Archive for the ‘GEAR’ Category

November 21st, 2014 | By | No 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…)

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November 10th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Behind Creed’s Love Buzz Creed McTaggart’s first signature surfboard model is here.

Hayden Cox describes the Love Buzz as the ‘Love Child’ of the Hypto Krypto and The Ando model, the Love Buzz design blends surface area, rocker and performance curves to create a very all-round, fast and flowing short board. He headed over to the South Coast of NSW with Crag Anderson to test drive his signature sled. Enjoy the clip and the remixed track from 60′s band ‘Shocking Blue’ titled ‘Love Buzz’

Here’s what Mr. McTaggart had to tell us about the process: (more…)

October 29th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Meet Your Maker | Captain Fin Mitch Abshere: The Man Behind the Surf Industry's Breakout Brand of the Year

SWELL sits down with Captain Fin Founder / Creative Director / All-Around Interesting Human, Mitch Abshere in their new Oceanside HQ. Enjoy an exclusive look into the origins of the company and a behind the scenes look at the Captain Fin crew.  (more…)

October 27th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Back to Bali: The Guide -Pt. 1 SWELL Surf Blogger Nate Zoller Breaks Down the Best of Bali


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Surfer, writer, revivalist Nate Zoller left his work at SWELL a couple years ago to seek and enjoy the world’s most shred-friendly wave havens. After surgical strikes in Sri Lanka, Senegal, Iceland, North Shore HI and Mex, he’s a seasoned vet on surf survival so enjoy a free lesson on traveling smater in Bali. Words: Nate Zoller Photos: Isaac Zoller 

“If Hawaii is Mecca for surfers then Bali is Eden. Made up of 85% Hindu’s, the “Island of the Gods” is home to one of the friendliest cultures on Earth. That and the fact that it is littered with world-class surf make it a mystical pilgrimage for all surfers. The winds blow offshore from March to November making the waves groomed and perfect. (more…)