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May 2nd, 2014 | By | 262 Comments

Guy’s Gift Guide to Mother’s Day Fail-Safe Employee Picks for Mom Based on Questionable Male Logic

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Swell’s soggy crew of surf derryls weighed in with their choice gifts for the women who brought them into the world.  Mother’s Day is May 11th, boys, so get gifting at SWELL without having to linger around the department store.

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Morgan: Men’s Buyer
His Pick: Raen Optics

“Like my name, these are unisex and loved by all.” – Morgan  (more…)

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April 27th, 2014 | By | 280 Comments

A Slice Of Life | Panamá Guest Series by Stephanie Schechter

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During my spring break from UC Santa Barbara, my family and I traveled to Playa Venao, Panamá! My family, including my parents and my older brother (who attends UCLA), loves to travel to places that are generally off the beaten path. We always aim to find uncrowded surf destinations with interesting culture, and Panamá definitely fit this description! The capital city, La Cuidad de Panamá is only a six-hour direct flight from LAX – which was really convenient! However, after flying to Panamá, it was over seven hours of complicated driving – and a few wrong turns – to get to Pedasí, the town nearest to Playa Venao. While there are several other excellent surfing locations in Panamá on both the Pacific and the Atlantic coasts, we chose to go to Playa Venao because there are no large resorts nearby, and the surf is known to be fun, uncrowded, and consistent. Upon arrival to La Ciudad de Panamá, we realized that Panamá is slightly more modernized than other countries we have seen in Central America, such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica. However, once out of the city, the Panamanian countryside was very similar to that of its neighboring countries. The house we stayed in, named La Casa Mango, was also reminiscent of other Central American surf lodging. La Casa Mango was almost entirely open air, nestled into a jungle on the hill overlooking Playa Venao. There were plenty of strange insects to be seen, along with tropical birds, geckos, iguanas, frogs, and three varieties of monkeys!

Pictured above: Kimono Top | Tori Praver Bikini

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April 26th, 2014 | By | 575 Comments

SeaMade: #CityWild 2nd Point Stories of native wanderings by blogger, Madison

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The big day had arrived- the day of hiking 10 miles to go surf. Once we set forth from camp, the CityWild crew wandered down Las Virgenes road for about half a mile before dropping into the Malibu Creek Canyon. While walking through an emerald green meadow just off the hot black pavement, I turned and asked Adam, “When does the trail start?” With a sly grin he replied, “I don’t know- you’re on it I suppose”.

Pictured Above: RVCA Hat, Surfrider Tee, One Teaspoon Shorts | Below: Raen Sunglasses
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April 25th, 2014 | By | 348 Comments

Surf Photographers Wanted | Follow The Light Awards Call for Entries for Up and Coming Surf Photography Grant

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SAN CLEMENTE, CA- The Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) is calling all photographers to submit their applications for its annual $5,000 grant in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. The deadline is one month away: entries must be received no later than 12pm May, 27, 2014. (more…)