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February 23rd, 2012 | By | 4,173 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.

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February 22nd, 2012 | By | 4,566 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 | 4,543 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

February 13th, 2012 | By | 4,927 Comments

Best Surf Bags: The Wet Dry Bag – All Sport, All Purpose Cargo – Surf Essentials Volume 1

In this Surf Essentials series we’ll give you the must have products in surf. Our first chapter will describe a bag that every surfer should own: The wet-dry bag.

Why a Wet Dry Bag?

One of the most crucial elements to any surf trek is a legit wet/dry bag or backpack. A long walk back to your car is bad enough and it sucks even more when you’re covered in the urine-filled drippings from your suit. A good wet dry bag will store your wetter, keep you dry, and help you lug all the necessities to and from the beach.

Besides surfing, a wet/dry bag can serve a number of other purposes as well. Since sealed, watertight seams are standard in most all bags you can keep your dry items dry or your wet items from seeping out and into the upholstery of your car. Fill your bag with ice and use it as a makeshift cooler, load with squid and bait and hose it out after fishing, or leave it rolled up on the beach without having to worry about the high tide soaking your phone or wallet.

Finding the Right Bag:

Fortunately for all you dollar menu connoisseurs out there, wet dry bags aren’t all expensive. They come in at a variety of different styles and prices ranging from the super gooch to the most wallet friendly of options. With that said, a solid wet dry bag is definitely worth the investment and the more expensive bags tend to offer better amenities that will let you roll up to the beach in style with all your bases covered.

<-Click here to check out all of our Wet Dry Bags->

HERE ARE THREE BAGS, AT THREE DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS, THAT ARE WORTHY OF MENTION:

1) Section wet dry bag. $130.

Dakine set out to make the best surf bag and, with the Section Wet/Dry Pack, they did just that. This bag’s got it all: A wax pocket, fleece lined sunglass/ipod pockets, waterproof zip pockets, an insulated cooler compartment, plush back & shoulder padding, a retractable bottle opener, and best of all a voluminous waterproof wetsuit compartment that cinches down when not in use. This backpack is perfect for surf trips large and small and is backed by Dakine’s Lifetime Warranty.
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2) Billabong Leap Frog Wet Sack. $69.50.

Billabong Leap Frog Wet Dry Back Pack

Coming in just under seventy bucks, the Leap Frog Wet Sack from Billabong is sick. This 100% waterproof roll top bag is great for boat trips or anywhere else you need to keep your gear dry and your belongings safe. This bag includes an extra, removable waterproof pocket area at front that’s great for electronics, fins or all your other accessories you want keep dry. The extra large main cargo compartment features super durable, water tight seams and enough space to store nearly 3 fullsuits inside. Get this if you are looking for a rugged, fully waterproof bag at a great price.
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3) Creatures Wetsuit Bag. $20.

Creatures Wet Dry Bag

At a little over the price of 2 burritos this wet dry sack will turn any existing back pack into an inexpensive wet/dry bag option. It’s narrow design fits a single wetsuit and booties and then easily packs away into most backpacks or into the back of your truck. If you are light on cash then this bag is what you need to get the job done.
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Check back for Vol 2 Where We’ll list the Top Ten items to Keep inside Your Surf Bag.