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October 9th, 2013 | By | 778 Comments

Shapers Shed | Alaia Surfboards Jon Wegener Takes Us in His SD Shaping Bay for a Wood Board Building Lesson

Why Ride Alaias:
-  Alaias are such low-friction boards, you can ride with effortless speed.  In other words, they fly.
-  Riding finless gives you a slide, and a feeling that you can’t get riding traditional boards.
-  Your wave selection improves, because you really need to pick the right ones.  Paddling for the wrong waves means burning valuable energy. (more…)
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October 8th, 2013 | By | 77 Comments

Meet Your Maker | Tavik Men's Designer Mark Powell Talks Tavik Style, Parties, Surf & Workwear Inspo




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Tell us why the slim pickens shirt is ideal for salty shapers and garage dwellers.

MP: Slim Pickens was inspired by the durable denim of our western heritage. Think gold-digging, sharp-shooting and the random bar-room brawl. (more…)

October 4th, 2013 | By | 274 Comments

Spear Fishing with Sharks in Tahiti SWELL Lensmen Talks About Avoiding Sharks While Spearfishing in Tahiti

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Spear Fishing in Tahiti is beyond just a hobby, it is second only to our love for surfing! It goes hand in hand with the Tahitian lifestyle. If we take a boat out for a good day of surf, there is inevitably a spear gun or two aboard in case someone takes a break and wants to catch the post surf meal, unless you catch gets stolen by sharks known for stalking us. (more…)

October 2nd, 2013 | By | 281 Comments

Photographer Gear Review | Dafin Award Winning Surf Photographer Professes His Love For His Favorite Swim Fins

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Words & Photos by Shawn Parkin

First, let me say that I am not sponsored by DaFin. I don’t know the people who run the company, and I’ve never been given a free pair of fins. I’m just a believer in their product. (more…)