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June 1st, 2015 | By | No Comments

Meet Your Shaper: DHD Interview: Stab in the Dark Winning Shaper Darren Handley

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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.


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…)

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May 28th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Girls Stealing Shirts: Vintage Rusty Models Showing How to Style Cropped Guys Shirts this Summer

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Over a million of these insta goddesses’ fans agree that they know their “shirt” when it comes to summer style. Our friend from Rusty Mr. Mitchy Hayes let the girls go wild with some aftermarket flair on his precious vintage Rusty Wayside tees, thank you for capturing this eye candy Mitch!

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Lean how to customize your own crop top out of any tee from a SWELL Stylist here
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May 18th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Call for Entries: Follow the Light Foundation 2015 Enter to Win $5K Surf Photography Grant

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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

 

 

April 3rd, 2015 | By | 15 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…)