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12 la galaxy: beckham and beyond by Jeff Nisen & Alex Curry

24 swoopin’ it up in new orleans by Alex Curry

26 swoop girl: amy maurer by Will Hocker photos by Heather Gildroy

32 2012 top sporting events

34 surf photography wizard:

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42 wild eyes productions opens your eyes by Alana Trevino Itaya

48 A Cure for cancer? seattle genetics uses the science of specificity by Alana Trevino Itaya

50 You should have been there!: hawaii pipline edition

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54 Urban hippie photos by Heather Gildroy

62 swoop guy: ian thorley by Alana Trevino Itaya photos by Jim Jordan

68 Swoop Action Girl: Jenna Hannon by Alana Trevino Itaya photos by Jim Jordan

70 coolest emerging sports according to SWOOP ACTION GIRL JENNA HANNON by Will Hocker

74 5 so-cal studs in action photos by Michael Brager

80 america’s next top model all-star: alexandria everett

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Since their acquisition of David Beckham in 2007, the Los Angeles

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with in the world of American Soccer. While Beckham is not the only factor for the Galaxy’s success, he is certainly the catalyst that led to real results in a very tangible way. Beckham’s commanding presence on the field as a player and leader, combined with extensive media attention, have generated revenue and sparked the interest of soccer fans across the country. As far as championships are concerned, however, it takes more than just one phenomenal athlete to take home the MLS Cup. Let’s fast forward to 2009 when the Galaxy made their next big move by drafting Omar Gonzalez and AJ DeLaGarza, a dominant defensive duo who played champ onship soccer together at the University of Maryland. The addition of these strong defenders almost perfectly represents the phrase “defense wins championships”, as the LA Galaxy made their way to the MLS Cup that same year. Even though the team ended up losing in shoot outs, Omar Gonzalez was awarded the prestigious Rookie of the Year award and proved that the Galaxy had added yet another star to their already impressive roster, bringing their squad from worst defensive team to best defensive team in just one season. With the team solidified, it seemed only a matter of time until they would take home the MLS Cup, and in 2011 they did exactly that. Having built the most expensive and talented roster in MLS history, the team truly got their money’s worth thanks to the three highest payed players. David Beckham’s perfect assists, Landon Donovan’s goals in each of the final three playoff games, and Robbie Keane’s constant offensive threat made the Galaxy the ultimate dream team. Their incredible offense and rock solid defense earned Donovan the MVP award and Gonzalez the defensive player of the year award.

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It was Donovan who scored the only goal of the final game, but the way it was scored was right on par with the play that was seen all season. In the 72nd minute with the sold out crowd on their feet, Beckham headed the ball to Keane who slipped it to Donovan to score the winning goal. The power trio’s show stopping goal demonstrated yet another phenomenal play to add to their dominant season, which was quite possibly the greatest season in MLS club history. The team finished with the second best record in league history during the regular season, and then went undefeated through the playoffs making it no surprise that they took home the MLS Cup. “They’ve been the best in the league from day one to now. They are a deserving champion,” says Houston coach Dominic Kinnear. It was not, however, just these star players who carried the Galaxy to victory. Coach Bruce Arena has developed a super team far beyond the starting eleven. When asked his secret Arena answers, “The secret is that they are all good players, and they play together as a team.” Beckham adds, “We’re lucky to have the players we got on our team because every one of them were exceptional this year. It wasn’t about our starting eleven tonight. It was about every one of our players because everyone contributes.” With the 2012 season on everyone’s mind, the big question is whether or not the now free agent David Beckham will return to LA. “David’s a champion,” Says Arena, the first coach to win three MLS titles, “I’ve been around great athletes and competitors in my life in different sports, and this guy is as good as it comes. He has an unbelievable desire to win. He’s a great teammate. He’s a great person. I’m so happy for him. He’s done it all now - in every country he’s been in.” Although the thirty-six-year-old global icon insists that he hasn’t decided where he’ll play next year, the Galaxy and their fans are praying that Beckham will return for at least one more season. “I’ve said before, I need to sit back and relax and enjoy this moment, then I’ll figure out what I’m going to do next year. I might talk in past tense sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving. It’s been an amazing five years,” says Beckham. However next year pans out, there is no denying that 2011 was an outstanding season for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan sums it all up when referencing his game winning goal, “The actual goal doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. I, for the last month have been, like the rest of these guys have been, so determined to win. I didn’t care who scored. I just wanted the ball go in. I mean that full heartedly. Winning feels so good. The goals come and go, but the moment is what I will remember.”

