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June 3rd, 2014 | By | 18 Comments

How To: Catch a Party Wave Catchsurf Partywave Pro Johnny Redmond Explains the Art of Hot Dogging

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Johnny Redmond stole the show once again in the 2nd annual Party Wave Patriot Session at Salt Creek, and he’s giving you a free lesson on going nuts in the summer surf.

The Flying Salamander: (above) “It’s rarely caught on film so this was like finding a four leaf clover. This is truly a feather in my cap”

Just aim for a closeout section and project your board through the lip, kicking out the back of the wave and stretch all fours like a Richard Simmons workout video

 
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June 2nd, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Slice of Life: Santa Barbara Paddle Out Guest Series by Stephanie Schechter

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As many of you may know, my school, the University of California, Santa Barbara was recently shaken by a terrible tragedy. A deranged shooter rampaged through Isla Vista, the beautiful town adjacent to our campus, killing six students and injuring 13 others. Several days of shock and sadness permeated our community, and we are still in mourning to this day. In the wake of this tragedy, my friends and I, all members of the UCSB Surf Team, organized a memorial paddle out to honor our fallen Gauchos. (more…)

May 30th, 2014 | By | 14 Comments

Behind the Cover | Jon Steele Featured SWELL Catalog Photog Walks Us Through His Ecuadorean Covershot

Jon Steele stops by the SWELL shop to share his Ecuadorean discovery. (more…)

May 30th, 2014 | By | 16 Comments

#SeaMade: A Dive Into ‘Beyond the Surface’

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Take a moment to think about India. What are some of your initial thoughts? Surfing pristine peelers and cultivating social change may not be the fist thoughts to come to mind but for Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and her filmmaker husband, Dave, that’s exactly what comes to mind.

In the documentary ‘Beyond The Surface’ Ishita Malaviya, the first female surfer in India, joins five unique and talented women: Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Liz Clark, Lauren Hill, Emi Koch, and Kate Baldwin. They travel through Southern India exploring the ways surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity can bring hope to the people of India, and the rest of the world.

When I saw the film at the San Diego Surf Film Festival, I was extremely inspired and not one bit surprised the film won the award for best documentary of the entire fest. This is a story you don’t want to miss.
Read on for the trailer and inspirations from the crew… (more…)