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October 24th, 2012 | By | 2,302 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.


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October 19th, 2012 | By | 1,146 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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October 16th, 2012 | By | 1,482 Comments

Stance -Uncommon Styles Afoot

The action sports world runs on functionality and style, yet in the sock department we’ve long been prisoners to those tired old tube-socks.  In just 2 years Stance has reinvented street socks with modern art, technology, and by assembling a core collection of action sports icons young and old.

From Duane “The Master of Disaster” Peters to Lizard King to 4th generation ripper Greyson Fletcher, Team Stance is a wrecking crew of unparalleled skate talent and personalities. They hit the road to test their signature socks with features like gripper cushion sole padding enabling the boys to even skate the pool without shoes (4:30). Enjoy the antics…

The Stance Surf Team is equally radical, turning skate expression into surf progression. Led by World Title contender John John Florence, radical designs and outlines were contributed by the next generation of these underground idols and anti-heroes.

Stance socks feature:
+ Moisture and Odor Controlling Mesh vents
+ Russ Pope Paintings
+ Left Right specific toe shape (ON performance styles)
+ Gripper cushion pads, locking foot in place
+ Elastic arch support
+ Seamless toe closure
+ Deep heel pocket
+ Self adjusting welt cuff
+ Signature Team Rider Logo
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October 12th, 2012 | By | 4,085 Comments

#StokesMe -Surfers Helping Humans

You can only catch so many waves until the surf gods decide you need to share with others, and there no better way to share the feeling than stoking out humans in need of special care. It’s been medically proven that surfing is a therapeutic  activity unlike any other, improving metal and physical condition of those with Autism, Cystic Fibrosis and more. #StokeMe raises funds and awareness to 10 causes that surfers can easily support.  It is the SIMA cause formally known as the Humanitarian Fund.

Champions of the causes include Kala Alexander, Nick Hernandez of Common Sense, surf companies like Billabong, Surfline, Ocean Minded, Volcom and Nixon. The goal is to raise $250,000 for the 10 beneficiaries (below), and to raise awareness through the power of social media with #StokesMe on Twiiter, Instagram and Facebook. Hashtag #StokesMe to spread the good vibes and share what psyches you up like surfing, skiing or just smiling.  Join the SWELL team with a any size donation, and put a smile on someone who needs it.

The #StokesMe campaign benefits 10 different charities that any human can relate to.  Lean more  about the causes, and help reach the goals to provide the needed assistance on the SWELL fundraising page. Can’t afford it? Share your stoke with friends to get the good word out with #stokesme on your social media. See what’s trending on the #stokesme twitter thread.

Support in style. Your donations get you rad swag that everyone in the surf industry knows and respects.

What Stokes You?

$10 or more: Stokes Me Sticker
$40 or more: Stokes Me Hat & Sticker
$75 or more: Stokes Me T-shirt, Hat & Sticker

 

Check out the unqiue care that each of the ten beneficiaries provides:

Waves for Water Waves for Water’s mission is to provide clean drinking water for everyone who needs it. Led by Hurley, traveling surfers provide locals water filters and educate them about sourcing clean water.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Best Day Foundation Best Day Foundation helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports,

Surfers Healing Surfer’s Healing provides the unique and therapeutic experience of surfing to children facing autism at no charge to the families. The foundation has increased autism awareness from their great events and media attention.

SurfAid SurfAid International’s mission is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

 

Keep A Breast The Keep A Breast mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.

Life Rolls On Life Rolls On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports to demonstrate the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

Stoked Mentoring Stoked Mentoring’s mission is to promote personal development, academic achievement and healthy living to under-served youth through action sports culture.

Outdoor Outreach Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego-based organization with a mission to empower at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming.

Jimmy Miller Foundation The JMMF provides free Ocean Therapy to the United States Marine Corps. Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, as well as the Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital and youth from several care and shelter facilities for abused and foster children.