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Even though the BCS Championship didn’t start until Monday, the parties and tailgates were already underway upon our arrival Saturday evening. Sitting in stand-still traffic only minutes from our hotel, we quickly learned that we had arrived one hour before the Saints kick off. Every corner of downtown had turned into a raging tailgate with people singing and drinking in the streets. If there was an empty lot it was filled with tents, BBQ’s and beer, ready for the game to start. When we finally arrived at our hotel, we discovered that it was basically located on top of the Super Dome, which explained the high-density traffic as the Saints game began. Once we settled in and looked out our windows at the amazing view, we realized just how lucky we were to be in the company of the boys of Point Capital, (Ted Williams, Luke Forstmann, Richard Swift, Kevin O’Connor, Tony Felice and Todd Olson) who showed us how to live the New Orleans life in style. Most of the Point Capital guys are West Point Graduates and the entire company donates 10% of their monthly earnings to different Veteran non-profits. They even flew out wounded Army Vets so they could enjoy the weekend with us.

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This street was wild, but after four hours of the best people watching in history, it was back to get ready for our main event. SWOOP Magazine, Zaah Technology, 21st Street Games, and Range Rover had the privilege of sponsoring the hottest pre-game event in town, ‘The Crystal Ball’ presented by Player Grid. With the combined power of IMG’S Luke Forstmann and Jeremy Benton’s ‘Rock The Night’, The Crystal Ball pre-game event was a star-studded, bootypoppin’ success! Mardi Gras World’s 30,000 square foot warehouse was transformed into a high-end hot spot. Our personal favorite wing of the warehouse was filled with giant cartoon Mardi Gras floats.

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After our extended photo shoot with the floats, SWOOP Magazine and Blaze Modelz rocked the Red Carpet alongside some of footballs greatest stars such as Mark Ingram, Greg McElroy, Marcell Dareus, Patrick Peterson, Jeff Charleston, Josh Jasper, Justin Vincent, Brennen White & Kelvin Sheppard. The event was spectacular, not a single detail went unnoticed as we danced the night away with DJ Yancy & Shady Records artist Yelawolf. The night was a huge success, but unfortunately the same could not be said for the BCS game as Alabama rolled over LSU crushing the Tigers 21-0. LSU fans fled the stadium, bars, and streets far before the end of the game. SWOOP Magazine, along with the boys of Point Capital, however, were still living it up and enjoying all of the fruits of one of the most amazing cities in the country. Thank you to Teddy, Luke, Swifty, Kevin, Tony, JB, Todd and Joe for showing us a fabulous weekend in the shining star that is New Orleans.

