Archive for the ‘CHECK IT’ Category

March 1st, 2012 | By | 2,168 Comments

iPhone App Tracks Great White Sharks

You know that adage about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer? Well now, if you are not so fond of great whites, you can keep an eye on where these notorious fishes are headed.

 

A new app for the iPhone (& iPad) tracks a group of about 12 great whites tagged off the coast of Northern California & Baja. The app, Expedition Great White, was made in conjunction with the popular Nat Geo show with the same name and the SD based Marine Conservation Science Institute to let the public track the migration pattern of these often misunderstood creatures.

For the $3.99 you can see where these predators are heading and gain a general idea of when the bulk of them will return to your coast. The app lets you receive the same, real-time tracking info as the research scientists and also serves up a bunch of other interesting features such as videos, pictures, and fun facts about the sharks.


Tall Tails from a great white shark researcher

Picture from Previous SWELL article “Tall Tails From a Great White Shark Researcher”

 

For those who are already particularly squeamish about Jaws in the lineup, the app also maps out info on all reported shark attacks up and down the western US coast (and parts of Australia). While this app is intended for entertainment purposes only, I can already imagine folks frantically scoping out the virtual waters prior to their scheduled surf lesson.

Check it out at: http://www.expeditionwhiteshark.com/

What are your thoughts on such an app?

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February 23rd, 2012 | By | 4,054 Comments

Quik Pro Preview & Join SWELL’s Fantasy Surfer League

The Dream Tour starts a new season this week at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, and the ASP Board of Directors once again ratified tour qualifications and personal conduct regulations.  Pay close attention because your fantasy surfer team could live or die by the new rules… and in the SWELL fantasy league the losers pay their dues

Before we begin speculating about the craziness about to unfold on the goldy, where’s how the new regulations will affect this year’s World Championship Tour:

  1. Random Drug and Alcohol Testing -High paying corporate sponsors means high expectations for surfers not to show up high
  2. No Mid-Year Cut – Could it be true…Bobby Martinez’s vulgar rants actually made a difference?
  3. 1 yr vs 52 week rolling qualifying point total -This one actually benefits Nate Yeomans (opposed to rule #2)

With most surfers approving the new ASP rules (Wilco must have been “out to brunch”) the stage is set to kick off the season at head-high Snapper Rocks on Saturday morning. Like every year, nobody knows how committed Kelly is to a full year on tour but his first event results always tells us if he’s more interested in chasing swells or titles. Check out the gear Slater uses here.

Other storylines evolving in the twelve day boardriding festival are: the participation of free surfing freak Dane Reynolds who claims he is “Blown talent and would rather sit at home and play with crayons and ride f*cked up boards“, the one year anniversary of women’s high-performance surfing arriving on the world stage, and Wolfmother performing for the crazed Aussies occupying Coolangatta.

For those of you familiar with online fantasy sports, Fantasy Surfers follows the same best team wins format… SWELL’s league doesn’t. While all SWELL fantasy players meticulously factor every element in drafting surfers, top scoring teams merely get bragging rights. It is the losing team who must endure humiliating hazes. Punishments a cruel as 24hrs with a U-Lock for bikes, locked around the neck were dealt last year. See the video recap of the loser.

If you’d like to join SWELL’s fantasy surfer league, sign up here, and we will award savvy surf fans, while you get to watch us punish eachother for losing here in San Clemente. Each event prize ranges from $25 in SWELL product, to bigger gear jackpots.

For tips on building the a solid fantasy squad, read SWELL’s Fantasy Surfer Semi-gnar here. No Cheating.

February 22nd, 2012 | By | 4,462 Comments

Win It Wednesday: Iron and Resin

Swell customers demanded more Iron and Resin, so we’re hooking up a package that any beach-going biker would burn rubber for.  Iron and Resin quickly became a SWELL favorite for their hybrid approach to street and sand.

Born in Ventura Ca, their hand forged clothing line glorifies the grit and grease that has become absent in today’s mass produced world.

The Win It Wednesday Prize Pack includes: The Chief Quiver tee, the Scrambler trucker hat, and bikers bandana. Each I&R products comes with a unique feature like their tees, which include a custom shop rag. Trust us, everyone can use a shop rag. Get this package worth over $60 by following the steps below.

Here’s a secret to help you “hog” this week’s prize pack.
1. Keep an eye out for the Tuesday Teaser on SWELL’s Youtube channel. This way you can start thinking of clever taglines to post on our wall which increases your chances to win.
2. Become a fan of SWELL.
3. When we announce it, sign up on the said link.
4. Refer friends to sign up. For ever referred friend that sign up, you get 5 extra entries for yourself.
5. Tell us why you should win (odd humor encouraged)
6. If you don’t win, don’t worry. SWELL gives out freebies all the time, including a $25 giftcard for our “Fan of the Week” so keep those witty comments coming.


See the whole line of Iron & Resin products at SWELL

February 14th, 2012 | By | 4,344 Comments

Costa Rica Surf Trip: Part 1 Planning my girls surf trip to the School of the World, Costa Rica

The winter has me wanting to take a trip to somewhere tropical! Okay, I shouldn’t complain since I live in Orange County where it’s 75 degrees year round, but I’d love to go somewhere remote with black sand beaches, rainforests, and ocean water that you can surf without wearing a wetsuit. Costa Rica was the perfect solution to my checklist, but how do I even begin planning my Costa Rican all girls surf trip? Enter School of the World, a unique combination of boutique hotel, surf camp, language school, photography workshop, and yoga retreat. Since travelers visit here from all over the world, it’d be a great way to meet some new and interesting people as well.

SOTW is ran by my friends Zach McDuffie and Natazha Aiken McDuffie (Natazha is an international model and Zach is the founder School of the World and a learning vacation expert). They both were so passionate about Costa Rica, and provided me with such great tips of places to go and things to do, I knew instantly this was where I wanted to stay. Zach and Natazha are experts on traveling. They run a blog popular blog about learning vacations, The Learning Experience,  and are developing a travel show about the best vacation schools, workshops, retreats, and fantasy camps in the world. Get a glimpse into what it’s all about in the video below…

Learning Experience Trailer from Z McDuffie on Vimeo

So I will be spending my vacation in Costa Rica for one week, chronicling my time there and of course providing you with style tips and fashion must haves for your next tropical vacation.

Want to win a stay at the School of the World?
ENTER HERE!

 

Read Part 2 Here