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January 23rd, 2013 | By | 3,239 Comments

Spencer Pirdy’s Mavs Adventure

After making headlines at The Wedge in 2012, Billabong charger Spencer Pirdy started 2013 by tackling some bombs in Nor Cal. We caught up with the Newport Beach local to see how he pulled it.

Describe the vibe and conditions at Mavs during the session?
SP: Well, your dealing with gigantic fast moving masses of water that can end you whenever they want, so for the most part everyone has their guard up. In my case, I’m pretty nervous because I’m a rookie out there, but at the same time everyone is very welcoming and talkative. That’s part of what I love so much about big wave surfing is the camaraderie and stoke that everyone shares through these sessions. We all want to catch big waves, but the overriding goal is to always make it back to the beach at the end of the day.

Its been a minute in between big swells this winter, how do you stay prepped for those massive paddle sessions?
SP: My brother Travis is a personal trainer, runs South Swell Athletics and he really knows how to whip me and my friends into shape. We do crossfit style workouts but very rarely use weight, because we are surfers first and foremost. I also try to run and swim a few times a week, do some paddles, stretch and eat as healthy as I can. The best training is being present for these sessions and getting more experience under my belt even if I’m not catching waves. Just being out there and feeling the raw power firsthand is great preparation.

OB has been a standout spot this season. How was it out there?
SP: That first trip around New Years was my first time out there and to be honest I was completely blown away. It’s like Puerto Escondido but with freezing water, sharks and no harbor to paddle out through when it’s macking. I have so much respect for the locals in SF and at the surrounding towns who surf out there all winter long. It is undoubtedly one of the most challenging places I have ever surfed and you can get the best wave of your life if you’re in the right spot and survive the paddle out/ beatings. This past weekend was amazing too, but we stayed around Mavericks the whole time. Just look at what happened to Snips for evidence of how heavy it is out there.

Any random happs in San Francisco during that detour?
SP: We got to enjoy some great food spots in the city as well as a bit of sight seeing. New Years Eve was great under the Golden Gate Bridge and hanging with the Zoller brothers, Daniel Shea and Jared Cassidy. I am in love with that city plain and simple. Everything from the food joints and the people to the waves and the weather, there’s always something going on in that city.

What’s you’re essential gear and clothes that you bring along on these classic Ca road trips?
SP: I wear a lot of Billabong’s fleece shirts and jackets up there to keep nice and cozy. All of their jackets are optimal for whatever weather conditions you might run into even though we lucked out and got gorgeous weather and great surf. As far as suits I would recommend a nice 4 mil SGX with a hood and some 4 mil booties, that’ll keep you perfectly heated.

Spencer pirdy

Psyched on the cruisey tunes in the edit. What’s playing in your car at the moment to get you pumped for those bombs?
SP: Yeah, Daniel Shea is the mastermind behind the edit and music and I love that he threw in Devo. To be honest I am not much of a fan of today’s music. I love bands like the Clash, the Rolling Stones and love 70’s and 80’s music. I know it sounds cheesy but I like music that makes me feel good, especially before a big wave session. I want to be in the right frame of mind and a lot of that has to do with me having a smile on my face and good vibes running through my veins.

Any more travels on your radar in 2013?
SP: I’m very busy with school and work right now, but I want to try to make it back up for a few more sessions in SF before the winters done. This summer I definitely want to head back to Puerto Escondido. If I had it my way I’d love to spend the winters in San Fran and the summers in Puerto Escondido….one can only dream!

Post Wedge Shaka. Photo: Parkin

Post Wedge Shaka. Photo: Parkin


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January 21st, 2013 | By | 3,784 Comments

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to show off your love for all the sun, surf and style in #TheSwellLife Instagram feed. Use the hashtag and mention @SWELLDOTCOM to join the freshest album of SWELL lovers on the social web. We’ll be picking standout styles to feature in our style guides, so get funky with those filters and show off your SWELL steeze.

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January 17th, 2013 | By | 4,718 Comments

Surfing Winter Swells Up North

With meager waves on tap on the California coast this winter it takes a real frother to track down the fickle swells squeaking past the island shadows. So SWELL copywriter Nate Zoller and brother Issac headed north in search of open water swells above point conception.

Video By LEAF, now available on SWELL

“Even though it was firing, I was the only guy out at some spots and the water was soo damn cold, it took all day to warm up. If it wasn’t for my new Matuse wetsuit, I wouldn’t have surfed as much” Says Nate

SWELL is stoked to have Nate Dog working here everyday, but we’ve accepted the inevitability that he’ll soon buy a one way ticket to some firing island chain. Its quite obvious in these photos that he can’t stay put.

Nate is a proud ambassador of LEAF clothing, made for coastal vagabonds like him. Get with LEAF

January 16th, 2013 | By | 120 Comments

Steve Sherman Talk Story Tonight

High-profile portrait surf photographer and all-around interesting human being, Steve Sherman has epic stories to share about world title races from Parko to Kelly, Mick and A.I. Get the behind the scenes scoop with Sherm himself tonight Jan 16 at the Privateer in Oceanside, Ca.

The Senior Staff Photographer at Surfing Magazine will be talking story over some pizza and beer, and sharing never before seen photos of Parko’s dramatic campaign to become a world champion. Open to the public. Directions here.

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They include: Brixton Hats, V.S.T.R apparel, and Stance Socks