/*23 Breaths: 2014*/

Saturday, December 20, 2014

now we are talkin...

Perhaps the best gift ever for that surfer on your xmas list

Kirk has all the cool toys

for more details

check it out here

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The once a year I use my surf racks...

What a pain in the butt...

Often this time of year, my friends and neighbors will ask me...

“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...

Thursday, December 11, 2014


So what's up with the blog?

not so much these days

I write a few things now and again

and repost a few old favorites when appropriate

The good news is there is a list right here  ---->

of lots of good stuff

If you scroll down a bit you can get to some more stuff 

sometimes for some internet / blogger magic some of these

blogs don't show the latest image or snippet of story but still...

Good example for today

Great Stuff 

another one of Lloyd's projects

always good

and lots of interesting history to scroll thru


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

top ten X-mas gifts for surfers...

just in time for the holidays 
The top 10 gifts to get a surfer are...

(drum roll please)

Well to begin with you don't need ten new things
(maybe knowing that is the biggest gift in itself)

Surfing is an experience maybe a lifestyle but not a product

(you can't buy a set wave from The Queen)

I suppose there is some stuff required

(I ALWAYS get email from naked body surfers who will argue the point and then send pictures)

but we tend to get more and more and more stuff, 

(especially here in the land of plenty)

some of the stuff never get used, a waste of the materials and energy that went into the manufacturing process and  lots of this stuff ends up in a landfill. 

(I'm not  buying that's a thoughtful gift for your great, great, great, great, great grandchildren who might be cultural anthropologists)

So what do you need?

(do peaks come in a ten pack with a side of off shore winds?)

More importantly during the gift giving season, what do you need that someone can buy you?

Grandma is more likely to pick up the pop out from the offshore sweatshop than the custom board from your local shaper.

(It had all those pretty plastic flowers and it came with matching shirt and trunks dearie)

If grandma is jiggy with it and knows your local shaper (happy birthday wishes go out to Gary Hanel BTW) then good for you and your obviously outstanding genetic lineage. Grandma may have even gotten handplanes for all the grand kids this year. The new hay boards are awesome!

Ok so where does that leave us?


(wax on wax off)

I had a standing order for surf wax for all gift giving occasions for years

If you see me at the beach, ask me, I have some

(hopefully the humor of a mat rider with a huge stash of wax is not lost on you)

There are some even neat wax scrapers available

Can't use a credit card now that you cut those up!

So where are we now?

more is out

less is in

waves come in sets
But don't come in a store.

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...

Monday, December 8, 2014

just right

It was a fine day
Bloomingdales had a sale
all seasonal good 23 percent off
I know this because they sent me an email
several in fact

but I chose to spend some time near the water
Fall is my favorite time of year
but it's also a time of high water
and massive tide swings

Mornings can be so high tide
that any swell is completely shut down
the Pacific ocean looks, well Peacefull...

But by the late afternoon
the tide will be beyond out
revealing several dozen yards of  a flat sandy shelf
with waves breaking out at what appears to be the horizon...

You have to strive for the middle way
like the Goldilocks fable
not too much west in the swell
not too much tide

but just right

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Something you don't see every day

Venkman: Or you can accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff!
Venkman: Exactly.
Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling!
Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes!
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Venkman: Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!
Mayor: Enough, I get the point!

Or as we like to call it, an inch of rain in Southern California...

So as you take a break from building your ark
I have something special for you today,
the nice people at Patagonia put this together.

George Greenough talking about "getting the shot" for his movie

The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun

Some of the footage has never been presented before
and the narrative is as they say "priceless"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving and usually Christmas too, my parents drove my brother and I to my grandmothers house in Burbank for the requisite turkey, stuffing and cranberry dinner.

Each and every time it was hollowing offshore.

My older brother and I pleaded to stay home, "It's gonna be epic!".

Every time our pleas fell on the unsympathetic ears of non surfing parents and we went.


I might have even thrown a tantrum if I'd known how.

But we went and I wonder how many good waves we missed.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

so it's definitely fall...

I know that for certain
because I'm writing this post
and I'm writing this post
because I'm not playing guitar
and I'm not playing guitar
because my skin is cracked

(take a quick look at the inside of your left index finger
flex the finger
you see where it bends the most?
That first joint?
That's were my skin has cracked)

and because I am completely without skill or talent
I use barre chords
perfectly lining up the crack in my skin
with any number of steel strings
widening and quite painfully deepening the crack
with each pseudo bluesy strum

all of this because
it's fall
and the wind is offshore
and the humidity is effectively zero
and my crate paper skin is cold and dry
so it's definitely fall...

