SRFNFF

Designing A Board With Kirk McGinty on Paddlewoo

Posted 7 months ago

Eric at Paddlewoo.com is currently running a series with Kirk which will end with Kirk designing a new board for Eric. This is a really interesting and informative podcast/web post, and if you're… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Review: Quickblade V-Drive Paddle vs. Quickblade Trifecta Paddle

Posted 21 months ago

I did as much online research as I could about the Quickblade V-Drive and Trifecta paddles. Here are the two best videos I found that gave useful info about the paddles. They both feature… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater Christmas Sale 2014

Posted 2 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

COVEWATER – 5th Annual Used SUP Sale TODAY!

Posted 2 years ago

Check it out here! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater Opens New Locations: New Brighton and Capitola

Posted 3 years ago

Welcome to Stand Up Paddle Capitola! We offer stand up paddleboarding classes and tours from beautiful Capitola beach. Whether you're a first timer wanting to learn to stand up paddle on our… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Maliko to Kanaha Run of 2014

Posted 3 years ago

Saturday June 14 2014 F14 Wide Glide – First Maliko to Kanaha DW of 2014 about 1.5h – I studied Google maps and thought hard about what I learned last year re coming in over the reef at… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Four Mile to Mitchells Downwind Run – April 17 2014

Posted 3 years ago

Thursday April 17 2014 – DW 4 Mile – Mitchells – Shaka (Just over an hour). A weird wind day as the NWS missed a cutoff low coming up from the SW that pushed southerly wind into the Bay,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Downwinder of the Season & The SIC F-14 Wide Glide vs. Angulo Shaka

Posted 3 years ago

It's been a weird Spring. The wind usually picks up in April and the water temps are usually cold. Low 50's. It's not uncommon to get the windiest runs of the year in April. But not this April…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Board Review: Original SIMSUP S3/S5 Hybrid (The SNAzY)

Posted 3 years ago

UPDATE: (please see below). Dimensions: 7'10" double winger (toeside), 7'8" asymmetrical (heelside) by 29.5" by 4.5" by 122L From the minds of creative, knowledgeable and imaginative people… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Lots Goin' On at Covewater. Check it Out!

Posted 3 years ago

WE'RE PRACTICALLY GIVING EQUIPMENT AWAY! Our Winter Sale begins Saturday, February 1st. There are some HUGE markdowns on new and used boards, paddles and board bags – some as much as 60%! If you've… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Farewell Anchovies (I hope)

Posted 3 years ago

Finally it appears that the anchovies have moved out. The fairly large swell over the Thanksgiving holiday moved a lot of water through the Pleasure Point/Capitola area and seems to have washed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Don't Miss It….either Day

Posted 3 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Don't Miss Covewater's HUGE Annual Used SUP Sale

Posted 3 years ago

USED AND NEW SUP SALE STARTS SATURDAY! It's here! Covewater's 4th annual USED AND NEW SUP SALE begins this Saturday (10/26) at10:00 AM. This year we have more than… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Covewater Paddle Surf – SIC Interviews

Posted 3 years ago

Covewater Paddle Surf shop owner Scott Ruble and SIC's John Griffith talk about the new line of SIC stand up paddleboards for flat water racing, open ocean paddling and racing, downwinding, fitness… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Original SIMSUP S2 For Gary

Posted 4 years ago

Picked up my new 28.5" wide, 119L, Original SIMSUP S2 this morning and surfed it in tiny 1-2 foot Sharks this afternoon. This board has six liters less volume than my current S3. The "stock" S2 has… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater Paddle Surf in Santa Cruz is Hiring!

Posted 4 years ago

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00 Covewater Is Hiring!We are looking to expand our dedicated Covewater team of friendly, helpful people that staff our shop and lead our lessons. The requirements are… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jay Race Goes Off This Saturday (June 22)

Posted 4 years ago

12th Annual Jay Race is about to go off. Don't miss it! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jeremy Riggs and the SIC Bullet 14

Posted 4 years ago

Thanks to the generosity of John Griffith (SIC) and Scott Ruble (Covewater SUP Santa Cruz) I was able to arrange an interview and coaching session with Jeremy Riggs (paddlewithriggs.com) almost… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Olukai Ho'olaulea 2013 – An Insider's Review From The Back of the Pack

Posted 4 years ago

The night before the race it rained cats and dogs at our place near Paia. The wind and the rain made me think, storm surf. It was way less than the idyllic Hawaiian sun, surf and perfect wind… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Three Days and Counting

Posted 4 years ago

I suppose there's always something of a good news bad news scenario. What's good for some, may not always be good for others. Some need rain, some don't. And on it goes.There is a wind drought on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

A Few Downwinding Tips

Posted 4 years ago

Here are a few tips from Jeremy Riggs via a couple online resources and from a couple things he told me that were really helpful.Links are at the end and I'd also check out Jeremy's website Paddle… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Bill's & My Paddle IMUA Re-cap

Posted 4 years ago

My friend Bill Boyum is a longtime Maui local and veteran waterman who has been involved with Maui wind and paddling sports from the beginning. Here's his re-cap of the race from an email he sent… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Downwinding The Maliko

Posted 4 years ago

Met up with Jeremy Riggs at Kanaha for the shuttle up to Maliko. We strapped the boards down on Justin's truck and were enroute in no time.Jeremy is perhaps the most gifted downwind teacher/coach in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Sugar Ranch Maui – Day One

Posted 4 years ago

Arrived on time via Hawaiian Air and made no delay in beating feet to the Sugar Ranch. Fantastic location in a fantastic place. Settled in to our first class accommodations, jumped in the truck and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Original SIMSUP Story

Posted 4 years ago

Prior to Kirk McGinty shaping the first high performance SUP in June 2010, based on the hydrodynamic ideas of surf legend Bob Simmons, the world had never seen a stand up paddleboard quite like the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater Spring SUP Sale – New and Used SUPs Blowout!

Posted 4 years ago

Its almost spring! That means more time on the water, and it means that we have to make room for our pre-booked orders from our manufacturers. So it's time to blow out some SUPs! This is your… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Homeland – January 23, 2013

Posted 4 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Good NW/WNW Swell; Poor Conditions

Posted 4 years ago

I surfed the Yellow House for two and a half hours yesterday from about 2:45 to dark. Surf hts. were 3-5 ft. (bigger up coast) and conditions were miserable….at entry. Conditions had been poor all… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Good 3-5' Waves on the TIPSUP

Posted 4 years ago

Wednesday December 19, 2012 – L41 TIPSUP at Sarges – Two hours in the best waves since Thanksgiving. Although a south wind had been blowing in the outer waters for a while, putting… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

L41 TIPSUP – Worlds First Dedicated SUP Noserider

Posted 4 years ago

Thursday December 13, 2012 Thank you Kirk! Congrats on another design coup and first of it's kind breakthrough in the SUP surfing world. The L41 TIPSUP was conceived and designed to be a dedicated… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Save Santa Cruz Harbor Access Facebook Group

Posted 4 years ago

Save Santa Cruz harbor Access Facebook group. Join and stay informed. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

UPDATE: Harbor Launch Fee Meeting Dec. 13

Posted 4 years ago

Santa Cruz Harbor Small Boat Launch Users Meeting to Provide Input on Launch Fees WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 2:00-3:30 p.m. WHERE: Santa Cruz Harbor Public Meeting Room 365A Lake… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Harbor Schedules Fee Issue Meeting for December 13

Posted 4 years ago

The Port Director has schedule a meeting to address the fee issue for December 13. The time of day and place is TBA. Send an email to Port Director Lisa Ekers (lekers@santacruzharbor.org) and ask to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Please Sign the Petition!

Posted 4 years ago

On Monday, November 5th, the Santa Cruz Harbor unexpectedly posted signs at the free, public hand-launch platforms near dock FF and dock A on the west side of the harbor declaring a $10 launch fee… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Port District Meeting Yields Tentative Success

Posted 4 years ago

I attended the Santa Cruz Harbor Port District meeting last night. It was gratifying to be part of a large group of paddlers (kayak and SUP) who were there to protest the (possibly) illegal and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP Launching Fees To Be Implemented At The Harbor

Posted 4 years ago

The following are a series of emails between me and Port Director Lisa Ekers. I will continue to publish them here as a resource for any of you who want to weigh in on this issue by corresponding… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

East Coast's Nightmare While California's Dreamin'

Posted 4 years ago

Sunday October 28, 2012 – Shaka Paddle from New Brighton to Sewer Peak and out, downwind to Sponge Bob and New Brighton. While the east coast evacuates and prepares for what is being billed as… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater 3rd Annual Used SUP Sale!

Posted 4 years ago

The 3rd Annual USED SUP SALE & YEAR END BLOWOUT sale begins Saturday, October 27th! More than 40 Used SUPs from the leading manufacturers will be on sale. If you have been waiting… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

WNW Swell with a Little SW Underneath

Posted 4 years ago

Monday October 15, 2012 – If the weather is drop dead gorgeous, and it's warm and the wind is still or offshore, it must be Fall. It is, it is, it is all of that. It also means it's usually time to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Hot Weather and A Fading WNW Swell

Posted 4 years ago

Monday October 1, 2012 – The steep angled NPAC swell picked up nicely on Saturday and by Sunday it was booming. And so were the crowds. The weather turned drop dead perfect with hot temperatures and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater Classic SUP Race – Sept 22nd!

