The House of Marley Sponsors SURFER Poll Awards 2012

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The surfing season may be over for some, but around the world, surfers are still hitting the beach with their boards and shredding some intense waves. To celebrate the past year of amazing beaches, good vibrations and great surfing, the House of Marley is teaming with Surfer Magazine to present the SURFER Poll Awards 2012.

Taking place on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on Thursday, December 6, the 43rd SURFER Poll Awards 2012 will honor the best and brightest of the 2012 surfing season. Giving the power to the readers of Surfer Magazine, the surf news outlet and the House of Marley will award the top surfers as voted by readers. In the past, everyone from old school surfing legends like Phil Edwards and Joyce Hoffman to new school pros like Layne Beachley and Kelly Slater have been honored with the top prize.

SURFER Poll will also be honoring the year in surf videos with awards for a number of thrilling categories, including best wipeout, best bail, best performance and best movie.

In order for you to catch all the action, Surfer Magazine is offering a live webcast on their website on Thursday, December 6 at Midnight EST. Prepare for a night of amazing surf videos, dolled up surfers and maybe even a few glimpses at some House of Marley headphones, portable audio systems and Lively Up bags. It’s all going down at the SURFER Poll Awards 2012!

Team Marley’s Zander Venezia Becomes Three-Time Surfing Champion

Some people are just born with a certain destiny in life. For ten-year-old surfing champion wunderkind, Zander Venezia, it’s already clear that riding waves is what he was born to do.

Raised in Barbados, Zander Venezia is already a veteran in the surf world despite his small stature and young age. Surfing waves with the big boys since the age of four, Venezia has quickly risen through the amateur ranks to achieve some of the highest honors possible. Among them, consecutive national championships and the Barbados Surfing Association’s Surfer of the Year award.

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As a new recruit to Team Marley, we’re pleased to see that Zander has continued his winning ways with our infinity logo on his board. The pint-sized surfing champion went wild in this past weekends Barbados Surfing Association U12 division competition at the world famous Soup Bowl spot in Bathsheba. A long time favorite surf spot for Venezia, the young surfer showed up his fellow surfers by scoring two points higher than the next closest competitor.

With his next event, The Independence Pro, on the horizon, Team Marley’s young surfing champion will be headed back to the Soup Bowl for another set of waves on November 30. Until then, you’ll probably be able to find Venezia hanging out in the waves, catching some concrete surf on his beloved skateboard and listening to some tunes on his eco-friendly headphones from the House of Marley.

Catch a Wave at the 2012 Florida Surfing Championships

It may almost be time for tricks and treats, but that won’t stop surfers from hitting the biggest waves that Jacksonville Beach, Florida has to offer. Sponsored by the House of Marley, the 2012 Florida Surfing Championships will offer eye candy of the surf variety to anyone who comes to check out the gnarliest surfers the world has to offer.

From October 4-7, the Florida Surfing Championships will feature both amateur and professional contests with big cash prizes totaling up to $30,000. The big event, the Goal-Zero Pro, will pit 64 competitors against each other and leave one winner with $10,000. Additionally, there will be unique surfing exhibitions including a Special Olympics surf demonstration, the Wounded Warrior Project and kids surfing events, so that there is a chance for everyone to experience Florida surfing.

The 2012 Florida Surfing Championships is more than just a beach blast for surfers, as the contest has a reputation for its laid-back vibe and feel-good event schedule. Need to learn about going green? There will be a wide array of unique environmental organizations on hand extolling the virtues of sustainable products like House of Marley eco-friendly headphones. The Florida surfing contest will even be holding a juried art show that focuses on green art that both promotes and benefits our planet’s ecosystem at the same time.

For fans of the House of Marley’s eco-friendly headphones and our namesake Bob Marley, the reggae legend’s backing band The Wailers will be apart of the live music event going on at the Florida Surfing Championships.

If you’re in Northern Florida during the first week of October, come meet up with the House of Marley at the Florida Surfing Championships, snap a pic of the Marley VW bus and check out our eco-friendly headphones. We’ll be soaking up the sun, the surf, the art and, of course, The Wailers as we revel in all that this awesome surfing competition has to offer. See you in Jacksonville Beach!

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Satisfy Your Surf: The House of Marley Live From the East Coast Surfing Championships

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We’re knee deep in the surf at the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach and so far it’s been a real wild week. With every turn of the head there are tons of awesome events going on as far as the eye can see. Whether it’s surfing, skate demos, music or just general beach hanging, we’ve taken in all the East Coast Surfing Championships has had to offer and it’s only Friday afternoon.

The House of Marley team is gearing up for the big Breath Carolina show tonight by taking in an awesome skate demo courtesy of the Vans Shoes team. Saturday and Sunday at the East Coast Surfing Championships will offer even more fun with music from Donovan Frankenreiter and tons of activities including beach volleyball, mini ramp jam, a cornhole tournament and some killer fireworks. A week packed with this much action is nothing short of the ideal #LiveMarley good time.

If you haven’t gotten in your car and dialed Virginia Beach into your GPS System yet then check out these killer photos below. Look for the House of Marley bus at the East Coast Surfing Championships and come check out our on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones. Then, stay and enjoy all that Virginia Beach has to offer.

