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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Board deliveries

I took this of Erica in Ryans shaping room while we were up in Santa Barbara to celebrate Gregs birthday. He wanted us to pick up a board from his room, and drop it off at Mollusk Surf Shop in Venice on the way back home.

Camping and such

The neat thing with having a digital camera is being able to play with the shutter speed and getting exactly what kind of photo you want instantly, especially in low light situations like this one at the campground we stayed at. I love natural lighting, and will very rarely use flash just because I feel that the intensity of a flash isn't what I'm trying to convey in my photos. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these as much as I did taking them!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Morning naps

Natasha and Christina like to nap while we surf... Also Ashley flies with the birds. Trevor let me ride his 9'6" Tanner for a little bit, and I REALLY liked it. There is very little rocker, so it trims like no other. The bottom turns on it just seem to click, and I would recommend checking out more of Tanners boards... Erica took the photos!


I thought this was a really cool photo that Kristina Micotti took of Evan and Andrew with her reusable Rite Aid camera the other day! She also draws some pretty neat stuff as well.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hindu Pirates

I don't know if there's any affiliation, but I really like this song... and this band. They played at the Rip Shred Tear premier last Friday.
Ten Piggies Over by Hindu Pirates

Ilford HP-5 Plus 400

I just got my roll of (true black and white) Ilford back from processing. I haven't used faster black and white film like this before, I usually use 125PX because I like the sharp contrasts, but the HP-5 Plus 400 film is a lot more versatile. Anyways, I really liked how this roll turned out, with more faded colors and the grainy aspect of each photo, and I present to you: EricaxLaJolla

Monday, September 27, 2010

Evening light

Here are 4 photos that Erica took of us at San O last Saturday evening... Super glassy, consistent, and uncrowded. Summer finally hit in this beautiful late September...
1. Tasha in full trim
2. Cody making the most out of the knee high surf
3. The birthday bunch
4. Trevor sliding away

Rip Shred Tear

Last Friday, we all went to Madisons new movie, Rip Shred Tear, at the Hurley Headquarters in Costa Mesa. It was really good, and there were a ton of people in support of Madison and Capt. Fin. I highly recommend checking it out, and anything else that Madison has in the works!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thank You :)

Birthday Camping Trip

Erica and my friends threw me a surprise birthday party this weekend! We surfed Saturday afternoon, camped at San Onofre on Saturday night, woke up at 5:15 am to catch Churches early Sunday morning. We took a lot of pictures, but here at four from when we first got there on Sunday morning. There will be a lot more coming soon!
1) Erica hopping in the water at first light
2) Trevor stepping forward
3) Erica backside
4) Me on a set

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Offshore mornings

An expired Kodak 125PX photo of Trevor early one cold morning last winter...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cardiff Midmornings

After our San O session last weekend, Erica, Jeff, and I checked out Cardiff and it was a little smaller and better shaped, so we paddled out!

Rock on

I've been in a little bit of a funk lately, just hard to get involved at school, but thanks to some heavy metal ( ;] ) I'm getting my act back together! I promise the material on my blog is going to be better than ever.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Sometimes I stalk Erica while she studies for Biology... Kinda reminds me of this early 90's drama/comedy

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ellis Ericson

etnies | A Day In The Life | Part 1 from etnies Australia on Vimeo.

Point Concept trimming

Having access to a high quality digital camera has made the turnover rate for my photos super easy. Erica or myself can shoot in the morning (video or pictures), and have them up that day with no processing cost. I still plan on shooting true black and white, as well as color film, I just believe that one shouldn't limit themselves to just one form of expression through photography.

Monday, September 20, 2010

"You better check yourself... Before you wreck yourself"

Mid-morning snacks at Pedros in San Clemente... Also Erica and Trevor had matching sweaters :)


Sunday, September 19, 2010


Ericas video of Trevor, Jeff, and I surfing just down the street from KELLY SLATER! And the rest of the Hurley Pro yesterday...

Four:15 from Alex Swanson on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Early Mornings

Erica, Trevor, Jeff, and I got up at 4:15 am this morning to truck up to San O before sunrise. We got to the line to get in the gate at 5:40, and there were around 200 cars waiting with us as well... We surfed for about two hours, had some Pedros Tacos, then Trevor parted ways and Erica, Jeff, and I paddled out to Cardiff. Erica and Jeff took the photos and Erica and is putting together a video of the San O session, and I'll put that up as soon as it's ready!

Friday, September 17, 2010


We hippity hopped on up to Cardiff this morning to get some surfing in before the weekend crowd set in... And this is what we got!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I love this girl

Round #2

Ok so Erica figured out how do upload the correct file size to Vimeo so we could get the HD option... so here is Cardiff Afternoonsies... again! In HD...

Cardiff Afternoons in HD from Alex Swanson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sometimes I like to trimmmm

The swell hasn't hit San Diego yet :/ but Erica and I made the most out of the baby wakes we had this morning!
Frame Grab: Erica!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cardiff Afternoonsies!

Here's Ericas first "Hd" video with my T2i, I know it didn't export in HD, but I promise I'm working to get it the way I want it to! As for now, please enjoy this "regular" definition video :)


Ice Cream Bars

Late last night, Erica and I went out for some 99 cent ice-cream bars. I also picked up this rad board in the personal hygiene aisle. God I love Walgreens.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Brandon Rothe

Erica got this shot of 2008 Skim World Champ B. Rothe at Thalia at the end of summer... He's kinda good.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Shredding soo hard


Drilling holes

Erica, Trevor, and I drove up to meet Greg in Santa Barbara for his birthday. While up there, we picked up a board from Connor, the glasser for Point Concept, and delivered it to Mollusk Surf Shop in Venice.

Leash Plugs N' Stuff from Alex Swanson on Vimeo.

Loose Seal!

With a 0.0 low tide yesterday, it allowed us to get really far out on the tidepools and see some stuff that one wouldn't normal have been accessible. Since the surf has been pretty subbpar, we've had to get pretty creative with our free time!