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February 19th, 2015 | By | 21 Comments

Holy Ship 2015 Cut Snake Survival Guide Paul Fisher Shares His Cheeky Guide to Raging Right on his Floating Festival

Our favorite spinning surf turkeys are on tour in the Caribbean dropping beats for the Holy Shippers, and they have a few tricks for keeping the party alive. Paul Fisher and Leigh Sedley just might have heat stroke, so take “advice” with a pound of salt.

Follow the boys on insta for the Holy Ship shenanigans at @Cutsnake

“Everyone takes sunscreen to the Bahamas, so the customs agent won’t have a clue when ya empty out 5 of them and fill em with your favourite booze!!!” (more…)

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February 19th, 2015 | By | 86 Comments

KR3W Rights Refused: Charles Peterson A Short Film by Riley Blakeway

Our good mate Riley Blakeway just released an insane video about acclaimed Kurt Cobain photographer Charles Peterson. His KR3W Rights Refused rockumentary delivers an introspective video that serves as a preview of the collaboration as well as an introduction to Peterson and his scope of work. (more…)

February 3rd, 2015 | By | 115 Comments

Photo Tip: Using iPhone Ollo Lenses Elevate Your iPhone Picture Game with 5 Basics Tricks to Use Clip-On Lenses


New to the SWELL Surf Shop, Ollo Lenses lets your phone capture museum worthy shots. Friend of SWELL Chris Burkard swears by the clip-on lenses, so maybe you’ll also get half a million instagram followers with Ollo clip-on Lenses

1. Focus on what’s important with the Fisheye lens.
Before shooting with a fisheye lens, determine the most important elements in your composition (placement or arrangement of visual elements). The subject you focus on will be sharp and clear but peripheral elements that are away from the center of the picture will have a characteristic fisheye stretch. Background elements are generally secondary when using this lens, so your foreground subjects must be able to carry the composition and provide power to the image.

2. Keep the foreground free. (more…)

February 2nd, 2015 | By | 458 Comments

Meet Your Maker: Katin See How Katin's Custom Surf Styles are Made - From The Sketchbook To SWELL


Ask any surfer what the name ‘Katin’ means to them and they’ll claim the K-man invented boardshorts in the 1950’s and started the renowned surf competition, the Katin Classic Pro/Am. These pioneers were born in Surfside, CA and in an era of out-sourcing, still keep their production at home in SoCal. Given their commitment to quality, American-made goods, we’re stoked to feature Katin in SWELL’s Locals Only collection.

Take a tour of the Katin USA design and production headquarters with Justin Rogina (left) and Mac Beu —  (more…)