/*23 Breaths: January 2010*/

Friday, January 29, 2010

This is the official graphic
























But actually I prefer this one


Either way, it's on for today and runs thru the weekend!

Check the KSUSA site for details

In case you were wondering, the judging criteria is as follows
JUDGING CRITERIA
"A surfer must perform radical controlled manoeuvres in the critical section of a wave with Speed, Power and Flow to maximize scoring potential. Innovative / Progressive surfing as well as Variety of Repertoire ( manoeuvres ),will be taken into consideration when rewarding points for waves ridden. The surfer who executes this criteria with the maximum Degree of Difficulty and Commitment on the waves shall be rewarded with the higher scores."
Scale Base: 
[ 0 - 2: Poor ] [ 2 - 4: Fair ] [ 4 - 6: Average ] [ 6 - 8: Good ] [ 8 - 10: Excellent ] 

Gee nothing about getting barreled off yer arse.  Must be a different tribe than the kneelos I know. ( I kid.)

The whole knee board thing has been around for ages.  But for reasons unknown has seemed to fallen into underground status.  (when was the last time you saw an orange juice add with some model holding a glass spoon?)   If you are interested check out the KSUSA site for tons of info.
Ryan at Point Concepts is making some fine glass spoons these days. If you have ever made one they require a TON of work / time! I haven't had the pleasure of riding testing one but given the high quality of his other work I am sure these are up to snuff.

Whilst we are on the topic of "alternative surf craft" there have been sightings of new sweetness at Nine Lights Surfboards and Handplane Goodness.  If you are unsure what exactly constitutes alternative surf craft here is a prime example.  (Yes, I am referring to Mr. Peck and not the hand plane;) Quite a character, haven't seen him much lately. Used to run into him at the local health food store all the time. I believe he travels quite a bit.)

One more thing,  it turns out the rumors of Apple and Steven Jobs releasing an iMat were un-true!  Words cannot express my disappointment, but I will, some how, carry on.

So if you ride it on a kneeboard, a hand plane, on a blow up or just standing up (how pedestrian!) enjoy the weekend!

Huge FULL MOON Tonight!

Watch out for Luna-tics!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

There are times

When I can't think of a thing to say

so
I think it best
to go with
that
and not
say anything
at all














Mountain of Storms


In the summer of 1968 three men - climber and surfer Yvon Chouinard, climber and skier Doug Tompkins, and champion skier Dick Dorworth - set off from California in an old van to surf, ski and climb their way down to the southern end of Argentina where they met up with a young British climber, Chris Jones. Their goal was to climb a mountain that had been climbed only twice before: Cerro Fitz Roy.

In this excerpt, watch as Yvon, Doug and Dick score waves in Peru. First they surf a left point break in Chicama and then shoot the pier in Cerro Azul.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Big post today!

I have been sitting it out while everyone with any sense has been charging the local post rain surf

("sense" in this usage is subjective and I feel debatable)

It's been big (a relative term)

It's been hollow (once again see above)

but this shot below from JDubSingles

may get me into the chilly run off for a surf!

(Quick my Astragalus - Echinacea - Goldenseal - Probiotic smoothie!)












Some great submissions of mat quivers from around the world!

I will be putting together the "Mat Shrine" piece next week so you still have time to submit.

(Please include a matting shot as well as your stack-o-mats pictures)


I may have mentioned previously that I connect to the internets with a slow connection

think a button on a string

(that is such an archaic reference that no one will get it but it cracks me up so I'm leaving it in!)

any way ssssslllloooowwww connection

so slow that I usually only watch video if it is made by someone I know personally or is a quick clip of matting or body surfing or maybe something classic.

If the first 3 seconds don't grab me I close the window and wait for the DVD to come out.

Well actually I don't buy the DVD, I go to Shelter and watch it on a Movie Night!

So believe me when I tell you, this clip from Cyrus Sutton is fantastic!


Cyrus filming for "Stoked and Broke" from www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo.


Can't wait until the movie comes out.

I always thought that some great stuff can be captured with a GoPro cam but as it turns out you need to have talent too

See more of Cyrus' work at Korduroy.tv

(There is tons of stuff at Korduroy.tv to check out)

Then check out this classic clip send in by good friend ThinkMat!


That's it for today,

the sun is up

and I'm going to go take a look

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Is there an app for that?



sitting at home in the

fortress of solitude

dreaming

waiting for the rain

to start

and stop

and the water

to clear up

Surfing in Chocolate milk

with the occational floating log

is not my idea of fun

And not perhaps the safest thing to do on a mat

Here is some Greenough to pass the time




I really like the part where Greenough is foiling his fin




A good fin is critical when turning like this




Or hanging back in the tube like this




Greenough wasn't one to keep these things to him self so he foiled a few fins for friends




Nat Young winning a contest on Magic Sam.  Those foiled fins even worked on long boards!





