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November 2nd, 2012 | By | 402 Comments

Movember 2012: Save – Share – Support

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October 26th, 2012 | By | 1,263 Comments

Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Dudes

Are you the guy digging through his closet on Halloween Eve, praying for some miracle costume to appear? Well here’s a couple ideas to pull off some fringe favorites of the surfing world.

1. From the semi-satirical cult classic North Shore, a Lance Burkhart aka Laird Hamilton costume is a perfect excuse to bust out the body paint and flash your abs this Halloween. Grab a pair of vintage surf trunks from Lightening Bolt, head down to the costume store for a colored make-up kit, then strut around the party like a jock throwing out lines like “You just have a single fin mentality”

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2. Everyone has a hula shirt, which makes you a brimmed Brixton hat and some cat-eye Raens short of a Mister Senor Daddy Love costume from Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. You heard his voice-over in the Lost Atlas surf movie, and there’s no better way to drop some love lines on the ladies than to dress like DJ Samuel Jackson.

*Warning: We do not condone black-facing

3. Ya it’s nerdy as hell, but here’s a quick easy Halloween costume idea from the Big Bang Theory. Throw on an AMES bro shirt with a long sleeve undershirt, act completely OCD like Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

The Man Bot tee and other staple graphics by the Ames Bros have been spotted on legit celebs like John Mayer, Weezer, Leo DiCaprio, and those dudes from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Ames Bros aren’t just tee-shirt junkies, they’re renowned album cover/poster artists for bands like The Black Keys, Muse, Pearl Jam, and Linkin Park.

4. Jack O’Neill is gnarlier than any poofter pirate to ever sport an eye patch. Jack lost his eye while inventing the surfboard leash in the slabby seas of nor-cal. This trucker hat actually includes a wearable eye patch, and the other O’Neill gear has no frills function for any adventure.

So boot that tired old pirate costume and get legit with O’Neill

October 24th, 2012 | By | 2,275 Comments

Boardshort Build-Off: A Poolside Love Affair

Surfing’s best boardshort builders were challenged by Stab Magazine to curate a one-of-a-kind surf trunk with the purest form of passion and performance. Themed after Poolside with Slim Aarons, the boardshort was to embody a digest of Mediterranean jet-setters from the mid 20th century.

A short film contest was created to capture the true values of the surf industry, which is, of course… finding beautiful women and exotic destinations.

With the bragging rights for “World’s Best Surf Trunks” and a Stab Mag cover-shot at stake, heavy hitting surf manufacturers called upon their best designers to dream up the ultimate one-off style. Beau Campi of Burleigh Heads, QLD designed the trunks for Billabong, and his classic aussie demeanor has sent many maidens swooning into poolside love affairs.


October 19th, 2012 | By | 1,134 Comments

SWELL x Follow the Light Catalog 2012

Presenting the 3rd Annual Follow the Light Foundation Issue – a special edition SWELL catalog, featuring photography from the 2012 Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) finalists, including a cover shot from this year’s winner: Shawn Parkin.

Since the beginning, we been privileged to feature some of surfing’s most innovative photographers, who have helped to progress and document the sport and lifestyle that we all share a passion for: surfing. Past winners include Chris Burkard, Mathew Clark, Todd Glasser, Morgan Maassen and Duncan Macfarlane. All have gone on to publish their work in major surf media outlets.

Honoring the legacy of one of surfing’s most influential figures, Larry “Flame” Moore, the Follow the Light Foundation was founded in 2006 to help finance the dreams of surf photographers, continuing to push the sport and its lensmen forward. As the Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for 30 years, he left behind a legacy of brilliant photography and an army of photographers trained by him.

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Shawn Parkin with his first cover-shot; Shawn hoists his $5K Grant

Celebrating its 7th year running, the FTLF Grant continues act as a catalyst for inspiration, setting a new standard, pushing the boundaries of surf photography, and showcasing the top rising talent. SWELL is honored to be a sponsor of the Follow the Light Foundation – to be able to give back to the creative minds that have given so much to progress the sport.

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