Another long holiday weekend is upon us. If you’re looking for something fun to do in between all of the fireworks displays and picnics, take a drive to nearby Clinton for some shopping. Clinton Crossing’s July 4th Summer Sale is going on Thursday June 30 through Monday July 4.
Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s always fun to window shop and people watch. There will also be some live entertainment on Saturday afternoon.
For those of you looking for some good shopping deals, here are a few of the specials being offered this weekend.
Bose has discounts on home entertainment and home theater systems.
Crocs fans can buy two pairs of shoes and get one free (certain styles only).
Gap Outlet is offering 40% off the entire store.
PacSun has a lot of “buy one get one” offers on items for men and women, like shorts, board shorts, bikinis, [...]

Rocking the LA Guitar Festival

Červen 30th, 2011

Surf music may be enjoyed all year long, of course, but some may say it truly belongs to the season of long days and relaxing waves. Still others would look to holiday weekends within that season, and claim it is nearly mandatory to put on some twangy, beach-ready tunes to get in the mood.
That mood-getting-in is about to get lots easier, when none other than the doyen of the surf guitar rocks the 2011 Los Angeles Guitar Festival. Dick Dale will be playing the Redondo Beach event, as will other greats like Tommy Emmanuel, Jimmie Vaughan, Lawrence Juber and Bruce Forman. The dates are Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 (note that Mr. Dale performs on July 3).
The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is not beach-adjacent, as you may know, but we’re betting you’ll pack your board shorts for some sand time before the show. Because the water isn’t far.
Several other masters of the guitarly arts will be rocking, [...]

The Australian sharemarket is expected to open around one per cent lower today after US stocks fell due to fresh concerns about the financial stability of the eurozone.
CommSec economist Craig James says Australian stocks will trade in line with the US in the absence of domestic leads.
Mr James predicts stocks with overseas exposure, such as Westfield, Billabong and CSL, will all benefit from a weaker Australian dollar.
On Friday the Australian share market finished flat, with the benchmark SP/ASX200 7.6 points, or 0.17 per cent, higher at 4,508.1 points, while the broader All Ords was up 3.6 points, or 0.08 per cent, at 4,565 points.
The Australian dollar was trading at 105.23 US cents.

The Australian share market is expected to open around one per cent lower tomorrow after US stocks fell due to fresh concerns about the financial stability of the eurozone.
CommSec economist Craig James said Australian stocks would trade in line with the US in the absence of domestic leads.
“We are running into the end of the month, quarter and financial year so window dressing and profit taking is likely to be the order of the day as we get a bit closer towards June 30,” Mr James said.
“But in terms of Monday’s action, most likely we’ll be playing follow the leader with overseas markets, particularly in terms of Wall Street.”
US stocks fell hard on Friday as fresh concerns about eurozone financial stability, this time focusing on Italy, unnerved investors already rattled by the Greek debt crisis.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 115.42 points (0.96 per cent) to close at 11,934.58.
Mr James said the local bourse was likely to follow suit on [...]

A fifth man was arrested today in connection with a Wellington crime spree last month, which included an arson attack on the Karori police station.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Dunn, of Wellington CIB, said the 23-year-old man was arrested in Porirua this morning.
Last Friday, three men, aged 25, 28 and 43, and a 51-year-old woman were arrested in relation to a series of alleged offending late last month and included burglaries of commercial premises, car thefts, arsons and a ram raid. Three of the accused are understood to be from the same family
Mr Dunn said the man arrested today was also charged in connection with a burglary at the Billabong Surf Shop in Otaki on April 25. About $10,000 worth of goods was stolen.
The man was to appear Wellington District Court this afternoon, and Mr Dunn said more arrests in connection to the Billabong Surf Shop burglary were likely.
The Wellington crime spree took place on the night of May 24-25.
It [...]

