Archive for the ‘Road Tripping’ Category

May 8th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Big Sur Day Tripping: Gorda to Nepenthe 3 Must-Stop Central Coast Classics for Surf and Supplies

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Colton Gabe and Chase made a mission to test drive SWELL’s new gear and see the best Big sur had to offer in a day. Here’s what the boys concluded was the go-to route for scoring is style.

MILE 43: Gorda Fuel Station

The first outpost north of the San Luis Obispo County line lies the most expensive gas in the United States… and the spendiest beer to go with it. In a pinch you can pick up a 6-pack of local firestone beer for a mere $16 and gas is upwards of $10/gal. but a post-surf coldie is priceless.

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MILE 49: Sand Dollar Beach

The most consistent sandbar set-up in Big Sur, Sand Dollar offers up tons of rippable empty  peaks just below Plasket Creek Campground. A day pass runs ya $15 these days, but it grants you access to every Ca park for 24 hrs. The Campsite is an epic place to pitch a tent among the redwoods,backpackers, Cal Poly students, and all kinds of road trippers. (more…)

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May 1st, 2015 | By | No Comments

Video: Big Sur Summer Trippers Meet the SWELL Savages on a Summer Road Trip Up the California Coast

Itching for a road trip, the boys loaded the sketchy old SWELL van with the newest summer gear to crash test the goods and go absolutely ham ion the 90 mi coastline called Big Sur, Ca. Enjoy the edit, get the gear and stay tuned for 6 more stories this week about the dude cruise going down in the books!

Meet the Boys

Chase Wilson 24, Newport Beach

Highlight of Trip: Driving the Highway 1 around the bends of the Big Sur listening to DJ Pelican. Most enjoyable drive of my life! Unbelievable.
Funny Moment: Watching Gabe play with a half dead Snake! That kid is crazy.
Big Sur in 3 Words: Warm, Populated, Un-sharky

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Choice road trip tunes: DJ Pelican… if you know, you know
Favorite Campground in Big Sur:  there’s so many nooks and crannies up there but I’d say Sand dollar state beach was my favorite. (more…)

April 14th, 2015 | By | 7 Comments

Coachella Weekend 1: Vestal Village Party Pics Trend-Spotting and Photo-Bombing at the Exclusive Action Sports Pool Party

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The who’s-who of the Action Sports industry converge on Coachella Music Festival for an invite-only camp out and 4-day pool party. Enjoy the evidence of the concert and see who got in the mix.

Thanks for the memories Vestal! Checkout New Vestal Watches and all Guys and Girls Festival Style needs at SWELL

Photos by Pierre Auroux Photography (more…)

April 3rd, 2015 | By | 11 Comments

How to Take Better Outdoor Instagrams A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall.

betterinstagrams Tired of the vicious cycle of spinach wraps and Sepia filters on Instagram? Break the mold and curate a gallery of double-tap worthy adventure shots—it’s not as hard as it sounds. Most of the time, creating a gorgeous Instagram gallery isn’t about where you are, it’s about how you shoot it (because any outdoor excursion, big or small, is pretty dang beautiful). And keep in mind, Instagram isn’t just about racking up followers—it can be a great way to revisit your favorite moments and connect with old friends easily. Here, eight tips for taking better outdoor Instagram shots you’ll definitely “like” for a long time to come—even if you aren’t a professional photographer.

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Figure out what your goal is with your gallery—is it to tell a story? Chronicle your life? Score a sponsorship? Let that dictate what your photos look like.

Tip #1: Rethink Your Instagram

My friend Kat Carney, who happens to have one of the most beautiful Instagram galleries I’ve seen yet, once told me to think about my Instagram as if I were curating a small, square art gallery—advice that’s totally changed the look of my own account! Instead of snapping everything and anything and posting it, try being pickier with what you share with the world. Just like you’d edit a real-life photography gallery to fit a theme, your Instagram should reflect a specific mood or story. Choose yours and post accordingly! (more…)