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May 6th, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Party Pics: Stab in the Dark Julian Wilson's Cinco De Mayo Party Announcing DHD as the Winning Surfboard


Last night in Venice SWELL hosted a party with 400 of our closest friends to unveil the best surfboard inthe world. Really, how else would you get an unbiased winner than giving a top WSL surfer 10 unlabeled boards and cutting him loose in Western Australian ramps? Well, the winner was DHD Surfboards and  Daren Handley was over  the moon as he as handed a framed cover of his Stab in the Dark Covershot.

In typical Stab Mag style the party was littered with eager coeds and a cinco de mayo open bar that set the place on fire.  Photos by Matty Wong


The Stab in the Dark mini-documentary drops on at 10:30am Thursday, Pacific time. It’s 15-ish minutes long and features one of the world’s most technically perfect surfers pushing himself on bespoke (but blind date) surfboards in Western Australia over 10 days. You won’t wanna miss it. We’ll also be dropping a short profile series on the shapers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. (more…)

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April 7th, 2015 | By | 22 Comments

Modern Ensemble | Festival Vibes OC Style Blogger Jennifer Wilson's Coachella Outfit Inspo

untitled-5035editI cannot believe Coachella is around the corner… That being said, I have been loving all looks that involve festival vibes. When I laid eyes on this off the shoulder crochet top from Swell, I became obsessed with how many ways I could wear this piece.

Shop the Crop Top Made by Jen’s Pirate Booty (more…)

April 3rd, 2015 | By | 15 Comments

How to Take Better Outdoor Instagrams A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall.

betterinstagrams Tired of the vicious cycle of spinach wraps and Sepia filters on Instagram? Break the mold and curate a gallery of double-tap worthy adventure shots—it’s not as hard as it sounds. Most of the time, creating a gorgeous Instagram gallery isn’t about where you are, it’s about how you shoot it (because any outdoor excursion, big or small, is pretty dang beautiful). And keep in mind, Instagram isn’t just about racking up followers—it can be a great way to revisit your favorite moments and connect with old friends easily. Here, eight tips for taking better outdoor Instagram shots you’ll definitely “like” for a long time to come—even if you aren’t a professional photographer.


Figure out what your goal is with your gallery—is it to tell a story? Chronicle your life? Score a sponsorship? Let that dictate what your photos look like.

Tip #1: Rethink Your Instagram

My friend Kat Carney, who happens to have one of the most beautiful Instagram galleries I’ve seen yet, once told me to think about my Instagram as if I were curating a small, square art gallery—advice that’s totally changed the look of my own account! Instead of snapping everything and anything and posting it, try being pickier with what you share with the world. Just like you’d edit a real-life photography gallery to fit a theme, your Instagram should reflect a specific mood or story. Choose yours and post accordingly! (more…)

April 3rd, 2015 | By | 17 Comments

Bombing Newport Sights From the South SWELL That Kept on Cranking

This past weekend Newport Beach enjoyed early season south swell that sent a healthy sized waves that lit up Newport Beachbreaks. From the massive shore pound at The Wedge to the rippable waves at Blackies. The swell that keeps on giving…
Photos/Words by @LukeForgay (more…)