Before there was a Banksy or a Shepard Fairey there was Barry “Twist” McGee, who’s critically acclaimed “graffiti” is credited with legitimizing the street art genre. While his immensely popular works now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, this former b-boy remains incredibly private and aloof. Lucky for us Swindle was able to rattle his cage for one of the most in-depth interviews he’s done in over a decade.Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
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For everyone who bitches that the surf industry is run by kooks who don’t surf, come on over to our house. Our men’s buyer, Christine, won the commitment challenge over New Year’s when she and her posse rambled 13 tough hours past the boarder to San Juanico’s legendary Scorpion Bay. What used to be a super sleepy, semi-secret fishing village is slowing growing into one of Baja’s more popular surf destinations, complete with a camp, a small restaurant and bar, and handfuls of trailer-living ex-pats enjoying life on the outskirts. But the surf itself is still holding strong, with three point breaks that offer consistent right-handers, especially during big south swells. Christine was nice enough to let us post some of her photos, as long as we swore not to reveal their secret spots. (more…)
After days of speculation, proof has finally emerged that Cortes Bank is indeed going off, producing the “tallest wave faces ever challenged in the history of the sport” (you go fancy PR people!), and is expected to earn either Mike Parson, Brad Gerlach, Greg Long, or Grant Baker the Billabong XXL title. Breaking news, photos and videos are coming in fast and furious. See it for yourself here.
We weren’t kidding when we said our staff is among the best in the business. And nothing makes us prouder than when our proteges gain the strength and confidence to spread their wings and fly. Such is the case with Lost Girl’s designer Theresa LaVelle, who up until recently was an integral part of our art department. A major office hottie, TL was always quick with a snarky comeback when needed and down for the cause. We miss gazing at her incredible illustrations almost as much as we miss watching her leave a room. A rare mix of beauty, brains and talent, expect to see big, big things from this girl in the new year. Foam Magazine takes you closer.