Posted 5 years ago

COVEWATER CLASSIC SUP RACE – SEPT 22nd! RACE RESULTS! The Second Annual Covewater Classic SUP Race is set for Saturday, September 22nd. Taking place in the waters off of Capitola Beach, the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

J.Riggs DW Instructional Video for 14' Boards

Posted 5 years ago

Jeremy rides a 14' rudderless board in this excellent instructional video. He highlights the importance of maintaining board momentum (speed) and turning to stay with the bumps. Maliko… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Shaka Continues to Amaze

Posted 5 years ago

Thursday August 23, 2012 – New Brighton to Sewer Peak Channel RT (low route out, high route back). Sports Tracker link. New Brighton, to the channel at Sewers, up… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Angulo Shaka Continues to Meet Expectations

Posted 5 years ago

Monday August 20, 2012 – New Brighton to Sewer Peak Channel RT (low route). I didn't have my Sports Tracker with me today, but the route was about 5.5 miles. I did the first 2.75 mile, into the wind… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Field Testing the Angulo All-Carbon Double Shaka 14 Prototype

Posted 5 years ago

Tuesday July 31, 2012 – The Angulo Shaka has yielded rave reviews and a lot of positive feedback from satisfied owners (me being one). So one might think that the first thing master shaper Ed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Great Instructional DW Vid by Jeremy Riggs

Posted 5 years ago

Here is another really excellent downwind instructional video by Jeremy Riggs in conjunction with Justin Gordon from Sugar Ranch Maui. Check out all of Jeremy's vids at his website… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

2012 Pier to Pier – RESULTS

Posted 5 years ago

Click here for the 2012 Pier to Pier Race – RESULTS Thanks to Dave King for once again putting on this fun family event and race. And thanks to Lars and Earlene for collecting the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Downwinding with Shakas and the GoPro Hero2 Surf Edition

Posted 5 years ago

Friday the 13th July 2012 – Friday the 13th turned out to be our lucky day and one of the most fun downwinders we've done to date. Angulo team rider Jens showed up with both the company Shakas to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Downwinding with Two Shakas

Posted 5 years ago

Tuesday July 3, 2012 – That's not completely true. Mike and Josh were with us on their Barks, but Kyle and I were equally equipped on our Shakas. The videographic purpose of today's run was to test… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

July 4, 2012

Posted 5 years ago

Let those who are perfect in every way, cast the first stones. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Hickenbottom Fundraiser Set for July 21

Posted 5 years ago

Be there or be square. Saturday July 21 5P-10PM109 Bradley DriveSanta Cruz CA831-854-7955 Click here to read the Sentinel article about Tommy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Jay: Note to Self

Posted 5 years ago

The Jay was the longest distance flat water paddle I've ever made, but not the longest in duration. I've SUP surfed numerous four hour sessions and I figured that I could do the 12 miles in three… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jay Race 2012 – POV

Posted 5 years ago

Saturday June 23, 2012 – I tried to capture the feel and the spirit of the 2012 Jay Race in the video. The Jay Race is more than a competition, it is a celebration and is inspired and informed by… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

4-Mile to Mitchells Downwinder with the GoPro Headband

Posted 5 years ago

Thursday June 28, 2012 – In an effort to re-create some of the nearly perfect POV downwind videos that Jeremy Riggs is creating, I purchased a GoPro headband and used it for the first time today on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Downwind Videos by Jeremy Riggs

Posted 5 years ago

Jeremy Riggs is producing what I think are the best downwind videos out there, from an instructional point of view, as well as entertainment. What I've found in learning this new SUP niche, is that… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Downwind Four Mile to Mitchells Cove

Posted 5 years ago

Saturday June 9, 2012 – I thought today's dw-er was going to get canceled like Thursdays until at the last moment Jean-Michel said he was "in" and we were good to go. I met he and his lovely wife… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Steep Angle South Swell

Posted 5 years ago

Tuesday June 5, 2012 – A decent south swell finally pushed into the Bay last night. By this morning the mid-period, waist-chest high waves were rolling in nicely albeit somewhat inconsistently. It… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

KeNalu SUP Race Articles

Posted 5 years ago

Pono Bill Babcock at KeNalu has posted the first of four in a series of informative and interesting articles on SUP racing. The first article covers the basics and will be followed by articles… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jay Race 2012

Posted 5 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Two Hour Bark Surf 'n Paddle

Posted 5 years ago

Launched from New Brighton and made a "speed" run (I use the term loosely) up to the Sewer Peak channel. I tried to paddle hard the entire way, no resting and keeping my breathing going. The idea is… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

4-Mile to Mitchells Downwinder on the Angulo Shaka

Posted 5 years ago

Monday May 28, 2012 – Today was only my fifth downwind session, second solely on the Angulo Shaka 14. An unshakable confidence is starting to build in with this board that can't be based on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Angulo Shaka 14 – Pure Magic

Posted 5 years ago

Saturday May 26, 2012 – A more appropriate name would be hard to imagine. The "Shaka," a world famous hand gesture and expression used by millions to convey a greeting in the Aloha spirit of peace,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Downwind Four Mile to Mitchells on the Angulo Shaka 14

Posted 5 years ago

Thursday May 24, 2012 – Three days of 30-40 mph northwest winds conspired to build a solid near shore windswell and fetch. Thursday was the third and what looked like the best of the three days, if… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Davenport To Natural Bridges Downwind Run

Posted 5 years ago

Thursday May 17, 2012 – I thought our first Four Mile to Cowells run in 25-35 mph winds was mackin' but this run in 30-40 mph winds gusting to 44 was "nucular" in comparison. I put out the message on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Bark 'n Surf Two Days In May

Posted 5 years ago

Monday and Tuesday May 14 & 15, 2012 – Didn't get out over the weekend so Monday was a mandatory paddle. Besides the weather was fantastic and I hate missing an opportunity to be out in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Two Training Paddles & A Surf

Posted 5 years ago

Saturday May 12, 2012 – Two weekends of downwinding, plus the good weather motivated me to get in shape for the ramping up paddling season as well as the quieting but sure to be coming smaller south… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Springtime Longboard SUP Session

Posted 5 years ago

Tuesday May 1, 2012 – Grabbed a few waves this afternoon in a small, small south swell. It was just one of those beautiful Spring days when the sun was out, the wind was light out of the south and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Legit Downwinder in 20-30 mph Wind

Posted 5 years ago

Saturday April 28, 2012 – 1.5 hour, 7.5 mile Naish 14' Glide (courtesy of Covewater Santa Cruz). Downwinder from 4-Mile to Cowells. (From a Facebook post…My two cents worth…….Downwinders… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Paddling Season Has Begun

Posted 5 years ago

Friday April 20, 2012 – 1.5 hour, 6.5 miles Bark paddle. New Brighton-Sponge Bob-Sewers Channel-New Brighton via the low route. EveryTrail link. Friday April 27, 2012 – 50 minute, 3.5 miles Bark… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

April 9 & 13 in the L With The GoPro Hero 2

Posted 5 years ago

April 9 and 13, 2012. A couple Spring surf sessions in mixed conditions. I paddled out on the 9th mostly to try out the new options/settings on the GoPro Hero 2. I downloaded a firmware update that… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Big Sunday April 1, 2012.

Posted 5 years ago

No foolin'. It got pretty big around here on Sunday, April Fool's Day. There was a lot of water moving around the Bay and into the beach and while it was pretty big, the mid-period swell and howling… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Blustery Sunday Evening at Sarge's

Posted 5 years ago

In at Sarge's around 5:15 and surfed until dark. The swell was backing off big time and the heart of it was over. There were quite a few leftovers in the chest/shoulder range though and I kept… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Back in the Water After 3.5 Weeks Out

Posted 5 years ago

Finally made it back into the water after three and a half weeks out with the knee injury. Surfed Sarge's and GDubs in small, inconsistent mid-period swell, waves no bigger than waist/chest at the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Back On Da Bark

Posted 5 years ago

Friday March 9, 2012 – Paddled for about an hour out of New Brighton, stroking the NB-Sponge Bob-Cap Pier and back along the cliffs to New Brighton route. First day back in the ocean after the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Kirk and L41 Surfboards Movin' Up

Posted 5 years ago

Surf city is starting to notice. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Review: The Original SIMSUP OSX3 (Simmy3)

Posted 5 years ago

The OSX3 aka Simmy3 is the third SIMSUP surfboard in the series of Original SIMSUPs. It is the lightest, fastest and most maneuverable of the three iterations of the design which has borrowed heavily… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Brad Puts The OSX3 (Simmy3) To The Test

Posted 5 years ago

Thursday February 23, 2012 – Brad, Jeff and Geoff came up from lower Cali for a flash trip to grab some L41 and NorCal beach break love. Although not great, the incoming swell provided some fun… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

February Sessions and Videos

Posted 5 years ago

Wednesday and Thursday February 8 and 9, 2012 – Very consistent westerly mid-period swell rolls in. Hallmark of these two days is how incredibly crowded it was, I've never surfed with more… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Long Period WNW Swell on Monday and Mid-Long Period Swells for Wed/Thursday

Posted 5 years ago

The last Monday in January was looking pretty flat in town. I was a bit surprised because there was a small 20 second swell in the water, it just wasn't big enough to show, even at the best spots…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Some Overhead Surf Plus the GoPro Hero 2 and Canon SX40

Posted 5 years ago

January 24, 2012 – I hadn't been surfing for a week, kept out by a nice series of wet, nearshore storms that dumped over four inches of needed rain in our area. The storm swell that pushed in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater Winter Sale!

Posted 5 years ago

Check it out here! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Evolution of the mini-Simmons

Posted 5 years ago

Elwell on Simmons [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Cold Weather Skunking

Posted 5 years ago

January 17, 2012 – 26 degrees at my house this morning and it wasn't a whole lot warmer at the beach. I waited for some solar gain knowing it would be damn cold anyway. I checked the beaches, drove… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Friday Jan. 14 Just Another Winter Day

Posted 5 years ago

Friday January 14, 2012 – The new WNW swell was starting to fill in but not fast enough for the dawn patrol. Town was small and soft so I headed to the beaches. But there the tide was too low, so I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

EPIC! One-Day WNW Swell

Posted 5 years ago

Monday January 9, 2012 – This was by far the biggest, the best and least crowded swell of the 2011/12 season. None of the forecasters got this one right so there was very little hype and publicity…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Two New Year's WNW Swells

Posted 5 years ago

Tuesday January 3, 2012 – First swell of the new year, and the first of two back-to-back WNW "larger" swells. The hallmark of both these swell events was not wave quality, but crowd quantity…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Back To Back WNW Swells

Posted 5 years ago

The L finally got a couple decent swells with enough west in them to get into the bight. The bigger ground swell was a nice Christmas Eve day gift that put up waist to chest/shoulder high waves and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

L41 Surfboards Original SIMSUP Online

Posted 5 years ago

One of the most rewarding things I've been able to do in my journey along the SUP trail is to help design and bring to life my own unique SUP surfboard. I didn't do it for financial gain, but for the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Long Period Mid-Month NW Swell

Posted 5 years ago

Surfed Simmy 3 at the usual spots in dropping long period NW swell. As big as it was in Hawaii (think the Pipe contest), it just didn't translate here very well, especially in the L41. I surfed it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Two Days at the Beaches

Posted 5 years ago

Nothing like a shark attack to clear the water of crowds. Then add in early morning temps in the mid to high 30's and a solid 3-8 mph offshore wind dragging the chill factor down even lower. The only… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SIMSUP 3 – First Paddle & Surf

Posted 5 years ago

SIMSUP #3, the third in the series of high performance SUP surfboards is by far the most radical of what is already a radical concept and design in stand up paddleboards. The SIMSUP series tends to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The "Real" Sharks

Posted 5 years ago

Pulled into the "Shark Park" early and it looked doable, smaller than yesterday but lumpy due to the high winds in the outer waters. At first glance I didn't see SUP surfers Michael and Paul taking… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton/Sewer Peak Channel Round Trip and a Little Shark Talk

Posted 5 years ago

Monday November 9, 2011 – Paddle session. Still feeling the effects of the cold virus I've had for over a week but after reaching the Hook, I elected to head up and out the Sewer Peak channel adn… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Surf Day in Cool Fall Weather

Posted 5 years ago

Monday November 7, 2011 It's really the best weather time of the year. While Spring is windy and Summer foggy, Fall and Winter provide lot's of clear, sunny days with spectacular sunrises and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Perfect 10 Paddle Day

