Hemp Surfboard Sweepstakes Winner: Joseph McConnell

September 8th, 2010 | By | 1,965 Comments

Joeseph McConnel Winner of the Kaimanu Hemp Surfboard
I hope they allow hemp on the Camp Pendelton Marine Base, because US Marine Helicopter Pilot, Joseph McConnell took the Hemp wrapped board back to his barracks. We almost gave up on him after three calls, and no answer, but it turns out this guy was flying secret missions in “The Frog”, one of those dual propeller choppers that buzz the Trestles line-up.
SWELL is stoked to hook up heroes like Joseph. If you see this guy out in O-Side give him a couple waves so he can get used to his new sled.

Joeseph McConnell on the FROG Helicopter

The Kaimanu Hemp surfboard was made by SLO Charger and friend of SWELL, Chad Kaimanu Jackson. Give our bro 10 stars on his free-surfing film here: http://innersection.tv/video/171 He’s an environmental engineer, improving the standards of the industry with his boards and clothing. Check his gear out at http://localclothes.com/. Vote for Chad’s video for good karma, you need it.

Bummed you didn’t win? Check out what swell is giving away now: http://boatsweeps.com/swell

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Drink Beer, Live Longer?

September 7th, 2010 | By | 3,877 Comments

Have you seen this??

BEER DRINKERS

TIME magazine link: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2014332,00.html

A recent article in Time Magazine reports that after years of study involving scores of participants, researchers now believe that drinkers live longer than non-drinkers!

Much to everyone’s surprise and for reasons that are not entirely clear, the study found that those who abstain completely from alcohol have higher mortality rates than those who slug schooners with their mates!

So come on out and celebrate the news with us at this years OC Brew Ha Ha and it might just add some years to your life!

Remember that this study applies to social drinkers, so buy your tickets already and enjoy some of the best fermented beverages to keep the reaper at bay!

The OC Brew Ha Ha is next Saturday 9/11 at Hidden Valley Park in Irvine, Ca.

Not only will the event benefit fallen firefighters, but it will be a filthy fun saturday where you can win some gear and improve your longevity too. Save $$ on tickets using the discount code: swell brew at ocbrewfest.com

Not a believer yet? Then heed to the wisdom of Clemente Freud, “”If you resolve to give up drinking, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.”

Party with SWELL at the OC Brew Ha Ha

SWELL SURFBOARD DEMO DAY Sept. 16, 2010. Try Before You Buy

September 2nd, 2010 | By | 1,521 Comments

The groms are back in school, which means its time to take back the line-up. So, while the rest of the socal surf world sits and watches the now top 30 WCT surfers at lower trestles, run down the beach to San Clemente State Park and test out the latest models from the best sharpers in the world.

SWELL.com is organizing this epic collective for any and all to sample. Feel free to just come hang out and try to snag some swag from the boys repping brands ranging from niche to gnarly.

Just another way that SWELL shows love to all who surf our site.
SWELL demo day 2010
Need we remind you that the WCT event will be running less than a mile away, so you never know what team riders may join the fun…

The who’s who:

RUSTY: The Rusty collective will be there waving the Rusty flag with some bad ass shred sleds to try out.

DHD: The DHD blokes will bring the whole board rack/etc with a plethora of boards to sample. Also Kirra’s very own Darren Handley the head honcho of “Darren Handley Designs” will be hanging out at the event. He shapes boards for both the Men’s and Women’s 2008, 2009 world champs Mick Fanning & Steph Gilmore. CHeck them out here: http://www.basesurfboards.com/brand/show/id/5

FIREWIRE: Chuy Reyna, frothing former California Pro surfer who is currently the marketing director at Firewire is bringing a truck load of boards (around 25). Everything from yer standard high performance short-board to yer retro style fish will be available to try out on the Firewire rack.

PLACEBO: Rick Hazard & Brad Kingsley (aka “BK”), the dudes that run the show at Placebo are bringing some cool hybrid boards to sample.

