There is the perpetual desire to ride the wild surf
(and I save 25% per load, whatever that means. I have stopped reading ER and ING so I hopeless out of touch with the latest in surf slang. When in doubt it always seems to have something to do with Kelly Slater...)
There is always things to do in the garden this time of year
Which, in my case means eat more tomatoes!
(leaf me alone I'm gardening, nom nom nom...)
maybe figure out where to connect my iPhone to the ole Grundig
The sun is up and it's time to stop fantasizing and get to work
I'll think of something later...
BTW Paul is doing a GREAT series on the design of surfmats, things he has discovered over the decades of designing and riding. Great Stuff. Go check it out on Surfmatters
Some are just legendarily good people, artists, film makers and the like
Bing and Pez and the rest
Others are the more traditional board makers, magazine publishers, surfers etc
I gathered all of my available courage and walked up to Steve Pezman and thanked him profusely for making such a great magazine. I continued to gush that one of the reasons it meant so much to me as a surfer was that I didn't have to read Surfer and Surfing ...
Pez laughed and started looking for the panic button that would alert event security of another nut job...
The pic above has at least 2 and a half Legends in it
The Shape Off
The shape off had an interesting twist this year
"an interesting twist" being an old shaper joke ...
but I digress...
They gave each contestant
a BIG block of foam
(sort of shaped like a refrigerator)
"you're a shaper...shape something out of that...you have two hours"
no preshaped, close tolerance blank for this one folks
"you want some rocker?
well do ya punk?
go ahead and shape some in"
I resisted the urge to shout
"Is my board done yet?"
There by escaping the pounding I so richly deserved...
I don't know who came up with this idea
but it was brilliant!
We will never see it again.
My favorite part of the show is the stuff people bring in to have appraised
Like I said before Lots of Legends
Rich Harbour who most people think of a long board guy
shaped one of the best short boards I ever saw,
more Legends than you could shake a stick at!
I was starting to test this theory
but in short order
security was called
and they were not amused...
and the stick was confiscated ...
there were even virtual legends on the big screen
BTW this was as close as we got to anything mat related at
The Board Room
Still no Love
for the most advanced surf craft on the planet
Yeah I know
"The Bored Room" an all
but come on
throw a surf sub-culture a
freakin bone people!
* Answer to the question in the first line
What do you call a group of legends?
A League of Legends
** Yes this wan't this years Board Room Show which I'm sure was fantastic.
I used my personal WayBack machine to revisit the Board Room show held in October 2013
San Diego has had a rough week and I figured the last they they needed was a couple of more tourists breathing the local air.
Although the high pressure has not moved over the western states
It has setup for the beginning of a decent blow and the accompanying high temperatures
Yesterday, we had a common occurrence
one I remember well from my childhood
high temps, what seemed like zero percent humidity
and offshore wind with some swell in the water!
We would beg our parents (someone with a station wagon)
to please, please, please
take us to the beach!
Where we were sure, offshore groomed perfection
We would arrive
(can't you drive any faster Mom?)
only to find that the beach was beset
by onshore wind!
The off shore breeze not quite strong enough
to counter the regular onshore trend
sometimes we would go out anyway
"I drove you guys here you are going in the water!"
we would drive home
beaten down, tails between our respective legs
only to note that the offshore breeze
picked up again
just a few miles inland...