September 2nd, 2015
Archive for the ‘Surf & Sport’ Category
You’ve no doubt heard the news that Aussie shaper DHD won Stab in The Dark at global premiere in Venice Beach. The competition drew 11 of best shapers and test pilot, Julian Wilson to the table in search of the world’s best surfboard.We caught up with shaper, owner and founder of DHD, Darren Handley to understand the magic of this highly sought after board that you can only get at SWELL. Or Enter to win here.
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Can you tell us what you were looking for when designing the template of this board?
I was in two minds when approach this board design. I could have gone with a design for that has worked for the past 10-12 years OR used a design that is more current, which is what Jack Freestone is riding on the DX1. In the end I decided to go with the DX1 template which performs better for bigger guys. Also factoring in the size of the surfer I thought this would be the most suited board to ride for all round conditions. (more…)
The 10th year of the Follow the Light Foundation awards is now open for entries. If you or if you know aspiring photographers, we are awarding a $5,000 grant and adding to an impressive list of accomplished photographers who got their start from the this foundation in memory of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. CUTOFF FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 15.
Learn more and get submission instructions at Followthelightfoundation.org
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.
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…)
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