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June 14th, 2013 | By | 2,052 Comments

Road Tripping: Baja or Bust Volume 1: The Complete Guide to Cheap Weekend Trips with Your Friends

Road trips are a right of passage for anyone who anyone who calls themselves “adventurous” and the travel junkies at SWELL are eager to share their secrets to scoring that all-time trip. The fist stop of the series follows  the SWELL crew south of the border to Rosarito during that big south swell in June.

THE BORDER

The inbound Tijuana border crossing just got a complete face-lift, redirecting traffic away from the formerly collision prone turn that steered rookie travelers into the belly of barrio. Rumor has it that TJ is cleaning up the border corruption and violence to make a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

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Border Tips
-Cross During Daylight Hours
-Stay in the right lanes to reach the coast. Stick to the Toll Road
-To avoid car emptying searches at drug checkpoints, slip the federale a nudie magazine

ESSENTIAL GEAR

Guys can basically wear one outfit the whole weekend

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Surviving In Style
Dakine Backpack -If it doesn’t all fit in 1 bag, you don’t need it. Wet/dry, laptop, more…
Hybrid shorts -For hitting the lip, or hitting the town. Stay classy my friend.
SurfTop -Don’t get barred by burns & rashes. Billabong makes em for marathon sessions
Xcel Dipped Booties -The reefs of north baja are littered with urchins, they suck.
Kanu Locking Tiedowns -Most crime in Mex is petty theft, and board banditos will burn you.
Tide Watch -The tide swings drastically further south.  Get dialed into any beach with Nixon

Other Essentials: GoPro, Swim Fins, Sunscreen, VonZipper Shades, Wax, Trucker Hat
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June 6th, 2013 | By | 3,003 Comments

Photo Tip

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Photo Tip of the Week from SWELL Photographer, Jeff Sipper:
[On choosing the best camera] “Any camera these days will do a decent job. Any entry level DSLR has more power in it than some of the pro model cameras from a few years ago. Technology always trickles down. But, remember, it’s not the camera that takes good pictures, it’s the photographer.”

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May 17th, 2013 | By | 3,283 Comments

Photo Tip Of The Week Matt Kurvin Explains Shooting Different Vantage Points During a Single Session

It’s easy to find a good spot when photographing a surf session and plant yourself there for the entire time. Many times what you get are a lot of great photos, but all of them tend to be very similar in composition.

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Yes, you can shoot long lenses and short (still recommended), shoot high and low, but the vantage point remains the same. I like to move around a bit and see what I can get. or me it keeps the day exciting, because I never know what I might find.

Let’s take a recent day at Pipeline for example.

1. I  started down the beach at Rocky Point, first setting up a nice line-up shot (above)

2. Then, while still shooting from down the beach, I pulled it in a bit to capture a guy in the barrel.
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May 12th, 2013 | By | 2,928 Comments

Photo Tip Of The Week Kona Water Photog, Sarah Lee Explains Her Perspective On "The Golden Hour"

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The Golden Hour…  Underwater
“The last 30 minutes of sunlight isn’t just beautiful above water … it is insanely beautiful BELOW the sea as well. It’s taken me awhile to consider shooting underwater during sunset.  Maybe it’s because I would rather be surfing, but recently, I have fallen in love with golden hour, underwater.

Taken on a GoPro Hero 3.  This was one of the first photos I took underwater at sunset. The waves were inconsistent but the weather was gorgeous, so for this wave I held the GoPro steady the first set wave passed over me, and thanks to the low light + warm rays of the setting sun, it created this effect.  Photoshop-free”

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“Within the last 30 minutes of sunset … no need for camera filters when the warm sun glows like this on her skin! Open your eyes next time you duck dive at sunset.  The light rays are incredible, and I was finally able to capture it with this photograph.” -Sarah Lee

Sarah won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Follow The Light Foundation Photography Grant in Memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. Read more about Sarah’s water photography.

 

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