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June 11th, 2013 | By | 1,708 Comments

Party Wave Patriots Team SWELL Invades Salt Creek on Catchsurf Boards & USA Attire

To celebrate a summer of America style, the SWELL crew called up our boys at Catchsurf for a party wave session at Salt Creek. We threw on our finest american attire, and took over the middle peak for some flag-waving fun.

The art of soft-top party waves follows a unique ettiquitte code. It can get dudes pretty sour if you dont do it right.

Here’s the road to respect on the Odysea:
1. Dont paddle straight out the back and start picking off choice set waves
2. Pull into some closeouts tubes before paddle-battling for the clean ones
3. Tell a short boarder that they can hop you, since you wont be heaving airs or snaps
4. Throw in some fun moves like soul arching, cross-stepping, and jitter bugging
5. Fins first take-off trick is like pulling a coin from behind a kid’s ear, but do it anyways
6. Bump your buddies and wear Patriotic Apparel!!!

Check out more evidence of the Party Wave chaos and all the styles here

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June 10th, 2013 | By | 1,233 Comments

Win $100 -Weekly Reviewer Award

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Shopped SWELL lately? You can bag our weekly give-a-way for reviewing the style on the product page where you found it.

And as you know, us hooligans at SWELL love us some fresh funny perspectives on our custom curated collections. So tell a story, tell a lie, tell us what inspires you from your recent purchase.  Just make sure you’re singed into your account when reviewing, and you can win more than your actual order!

Take Capt. Matteo for example here, getting intimate with his party pants.

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June 6th, 2013 | By | 2,045 Comments

Product Review: iPhone Watershot

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The advent of the Watershot iPhone housing brings the DIY craze into surfing without having to spring for a Gopro. The result delivers magazine quality surf photos to post on instagram quicker than it takes to peel off your wetsuit.

The SWELL crew tested the iPhone housing in the the local Orange County beachbreaks to check the learning curve on a Watershot novice.

1st Session: San Clemente

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Learning Curve:
-Beachbreaks are tricky to get closeups with shifty peaks and no zoom
-An object in the foreground gives good perspective and artsy touch
-USE THE LANYARD. Watershot doesn’t float, and swimming with 1 hand is tough

2nd Session: Salt Creek

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Learning Curve:
-You can never be too close, objects are smaller than appear
-Turn off flash and other slow shutter settings to get rapid fire sequences
-Stabilize Watershot evenly with both hands for realistic POV

Best Customer Submitted Photos Captured with WATERSHOT

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Watershot Features
-Depth Rating: 130 ft deep
-Glass Lens for optical image clarity
-Threaded Lens Bezel for screw on lenses & filters
-Full suspension “floats” your iPhone inside the housing for shock protection
-Universal Tripod Mount
-One Year Warranty
-Phone APP for optimized sharibility and photo retouching

Get your Watershot iPhone housing for iPhone4 or 5

 

June 5th, 2013 | By | 2,264 Comments

Win It Wednesday: Ezekiel

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The Ezekiel Surf Club paid SWELL a visit after filming their Summer 2013 lookbook down at the harbor. The boys were dripping wet from testing new trunks styles on their hand-shaped single fins.  To celebrate the launch, they’re hooking up one lucky fan with a $200 shopping spree. Enter Win here today only for Win It Wednesday.

We asked Surf Captain Kyle Kennelly to sum up the inspo behind the reinvented Ezekiel Summer Line, “[It's based on] a time when surfing was considered a passion, an escape for a select subculture of society to get away from their humanly struggles and envelope themselves blissfully within nature, to harness the kinetic energy of gently rolling swells as they approach a distinctly and organically created shoreline and elegantly dance upon the oceans surface with their friends.”

Get behind the scenes and shop the summer steeze here.