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February 3rd, 2014 | By | 1,088 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…)

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February 2nd, 2014 | By | 583 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 | 143 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…)

January 30th, 2014 | By | 441 Comments

#SWELLivin

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I just moved to LA, and am in the process of trying out new gyms. I was working out at the YMCA down the street, and they had a little bulletin board in the corner filled with black and white printouts of motivational fitness sayings. One caught my eye, and made me smirk a little because it was so true: Get fit in the Gym. Lose weight in the kitchen.

Yup. It’s the truth.

But one thing is missing:  a place where you can reap all those benefits of your hard work and will power, forget about your worries  and your body), let lose, and be barefoot and salty. That place? The beach.

So, I added on to my new favorite, oh so blunt fitness quote: Get fit in the gym. Lose weight in the kitchen. Keep your sanity at the beach.

…especially if your beach outing includes a board, not too many people and some fun waves.  Extra sanity bonus points there.
- Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen

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