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…)Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
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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…)
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Meet Your Maker | RVCA Mens Men's Designer Mike Gomez Talks Beards, Werewolves & Captain Beefheart Inspo
We dropped in at RVCA HQ in Costa Mesa to meet the designers behind their insane winter styles, and dig up some stories on these characters who transcend traditional action sports apparel.
SWELL: First off, are you in a ZZ Top coverband, or is that beard resistant to razors?
Mike Gomez: Ha! I wish I was cool enough to be in a ZZ Top cover band. Would you believe it just grows in like this during a full moon? I also develop keen night vision, a strong urge to run, and get really hungry for meat. I’m usually a vegetarian, I’m not sure what to make of it all. (more…)