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August 29th, 2011 | By | 2,854 Comments

Tsunami Relief Tee: the Heal Japan Tee by Andy Daivs

Sport and Support: the Heal Japan tee by Hurley and Andy Davis
Help heal Japan! Join SWELL, Surfline, Hurley and 185 surf icons in supporting the Japan tsunami relief with the Heal Japan tee. With 100% of proceeds going to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society, you’ll be joining the international surfing community in its effort to help rebuild Japan from the devastating quake and tsunami. (more…)

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August 12th, 2011 | By | 6,342 Comments

Swell at the 2011 Watermans Classic Golf Tourney

Billabong Crew w/ SWELL girls

Billabong Crew w/ SWELL girls

Hole #16 was where it was at. This was our sponsored hole for the day. We posted up with a Mexican motif, including a taco cart with all of the tastiest tacos you could eat, along with an array of Mexican decoration and 2 lovely ladies pouring the players shots of tequila

Every player that got to our hole absolutely digged our taco scene. In fact people even came back to hit up the taco cart for “seconds” and “thirds.”


August 10th, 2011 | By | 5,161 Comments

Look Good, Do Good: Wayuu Taya Bags!

New at Swell: Wayuu Taya Bags


Sport this season’s native print trend while supporting Latin-American indigenous communities. In addition to being one-of-a-kind, hand crafted bags, the proceeds from the sale Wayuu Taya bags go to benefiting the Wayuú indigenous people. The bags are hand-made by Wayuú indigenous women at Shukumajaya, the foundation’s women center that helps educate women on parenting and nutrition, family planning and hygiene.
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August 3rd, 2011 | By | 5,924 Comments

Congrats to Aussie Duncan Macfarlane, Winner of the 2011 “Follow The Light” Award

Duncan Macfarlane

As always, this year’s Follow The Light awards proved hard to judge according to master of ceremonies Aaron Chang. Staged in the heart of the US Open at the Shorebreak hotel in Huntington beach, five hand picked, budding surf photographers presented their portfolios in front of surf industry icons and a panel of judges. With each picture more stunning than the next, it was a difficult task to select the “best” photographer from such varied styles and landscapes.

While the tallies were close across the board, Matt Kurvin ultimately won the People’s Choice award for, among other things, his remarkable photos of backwash pounded surf. When these images escaped the projector, Oooh’s and Aaah’s were given as if fireworks had gone off in the room. The Santa Cruz based Floridian was awarded a total of $1500 for his mind-tripping photography.

Duncan Macfarlane’s Winning Photos

For the main prize the timid and shaggy haired Australian Duncan Macfarlane won over the panel with his eclectic mix of progressive surfing, unique perspectives, and varied use of lighting. He walked away with the $5k grant and the prestigious title as the Larry “Flame” Moore Foundation grant recipient for 2011. He plans on further developing his talents and possibly enrolling himself in a photo business course with the prize money.

follow-the-light-finalists-2011 Aaron Chang presented the difficult pick to the 2011 Follow the Light Finalists. From left to right: Quincy Dein, Matt Kurvin, Rick Lesser, Duncan Macfarlene, and Carlos Santana.

SWELLsurf has been a proud sponsor of the Follow the Light Foundation since it’s inception 6 years ago. The award ceremony was created under the wishes of the late and legendary surf photographer Larry “Flame” Moore to help push both the sport of surfing and the lensmen behind it.

Check out all the finalists’ slideshows at