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February 19th, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

That’s What He Said: Best of Product Reviews

What do you get when you mix a stunning sense of style, with a shocking sense of humor? A SWELL customer of course. Here’s some standout product reviews from one funny LRG fan this week:

lrg pants

No… Thank YOU Capt. Mateo M.D

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Boat Capt. & Doctor?! Sounds like you’re anything but a “normal human being” haha

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February 15th, 2013 | By | 1,153 Comments

Coachella Lineup Countdown: White Arrows

It’s the v-day edition of your band checklist, so psyche out to a solid LA band that will rock your chonies off.
White arrows band

Genre: Psycho-tropical and impressionistic soundscapes of many dreamy genres
Band Members: Mickey Church: Vocals, Frontman
Henry Church: Drums
J.P. Caballero: Guitar
Andrew Naeve: Keyboards and beats
Steven Vernet: Bass

Self Proclaimed: “We like it to be a total sensory overload, a lot of projections, a lot of strobes, haze and fog. Like a complete sensory takeover. We like people, for that hour, to have a complete uninterrupted experience and whatever happens, happens. Just to be in the moment.”

Latest album: Dry Land Is Not A Myth (2012)
Random facts:Mickey Church was born legally blind, but his vision was righted at age 11yrs. He then created his own college major at NYU about this phenom.

They do a buncha free shows up the Ca coast and yonder. follow the boys here

Must Hear Track: Get Gone


White Arrows Style: Hula shirts, Cat-eye sunnies, cloth snap-backs and retro boardies

February 13th, 2013 | By | 2,314 Comments

Making of: Rareform Recycled Boardbags

Freeway Billboards cover every mile of  Southern California, so why don’t we upcycle these  massive sheets of useful plastic?
Rareform Boardbags
Billabong converts millions of plastic bottles into recycler series boardshorts, so Rareform ran the with concept to resuse plastics into “bill-board-bags” and as much surf gear as possible.

Co-Founder of Rareform, Alec Avedissian walks us through the innovation process

rareform billboard Boardbags
1. Sourcing:
 Billboards are actually made from heavy-duty vinyl to withstand weather and roadside elements.  They have the ideal protective UV coating for your board,  and colorful pop with designs and patterns.

rareform billboard Boardbags
2. Saving
After the relatively short life as a billboard, thousands of sq. feet of heavy vinyl is bound for the landfill. That’s where Rareform intercepts the material for reuse.

rareform billboard Boardbags
3. Designing:
The team at Rareform collects the billboard waste, washes them, and cuts out rad designs for 100% unique patterns. Tha’s right, no two boardbags look the same!

4. Sewing:
The bags are hand sewn in Ventura, Ca to fit most shortboards, fun shapes, SUP paddles and change mats/wetsuit bags.

They’re tricked-out with:
-#10 Heavy duty, corrosion resistant zippers
-Removable/adjustable shoulder strap
-1/4″ Foam padding
-Board bag hanger hook
-UV/heat/water/mildew resistant tarpaulin

5. Surfing!
Boast the best gear with function fashion and eco-upcycling on your next day drip or global surf get away.

Check out the Reform line at SWELL

The Story Behind the Billboard Bags:

On an extended surf trip to El Salvador, Rareform founder Alec Avedissian spent some time volunteering in a small fishing village. There he helped locals repair their roofs using the re-purposed material from old billboards. This material, both waterproof and incredibly durable, protected families against the harsh coastal elements. This however was not the case back home. When Alex returned to the States he learned that all this great vinyl material was going straight to the landfills.

February 8th, 2013 | By | 92 Comments

Jack Freestone’s Billabong x Stab Boardies

The R&D team at Billabong is doing something right with their team riders taking home two world titles in 2012. After winning the world pro junior title, Jack Freestone has now begun his run at qualifying for the mens world tour, traveling the planet with new signature boardshorts.

See more and watch the making-of video here




Enjoy the mixed bag of beats that gets Jack psyched before he shreds up a storms at D-Bah

Follow @JackFreestone on instagram and enjoy as he chases waves and women around the world.

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