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May 7th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Web Premiere: Stab in the Dark

Stab and SWELL invited the 10 best shapers in the world to each create a surfboard for a 6’0″ mystery surfer on the CT. The boards were provided with unsigned stringers and logo-free.

The test pilot was Julian Wilson, the testing grounds were a ramping wave park in Western Australia. This experiment became known as “STAB in the Dark” Enjoy this unique, unbiased review of the world’s best surfboards and a flat out freakish display of surfing.

Directed by: Sam McIntosh
Produced by: Damien Fahrenfort
Art direction: Shinya Dalby
Filmed by: Toby Cregan, Jimmy Lees, Rick Jackovic (water footage)
Edited by: Mike Pagan
Still photography: Ryan Miller, Chris Gurney, Andy Staley


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May 6th, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Party Pics: Stab in the Dark Julian Wilson's Cinco De Mayo Party Announcing DHD as the Winning Surfboard


Last night in Venice SWELL hosted a party with 400 of our closest friends to unveil the best surfboard inthe world. Really, how else would you get an unbiased winner than giving a top WSL surfer 10 unlabeled boards and cutting him loose in Western Australian ramps? Well, the winner was DHD Surfboards and  Daren Handley was over  the moon as he as handed a framed cover of his Stab in the Dark Covershot.

In typical Stab Mag style the party was littered with eager coeds and a cinco de mayo open bar that set the place on fire.  Photos by Matty Wong


The Stab in the Dark mini-documentary drops on at 10:30am Thursday, Pacific time. It’s 15-ish minutes long and features one of the world’s most technically perfect surfers pushing himself on bespoke (but blind date) surfboards in Western Australia over 10 days. You won’t wanna miss it. We’ll also be dropping a short profile series on the shapers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. (more…)

April 24th, 2015 | By | 13 Comments

Trunk Talk: Volcom’s Joe Frizelle A Stab Mag x SWELL Series about the Legends Who Make Your Boardshorts

Meet the men who minimize your rash, modify your maneuverability, mold your style, maximise your time in the water. This is our way of paying homage to these legends, just a little, so you might better understand just where your surf shorts are coming from.

The installment feature Volcom designer Joe Frizelle, and check out his work in the SWELL surf shop

April 14th, 2015 | By | 11 Comments

Coachella Weekend 1: Vestal Village Party Pics Trend-Spotting and Photo-Bombing at the Exclusive Action Sports Pool Party


The who’s-who of the Action Sports industry converge on Coachella Music Festival for an invite-only camp out and 4-day pool party. Enjoy the evidence of the concert and see who got in the mix.

Thanks for the memories Vestal! Checkout New Vestal Watches and all Guys and Girls Festival Style needs at SWELL

Photos by Pierre Auroux Photography (more…)