SWELL and Firewire Surfboards Raise over $4,500 for Firefighters at 9/11 OC Brew HAHA

September 15th, 2010 | By | 2,862 Comments

Irvine Hidden Valley Park, 9/11/2010: The SWELL flag was flying high and the line snaked around the festival grounds to spin SWELL’s “wheel of misfortune”. Firewire Surfboards donated a lip leveling surfboard, aka the 6’2″ Dominator, and thousands mobbed the boys holding down the SWELL booth to take a shot at winning it.

Many left with SWELL shirts, hats, koozies, but only Sean Fitzgerald of Orange took home a glossy new Firewire. We hear he’s en-route to Playa Hermosa, so we’re pumped it landed in the hands of journey-man, hungry fro the last south swells of the season.

The festival included over 50 breweries like Stone Brewery were pouring and pairing, local rockers: The Creepers kept the mojo flowing, and I saw at least a dozen buzzards fall off the climbing wall. We couldn’t think of a better way to raise money for fallen firefighters than to raise a glass and honor our brave brothers in red. This was the inaugural OC Brew Ha Ha, so don’t miss next year’s beers, we know we won’t.
As for the pickled patrons who wandered into the neighboring water-park after the beer went dry… you’re freaking creepy (Yes, you Matt).

Special thanks to:The James Family who hosted the Fund-Raiser, Firestone Walker Brewery who donated their hoppy happiness for tomorrow’s Demo Day, and Firewire for donating the Dominator available on SWELL.com
Brew Vision Below

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Keeping It SWELL: About Us

September 12th, 2010 | By | 6,859 Comments

ABOUT THE SWELL AUTHORS

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About Billy: Job Title: Harp player to help soothe work environment for fellow employees. “I guarantee that I’ve pee’d in my wetsuit more times than you during one continuous surf session” – Billy (World Record holder for the longest surf session)

 

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About Dave Spangler: Surfs Regular, Snowboards Goofy, Skates Mongo, Bodysurfs McDonald’s trays. I am the SWELL marketing mook.

 

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About Leah: Your salted style blogger. Learn more about Leah here

 

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About Madison: Although she calls Cardiff home, you’ll often spot this little gyp-sea at breaks and bike lanes all over Southern California. Check back every week for inspiration, instruction and more on all things salty and sandy. Insta: @mmadisonn

 

 

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About Morgan: Morgan rides a segway to work and loves the color purple. He enjoys long walks on the beach, rollerblading, and the occasional game of leap frog (esp. while wearing his blades). He works as a pro-bono yoga instructor for SWELL, and manages the gear section in his spare time.

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About Nicki: She’s the voice you hear inside your…SWELL emails. “I like to ride my bicycle. Bikinis and bicycles- that’s the world I want to one day live in.” –Nicki

 

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About Rebekah: Say it with us, “SWELL Livin’.” Through her personal blog, Goldfish Kiss, Rebekah proves to be the inspo-authority on outdoor fitness and all things beach living and bikinis. Check out the blog here. But beware, the heavily sanded posts will leave you with some serious island-envy.

 

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About Stephanie: You might know her as the “Watermelon Girl” if you’re social media savvy, but there’s more to this San Diego-raised water baby than her fruit-themed Insta-personality.
So why do we thing she’s so…SWELL?
* She’s a true beach baby. She began competing and picking up sponsors while most of us were still picking up Lego pieces.
* The girl has style, by sea and by land!
* She had us at “Watermelon.”

ABOUT SWELL

Here at SWELL, we’re about shred sticks and styles that rip. Mashable lefts, and kits that are right. Dominating the line-up and, but most-importantly, killing it when it comes to surf lifestyle apparel & gear.

SWELL is committed to supporting the waves and beaches that support the surf lifestyle. From the switch to recycled packaging for SWELL branded merchandise, to offering products that support Surfrider and other eco-initiatives, we strive to do our very best in the fight for global greening.

