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HOW TO MEASURE

CHEST:

With your arms relaxed at your sides, have someone measure under your arms and over the fullest part of your chest.

WAIST:

Bend to one side. The crease that appears is your natural waist. Without pulling tape too tight, measure around waistline.

HIP:

With your feet together, measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.

RISE:

Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.

ACCESSORIES - HATS / BELTS:

For belts measure over waistband of pants. For hats measure your head at the point where your hat would fit comfortably.

We carry a range of brands, so sizing can vary slightly from one brand to another. If you are familiar with the brand, order the same size you usually do.

If you are new to Swell, use the guides to help determine your size. If you are between sizes on the charts, order the size larger or smaller based on the style or type of fit you prefer.

GUYS

SIZE XS S M L XL XXL
CHEST 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52
WAIST 22-24 26-28 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44
INSEAM 28-29 28-29 29-30 30-31 32-33 33-34
BELT 30 32 34 36 38 40
EUROPEAN SIZE 87 91-97 102 107-112 117-122

CHEST:

With your arms relaxed at your sides, have someone measure under your arms and over the fullest part of your chest.

WAIST:

Bend to one side. The crease that appears is your natural waist. Without pulling tape too tight, measure around waistline.

HIP:

With your feet together, measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.

RISE:

Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.

ACCESSORIES - HATS / BELTS:

For belts measure over waistband of pants. For hats measure your head at the point where your hat would fit comfortably.

We carry a range of brands, so sizing can vary slightly from one brand to another. If you are familiar with the brand, order the same size you usually do.

If you are new to Swell, use the guides to help determine your size. If you are between sizes on the charts, order the size larger or smaller based on the style or type of fit you prefer.

GIRLS

XS S M L XL
U.S SIZE 00-0 1-3 5-7 9-11 13
BUST 29.5-31 32-33 34-35 36-37.5 39
WAIST 21.5-23 24-25 26-27 28-29.5 31
HIP 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-39.5 41
EUROPEAN SIZE 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38 40

CHEST:

With your arms relaxed at your sides, have someone measure under your arms and over the fullest part of your chest.

WAIST:

Bend to one side. The crease that appears is your natural waist. Without pulling tape too tight, measure around waistline.

HIP:

With your feet together, measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.

RISE:

Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.

ACCESSORIES - HATS / BELTS:

For belts measure over waistband of pants. For hats measure your head at the point where your hat would fit comfortably.

We carry a range of brands, so sizing can vary slightly from one brand to another. If you are familiar with the brand, order the same size you usually do.

If you are new to Swell, use the guides to help determine your size. If you are between sizes on the charts, order the size larger or smaller based on the style or type of fit you prefer.

SWIM

XS S M L XL
U.S SIZE 00-0 1-3 5-7 9-11 13
BUST 29.5-31 32-33 34-35 36-37.5 39
WAIST 21.5-23 24-25 26-27 28-29.5 31
HIP 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-39.5 41
EUROPEAN SIZE 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38 40

GLOSSARY

Halter Top: Features a thicker strap that ties behind the neck for more support than the triangle top. Also, generally has more coverage thana triangle top.

Triangle Top: Features a triangular shape with less coverage then that of a halter.

Tankini: Great alternative to a trinangle or halter for someone who wants complete coverage. Basically this is a waterproof tank top.

SHOES

U.S MENS 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10.0 10.5 11.0 11.5 12.0 13.0
U.S GIRLS 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11
EUROPEAN 36 36.5 37 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 45.5 47
UK 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 12

NOTE

For girls who want to purchase men's shoes - girls sizing will be 1 1/2 sizes larger than the corresponding men's size. Example: men's size 5.5 is the equivalent of girls size 7.

GLOSSARY

A-Line
A dress or skirt silhouette that is narrower at the top and flaring gently wider toward the bottom thereby resembling the letter A.
Allover
An embroidered or printed fabric with a design that covers most of the surface.
Appliqué
A pattern constructed by applying one fabric on top of another.
Acrylic
A manufactured fiber. Has a soft hand and is machine washable and dryable.
Baby Doll
Short mini dress usually has a hem that terminates just below the hip. Can also however be a longer tank (tunic) which hem also terminates just below the hip. The trend right now is to wear these over any denim style bottom.
Blend
A term applied to a yarn or fabric that is made up of more than one fiber.
Boot fit
Denim that is cut bigger at the ankle to fit over boots.
Brazilian cut
Brazilian cut is a term that is used for both the top and bottom of a swim suit that has less coverage than the average suit. When referring to a bottom, it covers more of the butt than a thong, but less than the traditional full back.
Burn out
Pattern effect created on the fabric through the application of a chemical, instead of color. Sulfuric acid is the most common chemical used in this process. Helps to create a translucent/sheer/worn in look.
Capris
Slim- fit pants that range from knee length to lower calf.
Casual Fit
Less form fitting then a fitted garment, but not as loose as a baggy garment.
Cargos
Include anything with side seam pockets, most commonly referring to loose knit pants or shorts.
Cord
A fabric, usually made of cotton that are woven into the fabric to create ridges of yarn on the surface.
Crochet
Needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle.
Crosshatch denim
Denim that shows a grid like pattern in the weave of the jean.
Dip Dying
A process in which a garment is dipped into a dye bath to achieve dye take up only in those areas immersed.
Drop waist
Garments waistline that hits below your natural waistline
Embossing
A process in which fabrics are engraved with the use of heated rollers under pressure to produce a raised design on the fabric surface.
Embroidery
An embellishment of a fabric or garment in which colored threads are sewn on to the fabrics to create a design. Embroidery may be done by hand or machine.
Eyelet
A type of fabric which contains patterned cut outs.
Fitted
Refers to a fit that conforms to your body. Not as loose as a casual or relaxed fit.
Flocking
A type of raised decoration applied to the surface of a fabric in which an adhesive is printed on the fabric in a specific pattern.
Gauze
A lightweight open texture fabric produced in a plain weave.
Grinding
Grinding is a treatment that is applied to the fabric to give the garment a worn out look.
Halter
A tank that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered.
Halter bikini top
Features a thicker strap that ties behind the neck for more support than the triangle top. Also, generally has more coverage than a triangle top.
Hand
The way a fabric feels when it is touched.
Hem
Include anything with side seam pockets, most commonly referring to loose knit pants or shorts.
Hemp
A course, durable fiber obtained from the inner bark of the hemp plant.
Herringbone
A variation on the twill weave construction in which the twill is reversed, or broken, at regular intervals, producing a zigzag effect.
Hipster swim bottom
Provides more coverage than your average bikini bottom. Similar to that of a brief. Great for surfing.
Jersey Fabric
Consistent interloping of yarns stitch to produce a soft fabric.
Knit
Fabrics made of only one set of yarns, all running on the same direction. Usually refers to a shirt.
Linen
A fabric made from linen fibers obtained from inside the woody stem of the flaux plant. Linen fibers are much stronger and lustrous than cotton. Very cool so this is a great fabric for summer.
Lining
A fabric that is used to cover the inside of a garment to provide a finished look.
Mesh
A type of fabric characterized by its "net-like" open appearance, and the spaces between the yarns.
Nylon
First synthetic fiber developed. Known for its high strength and resilience, nylon has superior abrasion resistance and high flexibility. Very popular fabric for board shorts for this reason.
Pique
A medium-weight fabric, wither knit or woven, with raised designs.
Pleat
A fold in the fabric allowing for extra room in a garment.
Polyester
Manufactured fiber with high strength, excellent resiliency, and high abrasion resistance. Low absorbency allows the fiber to dry quickly.
Puff Sleeve
Refers to a sleeve that has a pucker at the shoulder seam.
Rayon
A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose, derived from wood and other vegetable matter.
Raw Edge
Refers to an unfinished hem, for the worn in look.
Reverse Applique
The reverse of applique to create a more dramatic design.
Rip-Stop Nylon
A lightweight, wind resistant, water resistant plain weave fabric.
Rise
The measurement from the base of the crotch in a pair of pants to the top of its waistband.
Rivet
A metal pin with two flat heads used to join or reinforce a connection point.
Sandblasting
A process or treatment in which tiny grains of sand are sprayed on the garment to create a worn in look and a softer hand.
Screen print
Refers to the process in which a garment is printed on.
Sheer
Very thin or transparent.
Shelf bra
Refers to a garment that comes with a bra sewn in.
Sherpa
A type of wool that is generally used to line clothing to keep you extra warm.
Shirring
A process in which cloth is gathered on three or more parallel threads to form thin pleats.
Slim Fit
Usually refers to tee shirts. They are tighter than your average tee and usually have a softer hand than your average tee.
Smocking
A piece or area of clothing that has been gathered into tight pleats or folds that are held in place with decorative stitching.
Spaghetti Straps
Thin straps on either a dress or a tank.
Stonewash
A process of washing a garment with pumice stones and water to give a worn in appearance and softer hand.
Stretch denim
Stretch denim is created by adding synthetic materials to the denim. A more fitted jean that conforms to your body.
Tankini
Great alternative to a triangle or halter for someone who wants complete coverage. Basically this is a waterproof tank top.
Terry Cloth
A typical uncut pile weave fabric. Very absorbent.
Tint
Dye that is added to a garment that is used to either enhance the color of the garment or to alter the look of its natural state.
Tissue Jersey
Thin cotton usually used for tee shirts to create a worn in, vintage feel.
Tonal
Usually refers to that of a stitch, applique or design where the design is the same color as the garment or a slight variation of it..
Tunic
This tank/shirt is longer than your average tank/shirt. Great for layering or to wear over jeans.
Whiskers
Lines that are manually simulated on denim to duplicate the look of wrinkles that occur on an aged pair of jeans.
Woven
Fabric composed of two sets of yarns. One set of yarn runs the length of the garment while the other runs the perpendicular.

Mens Wetsuits sizing guide

SIZE Height (Ft.) Height (Cm) Weight (Lbs.) Weight (Kgs.)
XXXL 6'3"+ 190+ 230-250 104-113
XXL 6'3" 190 210-230 95-104
XL 6'1" 185 190-210 86-95
XLS 6'0" 183 190-210 86-95
LT 6'1" 185 170-190 77-86
L 6'0" 183 170-190 77-86
LS 5'10" 178 170-190 77-86
MT 6'0" 183 155-175 70-79
M 5'10" 178 150-170 68-77
MS 5'8" 173 150-170 68-77
S 5'8" 173 135-155 61-70
XS 5'6" 168 120-140 55-64

Womens Wetsuits sizing guide

SIZE Height (Ft.) Height (Cm) Weight (Lbs.) Weight (Kgs.)
L-14 5'10"+ 178 140-160 63-73
L-12 5'9" 175 130-150 59-68
L-10 5'7" 170 120-140 55-64
L-8 5'5" 165 110-130 50-59
L-6 5'3" 160 105-125 47-57
L-4 5'1" 155 100-120 45-55

Temperature guide

Thickness (mm) Temperature F° Temperature C°
.5mm 70+ 21
1mm 70+ 21
2mm 68-72 20-22
3/2mm 58-68 14-20
4/3mm 52-60 11-16
5/3mm 48-58 9-14
5/4/3mm 48-58 9-14
6/4mm 48 & Below 9 & Below
6/5/4mm 48 & Below 9 & Below

WETSUITS

Why?

Wetsuits serve three purposes as we see it. First and foremost they keep you warm. They can also have the added benefit of protection from the sun and protection from your fins (or the reef).

Fit

A wetsuit keeps you warm so that you can have nice long sessions by trapping a thin layer of water between you and your suit. Your body heats up this water. The trapped warm water and the thickness of your suit provide you with a nice layer of insulation. The importance of this is simply that you want a reasonably tight fit with your wetsuit so that as little as possible of the water your body warms up escapes. A baggy wetsuit is bad. (Side note for the guys: getting a wetsuit that way too tight will result in what some call the nut hugger. Also bad.)

Types

There are a variety of wetsuit types from full suits (long sleeve, long leg), spring suits (short sleeve, short leg) to rash guards and a variety of other variations. Choose a suit based primarily on the water temperature. For anything under 68 degrees you really want a full suit. And when in doubt a full suit is the most versatile option. If the water is warmer than 68 degrees where you are surfing a spring suit is a little more flexible and easy to get on and off. A rash guard is NOT designed to keep you warm but does provide protection from your board and from the sun.

Thickness

The thickness of wetsuits is measured in millimeters. Often you'll see the thickness as 3/2 or 5/4/3. All this means is that the thickest part of the wetsuit is 5mm and the thinnest is 3mm. See the temperature guide (link) for how thick a wetsuit you need based on the water temperature where you'll be surfing. The thicker the wetsuit the warmer and the thinner the wetsuit the more flexible it is. These days the suits are really pretty flexible (especially the premium models).

Construction

Wetsuits are made from neoprene of various kinds. All you need to know is that the more expensive suits use a much stretchier neoprene that is a lot more flexible and comfortable. The downside is that these super-stretch wetsuits tend not to last as long. Suits are also stitched and sealed using different technologies. Again, the more expensive suits offer better and more flexible seals which are important mostly when you get into thicker suits. There are also zipper-less wetsuits. Overall, we don't recommend these suits simple because they are a pain in the ass to get in and out of.

Care

Here are two important tips to caring for your wetsuit so that is lasts as long as possible. Rinse your suit off after use in COLD water. Hot water is bad for wetsuits. Second, store your wetsuit out of the sun. If you do these two things you'll get a much longer life from your suit.

Accessories

When you are surfing is really cold water you'll need booties and gloves. Generally the rule of thumb is to buy booties and gloves that are about the same thickness as the suit you'll be wearing. Err on the side of thicker for booties and gloves. A hood is good for water colder than 55 degrees. Built-in hoods are nice for those super cold sessions. You might also pick up some thinner booties which are meant for surfing in tropical reef locations. These booties help protect your feet from getting chewed up by the reef.

SURF GEAR GUIDE

Board bags

Use and Capacity:

Board bags can be divided into two types: One for air travel or extended road trips. The other type is for day use. So start by choosing what you'll be using your bag for. For air travel / road trips we offer two kinds of bags: one is designed to carry multiple boards (the World Traveler) and the other is designed to carry a single board (the Regulator). The World Traveler will hold 3-4 shortboards or 2-3 longboards. Note, you can squeeze 2 shorts boards in a Regulator if you size up the board length to bag ratio (see below). Other than capacity the most notable difference in bags is that the World Traveler has wheels which is a sweet feature for hauling through airports.

The second type of bag is for day use around town or inside one of the above mentioned bags. These bags are great for the back of the car or in the garage so your board doesn't get dinged. Again two kinds: one is a board bag made with a thinly padded tarpaulin material (the Daylight). The other is a knit board sock. The Daylight is a bit more rugged and offers a little more heat protection so your wax doesn't melt in the back of your car. The sock is lighter and offers added protection when used inside a bag designed for air travel.

Length and shape:

Your next choice is length and shape. For any board up to 9' feet you should choose the same size of bag as the board you're trying to fit. Example 7' foot bag for 7' foot board. When in doubt or for boards over 9' 2" size up to the next available size. Sizing up also allows you to squeeze two thrusters into a bag designed for a single board. Example, you can fit a 6' 2" and a 6' 4" into a 6' 6" Regulator bag. You also need to choose a shape: thruster or noserider. The thruster is for thruster shaped boards (pointed nose) and the noserider is for longboards with rounds noses.

How To Buy A Surfboard:

If you're having any issues choosing what you think is the right surfboard for you we recommend calling one of our board specialists at (800) 255-7873 who is more than capable of choosing your magic shred sled. Our board specialists are available in between the hours of 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday-Friday, Pacific Standard Time. If for some reason they don't pick up leave a brief message with your name and phone number and they will get back to you the same day. If you leave a message over the weekend hang tight and they'll get back to ya first thing Monday.

Traction Pads:

Use traction pads to improve the grip and placement of your back foot. Good for stomping on the tail as you pull into barrels and catching your back foot as you pull massive airs. They incorporate lifted arch area and a rolled kicktail to insure your foot doesn't slip. Pick the design that fits the shape of your board contour. We feature high-quality pads designed by the world's best surfers.

Leashes:

There are two main decisions when choosing a leash: the length and the thickness of the cord. You should choose a length that corresponds to the length of your board. For boards 6' - 6' 10" choose and 6' leash, 7' - 7' 10" choose and 7' leash and so on. Thickness ranges from super light hollow cords to thick 5/16" cords. For everyday surfing 1/4" cord is about the right thickness. For bigger the waves and bigger boards use a thicker cord (5/16"), for smaller waves and smaller boards and less drag go thinner (3/16th"). The hollow cords are nice for because it allows the leash to float over shallow coral or kelp. They are great for those tropical surf trips.

All the leashes we sell feature: maximum strength urethane, double brass swivels on each end of the leash preventing the leash from tangling up. Super comfy neoprene covered ankle cuffs that release quickly. Triple wrap velcro rail saver prevents leash pull-throughs and allows for removing the leash off the board easily.

Fins

Your choice of fins will depend on your style of surfing, skill level and the surf conditions. In the most general terms use bigger fins for bigger boards and bigger people and smaller fins for smaller boards and people. You'll need to buy longboard center fins for longboards. Otherwise there are a bunch of variables that are described in the glossary that can help you tweak your fins for different conditions and performance. We recommend that you start with a basic fin shape and test from there.

Fins Glossary:

The primary differences in fins are overall size (base width and height), rake (or sweep angle - the average angle of the fin front to back), foil and flex characteristics. Additional factors are the cant angle (angle towards the rail) and toe-in angle (relative angle of the side fins towards the nose).

Template Size and Rake:

Larger fins add drive and holding power. A larger base and/or increased rake extends the arc of your turns. Smaller and more vertically raked fins loosen up your board, increasing maneuverability.

Foil:

Inside foils allow for greater angles of attack without cavitation, which allows tighter faster turns without the fins breaking free of the water flow. Well designed foils also increase the efficiency of the fin, allowing you to surf a relatively smaller template while increasing drive, holding power and maneuverability.

Flex:

Stiffness adds drive, flexibility increases maneuverability. Finding the right balance depends greatly on your weight, surfboard design, skill level and the surf conditions.

Cant Angle:

Most traditional side fins are designed with a 4° to 6° cant which typically hold better in the barrel. Increasing the cant enables your inside fin to remain deeper while allowing your outside fin to release earlier.

Toe-in Angle:

Side fins are positioned on the "shaper's dot" which align in the direction of the nose of your board. Increasing the toe-in angle, back from the nose, tightens the turning radius of your board. Decreasing toe angle adds down the line speed and extends the arc of your turns.

SIZE CONVERTER

Use this size converter to calculate similar sizes between guys and girls.

TOPS

GUYS S M L XL
GIRLS M L XL

SHOE SIZING

For girls who want to purchase men's shoes - girls sizing will be 1 1/2 sizes larger than the corresponding men's size. Example: men's size 5.5 is the equivalent of girls size 7.

U.S MENS 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10.0 10.5 11.0 11.5 12.0 13.0
U.S GIRLS 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11