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August 27th, 2013 | By | 35 Comments

San Clemente Island Fish Tales


During one of the most wave-starved August’s Southern California has ever seen, the occasional flat spell escape prevents local surfers from turning to a life of crime. Luckily the California waters hold no shortage of other monstrous creatures and this past weekend SWELL & friends hit the Channel Islands for a tuna chase and ended up hooking into an endangered Giant Black Seabass.

After a morning of releasing undersized White Seabass and Calicoes on the west side of Catalina, we cruised over to San Clemente Island and dropped our lines. After a minute of fishing we thought we had caught a kelp-fish but after a two hour fight with the dude above, we knew we had done much better. When the beast finally surfaced, the entire school of Black Seabass followed and we knew we had to figure out how to reunite the tired giant with his school before a lingering seal made a meal of him.

To jump-start the revival, Dave jumped in and bear-hugged the 150lb fish and began trying to swim it down, since the fish’s inner air bladder had inflated on his ascent. After multiple dives, we hand cranked the fish’s tail and voila, he dove back into the depths.

San Clemente Island Packing Kit

Pack light with Poler, and keep cool with trunks and tanks (click pics to shop the styles)
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August 27th, 2013 | By | 441 Comments

New SWELL Ambassador: Shelby Yoshida

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Coming to a college near you! The all-new SWELL Ambassador Program kicks off its first semester this Fall with five advocates, representing #theSWELLlife across the Southwest US. Their job is simple: spread the SWELL, and share it all with you via photos, posts, updates and maybe even a sticker or two. Since we’re heading into the school year, we’d like you to get acquainted with all the local ambassadors.
Representing SWELL at UCLA…Shelby Yoshida! (more…)

August 27th, 2013 | By | 375 Comments

Style + Travel Guide: Santiago, Chile Travel Post by Guest Blogger, Leah.

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Our final stop on our adventure in Chile was Santiago. Santiago is a very modern city with a large population and is completely surrounded by the Andes mountains. From almost every point in the city you can see the snowcapped Andes, which made us excited to get up to the snow! We walked around the city exploring the many sites, restaurants, and one of the largest malls in the world. My favorite outfit during my urban adventures consisted of skinny black jeans, my fringe sweater, and a fedora. This was a casual, yet stylish outfit that was comfortable to walk in and perfect for the cool nights. I love the boho vibe of this sweater and felt it went great with all the brightly colored buildings of Chile.
After a couple days in the city we decided to venture up the mountain and end our trip with snowboarding. We actually managed to drive up the mountain, snowboard until dark, and then hop on our flight home all in one day!
Keep reading for tips on where to sleep in Santiago, shop in the city, and where to snowboard in the Andes! (more…)

August 26th, 2013 | By | 31 Comments

SWELL Eats: One Ingredient Pineapple Sorbet

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Keep it sweet and simple with this single ingredient recipe for pineapple sorbet.
You have most-likely heard (and hopefully tried) one-ingredient banana ice cream. We love the simplicity of it so much, that we went ahead and tested it out with a few other tropical flavors, the winner being…you guessed it, pineapple. Although, papaya and mango were closer runner-ups. Eat it alone for a refreshing treat or use it to top sliced fruit or to lighten up your favorite dessert.
Read on for the one-step recipe… (more…)