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February 3rd, 2015 | By | 5 Comments

Road Trip Proofing Your Car A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors from Johnie Gall of Dirtbag Darling.

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I spend a big chunk of the year on the road, traveling from state to state in search mountain peaks and fun waves. What I’ve learned (besides roadside burritos are never a good idea)? That a fun road trip can turn ugly if you aren’t prepared with the right gear.

Deciding to embark on a spontaneous road trip doesn’t have to end in frustration. Nine times out of ten, you’ll roll back into the garage without a single hiccup in your journey. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for all the things that could go wrong.

It’s easy to road-trip proof your car and stock it with the right supplies. Do it now and you’ll be ready to roll at a moment’s notice (and never have to get ripped off by a tow truck company again!).

Pictured: Daydreamer LA Fleece (more…)

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February 1st, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

A Slice of Life | Fin It To Win It

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Every logger you ask will tell you the same thing – the fin on your board is a crucial element to getting the most out of your wave riding experience. Whether you’ve got a classic square-tail noserider, a sleek rounded pin, or an experimental asymm, Captain Fin Co makes stylish skegs for all!

For my square-tail 9’5 log, I prefer the JJ Wessels 9 inch fin. The rake is perfectly versatile for setting my tail at points, reefs, and beach breaks!

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Photo: Willie Kessel Photography

January 30th, 2015 | By | 3 Comments

Volcom Pipe Pro: Day 1 Highlights Pipeline Goes Berserk for the All-Hawaiian Opening Round of the 2015 VPP

The all-Hawaiian Round of 112 saw nothing but epic Pipeline conditions from start to finish, and the highlight of the day was the Volcom Last Chance Qualifier (VLCQ) heat where 8 Pipe veterans delighted the crowd with mind-blowing Pipe and Backdoor barrels.

In honor of the warrior worthY event, we’re giving away official Volcom Pipe Pro Tote Bags with $50 men’s purchases on SWELL (more…)

January 29th, 2015 | By | 15 Comments

BYRD’S STYLING GUIDE: HOW TO USE POMADE The Newest Post-Surf Hair Products & How to Style it Right

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Designed for the gentleman surfer, Byrd products are inspired by the era when sharp grooming was an essential part of a dude’s daily routine. This spin on classic pomade was dreamed up by local Newport Beach Pro Surfer Chase “Big Bird” Wilson.  Try out Byrd Hairdo Products at SWELL and keep a tin handy!

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Chase (above) shared with us a few simple, yet essential tips to properly use his pomade.

1. Scoop out nickel sized amount and firmly massage product in hands until warm. (more…)