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February 5th, 2015 | By | No Comments

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I am 99.9997% sure that the biggest obstacle in health and fitness, is us. Me, you, all our excuses, business, and procrastination. We all have it and it’s a daily fight. Then, something that seems to get in the way is thinking that staring at a bunch of fitness inspiration pics, and reading a bunch of fitness posts will somehow magically get you healthier and in better shape. Well, all of that inspiration and motivational material is useless (this column included) if you don’t make that final decision to finally get up, break a sweat, and move. (more…)

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Photo Tip: Using iPhone Ollo Lenses Elevate Your iPhone Picture Game with 5 Basics Tricks to Use Clip-On Lenses

February 3rd, 2015 | By | 12 Comments

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New to the SWELL Surf Shop, Ollo Lenses lets your phone capture museum worthy shots. Friend of SWELL Chris Burkard swears by the clip-on lenses, so maybe you’ll also get half a million instagram followers with Ollo clip-on Lenses

1. Focus on what’s important with the Fisheye lens.
Before shooting with a fisheye lens, determine the most important elements in your composition (placement or arrangement of visual elements). The subject you focus on will be sharp and clear but peripheral elements that are away from the center of the picture will have a characteristic fisheye stretch. Background elements are generally secondary when using this lens, so your foreground subjects must be able to carry the composition and provide power to the image.

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2. Keep the foreground free. (more…)

Road Trip Proofing Your Car A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors from Johnie Gall of Dirtbag Darling.

February 3rd, 2015 | By | 5 Comments

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I spend a big chunk of the year on the road, traveling from state to state in search mountain peaks and fun waves. What I’ve learned (besides roadside burritos are never a good idea)? That a fun road trip can turn ugly if you aren’t prepared with the right gear.

Deciding to embark on a spontaneous road trip doesn’t have to end in frustration. Nine times out of ten, you’ll roll back into the garage without a single hiccup in your journey. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for all the things that could go wrong.

It’s easy to road-trip proof your car and stock it with the right supplies. Do it now and you’ll be ready to roll at a moment’s notice (and never have to get ripped off by a tow truck company again!).

Pictured: Daydreamer LA Fleece (more…)

Meet Your Maker: Katin See How Katin's Custom Surf Styles are Made - From The Sketchbook To SWELL

February 2nd, 2015 | By | 317 Comments

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Ask any surfer what the name ‘Katin’ means to them and they’ll claim the K-man invented boardshorts in the 1950′s and started the renowned surf competition, the Katin Classic Pro/Am. These pioneers were born in Surfside, CA and in an era of out-sourcing, still keep their production at home in SoCal. Given their commitment to quality, American-made goods, we’re stoked to feature Katin in SWELL’s Locals Only collection.

Take a tour of the Katin USA design and production headquarters with Justin Rogina (left) and Mac Beu –  (more…)