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August 17th, 2010 | By | 929 Comments

“Nightstalker” Surfboard Fetches the largest Auction Price at Billabong’s OC Art of Shaping

Stewart's NightStalker Board and Viewing Window

For those of you wondering about Bill Stewart’s Nightstalker surfboard that we blogged about in an earlier post, it just so happens that this board was auctioned off for a whopping $5,250 at the Billabong OC Art of Shaping event! Out of the 22 different shapers featured at the event, Bill Stewart snagged the single highest bid with his innovative night surfing machine. The money went on to benefit the SIMA Humanitarian fund and Bill was given bragging rights for his unconventional creation. On his website Bill states that over 100 man hours went into designing the board, but overall the finished product preformed better than expected. A full R&D team of surfers helped test the board and develop the finished project.

The board features two 700 lumen headlamps mounted in the front and two additional fin lights in the rear to allow night surfing with ease. Bill mentioned that powering the lamps was his single greatest obstacle, but his team helped him test and perfect the finished product which features two water tight rechargeable batteries sealed within the board. The “viewing window” pictured above, allows the surfer to see into the water when paddling in the dark… although I’m sure thats the last thing you want to do when surfing at night.

If you missed out on the event you can check out the board glowing in all of its glory in the video below:

Untitled from Bill stewart on Vimeo.

Borrowed from Stewart’s website at

A special thanks goes out to all the shapers who participated in the event as well as all of you who attended and showed your support!

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August 13th, 2010 | By | 3,188 Comments

Bintang Bali Beer Cap Tee now available at SWELL!

<em><strong>Bintang:</strong> probably More Famous than Uluwatu and Padang Padang combined***</em>

Bintang: probably More Famous than Uluwatu and Padang Padang combined***

For those of you unfamiliar with the brew, Bintang is the number one selling beer in Indonesia and a staple to the diet of traveling backpackers and surfers alike. Locals, like to one pictured above, also indulge in this bubbly heineken-esque pilsner that follows the Dutch brewing traditions left behind by the former colonizer. Bir Bintang, meaning “star beer” in the local Bahasa language, is as much of an icon as any of the countless world class surf breaks that bless this fabled archipelago.

So to commemorate this beloved beverage (and country), SWELL is now introducing the Bintang Bali Beer Cap Tee now available on our website. A shirt this awesome is hard to find anywhere besides Indo, so be the first to sport the classic bottle cap logo on this soft 100% cotton tee. Logo Features the classic Bali cap print that invokes thoughts of reeling left handers and all-night ragers. Shirts come in White in sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and Double-XL, to suit all you hung over, sleep-deprived travelers.
Bintang Bali Beer Cap Tee by SWELL
Just make sure not to stain it when you are eating your nasi goreng and listening to that sweet sweet gamelan.

Share your best Indo or bintang story with us in the comments section! we love to hear the latest of whats been going on. But please try to keep it G rated… as hard as that may be..

Cheers! or Pro to all you travelers!

***image borrowed from Flikr at: by user: cookiesound

August 11th, 2010 | By | 6,784 Comments

Night Surfing Breakthrough! Come See the Surfboard with Headlights!

So if you don’t already have enough reason to join us at the OC Art of Shaping this Friday and Saturday, then stop by at least to check out Bill Stewart’s latest creation the Night Stalker.

Bill's Night Stalker

The Night Stalker is a revolutionary new concept board specifically designed for night surfing. It has two top mounted 700 lumen headlights to light up your path and two LED embedded side fins to further flaunt your midnight maneuvers.

Also included are two hollow plexi-glass nose panels that allow the surfer to swivel the headlamps down and light up the water beneath…

…although I’m sure many of you OC surfers would opt out for that feature after seeing Chuck Patterson’s recent San-O Shark video..

No need to rely on full moons or pier lights with the Night Stalker

No need for full moons or pier lights with the Night Stalker

The system runs off two rechargeable batteries and could be all yours if you win the silent auction on the 14th!

This board will be on display at the ASR trade show on August 13 and 14 at Billabong’s Art of Shaping display. All the boards on display will be auctioned off on the 14th at 6:30pm. All proceeds from the auction will go to the 2010 SIMA Humanitarian Fund. You can own a nice little piece of surfing history and support a great cause!

Check out Stewart’s shop tees at SWELL!

Read more about the Night Stalker at:

August 5th, 2010 | By | 4,014 Comments

New Zealand

Before working at SWELL I sold everything I owned and moved to New Zealand for 6 months.

This is some of the footage I brought back…

Music by local band Voom

Thanks to all my kiwi mates, the fitzjames’, neal, frog, parker, Donna & Leigh, and SLSNR!

video by my brother nolan