Archive for the ‘SURF’ Category

October 21st, 2010 | By | 3,100 Comments

How To: Avoid Waterborn Illnesses

Autumn storms in socal and the right-coast alike, recently flushed the stormdrains of seven months of wretched run-off. So, don’t be a hero and be the only idiot surfing the day the rivermouth pukes out untreated sewage. Wait a 72hrs, and take a free lesson in common sense viral defense.

Tip #1: Surf Up-Current of Spewing Run-Off Sources
For example: if you’re surfing Santa Cruz, and the San Lorenzo River is having a heavy flow day during a NW swell, there’s a good chance you’ll find some floaters at The Lane and Pleasure Point. Cruise north up HWY 1 to Natural Bridges for safer waters. So good luck to the surfers in the Cold Water Classic right now.The reverse applies for SW swells during a storm.
Surf Smart

Tip #2: Fight Toxins with Toxins

Add a bottle of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide to your surf bin. Give a post session gargle of these antibacterials, and flush scabs, ears or other openings where bacteria can enter your body (yep, even there). Oh ya, rinse your urine-drenched wetsuit too, it stinks.

Tip #3: Preemptive Immunities and Fast Action

Bolster your immune system with extra doses of vitamin-c rich OJ, and coconut water which fights parasites, and keeps your body hydrated when you need it most.

Most importantly if redness or soft tissue lesions worsen, have doctor check it immediately. Nobody’s immune system (or ego) can fight these viruses alone, neither can most antibiotics. 50% of the US population already carries a strain of MRSA, making the odds of surfers carrying staph much higher.

Remember, dabbling with disease never impresses the ladies.

Still think you’re to tough to wait 72 hrs? Check Surfrider’s safety guide or just google “Timmy Turner”.

Surf smart, shop SWELL

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September 30th, 2010 | By | 3,112 Comments

Snowboarding on a river!? Riversurfing Reinvented: Wakeboarders Raise the Bar

Extreme sports fanatics eat your hearts out…

Pro wakeboarder Nick Ennen and photographer Mike Yoshida take wakeboarding to the next level in this clip recently posted by FuelTV. A pulley system and rushing river make for an incredible new hybrid sport that resembles street skating or snowboarding more than it does the traditional line behind a boat archetype. Kudos to these guys for progressing the stagnant sport of river surfing from tired to treacherous.

So start rigging up those pulleys, get out there are grind some river rocks already. When you go “over the falls” now it won’t necessarily be a bad thing…

September 20th, 2010 | By | 2,424 Comments

Behind the Scenes: SWELL Holiday 2010 Photoshoot

Glitz, glam…camp fires and cleaning up cigarette butts. It was all in a day’s work for the SWELL team at the 2010 Holiday photoshoot at San Clemente’s San Onofre State Beach. Making appearances are the ever-so-popular Brit, Kristina, Bill “the dude” Ee, the white windowless CoreShops van, and cute babies. We’d like to thank Poseidon for dishing out zero waves and chilled Bud heavy for the appearance of (brand) team and local riders: Dane Ward (Billabong), Jamie Parkhurst, Tyler Mumma (Insight), Ford Archbold (RVCA), Jake Davis (O’Neill), and Jason Miller.

September 2nd, 2010 | By | 1,527 Comments

SWELL SURFBOARD DEMO DAY Sept. 16, 2010. Try Before You Buy

The groms are back in school, which means its time to take back the line-up. So, while the rest of the socal surf world sits and watches the now top 30 WCT surfers at lower trestles, run down the beach to San Clemente State Park and test out the latest models from the best sharpers in the world.

SWELL.com is organizing this epic collective for any and all to sample. Feel free to just come hang out and try to snag some swag from the boys repping brands ranging from niche to gnarly.

Just another way that SWELL shows love to all who surf our site.
SWELL demo day 2010
Need we remind you that the WCT event will be running less than a mile away, so you never know what team riders may join the fun…

The who’s who:

RUSTY: The Rusty collective will be there waving the Rusty flag with some bad ass shred sleds to try out.

DHD: The DHD blokes will bring the whole board rack/etc with a plethora of boards to sample. Also Kirra’s very own Darren Handley the head honcho of “Darren Handley Designs” will be hanging out at the event. He shapes boards for both the Men’s and Women’s 2008, 2009 world champs Mick Fanning & Steph Gilmore. CHeck them out here: http://www.basesurfboards.com/brand/show/id/5

FIREWIRE: Chuy Reyna, frothing former California Pro surfer who is currently the marketing director at Firewire is bringing a truck load of boards (around 25). Everything from yer standard high performance short-board to yer retro style fish will be available to try out on the Firewire rack.

PLACEBO: Rick Hazard & Brad Kingsley (aka “BK”), the dudes that run the show at Placebo are bringing some cool hybrid boards to sample.

LOST: Trevor Traut (aka “Traut”) is bringing a bunch of boards to try out. There’ll be Rockets, there’ll be Scorchers, there’ll be sub-scorchers. So pretty much everything thing that absolutely shreds a San Clemente beachbreak to pieces

CATCH SURF: These things are bad ass! They’re super fun and you can flip any lifeguard off if he gives you shit for being within a blackball zone. The boys at Catch Surf are bringing a stack of these different models to try out (ones with fins & ones without). High tide peaks around 4pm that day, so expect a great demo when the lip hits the sand. Hopefull Bill “Beaker” Bryan will show off a bit.

INFINITY: The Boehne Bros are bringing their magic quiver of complete madness for all to try out. It’ll be an amazing quiver… I assure you.

T. PATTERSON: You’ll easily be able to spot Scotty & the T. Patt crew in the EZ up logo’d tent with a rack of their wide range shapes of ultimate shred sticks. Just look for the T. Patt tent and grab a stick

THALIA: Nick and the Thalia family will be there representing with some bomb ass retro boards to try out in the combers

CHEMISTRY: Will Smith (well known actor who played the character “J” in the movie Men & Black) & tip top shaper Jason Bennett will be there with their complete and utmost bombass quiver of boards that will make u feel like a complete ripper even if you aren’t.

FACTORY @ BASHAM’S: Maurice & the shaper’s alley gang will be there with their newly designed hybrid models to try out, like the Quad-a-lupe, and What the Fish!

DAKINE: The Dakine crew is gonna be there with all of their latest gear that you get to check out. From ultimate world travel bags, to the thinnest comp leash known to man. You might even go home with a couple.

BILLABONG: Wetsuits! Bong will show to give a special look at their latest and raddest wetsuits!

QUIKSILVER: Wetsuits! Quik will be there with suit to suit any water temp!

STRETCH: The Stretch guys will be heading out with an assortment of their signature boards for frolicking past the foamballs

Demo day is gonna be one of those days that sticks in yer mind forever. An experience that gives the kind of industry insight that will change your surfing forever (seriously you will learn tons about progressive equipment based on sound surfing philosophies).