The North Shore of Oahu is famous for its incredible five-month winter. The “Seven Mile Miracle,” as the surf media has dubbed it, consistently produces Northern Hemisphere swells both large and raw. Our boy Nate left SWELL to tackle a late season pipe session, LEAF got the footage.
Shooting The North Shore with Nate Zoller and Jason Naude Billabong Photog and Laguna Ripper Talk about Shooting Film and Tubes in Hawaii
Be the envy of every guy on the block by converting your garage into a fully functional shaping bay. Friend of SWELL, Andrew formed his own surfboard label by building and glassing boards for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how he began the hobby that makes him part of the salty society of DIY shapers.
The Shaping Block is the centerpiece of your shaping bay. Like a saw horse, you can improvise a number of set ups. Andrew constructed his with mobility in mind to roll in and out as needed
Materials: 2 alloy wheels from an old dually truck (or 2, 5-gallon buckets)
1 bag of quikcrete
Wood: 4″x4″ 3 feet long (2ct)
2×4″ 26 inches long (4ct)
2×4″ 6 inches long (4ct)
-Cement in the 4×4 into the bucket and screw two 2×4 to the sides. The top should be just below waist high.
-Screw 6″ blocks to the top creating an even (use a level) surface to rest a board, then staple carpet in the u-shaped saddle to protect your blanks from rail dings.
The next step is creating an organized set-up for your shelves and lighting. Adjustable back lit lighting is crucial for seeing curvatures and shadows in the shaping process. Here’s a quick tutorial on basic shelves and lighting.
We Need you to show up and blow up to save the Yosemite of Surfing next Wednesday for the next hearing for the TCA’s attempt to pave your wave.
Urge Regional Water Board to Deny Toll Road Permit
We need your help! The TCA is trying to build the first 5 mile segment of the 241 toll road. Many of you have sent letters to the Regional Water Board asking them to deny this foolhardy project. Next Wednesday the Regional Board will have a meeting to decide that permit and we need you there!
If you live in Southern California, come to the water board hearing next Wednesday, March 13th, at 9:00 a.m. and speak out against the toll road. The hearing will be held at
March 13th, 9:00 AM
Costa Mesa City Council Chambers
77 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
You don’t need to speak (unless you want to) but a strong show of support will go a long way.
Who doesnt love hula Fridays? Its an excuse for casual cruising and starting happy hour a little bit early. Top surf brands like Vans, Neff, and Vanguard stepped up their spring styles incorporating tons of tropical twists and palm prints
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