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May 6th, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Party Pics: Stab in the Dark Julian Wilson's Cinco De Mayo Party Announcing DHD as the Winning Surfboard

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Last night in Venice SWELL hosted a party with 400 of our closest friends to unveil the best surfboard inthe world. Really, how else would you get an unbiased winner than giving a top WSL surfer 10 unlabeled boards and cutting him loose in Western Australian ramps? Well, the winner was DHD Surfboards and  Daren Handley was over  the moon as he as handed a framed cover of his Stab in the Dark Covershot.

In typical Stab Mag style the party was littered with eager coeds and a cinco de mayo open bar that set the place on fire.  Photos by Matty Wong

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The Stab in the Dark mini-documentary drops on Stabmag.com at 10:30am Thursday, Pacific time. It’s 15-ish minutes long and features one of the world’s most technically perfect surfers pushing himself on bespoke (but blind date) surfboards in Western Australia over 10 days. You won’t wanna miss it. We’ll also be dropping a short profile series on the shapers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. (more…)

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February 3rd, 2015 | By | 114 Comments

Photo Tip: Using iPhone Ollo Lenses Elevate Your iPhone Picture Game with 5 Basics Tricks to Use Clip-On Lenses

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New to the SWELL Surf Shop, Ollo Lenses lets your phone capture museum worthy shots. Friend of SWELL Chris Burkard swears by the clip-on lenses, so maybe you’ll also get half a million instagram followers with Ollo clip-on Lenses

1. Focus on what’s important with the Fisheye lens.
Before shooting with a fisheye lens, determine the most important elements in your composition (placement or arrangement of visual elements). The subject you focus on will be sharp and clear but peripheral elements that are away from the center of the picture will have a characteristic fisheye stretch. Background elements are generally secondary when using this lens, so your foreground subjects must be able to carry the composition and provide power to the image.

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2. Keep the foreground free. (more…)

February 3rd, 2015 | By | 16 Comments

Road Trip Proofing Your Car A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors from Johnie Gall of Dirtbag Darling.

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I spend a big chunk of the year on the road, traveling from state to state in search mountain peaks and fun waves. What I’ve learned (besides roadside burritos are never a good idea)? That a fun road trip can turn ugly if you aren’t prepared with the right gear.

Deciding to embark on a spontaneous road trip doesn’t have to end in frustration. Nine times out of ten, you’ll roll back into the garage without a single hiccup in your journey. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for all the things that could go wrong.

It’s easy to road-trip proof your car and stock it with the right supplies. Do it now and you’ll be ready to roll at a moment’s notice (and never have to get ripped off by a tow truck company again!).

Pictured: Daydreamer LA Fleece (more…)

November 21st, 2014 | By | 301 Comments

Life at Banzai | Volcom Pipe House Tour JD Irons Takes Us Inside The North Shore's Heaviest House

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In this week’s North Shore spotlight SWELL photographer Dane Grady gets a tour of a house as hard-core as the wave it overlooks. The Volcom compound is the premier for the who’s-who of the North Shore surf scene. Posting up in front of Pipeline is not all fun and games however.

The scene is an intense atmosphere filled with battle hardened pipe warriors. Legends of past and present of the place are engraved into the books of the surf world.  Pics and Words by Dane Grady  (more…)