Posted 5 years ago

Saturday October 22, 2011 – We've had some pretty good weather on and off this October. And the beauty about a stand up quiver is the flexibility it gives you when there's surf, and when there… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

HUGE Covewater SUP Sale & Swap Meet

Posted 5 years ago

Don't miss out on the huge second annual Covewater Used SUP Sale and Swap Meet on October 29 & 30. There will be 35+ used boards for sale, AND a SUP Swap meet on Saturday. Click here for all the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jay Moriarity Paddle Out Memorial Re-Enactment

Posted 5 years ago

Friday October 14, 2011 – Flatwater Paddle to the Jay Memorial Re-Enactment. On this most beautiful day the weather and the sea came together in balmy warm and calm agreement. It would be the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Simmy3 At The Cutters

Posted 5 years ago

Sunday October 2, 2011 The next design iteration of the SIMSUP series is complete and the file's been emailed to the cutters. There are now three in the series: The Original SIMSUP; SimmyD (for Deuce… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Bark Paddle Workout, EveryTrail App Info & Dry Case Update

Posted 6 years ago

Thursday September 15, 2011 I checked the surf at the dawn patrol only to find that the south swell was pretty much gone and the northwest swell was pretty weak. A nagging onshore wind crumbled the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Solid Southwesterly Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday September 13, 2011 A solid southwesterly swell filled in putting up 3-5 ft. peelers with some genuine push. I paddled out from the pocket beach at Sarges headed to GDubs at first light. I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

6.5 Mile Flatwater Paddle in the Sunshine

Posted 6 years ago

Monday September 12, 2011 So that's what it looks like around here. The sun I mean. Finally got a sunny morning in the Bay and I took advantage of it. Almost two weeks since I paddled the Bark so I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Catalina SUP Festival

Posted 6 years ago

Tim from the Catalina SUP Festival asked me to post this. It sounds like fun and a good time. The Catalina SUP festival is poised to go off in a big way at the end of this month, from Sept. 30 – Oct… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Chasing the Big South Summer Swell of 2011

Posted 6 years ago

August 31 – September 9, 2011 Big, well advertised swell + Labor Day in Santa Cruz = Mega macking hewmungous crowd scene. I didn't wanna be here even though I knew it was gonna go off. So for the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

3 Paddles Before The Trip South

Posted 6 years ago

Friday August 26, 2011 Today's workout was a short 3-mile sprint from New Brighton to the Cap Pier, out the line of vessels to the end, right turn to Sponge Bob and dig for home. I got a new phone… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Monday and Wednesday Workouts

Posted 6 years ago

I've pretty much settled into a regular paddling/workout schedule. It's four days a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The plan is to make Monday a minimum 7-mile hard workout where I'm on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Back Into The August Gloom

Posted 6 years ago

After a brief respite, the upper level low pressure trough has reinstated itself with a vengeance. The marine layer increased from less than 1000 ft. to 1500 ft. to 2000 ft. this morning. All this… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Finally, Some Morning Summer Sun

Posted 6 years ago

Monday August 15, 2011 After the fog that is. But at my house it was the first morning of sunshine in almost a month. And it was a welcome sight. I got started later than I like, and by the time… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

3 Paddles; One Surf in Mid-August

Posted 6 years ago

I haven't been posting after every session for a couple different reasons so this post includes my last four, three paddles and one surf session. Wednesday the 10th I did the New Brighton to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

2.9 Mile Semi-sprint

Posted 6 years ago

August 8, 2011 After a two-day layoff I thought I would take it easy. But after I got out on the water I felt pretty good and decided to do an accelerated paddle workout, not quite a flat out… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton-Point-Sewers Channel RT

Posted 6 years ago

August 5, 2011 A 6.5 mile conversational cruise up to the point, out the channel and back down to the inside route through Capitola to New Brighton. Persistent marine layer stuck to the bay like… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton-CementShip-SpongeBob Triangle

Posted 6 years ago

August 3, 2011 I was thinking that this was going to be more like a 3-miler than the 4-miler it turned out to be. The wind was light but in my face on the first and second leg. Sea surface was glassy… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton To Govies (SC3) RT

Posted 6 years ago

August 1, 2011 NB To Govies RT [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton To Harbor and Sons of the Beach

Posted 6 years ago

Today's paddle was planned to be a cruise from New Brighton to the Yacht Harbor where I took a coffee break at Kind Grind and got an unexpected pleasant surprise. The Sons of the Beach Ukulele Band… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton Sprint Training

Posted 6 years ago

So the idea is to work some kind of speed, sprint, anaerobic training into my paddling fitness routines and routes to improve cardiovascular stamina, overall fitness, and to increase average cruising… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton To Sewers Channel 6.6 Mile RT

Posted 6 years ago

July 27, 2011 Big Dave and I teamed up for a 6.6 mile round trip from New Brighton via the low route to the Sewer Peak Channel, out and around the kelp bed and a fairly straight line shot back to NB…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Reading Water | Ke Nalu – Stand Up Paddle Surfing eMagazine

Posted 6 years ago

Reading Water | Ke Nalu – Stand Up Paddle Surfing eMagazine This article addresses downwind paddling and contains some excellent insights into how to increase efficiencies in paddling and wave… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton 5-Miler

Posted 6 years ago

July 25, 2011 Big Dave joined me this morning for a well paced 5-mile paddle. We launched at New Brighton, paddled to the cement ship and turned northwest making for Sponge Bob. From Bobby, we made a… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Pier2Pier

Posted 6 years ago

July 23, 2011 The Pier2Pier (Santa Cruz to Capitola) Race went off this morning in nearly flawless albeit gray and somewhat chilly conditions. Thanks to Dave, Jane, Lars and all the other "behind the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Harbor Tour

Posted 6 years ago

July 21, 2011 Took a short paddle early this afternoon before going to pick up the dog from the groomers which is located very near the Harbor. It was the perfect setup to take a quick 40 minute… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Nice Covewater Classic Pro Video

Posted 6 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Paddle One Day; Surf the Next

Posted 6 years ago

Monday July 18, 2011 I saw the morning sun for the first time in 11 days at my house. No fog at the beach either. Time for a paddle to work out the kinks from the Covewater race on Saturday. I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Inaugural Covewater Classic Astounds

Posted 6 years ago

The inaugural and first ever Covewater Classic SUP races was an astounding success. Mega kudos to Scott and Leslie Ruble for creating this event which was enjoyed by over 80 participants in one of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The South Swells of Mid-July

Posted 6 years ago

July 9 – 14, 2011 Primer Swell, South Swell #6 and South Swell #7 The weather turned Summer chilly with fog, overcast, broken clouds and cold ocean temperatures on order every morning. But with the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton-Sponge Bob-Cap Pier Triangle

Posted 6 years ago

July 8, 2011 Got started a bit late due to the lingering fog this morning. Tired from the 7-miler on Wednesday, but didn't want to skip today's workout. So I planned a short 3-miler doing the New… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Free 12-6 Bark Competitor From Covewater

Posted 6 years ago

As part of the Covewater Classic weekend of SUP events, (July 15th & 16th) Covewater is raffling off a new 12'6 Surftech Bark Competitor courtesy of Surftech! This is probably the best chance… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton-Point-Sewers Channel RT

Posted 6 years ago

July 6, 2011 I was just gonna paddle to the L41 from New Brighton, taking the low route and maybe surf a few small rollers somewhere along the way, but the closer I got to the Point the more I kept… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Brighton-Capitola-Sponge Bob Triangle

Posted 6 years ago

Monday July 4, 2011 Happy 4th everyone. Have a safe and insane holiday. New Brighton-Capitola-Sponge Bob Triangle [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Natural Bridges to New Brighton

Posted 6 years ago

Saturday July 2, 2011 Had we launched at the originally scheduled hour winds would have been a third of what they were when the seven of us pushed out from the beach at 1030. Instead of 3 with gusts… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The New Brighton Triangle

Posted 6 years ago

Friday July 1, 2011 Finally….Summer! Today's paddle was planned to be a quick warm-up for tomorrow's 9-miler. I aimed for about 3 miles, but ended up at 4.4 miles, averaging around 3.7 mph in one… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Angulo Sea Shaka Fin & NB/Point RT Paddle

Posted 6 years ago

Wednesday June 29, 2011 I bagged one of the last of the first run Angulo Sea Shaka fins the day before the Jay Race. It seems that people bought up the first run batch of Sea Shaka's in a hurry and I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jay Day

Posted 6 years ago

Saturday June 25, 2011 Kudos to everyone, sponsors, organizers and participants for making the Jay Race No Ka Oi! And to all my friends for keeping me young. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jay Race 2-Mile Practice Run

Posted 6 years ago

Another nice day on the Bay so I thought I'd launch from New Brighton and paddle down to the Jay Race site in Tola for a practice run at the 2-mile course. The race buoys aren't up but the route is… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Covewater Happy Hour with SUP Paddle Champions Appleby and Vela

Posted 6 years ago

Hosted SUP Happy Hour (yes, that's right…HOSTED) at Covewater this Thursday with the world's top female paddler, Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela! Stop by Covewater Paddle Surf Thursday eve… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Yacht Harbor to Cowells RT

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday June 21, 2011 Today, the first day of Summer 2011, was custom made and I'm so thankful that I was able to enjoy it. It was perfect in every way. Temperatures are 5-15 degrees above normal… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Natural Bridges To Capitola Pier 8.25 Miles

Posted 6 years ago

Saturday June 18, 2011 Da Boyz and I planned a paddle in what turned out to be great conditions, launching from Natural Bridges and finishing up at Hoopers Beach in Capitola. Winds were light and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

2011 Jay Race Course Maps

Posted 6 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Training Paddle #2 New Brighton to Pleasure Point RT

Posted 6 years ago

Thursday June 16, 2011 The anticipated but steep angled south swell #4 never showed up (there's a surprise) so the best alternative was to go paddling. My plan re this fitness paddling phase of my… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Mile Buoy RT

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday June 14, 2011 I wanted to do a short distance today in preparation for the 2-mile Jay Race on the 25th, just to get an idea of how long it would take. Since I don't really know how far out… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Pier To Pier Practice Run

Posted 6 years ago

Saturday June 11, 2011 The original plan was to launch from Natural Bridges and downwind to the Pleasure Point area. But the wind was up early and blowing 20-30 mph at launch time. So we scratched… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Training Paddle #1 & Gear Review

Posted 6 years ago

Friday June 10. 2011 Today I did my first longer distance training paddle. I didn't have a specific distance in mind but I wanted it to be longer by a lot than any of my other paddles. (The longest… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

2011 Olukai Ho'Olaule'a Event

Posted 6 years ago

This is a short video re-cap of the 2011 Olukai Ho'Olaule'a event which is held on Maui and features SUP and OC1 paddlers taking on the Maliko run. The top paddlers usually finish the 8-mile race in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell #3 Rumba

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday and Wednesday June 7 and 8, 2011 Think back for a moment about the most fickle girlfriend or boyfriend you ever had. I know mine (I've had more than one) weren't around long and you… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Quickblade Kanaha FG90 & FCS SUP Specific Adjustable Leash

Posted 6 years ago

Monday May 30, 2011 I was looking forward to using my new Quickblade Kanaha FG90 which I bought from Covewater a few days ago. Scott made quick work of cutting the shaft to size. I wanted the option… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell #2 We Woulda Liked To Know Ya Better

Posted 6 years ago

Wednesday June 1, 2011 Southie #2 came to us from too steep an angle to really make itself well known. As per the last and first forecast south swell, #2 was late by about 40 hours. And when it did… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Paddle On The New Bark Is A Downwinder

Posted 6 years ago

Saturday May 28, 2011 Andy and I planned our first downwinder for Saturday and the wind didn't disappoint. It was also the first time for me to paddle my new 12-6 Surftech Bark Competitor, and this… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

COVEWATER – Norcal's First Fully Dedicated SUP Surf & Paddle Shop

Posted 6 years ago

I surprised Scot and his wife late on Memorial Day and got a tour of the shop as well as tons of info about Covewater, and a great look at the boards, paddles and accessories they carry. Scott also… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Duuuude!

