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October 19th, 2012 | By | 1,687 Comments

SWELL x Follow the Light Catalog 2012

Presenting the 3rd Annual Follow the Light Foundation Issue – a special edition SWELL catalog, featuring photography from the 2012 Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) finalists, including a cover shot from this year’s winner: Shawn Parkin.

Since the beginning, we been privileged to feature some of surfing’s most innovative photographers, who have helped to progress and document the sport and lifestyle that we all share a passion for: surfing. Past winners include Chris Burkard, Mathew Clark, Todd Glasser, Morgan Maassen and Duncan Macfarlane. All have gone on to publish their work in major surf media outlets.

Honoring the legacy of one of surfing’s most influential figures, Larry “Flame” Moore, the Follow the Light Foundation was founded in 2006 to help finance the dreams of surf photographers, continuing to push the sport and its lensmen forward. As the Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for 30 years, he left behind a legacy of brilliant photography and an army of photographers trained by him.

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Shawn Parkin with his first cover-shot; Shawn hoists his $5K Grant

Celebrating its 7th year running, the FTLF Grant continues act as a catalyst for inspiration, setting a new standard, pushing the boundaries of surf photography, and showcasing the top rising talent. SWELL is honored to be a sponsor of the Follow the Light Foundation – to be able to give back to the creative minds that have given so much to progress the sport.

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October 5th, 2012 | By | 3,155 Comments

Dane Reynolds…The Shaper

Since he triggered the chop-tail trend with his advent of “The Dumpster Diver” Dane Reynolds and Al Merrick have been knee deep in foam dust experimenting with more ultra-modern templates.

Dane’s mysto shaping expertise was put to the test in France after his DFR snapped in the semi-finals and was left with his 100% hand shaped board seen in this video. He shredded it to a come-from-behind victory against the lethal John Florence in the dying minutes of the heat.

Even though he lost to Slater in the finals at Hossegor, Daynolds’ fellow CI team rider took a page out of his own playbook to beat him.  Slater actually used the new DFR aka “Dane Freaking Reynolds” signature model in his recent back to back tour victories.

The DFR is the latest evolution template that began with the Dumpster Diver, then Neck Beard, the Double Helix, the Sperm Whale, and the Wave Bandit. Dane Reynolds and Volcom‘s Andrew Doheny are currently the only two touring surfers to have success riding self shaped boards, and Dane’s model has earned multiple SIMA awards for “Surfboard of the Year.”

Dane cracked the code of creating an outline with short rail line that still maintains aggressive drive in variable conditions. The outline puts most of the width and volume towards the front of the board to float your girth and get you down the line. Its no secret that Dane packs on his beer weight,  but the sharp flip in the exit rocker allows that patented release through the lip.  See the whole Channel Islands board room at SWELL.

 

Quiksilver and Channels Islands must be doing something right with their two top athletes sharing the podium at the Surfer Poll Awards and on tour.  Shop the Quiksilver styles that Dane and Kelly travel the world with at SWELL.

September 26th, 2012 | By | 4,694 Comments

New SUPERbrand Surfboards and Apparel

Backed by Dion Agius, SUPERbrand rallies around the goal of radically progressing elements to their boards and fashion-forward clothing. The team of Clay Marzo, Ry Craike, The Fish and more push the limits with their one-upping mentality for bigger airs and all forms self expression.
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SUPERbrand’s first movie “Sorry, We’re Open” is a fun, no-frills exotic adventure shot in 35 and 16 mm film. Dion Agius on his perma-Bali vacation; Ry Craike off his tits in West Oz death pits; Clay Marzo in uncharted Indo and fabulous France. Enjoy this kick in your teeth Kai Neville compilation.

“How can I shred like that?” you ask… SUPERbranded boards and apparel are now available on SWELL. Dion’s affect on the apparel literally has no boundaries as he was the first pro to wear tee and collared shirts in the line-up, as you see in the video flapping around like a cape. Shop all the SUPERbrand styles at SWELL

September 25th, 2012 | By | 1,341 Comments

John John Wins $50K Kustom Airstrike

Triple Crown Winner, Pipe Pro Champ, and now Kustom Airstrike innovator, John John Florence can add a shoebox filled with 50K cash to the $450K he’s banked during his first 12 months on tour. His Stalefish Air Reverse sealed the victory voted on by the public, and Tony Hawk (who invented the maneuver) surprised Florence while having coffee in San Diego. Congrats John John!