/*23 Breaths: January 2012*/

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

FIN - C.R. Stecyk III

Portrait by Anthony Friedkin

Reactions to the name itself are likely to run from who? to what? to where?

For anyone asking, who?

You may have heard of Z-Boys and Dogtown but if you were alive in the 70's, riding a skateboard in a drained pool he was a god.

 If you asked what?

I don't know if I am truly qualified to answer that question but from a literary sense he is one of the few people that our little action sports industry is built upon. When people say core this is what they mean.

Which leaves those souls who just wanted to know where?

 Hurleyville, February 8, 6 - 9 pm


  More info here

Monday, January 30, 2012

Living in SoCal is tough

The weather is nice but it's difficult determining what month it is and what season we might be experiencing.

This weekend the weather was beautiful

High temps, along the coast in the high 70’s and low 80’s.

Where in the solar cycle are we?

Since the bit of rain we got last week the local hills have a covering of green down.

Early Summer?

The local false pears are in full bloom, the false snow storm of their petals is just around the corner.


Storms in the west Pacific and the Aleutians continue to provide decent surf to west facing beaches.


Driving to work
Past grass never meant to be walked on
Growing under trees that will never bare fruit
Life is like a leaf
Blown across the freeway
Trying to make it to the other side

Sunday, January 29, 2012


A really good article on Octopuses at Orion magazine

I have been fascinated by Octopus and Cuttlefish for a long time.

I could go on about why and how but read the article and you'll have a better idea why I don't eat octopus tacos any more.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Just sitting outside talking with kayakers when suddenly...

Try not to think about this clip the next time you are sitting outside!

enjoy the day

Friday, January 27, 2012


The opening for the Hydrodynamica show Remember the Future is this Saturday from 4-10 at the Space 4 Art and Loft 9 Gallery in San Diego.

Photo by Ryan Field

"The exhibition will feature original Simmons planing hulls and other objects he made, including the boomerangs he used for experimentation. Boards from Ekstrom, Lis, and Nicholas Mirandon will also be exhibited, along with photographs and short film clips."

What could possibly be cooler than that?

All the details are at the Hydrodynamica blog

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 Kneeboard Surfing USA Titles

Kneeboard Surfing USA 2012 Kneeboard Surfing USA Titles - Hungington Beach

The 2012 Kneeboard Surfing USA Titles and Festival will return Huntington Beach, CA. The Kneeboard Surfing USA Titles will be held on Friday January 27th and Saturday January 28th. Last year's competition in Huntington Beach was an overwhelming success. 

I have mentioned previously that I don't like contests. The conditions are so variable and I don't think you can objectively judge an art form. But like most of the non mainstream surf forms the knee riders have contests, for the most part, just to get together.  A cheerful group of tube hunters  in general, and as I found out one morning as I swam out unawares into the middle of a local gathering, very interested in surf mats.  

Go for the contest and stay for the festival.

Surf should be good and offshore winds are expected to pick up Friday night. 

Lots of interesting stuff to do over the weekend but I'll go into that tomorrow.

I'll be in Riverside

BTW it's knee board week over at Korduroy.TV

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Harrumph on a Wednesday

It rained
(less than a inch counting both storms)

now the winds start up again
and it's in the high 70's
for the foreseeable future

Who's running this winter anyway?

I suppose it's better than having to break thru
the ice on the well
to get some water for my morning tea

But at least there's surf
several overlapping NW swells in fact

Most of the serious runoff has been
neutralized by now

So have a go!

All I've Found (George Greenough) - Sea Movies from www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo.

A sweet bit of video from George Greenough for your viewing pleasure this morning. If you look closely you'll notice the fins on the long boards of the era went from the wooden "D fins" to fish inspired glass "Greenough fins" by the end of the clip. Off course George had been riding Velo for a while by then but the change in fins marked a serious fork in the road for stand up surfboards. In a couple of years boards would be half as long and surfers would be free to surf anywhere on the wave face. It was a great time.

