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February 5th, 2014 | By | 272 Comments

Who Wore It? Volcom Mod Boardshort Team Volcom Tackles the North Shore in the Official Pipe ProTrunks

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The Volcom Pipe Pro Debuted their latest pair of performance boardshorts at the Volcom Pipe Pro. The Volcom Team Warriors test the stretchy shorts in the massive North Shore shootout.

Who Wore It: Mitch Coleborn (above)
The giant killer shows his softer side along his pepto colored whip in the Red Stoney Mod (more…)

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February 3rd, 2014 | By | 557 Comments

SWELL Snapshot: Peter Taras Surfing Magazine Photo Editor Shares Perspectives Behind SWELL Surfscapes

taras1 He’s featured photographer of SWELL’s Catalog, Surfing Magazine Photo Editor Peter Taras takes us behind the lens of his glossy surf spreads.

SWELL: Walk us through the Covershot did Creed stomp this tweaked out business:

Taras: No, not this one. He did on a couple others though. This place has crazy exposed rocks so it was sketchy on some landings. I think the next exact wave he did but I shot it at like 15th of a second and it didn’t look nearly as good. But this was the highest most stylish air of this Laguna session. This was also the first time he had ever surfed this wave so sometimes it takes a couple sessions to get comfortable at a place.

I still love this photo even though it’s not a “pull”. There’s something to be said with a photo that just has a good feel to it. (more…)

February 2nd, 2014 | By | 418 Comments

Surf Training with Alana Blanchard Improve Your Surfing with Alana's Trainer, Summer.

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It’s a typical winter day on Kauai.  It is 70 degrees, windy, rainy with a bit of sunlight shining through the clouds.  Alana walks in the studio. I ask her how she is and how the surf is.  She answers, “Fun but a bit blown out.”  She’s an optimist I know and will usually make the best out of every situation.  She says I’m ready for “a really good workout”.  I know what this means; Alana is one of my strongest clients.  And I’ve been doing this for 12 years with all levels of professional athletes.  She is amazing.  She is an animal…this will be a tough workout.  Here is her workout: (more…)

February 1st, 2014 | By | 63 Comments

SeaMade: Surfing 101 A series on surf, cross training and lessons on all things salty by guest blogger, Madison

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Whether you’re learning to surf or are a total veteran, there is nothing quite as good as having a lineup to yourself. The only way to become a better surfer is time surfing- literally standing up and riding a wave. Paddling around to scrounge for waves will make you stronger but time on your feet is what you really need to improve your surf skills. (more…)