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May 7th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Web Premiere: Stab in the Dark

Stab and SWELL invited the 10 best shapers in the world to each create a surfboard for a 6’0″ mystery surfer on the CT. The boards were provided with unsigned stringers and logo-free.

The test pilot was Julian Wilson, the testing grounds were a ramping wave park in Western Australia. This experiment became known as “STAB in the Dark” Enjoy this unique, unbiased review of the world’s best surfboards and a flat out freakish display of surfing.

Directed by: Sam McIntosh
Produced by: Damien Fahrenfort
Art direction: Shinya Dalby
Filmed by: Toby Cregan, Jimmy Lees, Rick Jackovic (water footage)
Edited by: Mike Pagan
Still photography: Ryan Miller, Chris Gurney, Andy Staley

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May 6th, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Party Pics: Stab in the Dark Julian Wilson's Cinco De Mayo Party Announcing DHD as the Winning Surfboard

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Last night in Venice SWELL hosted a party with 400 of our closest friends to unveil the best surfboard inthe world. Really, how else would you get an unbiased winner than giving a top WSL surfer 10 unlabeled boards and cutting him loose in Western Australian ramps? Well, the winner was DHD Surfboards and  Daren Handley was over  the moon as he as handed a framed cover of his Stab in the Dark Covershot.

In typical Stab Mag style the party was littered with eager coeds and a cinco de mayo open bar that set the place on fire.  Photos by Matty Wong

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The Stab in the Dark mini-documentary drops on Stabmag.com at 10:30am Thursday, Pacific time. It’s 15-ish minutes long and features one of the world’s most technically perfect surfers pushing himself on bespoke (but blind date) surfboards in Western Australia over 10 days. You won’t wanna miss it. We’ll also be dropping a short profile series on the shapers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. (more…)

April 3rd, 2015 | By | 18 Comments

Bombing Newport Sights From the South SWELL That Kept on Cranking

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This past weekend Newport Beach enjoyed early season south swell that sent a healthy sized waves that lit up Newport Beachbreaks. From the massive shore pound at The Wedge to the rippable waves at Blackies. The swell that keeps on giving…
Photos/Words by @LukeForgay (more…)

March 31st, 2015 | By | 12 Comments

Meet Your Shaper: Timmy Patterson Tour the Revolutionary Board Builder HQ in San Clemente, Ca

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Timmy Patterson is a man of few words, but shaper of tens of thousands of boards. His San Clemente staple surfboards have dominated lineups and contests around the world for over 3 decades. Enjoy a tour of his shaping bay in the SC Surf Ghetto & brief history from T.Pat himself.  (SWELL is a proud surfshop that carries T.Patterson Boards)

Years shaping: 35 years +
First first pro ever shaped for: Archy (more…)