Lloyd Kahn over at Lloyd's Blog  gave me a shout out after I had mentioned his new book Tiny Homes

My hit counter was huffing and puffing all day trying to keep up with all the new readers.

If you are a first timer, "Welcome to 23B!" although this is a surf blog I go on a bit about a lot of things and if you dip into the archives or make this a daily stop I'm sure you will find something interesting, amusing or weird enough to keep you entertained.

Enjoy the day

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Well they call it stormy Monday
but by Tuesday we were back to unseasonably warm with off shore winds

That's not how the song goes but
that's how it is

It's shaping up to be a drought year
we still have a ways to go
but it's just that
rain has become so
infrequent that
it's like a full moon

one of those things
that strikes you
when it occurs
you stop what you are doing
and watch it for a while

Well look at that!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Friends Still Matter

Thank you so much the response has been great!

Please continue to contribute via the links, healthcare is so expensive when you are paying the whole thing out of pocket.

Donate here

If any of you have broken a bone before you may recognize the the problem here right off.

The Fibula is a stick-like bone that can be found toward the outside of the lower leg. It articulates with the Tibia at both ends and acts as a stabilizer for the ankle joint.

Surfsister's has taken a bit of a detour not unlike the North American plate and it's constant battle with the Great Pacific Plate.

But I don't want to glaze your eyes over with talk of bones and plates.

Here is the deal.

SurfSister, which you all know as a better person than most you find roaming the shore these days, has had the misfortune to to break her fibula here in the USA where if you need healthcare you had better be covered or you are out-of-luck.  

Well she has but she may not be.

Josh over at Surfmeisters came up with a way for everyone (and I mean you by the way) to kick in a few bucks. It's easy, it's quick and the good karma alone will virtually guarantee you the best set waves on you next go out.  

Donate here

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's Saturday?

It's raining, I know because the cat is giving me that "oh no you didn't" look when I opened the door in response to his incessant scratching. I'm not sure what bothers me the most, that he thinks I control the weather or that he can channel the Maury Povich Show contestants this time of the morning.

Some Dylan and the Dead seems appropriate. Don't ask me why

She said that all the railroad men
Just drink up your blood like wine
An’ I said, “Oh, I didn’t know that
But then again, there’s only one I’ve met
An’ he just smoked my eyelids
An’ punched my cigarette”

Snappy lyrics probably have something to do with it.

I have no idea where or when this if from maybe recorded live during the 1987 tour.

Not interested?  The cat wasn't either.

Makes me two for two today!

Friday, January 20, 2012

California Dreaming


With the rain expected this weekend I'll probably be enjoying a good book by the fire.  This more than likely means reading emails whilst trying to coax the cat into my lap (he's very warm but not much of a lap sitter).  The swell should increase with the storm but runoff after the storm is really something you should avoid.  I mean unless you want a third arm.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What cha doin' on Saturday night?

This Saturday, January 21st, 6-8pm the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery is hosting the Board Art Benefit for Surf Aid International. You are invited to meet 15 of the world’s top surfboard artists as they present for the first time their finished collective works started at Sacred Craft.

The Board Art Benefit is a project designed to bring leading artists and shapers together to create original works of art utilizing surfboards for the purpose of raising support for SurfAid International.

You probably saw most if not all of these boards being worked on at Sacred Craft come down and check out the finished product. It's times like these I would really like to see what Rick Griffin's contribution would look like.

More info here 

One more thing, I'm all about these kind of events but why isn't anyone painting up a surf mat?  I have seen the handplanes worked by artists and it was great. Just sayin' an alternative craft and maybe a matching pair of  fins would be a nice addition to the mix.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tiny Homes

I’ve mentioned Lloyd Kahn in multiple posts and flat out ripped off his content more than once.  Lloyd’s the editor and chief over at Shelter Publications after being the shelter editor at the Whole Earth Catalog.  Their latest release “Tiny Homes” has rocketed up the charts at Amazon since its release.