LOST: Trevor Traut (aka “Traut”) is bringing a bunch of boards to try out. There’ll be Rockets, there’ll be Scorchers, there’ll be sub-scorchers. So pretty much everything thing that absolutely shreds a San Clemente beachbreak to pieces

CATCH SURF: These things are bad ass! They’re super fun and you can flip any lifeguard off if he gives you shit for being within a blackball zone. The boys at Catch Surf are bringing a stack of these different models to try out (ones with fins & ones without). High tide peaks around 4pm that day, so expect a great demo when the lip hits the sand. Hopefull Bill “Beaker” Bryan will show off a bit.

INFINITY: The Boehne Bros are bringing their magic quiver of complete madness for all to try out. It’ll be an amazing quiver… I assure you.

T. PATTERSON: You’ll easily be able to spot Scotty & the T. Patt crew in the EZ up logo’d tent with a rack of their wide range shapes of ultimate shred sticks. Just look for the T. Patt tent and grab a stick

THALIA: Nick and the Thalia family will be there representing with some bomb ass retro boards to try out in the combers

CHEMISTRY: Will Smith (well known actor who played the character “J” in the movie Men & Black) & tip top shaper Jason Bennett will be there with their complete and utmost bombass quiver of boards that will make u feel like a complete ripper even if you aren’t.

FACTORY @ BASHAM’S: Maurice & the shaper’s alley gang will be there with their newly designed hybrid models to try out, like the Quad-a-lupe, and What the Fish!

DAKINE: The Dakine crew is gonna be there with all of their latest gear that you get to check out. From ultimate world travel bags, to the thinnest comp leash known to man. You might even go home with a couple.

BILLABONG: Wetsuits! Bong will show to give a special look at their latest and raddest wetsuits!

QUIKSILVER: Wetsuits! Quik will be there with suit to suit any water temp!

STRETCH: The Stretch guys will be heading out with an assortment of their signature boards for frolicking past the foamballs

Demo day is gonna be one of those days that sticks in yer mind forever. An experience that gives the kind of industry insight that will change your surfing forever (seriously you will learn tons about progressive equipment based on sound surfing philosophies).


Drink Beer, Support Firefighters! Visit the SWELL booth at the OC Brew Ha ha – 9/11/2010

August 31st, 2010 | By | 1,913 Comments

For info on this Year’s 2011 Brew Ha Ha Event Click Here: http://bit.ly/pLaAF9

That’s right, come party with SWELL at the 9/11 OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival and help us honor firefighters everywhere by toasting our beverages and saluting these brave men. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go on to benefit the local Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that aids families of Orange County Fire Fighters lost in the line-of-duty.  Also, patrons will get a chance to win the SWELL Surfboard, motorized scooter, and tons of other raffles to benefit the charity. Did we mention your entry includes ten free beers?!

Party with SWELL at the OC Brew HA HA craft beer festival flyer

So come out,  sample a variety of tasty brews and party with the SWELL crew at this hiccup-worthy event.  There will be over 100 different craft brews from over 50 different breweries to toast away the summer. Beer connoisseurs to the not-so-informed drinker alike will enjoy the beer seminars, live entertainment, and many other festivities that this venue has to offer.

Plus, stop by the SWELL aloha grass-hut and we will be giving out heaps of free prizes, high-fives and shakas to every brew-lover with a smile on their sunburned mug .

General Admission: $35
VIP Packages Available

Get your tickets at:
http://ocbrewfest.com/

Use the discount code: swellbrew (all lowercase) for 22%  off your tickets!

Designated drivers get in for $10!

Nobody under 21 is allowed into this event

Hidden Valley Park
8800 Irvine Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618

OC BREW HA HA Event Map

Event to be held:
Saturday, 9/11/2010
12pm to 3pm

Event to support Local 3631 Firefighters Union:
Local 3631 Firefighters Union

http://ocfirefighters.org/getinvolved/ffrf

For info on this Year’s 2011 Brew Ha Ha Event Click Here: http://bit.ly/pLaAF9