Friend Warren Pfeiffer sent along a quiver shot. As good a mat shrine / alter as any!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Welcome to my Man Cave



As some of you may recall from a previous post,

"My name is Prana and I have tidiness issues"

But after the demise of the local book store

I manages to score some cheap book shelves to help with the organizing



The first part of the process,

after brewing a new pot of coffee

was to transfer everything from the pile on the ground

to a pile on the bed

(yes I had to move the dog first)

As the pics clearly shows

I had semi organized piles going

until the hole thing imploded into

one pile on the bed



I see light!

at the end of the tunnel

I hope it's not a train...

So let's see

crap off the floor

book cases in place

just need to look thought some boxes

and load up the shelves



This is a nice surprise!

opening a random box and finding

three years worth of Surfers Journals!




Finally everything together and in order!



I'm so stoked on the new arrangements!

So if you have stuck with me this far

and it being a Monday an all

lets just say I very impressed

but you may be saying to yourself

"Self, where are Prana's mats?"

Well first off it's Prana's mat, singular

and it lives in the car with the fins, towels

other beach gear

But I know some of you must have

in house shrines built

for your mats

little incense burner

small tasteful picture of

Greenough off to one side



you know what I mean


So

as part of playing the

official

PranaGlider - 23 Breaths

home game

send me some shots of your

mat shrine

Friday, January 22, 2010

Eric Burdon - The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

It has rained off and on for the last 5 days

what you would call a sunny week in Seattle,

and I need to get back in the water

unfortunately the local water conditions are about as toxic as they get



Thanks to everyone who has sent me correspondence the last few weeks




Steve Downy, on a mat, enjoying the high life.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Don't blow up Catalina!

In the OC there is always a lot of talk about how much better the surf would be if we "blew up Catalina"


(just using that phraise will have my blog put on the national watch list)

Every winter surfers look at the maps, see the swell lost to island blockage and say the same thing.

This has been going on since I was a gremmie.

But really

















As these shots clearly show, we really need to blow up the Channel Islands.

BTW, "blow up" is arbitrary, grated down below sea level would work just as well, as long as they stop blocking the swell.

I'm sorry, I really am, maybe you can call it North East Pacific Surfboards or something

but the islands, they need to go

Graphics and artist scribling by Adam Wright at SoCalSurf.com

(Dear NSA, I'm joking.  The islands I am referring to block the big winter surf from hitting some Southern California beachs.  That's all.  I really don't want to remove the Channel Islands even if it was geologically possible.)  

Glad so many of you liked the pictures from yesterday!

I have a few more and they will be scattered randomly thru out my posts over the next week or so

here comes one now!




















Have I mentioned that the new issue of BodySurf is online!

Here is one more teaser to get you going over there to see the rest


todd glaser - california




I call this one "The Pope's Living Room"


Really the best surf photography on the net


BodySurf

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Endless Summer

I received these pictures just the other day,

Just so you know

it's always summer somewhere

Cranking off the bottom with speed!













Cut back

















Another fast turn to set up the inside

















About to fly thru the end section

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Anyone got plans?

to build one of these?

It's an Ark!

or maybe I have too much time on my hands and I watch too much TV news and weather.

I received some nice mat shots from Warren Pfeiffer this morning.  Hopefully I can post them later in the week.

Many of the beaches have some flooding so drive carefully. I say drive carefully because most of the fatalities from the storms in SoCal will be the result of traffic accidents. Although the falling trees and mudslides are extremely dangerous as well.  The are Surf, Flood and High Wind warnings and while the surf is big it also contains everything that was in gutter yesterday.  So keep that in mind when you are checking the surf.

(BTW "everything that was in the gutter yesterday" is my new punk band)

A good day to stay warm and dry.

Oh and the new Bodysurf Magazine is up check it here !



Monday, January 18, 2010

They call it stormy monday

but Tuesday's just as bad



So there have been some waves locally,  disasters internationally and rain predicted thru the end of the week.

But let's focus on the positive.

Really fine work over at Nine Lights surfboards

Check out the details and the rest of the pictures here.

There is a review of every swim fin known to man or woman over at

SurfMatters this morning.

I did manage to get some good ones over the last week or so.

