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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


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

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

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


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


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.


See the whole CatchSurf Quiver




May 9th, 2013 | By | 2,733 Comments

Employee Picks: Mother’s Day Gifts Ideas

The boys of SWELL put together the best mother-lovin’ gift ideas money can buy. It’s a little late in the game so you might have to overnight ship it, but who can put a price on a mother’s love?


“Do mother’s love gold watches? …ummm do I love peeing in my wetsuit?” -Dave.
Shop Nixon for Mom


“Mama Like…Mama Liiiiiike” -Bill.
Shop slippers for Mom

“I still use the blankie my mom gave me, return the favor with a beach blanket” -Morgan.
Shop Beach Blankets
for Mom

“One size fits all moms and wallets” -Jeff
Shop Scarves for Mom

“Moms who lug around lots of crap, calls for roomy bags” -Clayton

Shop Bags for Mom

“When it comes to protecting her from the sun’s harsh rays…the floppier the better” -Jonathan
Shop Brimmed Hats for Mom

Final Thoughts: “Mother, There is no other, Like Mother So treat Her right” -Mr. T