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hometown Madbury, New Hampshire birthday and sign October 5th, Libra What’s it like growing up in New Hampshire? I was lucky enough to grow up in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire, it’s a beautiful area and it will always be home to me. Winters are long and brutal in New England and I don’t ski or snowboard, so that made it tough. I spent my winters indoors playing basketball and volleyball. What made you want to come to Los Angeles? The beach! I’ve always been a beach bum so I knew New England wasn’t for me. I tried Florida for a while but it gets too hot there so Southern California was the next stop. I’m not a city girl though, I tend to stay in the ‘South Bay bubble’ and rarely go into LA. How long have you lived here? I just passed my two year mark in mid-January. What is favorite thing about living in California? Least favorite? The weather! I definitely miss fall in New England but I can’t complain about having 80 degree weather in January! I love being able to go to the beach all year. My least favorite thing is being so far from my family and all of my friends back on the East coast. Family is the most important thing in the world to me and it can get to be really hard sometimes. How did you get discovered? I wouldn’t exactly say I’ve been discovered but I guess how I got my start in modeling was that I was locking up my bike on the Hermosa pier and SWOOP owner Scott Bailey asked me if I’d heard of the magazine. What do you like most about modeling? I love getting my hair and makeup done, and having other people dress me, it sounds silly but it’s relaxing. My favorite part is the adrenaline rush you get walking down the runway. Describe yourself in three words: Athletic, sarcastic, and I get told I’m weird on a daily basis, but I’d rather be weird than boring! What drives you? I just want to be happy. I think that everyone should do whatever it is that makes them happy, because if you aren’t happy then what’s the point?

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Broccoli! I know that’s weird but its true! Where do you see yourself living in 5 years, and what would you like to be doing? I would love to still be in Southern California, hopefully doing something that I love, whether it’s modeling or something else. I think I would enjoy working in sports marketing or working for a magazine. What are your favorite ways to stay active? I love going for runs along the strand, watching the ocean while running is so relaxing. Playing beach volleyball is also fun, and it’s such a good workout! What are your favorite sports teams? I am a New England girl so I love the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots! Do you have a boyfriend? No, I’ve never had much luck with relationships… timing and I haven’t figured out how to get along quite yet. It seems like it’s always the wrong guy at the right time or the right guy at the wrong time. It’s bound to line up one of these days. What are your favorite bands? I absolutely love Fleetwood Mac, Lady Antebellum, The Zac Brown Band, Mumford and Sons, Sugarland, and Tom Petty. What is one country you would love to visit but haven’t yet? Greece is next on my list! I would love to visit all of Europe, both of my siblings studied abroad there and I’m wicked jealous. I also have a random desire to go to Turks and Caicos, I have no idea where it originated but it’s been a dream of mine for a while now.


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all over the world that ensure access to places and people the average person will never have the chance to see or meet. They interviewed Osama Bin Laden’s brother-inlaw long before CNN did. They have a worldwide group of “fixers” - international producers/journalists - that help facilitate getting in and out of a country and getting the footage they need. Once they arrive and meet the “fixer”, time is of the essence. “I have to hit the ground running. There is always a limited amount of time to get the coverage you need and want, and some countries, say in the Middle East, require that you have tea and go around meeting people before you can even begin to work,” says Keane. Once working precautions are made, safety is paramount. “You want to come back alive and with the footage. Sometimes when you are too risky of a journalist, then you don’t come home. And that’s the problem with going into some of these places with some of these events that are occurring. They are very volatile - civil wars, ethnic cleansing, the Taliban - these people have missions in those countries. They do what they need to do,” says Arcadia. When something horrific, terrifying, or upsetting in life occurs, the need to close your eyes and turn away is strong. Wild Eyes Productions challenges you to open your eyes, immerses you in cultures that you may never have known existed, and provides you with an experience that will forever sear your consciousness.

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deciding not only to become a doctor but in what kind of doctor to become.” These first decisions create a path and define a future. After working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle specifically with leukemia patients, Dr. Sievers became part of a team working with antibodies to treat leukemia. This team of scientists and doctors created the first antibody drug conjugate for acute myeloid leukemia. Eleven years later, Adcetris is making great strides in the medical world for patients suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and ALCL. When Adcetris was being developed, they got early glimpses of its brilliance. “The first epiphany came when patients told their doctors that their itching, fever and night sweats were gone. The second epiphany of success occurred when we learned that the remissions were enduring. The third epiphany happened when we were able to show that we could treat 2 different types of cancers. Now, there is no reason that ‘we’ shouldn’t be able to continue this theme in treating multiple types of different cancers.”