My favorite local overly polluted river mouth had been walled up,  too high tidy and just plain funky for days.
But on the second check of the morning, the tide, swell and stars aligned and "Poo Bar" (you know you surf the wrong places when bathymetric features have the prefix "poo" ) became "Poo Point" an for a little while I got  some of the longest rights I have ridden in ages.
The nice thing about long steep waves of a decent size, is that on a mat you just seem to go faster and faster.
No down shifting, side sliding, stay in the pocket on these waves.
Just full bore,
"let's open it up and see what his puppy can do"
"oh please let me make this next section and I promise I'll stop sinning"
speed runs down the line.

Pure and Simple

I almost drown

Good Times!

Friday, January 15, 2010

weather / book report





Issued by The National Weather Service
San Diego, CA
12:53 pm PST, Thu., Jan. 14, 2010

... BIG CHANGES IN THE WEATHER NEXT WEEK...

MAJOR CHANGES ARE EXPECTED IN THE SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA WEATHER AFTER THIS WEEKEND. A SERIES OF STORMS WILL BRING CLOUDS... COOLING... WIND... AND PERIODS OF LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN NEXT WEEK WITH SNOW AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

THERE IS STILL A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE EXACT TIMING AND RAINFALL AMOUNTS... BUT THESE STORMS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE QUITE VIGOROUS... AND BRING LARGE RAINFALL TOTALS TO THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND HEAVY SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS.

THIS ALL WEEK LONG EVENT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE RAINFALL OF 4 TO 8 INCHES NEAR THE COAST... TO 20 OR MORE INCHES ON THE COASTAL MOUNTAIN SLOPES. TYPICALLY WETTER LOCATIONS ON THE COASTAL MOUNTAINS SLOPES COULD RECEIVE 30 OR MORE INCHES OF RAINFALL. EVEN THE DESERT LOCATIONS ARE LIKELY TO RECEIVE SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN.

SNOW LEVELS WILL MOSTLY FLUCTUATE BETWEEN 5500 AND 6500 FEET WHICH WOULD CONFINE HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO MAINLY THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE SAN BERNARDINO AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS. UP TO AROUND 4 FEET OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE AT THE HEAVIEST LOCATIONS.

IF RAIN DEVELOPS AS EXPECTED THEN THERE WILL BE A POTENTIAL OF FLASH FLOODING... MUD AND DEBRIS FLOW... ESPECIALLY IN AND BELOW RECENTLY BURNED AREAS. THE RAIN WILL MAKE ROADS SLICK AND TRAVEL THROUGH THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS COULD BECOME HAZARDOUS DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. HEAVY SNOW COULD ALSO CREATE AN AVALANCHE THREAT FOR AREAS LOCATED BELOW STEEP SLOPES OF THE HIGHER SAN BERNARDINO AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS.

PEOPLE SHOULD STAY UPDATED WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS.


That said, it may be time to gather some firewood and collect a few good books.

I have been reading  The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway























He is my kind of guy



Photo from his blog

If you like to read book reviews here's one

So surf your brains out then kick back with a good read.

It doesn't get any better than that!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Reading the internet from end to end so you don't have to

Maybe not but here are some new links for you to try

First up The Red Cross.
If you can afford to give, this would be a good time.

A pack of strays - a UK site with a ton of additional links
The site has a feature called "Wave of the Day"
Here is an example
There seems to be surf in the UK.  I wonder if they have beer?

Next up


If I ever win the Lotto I'm going to have a bunch of mats and a insane art collection. Great Stuff check it out!


Maybe some surfboards too

Tim Mason makes boards for a bunch of labels
Hullabaloo, Spense, as well as his own line


Good stuff, follow the link

















By the way if you haven't seen Ed's latest post about his new Liddle hull  This is not a fun board check it out

Has a nice blog called doubleWingFlyer



Caution may induce flashbacks

But that's not a bad thing




The Claws and Teeth website truly defies description.




so just go check it out and you decide

(what you don't speak Swahili?)

is a great man and his dog surfing OB site
I especially liked his piece on



That should tide you over, link wise, until tomorrow

Since rain is in the forecast for


I thought I might do a quick list of some books

I've been reading lately

or maybe not

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

So it's raining



I  like the rain

My cat,  has spent the last two hours telling me, in no uncertain terms, that he, does not

as it comes after almost a week straight of surfable surf

(and after I planted a new nectarine tree in the back yard)

it's a blessing

The storm is expected to move thru quickly and be followed by another ridge of high pressure and the offshore wind fairy

I don't really understand all this stuff but Adam Wright does and he talks about it on his blog here

After this rain is over we are back to the ole grind

surf surf surfy surf surf

but then next week

if the forecast models can be believed

we have a week of rain here is sunny socal



So enjoy the surf

enjoy the rain

or you end up sounding like my cat

an no one wants that





Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's always summer on the inside - post of summer past

I like to commit a day to memory from the current season to be recalled in detail in the coming months.
Like a real hot summer day to be remembered in the dead of winter
Sort of like sending myself a post card but without the postage

Here is a post I did on Wednesday July 8th, 2009

 


This is either fireworks from the 4th or my camera has been to alpha centauri  
Made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!  


