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August 30th, 2013 | By | 308 Comments

Road Tripping | Big Sur Bound


On one of the few straight aways on the road to Big Sur’s rocky coastline, you jog your memory for any forgotten goods for that perfect weekend camping trip. The 90 mi stretch of Ca coast boasts psychedelically scenery that has inspired people to dedicate their lives to roaming along the forest fortified beaches naked, seriously.

Oh, and did we mention the waves are pretty nuts too? We hit the road with SWELL contributing photographer Shawn Parkin for a dude cruise to capture the essence of Big Sur.

Dont forget to pack like a pro, with the best camp vibe inspired apparel from HippyTree, Sanuk, Billabong, Electric and Surfrider. Scope the entire Big Sur Bound Collection



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August 28th, 2013 | By | 30 Comments

Raglan | Surf & Style

In honor of the shirt style that shares a name with the famous New Zealand surf spot, SWELL buyer Morgan looks back on his trip to the Raglan Region as part of a lifeguard exchange program.

Drop into the season of sleeves with new raglan sleeve shirts at SWELL.


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)


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