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July 22nd, 2013 | By | 704 Comments

Summer Intern Approved | The RVCA Cooler Satchel

iphone 006Take this RVCA vacancy cooler with you anywhere. The uses are endless and so are the beers that fit inside this handy parrot covered man purse. Avoid wrapping your beers up in a t-shirt or getting caught looking like a bum by drinking out of a brown paper bag!  It’s no longer a mission hauling your 6 pack down to the beach, you can disguise this cooler as a beach bag and look super trendy while doing it.

Pictured Above: Jodie Totes the VA Cooler Satchel on the San Clemente Pier, wearing the Brixton Nora Hat

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June 11th, 2013 | By | 2,081 Comments

Party Wave Patriots Team SWELL Invades Salt Creek on Catchsurf Boards & USA Attire

To celebrate a summer of America style, the SWELL crew called up our boys at Catchsurf for a party wave session at Salt Creek. We threw on our finest american attire, and took over the middle peak for some flag-waving fun.

The art of soft-top party waves follows a unique ettiquitte code. It can get dudes pretty sour if you dont do it right.

Here’s the road to respect on the Odysea:
1. Dont paddle straight out the back and start picking off choice set waves
2. Pull into some closeouts tubes before paddle-battling for the clean ones
3. Tell a short boarder that they can hop you, since you wont be heaving airs or snaps
4. Throw in some fun moves like soul arching, cross-stepping, and jitter bugging
5. Fins first take-off trick is like pulling a coin from behind a kid’s ear, but do it anyways
6. Bump your buddies and wear Patriotic Apparel!!!

Check out more evidence of the Party Wave chaos and all the styles here

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June 6th, 2013 | By | 2,560 Comments

Product Review: iPhone Watershot

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The advent of the Watershot iPhone housing brings the DIY craze into surfing without having to spring for a Gopro. The result delivers magazine quality surf photos to post on instagram quicker than it takes to peel off your wetsuit.

The SWELL crew tested the iPhone housing in the the local Orange County beachbreaks to check the learning curve on a Watershot novice.

1st Session: San Clemente

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Learning Curve:
-Beachbreaks are tricky to get closeups with shifty peaks and no zoom
-An object in the foreground gives good perspective and artsy touch
-USE THE LANYARD. Watershot doesn’t float, and swimming with 1 hand is tough

2nd Session: Salt Creek

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Learning Curve:
-You can never be too close, objects are smaller than appear
-Turn off flash and other slow shutter settings to get rapid fire sequences
-Stabilize Watershot evenly with both hands for realistic POV

Best Customer Submitted Photos Captured with WATERSHOT

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Watershot Features
-Depth Rating: 130 ft deep
-Glass Lens for optical image clarity
-Threaded Lens Bezel for screw on lenses & filters
-Full suspension “floats” your iPhone inside the housing for shock protection
-Universal Tripod Mount
-One Year Warranty
-Phone APP for optimized sharibility and photo retouching

Get your Watershot iPhone housing for iPhone4 or 5

 

May 25th, 2013 | By | 5,482 Comments

SWELL & Catchsurf Invade Salt Creek

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What better way to kick of summer than a celebratory soft-top session at Salt Creek Beach? So the SWELL crew called up Johnny at CatchSurf, we grabbed the best of our patriotic apparel, and charged down to take over the peak during a pumping south swell.

Click the pics to get the gear, meet the SWELL team and learn the tricks of a proper party wave.

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See the whole CatchSurf Quiver

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