“It is a great time to be alive. There are so many effective therapies for so many things. So many that we almost don’t even think about it any more. We are the lucky ones. It took technology peaking at a certain moment with all the prior advances in flight for Apollo 11 to put someone on the moon. Mozart learned from Bach and the others before him to create something that depended upon the symphonies and the metered rhythm of his fore-bearers.” Within the world of cancer medicine and research, Adcetris might be just such a discovery. “I have a commitment to people with cancer, and as a parent, I think that it is unfathomable that children die of cancer. There’s so much more work to do, especially for kids. It is my life’s work,” says Dr. Eric Sievers. With individuals like Dr. Sievers behind such discoveries, finding a ‘cure for cancer’ might soon become a reality, rather than just a hope for the future.

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Snowboarding is his passion, his life, his career and he boards ten months out of every year. His love of speed extends past the slopes, as he enjoys racing fast cars in his rare spare time. He speeds through life doing what he loves every single day. If only there was more time in a day, Ian would just pack it full of more adrenaline, because there’s never enough time when you are doing what you love.

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Did you go to college I have. I’ve dabbled in it. There was a 3-year period where I went a semester a year but luckily snowboarding picked up so that I didn’t have to do that anymore. I don’t think I will finish. For what I want to do I don’t need college to validate it. Besides I’ve learned more from my travels than I ever did in school. Do you have siblings? I have one older sister who is a ski patroller in Montana and works as a guide on Mount Rainier in the summer.

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When did you first snowboard? My parents say they put skis on me before I could walk. My mom also skis. She was part of the first all-women team to take a trip to the North Pole. They flew into Russia and skied north for 26 days. She just got back from skiing in the South Pole. I guess you could say that the quest for adventure runs in my blood. When I was 10 years old my parents enrolled me in ski racing camp. But after I watched snowboarders make their way down the mountain I started skipping out on skiing to snowboard. My parents could tell that I was really passionate about it.

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The ultimate take anywhere sport, all you need to participate is a special kind of nylon rope and two anchored trees or poles, making it an increasingly common sight on college campuses and parks. The goal is to walk across the slacked rope from one point to the other and back again without falling. Experienced slack-liners can even land cartwheels and flips while still maintaining their balance on the line. Extreme slack-liners set up at break-neck heights to take the sport to the next level. “Slacklining is very trendy right now. The sport is very much in its inception and growing fast in the progressive cities. I met Slackline professionals for Gibbon Slackline that proved to me that backflips and ‘McTwists’ weren’t only for skateboarding and snowboarding…”

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Much like snowkiting, this action sport allows you to soar to new heights on a board, except this is done over the waves at the beach. Kiteboarders travel the world in search of the best winds and waves in order to break new records for top speed, hang time, and distance travelled. The current record for speed is 50.57 knots, much faster than your average sailboat! “Still in its infancy, it is fun to see this sport grow. Yet the community is small enough to keep an international bond between the ‘early adopters.’”

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Windsurfing Thought to be a fad of the early 90’s, this extremely complex and difficult sport is beginning to re-emerge at the forefront of the action sport community. Surfers ride on a large surfboard with a sail on it, attempting to execute insane flips and spins. It’s a sport that combines the technicality of sailing with the physical demands of surfing. Are you up for that challenge? “Windsurfing’s hay-day came and went in the 90’s, but it is making a strong comeback and is still one of the most remarkable and difficult sports I have ever encountered. Our generation’s Bryan MetcalfPerez proves to us that this technical sport is still worthy of fascination and continued advancement.”

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Extreme sport you’d like to try: An extreme sport that I want to try is wingsuit base jumping

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jacob How do you stay active? Playing sports and dancing. Favorite sports/sports teams? New England Patriots Extreme sport you’d like to try: Skydiving and bungee jumping; they would be the ultimate adrenaline rush!

