You remember Lloyd's latest book Tiny Homes?
Well they have done gone and made that puppy an ebook.
Bits and Bytes all living together under one tiny little hyper linked roof!
You can read it on your iPad or iPhone and there is a free 38 pages for you to check out.
Next up Ramsnake has done a nice write up on Warren Pfieffer this morning. He is involved in another surf and music performance piece with Richard Tognetti. Check this out on the Magic Carpet here. Good stuff!
On the swell front, Adam Wright is forecasting a new swell on Solspot. (hint it's not from the northwest)
Totally Commerch -
I got the latest issue of Surfer in the mail yesterday. It had, much to my surprise, wedged in there between the two page full color pictures of things you must have for this season but are totally unrelated to surfing, there were a few interesting articles! I still can't believe it. (I actually stopped typing for a minute and went down the hall to check and make sure it wasn't some sort of dream sequence) so check that out the Tutor interview and the piece on MP / Michael Peterson. (I kept wondering how many of the 17-23 year old core ER demographic knew who MP was but the editor seems to have a handle on the fact that "no one actually reads surf magazines") It's all good!
A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE AND STRONG ONSHORE FLOW WILL PRODUCE STRONG GUSTY WEST WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS. STRONGEST WINDS WILL SURFACE EAST OF THE BANNING PASS WHERE LOCAL GUSTS OF 60 TO 70 MPH ARE EXPECTED IN THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. LOCALLY DENSE FOG WILL OCCUR IN THE MOUNTAINS.
It's sprinkling out right now with some south wind at day break, never a good sign for those of us that might want to start the day with a quick surf to say try out a new surf mat tomorrow but we will just have to wait and see.
Sunday and Monday are forecast to be warmer, along with the rest of next week but since I will be a prisoner of Lake Forrest I don't really care.
Despite the big sales advertised over the weekend (have you noticed that ALL the holidays have been converted to some commercial sale-of-the-century totally unrelated to the nature of the original intent of the holiday?) I will be doing my best to avoid the crowds and maybe catch a quick surf followed up by some much needed work in the garden.
As I was exiting the water yesterday I was blissfully tired my body was flooded with endorphins and I was thinking about why more people don’t ride surfmats.
That morning I’d had the same conversation as a hundred times before, “what is that your’re riding? It sure goes fast …” and a couple of kids even recognized that it was a surf mat “yeah I saw a guy riding one at Salt Creek the other day”.
So why am I the only one out riding the most advanced wave riding craft on the planet?
Why haven’t the masses caught on?
When Greenough changed everything about wave riding with his kneeboard Velo the cutting edge board riders (McTavish, Young etc) were quick to cut their board’s length down and change the fins to something more organic and functional. Surfing maneuvers, like nose riding and drop knee turns which had been cutting edge on 9’6” 50/50 railed logs were replaced by more radical bottom turn top turn combinations and significantly more time was spent in the tube.
The best professional wave riders on the planet were hungry for “total involvement” and a style of surfing which was less surfing the board and more about surfing the wave.
The top pros, for the most part, have fallen back into that same rigid surf contest based definition of what constitutes surfing once again. Just as nose riding (a sport within a sport) once ruled surf contests aerials are now the ticket to winning your heat and assuring the continued corporate sponsorship all pro surfers rely upon.
So will there be a paradigm shift moving away from the current definition of contest surfing as the gold standard and back to a “the best surfer out is the one having the most fun” definition of a good day in the surf?
I think so.
Free surfers or pros that no longer let the “three turns to the beach” mentality control their approach are on the rise, some are still retaining full corporate sponsorship.
Even more important is that everyday surfers are beginning to include alternative surf craft in their quivers. The recent Hand plane Hoedown has drawn international attention. Paipo, Alaias and body surfing are all making a comeback.
Standing up on a Alaia or a fish, lying down on a mat or a Paipo or total imersed body surfing or using a handplane.
Surfers just want to have fun!
Remember the kids I mentioned as the beginning of the post? After I had shown them the mat I was riding, a Fourth Gear Flyer, one of them asked me what I did when I lost the mat in a wipeout. I replied that since I had fins on and was probably still in decent position in the lineup I would just bodysurf for a while then pick up my mat and continue surfing it. A wipeout wasn't a failure it just required some shifting gears to continue the stoke. The poor lad, raised on a steady diet of magizines and contest video had never considered that surfing could be anything more than the one dimensional exercise that he saw the pros do in the magazines.
Surfing can be and should be practiced as a multi faceted exercise with a variety of wave craft.
The revolution is in the works but it still hasn't reached the
farthest or in some cases even the nearest corners of the surfing world yet.
