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September 13th, 2012 | By | 710 Comments

SWELL is with LEAF

LEAF is a hand crafted company spawned by a buncha hard charging hooligans with a knack for art, surf and music. These local legends from South Laguna Beach have been releasing incredible indie action-sports productions for over a decade.

SWELL was stoked they came aboard to share their artsy apparel on the site, and we recently took part in an impromptu LEAF costume/surf contest to celebrate. We grabbed some tall cans and tambourines and caught up with chief LEAF lensman Isaac Zoller.

Sunday Aug 4, 2012. 9th Street Beach
Waves: Chest High Shorebreak. Beer: Warm Bud. Wear: Leaf Shirt & Sombrero
Issac plops down in the sand after just buckling a soft-top

SWELL: Who are all these humans behind LEAF?

LEAF: There are many humans behind LEAF, but the most important people are the extraordinary musicians, artists and athletes we try to capture through our photography and film. LEAF routinely collaborates and tours with close friends from the bands The Growlers, Ty Segall, and Le Blorr.

SWELL: What does the name LEAF stand for?

LEAF: We stole the idea from a tree. It’s actually just a word we chose because we liked the shape.

SWELL: If you could give any advice to LEAF purchasers, what would it be?

LEAF: We really aren’t the people you want to ask for advice but Abraham Lincoln once said “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”

SWELL: Describe a typical Sunday afternoon for the LEAF family?

LEAF: Nursing hangovers and working on new designs. Sunday is the new Monday … : )

SWELL: How are the LEAF products made?

LEAF: All LEAF garments are hand made with tender love and care just up the street in the garage of the LEAF HQ Cabin

SWELL: What other places on earth does the LEAF company exist?

LEAF: LEAF lives in Mexico, Japan and the US of A, but now LEAF is available worldwide thanks to Swelly Bob Thorton.

SWELL: Always stoked to support core fellas like yourselves. What’s next for LEAF?

LEAF: The release of our new line, a surf trip to Mexico and a few live music documentations, along with the usual art shows and LEAF parties.

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September 11th, 2012 | By | 824 Comments

SurfAid -Support in Style

In 1999, physician and surfer Dr Dave Jenkins went on a surf charter to the Mentawai Islands with one goal in mind: to find perfect waves. The surf at Lance’s Right proved to be everything he hoped for but he was also struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands.

Today SurfAid includes a strong network of surfers, celebrities and global ambassadors actively empowering the Indo islanders to protect themselves from famine, floods, and become economic sustainable. And now you can support SurfAid with their iconic tee styles at SWELL

To give back to the place where sooo many surfers have scored the waves of their careers, companies like Billabong and Quiksilver have each committed over $100,000 to SurfAid for preparation to emergencies facing the Mentawai villagers. When the devastating tsunami hit in 2010, the villagers did not wait around for hand-outs, instead they addressed the horrific problems themselves, and have completed the major recovery projects with the help of SurfAid.

Surfaid International is now an iconic legacy in the surfing community, and their clothing line is a reflection of the vision it took to do the greater good while charging the world’s best reefs. Join Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons, Jack Johnson, Occy, Parko, Taj and more in supporting the cause by merely sporting a SurfAid tee

September 7th, 2012 | By | 4,845 Comments

Art Walk Laguna Beach -Billabong Featured Artist

Laguna Beach has a history of producing surf pioneers and core companies who can claim their products are “Made for surfers, by surfers.” Dustin Pettit is a Billabong’s boardshort designer, surfer, artist and Laguna Beach native. His art was on display at Second Reef Surfshop, a legendary haven for local surfers, and named after the local reef that is home to the oldest surf contest in the USA.

The party went down during Laguna Art Walk, when every first Thursday of the month the art community comes alive with a soulful exhibits and open bars at every door. The coldies flowed well into the evening as the crew enjoy the sounds of Leslie Lowe, until the crowd migrated to the infamous Sandpiper Lounge aka “The Dirty Bird.” So if your ever passing through Laguna-town, stop into Second Reef Surf Shop on Thalia and PCH, say what-up to Bradley and tell them SWELL sent ya.

Dustin Pettit’s art portrays his vivid, colorful, and somewhat vulgar eye. His raw, energetic and spicy approach to art is only surpassed by his radical surfing that he’s polished in the break just down from Second Reef.

His boardshort designs are influenced by the trinkets he’s collected along his many surf trips. Here you see the progression of a boardshort design made from woven bracelets picked up in Mexico.

See the surf inspired boardshorts from Billabong here

September 5th, 2012 | By | 1,086 Comments

Quiksilver x NFL Boardshorts

Kick off the season in style with performance apparel from your favorite NFL team. Football is a messy sport whether you’re playing, tailgating, or just eating wings on the couch. Now Quiksilver boardshorts are here to get crazy for your team without stressing about stains.

nfl quiksilver boardshorts

All NFL collection boardshorts feature:
-Diamond Dobby performance stretch
-Rash resistant Lycra at front rise
-Embroidered team logo at pocket

But these boardshorts aren’t just for Tebowing and beer showers, they’re meant for hard charging that would flat-back Brian Urlacher. Watch as Reef Mcintosh and Mark Healey put em to the test at pipe.