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June 6th, 2013 | By | 2,195 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

 

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June 5th, 2013 | By | 2,481 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.

June 4th, 2013 | By | 609 Comments

Volcom Fiji Pro -Island Style

The ceremonial cava has been drank, Chief Druku has given his blessings, and the reef has claimed its first bit of flesh at the 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro.

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At the opening ceremonies all the boys sported the Volcom Stonepede button up shirt, while paying respect to the heart shaped island they call home during the 11 day dream contest.

The red blobs on the SWELL chart should make another historic showdown at Cloudbreak. Watch the live feed, and make everyday hula Friday with island-inspired Volcom gear at SWELL.

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May 31st, 2013 | By | 1,602 Comments

Summer Cocktail Inspo: Catalina Cooler

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This beachy beverage was born on the sands of Salt Creek Beach, where I worked at a bar-tender at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Yes, it seems a little fruity but plenty of surf industry captains sipped down countless Catalina Coolers after sun soaked sessions at Gravels. Inspired by the island 26 mi off our coastline, the Regis charged $16 a pop and Carl Nolet himself (Ketel Owner) sucks them down at the beach club too.

Ingredients:
2 Parts Ketel One Citron
2 Parts Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Strawberry Puree (commonly found at most markets, try Daily brand)
Lemon-cello or Cointreau
Frozen Strawberries & Ice

Directions:
1. Fill a tall cocktail glass or mason jar with ice & frozen berries
2. Pour equal parts Ketel Citron and Lemonade into glass (yes, I have a heavy hand)
3. Add a splash of lemon or orange liqueur
4. Stir a lot, or beat it up in a cocktail shaker
5. Pour into glass (Optional: coat rim of glass with sugar before)
6. Drizzle strawberry puree over drink, and watch the trippy booze waves
7. Serve & enjoy summer vibes wherever it takes you…

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Pat O’Connell on a Catalina Island Slab. Photo: Art Brewer