Category Archives: Fashion & Gear

RVCA X SURFERXBLOOD

There are people who love all the seasons and there are those who could live an endless summer. Here’s something to brighten up your autumn days: RVCA x SurferxBlood Spring Collection for 2013!

This past summer RVCA & SurferxBlood teamed up to throw an event show casing RVCA’s 2012 Fall & Winter collection with a rare sneak peak of their women’s 2013 swimwear line – something completely new. watch the video and I’m sure you’ll love RVCA as much as I do!

RVCA ✗ SurferxBlood
Song: The Horrors Scarlet Fields
Shot & Edited: Ryan Aylsworth & Rhett Jeffrey Brandt
Event & Production: SurferxBlood

My Bikini by Rip Curl

This is a video of Rip Curl 2012 Global Spring and Summer bikinis collection that was shot in the beautiful surrounds of Namotu Island, Fiji. All the designs look absolutely great, so does the girls. We don’t need to mention that Alana Blanchard surfing is getting better and better each day?

Here’s what happens when a fully blown cyclone hits a My Bikini shoot! This is a behind the scenes look at Rip Curl’s 2012 Global Spring and Summer photoshoot. Enjoy!

Alopé Surfwear

Alopé is a new uber stylish swimwear brand from Australia. Alopé pronounced (Alopay) is a mortal Greek Sea Goddess in Greek mythology.

“Alopé draws inspiration from the greek goddess of water using her powers of strength, courage and individuality to incorporate fashion and style and the love of nature’s water wonderland.

She moves through the ocean in many different ways and is drawn to the oceans allure and charm.

Each of Alopé wetsuits has been sculpted to every goddesses form using quality neoprene with functionality and fashion in mind.”

So if you are looking forward to add something new and original to your surf wardrobe you will definitely love Alopé designs.

The brand launched in July 2011 with the aim to bring some colour and fashion to the beach. Most of the inspiration for their new Sea Siren collection actually came from the founder’s children artwork.

All of the designs are a real head turners. When you look at them for the first time you actually cannot believe that they are real wetsuits.

You can buy Alopé in the online store.

Here is the Alopé’s founder secret to beauty “Salt water, exercise, fresh air and lots of water always does wonder for your skin. Happiness is key and try to reduce the amount of stress in your life, your skin will thank you for it.”

Make sure you check out the full range online. Alopé and you will stand out at yourlocal spot for sure.

Do It Yourself: Friendship Bracelet

Have a look at this step by step tutorial on the friendship bracelet. If you used to whip up friendship bracelets in grade school and have since forgotten how consider this a refresher course.

You will need colored thread, a pin and some patience.

1. Start by cutting several strands of embroidery thread. Make sure there are two sets of each color. Combine the threads and tie a knot. Pin it to a pillow or to your pants. Separate the two sets, arranging the strands in a mirror-image pattern with the outside strands the same color and so on moving inwards.

2. Start on the left side with the outermost color and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening.

3. Now pick up the outermost color on the right side and make a backward knot, creating a reverse 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the left to tighten. Don’t forget to knot twice over each color!

4. Continue knotting towards the left until the outermost strand reaches the middle. Tie a backwards knot with the two middle strands to connect the two halves. Did you remember to knot twice? The first chevron row is complete! Continue with the the next color, which is now the outermost strand . . .

Remembering the color order is important for the first few rows but after the 3rd or 4th row, the strands will fall nicely in place. Finish it with a knot and a braid.

For a striped bracelet, cut one set of colors and simply carry the outermost color all the way through to the right side.

Photos by Honeslty WTF

Sun kissed skin

There’s nothing more beautiful than the sun kissed skin. A healthy glow of a natural tan. But with increasing awareness to factors such as skin cancer and sun rays inducing wrinkles we need to be really careful with sun tanning. Here are a few tips for a healthy sun tan this summer. How to get it safely and keep it for longer.

Exfoliating

First of all you need to prepare you skin for sun tanning. A gentle scrubbing with a sponge and exfoliating body scrub before applying sunscreen will make a tan last longer and keep it even.

Sunscreen

You must never forget about your sunscreen.The one with an SPF of 15-30 will protect skin from dangerous rays and allow the tan to build gradually preventing sunburns or a reddish tan. Make sure to cover all exposed parts of skin evenly to avoid an uneven tan – don’t forget the backs of elbows and knees. And apply it after every now and then, once every two hours and always taking a bath.

Take Your Time

A healthy and natural tan takes time to develop. Spending one to two hours a day tanning is enough for most people, and will let the tan build on itself. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours (from 11am to 3pm).

An All Over Tan

If you are going for an all over tan, make sure to expose all parts of the body to the sun equally. Don’t forget about inner arms tan and the backs of your knees.


After Tanning

Keep the skin hydrated! Use moisturizer or moisturizing oil. A brief shower after a sun tanning session will help get rid of all the sunscreen and re-hydrate the skin. Dry skin is unhealthy and may peel or not maintain the tan very well. Gently rubbing a washcloth is usually enough to remove the sunscreen and prevent the tan from peeling. Immediately after the shower apply a good moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and supple.

How to make it last longer

Keep your skin healthy and nourished through proper nutrition and hydration is the easiest way to maintain your tan.

Eat more of these foods

Most of the green, orange, and red vegetables and fruits. They contain carotenoids such as carotene, lycopene, lutei, that are strong antioxidants and will protect your skin from dangerous sun rays and help it get desired glow. Next time throw some watermelon, melon, apricots, peaches, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, eggs, fish and olive oil into your meal. You will see the difference!

Celebrating 60 Years of Innovation

O’Neill have just released video called “Celebrating 60 Years of Innovation.”

The video is part of O’Neill’s 60th Anniversary celebrating since founder Jack O’Neill started testing out his wetsuits that allowed him to surf the icy waters of San Francisco Bay.

More of the story can be found in Drew Kampion’s book, Jack O’Neill: It’s Always Summer on the Inside.

A portion of sales from the book go to Jack’s own non-profit environmental education program, O’Neill Sea Odyssey.

Song: Hidden House (Intsrumental)
Band: Munich

Art on tees by Serena Mitnik Miller

We love it when art can make it out of galleries and museums and it comes to live in the form of items we use every day… If you’re looking for that extra special piece to add to your closet, check this summer’s Quiksilver Women T-shirt collection featuring Serena Mitnik Miller water colour prints.

Serena Mitnik Miller is a talented surfer/artist who was raised in Hawaii and now calls Northern California her home. Serena currently lives and works near the ocean in San Francisco, where she helps to run the Mollusk Surf Shop Gallery and her own new venture, General Store. She executes her painting with watercolor on paper, employing transparent, all over repetitive shapes in vivid colors that reference nature specific to the sea.

Billabong Girls – Summer 12

Australia’s favourite beachwear brand, Billabong is back at it again with the latest Billabong Girls Spring/Summer 2012 campaign. Expect an array of colours and prints on bikini tops and bottoms, one-piece suits and related beachwear. It’s fun, unpretentious fashion thats hard not to love. Have look at the video and a few shots. Get ready for summer!