Tiny Homes may be the quintessential topic for our current times.  “The Troubles” as they are known internationally and “The Great Recession” as it is known in the US has meant a tremendous downsizing for many, a cautious attention to finances for most and a “we’re in the money” approach for those in the 1%. 

People are beginning to sober up from the wild spending habits of the real estate bubble when houses and off site personal storage had to expand to accommodate all the stuff we were accumulating. So what does that mean to surfmatters?  Stuff (ie. surfboards) takes up a lot of space.  My personal rafters are full out in the garage and I hardly even bother to stand up any more.  For someone entering into the surf culture at the current point in the timeline a wetsuit, a couple of mats and a pair of fins fits nicely in a duffel bag.

Less is more.

Stoke doesn’t take up any space at all!

A tiny home fits nicely with the current as well as the ancient wisdom.

“The family airlooms can’t come in through the front gate”

Check it out a shift to quality over quanity may be just the ticket.

Monday, January 16, 2012

What's that season between Fall and Spring?

You know the one where it might rain every few years?

Don't tell me I'll think of it

From the NWS


Saturday, January 14, 2012


Here comes the winter I know and love to hate.

A small low spinning in tomorrow (probably no rain but enough wind to mess up the surf) and then another bigger low for next weekend to eliminate the possibility of surf next weekend.

In between?

Lovely weather

and work

6 to 3

But all that
a surf day!

I better get on it
it's starting to lighten up

Friday, January 13, 2012

Night at the Movies

I attended the screening of Manufacturing Stoke last night.  I see most of the new movies, some good and some bad but this it the one movie every surfer should see. The show starts by sharing the surf industries dirty little secret. Surfboards have historically been made out of rather nasty, cryogenic petro chemicals.  This is not the "Better living thru chemistry" that the Dow corporation promised us in the sixties.  From creating the blank to the resins used in glassing, the process is dangerous and there was no real way to recycle your board once it had reached it's useful end of life. How many surfboards is your wife going to let you put up on the wall to commemorate the swell of '69'? 

The good news is that several of the small manufacturers that rushed into the void left when Clark Foam closed it's doors are working to provide a "greener" product. There are more options in glassing as well.  I'm excited about tree sap resin! (How often do you use that phrase?)  Less you think that the movie is a buzz kill the surfing in this surf movie is quite good, well shot, well lit and makes you want to go surf. (The litmus test for all good surf movies)  The soundtrack is good and fits the action and the tone of the movie well. There is a fair amount of bodysurfing with a handplane in the movie. Ed and Kipp of Enjoy handplanes are interviewed. Enjoy handplanes are made from broken boards which otherwise would be headed for a landfill. It's nice to know that some people take the Reduce, Recycle and Reuse motto to heart.

In the end the decision it's up to us the consumers of surf products and surfwear.  There are options in the marketplace and how you spend your money will determine the direction the industry goes in the long run.

Oh and Kendog flys by on his mat near the end.

Now that's a surf movie!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Manufacturing Stoke

Manufacturing Stoke will be in town as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival
Today January 12 at 7 pm at the fabulous Muth Center and it's FREE!

Manufacturing Stoke travels across the California coast, visiting surfing legends and new comers alike, and delves into a world rarely-ever-seen to further explore surfing's greatest paradox: no other sport is as intrinsically linked to nature and yet a majority of the materials used are environmentally toxic.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More mats!

Lots of news in the sports/waterSports/inflatables-but-not-pool-toys sliver of the blog-o-sphere today

It seems January is the time when everyone builds new mats.

Paul is looking for test riders for some of his new 5th gear flyers check Surfmatters for the details.

Mark is selling some new old stock before his new mats arrive with a new skin, see Krypt Surf for details.

and Grey Man's latest efforts can be seen on the UK Mat Surfs site Here  (really looking good Gman!)

If it not new mats then it's new mat sites and our own Ramsnake has build a surf mat forum called the Global Surf Mat Riders Forum.

Check it out.

Movies, images and mat articles from Ramsnake's personal collection plus the forum where you can talk about mat stuff.

