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June 12th, 2013 | By | 351 Comments

Fit Guide: Summer Sunglasses

Summer has started and its time to pick out the best frames to fit your face. SWELL’s summer intern Jodie analyzes all the styles our customers have been picking to compliment their features.

 

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Heart-Shaped Facial Structures

-Wide forehead
-Wide Cheekbones
-Narrow chin

People with a Heart-shaped face should look for sunglasses with lenses that draw attention downwards. These lenses will add width to your chin and lower part of your face. Cat-eye sunglasses or glasses with rounded edges will look best for this face type.

Avoid: glasses with ornamental temples and top-heavy styles. By doing this, you won’t highlight the broad upper face.

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Recommended  Styles:

VONZIPPER STACHE SUNGLASSES
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FILTRATE HOFFMAN SUNGLASSES
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SMITH SERPICO POLARIZED SUNGLASSES
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June 6th, 2013 | By | 1,293 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 31st, 2013 | By | 413 Comments

Summer Cocktail Inspo: Catalina Cooler

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This beachy beverage was born on the sands of Salt Creek Beach, where I worked at a bar-tender at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Yes, it seems a little fruity but plenty of surf industry captains sipped down countless Catalina Coolers after sun soaked sessions at Gravels. Inspired by the island 26 mi off our coastline, the Regis charged $16 a pop and Carl Nolet himself (Ketel Owner) sucks them down at the beach club too.

Ingredients:
2 Parts Ketel One Citron
2 Parts Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Strawberry Puree (commonly found at most markets, try Daily brand)
Lemon-cello or Cointreau
Frozen Strawberries & Ice

Directions:
1. Fill a tall cocktail glass or mason jar with ice & frozen berries
2. Pour equal parts Ketel Citron and Lemonade into glass (yes, I have a heavy hand)
3. Add a splash of lemon or orange liqueur
4. Stir a lot, or beat it up in a cocktail shaker
5. Pour into glass (Optional: coat rim of glass with sugar before)
6. Drizzle strawberry puree over drink, and watch the trippy booze waves
7. Serve & enjoy summer vibes wherever it takes you…

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Pat O’Connell on a Catalina Island Slab. Photo: Art Brewer

May 30th, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

5 Tips for Guy’s Summer Style The Do's and Don'ts for Hitting the Beach Like a Local

With south swells marching up the coast, the warm waters of summer brings endless surf days to show off your favorite new SWELL beach clothes.

Here’s 5 fail-free tips to keep in mind when hitting the hot sand this summer.

1. SUNGLASSES STYLE

DODONTSHADESThe Good: Contemporary frame designs like cat-eye, and acetate wayfarers are trending from Epokhe and RAEN
The Bad: Plastic poser brands stand out like a sore on your lip
The Ugly: Resting sunnies on your neck screams “i’m a jock!” and leaves goofy redneck stripe tan

2. SURF STYLE

DODONTDRESS
The Good: New-school guys like Craike and Dion add flare with a surf tee or even a hula shirt
The Bad: Keep your style simple, matching is tolerable, but easy on the accessories
The Ugly:  In case of farmer tan, apply sunscreen to burn areas and leave pale spots exposed to catch up (sorry moms)

3. WETSUIT STYLE

dodontwetsuitThe Good: Peddling in a wetsuit is ok, but NEVER wear with shoes, sunglasses, etc. Shop Racks
The Bad: Never jump the pier with your leash attached, especially longboarders
The Ugly: Publicly “credit-carding” aka board-to-groin, especially while wearing gloves, booties, shirt & wetty.

4. SANDAL STYLE

dodontbottleThe Good: The Fanning Reef Sandals emergency bottle opener makes you the life of the beach party
The Bad: Give the bottle a coutesy wipe in case you stepped in some tar…or worse
The Ugly: Chicks aren’t impressed toothless beer drinkers

5. GOPRO STYLE

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The Good:
Taking “selfies” is not a crime while shredding with a GoPro
The Bad: Taking “selfies” anywhere else
The Ugly: Mounting GoPro’s on every possible surface, and fruit booting the boardwalk

Have your own beach fail? Leave it in the comments and tag #THESWELLLIVE on Instagram.

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