Posted 6 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

NB Fitness Paddle & Paddle Test

Posted 6 years ago

12.00 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Bark Demo Day Wit Da Boyz

Posted 6 years ago

Da Boyz and I got together on a Saturday morning to demo three Bark racing/distance SUPs. I rented a Surftech 12-6 Bark Competitor (Tuflite) from Covewater, Andy brought his Surftech 14' Dominator… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Viva Mexico Chapter 2 Sayulita Life

Posted 6 years ago

Life in Sayulita was good. How could it not be good? On vacation, no schedules to meet, no deadlines, just surf, knock around and have a good time. The videos that follow are vignettes, small little… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

In-N-Out Barrel

Posted 6 years ago

Just the way we like it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Double Session: Morning Paddle/Afternoon Surf

Posted 6 years ago

Entry: Friday May 13, 2011 Location: Nb's and Gdubs Swell: 4.8 at 9.0 NW(320) & 1.3 at 12.0 SW (180) Conditions: Clear, warm and sunny with light to calm winds Tide: 0.8 Rising to 1.6 ft. It was… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Angulo Race Boards Demo Day

Posted 6 years ago

On Friday May 6 I had the opportunity to demo four Angulo Designs distance/race SUPs. Thanks to Kyle and Whitty for going out of their way to set up a demo day just for me. We met at the SC Harbor… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SIMSUP 2 – First Surf of the SimmyD

Posted 6 years ago

Entry: Tuesday May 10, 2011 Location: Gdubs Swell: 5.7 at 9.0 NW(320) & 1.4 at 14.0 SW (200) Conditions: Fog clearing to partly cloudy Tide: 0.8 Rising to 1.0 ft. L41 SimmyD 8'0" X 30.25" X 4.5"… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

No title

Posted 6 years ago

Entry: Wednesday May 4, 2011 Location: NB to the L41, to the Kelp Beds & Back Swell: 7.5 at 11.4 NW (46042) 3.6 at 11.8 WNW (46236) Conditions: Clear, hot and sunny with light… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Summer Wx Preview & Paddle

Posted 6 years ago

Entry: Monday May 2, 2011 Location: NB to the L41 and Back Swell: 2.3 at 12.9 NW (46042) 2.0 at 12.5 WNW (46236) Conditions: Clear and sunny with light ruffles, glassy in the kelp Tide: 3.8 falling… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Viva Mexico! Chapter 1 Surfing: Part 5 El Anclote

Posted 6 years ago

They call El Anclote the Mexican Malibu for good reason. This long and winding right hander peels across a gently arcing point for a long way when it's small, and for a longer way when it gets… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The L41 High Performance SUP Interviews

Posted 6 years ago

The second generation SIMSUP, SIMSUP2, came back from the cutter's and was ready for final sanding/shaping on Saturday April 16. I took advantage of the situation to make a five-part video series on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Viva Mexico! Chapter 1 Surfing: Part 4 Lefts

Posted 6 years ago

Some would argue that the best wave in Sayulita is the left in front of the trailer park. I would agree with that if you added best "potential" wave, as I never really saw anything get really good,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Viva Mexico! Chapter 1 Surfing: Part 3 Mornings

Posted 6 years ago

Of the two weeks we stayed in Sayulita, I surfed nine sessions, mostly in Sayulita. But I also had a chance to surf El Anclote and La Caleta. Part 3 Mornings of this Chapter documents a smattering of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Viva Mexico! Chapter 1 Surfing: Part 2

Posted 6 years ago

I surfed every day but three including a final Sunday morning session before departing the warm weather and waters of mainland Mex for home. Sayulita is on the north side of Punta de Mita and breaks… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Viva Mexico! Two Weeks South of the Border

Posted 6 years ago

M and I flew south for two weeks of relaxing, sight-seeing and surfing. We stayed in Sayulita, Nayarit, just north of the Bay of Banderas and the south swell magnet known as Punta de Mita. Our… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Big Al's Pics

Posted 6 years ago

Big Al's been feeding me with some fun pics of local SUP rippers doing their thing. I didn't get in the water on the days shown, but I thought I'd share the action in the sunshine and the light rain…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Sharks – We Got'em, So What

Posted 6 years ago

It's a fact of life here in the Red Triangle. There have been confirmed shark attacks on surfers in our waters as long as there have been surfers surfing. It's just one of those things. If you're… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP Surfing Etiquette – Time For A Review

Posted 6 years ago

Yes, there are in fact a lot more SUP surfers in the line-up than there used to be. And yes, unfortunately there is still conflict between conventional surfboard surfers and SUP surfers. Werner… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Custom Board Bag For My L41 8-0 SIMSUP

Posted 6 years ago

I picked up my custom board bag from Joe at Davenport Surf Sail this morning and I am completely stoked! I had a good idea of what I wanted, and what I wanted it for. When I came into his shop the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jay Killen Benefit Surf Swap Meet April 2

Posted 6 years ago

When a fellow surfer needs help in Monterey there is no shortage of brothers to help out. Jay Killen has been struggling with Parkinson's for 10 years and now he needs help. This debilitating… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Father Joe Bauguess – Patron Saint of the SIMSUP

Posted 6 years ago

Thanks to Eric for this gem. http://joebsurfshapes.com/ [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Gift of Beauty

Posted 6 years ago

Saturday February 5, 2011 We have been gifted with the dazzling jewelry of Winter waves in the finest setting of elements the season and nature can provide. Over the weekend the offshore winds turned… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

28 Degrees of Difference

Posted 6 years ago

Friday February 4, 2001 All it took was 28 degrees. 28 points of shifted swell direction from West to West-Northwest scrubbed off enough wave energy (even at almost the same wave hts. and periods) to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Straight West + Low Tide=Down the Line Speed

Posted 6 years ago

Thursday February 3, 2011 Apparently a straight west swell at 16 seconds is a real blessing for the usual spot, or as my buddy Sam calls it, "spot X". The usual take-off was moved upcoast and outside… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Perfect Ten

Posted 6 years ago

Thursday January 27, 2011 A welcome conspiracy of waves, wind and weather plotted to provide a perfect day of surfing at a pristine point break today. We hit the water at 1015 for a nearly five hour… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

La Nina Fiesta de las Olas: Swell #5

Posted 6 years ago

Friday through Monday January 21-24, 2011 No matter what you call it, a wave fest or wave fiesta, or cornucopia of surf, Swell #5 during this La Nina season produced a monster mash of waves for… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

L41 Performance SUP Sale – 2 Great Deals

Posted 6 years ago

Kirk at L41 is clearing out some inventory for the new year. He's offering two killer deals on a couple of new era performance SUPs. Both of these EPS core custom shapes are going for $750 each…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

La Nina Wave Fiesta Begins: Swell #4

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday January 18, 2011 After an almost two and a half month drought, we finally got some real Winter ground swell which generated high energy, sizable surf throughout the region, and all my local… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Back To Mbusas

Posted 6 years ago

Friday January 14, 2011 The spawn of yesterday's short duration low pressure trough and rain was thick as a brick ground fog. Fifty foot visibilities at best for most of the drive to Mbusas, but a… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Northern Beaches In Small Long Period Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday January 11, 2011 In keeping with my new year's resolution to get out more, I pointed the Srfnff-mobile towards the northern beaches for a surf at Mbusa's. Al was already in the line-up with a… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Surfing the Beaches In the Old Fading Swell; the Reefs For The Incoming New Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Thursday January 6, 2011 Plan A was to surf the south beaches in the morning in the fading ground swell that was on it's way out; then surf the reefs in the new, incoming northwesterly 17-20 second… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Long Period Swells For The New Year

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday January 4, 2011 With La Nina still firmly in control, the North Pacific managed to muster up a series of back-to-back WNW swells that finally (after a drought like hiatus that stretched back… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Beach Breaks and Cold Offshores

Posted 6 years ago

Friday December 31, 2010 My new year's resolution for 2011 is to get out more and adjust my mind set. I started practicing that today searching for some new spots…new for me that is. A couple… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Two Wind Swell Sessions In Between The Rain

Posted 6 years ago

Monday, December 27, 2010Today was all about homecoming. All it took was a small northwest wind swell in decent conditions and everyone showed up. It was no surprise. For over a week we’ve been… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Yesterday's Decreasing Swell Makes It Just Right

Posted 6 years ago

Thursday December 16, 2010 If Monday was just a wee bit too small, and yesterday a bit too big, today was just right. Jeff was up into NorCal from the Osos Nation and we hit the beaches just right… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Short Duration Wind Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Wednesday December 15, 2010 Surf heights and periods bumped up last night pulsing in at 8-9 ft. @ 12-13 seconds WNW. Yesterday's all day drizzle dried up but was reluctant to yield completely to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Windswell Waves at the Beaches

Posted 6 years ago

Monday December 13, 2010 It's been almost two weeks since I last surfed these sandbars…they're still good, maybe even better. What with some nasty weather coming this weekend, I figured that if I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Winds Hampered WNW Gulf Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Wednesday and Thursday December 8 and 9, 2010 I didn't surf this swell for reasons stated below. As the best swell we've seen after the November 2 and 3 swell this year, I was looking forward to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Surf In Winter Conditions at the Beaches

Posted 6 years ago

Wednesday December 1, 2010 Since my last surf over two weeks ago, Winter arrived. Two weeks ago I was out on my Angulo and I was still in my 4/3, no hood, no booties. The water was end of Summer… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Posted 6 years ago

Note! As befitting an ocean sport some language may be salty! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Clean Windswell Before the Rain

