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December 10th, 2013 | By | 424 Comments

SWELL Snapshot: Chris Burkard Featured SWELL Surf Photographer Breaks Down the Journey In the Dec Catalog

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SWELL stopped by Burkey’s Central Coast Studio to get some insight into his Arctic surf tales seen in the December Catalog. The inaugural Follow the Light grant winner has become a trailblazer for frosty surf expeditions, here’s how the 26 year old surf photo savant keeps crushing it.

SWELL: Explain what kind of trippy Northern Lights magic is going on the cover.

Burkard: This moment was unreal, it was as if the entire sky lit up for me and me alone. 2am… 5 hours before I left for home and the only clear night of the trip. It snowed all day and late in the evening it cleared and I knew this was my moment so I hike to the beach, 1 mile from my cabin, and shot these photos. It was one of the best experiences of my life, hands down. The sky was spiraling and channeling orange/ red blue and green… straight from the sea  to the sky. (more…)

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December 3rd, 2013 | By | 749 Comments

Wish We Were Here: San Francisco, Part I A Mini Travel + Style Guide with Guest Blogger Leah.

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This past week I ventured up to San Francisco on a mini getaway to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. I love the beach life, but absolutely love traveling to the city every once in a while. San Francisco is especially magical during this time of year with giant Christmas trees and wreaths that can be seen all along the harbor and throughout the city. Our first two days were spent in the heart of this lively, fun city. Here are some of my tips if you are wanting to visit…
(Pictured: Glamorous Vegan Leather Harem Pant) (more…)

November 7th, 2013 | By | 362 Comments

Day-To-Night Essential: The Tunic Style Post by Guest Blogger, Leah.

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I always love when I find a piece that can be styled in more ways than I can even imagine. This Somedays Lovin’ tunic is perfect for so many different occasions. (more…)

October 31st, 2013 | By | 884 Comments

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Be a sunset watcher.

Once, I was traveling in the Greek Isles and was staying at a hostel. I realized it was almost sunset time, and something in my DNA said, “hey you’d better figure out a way to go watch it.” Everyone else was partying, eating, or hanging out in the common room, but I found my way to the roof and watched one of the most spectacular sunsets during my time there. There were two other people on the roof:  an employee at the hostel, and another traveler (I think from the Czech Republic or something). The employee turned to us two lone travelers, and told me something I still haven’t forgotten: “You are either a person who watches sunsets, or you aren’t. I’m so glad that you made the effort.”  It was in a thick Australian accent too. ‘Twas quite poetic. (more…)