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August 27th, 2013 | By | 51 Comments

San Clemente Island Fish Tales

During one of the most wave-starved August’s Southern California has ever seen, the occasional flat spell escape prevents local surfers from turning to a life of crime. Luckily the California waters hold no shortage of other monstrous creatures and this past weekend SWELL & friends hit the Channel Islands for a tuna chase and ended up hooking into an endangered Giant Black Seabass.

After a morning of releasing undersized White Seabass and Calicoes on the west side of Catalina, we cruised over to San Clemente Island and dropped our lines. After a minute of fishing we thought we had caught a kelp-fish but after a two hour fight with the dude above, we knew we had done much better. When the beast finally surfaced, the entire school of Black Seabass followed and we knew we had to figure out how to reunite the tired giant with his school before a lingering seal made a meal of him.

To jump-start the revival, Dave jumped in and bear-hugged the 150lb fish and began trying to swim it down, since the fish’s inner air bladder had inflated on his ascent. After multiple dives, we hand cranked the fish’s tail and voila, he dove back into the depths.

San Clemente Island Packing Kit

Pack light with Poler, and keep cool with trunks and tanks (click pics to shop the styles)


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August 22nd, 2013 | By | 10 Comments

Thirsty Thursday | Dark & Stormy Recipe




The dark and stormy cocktail is the perfect mix of aloha and anarchy. Inspired by surviving bastard days at sea, this easy herbal combo will take the edge off and transport you to the tropics.


1 Ginger Beer
2 oz Dark Rum
2-3 Lime Wedges
2 oz Aloe Vera Gel 

August 21st, 2013 | By | 23 Comments

Insta Street Style | Surfing’s New Guard Trendspotting the boys who set the standards of style, in & out of the water

@lukedavisthegrey and @DylanGoodale in a pre-contest tiff.
Dylan lives in his Reef Cool E O Striped Tee (more…)

August 19th, 2013 | By | 1,178 Comments

Billabong Pro Tahiti 2013 Recap


SWELL photographer and Follow the Light finalist, Domenic Mosqiera swam for 12 hrs/day in the channel at Chopes to capture Ace Buchan’s epic run to take the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2013. Words & Photos: Dom Mosqiera (more…)