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The House of Marley Hits the Beach for the East Coast Surfing Championships

Sure, California and Hawaii may be known for the biggest waves, but they sure aren’t the only places to surf in the US. The House of Marley is hitting the beach with all our on-ear, in-ear and over-ear headphones in tow to sponsor the East Coast Surfing Championship. Taking place in Virginia Beach August 20 through 26, the weeklong music, film and surfing event will bring together riders from all over the world for a contest of epic proportions.

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The East Coast Surfing Championships offers the chance for surfers of all ages and experience levels to enter a competition for a shot at some awesome prizes. Sponsored by Vans and the House of Marley, the week’s big event will be the Pro Men surfing contest, which has a grand prize of $155,000. In addition to all the surfing action, there will be tons of skateboarding and BMX demos, beach volleyball and skimboarding going on all week long.

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Offering you a chance to #LiveMarley through some killer live music, the House of Marley sponsored stage will host tons of local bands and some familiar heavy hitters. Warped Tour veterans Breath Carolina will bring their raucous brand of electro rock followed later in the weekend by the mellow surfer vibes of musician Donovan Frankenreiter.

Whether you come to surf, hang or just experience the awesome musical acts, the House of Marley encourages you to #LiveMarley and take it all in at the East Coast Surfing Championships. Come hang and let the world know that the waves on the East Coast can rival those of anywhere. The House of Marley will see you there.

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Snowboarders Bring Surfer Swag to Big Wave Challenge

The annual Big Wave Challenge is definitely a challenge like no other. The waves may be frozen, but snowy Mt. Bachelor stole the heart of Hawaiian surf legend Gerry Lopez when he first visited the historic mountain in Oregon. Lopez became infatuated with the mountain, took to snowboarding it surf-style instead of throwing down trick-filled runs and, in 2011, began holding the Mt. Bachelor Big Wave Challenge.

Inspired by the words of Sims Snowboards owner Tom Sims (“It’s the greatest mountain for frozen waves.”), Lopez held the second annual Mt. Bachelor Big Wave Challenge this past weekend. In an attempt to spread “aloha spirit” to the mountain, Lopez brought a piece of Hawaii to Oregon by throwing a classic Luau party in between runs for the Big Wave Challenge. Don’t like poi or Kalua pork? No worries, Ohana, the competition alone was worth the trip.

Styling the competition like a classic surf event, Lopez and judges awarded points based on control, speed and power. With this in mind, seasoned riders like Curtis Woodman, Josh Dirksen and Bjorn Leines took to the Big Wave Challenge course with tons of slashes, cutbacks and stylish “wave” rides. However, in the end, hometown mini-ripper Gus Warbington continued his winning ways and toppled the competition.

House of Marley was on hand snapping photos, enjoying the snowboarding and taking in all of Gerry Lopez’ Hawaiian luau fixings. Check out the photos below and some video that captured all the fun of the Big Wave Challenge.

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Garrett McNamara Sets Surfing World Record with 78-Foot Wave

Holy Poseidon, that’s a BIG wave.

Back in November, Hawaiian pro surfer, Garrett McNamara caught a 78-foot rogue wave off the coast of Praia do Norte in Portugal, manhandling the ocean and setting the surfing world record in the process. To put this in perspective, McNamara rode a wall of water about the size of a seven-story building for almost half a minute. Count to thirty right now and pretend the only thing separating you from the bottom of the ocean is a narrow strip of fiberglass.

Obviously, we were wowed by McNamara’s remarkable feat, and we weren’t the only ones. The 44-year-old surfer has been collecting accolades for the last six months, culminating in an official nod from the Guinness World Records last week. Guinness acknowledged that McNamara set the surfing world record, beating the previous world record run by more than a foot.

The official wave height of 78-feet was determined by judges of the Global Big Wave Awards, who studied video footage and hi-res photos, using the length of McNamara’s shin bone to compare to the wave from base to peak. Global Big Wave director Bill Sharp likened McNamara’s achievement to a career-defining feat in baseball, like pitching a perfect game. But he did make one important distinction: “Add to that the fact that the stadium could collapse on you at any second.”

Huge props to Garrett McNamara for riding the monster wave and capturing the surfing world record. Check out the mind-boggling video below.

Team Marley’s Bede Durbidge Goes Big at Rip Curl Pro 2012

Bede DurbridgeWith less than tasty waves rolling into Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia earlier this week, the crowd’s mood was officially mellow while awaiting Rip Curl Pro 2012. We are talking waves that could have been dominated by our baby’s babies. Ok… maybe not, but seriously.

After some wait, the surf report improved and the field of the world’s 36 raddest surfers hit some swells that were meant for the big boys. Team Marley representative Bede Durbridge hit the beach during the second heat and went pedal to the metal all over his competition.

Durbridge, an Australian native, caught three waves in his heat and received one of the highest single wave scores on what was sure to be one of largest sets of the day. With a huge under the loop dropwall, some quick turns and a sick layback just before hitting the sand, his one wave ride stood out from the rest of the Rip Curl Pro 2012 pack, which included heavy hitters like Kelly Slater, Adriano De Souza and Mick Fanning.

Looking to trample the competition as he heads back up the leader board, Bede Durbridge now sets his sights on the upcoming Billabong Pro Rio in Brazil this May. Until then? This sick surfer will be heading out on a filming trip for his next video, pushing himself to the brink on each wave in true #LiveMarley fashion.

One love and good luck to Bede on filming his part and on the remaining events of this year’s pro tour.