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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We love the animals!

It never gets old.
Going to the zoo has always been a fun and quick getaway from the monotonous week of projects and homework.
Everytime Erica and I go to the zoo, I'm transported back to when I was 7 years old eating a churro on a hot summer day.
But the one thing I love more than going to the zoo, is being with my incredibly beautiful girlfriend.

Can't Wait

I seriously can't wait till this place starts working again.
Such a fun wave, super consistent in the winter, and everyone takes their turn.
Three weeks till Winter Break...
Counting down the days.

Monday, November 29, 2010


New Header

A couple weeks back, I asked Kristina Micotti to draw up a logo for the blog.
I knew she was talented, but I never expected something as great as this!
Thank you so much Kristina, check out her work at Whimsically Made
Here's an example of one of her works...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

First one up...

(for $75 a day...)

Erica and Benson

Once a day, Erica gets the opportunity to walk this beautiful golden retriever/chow mix named Benson.
He's a fighter, not a lover...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

What's up beeeaches

Board Repair

I broke the nose on my log a little while back, but never got the chance to repair it.
Luckily, Ryan helped me out; threw some Bondo on it and glassed over the ding.
We bought him lunch for his efforts :]

Friday, November 26, 2010


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful Mornings

A few photos from surfing this morning with Trevor, Greg, and Noah!
Super fun, and really cold. Winter seemed to hit just this week; 40 degree mornings, brrrrr.
It was nice to get back to beachbreaks again, they seem to be the most consistent and less crowded than anywhere else.
Happy to be home for the holidays... Happy Thanksgiving from Ten Piggies Over!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A few from today

1. SEALZ at Emma Wood
2. Herbie livin' the dream
3. Greg and Wesley picking up Greg's board back from the repair shop.

In Santa Barbara


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wedge is mostly flat

When you're small, you can fit into cool places

Timmy and Phillip in La Jolla. Unfortunately they didn't get too far in the cave, due to my Mom. Apparently she doesn't think being in tight spaces when the tide fills in is such a good idea...

Monday, November 22, 2010


A few photos from last January when Trevor, Eric, and I went surfing in the late afternoon.
I really like this wave; super forgiving, long, and fun on just about any type of board.
I seriously cannot wait for those winter swells to start moving in...
One more day till Thanksgiving break, and Rincon with Trevor, Greg, Wesley, and Noah!

Liquid Salt

Ryan got featured on the latest Liquid Salt article!
Super stoked for him...
Also, one of my photos was used in it! YEW!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ya boi via Trevor M.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturdays in Barnes and Noble... and Evans house

We found some quality readings at Barnes and Noble.
Also, Happy Birthday Evan!

Knost, Kopps, Malloy

These three surfers are doing their own thing in their own way.
All very different surfers, each surfing as smoothly as ever.
1. Mind blowing bottom turn. Photo: Jeremiah Klein
2. Stand up, Kneeboard turn. Photo: Jeremiah Klein
3. Wedgy. Photo: Unknown

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lionz, Tigerz, and Bearz

Erica and I went to the zoo today with Courtney and Will, a couple of badasses. No really.
We saw this lion pacing back and forth getting all freaky deaky on us. Pretty sick.

Lions don't F around from Alex Swanson on Vimeo.

Wide angle

A good, clean wide angle shot with not much going on to distract you is hard to get, in my opinion.
As this winter progresses, my goal is work on my photo's in that aspect.
To tell a story as simply as possible.
This one says: my name is Trevor... and I like to party.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's that time of year again...

Erica and I can't get enough of Christmas... and Will Ferrell

Take me there

WAY OF THE OCEAN - Official Trailer from CIRCULATE on Vimeo.


Greg and Herbie having a grand old time in Ryans shop a little while ago.
So maybe he's not a puppy anymore, but he sure is a wonderful little dog.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November was white, December was grey

It looks like this Thanksgiving is going to be a fun one... We're heading up to Santa Barbara to pick up my brother Greg and a few friends to take them back home for Thanksgiving, surf Rincon, spend some time with our familes, Christmas shop, and just relax. As much as I love being at school, I enjoy having nothing to do just as much :] P.s. Erica's photo's are really good!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Smile with your eyes!

I really love this girl. A year and a half of putting up with my dumb stuff, I can't believe she still wants to be with me.
Dear Erica, I appreciate everything you've done for me.
For waking up with me before sunrise to sit in the freezing water for some mediocre waves.
For being my study buddy at Coffee Bean frequently.
For making me feel like the luckiest guy in the world.
I love you with all my heart.

Order Form

One from a a couple summers back... Tanner filling out Trevor's board order form at The Black Hole

Monday, November 15, 2010


I've learned a lot from this board...
I kinda took it over when I was 16 or so when Greg and I used to surf Northside HB pier before swim practice.
Boards aren't made like that anymore, and there's something special about that.
I promised myself I would ride it into the ground, until it dies, because I believe that's the way all boards should go, the reason they were shaped.
But it's still kept up; through the nose peeling off, to the constant water leakage.
I am constantly reminded at how smooth and perplexing this board is every time I ride it, but I have a feeling that it's end is drawing near...
Until then I am going to make sure it has a proper last couple of sessions at it's birthplace and eventual burial.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In Reverse

In Reverse from Alex Swanson on Vimeo.

Patagucci Mornings

rica and I met up with Trevor at Cardiff this morning to test Trevor's new Patagonia suit!
The surf was mediocre, but the conditions were perfect... Offshore, chilly water, not too many people out.
Anyways, Erica was feeling a little under the weather, so she took some shots... Here's the end result, hope you enjoy them