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February 11th, 2013 | By | 2,877 Comments

Photo Tip of the Week…

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Photo Tip Of The Week from SWELL photographer, Jeff Sipper:
“Photography is all about light, find the good light and go.”

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August 9th, 2012 | By | 3,026 Comments

Outside Lands Palylist + Join In.

For those of you still stuck in your Coachella bubble: The following may not be suitable for those who fear the unconstitutionality of music not necessarily played on KIIS FM. The countdown officially begins to Outside Lands 2012 and we’re only hours away! (We meaning you, or those that are going. Not meaning me, who is sadly not going, and will be working inside the confines of her cubicle.)

The art and music festival begins this Friday and lasts three glorious days in the Golden State Park of San Francisco. Not ONLY is it just oh-so-fabulously-amazingly going on its 5th year, but the minds behind the madness haven’t lost their original eco-friendly initiatives. Eco Lands is the name and sustainability is its game. Serving as an educational forum, Eco Lands’ efforts include an alternative and solar powered stage, urban gardening workshops for all, a farmer’s market and a recycling store.

If you just so happened to bike your way up the California coast, no fear! Your two wheels have a happy home at the Levi’s bike valet. What makes this all dear and special to our heart here at SWELL, is our (not-so-coincidentally-timed) Saturday Ocean Beach clean-up with San Fransisco Surfrider! This is a serious win-win situation, wouldn’t you say?! Just one more good excuse to find yourself in SF over the weekend.

For all of those in my boat, which I’m hoping is a very, very large boat, like Moses and the Ark style, I’ve compiled a little playlist for you to enjoy above. Just close your eyes and imagine you’re there! … haha I’m just kidding! That never works! But at least you have something nice to listen to while you go on that run tonight. Riiiiiight? – Chanel

January 25th, 2012 | By | 4,959 Comments

Sarah Burke – Skiing Loses Icon at age 29

Just last week, on January 19, 2012, the freestyle skiing industry lost icon Sarah Burke. Sarah was a free skiing pioneer as well as a six-time X Games gold medalist.

The accident happened during a training session in Utah. During a routine trick, Sarah landed on her feet, then fell shortly after which caused the impact to the head. Official reports said the cause of death was a severed neck artery which led into a heart attack, stopping blood flow to the brain and causing irreversible damage. Because of the nature of the fall, experts say that not even better protection gear would have changed the outcome.

Sarah grew up in Midland, Ontario Canada and started skiing with her family at the young age of 5 years old. When she was old enough she pursued skiing passionately at local resorts every day as an after school activity. Shortly after she joined a Freestyle club and traveled to several events and competitions. Soon enough, all the hard work had paid off and Sarah became part of an official Ontario team. This of course led into milestones in her career such as gold medals in the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, as well as the X Games between 2007 and 2011.

Sarah was expected to be one of the main contenders at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. When that time comes, every ski athlete from every country will acknowledge and give thanks to her for bringing worldwide recognition to the freestyle skiing industry. Without her, free skiing would not be included in the Olympics today.

Because of terms within the insurance policy, sanctions, and sponsorship involvement during the accident, Burke was not covered for her medical expenses. If you would like to help the family please click here to donate. Sarah is survived by parents Gordon and Jan, sister Anna, and husband Rory.

December 27th, 2011 | By | 8,259 Comments

RIP Sean Collins – Surfline Chief Forecaster Passes Away at Age 59

We would like to thank Sean Collins for all of his contributions to the sport of surfing. He is a legend and will be greatly missed. SWELL sends our best to his family, friends and coworkers at Surfline.