Posted 6 years ago

Wednesday November 17, 2010 (Posted Sunday November 21, 2010) The weather forecast was for rain and a major cooling trend for the weekend. Snow is forecast for the Sierras, and no doubt the ski and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Fall 2010 Road Trip

Posted 6 years ago

Tuesday November 2, 2010I got the call a couple days ago…am I available for an extended road trip/surf trip in the state of California? I'm in. Date of departure 11/2. Even though I've got today… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

One-Day Rideable But Wind Hacked Ground Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Friday October 29, 2010 I was hoping for a little less wind bump and a smoother sea surface, but I wasn't disappointed in what I got given the circumstances. This little one-day swell was transiting… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Seasonal NPAC Swell Arrives

Posted 6 years ago

Monday October 25, 2010 The first northwesterly swell of the season started showing early Monday morning. Arriving at 10 ft. at daylight, it wasn't quite big enough to make much of an impact. But it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell Pokes In

Posted 6 years ago

Thursday October 14, 2010 I didn't think we would see any of this south swell. Nothing much was right about it. It was inconsistent, birthed from a series of weak storms in the southern pacific,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Near Perfect Session in Dropping NPAC Swell

Posted 6 years ago

Monday October 4, 2010 Every once in a while, it all comes together. Good waves, great conditions and a sparse crowd. That happened today. Surfing in town has a lot of positive things going for it…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

NPAC Swells Continue to Roll In

Posted 6 years ago

Friday October 1, 2010 Northwesterly swells from a series of storms in the North Pacific continue to roll into the bight. A 21 second swell made landfall late yesterday afternoon, and the surf was… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Indian Summer And An Awakened NPAC Series of Swells

Posted 6 years ago

Monday September 27, 2010 As bad as Summer wasn't, is as good as this year's Indian Summer is. A high pressure ridge gave the boot to the infernal low pressure trough that moved in like a box canyon… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Decent S/SSW Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Friday September 17, 2010 Waves from a storm in the mid-South Pacific last week began filling in today. Tides wouldn't be great for this mediocre swell, and even when it peaks, wave size and energy… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Indian Summer? Summer? Whatever It Is, I'll Take It!

Posted 7 years ago

If nothing else, our ephemeral "Summer" has been one marked by abnormal contrasts. From ten weeks of overcast and chill not unlike being stuck in your refrigerator for a couple months, to days of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Summer South Swells

Posted 7 years ago

Sunday August 22, 2010 I have become enamored of dedicated noseriders. There were two reasons for this. One, a noserider is made for small, relatively weak surf (although it can be surfed in better)… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New South Swell Too Steep for the Southside

Posted 7 years ago

Wednesday August 25, 2010 I had hopes of better waves for today as a new south swell filled in early this morning. But the swell angle was too steep for the southside and with the exception of a few… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Flat and Cold

Posted 7 years ago

Friday August 20, 2010 Since my last surf, the waves have been small to flat and the same persistent high level low pressure trough that has plagued the Cali coast all Summer, has provided plenty of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Mediocre Southwest Swell in Fall-like Weather

Posted 7 years ago

Sunday August 8, 2010 I got fooled into thinking that today was going to be the strongest day of this almost 3-day southwest swell. It wasn't, yesterday was. There was barely enough light to see… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New South Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Sunday August 1, 2010 – Mayans Redux Andy and I hooked up for another dawn patrol paddle to Mayans. The south swell had increased a bit, and the northerly wind swell dropped a little. All in all, it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Three End of July Entries

Posted 7 years ago

Tuesday July 27, 2010 – Surprised by the Sun and a Few Waves I guess a four board quiver (two SUPs and two surfboards) isn't enough. So now I'm in research mode for a summer, beach break… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Beach Break Under Ever-Gray Skies

Posted 7 years ago

The long lived low pressure trough that has taken up seemingly permanent residence over NorCal is showing no signs of going away soon. July has seen one clear sunrise this year. All the rest have… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Cold Steep South Swell

Posted 7 years ago

So you think it's been cold this "Summer"? And you would be correct. It's the fifth coldest summer in 40 years. Don't take my word for it, read it here. Water temps have been down in the basement… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Board in New Off-Season NW Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Monday July 12 and Tuesday July 13, 2010 7-6 Freeline Ghostbuster What happens when your shaper's Skil 100 loses it's bearings and his spare planers have all been cannibalized for those parts? You… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

My Review of Barska 10×40 Blueline Close Focus Monocular

Posted 7 years ago

Originally submitted at Binoculars.com The unique Barska 10×40 Blueline Close Focus Monocular offers a host of special features. Close focus brings you closer to the action, and the ergonomic design… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Steep Angle First Summer Southie

Posted 7 years ago

Monday and Tuesday July 5 and 6, 2010 Monday: While the waves were booming in SoCal and much of CenCal, our little corner of the world was lucky to see much head high surf, with the best spots… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

3 Hours On the SIMSUP In The Fading Southie

Posted 7 years ago

Monday June 28, 2010 Jamie and Greg paddled out just before I did this morning at 0600. Thick and heavy fog put a bear hug on the coastline and I couldn't see the break at Sarges as I knee paddled… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

(Re)Learning Paddling Basics with Todd Bradley

Posted 7 years ago

Evan created StandUpPaddleSurf.net way back in the beginning of the modern SUP revival…what? Three years ago? He was in early, has documented all the changes and is one of the best resources… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SIMSUP – (Re)Learning How To Paddle

Posted 7 years ago

Monday June 21, 2010 Even though there wasn't much in the way of waves to surf, I paddled out dawn patrol to practice surfing the SIMSUP, but mostly really, to practice paddling with the shorter… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Blame Laird

Posted 7 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Olukai Ho'olaule'a May 2010

Posted 7 years ago

Oh man…does this mean the third SUP in my quiver is going to be a downwinder/racer? NBC World of Adventure Sports – 2009 OluKai Ho'olaule'a – SUP Race from OluKai Premium Footwear on Vimeo. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

8-0 L41 SIMSUP – The Next Step Up Is Down

Posted 7 years ago

Thursday June 17, 2009 Took possession of the new down-sized quad SUP at 0800 this morning. Installed the Hydro-Turf traction in Kirk's garage and left the tail pad for me to do later. Bagged the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Steep Angles from the North and South

Posted 7 years ago

Tuesday June 15, 2010 I was hoping for a redux of last Thursday's Gulf remnant swell but the swell angle was too steep too really blast into the bay. What little south was in the water (and there… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Be Nice Brah…Show 'em Aloha

Posted 7 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Late Season Gulf Swell in Offshore Conditions

Posted 7 years ago

A little diligence paid off this morning, even though I almost blew it last night. I initially set the alarm for 0415, then since it was late, I upped it to 5AM. So by the time I got to the beach it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More Beach Break Days

Posted 7 years ago

Sunday June 6, 2010 The swell dropped off a lot last night and the water temperature shot up. Shed my booties and swapped out the integrated hood in my Mutant for the open neck zippered pull over…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Some NPAC Leftovers in Real Summer Wx

Posted 7 years ago

June 3-4-5 2010 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) Hadn't been out on my laydown paddlers in a while and with the small swell conditions thought I'd hit the beaches with the 7-0 Freeline Ghostbuster. I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Surfing Dolphins Trailer

Posted 7 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Deep Water South Ground Swell; Conditions Clean Up

Posted 7 years ago

Monday May 24, 2005 After waiting and watching for what seemed like days; after tracking and checking the buoys and forecasts ten times a day, hoping; the deep water south swell that has been blown… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Spring In Full Swing With Winter Hangin' On

Posted 7 years ago

In the last two weeks Spring, has shown the full array of Spring-like weather. Since my last post we've seen everything from May Gray/June Gloom fog with onshore winds, to bright and clear skies with… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP Research In Small South Swell With Perfect Spring Wx

Posted 7 years ago

Friday May 7, 2010 I can't believe how great the weather has been this Spring. It is certainly heads and shoulders above the last three years. I don't know if it's El Nino or what…but thank you… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Nuthin' But Windswell and Sun

Posted 7 years ago

Monday May 3, 2010 Today was a busy day, and the best weather day of the year so far. I surfed early at a sand bar I've been watching, and which looked like the only game in town. Then I headed down… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP Comin' Up!

Posted 7 years ago

Stand Up Paddleboards are coming into their own. Perhaps the fastest growing board sport in the world, SUPs are being used for surfing, racing, river running, fishing, flat water paddling,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP "Kooks" at Sunset

Posted 7 years ago

Some with more occluded minds seem to think that anyone who ventures out into the water on a stand up paddleboard is a "kook." This little video is the proof of how backwards that kind of thinking… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Days of Rain, Sun and Good Waves

Posted 7 years ago

Wednesday April 28, 2010 – Offshore Winds in the Rain I arrived at my favorite beach break at 0615 hoping I was wrong. I was more or less convinced that the tide would be too low. It was. The surf… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Not Really Surfing?

Posted 7 years ago

WHEN DID YOU FIRST BEGIN TOW-SURFING? In December 2003, Nelson Armitage's son, Nelson Junior, took me out to an outer reef and it was 15- to 20-feet. The first time I ever stood up on a tow-board… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Some Guys Can Surf Anything

Posted 7 years ago

Does this fall into the "some guys can surf anything and make it look easy" category? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More Great Spring Weather and Wind Swells

Posted 7 years ago

Friday April 23 2010 By the time I got to my favorite reef there were already two longboarders on it. That's what I get for being a sack hound. So I headed down coast and found a not nearly as good… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Not For Novices or The Weak

Posted 7 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Discovery

Posted 7 years ago

The journey of discovery can follow different paths. Some are studious endeavors, while others are seemingly catastrophic accidents that lead to unintended new benefits. For a view of both check… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Perfect Spring Weather and Beachbreaks

Posted 7 years ago

Week of April 11 – 17 Wednesday April 14 It's been almost two weeks since my last surf. With the rain and moving my in-laws out of their condemned condo (a long story) and into assisted living,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Freeline 7-0 HGS – Holy Grail Series

Posted 7 years ago

Have you ever wanted a board that does it all? Surfs like a high performance shortboard, but paddles and catches waves like a longboard? Look no further, for you have found it in the Simmons… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

9th Annual Surftech Jay Race Set For June 26

Posted 7 years ago

June 26th Marks the 9th Annual Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race April 7, 2010 (Santa Cruz, CA) – On June 26th the top paddlers in the country will descend upon New Brighton State … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Chopped Up Ground Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Thursday April 1, 2010 It was cold on this morning's dawn patrol. 38 degrees pushed me into my fully hooded Mutant 5/4 which is usually too hot on the SUP. A light to moderate offshore breeze blew… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Solid Swells in Capricious Conditions

Posted 7 years ago

Monday March 29, 2010 The plot line of the story for these last few days is, who will win the race between the incoming rain and wind storms vs. the incoming ground and wind swells. So far it hasn't… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Windy WSW and WNW Combo Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 I was surprised that the WSW swell which was working all long the coastline south of us, was actually nudging into the bight. There was enough energy to push in 2-4 ft…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Road Trip

Posted 7 years ago

Road Trip March 19 – March 23 Friday: Late afternoon blast down 101. Get gas at La Gloria Rd./cheaper than in Salinas. Late afternoon sun not doing justice to the rain green hills, food and drink… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Last Gasp of Winter? Fresh WNW Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Tuesday, March 16 2010 Maybe. This swell had a lot of north in it so we didn't get the juice or the size everyone was hoping for, but let me be the last to complain. This morning's sunrise was a… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Fun SUP Waves In Between Storms

Posted 7 years ago

Writing now on Sunday the 14th (don't forget to Spring forward) I still clearly remember my last surf on the 4th. It was a quick sortie in between a chain of incoming storms. The morning was clear… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Damn Acacias!