Saving the best for last, carrying a near-perfect final heat score of 19.37, Julian Wilson has won the Quiksilver Pro Portugal at Ribeira D’Ilhas. Facing Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, who’s been one of the most lethal competitors on the ASP Prime series as of late, Wilson tallied a 9.80 and a 9.57 to cruise to his biggest result since qualifying for the ASP World Tour — a result that will assuredly keep him on tour for the second half of the year as the mid-year cutoff looms.
“I am so happy. To put in the hard yards for this one has been unreal,” said Wilson. “I have had a mediocre start to my year and I have been working so hard to make some heats. I came off four weeks in Brazil without a strong result and I went home to reassess and do a bit of training and got really motivated. I flew over here by myself with just the goal [...]

After featuring numerous intense and exciting contests, Estoril Surf & Music Billabong Girls Pro finally reached the mother of all battles, the final, on Saturday afternoon, June 11th, at the beach-break of Praia do Guincho in Estoril, Portugal.
America’s Courtney Conlogue prevailed over her compatriot, Lakey Peterson, in the event finale to clinch the win and get her hands on the title.
After witnessing Conlogue’s performances on Friday and Saturday, there was hardly any doubt about the woman being in top form. She was hardly doing anything wrong during her heats and even the difficult surfing conditions were unable to make her falter.
Conlogue had dominated the first day of the competition and was yet to show any mercy to her opponents on the second day as well. She had indeed announced herself as one of the strongest contender for the event title in her very first heat of the competition and continued to look threatening ever since.
Peterson, on the other hand, had [...]

Asian stocks swung between gains and losses after a report showed U.S. retail sales were better than forecast, boosting the outlook for exporters. QBE Insurance Group Ltd. (QBE) slumped after issuing a profit forecast.
Honda Motor Co., a carmaker that gets about 84 percent of sales outside Japan, climbed 1.3 percent in Tokyo, while rival advanced 1.2 percent. Billabong International Ltd., a surfwear maker that gets almost half its revenue from the Americas, gained 1.5 percent in Sydney. QBE Insurance dropped 3.5 percent after Australia’s largest insurer by market value forecast that its insurance margin in the first half will be lower than last year.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index was little changed at 132.85 as of 11:30 a.m. in Tokyo, having swung between gains and losses at least 15 times. About the same number of stocks rose as fell on the gauge.
“Investors were pleased to see U.S. retail sales beat expectations, despite still being negative,” said Tim Schroeders, who helps manage [...]

A staple of the Canadian surf scene since his mid-teens, Raph Bruhwiler shoulders much of the responsibility for raising the Canadian professional surfing bar to where it is now. Raph has cemented himself as one of the hardest charging surfers in the cold water scene, gaining international acclaim for his style, his attitude, and interminable passion for surfing off our rugged coast.
In the third chapter of “The Northern Collective,” we talk with Raph about his rise from a small-town surf kid into a justifiable surf legend, his infatuation with big waves and his love for exploring the Canadian coastline. Photo: Jeremy Koreski.
How was it to be the first Canadian to get a major sponsor?
I forget who my first was. Shoot, I don’t want to get it wrong! I think it was O’Neill. It was just getting free gear, not a paycheque. That was…oh man, I don’t know when that was. I must’ve been 17 or 18. When you’re young like [...]

About the World Cup

Červen 13th, 2011

The athlete thus won the first prize, a ten-day trip to the warm waters of the Maldives, which takes place between June 30 and July 10 and which will feature the company’s Rocksister Joana Rocha as well as the experienced coach Miguel Ruivo.
The rest of this classified Trophy shared the prize money of 3,500 euros, the largest ever in a national examination of women’s surfing. Second place went to Teresa Bonvalot, 13 (Dream Team), who amassed this classification with the prize for best trick. Third was Catherine Cartwright, the team “Southern Girls” and fourth place went to Beatriz Frias, Team Rock Sisters. ” Stock Inês Faria, 12, won the award for Billabong Girl 2011, the friendliness, the spirit of “family” and surrender to the event demonstrated.
In all told about 90 entered, the whole country but also abroad, with ages between 7 and 37 years. Besides individual events, there were still no evidence of the team and the big winners were [...]