Archive for the ‘Interesting Humans’ Category

September 25th, 2014 | By | No Comments

CODE ZIRCON 99 – EPISODE 1 Team Afends Living In a Different Paradigm of Surf Consciousness

“Not your average surf flick thats for sure” says Heath Mawson of Afends about the boys of Byron hitting the road, going mad in the water and kicking shit in their path.

Watch AFENDS team riders; Duncan McNicol, Torren Martyn, JS, Luke Stickley, Seb Smart travel from Byron to Bali, Stradbroke Island to South Coast, and set yourself apart from the crowd in new Aussie Afends styles at SWELL (more…)

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September 24th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Meet Your Shaper | Matt Biolos Tour the LOST Surfboard Factory as Mayhem Hand-shapes the "Sub Buggy"

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First Off,  Tell our SWELL fans the origin of your nickname “mayhem”

MB: I SANG IN A PUNK ROCK BAND IN THE MID 80s. WE CALLED OURSELVES ” MAYHEM ORDNANCE

What makes the Lost Shaping team & the Catalyst standout from the competition?

MB: AS THE FOUNDER/ CO-OWNER , I HAVE HANDS ON BUILT BOARDS EVERY  DAY, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS. WE HAVE OF OF THE BEST TEST TRACKS IN THE WORLD ( TRESTLES ) AS OUR BACK YARD.

WE AND OUR FOREFATHERS HAVE BEEN BUILDING BOARDS THERE , NONE STOP, SINCE THE EARLY 70s.

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September 3rd, 2014 | By | No Comments

Meet Your Maker | Rusty Take a Tour Into Rusty's Legendary Shaping Bay and Design Studio

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While picking up a fresh batch of boards in Rusty San Diego, we got a behind the scenes look at his hall of fame board building operation, then met then characters in the brand new apparel design HQ for happy hour in Laguna Beach.

Skip straight to the Rusty USA Design HQ Tour in Laguna Beach

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Rusty Preisendorfer estimates he’s shaped over 40,00 boards. For 25 years, he worked on creating larger foam molds to shape bigger boards for bigger waves (and big dudes like him) (more…)

August 19th, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

How It’s Made… In The Shade Brother-Sister Design Duo Collab on Tropical Billabong Graphic Art

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SWELL took a quick trip to the Billabong Merchandise & Design dept to meet the Brother-Sister team behind this radical new of tropical tee in the August  SWELL Catalog

SWELL: Ryan, what’s your role in the Billabong M&D team?

RM: I’m a Senior In-House Artist for Billabong USA. Among various creative duties, I primarily design graphics and artwork for the Men’s tee shirt line, working everyday with type, illustration and graphic design. It’s always pumping and each day is a new adventure in a fast paced creative atmosphere–I love it! (more…)