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In a split second, with one single decision, Janne Kouri’s entire life changed. After a long, hot volleyball game on the beach, Janne headed toward the water like he had so many times before. He dove in and immediately felt his body slam into a hidden sandbar under the very wave that was meant to refresh and restore him. Upon impact Janne Kouri immediately became paralyzed. He knew. In that moment his brain already registered the drastic and life altering change that had occurred in his body. He felt nothing. Like an angel, an off duty EMT appeared by his side. Janne was rushed to the emergency room where he was told emphatically that he would never walk again. Whether it was his strong Finnish background, his indomitable will, or his inner strength, he rejected those words and found his truth to be elsewhere. With his girlfriend

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After returning from Kentucky to the California beaches that he loves, he realized that his progress had not just stalled but had come to a full stop. There were no facilities where he could continue training, improving, and carving out a healthy new lifestyle. It was in his moment of need that he realized the same need in others. If he was stalled in his rehabilitation, then hundreds if not thousands of others must be as well. After some research, he discovered that, “On average most insurance companies allow for 36 days of care before they drop you”. So with the support of Dr. Harkema and her trained staff, Janne founded Next Step Fitness. It is a place where you can take the necessary next steps toward health with state of the art equipment, and see progress that you may have only dreamed of. He has taken revolutionary training out of the hospital and placed it in the community for greater access to those that need it. And through intense fundraising, he is offering this training at 40% less than the cost of the training provided in hospitals. Upon entering Next Step Fitness, it looks like any other gym. Machines, exercise balls, weights, trainers, bikes, and treadmills fill the space. Depeche Mode is playing on the stereo system and there is a general air of determination that is practically palatable. But there is one machine that stands out, one machine that you have never seen before: the locomotor training machine. This machine looks like a treadmill facing a large mirror. Two chairs are positioned on either side, and hanging from the ceiling are large hooks fitted to a harness. This harness holds the individual up. The treadmill turns on. And the trainers on either side move the paralyzed individual’s legs to walk forward. Four trainers are involved in this process, and after a period of 45-60 minutes, when the nervous system is the most excited and alert, the work continues.

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Graffiti Beach (GraffitiBeach.org) is a concept that provides emerging artists and designers with a way to showcase and sell their products to the public market. The company is well-known for its ‘Pop-up Shops’ where cutting edge brands sell their merchandise at Indie, festival-like events that typically last one to two days. This past Holiday season, Graffiti Beach introduced its first ever boutique in Venice, CA on Abbot Kinney. While this was still a temporary ‘POP-UP’, it lasted a month and a half which was just long enough to capture the attention of holiday shoppers looking for unique merchandise that couldn’t be found anyplace else. Brands revealed at the store included: Astronomy, Beatrice Holiday, Chime, The Furies, SkarGorn, Redhawk Brigade, OluKai, IndoSole, Limeade California and MYVL. As customers walked into the Graffiti Beach Holiday boutique, they immediately understood that this concept was more than just about shopping. It was about connecting and supporting talented individuals that have struggled to compete against the major brands in the marketplace. Each emerging brand has an interesting story behind it and a mission well worth supporting. For example, IndoSole makes the soles of their shoes out of used motorcycle tires from Indonesia in an attempt to help the landfill issues and to support the country’s economy. Shoppers could find unique gifts such as accessories made from the inner-tubes of bicycle tires (Beatrice Holiday) and beautiful earrings created from recycled drum cymbals (Chime). There was something for everyone in the store – Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s merchandise was available, including clothing, swimwear, shoes, accessories, artwork and more. A few of the other amazing things about this Holiday Boutique were the creative displays by OneBookTree and the hip mural created overnight by Jonas Never, JPEACES, Steven Martinez (Khob)and Lori Gilbert. This talented group of artists had a unique mixture of styles and personalities which was reflected in the stunning artwork. Jonas Never is well-known for creating Floyd Barbershop’s murals while

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