So what new about 23B? SOS here I'm afraid. The running has progressed to the point of injury (in the running world that's considered progress) and a "wider incision" is apparently needed for a suspicious spot of skin removed earlier in the fall.  Not a big problem but it will probably keep me out of the water for a couple of weeks. Other than that the SoCal weather is continuing with an irritatingly warm and dry Winter and I fear we may not get much rain.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Couple of things to talk about here on a Tuesday. First as you all know or should know at least, the SDSFF is closing in on the event horizon and while I expect good things from the festival itself, I know that there is a metric ton of you out there making movies with GoPro's and the like so string together your cinematic bits and bytes and get your submissions in. On time. Under budget.  SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE MARCH 31ST.

Let's make sure there are some surfmat footage amongst the entries. Work with your friends, polish up your edits. Make it work people! You can't say there hasn't been swell. Who knows when you will get this chance again? Think of the people that are putting on the festival. Can you even imagine the Herculean task of cooking up all the popcorn necessary to properly evaluate all the entries?  It boggles the mind. Full details below and at the SDSFF website.

The SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL is pleased to announce a call for submissions to all independent surf filmmakers everywhere. SUBMISSION DUE MARCH 31ST. In addition, come celebrate the unique contributions San Diegans have made to the surfing community through design and invention. Come one, come all and enjoy the art of surf cinema. The inaugural SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL will be proudly presented at BIRD'S SURF SHED. MAY 11-13, 2012

I ask you what could possibly be cooler that that? What! Maybe this? Just a tad of inspiration for you.

San Diego Surf Film Festival from Gage Hingeley on Vimeo.

OK OK OK you don't have to twist my arm here is some more goodness,

Yes that's right Manufacturing Stoke will be in town as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival!

This Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm at the fabulous Muth Center and it's FREE!

Oh the rumors going around that PMK will be releasing a few waves from last Thursdays trip to Rincon before the movie are just not true. Even if he had a special magical pouch a Chumash elder traded him for an *Enjoy Handplane and a couple of copies of Manfacturing Stoke and if he had stored a few unridden set waves in that pouch he would certainly wait until the flatness of summer to release said waves. If they exist. Held in some special Chumash wave storage matrix. Which they don't. Just so we are clear. No waves before the show. Besides he told me he wouldn't lease any waves until after the show.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Full moon last night and with the dry air the view is clear and crisp.

I tried taking some pictures but with a bad case of the jiggles the shots look more like pictures of random marshmallows being tossed  across the night sky.

Check it out tonight.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

surf today


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Locally the morning fog and the scent of the various components of the California chaparral combine producing a sweet yet pungent aroma for the morning

As I worked out this morning I noticed two things

First the dryness that comes along with the high pressure was gone and I could smell sage!

The  whole Salvia plant family is very interesting and most have a wonderful and varied scent.

It's easy to grow, almost always in flower and since it's a native plant it deals with the droughts rather well.

We have planed several varieties and on mornings like this the scent alone brings me back to the days of my youth when all of orange county was orange groves or native plants.

I am planning to head down to the beach later.

I understand there's been surf.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Still outside!

It's like the mat riders are the only ones in all of surfdom that are listening to the same radio station KMAT

Oranges do so well around here they should call this place Orange County...hmm...never mind

Three times paddle out
two times surf in
Still outside!

Have a great weekend

Thursday, January 5, 2012


The local library was closed between the holidays.

I was almost forced to (shudder) watch TV but then I dug a couple of gems out of the bookcase to tide me over.

WtW WtS is a collection of dozens of writers and poets from the Northwest and the short prose and poetry reflect the days spent fishing, logging and tree planting.

Good read check it out.

Library Blues

Got those closed library blues
I'm feeling kinda lost
I'd make a deal with the devil
If I could only read me some Faust 

Sorry it seemed funny at the time.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year’s resolutions

I have never believed much in the New Year’s resolutions.

Often times they are just ideas that sounded really good when drunk on New Year’s Eve.
I’ll do 100 sit ups before bed every night!
They just don’t work out in the long run (or short run for that matter).

Which is not to say that aren’t things that could use changing.

