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January 17th, 2013 | By | 5,103 Comments

Surfing Winter Swells Up North

With meager waves on tap on the California coast this winter it takes a real frother to track down the fickle swells squeaking past the island shadows. So SWELL copywriter Nate Zoller and brother Issac headed north in search of open water swells above point conception.

Video By LEAF, now available on SWELL

“Even though it was firing, I was the only guy out at some spots and the water was soo damn cold, it took all day to warm up. If it wasn’t for my new Matuse wetsuit, I wouldn’t have surfed as much” Says Nate

SWELL is stoked to have Nate Dog working here everyday, but we’ve accepted the inevitability that he’ll soon buy a one way ticket to some firing island chain. Its quite obvious in these photos that he can’t stay put.

Nate is a proud ambassador of LEAF clothing, made for coastal vagabonds like him. Get with LEAF

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December 6th, 2012 | By | 2,011 Comments

Employee Spotlight: Nate Zoller

He’s the guy behind SWELL’s frothy product descriptions, and he’s shredding around South OC in this LEAF video… introducing our newest employee Nate Zoller. The Laguna Beach native has long dominated the podiums of local surf and skim comps, and recently took 1st place in the surf leg of the Ultimate Boarder Triathlon in Seaside. We are stoked to call him one of our own, so enjoy his flick and style picks below.

Favorite Surfer: AI
Watering hole: Coyote Grill
College mascot: Banana slug
Best beach day ever: Any day in South Laguna
In your headphones right now: Tame Impala: Lonerism
Daily Driver: 5’6″ Psychedelic Germ
Favorite thing about working at SWELL: Lunch
Worst wipeout:
At a slab in Bali. Got sucked over and dragged across the reef backwards

Nate’s Kit…simply put
LEAF JALAPENO TEE: My brother and friends started this company. They kill it.
ELECTRIC MAGS SUNGLASSES: My go to shades: The Trouble Andrew designed Electric Mags
GRAVIS FILTER LX SHOE: Light weight, durable, and not too flashy
INSIGHT DUCK SOUP DENIM SHORT: One denim short that I back
ELECTRIC NIGHTHAWK BEANIE: Winter is cold, I like wearing beanies
MATUSE HOPLITE FULL SUIT: In my opinion Matuse wetsuits are the best on the American market

September 13th, 2012 | By | 1,406 Comments

SWELL is with LEAF

LEAF is a hand crafted company spawned by a buncha hard charging hooligans with a knack for art, surf and music. These local legends from South Laguna Beach have been releasing incredible indie action-sports productions for over a decade.

SWELL was stoked they came aboard to share their artsy apparel on the site, and we recently took part in an impromptu LEAF costume/surf contest to celebrate. We grabbed some tall cans and tambourines and caught up with chief LEAF lensman Isaac Zoller.

Sunday Aug 4, 2012. 9th Street Beach
Waves: Chest High Shorebreak. Beer: Warm Bud. Wear: Leaf Shirt & Sombrero
Issac plops down in the sand after just buckling a soft-top

SWELL: Who are all these humans behind LEAF?

LEAF: There are many humans behind LEAF, but the most important people are the extraordinary musicians, artists and athletes we try to capture through our photography and film. LEAF routinely collaborates and tours with close friends from the bands The Growlers, Ty Segall, and Le Blorr.

SWELL: What does the name LEAF stand for?

LEAF: We stole the idea from a tree. It’s actually just a word we chose because we liked the shape.

SWELL: If you could give any advice to LEAF purchasers, what would it be?

LEAF: We really aren’t the people you want to ask for advice but Abraham Lincoln once said “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”

SWELL: Describe a typical Sunday afternoon for the LEAF family?

LEAF: Nursing hangovers and working on new designs. Sunday is the new Monday … : )

SWELL: How are the LEAF products made?

LEAF: All LEAF garments are hand made with tender love and care just up the street in the garage of the LEAF HQ Cabin

SWELL: What other places on earth does the LEAF company exist?

LEAF: LEAF lives in Mexico, Japan and the US of A, but now LEAF is available worldwide thanks to Swelly Bob Thorton.

SWELL: Always stoked to support core fellas like yourselves. What’s next for LEAF?

LEAF: The release of our new line, a surf trip to Mexico and a few live music documentations, along with the usual art shows and LEAF parties.