Yes the mat meet that really never was has been cancelled
" Forecast for Friday is showing that there will be some rideable waves in a few S wind protected spots, but overall it isn’t looking like it will be all that exciting surfwise......." Surf forecast courtesy of Solsurf
I really didn't mean to give the impression that there was a Big Ole Mat Meet scheduled for this weekend anyways.
Two things came together to create the "perfect storm" of misconception.
The first thing is I write this and other assorted bits of drivel first thing in the morning. Everyday. I often don't bother to have my mind fully engaged before sitting down and banging away at the keyboard. Everything you see here is a rough draft, words misspelled, participles dangling, past present and future tenses fighting it out to make some sense (drives SurfSister crazy). And don't even start about punctuation.
That just how I do it.
The posts are so fresh the bits and bites are still wet.
Please don't touch the page! You may have random 1 and 0 stains on your fingers for the rest of the morning.
The other thing, what was the other thing? Oh yes, I have given up my morning coffee (for like the millionth time) so reality is sort of soft and spongy as I write this. Especially around the edges. Not all that unpleasant really and certainly nothing like the diving bats Hunter S. Thompson had to deal with.
I'm lucky like that.
So here is the deal.
There will be a Big Ole Mat Meet in the future (for one thing I just found out that Paul Diamond has a cache of 70's 4th GF's) but we need to wait for decent weather and some good surf.
Initially the idea of multiple do-it-yourself alt surfcraft meet ups was met with success
Later on it became obvious that herding cats would be easier.
So now I'm leaning back to the idea of
ONE BIG OLE MAT MEET BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!
but time alone will tell.
(someone get Surf Sister on speed dial!)
[There is some confusion. The OBOMM (one big ole mat meet) is not planned for this weekend. I'm looking forward to going surfing but surfing in and of itself does not a mat meet make. At this point I'm thinking June / July as that is when the better SW swells and or tropical hurricanes are more likely.]
All that said I'll leave you with the shot above from the Daily Bread archive.
the river mouth filled up with sand, the jetty almost covered over.
Some more random thoughts about the upcoming flurry of mat meets.
Instead of one or two meets over the course of the summer how about one every weekend?
The problem with one or two is there is always a ton of people that can't make it that weekend (says the guy that missed both the hand plane hoe down and the SDSFF).
The there is the surf or rather the lack there of same, which while not a complete show stopper, does put a damper on things.
I'm thinking of something like folks posting things in the comments (or even better perhaps on the "In GG we Trust" or the Aquatic Apes groups on facebook) If you want I'll make a 23B facebook page
But a random posting might be something like
"Hi, I'm Fred and I'll be surfing the south side of the Huntington Pier this saturday with my Green Jing Tinglers handplane."
Followed by a post that says, "Hi my name is Bob and I'll see you on the south side I'm bringing a matching pair of yellow Flu Floopers Floaters that I built myself"
So starting off slow then beginning to grow there could be Tar Tinkers and Who Hoovers and even Gar Ginkers to ride.
There could even be multiple meets happening up and down the coast or dare I say world wide on any given weekend.
Meet ups of like minded surfers, like your selves, that aren't finding surfing Nirvana riding a mass produced action sports - surf division - retail profit object produced by near slave labor and flown in to your local costco.
This can work to the extent that you put your own energy into it.
We can't all depend on Surf Sister to organize these things.
Imagine coming down to the local spot and seeing people sharing surf craft and waves.
Besides I always wanted to try an official "Dr. Seuss Who Wompers Handplane"
"Killer Dana" Point back in the days before the harbor. A good swell would wrap around the headlands and into the bay. I used to float on my mat with a mask and snorkel looking at all the sea life down below.
Sometimes it would get big. "Peanuts Larson" getting a good one.
Peanuts was a Laguna local and spent his days fishing for lobster and abalone.
I'm headed back to work this morning after taking a few days off to help my wife make arrangements after the passing of her mother Kathryn. She was a great lady, wife, mother and nurse. Thank you to the friends that have offered condolences.
One of the reasons I wanted to go to the Hand Plane Hoe Down was to see all the interesting craft.
Blake has been making his own hand planes and because he wasn't able to make the Hoe Down he had emailed me and asked me to bring down some of his craft to share and get feedback on.
Some sweet concave in this bamboo one
It turn's out that neither of us could make the event but he had some pictures
so here is the
23B Virtual Hand Plane Hoedown!
Blake, who also rides a mat, had been riding trays and after breaking the last one began looking for something else to make planes out of that would stand up to the local beach break. These two examples started out as cutting boards.
So follow Blake's example. Look around the house, don't worry everything works. Some better than others, true. But each experiment is a lesson in building your own surf craft.