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March 19th, 2013 | By | 127 Comments

Camp Shred 2013

The first ever Camp Shred is in the books, with 3,000 frothing friends of the Ca State Parks demoing the latest surf technology. Booths from every master shaper in the surf industry took over the campground overlooking Cardiff Reef, and the waves woke up for anyone to take a shred-stick for a test drive. With no shortage of Pacifico or Bull-Taco, the Transworld Surf x SurfRide event raised much needed support for the parks.

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March 15th, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

Tavik Coachella Survival Sweeps

Every festival-goer knows the inherent risks of weekend long music benders in the sun like; lobster burn, hangovers, lost phones, thizzle face, public nudity and beer goggles. One thing you can control is looking sharp while you do your thang, and Tavik has you covered

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Fan Tagged #TAVIK style -Shop the steeze for guys or girls

Tavik is a music driven lifestyle apparel company, and your answer to any festive style conundrum. The Tavik team custom curated a guys and girls festival kit that includes swimwear, sunglasses, jammypack speakers, headwear, iPhone case and more. These guys are the authority on pool parties that parlay into all night ragers, just watch their 2011 highlight reel from Coachella.

Enter to win the Tavik Coachella survival fit here for him or for her. Ends 4/1/13. Earn 5 extra entries for every friend referred.
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March 14th, 2013 | By | 2,276 Comments

Shooting The North Shore with Nate Zoller and Jason Naude Billabong Photog and Laguna Ripper Talk about Shooting Film and Tubes in Hawaii

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The North Shore of Oahu is famous for its incredible five-month winter. The “Seven Mile Miracle,” as the surf media has dubbed it, consistently produces Northern Hemisphere swells both large and raw. Our boy Nate left SWELL to tackle a late season pipe session, LEAF got the footage.

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March 11th, 2013 | By | 751 Comments

How To: Convert Your Garage Into A Shaping Bay Board Building Series Volume 1.

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Be the envy of every guy on the block by converting your garage into a fully functional shaping bay. Friend of SWELL, Andrew formed his own surfboard label by building and glassing boards for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how he began the hobby that makes him part of the salty society of DIY shapers.

The Shaping Block is the centerpiece of your shaping bay. Like a saw horse, you can improvise a number of set ups. Andrew constructed his with mobility in mind to roll in and out as needed

Materials: 2 alloy wheels from an old dually truck (or 2, 5-gallon buckets)
1 bag of quikcrete
Wood: 4″x4″ 3 feet long (2ct)
2×4″ 26 inches long (4ct)
2×4″ 6 inches long (4ct)

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-Cement in the 4×4 into the bucket and screw two 2×4 to the sides. The top should be just below waist high.

-Screw 6″ blocks to the top creating an even (use a level) surface to rest a board, then staple carpet in the u-shaped saddle to protect your blanks from rail dings.

The next step is creating an organized set-up for your shelves and lighting. Adjustable back lit lighting is crucial for seeing curvatures and shadows in the shaping process. Here’s a quick tutorial on basic shelves and lighting.

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