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September 9th, 2013 | By | 21 Comments

Photo Tip: Kelsey Finn

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Photo Tip of the Week from our newest photo contributor, Kelsey Finn
First, and MOST IMPORTANT tip I give any aspiring photographer – go out and try. The best way to learn photography is by doing. Anyone can take a photography course and learn the proper terminology. But to become something great, you have to put it into use. Don’t be ashamed or worried of embarrassment, just go out and play!

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September 8th, 2013 | By | 1,133 Comments

SeaMade: The Budget Surf Trip / Baja Edition A series on surf, cross training and lessons on all things salty by guest blogger, Madison

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SeaMade: ¡Viaje a Baja Norte!

Baja Norte (the northern region of Baja, Mexico for all you gringos) is considered the wild west of Mexico. Countless point breaks, reef breaks, and shore breaks are sure to give you enough paddle time to be arm breakers. Add a ten-story blinking Jesus, donkeys painted like zebras, cha-cha dance offs, vineyards, tacos, tequila, and cantinas and you are sure to get a taste of the real wild west. From my house in Cardiff, I can get to my favorite surf spots and taco stands in less than two hours. It’s hard to believe I’m in such a different element just two hours from home. Read on for tips on Baja travel, surf, eats and more on a budget…

*Pictured above:  Frye Combat Boots / SUPERbrand surfboard (more…)

September 8th, 2013 | By | 492 Comments

Meet Your Maker | Billabong Designer Ed

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SWELL tracked down the man behind the Showdown shirt and the best wovens for the fall. Eddie at Billabong is a true legend, heres why he’s claiming contrast pockets are pertty happnin’

SWELL:
Tell us about the pattern origin

Eddie:  The pattern was actually inspired by ethnic prints and patterns we came across in our travels. It’s a dyeing technique called Ikat and its been used all over the world ranging from Southeast Asia to South America to the Middle East and even further (more…)

September 6th, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

Surf Flick Friday

Take a peek at 5 new and old surf flicks to fuel your froth for a flatspell.

THE NEW
Slow Dance -Craig Anderson Signature Film. Directed by Dane Reynolds (2013)

Best Clip: Skeleton Bay slow-mo. Get Slow Dance (more…)