Posted 7 years ago

What great Spring weather we had last week! It was warm and sunny, I even got to wear board shorts and slaps after my last surf session on Wednesday. But I spied an ominous site on my way home. The… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Ghostbuster Goes to the Beaches

Posted 7 years ago

With the swell dropping down in size the beaches and all the new bars that have formed would start to get very surfable in stead of closing out at all locations. I checked it before the lot opened up… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Good Waves On Slowly Fading WNW

Posted 7 years ago

Sunday February 14, 2010 Second day of a three-day holiday weekend. Saturday was packed and I didn't think today would be less so, but the swell had cleaned up, conditions were better than yesterday,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Big Swell On Mavs Contest Day

Posted 7 years ago

Sometimes the "biggest" days are not the "best-est" days. That isn't to say there weren't a fair amount of long, big and satisfaction inducing waves ridden, but this swell had just a little too much… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Surprise 19 Second Swell: Two Sessions

Posted 7 years ago

A solitary line of 19 second swell on the buoy caught my eye before bed Saturday night. An anomaly? A click on the buoylist showed several buoys north of us with 19 and 20 second swell periods. Up… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Fewer Good Sand Bar Waves

Posted 7 years ago

I was on it again early this morning thinking I could score again. The swell had jumped up overnight, but not too big I thought. I arrived at the Cali Bar in the murky early light to find it way… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More Good Sand Bar Waves

Posted 7 years ago

The West/WNW swell started to inch it's way back up this morning, and was joined by a new pulse of 12 second WSW swell. This may have created a combo effect that boosted wave hts. but that didn't… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Near Perfect (aka Fun) Sand Bar Longboarding

Posted 7 years ago

Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, as is the definition of "good" surf. For me, surfing a new sand bar right hander in pristine Winter conditions without another surfer in sight is not only… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More Sand Bar Action

Posted 7 years ago

Friday, January 29, 2010 The new swell was forecast to continue increasing in size today, so I hit the beaches early before it got too big. Sure enough, wave hts. were twice the size of yesterday,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Lots Of Sandbars in Play

Posted 7 years ago

The recent days of waves, storms and rains have moved an astonishing tonnage of sand along the shore. Seawalls that were showing six feet of open face wall are in some places, packed with sand to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Dolphins At Play

Posted 7 years ago

Thanks to Jeff for sending this, it's just too good not to share. Maybe we should re-think party waves? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

A Quick Surf In Between Storms

Posted 7 years ago

After struggling with the pellet stove that refuses to burn right, I looked at the clock. 3:30…still time for a surf if I get on it now. So I bailed on the mess (wife's out of town, I'll clean it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Board Review: McTavish 9-3 Fireball

Posted 7 years ago

Dims: 9-3 X 19 1/4 X 23 X 16 X 3. Fins: 9" center, FCS GX sides. Glassing: 6 and 6 on top; 4 and a 4 oz patch on the bottom. Polyurethane foam core. Designed and shaped by Bob McTavish; built by… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Clean and Fading Westerly Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Thursday January 14, 2010 After some careful research I pulled the trigger this afternoon on a new McTavish (PU) 9-3 Fireball longboard. (Click here for the review.) I was fortunate enough to try it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Next W/WNW Starts Up

Posted 7 years ago

Wednesday, January 10, 2010 No surfing for me today but I did get some shots and a lot of camaraderie, especially at Sarge's. Wayne, Ron and I hung out at the overlook, chin-wagging with each other… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

3 Days of Good Surf

Posted 7 years ago

Sunday, January 10, 2010 Finally! I was beginning to think I'd never see another good day at the Yellow House, but that all changed today. It was a day, a spot, and a swell meant for SUP surfing. I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Pounders At The Beach

Posted 7 years ago

Two small mixed WNW and W swells continued to ply the beaches. Surf was a bit smaller and of lesser quality than yesterday. Swell angle has changed somewhat, modified by the tide and decreased… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Mixed Period Swells

Posted 7 years ago

The beaches regained some of their punch this morning as the swell increased a wee bit overnight. If only I had not lingered in the warmth of my cozy flannel covered down comforter, I would have… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Fading WNW the Reefs and Small Mixed at the Beaches

Posted 7 years ago

January 2, 2010 First surf of the year was in the remnants of a fast dying, but much bigger earlier, WNW ground swell. I woulda surfed first thing in the morning but Roy's memorial was at 11 and Leah… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

NW Ground and Nearshore Wind Swell

Posted 7 years ago

In all honesty I delayed waking up this morning because I didn't think the longer period, but steep NW swell was going to show very well. And even if it did I reasoned, it would be really… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Short Lived WSW

Posted 7 years ago

A new, but short duration WSW swell made landfall last night. This morning's ground swell lines were pushing in some good waves for the morning crew. Not too crowded, fairly consistent and pre-rain,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New West-WNW Swell

Posted 7 years ago

One thing for sure this season so far, there's been no shortage of swell driven waves. Conditions haven't always been the best, but overall, it's tough to complain. So I thought I would. Finally… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Big WNW Swell – 3 Days

Posted 7 years ago

The much hyped extra large WNW swell made landfall early Tuesday morning, starting at 20 second periods and peaking at 22 seconds. Deep water swells that carry that much energy are amazing to see,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP Surfing In New NW Swell

Posted 7 years ago

Whew! It took me a while to get to this post. Today is my last day teaching in the EMT program so this will have to be quick. Larry and I finally got together for a paddle surf. We've known each… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Waves in New NW Swell

Posted 7 years ago

A short-lived spike of longer period, steep angle NW swell caught my attention so I decided to paddle out for a late afternoon SUP session at Yellow House. Unfortunately, the pulse wasn't strong… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Super Fun Waves In Fading Swell

Posted 7 years ago

The miserably wretched first hour of my nearly four hour session this afternoon, played counterpoint to an incredible final hour and half surfing in the best Fall waves I've scored yet. My plan was… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Thanksgiving Wave Feast with Ground Swell Pie

Posted 7 years ago

Ma Nature served up a hefty portion of NPAC ground swell today. Although a bit on the inconsistent side by the time I got to it, the crowd scene was almost perfect. I paddled out on the Angulo… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Fading Aleutians Swell in Perfect Fall Wx

Posted 7 years ago

Weather wise, it just doesn't get better than this during the Fall season. Even if the fading away north Gulf swell was completely gone, I would have paddled out. The day was just too beautiful to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP-O-Rama Today; Wind & Rain Tomorrow

Posted 7 years ago

What a contrast between yesterday and today. This afternoon I surfed Sarge's small peelers at low tide. I posted up wide of the main peak which had about seven surfers taking turns riding the fairly… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Do The Math; Then Quit Surfing

Posted 7 years ago

Do The Math (An amateur's mathematical analysis of crowd phenomenon.) By Steve Pezman (The Surfer's Journal – Online) … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Mid-Period WNW Puts Up Small Waves

Posted 7 years ago

Oh yeah, now I remember. It's Fall. High tide in the morning, low tide at night. Not much goin' on for the dawn patrol…surfing until dark in the minus tides. Lots of Winter time, Winter swell reefs… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

QuikSilver Heated Vest – Review

Posted 7 years ago

About the reviewer (me): I get cold really easily, therefore all the heat I can get (within reason) I'll take. I'm 62 years old, 5'9" at 150 lbs. Very little body fat, therefore not much natural… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Beach Break Wind Swell

Posted 7 years ago

I hooked up with Christian and Jeff this morning at Platty's for an early surf and to finally give back Christian's GhostBuster1. Platty's was folding over small and hard right on the beach so we… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Big NW Continues to Fade

Posted 7 years ago

On my last wave Sunday morning I tweaked by back flicking out at the end of the ride. It wasn't bad, but I got out. I was cold anyway. Monday I missed a better day of surf than today doing the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

NW Swell Backing Down; Still Pretty Big

Posted 7 years ago

What a difference location makes. I surfed a two hour session this morning at the lower reefs in head high to double O peelers. Meanwhile, up at the west end it was booming at up to triple O with… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Significant NW Swell But A Bit Too Steep

Posted 7 years ago

I've been watching this storm and coming swell since spotting it on the satellite late Monday evening. It was putting up some impressive winds and fetch that eventually stretched hundreds of miles… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

FTC Compliance in Blog Advertising

Posted 7 years ago

In October the FTC published their 2009 revisions to the FTC Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. This is the first significant guide update in the internet era… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Weak Remnants From TS Lupit Limp In

Posted 7 years ago

Like a conquered army, the survivors of TS Lupit, mauled by swell decay and diminishing energy, limped into our surf spots this morning, only to be beaten like unwanted children by a merciless high… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Road Trip – Cathedral De Las Olas

Posted 7 years ago

October 21 & 22, 2009 Last Sunday I sent a heads-up to JC who lives in the Cathedral De Las Olas region down south, about the coming WNW swell. I speculated that it could be good sometime… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Messy Post Storm Nearshore Wind Swell

Posted 7 years ago

The "after swell" from the major rain and wind storm that dumped 7.55" of rain at my house over the last three days blasted into our shores late yesterday afternoon. By this morning at daylight, it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Pre-Storm Window of Opportunity

Posted 7 years ago

I paddled out this morning at Scimi's into a rising swell and a falling tide. Unfortunately the swell wasn't rising enough, and the fat tide wasn't falling fast enough to get the prime pre-storm… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Southie Hangs In; Conditions Improve

Posted 7 years ago

Two Sessions: Mid-Morning and Evening I paddled out mid-morning for the first of two sessions today. The slightly diminished south of yesterday was still active at the reefs. I took a quick look at… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Windy Wind Swell and A Bit of South

Posted 7 years ago

I was fully confidant that the south swell forecast for SoCal and parts of NorCal would vaguely reach our shores. Well, I was sure wrong about that. I was thinking that it was going to go flat pretty… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Wind Swell Waves in Perfect Fall Weather

Posted 7 years ago

Even the wind swells are calming down. Primarily because the power source is blowing out of the north. While the consequences of that are smaller surf, those same winds have scoured everything clean…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Multi-Wind Swells and Winter

