“Ozzie”, “Oska”, “Oz”, Oscar Billy Pippen Wright is surfer’s favorite goon. The artist, musician, film-maker; a winged manimal on a mission. Hailing from the Land Down Under, Sydney Australia to be exact, he has been riding for Volcom for ten years now. In that time he has also grown into an art juggernaut turning out beautifully spastic and distinctively raw pieces. He claims his latest line took him a whole week hunkered down in his goon studio. Check out the Acid inspired, Anti-Bad Vibe Shield, and all Ozzie’s styles at SWELL.
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SWELL Snapshot | Shawn Parkin San Clemente Local Lensman Shares His Style In SWELL's November Catalog
SWELL caught up with surf photographer Shawn Parkin to get perspective on his South Orange County surf imagery featured in SWELL’s November catalog. Shawn skated from his San Clemente pad and met us at Bull Taco to grind some $1 Tacos and $2 Tecates. Here’s what we gathered from the bearded lensman.
(Surf Imagery Prints Avail at ShawnParkin.com, Free Catalogs Subscription)
SWELL: First Parkin shot ever published
Parkin: I think my first shots published both online and in print were from the infamous Fire Swell in October of 2007. (more…)
Angola. Do you know where that is? Honestly, I didn’t…that is until I met Kevin Voegtlin, an independent filmmaker who recently made a film about a surf trip to Angola. Last year, Kevin’s buddy Kepa Acero traveled through the Angolan desert on a solo hunt for waves. Surfers in the area pointed him to a left-hand point that wasn’t breaking but he knew deep down that it would fire on the right swell. A few months later, Kepa returned with Dane Gudauskas and they absolutely scored. Kevin’s documentation of the surf trip evolved into his film “Under Desert Sun,” which was just released for your viewing pleasure (see full film above). I got together with Kevin earlier this week to get a better idea of what this Angola surf mission business is all about. Now go grab your readers for the interview, a brew for the movie, and a map to figure out where in the world Angola is located. (more…)
SeaMade: Do’s and Don’ts | How To Get a Job in the Surf Industry Land your dream job with advice from the crew at Surfline + more...
What does it take to work in the surf industry? Many people who surf or like action sports have dreamt of having an industry job but aren’t sure about the first steps to cross the threshold into it. Someone who aspires and actually attempts to get into the surf industry will quickly find out that the industry is notorious for being exclusive. Don’t get discouraged though.
Working for brands that promote the fun and carefree lifestyle of surfers sets up an air of casualty that is hard to find in other industries. Working at Surfline has conditioned me to what I believe is the most casual office culture in the work world. It is more common to see someone running through the Surfline office in a dripping wet wetsuit than a button up shirt. Friday afternoons often see us cracking beers and watching the sunset from our ocean front office balcony. All fun and games? I think not. We all value our company and its success, and will do just about anything to ensure we have the privilege to work there.
So what exactly can you do to get in or maintain your place in the surf world? To help inspire you, here are some tips from some industry players…. (more…)