But the quit-smoking-drinking-lose-25-pounds-and-stop-eating-big-macs is just fodder for the health club industry.
Most new memberships are sold in January which coincidentally is the last time most people visit the gym.

I also believe that some self reflection is a good thing.
It just tends to be less effective when done at 11:45 pm on December 31 when you are half way thru a bottle.

So what would make a good New Years resolution?

My New Years resolution is to not consume my body weight in peanut M&M’s this year. Again.

A good resolution but paradoxically a bad one.

Resolutions that require some physical makeover at the molecular level are difficult to initiate. On the plus side you are being made over at the molecular level everyday of your life. Try to guide yourself in the right direction using at least as much patience you would need to train a new puppy. Because face it you are no new puppy.

I am going to run 15 miles every day!

Another fantastic resolution but completely devoid of any connection with reality as we know it in this universe or in any infinite number of parallel universes that may concurrently exist.

Maybe a good resolution is something a bit less personal and not so core to your current physical configuration. You might as well say you are going to change you eye color. Compared to something like that starting the year with a goal of implementing the 4 R’s, (no this isn’t the setup for some pirate joke) that is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose looks downright easy.

So give that a go. If you are going to make changes be gentle with yourself, be realistic and start small.  We can meet up next year at this time and tell each other lies about how well we did.

Good Luck

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My dog is my teacher

So now that it’s done
The tree is stripped of it’s ornaments
The roof line is devoid of lights
What was the point of all the noise and money?

I’m glad to be back to the routine
The normal food
Not too sweet
Not too salty
Just food
Just to eat
One more day

So as I mentioned yesterday
The weather is nice (for winter anyway)
The surf is coming up (so the say)
And I am back at work
The grind
Between a rock and a hard place
The salt mines

My apologies for this commercial interruption, but it turns out that my new book is not so easy to find, and that Amazon is already out of them, so ... for those who may be interested in getting hold of a copy, here's a link that will get you there:

Thanks!  And now back to your normal programming.
Drew Kampion

I have been wearing my “running shoes” non stop
I use the quotes because I still do more walking than running
But every step is a step forward
To hurry is to win the battle but lose the war

Dog Stories -

I have given up the mindful walking practice in the house
One step one breath
 Because the dog
A herding breed
Takes it as a stalking posture
An invitation to play
And I crackup, unable to do move forward
Other than to laugh and receive the gift and instruction

Reminds me of the time
I was testing out my new meditation cushion
Sitting in my best position
Legs folded
Back straight
Head level
Counting my breaths
Hands carefully folded
In the Cosmic Mudra

The dog took one look
And placed her nose
Deeply into my folded palms
“stop this foolishness and scratch me behind my ears!”
One doesn’t argue with a budda

There are  big wave warnings for Hawaiian Islands


Monday, January 2, 2012

so far so good

The first work day of the new year is a holiday
I like it
The weather has been very nice but not much surf

That will show up as soon as I am ensconced in my cube at work.

The running is coming along nicely
Paradoxically there is a lot of walking involved
but there you are

Sunday, January 1, 2012


It turns out that the company I work for makes running shoes
as well as other types of toys
so I thought, what the heck
my back is already messed up
why not start running?

The local running trails aren't bad either.
To say "world class" might be a bit of a stretch,
but then again maybe not
it's kind of subjective
If you like running close to the beach
even on the sand
or in local rolling hills
then this place could be
pretty good.

I won't be posting my split times
from my last training run
because I'm not training for anything
My feelings about competition in the surfing world
"competitive surfing is like competitive picnicking"
carry over nicely to the running
And besides I don't have a watch

So somehow I'll work the running into the 23B posts
Ok maybe a new blog for that stuff,
I'm making a list of blog names
but you know how it is
sometimes you want something different

I also plan to work some more bikes into the program.
"Getting ready for a triathlon" you might wonder
No definitely not.

Way too old for that
"But you are only middle aged!"
I am middle aged only if I live into my low hundreds

We live in interesting times, pay attention