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SWELL GoPro Sessions – Part 1

September 9th, 2010 | By | 3,305 Comments

The waves were flat this week in Southern California so Dave and Morgan checked out the local caves with mask, snorkel and a GoPro

Song:

Tame Impala – Half Full Glass of Wine

Buy the track off iTunes at
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tame-impala-ep/id312872130

Leave a comment let us know what you think!

Best Stingray Sting Treatment – Everything you need to know about Stingrays at the Beach

September 9th, 2010 | By | 5,189 Comments

Stingrays are found all over the world and, while not all carry a stinger, it is good to know how to deal with the more infamous species in the unlucky chance that you are stung by a venomous ray. Below is everything you need to know about the identification, treatment, and prevention of this painful and often times mistreated sting.

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So first off, here’s how to check if you’ve been stung:

Look for a small “V” shaped cut on the top of the foot or ankle that is usually accompanied by intense pain and girl like screaming. Rays pack a pretty solid punch -so sharp, radiating pain will be a definite indicator that you didn’t just kick a submerged rock or reef. Cuts are almost always on the top of the foot since most swimmers accidently trample these defensive creatures resulting in a nasty venom filled whip across the foot.

How to treat the bloody Sting

First, if the patient is bleeding heaps, elevate the extremity and use direct pressure with gauze, cloth or a towel to stop the bleeding. Clean the laceration as you would with any other injury with sterile water and antiseptic. Most likely the cut will be minor compared to the sting, but don’t forget to throughly disinfect the wound as severe infection can easily occur.

To relieve the sting there are 2 things that help: pain killers and near boiling water.

In Hot Water

As strange as it sounds near boiling water is an easy and effective remedy to treat a sting. The hot water supposedly denatures the venom and neutralizes the pain when applied directly to the wound. A patient should submerge their injured paw into a well heated vat of water and leave it there for 30-90 minutes to feel any results. Make sure that the water you are using is hotter than your everyday bathwater, but not hot enough to burn the skin. Remember, you don’t want to worsen your mate’s injuries and turn their foot into a boiled cabbage, so only use water that is as hot as the person can handle.

While hot water is a great way to treat the sting, often times it is unavailable to the everyday beachgoer. If there is no nearby hotel, restaurant or home to boil you some water, pain killers are a good remedy to treat the pain in the meantime.

Pain Killers

Pain killers can work alone or in conjunction with hot water and will definitely be needed for those with a low pain tolerance. So if you run out of cement pills (to harden the f*** up) or can’t schwill  whiskey out the bottle then try over the counter meds to dull the pain. At the beach people can usually get a hold of these quicker than they can a pot of hot water, so if the patient isn’t allergic to any medication then read the warning labels/directions and give them the correct dosage. Note, if the patient is vomiting don’t try to feed them pills, this will only lead to choking or a chunder-y mishap.

IMPORTANT

If the patient looks unstable after being stung notify a nearby lifeguard, dial 911, or head straight to the hospital. Sometimes complications can occur and immediate medical attention may be required.

If you choose not to head to the doctor’s office, remember that physicians usually prescribe antibiotics for stings because the laceration can easily become infected. If you notice swelling, redness and tenderness around the injury, chances are that the stinger had some bacteria on it and you will definitely need prescribed meds.

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How to Avoid being Stung

Ask a lifeguard or crusty ol’ local if there are any stingrays that frequent the area.  Some beaches don’t have any rays, while others are breeding grounds for these cartilaginous fishes.  Lifeguards and most beach regulars  should know the local environment pretty well and, if need be, can guide you to the best place to take a dip.

For areas that do have rays, look out for warmer water and smaller surf. When the water temps are pleasant and surf is flat, stingrays start to settle closer to the shore and are more prone to being stepped on. So if your beach looks like a lake and feels like a bath remember to shuffle your feet and not to stomp around clumsily in the surf. If you do the “Stingray Shuffle,” then the little sea creatures will feel the vibrations in the sand and should swim away and leave you unscathed.

Besides that luck plays a big role in being stung, so if stingrays give you the spooks make sure to bring your rabbit’s foot and lucky horseshoe with you next time you head out to the beach!

Top picture borrowed from: http://www.elasmodiver.com/Chasing_Rays_in_Baja_Article.htm