Posted 7 years ago

And like that, it was Winter…well, almost. I know we've got a long way to go until the official start of Winter (December 21), but in 48 hours things changed drastically. A low pressure trough… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Onshore Winds and Fading Choi Wan Swell

Posted 7 years ago

There was light drizzle in the air, and it felt like rain this morning when I paddled out at 0815 on GB2. Usually the onshores don't start up until 9AM or so, but this morning it was already breezy… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Foggy Redux of Tuesday

Posted 8 years ago

Turn the time traveler back two days, add a little size with a bit more inconsistency, and you'll have today's surf. The reefs must be flat, 'cause everyone who normally surfs there, was at the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Windswell in Low Vis Fog

Posted 8 years ago

Well so much for Indian Summer. The hot spell called for this week has fizzled. The thermal trough which was supposed to set up on the coast, set up inland. So while it's in the 80's and 90's in the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New Wind Swell Disappoints With Inconsistent 2-3 Ft. Surf

Posted 8 years ago

I thought I'd get an hour of good waves on the dawn patrol this morning. All the numbers looked good, much better than yesterday, yet the surf was about the same size, less consistent and soft. Why… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Wind Swell Energy With 2-3 Ft. Waves

Posted 8 years ago

I was hoping the incoming NPAC wind swell was going to kick in this morning but it didn't. Surfed a mix of residual wind swell, maybe a little southwesterly and/or some forerunners from the incoming… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Day of Indian Summer in Fun 2-3 Ft. Waves

Posted 8 years ago

I'm calling this the first day of "Indian Summer." Weather was fantastic with a clean and clear sunrise free from any clouds or fog. The NWS is calling for almost a week of warm weather. It's about… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Swell Fading With Steady 2-4 Ft. Surf

Posted 8 years ago

Seems like I'm always either late or early. This morning I was early so I burned off some time by taking a few pre-dawn shots in the local ville. The fun WNW swell is fading away but still managed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

WNW Ground Swell Delivers Plenty Waves

Posted 8 years ago

The current WNW NPAC swell peaked last night around midnight, but there were still plenty of waves to ride today. The surf was consistent everywhere, and it was biggest up at the top, with set waves… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New WNW Gulf Swell Starts Filling In

Posted 8 years ago

The blessings of Typhoon Dujuan, which stirred up some nice fetch in the NPAC, began showing late yesterday evening. Around 5PM, 20 second periods began showing on the farshore buoys, and all the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Local Windswell At The Beaches

Posted 8 years ago

Today we got one of our fantastic late Summer, heading into Fall, great weather days. Skies were touched by just a few high thin clouds. It was warm and winds were light well into the day. The water… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Freeline 5-11 "GhostBuster2" Mini-Simmons

Posted 8 years ago

Freeline 5-11 GhostBuster2 mini-Simmons Length: 5' 11" Dimensions: 18 3/4 X 23 X 19 1/4 X 2 5/8 Fins: RFC Glassed on, fully foiled twins Rocker: Nose (5.25") (approx.) Tail 1.5" (approx.) Blank:… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Mid-Period NW Gulf Swell

Posted 8 years ago

The models were calling for a mid-period NW Gulf swell for Labor Day that was supposed to be short lived, but with some decent energy. If it came in I figured the beaches would be too big, and the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jeff Towle 1944-2009 At Home In Glory

Posted 8 years ago

My good friend and pastor, Jeff Towle, died suddenly last Sunday. He had a massive heart attack at 1AM, and never recovered from the emergency surgery which was a last ditch effort to save his… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small NW Pulse From Typhoon Vamco

Posted 8 years ago

I picked up my new Freeline Ghost Buster 2 late Tuesday morning from Del Cabo Surfboard Glassing (located next to the Freeline shaping bay). Jesus and Maria did a fantastic job glassing the superb… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First NPAC Swell of the Season; Conditions Perfect

Posted 8 years ago

Finally, fantastic conditions and an almost ground swell, conspired to create a beautiful morning of surfing in weather fit for Polynesia. Andy G and I hooked up for a pre-dawn, first light paddle… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Combo Swell in Perfect Conditions

Posted 8 years ago

Conditions just don't get better than today. Air temp at paddle out, a balmy 65 degrees. An hour later it was 74. A touch of humidity brought to us from the remnants of TS Ignacio made it feel… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Sunny and Hot with Weak NPAC Wind Swell

Posted 8 years ago

It felt good to get back out on the SUP, even if the waves were small and swamped by the high tide. The launch at Sarges was sunny and clear with sun diamonds sparkling off the surface of the sea…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

NPAC Wind Swell & Fading South

Posted 8 years ago

Only someone who is desperately wave deprived would have paddled out this mid-morning in the wind chopped, rip smeared close outs that were consistently drumming up against the shore. The words to… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Wind Swell & Very Small South

Posted 8 years ago

Things have been in the doldrums around here for a while. The coastal weather has been foggy and cold for the most part, with daytime temps averaging below normal for much of the last month. Adding… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

"Surfing In Santa Cruz" Hits Bookstores

Posted 8 years ago

My friend Thomas Hickenbottom co-authored the best book on surfing in Santa Cruz Cali in the early 1960's that's ever been published. I wrote a piece for the local newspaper. You can read about half… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Long Flat Spell

Posted 8 years ago

Surf's been pretty small for a while now. Major high pressure in the SPAC has blocked the formation of any big storms, only now is there something coming our way from a storm that kicked up off the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Sh-Sh-Sh-Shark!

Posted 8 years ago

It's a good thing it's flat. Gives time for Mr. "Predator" to move on. I got chores to do anyway. Rare? Maybe not. But the dolphins will keep us safe! Maybe not. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Combo NW Wind & Southerly Hurricane Swell

Posted 8 years ago

A nice combo mix of northwesterly wind swell and southerly Hurricane Felicia swell was forecast to make landfall this morning. I was thinking that the wind swell was for sure, but was more skeptical… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Like Yesterday But Smaller

Posted 8 years ago

The swell is backing down slowly, putting up 1-3 ft. faces with long waits in between sets. There weren't as many waves per set, the standout waves were only going chest high and there were very few… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Inconsistent 15 Second SW Swell at 2-4 Ft.

Posted 8 years ago

Paddled the Ghost Buster out to Sarge's hoping for a few small ones in the new south swell. No one was out. Wind was calm, skies overcast and the water even kinda warm. The waits were long and the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More of the Same Wind Swell and GB

Posted 8 years ago

Today was just another round of what I've been doing for the last three days, having fun surfing the Ghost Buster in lackluster surf. Also, I've been reading a lot on Sways re the mini-Simmons and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Fast!

Posted 8 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More Wind Swell, GB

Posted 8 years ago

Pretty much a redux of yesterday morning. But, this was the first time in five years as a state parks pass holder that a ranger didn't open the gate at 8AM. Don't know what happened, but I hope it… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Wind Swell at the Beaches

Posted 8 years ago

When the swell drops down, and it's glassy and small, who ya gonna call? Ghost Busters! That's right another session this morning with the GB. This board is just too much fun. The only thing in the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell #4 – Day 4

Posted 8 years ago

It was cold and gray this morning with patches of thick fog misting in and out of the line-up. At almost light a small group was heading out to the main peak at Scimi's. One longboarder sat on Gray… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell #4 – Day 2

Posted 8 years ago

The south swell came in to it's own this morning. For some reason, when the swell periods drop down from 20 seconds into the 15 – 18 second range, the surf gets better, much better. That was the case… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Summer South Swell #4 Fills In

Posted 8 years ago

First Session Because this swell received so much hype, when it finally made landfall (12 hours late) it was a bit of a disappointment. I was sorta expecting something in the near epic category, and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small Wind Swell Waves and More Ghost Buster

Posted 8 years ago

Christian let me keep the Ghost Buster for a while, primarily so I could take it to the shaping room when John shapes my version of the original mini-Simmons. So I couldn't resist riding it some… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Wind Swell & the Ghost Buster

Posted 8 years ago

John is calling his version of the mini-Simmons the "Ghost Buster". Seeing as how the earliest iterations of the design in it's pristine white form were called "Casper," this seems only right. I've… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More Sick Mushburgers

Posted 8 years ago

Tuesday, July 14 Almost the complete lack of any kind of swell, along with the still winds conspired to dish up the sickest day of mushburgers yet. Me and the ShitStorm were up to the challenge…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Taking the World By (Shit)Storm

Posted 8 years ago

I love it when Summer finally arrives with hot temps, balmy breezes and warmer water. But when I saw the surf forecast was for 1 – 2 ft. glassy mushburgers, I panicked. I wasn't prepared. My quiver… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

No Swell Paddle Day

Posted 8 years ago

Friday, July 10 Around 3:45PM I noticed that the usual afternoon wind had not yet made a showing. With the lack of any significant, or even moderate southwesterly swells in our swell window, and a… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small SSW Swell Fills In

Posted 8 years ago

The after fourth of July crowd was thick this morning as the newly energized south southwest swell filled in after a slow and arduous climb up the wave ht. and period scale. I surfed both boards in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Road Trip – SSW: Day 2

Posted 8 years ago

July 1 Today we took a more leisurely approach to our adventure. The swell was slowly backing down from yesterday so we headed out to explore the coastline. JC was my tour guide and there is none… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Road Trip – SSW Swell: Day 1

Posted 8 years ago

June 30 JC got it right when he said, "The best surfing happens in between swells." Period, end of story. It took me a while to get that, but eventually I did. Then he proved it. We'd been watching… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Dolphins

Posted 8 years ago

Thanks to Jeff for this one. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

NW Wind Swell with Wind Chop on Top

Posted 8 years ago

The nearshore wind swell was 7-8 ft. at 10 seconds. By the time I paddled out at 1130, there was a light southwest wind which was making the tops crumble. Wave faces were 3-5 ft. with lots of wind… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Chilean/SW Swells – SUP Session

Posted 8 years ago

I got home from the morning session, threw all my stuff into the bathtub, rinsed it good and jumped on the computer. My morning observations were confirmed. This swell was intensifying, and there was… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Chilean/SW Swells – Shortboard Session

Posted 8 years ago

I knew there would be fresh swell in the water today, but I wasn't prepared for how INSANELY good it was. Paddled out on the 6-10 at 0555 at GDubs. Five guys on the main peak, all good surfers. Of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SPAC Swell 3S & The Jay Race

Posted 8 years ago

At 0545 this morning there were 12 people out at GDubs. And it wasn't that good. Even with the higher tide, the shoulder/head high walls were sectioning. There weren't many corners, in fact, none… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

NZ Gale Swell – Day 2

Posted 8 years ago

Loaded both boards into and on the vehicle this morning. Surf check at Sarges in the near dark showed smaller lines than yesterday. Not a real surprise as I think this swell made landfall about… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Surprise! NZ Gale Swell – Day One

