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October 11th, 2013 | By | 1,164 Comments

Roadtripping | Hollister Ranch The ins-and-outs of scoring rights-and-lefts on California's Central Coast

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30 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara is Gaviota Campground, the base camp for south swell surgical strikes.  Santa Barbara locals are very proprietary about the fickle surf that squeaks through the Channel Islands, so keep a low-profile and take a free lesson from the SWELL team. (more…)

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June 6th, 2013 | By | 2,800 Comments

Photo Tip

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Photo Tip of the Week from SWELL Photographer, Jeff Sipper:
[On choosing the best camera] “Any camera these days will do a decent job. Any entry level DSLR has more power in it than some of the pro model cameras from a few years ago. Technology always trickles down. But, remember, it’s not the camera that takes good pictures, it’s the photographer.”

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April 4th, 2013 | By | 1,427 Comments

Surfing Power Couple: Ola & MBW

She’s The Face of Roxy Surfing, and he’s perfect-10 scoring Triple Crown contender. Ola Elogram and Monyca Bryne Wickey are engaged and continue to make the Hana Coast of Maui proud.

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The two grew up next door to each other and started dating 8 years ago when both of their pro surfing careers took off. They train, travel, and can be seen partying with fellow power couple Laura Enever & Granger Larsen. Follow the soon to be married Hawaiians @MonycaBW @OlaEleogram

Monyca is a fitness and fashion guru for Roxy’s web series and is credited for progressing womens surfing in the film Leave A Message

See all the Roxy Styles from MBW and her bestie Kelia Moniz’s trip here

Ola is a WQS journey-man touring mostly sponsorless, but is known to ride SUPERbrand boards in mental edits like this.

March 26th, 2013 | By | 2,227 Comments

Coachella Lineup Countdown: The Neighbourhood

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When The Neighbourhood released their first hit “Female Robbery”  no traces of them could be found online,  no photos, no biographical info or backstory of this mysterious and amazing band.  They only had vocals and a twisted music video as proof.


Jesse Rutherford – Singer. Jeremy Freedman – Guitar. Zach Abels – Guitar. Mikey Margott – Bass. Bryan Sammis – Drums

With tattoos, leather jackets and white tees, these five guys are bringing back a greaser meets British punk look we know we’ve missed. Front man, Jesse Rutherford, wears funky shades, can be found with a toothpick in the corner of his mouth, and just so happens to be a former underground hip-hop artist.  But Fo Real?!

Fan Style Tagged #TheNeighbourhood

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Despite the British spelling of the band’s name, all five guys hail from super suburbia Newbury Park (about 30 minutes north of LA) and have a special bond that growing up together will create.  They’ve only been around since early 2012 but have more than a talent scouts favorite word; “promise.” See them live at the Empire Polo Field at Coachella 2013. Or if you aren’t one of the lucky thousands that are going to Coachella, check them out at the infamous El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on April 16th. You’ll be entranced by their sound that has a mix atmospheric indie rock, electronica, hip-hop beats and pop-like/R&B-ish vocals.

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Every once in a while a new band comes along and you’re pleasantly surprised by their ability to be unique and enthralling in a world where it’s so easy to sound like that other guy. I personally know I’m hooked when I find myself looking for a date of when I can be submerged into their live sound and all before they become too mainstream. I then continue to look through their website, prowl their twitter and instagram and all while I’m listening/watching every video on their YouTube channel. I’m hooked like a teenage girl with a high school crush and clearly borderline a stalker.

The Neighbourhood just happens to be my newest victim.