Friday, November 14, 2014


At approximately 3:23 am this morning

There was a MAJOR weather event in Southern California

It sprinkled

sort of

We will have on the spot reporting of the inevitable ...

carnage, traffic jams, mudslides, earthquakes, fires, raining toads

the kind of things that happen when Mother Nature

unleashes her fury down upon us

film at eleven...

I understand there is swell

PS nope that was just a raindrop on the Surfline Cam lens...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

405 Parkway

The 405 Freeway

is neither

well 405 maybe but certainly not a "freeway" and I will get to that in a moment...

Let's take it apart

"free" has nothing to do with the transportation system in any shape or form

and it certainly is not the "way"

so here at 23B we have voted to make some changes


(any day I get to use "henceforth" in a sentence is a good day)

the misnamed "405"

shall be known as

the 405 "place-where-hundreds-of-thousands-of-people-spend-hours-of-every-day-that-they-will-never-get-back" parkway

Thursday, October 16, 2014

congratulations it's twins!

So as I sort thru a landslide of seasonal possessions
searching for my Ugg boots ...

Storms are still bursting out all over

including this set of twins off of Mexico...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Look Ma No Hurricanes!

What's this?

A post on 23B?

What sort of witchcraft is this?

Everyone knows blogs are dead

Everyone has moved to FB and beyond by now

but still...

This map was interesting enough to share
(you might want to click on it an make it bigger)

First notice a distinct lack of hurricanes off of Mexico

We have had a stream of storms for months

Epic south swells and all that it entails...

Next note the large low pressure area centered on the Aleutians

That should amble down the west coast of the US and give us some seasonal temps

for a change

my lawn will never be the same after this summer...

Vaya con Dios mi amigos

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

messing with the thermostat?

Persimmons ripening by mid September...

Chilly this morning but

Close to 100 by the end of the week...

Have the kids been messing with the thermostat?

Monday, September 22, 2014


Finally my hoedown post

There were waves!

There were good friends

There were more good friends AND coffee and donut holes

There were pool toys

There were finely shaped surf craft

 There were core guys who cooked rice and spam on the beach

And ate it off their fins!

There were childhood friends I hadn't seen in 30 years!

Good Times!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


too hot

too hot to sleep

too hot to organize hoedown photos

too hot to think

I don't know what time it is

I don't know what day it is

the next two seasons

(the current season is obviously "hell")

but the next two seasons

will be called

"not so hot"


"maybe rain"

Monday, September 15, 2014

Should be a Hoedown post...

I should be writing a Handplane Hoedown post

but as I sit here sweltering in the heat at 5am

I can't seem to shift my focus to it...

Besides I need to filter thru the 200 plus photos

(there are some good ones!)

I should have done that on Saturday or Sunday

but both days it was too hot

the idea was replaced by a glass of ice water and a nap....

So let's talk about the heat!

Late Summer heat waves aren't uncommon here

the records we have been breaking the last few days are from 1984

but we are surpassing those records by a half a dozen degrees!

The Almanac tells me that today's temps will be 28 degrees above normal

I like to play a game

in the Winter and the Summer

I try an remember what it was like during the last season

how cold the air felt during the winter...

the feeling in my sinus' breathing in those first cold breaths after stepping outside in the morning

how cold my not yet numb toes felt as I pulled on my wet booties

(they never completely dry out in the Fall and Winter months)

The ice cream headache after duck diving the first set and coming up in the middle of the behind the wave rain shower of an offshore morning...

how you had to really focus to get your frozen fingers to work your car key in the lock

the feeling of warmth of that first post surf cup of coffee spreading out thru your chest and belly...

We will have a couple more hot days

then the cooling begins and by Friday things will be better...

Stay cool my friends!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Handplane Hoedown on Saturday

"The first thing you need when going body surfing is a fresh body"

Handplane hoedown tomorrow at the usual time / place

bring a fresh body

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

another new old guitar...

I could blame it on the extreme heat
or the fact that I post more on Facebook these days
(the horror!)
but it looks like I neglected to post pics of the new old guitar...

Alvarez AD65CE

They only made them for a year or two until they figured out that they was no market for them

"...the AD65CE includes arched spruce top with F-Holes and natural finish, maple sides and back, and Rosewood fretboard. Vintage features such as "Waverly" style tuners, Ivory/Black multi body binding, and nickel hardware help to capture a classic look and feel. On-board electronics include Alnico "Dog Ear" neck pickup, Piezo bridge pickup, and stereo output..."

nice guitar though

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

That's a record

As I sit here this morning
enjoying record temperatures
and equally high humidity levels

a mere shadow of my former self
having lost over half of my blood
to the roving swarms of West Nile

The only thing that keeps me going
(well the only thing besides enormous
quantities of espresso)

Is that the Handplane Hoedown is this weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Neither Fish nor Fowl

The mornings are chilly
the dawn overcast a perennial favorite

The evenings can be refreshing as well
as long as the cool sea breeze keeps up

The mid-day...as hot as the fourth of July...

