February 11th, 2016
Stab and SWELL invited the 10 best shapers in the world to each create a surfboard for a 6’0″ mystery surfer on the CT. The boards were provided with unsigned stringers and logo-free.
The test pilot was Julian Wilson, the testing grounds were a ramping wave park in Western Australia. This experiment became known as “STAB in the Dark” Enjoy this unique, unbiased review of the world’s best surfboards and a flat out freakish display of surfing.
Directed by: Sam McIntosh
Produced by: Damien Fahrenfort
Art direction: Shinya Dalby
Filmed by: Toby Cregan, Jimmy Lees, Rick Jackovic (water footage)
Edited by: Mike Pagan
Still photography: Ryan Miller, Chris Gurney, Andy Staley
Party Pics: Stab in the Dark Julian Wilson's Cinco De Mayo Party Announcing DHD as the Winning Surfboard
Cinco de Mayo 2015 SWELL hosted a party with 400 of our closest friends in Venice to unveil the best surfboard in the world. Really, how else would you get an unbiased winner than giving a top WSL surfer 10 unlabeled boards and cutting him loose in Western Australian ramps? Well, the winner was DHD Surfboards and Daren Handley was over the moon as he as handed a framed cover of his Stab in the Dark Covershot.
In typical Stab Mag style the party was littered with eager coeds and a cinco de mayo open bar that set the place on fire. Photos by Matty Wong
The Stab in the Dark mini-documentary drops on Stabmag.com at 10:30am Thursday, Pacific time. It’s 15-ish minutes long and features one of the world’s most technically perfect surfers pushing himself on bespoke (but blind date) surfboards in Western Australia over 10 days. You won’t wanna miss it. We’ll also be dropping a short profile series on the shapers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. (more…)
Itching for a road trip, the boys loaded the sketchy old SWELL van with the newest summer gear to crash test the goods and go absolutely ham ion the 90 mi coastline called Big Sur, Ca. Enjoy the edit, get the gear and stay tuned for 6 more stories this week about the dude cruise going down in the books!
Meet the Boys
Chase Wilson 24, Newport Beach
Highlight of Trip: Driving the Highway 1 around the bends of the Big Sur listening to DJ Pelican. Most enjoyable drive of my life! Unbelievable.
Funny Moment: Watching Gabe play with a half dead Snake! That kid is crazy.
Big Sur in 3 Words: Warm, Populated, Un-sharky
Choice road trip tunes: DJ Pelican… if you know, you know
Favorite Campground in Big Sur: there’s so many nooks and crannies up there but I’d say Sand dollar state beach was my favorite. (more…)
Trunk Talk: Volcom’s Joe Frizelle A Stab Mag x SWELL Series about the Legends Who Make Your Boardshorts
Meet the men who minimize your rash, modify your maneuverability, mold your style, maximise your time in the water. This is our way of paying homage to these legends, just a little, so you might better understand just where your surf shorts are coming from.
The installment feature Volcom designer Joe Frizelle, and check out his work in the SWELL surf shop