I hope they allow hemp on the Camp Pendelton Marine Base, because US Marine Helicopter Pilot, Joseph McConnell took the Hemp wrapped board back to his barracks. We almost gave up on him after three calls, and no answer, but it turns out this guy was flying secret missions in “The Frog”, one of those dual propeller choppers that buzz the Trestles line-up.
SWELL is stoked to hook up heroes like Joseph. If you see this guy out in O-Side give him a couple waves so he can get used to his new sled.
The Kaimanu Hemp surfboard was made by SLO Charger and friend of SWELL, Chad Kaimanu Jackson. Give our bro 10 stars on his free-surfing film here: http://innersection.tv/video/171 He’s an environmental engineer, improving the standards of the industry with his boards and clothing. Check his gear out at http://localclothes.com/. Vote for Chad’s video for good karma, you need it.
All those set waves we’d been giving away sessions past have finally paid off in pleasing the surf gods to the point of them hooking us up with golden tickets granting us access to the mysterious and strangely wonderful kingdom-cum-factory of the ever enigmatic PLACEBOMAN. Stoked out of our gourds we were as the earmuffs and paper bags were placed upon our domes for the limo ride over. When the darkness and silence at last lifted, light and sound having returned to us, there before us stood a one Mr. Rick Hazard–PLACEBOMAN’s stalwart right hand and keeper of the keys to the kingdom. He had with him, held aloft in his mighty hands, a weapon so fierce that at its mere mention a heaving 6-foot A-frame would collapse upon itself and crumble into a giant wall of mushburger. What Excalibur be this ye ask?! Behold the Placebo Rocket.
5'5" Placebo Rocket.
What Excalibur did for dragons, this thing does for ankle to chest high waves.
Stacks o' rad.
Inferior decorating at its best.
Believe it or not, California can get heavy from time; every surfer worth his salt needs at least one gun in his quiver.
Bill "Ask a Dude" Laity and Rick "Sweetie Pie" Hazard: two of the nicest, friendliest guys around. Paddle on over to their peak next time you see them out and say what up. They're always down to bro it and share some sets, especially Rick.
We caught up with with our homies over at Catch Surf the other day to peep the factory and rap over the busy din of the machinery about one of the most prominent soup slayers in their line, the Original 54 Beater. We snapped a few behind the scenes photos and got some footage of Catch Surf Prez George educating Swell’s very own Bill “Ask a Dude” Laity on the finer points of radness concerning said Beater. Enjoy kiddies. We sure did
Makin' dem stringahs stick.
Laying a Beater down.
Don't let the longhair with the mellow demeanor fool you. No hippies here. Just all time shredders with full time jobs.