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April 9th, 2013 | By | 321 Comments

Colorado River Paddle Adventure

To truly practice what we preach here at SWELL, our gear buyer Morgan, Dave from Marketing, and local surfer babe Jess demo’d the new quiver of Riviera Stand Up Paddle Boards on a 24 mile river paddle from Needles Ca, to Lake Havasu Az.

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The journey took us through the Topock Gorge with little shelter or refuge, so selecting the right gear was crucial for success. Elements such as strong headwinds, 95 degree temps, cramping, and rashing were the primary challenges to combat.

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Distance Paddle Survival Kit:
Voyager by Riviera -Entry Level hull template for entry level distance paddling
Dakine Cyclone Wet/Dry Bag -Submersible, floating, Roll Top Access
Electric Sunglasses - Polarized eye proection from glare and wind
Watershot Housing for iPhone -Waterproof, Shock Resistant, 3 usable buttons
RipCurl Wettie Hooded Surf Top -30+ UPF protection, rash, quick dry, Rash free seams and fabric
Headhunter -Rash Guard Gel and Clear Face Stick
Eco Sunscreen 30 SPF -Full coverage and water resistant lotion for body.
Mophie Juicepack -Extra battery life for emergency cell use
4-Way Stretch Boardshorts from Volcom and VSTR
Bikini Bottom By Acacia, Top by Tori Praver
Water bottle and towel from Surfrider Foundation

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9am departure from Needles Marina: Finding the current, but respecting the boating lanes.

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Boaters appreciated our humor, rewarding us with coldies and a friendly flash or two. @SWELLDOTCOM

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Lightening our load and flipping out at Topock Bridge, halfway to Havasu

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Nobody got sunburned or rashes thanks to SWELL sun protection

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9 hrs and 24 miles later, we arrive in Havasu still feeling fresh thanks to the Voyager by Riviera. It stayed stable through hundreds of passing boat wakes. The hull sliced across troughs, and kept a steady forward inertia. Check out all 5 new SUP models here.

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April 5th, 2013 | By | 2,407 Comments

BoardShort Guide for Any Ride

Finding the right pair of trunks is like picking the perfect golf club, you have to know how hard you wanna hit it. Well, here’s your guide to unwind according to SWELL fans across the world.

Pick and click the length that suits your next beach day.
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April 2nd, 2013 | By | 1,758 Comments

Surfers Do The Harlem Shake

As the Harlem Shake obsession winds down with over 9 million seizure inducing Youtube videos produced, we’re taking one last look at surfers who swallowed their pride to spastically shook their stuff.


Team Oakley has some of the best personalities on tour with Seabass, Jordy and J-Dub. So the boys got loose for this rowdy rendition at their annual BBQ during the Quiky Pro on the Goldy. See who else you can spot in the Oakley party pad.
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March 29th, 2013 | By | 516 Comments

Hula Hats: New Snap Back Styles

We’ve got stacks of new Hula Hats. They’re a summer essential for beach days and weekend festivals. Get yours here. Aloha!!

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