Beach and surf footwear Reef brand recently launched its new brand mantra that seeks to unite the world around the fun, freedom, and spirit of the beach—Beach Freely.

Beach Freely encourages everyone who steps into the sand or into Reef products to experience the beach in their own way—whether that’s surfing, barbecuing, swimming and enjoying other water sports—and take that fun spirit of the beach with them wherever they go.

With its pristine white sand beaches and surfing spots hailed around the globe as some of the world’s finest, the Philippines has a vibrant beach-loving and surfing community who was there to witness the launch of the campaign at Alabang Town Center. Featuring games, music, and all the other things that make beach parties memorable, Reef invited the crowd to get into the Breach Freely spirit.

The event also kicked off the launch of Local’s Perspective—the first Philippine surf book to be published. Created in collaboration with Reef’s long-time partner, My Life on Board, the book compiled the best surf images together with some of the finest wave chasers of our time, not only in the Philippines, but also across Asia—immortalizing those moments and telling the story of the history and culture of the locals who shaped the Asian surfing scene.

The book features images from the best surf photographers in Asia and Oceania like Giang Wardani from Batu Karas in West Java, Indonesia, Bali-based National Geographic photographer Tommy Schultz, Mentawai Island-based surf photographer from Japan Hatsumi Ishibashi, World Longboard Championship Chaplain and photographer Andrew Carruthers from Australia, and Siargao-based surf photographer Oliver Bayer.

It also highlights work from the Philippines’ own local surf photographers like Red Bull Illume finalist and Sony World Photography National Award winner Gaps Sabuero, surf photographer from Samar Abdel Elecho, La Union-based surfer and photographer Jefferson Ganuelas, Baler-based surf photographer JP Sarmiento, and My Life on Board founder Mike Eijansantos.

Lovers of Reef can look forward to feeling this new, invigorated spirit in Reef’s latest products.

Perfect for surfers who are feeling the heat this summer, Reef’s perforated board shorts feature light breathable polyester fabric created from woven soluble yarn. The perforated holes allow for water and air to freely pass through the fabric, speeding up the dry time and enhancing breathability. Additionally, the zipper closure back pocket, key loop, and non-velcro fly make this perfect for surf or any other high intensity water sport.

For the trendy beach-goer, Reef has created a slimmer, sleeker version of the ever-popular Fanning sandal. The Fanning Low has the same all-day comfort, arch support, and thirst quenching technology as the Fanning; but with slimmer straps and a lower side profile for a more youthful and fun vibe.

The Fanning Low has a super soft yet supportive EVA footbed, an airbag under the heel for even more support, and a rubber outsole for top-of-the-line traction and durability—and it even has a bottle opener to ensure you are always able to quench your thirst. The new Fanning Low will be available in six fun colors, right in time for one’s next beach adventure.

The new mantra also lends itself to the Reef’s updated impact strategy to help keep beaches clean for everyone to enjoy.  Environmental and social impact has been a priority for Reef since the company’s founding in 1984 and has continued to grow throughout the years through the global Reef WeHeart program.

Here in the Philippines, Reef continues to promote responsible travel and environmental conservation. An example of this is the Free the Sea Movement 2 last October 2017. It was a fun-filled three-day event and coastal cleanup in Baler done in partnership with WWF Philippines.

Reef pledges to support efforts to preserve and restore beaches so that everyone has the opportunity to Beach Freely.

About The Author

Second Opinion

A magazine that puts the spotlight not just on technology, gadgets, and cars, but also on sports, business, politics, and pop culture.