She’s got the style, scores and support any competitive surfer would be enviable of, but San Clemente High School junior Marissa Shaw would be the first to tell you that none of it comes easy. Grueling work, little sleep, a ridiculous workout regimen, and a hard line attitude are what keep this 17-year-old going. And we haven’t even mentioned her 4.4 GPA and regular gig as a city lifeguard. With this much fierce determination it comes to no surprise that Marissa won the South Coast League Women’s Shortboard title in 2007, and made both the finals at last year’s NSSA West Coast and National championships. (more…)
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“Take it one heat at a time.”
True words to live by; especially when they’re coming from the 2008 NSSA men’s high school state champion. At 17, Douglas McLean van Mierlo, AKA “Dougie” or “Dougie Fresh,” has the world on a string—and the weight of it on his shoulders. Not that he can’t handle it. Modest, intuitive and surprisingly cautious, he’s a dream player for any coach and a standout leader on any team.
“Work first, then play” is Doug’s other motto, and one that has helped him maintain a near perfect GPA as well as a coveted position as an instructor at a local summer surf camp. (more…)
Did you hear that? It’s our hard ass bosses cracking the whip again. “COOLER! NEWER! BETTER!,” they scream. We never get to come down off our toes. Which is probably why we’re always a few steps ahead. Especially when it comes to discovering the best new brands. The Ryde, Insight, Hippy Tree, Few New Zealand, Analog, and GRN Apple Tree are just a handful of the up-and-coming brands we’re promoting this spring. We’ll do our best to make sure you come to know each one on a more intimate level, but for now we’d like to give you a deeper appreciation of The Ryde. (more…)
Isla Fisher knows how to fight off any winter anguish. Her outfit is delightful in every way as she pulls off this single colored look effortlessly. Who knew an outfit with the blues could be so adorable? And those colored shades are, no doubt, the frosting on the cake. Isla admitted that prior to her starring role in, Confessions of a Shopaholic, she usually played it safe when it came to fashion risks. “The most fun fashion discovery was to use a lot of color in my wardrobe. I’m fairly conservative normally, and I just feel like Patricia Field [the film's stylist] brought out the color in me. I now love to wear color.” It seems that Isla has caught the fashion bug, and color is her muse. Inspired by her look, I have found an outfit on Swell.com that channels Isla’s, but with even more personality and flare.