We were always curious to meet the mind behind the eclectic (and sometimes eccentric) pieces of Vanessa Mooney Jewelry. So we traveled to the land of Angeles to meet their maker – the brand’s namesake, Vanessa Mooney. What we found: piles of treasures form around the globe, endless imagination, a room full of vintage dresses, Neverending Story-like head pieces, and what you, you may say is a dreamer (and the one bringing said turquoise and gold-filled dreams to life)… (more…)
Fresh off the release of their latest album, Nothing Is Real, Long Beach-based Crystal Antlers stopped by to play some new songs and a cover of a classic for the SWELL team. The band rarely plays acoustic so to hear these songs stripped down is a big deal and something we’re excited to share with you. Check out their live acoustic performances below, then click here for a chance to win a signed copy of their new album on vinyl. (more…)
Wetsuits- the armor of surfers. Having a good wetsuit can make or break a surf session. Ask any surfer what their favorite wetsuit is and they will probably tell you they have a collection. I think I have about 10 wetsuits right now. Each has a purpose depending on whether it’s for longboarding or shortboarding, or warmth or style.
If a suit does not properly fit one’s body it will likely leak or constrict blood flow. Wetsuits should fit snuggly but you shouldn’t feel like you can’t breathe. I recommend spending the extra dough to get a good fullsuit because staying warm is one of the most important factors of cold-water surfing. Suits often go on sale at the end of the season, so keep your eye out for some deals. I’ve reviewed a few wetsuits from SWELL’s gear shop that are good for a variety of water temps. Read on to see what I thought of them…
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