Cinco de Mayo 2015 SWELL hosted a party with 400 of our closest friends in Venice to unveil the best surfboard in the 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 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…)
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Itching for a road trip, the boys loaded the sketchy old SWELL van with the newest summer gear to crash test the goods and go absolutely ham ion the 90 mi coastline called Big Sur, Ca. Enjoy the edit, get the gear and stay tuned for 6 more stories this week about the dude cruise going down in the books!
Meet the Boys
Chase Wilson 24, Newport Beach
Highlight of Trip: Driving the Highway 1 around the bends of the Big Sur listening to DJ Pelican. Most enjoyable drive of my life! Unbelievable.
Funny Moment: Watching Gabe play with a half dead Snake! That kid is crazy.
Big Sur in 3 Words: Warm, Populated, Un-sharky
Choice road trip tunes: DJ Pelican… if you know, you know
Favorite Campground in Big Sur: there’s so many nooks and crannies up there but I’d say Sand dollar state beach was my favorite. (more…)
Meet the men who minimize your rash, modify your maneuverability, mold your style, maximise your time in the water. This is our way of paying homage to these legends, just a little, so you might better understand just where your surf shorts are coming from.
The installment feature Volcom designer Joe Frizelle, and check out his work in the SWELL surf shop
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.
Get the Look: SWELL Romper, Statement Necklace and Killer Sunnies.
Headliner: Miranda Lambert
“Mama’s broken heart.” (more…)