Archive for the ‘EVENTS’ Category

July 29th, 2015 | By | No Comments

Seth de Rouet Win 2015 Follow the Light Award Event Recap of the Most Prestigious Ceremony in Surf Photography

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(L-R: MC Aaron Chang, Seth de Roulet, Scotty Hammonds, Candy Moore, Woody Gooch, Quinn Matthews, John Barton)

3 Time Finalist Seth de Roulet of Santa Barbara took home top honors and a $5K check to further pursue his career in Surf Photography. Amidst the chaos of the US Open of Surfing was a display of surf media’s finest future lensmen. The 5 finalists presented their slideshows to a standing-room only crowd of the world’s best surfers for the 10th annual Follow the Light Foundation Awards”

Seth used a combination of his fine arts background and the Central CA Coast scenery to capture the vote of the judging panel made up of Peter Taras, Jeremiah Klein, Russ Hennings and more premier surf media captains.

We asked how Seth would spend the check that the late Larry “Flame” Moore wanted to fuel the talents of up-and-coming photographers,  “I am currently in construction on converting my laundry room (more…)

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June 1st, 2015 | By | No Comments

Meet Your Shaper: DHD Interview: Stab in the Dark Winning Shaper Darren Handley

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You’ve no doubt heard the news that Aussie shaper DHD won Stab in The Dark at  global premiere in Venice Beach. The competition drew 11 of best shapers and test pilot, Julian Wilson to the table in search of the world’s best surfboard.We caught up with shaper, owner and founder of DHD, Darren Handley to understand the magic of this highly sought after board that you can only get at SWELL. Or Enter to win here.


Can you tell us what you were looking for when designing the template of this board?
I was in two minds when approach this board design. I could have gone with a design for that has worked for the past 10-12 years OR used a design that is more current, which is what Jack Freestone is riding on the DX1. In the end I decided to go with the DX1 template which performs better for bigger guys. Also factoring in the size of the surfer I thought this would be the most suited board to ride for all round conditions. (more…)

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

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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

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The Stab in the Dark mini-documentary drops on Stabmag.com 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…)

April 21st, 2015 | By | 20 Comments

Festival Style | Stagecoach Outfit Guide SWELL Photo Assistant 's Picks to Get Styled-Out for the "Mane" Stage

Festival season is still upon us and although Coachella has gone and past we still have a summer full of great music and even better style! Stagecoach may not be as well known for its fashion—but trust me when I say there’s still a “festival look” befitting this awesome country music filled weekend.  Our photo assistant MacKenzie is sharing her 3 must have looks to guide you through this festival season:

Headliner: Tim McGraw: “Someday you’ll be looking back on your life at the memories; this is going to be one of those nights.”

Day 1: My first outfit is an all American girl look. I wanted to stay sweet and southern, while still being boho-chic. A romper is the perfect festival outfit when you are dancing the night away front row to your favorite song. My 3 must haves include flirty florals, statement sunglasses, and of course a pair of good ol’ cowgirl boots.

Celebrity fashion inspiration: Maddie & Tae and Kacey Musgrave’s.

Stagecoach_1_1             Get the Look: SWELL Romper, Statement Necklace and Killer Sunnies.

Headliner: Miranda Lambert

 “Mama’s broken heart.” (more…)