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.

February 3rd, 2015 | By | 17 Comments

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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!).

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Meet Your Maker: Katin See How Katin's Custom Surf Styles are Made - From The Sketchbook To SWELL

February 2nd, 2015 | By | 457 Comments

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Ask any surfer what the name ‘Katin’ means to them and they’ll claim the K-man invented boardshorts in the 1950′s and started the renowned surf competition, the Katin Classic Pro/Am. These pioneers were born in Surfside, CA and in an era of out-sourcing, still keep their production at home in SoCal. Given their commitment to quality, American-made goods, we’re stoked to feature Katin in SWELL’s Locals Only collection.

Take a tour of the Katin USA design and production headquarters with Justin Rogina (left) and Mac Beu –  (more…)

A Slice of Life | Fin It To Win It

February 1st, 2015 | By | 14 Comments

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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

DIY: Surf Wax Air Freshener

January 31st, 2015 | By | 24 Comments

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With snowpocalypse, rain, and just downright chilly days upon us, sunny vacation inspiration is in high demand. Our solution, get cozy with some beach Pinspiration and make our house (and car) smell like sunscreen, surf wax and all things seaside. Grab bottle of Pirette and piece of felt. Space heater and bikini optional. Read on for the how-to: (more…)