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March 27th, 2013 | By | 4,126 Comments

2013 Follow the Light Foundation Awards Call For Entry Calling All Amateur Surf Photogs: Application For The $5K Grant Ends April 19th

San Clemente, CA: The surfing world’s most prestigious photographic award is open for entries!

Follow The Light Foundation has made a call for submissions from the world’s top young surf image-makers, who will have a chance to put themselves in the running for the top Foundation Grant of $5000.

FTLF has announced four further runner-up grants of $1000 each.

The Grant and associated awards, including the popular People’s Choice Award, will be presented in July around the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, CA (date and location to be announced).

Presented in honor of pioneering surf photography legend Larry “Flame” Moore, the Foundation’s award and associated Grant is in its eighth year.

It continues Larry’s lifelong commitment to encouraging the art and skill of surf photography. As a lensman himself, Larry pioneered numerous surf-image techniques both in and out of the water. As Surfing Magazine’s photo editor, for over 30 years he nurtured the best and brightest in the game, while always having a word of advice for the hopeful kid whose first submission crossed his desk.

Recipients of the FTLF Grant have included young champions of the surf photo world such as inaugural winner Chris Burkard and subsequent winners Matt Clark,Todd Glasser, Morgan Maassen, Ray Collins, Duncan Macfarlane and 2012’s award winner, Shawn Parkin.

2012 Winning Slideshow: Shawn Parkin

Check out SWELL’s “Follow The Light Foundation” Catalog Feature Here

FTLF judge and masterful photographer Aaron Chang says it isn’t getting any easier to pick the winners. “Over the years the judging has been increasingly more challenging, because the photographers are beginning to understand that in addition to great photography, the judges are looking for the feeling created by the overall presentation.”

Aaron thinks that along with the extraordinary exposure to key surf industry people involved in an FTLF entry, young photographers gain an extra benefit: community. “Just being able to sit and watch what your peers are presenting provides aspiring photographers with a fresh set of goals and inspiration that is very difficult to access otherwise.”

Photographers who wish to submit in pursuit of the Grant should first spend time familiarizing themselves with the rules and process of entry, which can be viewed here.



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March 8th, 2013 | By | 1,119 Comments

Save Trestles…Again

We Need you to show up and blow up to save the Yosemite of Surfing next Wednesday for the next hearing for the TCA’s attempt to pave your wave.


Urge Regional Water Board to Deny Toll Road Permit
We need your help! The TCA is trying to build the first 5 mile segment of the 241 toll road. Many of you have sent letters to the Regional Water Board asking them to deny this foolhardy project. Next Wednesday the Regional Board will have a meeting to decide that permit and we need you there!

If you live in Southern California, come to the water board hearing next Wednesday, March 13th, at 9:00 a.m. and speak out against the toll road. The hearing will be held at

March 13th, 9:00 AM
Costa Mesa City Council Chambers
77 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

You don’t need to speak (unless you want to) but a strong show of support will go a long way.

More Ways to Save Our Waves
Join SurfRider
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Write a letter to the Water Board to Deny the TCA request

February 1st, 2013 | By | 2,673 Comments

#SWELLNEFF Instagram Contest


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Tag your Instagram posts with #SWELLNEFF adn show off the fun life. Its a celebration of the radical new NEFF products on SWELL. Finalist will be chosen by the team at SWELL and NEFF, and the grand prize picked from a facebook poll, so its yours for the taking! The winner takes home a months worth of headwear. YEW!


January 21st, 2013 | By | 4,288 Comments

#TheSwellLife Join the Fan Featured Instagram Album



to show off your love for all the sun, surf and style in #TheSwellLife Instagram feed. Use the hashtag and mention @SWELLDOTCOM to join the freshest album of SWELL lovers on the social web. We’ll be picking standout styles to feature in our style guides, so get funky with those filters and show off your SWELL steeze.

How to Get Likes On #TheSwellLife Instagram Album

1. Show off your recently purchased items from SWELL
2. Post pics at the beach, concerts…or beach concerts
Board sports of course. POV surfing, skating, ice-blocking…
4. Get creative with the Free Swell Catalog
5. Order free SWELL stickers and represent on your bumper, board or bike