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February 2nd, 2015 | By | 458 Comments

Meet Your Maker: Katin See How Katin's Custom Surf Styles are Made - From The Sketchbook To SWELL


Ask any surfer what the name ‘Katin’ means to them and they’ll claim the K-man invented boardshorts in the 1950’s and started the renowned surf competition, the Katin Classic Pro/Am. These pioneers were born in Surfside, CA and in an era of out-sourcing, still keep their production at home in SoCal. Given their commitment to quality, American-made goods, we’re stoked to feature Katin in SWELL’s Locals Only collection.

Take a tour of the Katin USA design and production headquarters with Justin Rogina (left) and Mac Beu —  (more…)

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February 1st, 2015 | By | 14 Comments

A Slice of Life | Fin It To Win It

Every logger you ask will tell you the same thing – the fin on your board is a crucial element to getting the most out of your wave riding experience. Whether you’ve got a classic square-tail noserider, a sleek rounded pin, or an experimental asymm, Captain Fin Co makes stylish skegs for all!

For my square-tail 9’5 log, I prefer the JJ Wessels 9 inch fin. The rake is perfectly versatile for setting my tail at points, reefs, and beach breaks!

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Photo: Willie Kessel Photography

January 31st, 2015 | By | 24 Comments

DIY: Surf Wax Air Freshener

With snowpocalypse, rain, and just downright chilly days upon us, sunny vacation inspiration is in high demand. Our solution, get cozy with some beach Pinspiration and make our house (and car) smell like sunscreen, surf wax and all things seaside. Grab bottle of Pirette and piece of felt. Space heater and bikini optional. Read on for the how-to: (more…)

January 30th, 2015 | By | 17 Comments

Volcom Pipe Pro: Day 1 Highlights Pipeline Goes Berserk for the All-Hawaiian Opening Round of the 2015 VPP

The all-Hawaiian Round of 112 saw nothing but epic Pipeline conditions from start to finish, and the highlight of the day was the Volcom Last Chance Qualifier (VLCQ) heat where 8 Pipe veterans delighted the crowd with mind-blowing Pipe and Backdoor barrels.

In honor of the warrior worthY event, we’re giving away official Volcom Pipe Pro Tote Bags with $50 men’s purchases on SWELL (more…)