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Surf's Up: PacSun corrals SoCal's biggest action sports brands (and athletes) for a new campaign

April 14, 2011 |  7:15 am

Teen retailer PacSun is gathering all its friends for its new ad campaign -- a multimedia campaign that celebrates personal style.

"Dress Irresponsibly” features musicians, artists and some of action sports' most revered athletes -- including Rob Machado, Bucky Lasek, Chris Pfanner, Ryan Dungey, IamOMNI and Jeff McMillan -- wearing getups culled from 12 marquee action sports brands from Southern California. Think Hurley, RVCA, Fox Racing, Volcom, Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, O’Neill, Billabong and Element.

The print ads feature members of PacSun's dream team walking toward the camera, looking tough and purposeful. But capturing action sports athletes in their element requires motion, and director So Me wisely created an action-filled montage set to the Frank Sinatra classic, “Call Me Irresponsible,” for the TV spots.

“This ... campaign is a first for PacSun and for the action sports industry,” said Gary Schoenfeld, PacSun's chief executive. “The juxtaposition of 20 action sports athletes representing the best skate, surf and motocross brands, combined with the unsurpassed style of Frank Sinatra, speaks to the unique sense of style and individuality that is the cornerstone of action sports and our brand.”

Fans of PacSun's grungy gang can check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the campaign shoot on the company's Facebook page. And while there, you can upload a photo that shows off your unique personal style to vie for ongoing rewards both in-store and online.

After all, added Schoenfeld," 'Dress Irresponsibly' is about enjoying life, friends and embracing one’s own sense of style."

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: A print ad for PacSun's new "Dress Irresponsibly" campaign. Credit: PacSun