September 4th, 2015
Mowgli Surf Team riders Christian Franzen, Noah Foskett, and Shea Porter hit up the Santa Ana Riverbed in Fountain Valley. They swear there’s no better place to work on your street surfing then those high concrete banks. Photographer Jessica Stopnik was there to capture some shots.
Here’s some tips the Mowgli groms provided for you aspiring river-rats.
1. Tricks to practice: wall-rides, tail-slides, gap jumping
2. Wear gloves to throw super stylish laybacks w/o shredding your palms
3. When bombing a bank make sure you are ready to commit. There’s nothing worse then breaking your arm because you bailed.
4. Wash roadrash thoroughly, You’re pretty much shredding in a toilet
5. Concrete banks are like big waves. Style counts!
6. Do not go riverbeds when its raining unless you want to die.
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Roark has surfaced again. A package with postcard and a few Bintangs showed up at our Swell office last week. Correspondence reads: “The trip was long. It was religious without following, sacrificial without loss, and by the time it was over, it was 8-10 feet again.”
It appears Roark has been meandering throughout Indonesia, breaking through the disorientation of Kuta, exploring outer atolls, foreign states of mind and frivolous amounts of Bintang. The Volume 4 “Bali High” collection features sweaty, jungle-tarnished garments and new trinkets that could only fall out of Roark’s pocket.
Dive into the season’s first shipment of Roark’s new styles.
“When shooting surfing, try not to get stuck in one style like only trying to get crisp clean shots. Sometimes blurry shots can look way more interesting if done correctly. For the shot of Nate Zoller I closed my aperture down to I think like F. 18 and slowed my shutter speed down to something like a tenth of a second and then followed Nate as he rode the wave to keep him in focus but to allow the wave to appear like it was moving.” -Jason Naudé
Who’s best dressed and life of the party…SWELL customers of course. These guys are gearing up for spring weather and dropping words to the wise in a couple standout product reviews that had us rolling.
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