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June 20th, 2013 | By | 83 Comments

International Surfing Day Surfrider Specials

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To Enter, show us how you’re celebrating International Surfing Day
1. Post your ORIGINAL photo to Facebook or Instagram
2. Tag It: #theSWELLlife
3. Check out the gallery here

Get the Goods. Sign up for Surfrider today to cash in on some limited edition ISD goods
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June 19th, 2013 | By | 704 Comments

Go Skateboarding Day 2013: Sector 9 Poker Run

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Who: The first 100 skaters to sign up are guaranteed entry and the first card in their hand with a chance to win cash.

What: Skate from tent to tent and recieve a card to make a poker hand. The best hands win complete skateboards, and CASH from the crew at SECTOR 9

Where: Crown Point Park on Mission Bay, CA. The run ends at South Mission Jetty.

When: Meet at 12:00pm. Skate begins at 2:00pm.

How: There will be 3 stops along the way to pick up 3 more cards.

Why: Prizes, games, free food provided by Wahoos Fish Tacos for all participants.

Check out all the new Sector 9 skates at Swell and Go Skateboarding!

June 18th, 2013 | By | 3,139 Comments

DIY: Wetsuit Alterations

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Have an old fullsuit that you don’t mind altering to the point of voiding the warranty? Save some scratch on a new suit, and convert your old wetty into a springer! Even if the seams are shot and holey, a few cuts gives it a new life for warm water sessions.

Warning: Cutting or altering your suit voids it from the manufacturer’s warranty

Materials:
Scissors. The sharper and longer, the better
Chalk
Ruler
Wetsuit Glue, or Rubber Cement
Piss Off Wetsuit Shampoo
24 oz Canned Beverage

Desired Length

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-Start by comparing another springsuit to reference your ideal length
-We recommend cutting above the knee and elbow to minimize rashes and resistance (more…)

June 16th, 2013 | By | 1,864 Comments

Photo Tip of the Week: Shawn Parkin Follow The Light Winner Talks About Getting Weird With Zoom Lenses

 

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Dane Reynolds, Lower Trestles. Lens: 50mm

“For many photographers, including myself, zoom lenses allow us to achieve greater focal range, at a relatively low cost. Good glass doesn’t come cheap, so many photographers need to stretch their lens budget by buying zoom lenses. There’s nothing wrong with that. But the ability to zoom can sometimes lead to stale perspectives. It’s far too easy to sit in one spot, zoom in to get a tight shot, and then zoom out to get a wide shot. But far more important that moving your zoom ring, is moving your feet. These photographs of Jason Arnold (below) and Dane Reynolds (above) were shot with the same lens (50mm fixed), on the same day. Two completely different perspectives, achieved by moving closer, and farther away from the subject.” -Shawn Parkin

Try this:
-Grab a prime (fixed focal length) lens for a session, or if you don’t have access to one, then use your zoom lens, but keep it fixed on one focal length. This will force you to move your position.

-To get a wide shot, you’ll have to move back. To get a tight shot, you’ll have to move in close. This will change the perspective in your photographs, and when done right, will help to create more interesting angles.

-Keep in mind that moving around to find different angles doesn’t always mean standing on your feet. Lay down on the ground. Climb a tree. Get weird.

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