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Billabong Sells Swell.com

By Andrew Asch | August 21, 2014

Australian surfwear giant Billabong International Ltd. announced on Aug. 20 that it will sell its e-commerce businesses, Swell.com, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and SurfStitch.com, which is based in Australia.

Obituary: Hobie Alter, 80

Obituary: Hobie Alter, 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, 80, passed away March 29 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was one of the innovators of the sport of surfing and also opened one of California’s first surf shops.

Slater Leaves Quiksilver

Slater Leaves Quiksilver

After more than 20 years as the public face of Huntington Beach, Calif-based surf giant Quiksilver, Kelly Slater is changing teams.

Voit to Join Element

Frank Voit was named as the global general manager for Irvine, Calif.–based skate label Element.

Jack’s Surfboards On The Move: First  Skatepark, Next Up, Santa Monica

Jack’s Surfboards On The Move: First Skatepark, Next Up, Santa Monica

Jack’s Surfboards opened a location for its skateboard concept, Jack’s Garage, at the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach.

Amuse Society: Fry and Rapp Announce Name of Their New Surf Brand

Amuse Society: Fry and Rapp Announce Name of Their New Surf Brand

Surf-industry luminaries Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp made waves when they joined new fashion label Stokehouse Unlimited in January. They recently released a few more details about their project for the Costa Mesa, Calif.–headquartered Stokehouse.

Swimwear Label Bleu/Rod Beattie Sold to Amerex Group

Bleu/Rod Beattie has been sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.

SIMA Image Awards

SIMA Image Awards

Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association (SIMA) hosted its Image Awards on Feb. 13 at The City National Grove of Anaheim.

Legendary Surfer Shaun Tomson Buys Back Solitude Label From Oxford

Legendary Surfer Shaun Tomson Buys Back Solitude Label From Oxford

The legendary world-champion surfer has bought back the surfwear label he sold to Oxford Industries.

RVCA Joins Forces With Model for Capsule Collection

RVCA Joins Forces With Model for Capsule Collection

RVCA, a leading boardsports and fashion brand out of Costa Mesa, Calif., recently announced its first capsule collection with a model since its popular collaboration with model and actress Erin Wasson for Spring 2009.

Cherokee Acquires Tony Hawk Brands

Looks like Cherokee Inc. is going to be getting a little air with two new brands, Tony Hawk and Hawk, which it acquired for $19 million in cash.

Cherokee Acquires Tony Hawk Brands

Cherokee, the Sherman Oaks, Calif., company that has a stable of brands that include Cherokee, Carole Little, Liz Lange and Sideout, bought skateboard-centric brands Tony Hawk and Hawk from Quiksilver in a deal that closed on Jan. 10.

All Star Execs Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp to Helm New Surf Brand

All Star Execs Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp to Helm New Surf Brand

The newest women’s label in the surf industry will be run by an all-star team.

Eden Eco and Little Eden: Eco-Friendly Swimwear for All

Eden Eco and Little Eden: Eco-Friendly Swimwear for All

Emily Fioravanti is inspired by her years living in Santa Cruz and surfing iconic West Coast surf spots.

All-Star Surf Execs Naude, Fry and Rapp to Helm New Brand

All-Star Surf Execs Naude, Fry and Rapp to Helm New Brand

It was announced on Jan. 6 that top women’s beach and surfwear designers Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp will partner with Paul Naude, former president of the Americas division of Billabong International LTD., to develop as yet unnamed women’s lifestyle brand.

2014 Swim Textiles

2014 Swim Textiles

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