Back to Pack | Hiking Essentials A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall

November 3rd, 2014 | By | No Comments

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It’s not often I take style cues from Dora the Explorer, but the girl knew the value of a good backpack. I have a great big 60-liter one for overnight backpacking trips, a tiny little bag for mountain biking, and a waterproof dry bag for sailing.

So what was I missing? A good ol’ normal backpack. I haven’t had a regular-sized bag since I was slinging textbooks and locker combinations! (more…)

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Evening Glass Off

November 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Last week, I stepped out to the home break for a twilight slide after a long day of classes, savoring the crisp autumn air. My rigorous school schedule sometimes doesn’t allow me to paddle out until the sun is wavering on the horizon line, and even when I’m exhausted, I find that some evening noseriding is the perfect way to end my day. Nothing can beat that moment when the wind dies down, and all becomes still except for the smooth rhythm of the sea.

Photo: Willie Kessel Photography | Instagram: @williekessel

Pictured: Billabong Cropped Wetsuit Jacket and Surf Leggings

SWELL Halloween Mixtape | Creature Punk 2014

October 31st, 2014 | By | No Comments

This isn’t your average pop-party mix, nor is SWELL’s music guru BIlly average by any measure. He left the ghost of Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch, and opted for rocking psycho-garage-grunge that might enlighten your punk palate.  From local boys like Ty Segall and the Growlers, to Sabath and Suicide. Ejoi and keep it creepy

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#SWELLivin

October 30th, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Next time you see something beautiful, or have one of those pulls on your heartstrings moments, I want to dare you to do something. Soak that moment in, and take a mental picture first. (more…)