Today's favorite of the Dirk and Company photos is the one above. Graham with a massive mat quiver, deciding which brush to choose this particular Cotton's morning.
The neighbors rolling by on their groovy Schwinn Collegiate with kid carrier up front and dog side cars
The mat meet is slowly retreating in the rear view mirror of my awareness it's nice to get back into the little bubble I call my life.
Picked up a great book from the library, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow. If you are familiar with Doctorow's SF writing you know he is busier that ten normal people and in addition to cranking out SF at an alarming pace, he is very active in the intellectual property debate, co -edits the blog Boing-Boing and probably donates blood twice a week while. Generally I hate people like that but the writing is so good I let it slide. Down and out in the Magic Kingdom is good too.
The Queen of the Night or night blooming Cereus went off last night. The flowers begin to open around dusk and are done by early morning. The high point of the summer garden although the sunflowers and tomatoes would beg to differ...
One more thing
Looking at the video of the mat meet yesterday I was stoked we caught it in all it's down the line, speed run glory. For the next one let's go somewhere hollow. Just something to think about.
Dirk already has a rough cut of the footage he shot on Sunday.
I haven't watched the whole thing yet but I really like the opening shot of Jon standing with his self made mat looking out at the break. A nice nod to the historic Hodgmen mats and the self reliant nature of surf matters.
I swiped this beautiful shot of the moon over the trestle from Nebulous Continuum. For me it perfectly invokes that "I surfed the glass off until dark and then went home tired yet satisfied" vibe. I can feel the sand under my feet and smell the chaparral. Check out his blog
The power was out at my house most of the night.
First they Edison guys woke us up to tell us the power was going out
next there was a bunch of noise, a generator and every dog in the neighborhood with their comments.
I like to think they were trying to help " no dawg don't cut the green wire cut the red one!
At least that's what I was thinking as I lay in bed counting down the hours until I had to get up.
I live in a "all electric house of the future" which means if there is no power you are cold, hungry and tired.
So this morning although the power has been restore I've got nothing for you.
Fortunately, it seems that EVERYONE else in cyber mat ville has posted more goodies from last Sundays meet.
Jason has released a new edit of his video from Sunday which I will call the "Directors Cut". I've got to get to the library today so I can see this in all its glory. Have I mentioned this post that dial-up sucks?
Dirk posted some snapshots from Sunday on The Mat Movie site, so be sure you check that out. I have looked at a few and they are great. Thanks again Dirk!
SurfMatters has hosted several posts on the gathering and has some more this morning.
Somehow she under the mistaken impression that she is not very far along the learning curve with her mat riding. Clearly this shot shows that she has a firm grasp of the mat both figuratively and literally! There is nothing else to but relax, hold on and enjoy the ride.
While writing all of this, Teacher of the Year, Andy Smith has posted a nice piece on his blog Born To Lose. When I grow up I want to be Mr. Smith. Father (of a newborn that's sleeping through the night!), Husband, Teacher, owner of an insane quiver, surfs his brains out all summer, writes a few things for the mags and have you seen his latest at Drift? Yep, when I grow up I want to be Andy.
So that's it for today, the sun is up, the power is on and there is still swell!
The swell is still pumping and it looks like we will even have some Summer weather for a while.
That when you add the constant drone of Back-to-School marketing in the background it all has me in a pretty good mood.
The full moon is today and those of you that like to gaze up into the night sky you will get a decent view of Mars as it passes close by.
Happy gliding to those matters using the full moon for a nighttime assault on the Bu!
Mars, the Roman god of war, the son of Juno and Jupiter, husband of Bellona, and the lover of Venus.
Mars gets around!
The next seasonal event is the Autumnal Equinox, next month on September 23 coinciding with the next full moon.
So why, in a surf blog am I going on about celestial events?
Whenever I have intense experiences, things that draw my focus to the all consuming ME I try to remember to pay attention to something well beyond my own personal melodrama. For me it helps keep me heading in a balanced direction.
There is the number 23 combo plate of stills and video at Surfmatters.
I would like to thank everyone that came and shared their stoke!
To be direct and honest, (two things I usually try to avoid) without you all I would have spent the day at home, puttered around in the man cave and maybe mowed the lawn.
As it turned out, I had the time of my life, met and surfed with more matters than may have ever been assembled in one place! (The folks at the Guinness Book of World Records haven't gotten back to me yet.)
All kidding aside, a beautiful group and it was a privilege to share waves with you.
This morning I am moving slow, the sweet reward of extending my personal edges. My muscles are sore my skin is a bright shade of pink and my mind is moving slowly through the memories of the day.
A fair amount of film and video was shot at the meet, some may appear in the mat movie, other pieces will get posted on the internet and some will be retained in private collections.
I'll share what I can and link to what I find in cyberspace.
One more thing
Mat surfing is changing, growing by leaps and bounds.
Seeds planted years ago,
growing when watered by good seasons and technology advancement
dying back during the droughts of obscurity and it's difference from the norm
Mat surfing is still in it's Golden Age
a fractional portion of the total population
happy to meet others that share their passion and to share a few waves
We are living one of the great old Bruce Brown movies!
Phil Edwards slides left at Cottons. Photo by Bruce Brown
Our man on point, Dirk "is the movie done yet?" Brandt's comments "We got here in time for me to ride about 6 waves before dark. Plenty of surf, good juice. Not as cold as I feared. We're going to have fun tomorrow. -Dirk"
I have consulted my magic 8 ball which reports "time to leave the computer and hit the road!" or something like that.