Things have been a little hazy  


The Tour, holidays, barbecue, fireworks, gardening  


And prime examples of summer surf  


Which is to say nothing  
or not much,  
if you are a glass is half full kind of person.  


But there still are all sorts of fun things to do.  
The online Body Surf magazine / picture fest has a new issue out.  
The link above takes you to the main page  
Picture above from Ryan Heywood's other blog Smart Casual  
Make sure to click on the #3 for the latest issue.  
Body surfing is the cleanest, simplest and purest form of surfing and I love it! 




Here is a video 


 


Please put the 45 back in it's sleeve when you are done, you know how the dust can ruin the vinyl or you might spill a Tab on it.  


The Tour  
If it wasn't for the Tour de France  
I would go crazy this time of year This one could be interesting  


The Mat  
I hear people say they will get a mat to ride on the marginal days.  
I have be riding my fish on the marginal days and saving my mat for the good days.  


The Garden  
The summer garden has peaked or is peaking depending on which plant you are looking at  
The squirrels have been rubbing their hands with glee waiting for the sun flower seed to ripen.  
More later must surf now.


** PS I hope you enjoyed this look back


The summer surf was so so with a few exceptions 


Lance didn't win the Tour, which REALLY pissed him off so the next one will be REALLY INTERESTING!


Body Surf hasn't put out a new issue but we will just have to wait (it's always worth it)


If you are jonesin' Kurungabaa Vol 2 Issue 2 is just about out (always good stuff there)


And lastly the Sun Flowers were harvested and are being carefully doled out to last the local squirrels thru the winter




Monday, January 11, 2010

I can't make it into the office today



So after a long dry spell SoCal finally gets some winter juice!

Waves started showing up on Friday and continued on thru the weekend

The swell or more correctly swells will actually continue on thru next weekend

Hurray!

But there is a disturbance in the Force in Surf City

It's Monday and you have to work!

You have responsibilities and commitments

That Hummer isn't gonna pay itself off

So with my super hearing I hear the following (a lot)

Help me Prana, I'm not an unemployeed slacker like you!

I've got work, Mon - Fri

What shall I do!

Oh, What shall I do!!

Well first stop using the word "shall", no one talks likes that.

And secondly, I've got you covered!

You call up your boss and in the grand tradition of workers everywhere you lie!

To help you out I have compiled a list of excuses that should get you a few days off this week.



1 - My pet goldfish passed away and it was his last wish was to be buried at sea
      If you work at PETA this is gonna work, trust me!

2 - The Doctor suggest that I need to visit the ocean “for the waters”
      If you boss is a Bogart fan, you are in.

3 - I got a bad case of 3 day leprosy
      By the time they get over the squeamish factor you're back
      (This really works good if you are planning a trip to Molokai.)

4 - Map Quest is down and I have forgotten how to get to the office
      If you are an unrepentant geek with a poor sense of direction this one has to work

5 - I use the abbreviated Mayan calendar and the world ends in 2010, so why bother
      If you boss has seen the movie or heard the buzz this one should work

6 - In my religion, the Aleutian Juice days are holy and the swells must be observed
      I'm sure the ACLU will back you up on this one.  Maybe Gloria Allred too.

7 - Did you not see my resume cover letter
      If you properly prepared your employer you wouldn't have to lie.
      Which of course is the best policy.

9 - I over dosed on Viagra over the weekend and I need to wait until the swelling goes down.
      Trust me, they don't want you in the office until the condition clears up

8 - There is a Star Trek / Star Wars marathon on and I’m not going anywhere! Make it so Number One!
      This works great, but if your boss is a Star Trek or Star Wars fan he or she will want to go with you.

9 - Prana Glider say I could have the day off!
      If this one works let me know.

So good luck and if you do get days off and you see me in the water, remember you owe me!


P.S.  If you have the good fortune to work in the "Surf Industry" this may not work as well. Everyone knows its good.  Could you imagine working for Surfline and trying this crap on Sean Collins? Dude you would be so busted!  He may even change his email greeting to say something like "Don't even dream about calling in sick this week!" But you never know. You maybe either completely screwed or it maybe a surf holiday at the discretion of the President and the VP of HR.
Let me know.
If you work for a surf company let us know the policy.
Completely anonymous of course!