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August 7th, 2013 | By | 72 Comments

Dorian Inducted | Surfers Hall Of Fame


Amid the hoopla in Huntington during the US Open of Surfing last week, the boardwalk became a better place with the induction of 3 legends into the Surfers Hall of Fame. Shane Dorian, Skip Frye and Rick ‘Rockin Fig’ Fignetti got their feet wet (in cement) on the famed sidewalk of Surf City USA for their indelible achievements in advancing the sport of surfing. (more…)

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August 6th, 2013 | By | 98 Comments

URT | World Famous Wompers

URT X SWELL joined forces to bring you new, exclusive styles saluting the art of body womping. The two coastal dwelling companies grew up in breaks that cater to barrel hunting body surfers eager to get heaved into hollow shore-pound.

URT is the inventor of the tide chart printed inside a shURT and receive international acclaim for heroic drops at XXL sessions, like co-founder Dougie Mann recently charging The Wedge (above).  URT released an exclusive line available only at SWELL in honor of their 4th annual WOMP body surfing competition   (more…)

August 3rd, 2013 | By | 842 Comments

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

Once we reached Chile, the first place we set up camp was a darling beach town called Pichilemu. The drive to Pichilemu was absolutely mesmerizing as we drove along the perfect Chilean coastlines. The moment we arrived in Pichilemu we checked the waves at the world renowned surf spot, Punta de Lobos. Every day we spent in this coastal haven we ran down to check the waves and usually spent at least three hours of our morning there as the guys did not want to get out. We then went into town to grab food and usually spent the rest of the day exploring the coastlines and sometimes even squeezed in another surf at Punta de Lobos.
Read on for a where to adventure, rest + shop in Pichilemu (more…)

August 2nd, 2013 | By | 890 Comments

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


Lately, I’ve been craving a surf trip but have a nagging voice in the back of my mind that reminds me of my budget and time constraints. I’ve been hearing about friends going on epic surf trips that include yachts in the Mentawais, sailing down the Gold Coast, and island hopping by helicopter in the South Pacific. Wow- what a dream, but that’s just what I have to remind myself- keep dreaming, Madison. I know my day will come for exotic surf adventures abroad, but for now I will let my friends’ travel stories inspire me to do more local trips.
My most recent modes of transfer have been car and train, both of which allow me to escape the San Diego bubble on a budget and get a sense of adventure. To the north of my hometown, just a train ride or road trip away, is Northern Los Angeles. The region is perfect for summertime, as there are many cobblestone-bottomed points and beach breaks to pick up long period south swells. My favorite LA spots are County Line, Topanga, and Malibu, all most easily accessed by car. If you want to travel a bit further north of LA, there are plenty of gems that are conveniently accessible. Once at your train station stop you can bike, bus, or taxi to the surf spots and campgrounds. If you’re not that into camping, there are plenty of quaint bed and breakfast type places that can host you without cleaning out your wallet. Read on for the list of stops + check out the travel kit (pictured)… (more…)