Posted 8 years ago

Surprise…the NZ swell forecast for tomorrow arrived early. I slept in but as I soon as I saw the data and webcam shots I collected my stuff and headed to the beach. Arrived on scene around 0800 and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell 2S – Day 4 Road Trip Remnants

Posted 8 years ago

Pics and some video coming later…when I figure out how to edit VOB files. But for now, I'm gone surfin'. Andy, Dave and I loaded up Andy's truck for the drive south as invited guests to the secret… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell 2S – Day 3 (Fading)

Posted 8 years ago

Andy and I paddled out on our SUPs with the usual suspects at Sarges on the dawn patrol. Tide was ultra low and most of Sarges up through GDubs was unsurfable. So we headed down to the yellow house… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell 2S – Day 2

Posted 8 years ago

OK, so 0515 is just a bit too early to see, but 0525 isn't. Me and Andy paddled out at Roots looking for some more of this delicious south swell, and although it was starting to drop, we weren't… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell 2S Fills In

Posted 8 years ago

Finally! After almost a month of waiting for a genuine ground swell, and nearly a year since the last genuine south ground swell, we got some SPAC waves. It's been so long since we got any decent… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Jace Race 2009 Set For June 13

Posted 8 years ago

Santa Cruz, Calif. (June 4, 2009) – Mark your race calendar for June 13, 2009 when the 8th Annual Surftech Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race presented by CLIF BAR will hit the water…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Wave Drought Eases, Gloom Continues

Posted 8 years ago

Finally. Bagged a few waist/chest high waves this morning at the beaches. It was great to get wet again. I guess I can stop taking the Prozac and put the razorblades back in the medicine chest. What… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The New Wave: Short and Fat

Posted 8 years ago

While we often take pride in coddling ourselves with the notion that we are rational and linear beings, more often than not, our thoughts and our lives are shaped like the aftermath of rocks thrown… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small, But Better Than Nuthin'

Posted 8 years ago

At least this gray and overcast May Gray morning dished up some light offshores at the 8 o'clock paddle out. It stayed that way for about 20 minutes before it went dead calm and glassy. The small,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Sunny Paddle Day With Some Surfing Too

Posted 8 years ago

Great weather for a paddle. Temps in the 80's just inland. Easterly sea breezes keeping it cool at the beach, i.e. the low 70's. Water temps still frigid: low, low 50's. Hopped in mid-afternoon in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Yeah Right, Just Horny

Posted 8 years ago

Teach tomorrow, weekend coming, haven't surfed for a week…just horny. Paddled out at Rey-Rey's at 0814 into nothing…nothing. The weakest of background south swell and the nothingest of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Gulf Swell Slowly Fading

Posted 8 years ago

Truth is the tide was a bit too low for GDubs (and most everywhere else) when I paddled out at 0604. But, I love the dawn patrol and being able to surf for a little while without too many people, in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Main Gulf Swell Gives It Up

Posted 8 years ago

As I paddled into a gray and "fugly" morning seascape, I was beginning to wonder if this "main body" of the swell was the real deal. The wind was light, and dead onshore. I had my doubts until I saw… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Lull Between Pulses

Posted 8 years ago

It's beginning to look a lot like Seattle around here. Low clouds and rain for the last three days. So far we've had three times the normal rainfall for May. Need it though, after three straight… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First of Two Spring Swells Makes Landfall

Posted 8 years ago

The first of two pulses of relatively long period WNW swell made landfall early this morning. I paddled out in the overcast morning gloom at 0614. First stop, Sarges. The tide was moderately high and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Surfing the New 6-10 Ward Coffey "Power Biscuit"

Posted 8 years ago

I have no real idea what to call this board. All boards have names right? "Power Biscuit" was all I could come up with. Feeble, I know. First off, here's the dims: 6-10" X 16" X 23" X 16" X 2 7/8"…. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

SUP Surfing and Shortboarding

Posted 8 years ago

I picked up my new "shortboard" (well short for me anyway) today over at Ward's shop. It came out really nice and I can hardly wait to take it surfing. Tomorrow early I hope. Thanks to the SUP world… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

South Swell Day 3 and Starting to Fade

Posted 8 years ago

I finally made this morning's dawn patrol after missing some good waves yesterday. The angle on the south isn't really optimal for the Reefs, which is perhaps one of the reasons it's been so… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Vacation Destination = Home

Posted 8 years ago

Paddled out into the last of the blast furnace wind and weather at 3:08PM. By the time I got out of the water at 5:15, the wind had changed direction 180 degrees and the temperature had dropped 16… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Record Temps/Small Waves

Posted 8 years ago

I love it when it gets like this…about seven days a year. It's hot. The wind is hot. It's sunny. The water temperature increased over four degrees before cooling down a couple. I paddled and surfed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Westerly Ground/Wind Swells Back Down

Posted 8 years ago

I'd forgotten how cold it can get around here in April. 37 degrees F when I got up to crack it this morning for what I figured would be the last of this three-day swell event. Fortunately it warmed… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Westerly Swell Ramps up with Raging Winds

Posted 8 years ago

The westerly swell that started filling in yesterday, jumped up today, sending in consistent chest/head high waves (occasionally overhead) from first light on. The south swell has backed down for… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

New South/NW Combo Fills In

Posted 8 years ago

An anxiously anticipated, but relatively weak energy combo swell filled in last night, bringing some fun peelers to the reefs. South swell sets were the most inconsistent, but when they came, they… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Low Energy West Ground Swell

Posted 8 years ago

Note: Due to an almost 24-hour internet outage this post is for Thursday, April 9. I've been tracking this swell for a few days and it started to show on the reefs Wednesday afternoon late. Quality… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Angulo 10-0 Custom Stand Up paddle Surfboard Review

Posted 8 years ago

Before I launch into my review of the Angulo 10-0 Custom stand up paddle surfboard (SUpS), a few essential points must be made, firstly about me. I am a 62 year old, life long surfer, having started… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

W/WNW Gulf Swell Fun But Inconsistent

Posted 8 years ago

I've been tracking this swell for almost a week. There have been so few real ground swells to track this Winter/Spring that I definitely needed the practice. I put it in our area at 9PM last night,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Small But Improved in Dying Wind Swell

Posted 8 years ago

Surfed Eric's 6-6 again this morning, actually with Eric who was just getting ready to paddle out when I arrived at Platty's. Surf was a little better than a couple days ago, but no "real" sand bars… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Lookin' At Laydowns

Posted 8 years ago

After surfing SUPs almost exclusively for the last two years, I'm looking at getting back on a laydown surfboard to add some variety back into my surfing experience, and also (quite frankly) to surf… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Dos Babes

Posted 8 years ago

You all had to know it was coming! Pics of the new grand baby! Amor Dulce and her very proud and happy grandma. Two of my most favorite, and beautiful girls. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Happy Birthday Amor!

Posted 8 years ago

Our newborn baby grand daughter, Amor Dulce (Sweet Love), is one day old today! Mom and Dad are thrashed, having gone through a sleepless last 28 hours. Both are ecstatic but I'm sure mom is ready… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Waitin' For Amor

Posted 8 years ago

Everyone was down at the hospital waiting for our first grand daughter to be born. My son's wife is Mex-Am so she has a big family. All her cousins, uncles, mom, sisters, etc. were there…about a… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Wind Swell/Chop Dominate

Posted 8 years ago

Not much goin' on. Winter is pretty much over, and it won't go down in the history books for anything except being pretty bleak surf wise. Even our first south swell was weak, missing most of the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

And Then It Wasn't…the Surf That Is

Posted 8 years ago

Just as I was stoked to be back on the town reefers, it stopped. The NW wind swell just slowly backed down to bloated, pondish lumps. Oh well, maybe something next week. Yeah, right! Mark Sponsler… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Surf Returns to My Favorite Town Spots

Posted 8 years ago

Paddled out this morning at 7:07A. Sean beat me out…as usual. Conditions were perfect with a light offshore breeze blowing into the faces of three to five wave sets at two to four feet. Waves were… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Conditions Worsen At The Beaches

Posted 8 years ago

The swell dropped a bit but chest to overhead waves continued hitting the beaches this morning. I waited an extra hour for the tide to reach two feet before paddling out. From the lot it looked… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

A Tale of Two Swells – W and WNW

Posted 8 years ago

A solid long period swell mixed in with a NW wind swell to put up some decent sized fun waves this morning. Again it was cold, 35 degrees at launch. But the water is a nice and toasty 54 degrees so… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

More of The Same Only a Little Better

Posted 8 years ago

This morning was what I thought yesterday was going to be like. Waves were a little smaller and conditions were a whole lot better. 28 degrees in my car when I left my house. 33 degrees when I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Spring Wx Preview and Wind Swell

Posted 8 years ago

The day didn't exactly start off great seeing as how I locked my keys in the car just as I finished suiting up. But on the bright side, I was ready to go surfing, I had everything I needed, and I… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Product Review: Infinity Ottertail CF Paddle

Posted 8 years ago

Infinity Ottertail CF Paddle When I first started SUP surfing, I knew very little overall about the boards, or the paddles, or the new sport I was getting into. My first board/paddle combo was the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

The Good, The Bad and The Beaches

Posted 8 years ago

I tried to surf yesterday morning early before class but I was denied. The tide was too low and the swell was still too big. Long lines of wind blow waves, caped with spray, flew off the tops of the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

2nd Surf on the New Angulo 10' AA

Posted 8 years ago

Paddled out at Henry's a little before Andy made home from work. Our plan was to stay out until after dark and snag a few in the dwindling crowd. Waves weren't as good as yesterday according to Andy,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

First Surf on 10' Angulo EPS/Epoxy All-Arounder

Posted 8 years ago

Early Saturday AM, Andy and I sped up to South SF to pick up the three Angulo EPS/Epoxy customs that arrived late the night before at SFO. We loaded 'em up in Andy's sub and headed back home. Stopped… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

What Happened While We Were Surfing

Posted 8 years ago

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

3 to 6 Ft. Evening Session in New Dateline Swell

Posted 8 years ago

Made a mad dash for home after teaching all day to get my stuff, and headed for the reefs. I was paddling out at 1658, heading through Sarges, and enroute to Casa Roja's, the next upcoast reef in the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Fun SUP Surfing In Between Systems and Classes

Posted 8 years ago

The last storm system and teaching my EMT classes was the ball and chain that kept me out of the water for almost a week. I finally broke free from classes this afternoon, and vowed, at the very… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Republican Extremists Kidnap California

Posted 8 years ago

The GOP aka the New American Taliban Cartoon By Rex Babin Commentary by George Skelton [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Storm Dodging

Posted 8 years ago

I didn't think this clear spot in the storm chain would be so brief, or the session so short, even with a dawn patrol paddle out. But I was able to get in two hours of good exercise in some fun but… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

How They See Us

Posted 8 years ago

Leave it to the Aussie's to tell it like it is. Thanks to ASL for setting us straight and SUP Brother Andy for sending it my way. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Link]

Popularity: 2%