Having led a life packed with drama and a career full of headlines, the irony wasn’t lost on anyone that Occy’s final exit from competitive surfing was mundane at best. After losing to Troy Brooks in Round 3 of the Pipe Masters, he was carried up the beach on the shoulders of his countrymen, and into the record books for retiring as the oldest competitor on the WCT. Occ’s story and amazing comeback to take the title in 1999 at the age of 33 really is the stuff of legends. And now as he makes the transition from competitive surfer to icon, we can only hope that the rest of his life is fit for the king he is.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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Check out this photo series from Dustin Humphery who’s self-taught technique is pushing digital manipulation to a whole other level.
For anyone who’s ever wondered how t-shirts are made, one of our favorite handlebar-mustached designers is here to show you. Now being that Jamie is from Ryde, a company that prides itself on one-of-kind creations, what you’re about to witness is a bit out of the norm. You see, Ryde is a very small company with all of their clothing made right here in Southern California. Some of the shirts are screened by local screen printers, but most are made right when you order them (by Jamie, unless he’s on vacation.). How do they do this? By using their direct-to-garment printer. What is direct to garment you ask? It means that the water-based ink is printed directly onto the blank tee shirt, much like the head on your desktop printer lays ink onto paper. The ink is still wet on the cotton afterwards, so they have to cure it by running the tee through a heat press for about 30 seconds. If this sounds like a lot of work and commitment, it is. Here are some of Swell’s top sellers: