Wednesday, December 30, 2009
(which of course describes a point you are never gonna surf! what else, well maybe a variety of interesting publishing projects but I'm just guessing )
(this site lets you set a buoy to ring at a certain time waking you up, every morning. the swim out to the buoy to hit the snooze alarm is good for you)
Which leads us to
In the Valley of the Leafing
(a nice arty site with trippy movies from the NW. no really)
Then there is my personal vote for best blog name
(more hand planes hmmmm)
Lastly but not leastly
(sadly, no one standing on top of the building surfing the factory, but nice boards though)
Finally what you have all been waiting for!
This is the perfect surf car!
(well I guess it needs racks)
Photo coming from the Happy Barracuda website
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The holiday's are over, the shiny balls are packed away and it's time to get back to the grind.
Surfing and blogging
The trip around the wheel experiment is coming along
I've surfed the nine footers and the 8 ohs
The 7'2" Parmenter Barracuda is on tap for today
Aleutian Juice indeed
The tide is looking fat and the swell is on its way down but this board may get ridden for a few days
I thought I would save my impressions for some future post
but just to give you a feeling for how it is going
although I will be keeping my boards and probably be adding to the mix at some point,
my next board will be a mat!
I hope you all had a rich holiday experience
There has been a wealth of material on the net so I'm sure you have been keeping up
The new years celebration is at hand and coincides with a full moon, so make your plans accordingly.
Oh the beautiful bowl of fruit at the begining of the post is what I should have been eating instead of the 10 pounds of Christmas cookies I did eat.
Maybe 42 Breaths to fill the mat to adequate inflation?
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Instead of my usual blathering on about the many holidays of the season
My personal favorite (Winter Solstice)
How I am looking forward to warmer days (tho it was 80 two days ago)
I thought I would just gift you this poem and call it a wrap
(those of you familiar with my poetry are wishing for some blather right now)
My wife pointed out the spider on the wall
"Get it", she said
I knew what must be done.
There would be no bartering for this spider's life
Firmly grasping the poetry journal I had been skimming
I lunged toward the beast
"Use a tissue, I'll need evidence",
The magazine swacked the wall with it's deathly blow
"Nothing more dangerous than poetry" I said
Friday, December 18, 2009
Surfboards require surf racks
I have to say
I hate surf racks
with racks you have two options
hard and soft
with hard racks everything is modular
so first you buy the towers and the bars
then you get the appropriate fit kit to attach the whole shebang to your gutterless car
then you get to your attachment options
so you can carry your board, your bike and maybe a moosehead
and if you would like to lock your racks to the car, that’s extra
so like 500 bucks later you can put your board on the car and go to the beach
the whole deal is just slightly less expensive than buying a car with rain gutters and getting a pair of Aloha racks
I think this is why I got a mat in the first place
I do have soft racks
50 bucks, but you have to put them on and off the car every time you go
a plethora of nylon straps that vibrate in the wind
I hate surf racks
So I rode the long board yesterday
(get the loooogs ready!)
actually that was fine
It's a lot of rail
that isn't shaped anything like
a wave face
I’m looking forward to getting to the mid lengths soon
Thursday, December 17, 2009
That's how I think of it.
I have ridden the mat a lot the last couple of years
Almost exclusively really
It's everything I have always wanted in a surfboard and more
But I have all these boards that I rarely ride
So this is the plan
I will start surfing boards again
Surf everything I own and end up back on the mat
Spend a little time with each and appreciate the board for what it is.
Maybe share the occasional opinion here on 23 Breaths
Ideally I would just bring them all with me to the beach and ride what ever is most appropriate for swell and tide.
But I don't have a van
So I thought I would just start at one end of the length scale and ride my way back to the mat.
I blame the historical display at the Surfing Heritage Foundation for the general idea.
(But I won't be starting with an koa Alaia)
So first up is my 9'10" Mike Minchinton Sabre model.
The Robert August website says this about the Sabre
"This design comes with low-egg rails which taper back to an edge at the diamond-tail. A slight rail-to-rail concave under the nose incorporated with an overall flat bottom give this model some high performance capabilities to go along with its abundant nose riding qualities."
It doesn't fit that description exactly.
I would say its a well crafted single fin long board with modern rails shaped out of a Clark blank (10'1"Y?) with a square tail with slight V. It has a fin box and I need to find the fin I used to use in it.
(a particularly good chance of that happening)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Next up was another switch foot
Jock Sutherland started surfing Pipe in the long board era and continued well into the era of short board pipe rockets (sorry but I can't find a good picture of Mr. Sutherland from the Pacific Vibrations period)
Which brings me to
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The top 10 gifts to get a surfer are...
The truth is no thing you can buy will make you feel like this
"Family treasures can't come thru the front gate"
So ask for a new beach towel.
That one in the car trunk stinks!
If it's a magic towel so much the better
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I kind of works cause it was raining last night when I went to see
Jazz the Glass at the Hurley compound.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Blow off your holiday work parties, mid December weddings, and general busy-ness to come throw down..Really.. Kick off your shoes and make yourselves comfortable.. We're breaking out the 45's, Tyler has a batch of fresh work, Alex has a new sound and Primo donated 300+ free beers for the occasion.. Hope to see you there!
Surf a Pig
Hurley is hosting the premier this Saturday Dec 12th 2009. This flyer says 2010. CLASSIC! We hope to see you all there. We are going to start the film around 8 even though the first flyer we pushed said 9. There will be free beer (thanks PRIMO!) and free gruel (thanks Gradoux) . There will be a board raffle (thank you 12th floor and Nation Surfboards). The prototype for the COOPERFISH BLACKBOARD will be there for interested people to check out. I can't wait to SHRED that! Steve Brom mentioned he might be bringing some insane false old boards to be displayed. We will have Jazz the Glass T-shirts and INVASION! from planet C dvd's for sale. We will have a few SLIDE magazines to be raffled off as well! Jazz the Glass DVDs will be replicated soon. ITS GOING TO BE SSSSIIICCCKKK!!!!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Lots of things going on this weekend, I'll post more details tomorrow
Parties at Shelter and the Jazz the Glass opening at Hurleyville
It's a short post today. I have been staying out of the water since the "big rain".
My usual spot (a river mouth) has horrific water quality after a rain so I have been abstaining.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I picked up the current Surfer Mag the other day.
I have mentioned in the past that the mag doesn’t live up to my expectations anymore. This is primarily due to the fact that I am exponentially older than the magazines’ target demographic. That and there have been some fundamental changes in the magazine industry in the last millennium which made for changes in the user experience that will remain undiscussed.
(I remember sitting at the front of the cave waiting for the new issue to arrive by brontosaurus! I still have some of the early issues drawn by John himself on papyrus!)
I ignore the sage advice “never read a magazine bigger than your head” and pick up the BIG summer issue once a year. To be fair I look at the pictures and it gets lost in the pile of reading material before I get through it.
So I was pleasantly surprised to page though this issue and find myself enjoying quite a bit of the content.
I really liked the Q&A with the past (and present) editors and publishers etc.
There was a nice article on style which focused on actual style and not contest tricks.
So super stoked on the new issue guys!
The photography was great but that has never been an issue. Pardon the pun
Two years, 24 issues for 23 bucks, I think its a deal!
This magazine may have legs yet!
But the truth of the matter is that print is dead and newspapers and magazines are just trying to get a new “business model” in order to survive as a profitable entity.
That's going to be a tough road for er and ing.
While the big industrial magazine producers have done what they do best,
produce magazines on a nonvolatile medium (recycled paper),
several contenders to the throne have appeared in the ether,
Drift has it's journalistic "finger on the pulse" and has taken an early lead.
Liquid Salt is a new interview only site at the moment.
They have picked off some A list interviews (Lopez, Bing, Chouinard) and
once they get the rest of the requirements (travel, bikinis and advertising)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Couldn't we just try?
It seems like we could always go back to killing each other if
the whole peace and love thing didn't work out
Monday, December 7, 2009
“Pranaglider, (yes my friends and neighbors call me Pranaglider) I am going to get a Christmas tree this year and I want to know if there is anything I can add to the water at the bottom of the tree to make tree last longer.”
Yes fiends, there is
I take the citrus fruit that ripened and fell off the tree,
I cut the orange or lemon in half and throw the half with bad part away.
I squeeze the juice of the fruit into the water I am going to add to the tree.
I believe that the acid from the juice keeps the microbial growth down, but orange juice is complex enough for there to be additional actions.
Next add some sugar
The tree will drink the sugar and live a little longer.
In my family the kids will put in an aspirin tablet into the water too.
Not sure what that does
something I am sure
So there you have it
I put lemonade in the water under the tree!
This also makes a nice new years morning drink, if you over imbibe...
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Issued by The National Weather Service
San Diego, CA
5:31 am PST, Thu., Dec. 3, 2009
... POTENTIAL FOR WET WEATHER ACROSS CALIFORNIA NEXT WEEK...
A SERIES OF PACIFIC STORMS IS FORECAST TO MAKE LANDFALL ACROSS CALIFORNIA NEXT WEEK.
THE FIRST STORM IS FORECAST TO ARRIVE MONDAY OR TUESDAY. A SECOND STORM IS FORECAST LATER IN THE WEEK ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY. WHILE IT LOOKS LIKELY THAT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILL GET RAIN NEXT WEEK... THE AMOUNT OF RAIN WILL DEPEND OF THE STORM TRACK. THE FARTHER SOUTH THE TRACK... THE MORE RAIN WE WILL GET. A STORM TRACK INTO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WILL BRING LESS RAIN TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
THESE STORMS WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG WINDS... HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW... AND LARGE SURF ALONG THE COAST. FLOODING... DEBRIS FLOWS... HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS... AND DANGEROUS BOATING AND SURF CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK.
LARGE WEST TO SOUTHWEST SWELLS WILL BE GENERATED NEXT WEEK THAT WILL AFFECT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTAL WATERS AND THE BEACHES OF ORANGE COUNTY AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY. BETWEEN MONDAY AND TUESDAY COMBINED SEAS AND SURF ARE FORECAST TO DOUBLE IN HEIGHT... AND BY WEDNESDAY MAY WELL BE OVER 10 FEET.
STAYED TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES ON THIS DEVELOPING WEATHER EVENT.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
thought provoking piece on SurfMatters the other day
His question was, "what is aesthetically correct on the mat?"
I commented a couple of times on the
piece but it such an interesting topic
I wanted do a post on the topic as well.
To open it up a bit "What is style?"
The answer seems to be very hard to pin down.
What may be stylish on a mat might look foolish on a body board, a stand up paddler or the latest pro quad.
I don't have answers.
I thought I would pose some questions
in hopes that you would play the home game
and provide your thoughts in the comments section.
Is style a look?
Is style a feeling?
Does stylish surfing begin then end at the waterline?
Does stylish surfing extend up on to the beach?
Does it encompass the commercial goods that one can purchase?
Does style include an attitude as well as a physical posture?