As a bit of consolation, for those not attending here is a link to a nice bit of blogging by neopye at lo-tech high joy
I'll try to get some photos or at least links to photos for Monday's post
Jason Hall even posted a brief video on his site Daily Bread after Jonathan and I ran into him at HQ the other day. (Just to set the record straight, no new moves, we were just trying to adjust to the chilly water temperatures. Jason was using his 5/4/3 mill with hood. It's August!)
Side shot of the Cooperfish booth, it doesn't do the boards justice. Amazing shapes and glass work!
Everyone at the show seemed to have one of these blanks. The marketing give a way that launched a thousand hand planes!
My photo skills in full effect! I manage to cut the top of one guys head off while I cut the other guy in half lengthwise. Not bad for a Panda pic! These are the Axxe wetsuit guys, they were real cool and the wetsuits are top notch!
Some early tri fins from Simon Anderson. Interesting to see the changes in rails and rocker over the years.
Anderson's Hawaii board pre tri fin. Pure Brewer.
A fine quiver of Hobie's. Either Terry Martin or Mike Hynson in the shaping bay mowing foam.
The 23 Breaths booth! Free air to fill up your mat.
Why we are talking about mats the mat meet seems to be blowing up!
I'm going to do my best not to use the words GOT and WOOD, in the same sentence while writing this post but no promises. Actually I just did, but a least we got that out of the way up front so it's not hanging over our heads.
The wood boards at the show were, for me, best represented by the Simmons hulls that are part of the Simmons Effect exposition. I took a good long look at these boards no telling when I might get another chance to see them all together.
There were balsa blanks available at the show. I believe for every blank purchased two trees are planted in what is a rapidly diminishing rain forest.
A lot of innovative minds still choose wood for primary surfboard materials.
If I had the skills, time and equipment to make one of these beauties I'd do it in an instant.
The Mike Marshall trophy is some fine wood work in it own right
Stopped by the Wegener booth to check out his take on the craft. Always a good sign when your first thoughts are, "Wow how neet! I'd love to ride that!!"
The one on the right still has wax on it
Simmons had radical ideas about changing the way he surfed and we are still benefiting from the work he did back then. I think it's hard to appreciate how different his take on things were from our perspective looking back.
But if you were riding something like this, which is still a really nice board in a paddle board sort of way. A Simmons balsa chip with rounded rails, rocker, concave and two fins must have been like seeing something from the moon.
I play this game in my head about historical figures and how they would react to the things happening today.
I could see Simmons taking a quick look around La Jolla being blown away by all the development and then heading out to the garage to shape some yard possums with Burch.
I am pretty sure he would be stoked when he saw a surf mat too.
Great show and many thanks to all the people that put it together!
The sun is just starting to come up and with the light comes color so it seemed logical to talk about color at Sacred Craft today. (yes 23B themes are that compulsively simple)
Lots of color at the show, eye catching, draw dropping, explosions of color everywhere!
So what is a group of fins called? You know a "flock of sea gulls", a "school of fish", a "pod of whales" a "_____ of fins", My guess is at the bottom. Read on.
Sometimes the color is all in one board, like this exotic number from "Third World Exotic Surfboards". Looks like it would be fun to ride.
Sometimes the colors were spread across a quiver of boards.
This shot reminds me of a group of teenagers that all agreed on what they are going to wear to the mall.
Here we have a group of boards each with their own unique bit of style color.
Good point to mention that Matt Biolos won the Tribute to the Masters shape-off.
This artist had a fabulous collection of work all done on boards. I could have taken a better shot but actually this one does capture some of the essence. No idea of the artist's name. If you know please include it in the comments.
While we are talking about art and artists. It was my great pleasure to meet Matt Beard at the show. There are many really good artist that work in the plein air style. Some of them surf and it shows up in their artwork. But there is something about Mr. Beard's work that I really like. Check out his site and if you missed his work at Sacred Craft he has a show at the Green Flash gallery in Cardiff, CA on Friday August 20.
Back to the boards! Here is a trio of chargers by Hinds, Martin and Timpone respectively. Ever wonder why so many boards are orange or yellow? I think its because red is difficult to work with. You really have to use a lot of red to get the board to turn out red instead of pink and no one want's a pink board. The blue / green end of the spectrum comes out OK but you can't find your board if it's lost in the rip and you are swimming for it. That leaves orange and yellow. As least that's what I have been told by an old time glasser. It's probably all different now a days. Mr Martin, sorry I cut off the nose of the board in the picture.
The artist know as S/Double is back in the shaping bay. Shawn Stussy's sense of color, style and design is always amazing! Some guys get talent like that at birth, others develop it over years of hard work. I got a preference for riding variably inflatables.
The center one looks like what a mat rides like!
Mat Meet News-
It looks like everything is coming together for the mat meet this coming Sunday at Cottons.
Lots of matters confirming that they are counting the days.
Several people confirming that they are going to bring their camera equipment to the beach.
Not much of a photographer myself (obviously) but good luck to all of you hoping to practice the art and science of capturing light.
Anyone with questions, please let me know.
Oh yea, almost forgot. A group of fins ? I think it should be called a "cluster of fins". Why? Because it ties into the whole Sacred Craft honoring Simon Anderson thing. Now swim fins, that should be a barrel of swim fins. Definitely a barrel.