say, a cross-country mountain biking trip? Not likely.

Luckily, the fine folks over at VonZipper hope to have solved this with their new WildLife Polar line of sunglasses.

VonZipper sent along a pair of the Pinch ($150) sunglasses to me to test and simply told me that the WildLife Polar lenses were the most advanced polarized lenses they had ever created.

They told me that they should get rid of all haze and glare distortion and told me to have fun.

Well, I spent a little more than a week testing them in a Costa Rican rainforest and all of their claims seemed to check out.

Whether it was seeing through the foggy haze left after one of Costa Rica’s intense tropical storms rolled through the jungle or dealing with the blinding glare presented by clear skies and pounding midday summer sun, the Pinch glasses handled it all with ease.

My vision never felt distorted, and the colors of the jungle always looked vibrant.

But perhaps my favorite aspect of the sunglasses was just how durable they were despite their remarkably thin profile.

Constructed in a very traditional Italian style imbued with a modern flair, the glasses look good whether they’re paired with a business suit or boardshorts. But despite their minimalistic design, the glasses can take a beating.

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JACK FREESTONE'S '(LOW) PROFILE'

JACK FREESTONE'S '(LOW) PROFILE'

If you missed the world premiere of '(low) profile' at the Bungalow in Huntington Beach during the US Open, you shouldn't feel bummed. Or maybe you should...It was a ruckus, alcohol-fueled time with surf stars, industry folk and pretty gals that saw Jack Freestone's signature Surfing Magazine film unveiled in epic fashion.

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