The water's still warm

The waves are fun and the tourists have all gone home

I love the Fall!

Even though we aren't quite there yet...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Late Summer Early Fall

As I sit here taking in the morning on my front porch
I am earnestly trying to decide the season

The weather, such as it is in Southern California
has been warm especially at night
when a good walk around is perhaps a better call
then an attempt at bedding down for 40 winks

Definitely late Summer,

but then, out for a Sunday drive
I noticed the the usual conditions
sort of like making a right turn on to a busy
Nascar track during a race
were truly sparse.
"Sparse" and any reference to traffic being in the same sentence
when referring to the Southern California driving experience
being unusual indeed
and NEVER occurring during the summer season
Have the tourists gone home, gone back to school
or just disappeared like the colors of the night?

Definitely early Fall,

The giant surf gifted to us by our dear friend Maria
with sand and rock moved to new locations to mark the occasion
has subsided on these shores
with only the rides of a lifetime
and miles of film
to show for it...

Hurricane season, definately Summer,

then there is the light...
I'm sure painters have a word for it
the light that drove the local plein air movement is gone
those properties of light
that make each color come alive
each hue it's own public celebration of it's portion of the spectrum
are somehow absent
even midday landscapes have a feeling of late afternoon...

Yes definitely Fall

Welcome back

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today is the day

Global warming or perhaps some unique planetary alignment has given us a wealth of tropical hurricanes this year

The current storm (there are at least three active storms at the moment) Maria

has gifted us with a sizeable south swell which should peak today

The coastal temperatures are up as well.

A few days later would create the "perfect storm" of hot temps, large surf and a three day weekend.


Suddenly I'm thankful that it's only a Wednesday...

So charge it but be safe and keep an eye out for people in trouble

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Who are YOU gonna call?

** My kids (back when they were still kids) watched Ghostbusters non-stop for 10 years.  I can (and do) quote dialog for any occasion.  They are re-releasing the picture in theaters and I can't wait ...

It's time for a repost!


It's time for another round of "What's the best surf car!"

Some of you may think that in these times, a 1959 Cadillac may not be the best option.

Given the current state of the environment and that petroleum based transportation may soon be on the decline.

That's precisely why this thing is going to makes a perfect base of operations!

Show up at the beach with siren and lights flashing,
and just park it for the summer.

You and a ton of your close personal friends can live in the back,
with plenty of room for long boards, short board, SUP's, kayaks, body boards and anything else you might require.

Mats would get lost in the cavernous interior of ECTO1 so take special care where you stash them.

Also remember to bring your bike for any short trips you may want to take as this beauty in not on the Sierra Clubs list of cars getting a decent MPG rating.

While this is not the most off road worthy car you can still take over any of the more urban surf centers the coast has to offer.
The Ghostbuster proton packs are sure to mellow out the most wild locals.

I would suggest using one to torch the lifeguard tower soon after arriving at the beach.

That will resolve any issues with the county about that silly law against riding mats at Malibu!

Make up a story about the ghosts haunting the tower and you will be sure to get an invitation to some of the more interesting New Age parties at the Colony that season.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I was in a bit of a funk...

My cat was sick so Morgan and I missed the Greenough movie on Friday night...

so we went down to the shore and noticed that there was some sort of strange gathering going on...
as I understand it, it was some sort of challenge to get lots of people to stand in a perfectly straight line
along the shoreline... 

There were some participants doing the same thing out in the water,
with less success though, they were sort of clumped together in spots...

I read and reread the instructions on the lifeguard tower
it seemed that ever thing was in order...
a few people even brought their dogs and bikes they were still in a line along the shore but I don't know if that counts in the grand total ...

I decided to shoot a few from a somewhat "pulled back" point of view

I'm sure there will be other, no doubt better photographs of this event there were easily 20 photographers there with a million dollars of cameras and lens recording the event...

There were at last count three different drones also recording the event

On occasion even the waves would break in a straight line near the shore...

Around 10 o'clock suddenly everything changed...

The standup board riders and body boards immediately paddled directly to shore,
just as the life guards had suggested...

leaving only the body surfers to ride the waves...
In the picture above, I know it's hard to see but this body surfer is tucked back under the falling lip of the wave...
I'm not sure if the "people standing in a straight line standing at the shore line"
 judges are going to be able to score his performance adequately ...
after that things started to get blurry

and really with the absence of the stand up surfers and bodyboarders the event lost focus and became more of a free for all ...

We decided to leave...

Just as I was leaving a man came up to me and gave me 10,000 dollars for this photo.
It's going to be the cover of the next "People standing in a straight line at the beach"  magazine.