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January 2nd, 2014 | By | 15 Comments


A new year = A clean slate.
So, what are you going to do with it?

Here are a few suggestions:

Travel somewhere new, take an art class, take any kind of creative class, get certified in diving, learn to salsa dance, do a ton of DIY’s, find a new hobby, volunteer, volunteer some more, ride your bike more, walk more, start a garden, get a dog, rescue a dog, surf as much as possible, take a few road trips, do your first triathlon, smile more, dish out random acts of kindness…

If you think about it, there is a lot you can do with 356 days.

So, enjoy the clean slate and exhilarating feeling of a brand new year, then go do something (big or small) with it.
- Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen

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December 30th, 2013 | By | 737 Comments

Photo Tip: Kelsey Finn

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Photo Tip of the Week from photo contributor, Kelsey Finn…
One big mistake I learned the hard way – never leave your water housing out in the direct sun/heat. One day I went on a paddle boarding adventure and kept my camera in it’s housing on top of my board, lens side up, in the sun, When I jumped in the water to take some photos, condensation had build up, fogging my port and blurring every photo I tried to take. The natural moisture in the air gets trapped inside the housing, and when left in the sun, it will cause the moisture to bead. If you are planning on leaving your housing out and do not have shade for it, place a cool, wet towel on it!

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December 24th, 2013 | By | 212 Comments

Surf Style Guide | Home for the Holidays


Welcome back home-sick surfers. Please endure this brief reminder/manifesto to restore order in the recently reshuffled line-ups. If your’re offended, you’re probably guilty of surf sins, so listen closely to SWELL’s guide to surfing home for the holidays.

No Phones

Regardless of what anyone else is doing, elevate your etiquette by keeping your iPhone out of sight. The boys will assume you’re phoning your new frat brothers to paddle out, and someone WILL give you shit (via snaking you) for that Instagram you just posted tagged #noplacelikehome #lovewhereIlive (more…)

December 24th, 2013 | By | 824 Comments

SWELL Eats | Pupukea Grill Recipes and Surf Food at a North Shore Food Truck


Pupukea grill is part lunch wagon, part north shore hangout and 100% farm fresh fare for the Pipeline chargers. SWELL photog Domenic Mosquiera and Jamie Obrien dropped by to refuel for the pumping Pipe session going down on Christmas Eve. (more…)