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June 1st, 2015 | By | No Comments

Meet Your Shaper: DHD Interview: Stab in the Dark Winning Shaper Darren Handley


You’ve no doubt heard the news that Aussie shaper DHD won Stab in The Dark at  global premiere in Venice Beach. The competition drew 11 of best shapers and test pilot, Julian Wilson to the table in search of the world’s best surfboard.We caught up with shaper, owner and founder of DHD, Darren Handley to understand the magic of this highly sought after board that you can only get at SWELL. Or Enter to win here.

Can you tell us what you were looking for when designing the template of this board?
I was in two minds when approach this board design. I could have gone with a design for that has worked for the past 10-12 years OR used a design that is more current, which is what Jack Freestone is riding on the DX1. In the end I decided to go with the DX1 template which performs better for bigger guys. Also factoring in the size of the surfer I thought this would be the most suited board to ride for all round conditions. (more…)

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May 18th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Call for Entries: Follow the Light Foundation 2015 Enter to Win $5K Surf Photography Grant




The 10th year of the Follow the Light Foundation awards is now open for entries. If you or if you know aspiring photographers, we are awarding a $5,000 grant and adding to an impressive list of accomplished photographers who got their start from the this foundation in memory of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. CUTOFF FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 15.

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May 15th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Trunk Talk: SWELL Buyer Ollie Edwards Meet the Man Who Hand Selects Your Favorite Surf Styles

Watch our new Australian buyer Ollie chop it up about the joys of being a buyer in the streets of NYC. Ollie joined the SWELL team in October, knows how to get his hands on the world’s best boardies and surfs pretty good too.

Enjoy his cheeky babble and check out his Trunk Talk Picks

Ollie Edwards Trunk Picks


May 8th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Big Sur Day Tripping: Gorda to Nepenthe 3 Must-Stop Central Coast Classics for Surf and Supplies


Colton Gabe and Chase made a mission to test drive SWELL’s new gear and see the best Big sur had to offer in a day. Here’s what the boys concluded was the go-to route for scoring is style.

MILE 43: Gorda Fuel Station

The first outpost north of the San Luis Obispo County line lies the most expensive gas in the United States… and the spendiest beer to go with it. In a pinch you can pick up a 6-pack of local firestone beer for a mere $16 and gas is upwards of $10/gal. but a post-surf coldie is priceless.

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MILE 49: Sand Dollar Beach

The most consistent sandbar set-up in Big Sur, Sand Dollar offers up tons of rippable empty  peaks just below Plasket Creek Campground. A day pass runs ya $15 these days, but it grants you access to every Ca park for 24 hrs. The Campsite is an epic place to pitch a tent among the redwoods,backpackers, Cal Poly students, and all kinds of road trippers. (more…)