Wednesday, December 30, 2009

E-bay gold

Jacobs -Lance Carson model for the highest bidder. 10' 4" of glide.




A real beauty, but a bit out of my price range. :)
Aloha!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Insulated?

Bitter cold NW winds today. Working outside on days like today aren't so much fun, but I'll take it over being stuck in an office! More rain and snow in the forecast and maybe a little swell for January 1, 2010 if we get lucky. It would be a nice start to the new year!

One more from this past Sunday. A few longboarders showed up around 8 and scored some nice ones. I rode my 8' Hague and as usual, it didn't let me down. Still stoked, two days later.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Sunshine!

Blue sky, air and water in the mid 40s and some fun little swell this morning. Paddled out around 7:30 and lasted almost three hours before the toes turned to ice. Thinking I need to spring for a new pair of boots. Waves were almost too much fun, if that's possible. Best session since Nica. Aloha!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Some crazy Queen St. today.....

Met up with Shawn G. and Jarrod at Queen street this morning. Messy and sweeping but had some size. Only out for an hour or so and managed just three waves. Pretty much, paddle out, get one while you fly by the jetty, ride it, back on the beach, walk back up the beach and repeat. Got worked a few times just trying to get back out. Not a very good day for surfing but its been a few weeks so it felt good to just be out there.... Aloha!

Friday, December 25, 2009

A Merry Christmas on Breakwater Road!


We had our oldest and youngest home for the holiday and were treated with a early AM phone call from our son overseas. It was our first without having all our boys at home but it was a very nice day none the less. :) Mele Kalikimaka to all!
Aloha

Monday, December 21, 2009

a note from Afghanistan....


Heard from our son #2 today. It had been a while, so it was very nice to hear he is OK. He had a very nice story about some children he met in a village they passed through. It's also nice to hear the positive nature of his words and his viewpoint over there. Although he is thousands of miles away, he is always nearby in our thoughts. We miss him dearly.

At home on prior to deployment

Sunday, December 20, 2009

First snow of the season.

big w/offshores howling

Luke & Pukini

Brrrr!

Or.....

Something altogether different.....

Friday, December 18, 2009

Or maybe one of these....


Just wish I had the bank account to be frivolous in the surfboard purchasing department..... ;)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What's next......

Thinking about one of these......

Monday, December 14, 2009

Working while the waves roll in

I love the sound of waves breaking in the distance. Not so fond of it during the work day knowing I have no chance of riding any of them. :(


On a brighter side, we did get to break-in our new "tool cat" today.

The little swell that was just a few yards away and calling my name all day!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Another Sunday session!

Another Sunday delivers some fun little surf. I had to talk myself into loading up the 9' 8" and suit for a surf this morning. A stiff offshore breeze had the air temps in the high 30s and the water was hanging around in the low 50s. What started out as a "Blah, why am out I even out here?" session, turned into a fun "Glad I paddled out!" surf. After several short and meager lefts, a nice, long, lined up right changed my bland attitude. Each wave after that one seemed to be better than the previous. Good time!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Be Safe Son!


One of our own departed last night for service in Afghanistan. A tough day for his brothers, as well as Mom and Dad and I know it's much more difficult for him. God Bless all our men and women over there. Come home safe and soon!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Warm early morning in December...

After some wild wind and rain last night I walked out this AM into a very warm December dawn. That should have been my clue to call out of work and just enjoy the day. Instead I went to work, shoveled stone and dealt with dueling bosses for what did finally turn out to be a productive work day. The worst part of the morning was when I was heading down one of the back roads in the dump truck and noticed some decent swell in the ocean. Heard later on that the morning session was pretty damn fun! Of course the waves were poo at 3:45 on my drive home. :(

So much for being a dedicated employee.......

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A few more.....

JFK waiting

JFK snooze'n

Managua loading

Grocery store - cervaza cart

SG or Nica local? Not sure...

BT and SG

The rivermouth

The reef

New construction


Shawn Garry

One of the most talented surfers I have ever had the pleasure of being in the water with. Shawn has so much energy in the water that I almost get tired from just watching him. Great guy and a genuine sweetheart. On our trip to Nica he packed his boardbag full of extra childrens clothes to pass along to some of the less fortunate kids down there. Oh yeah, did I mention he has beautiful eyes! ;) LOL!!!! (If you were there, you know....)

Managua International

With Mike Gleason and SurferMag photog Patrick ?
video

Shawn on a early AM low tide session

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Uno Mas!

"Beavis"(aka: Brian), at Lance's left.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Brrrr on Black Friday...

No Black Friday shopping for this guy, it's actually a bit scary in my humble opinion. Regular work day today in a very cool NW breeze. A bit colder than I was expecting when I left the house this AM. Had to break out the insulated coveralls.
I managed an early morning surf yesterday, first since I got back from Central America. Not the session I was hoping for. Took out the 9'8" expecting it to be pretty small. Mistake! Second wave was a right that sucked out as I got to the bottom, got dumped, bounced off the bottom and came to the realization that the water was a lot colder than I was expecting. Could've used a hood a few times during the session. Not a good day to be out on a heavy log, just too steep and dumpy. Did manage to slide into a few nice rights but nothing like my last session down south. In 6 days days down south I only got dumped on three or four waves, even on the big day. One session at home and I probably got beat down a half dozen times in sloppy 3' surf. I should've stayed down south. :) Aloha!


Lance's Left, Nicaragua

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Appreciate all the special people, places and things we hold dear.

Aloha!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Amigos!

NJ mob - first night in Nica
Chadddddd

Shawn & Beavis

Giz & Joe

Ted & Andrea - check out what Ted has going on at http://www.iguanahills.com/





Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nicaragua


Back home after a great week down south. Spent the week on the south-west coast of Nicaragua and found some beautiful views, great people and fun surf everyday of the trip. Several sessions each day at a spot that didn't seem to miss a beat no matter what the tide. We caught some well overhead swell on the first day of the trip. Paid some dues on a few late takeoffs but racked up a ton of memories on the ones that didn't get away. Almost 100% sure that I rode the largest wave of my life that first afternoon. That's not saying much on surfing's grand scale but pretty darn good for this east coaster. Head high + waves during almost every session provided a rush on every drop. I'll post more stories in the coming days. Adios!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nice shorts!

Our Nick after 6 miles down the beach with a 70lb pack. After a year in the mountains of Colorado, the boy wasn't even breathing hard at the finish. Not sure I'd have even made it out of the car in those shorts. ;)

Its been a while since my last posting. Sadly the Phils went down in 6 to those damn Yankees. Great season for the Phils none the less. Thanks for the ride! Not many sessions in the water to speak of. I did manage to catch a decent mid week swell last Wednesday. Took a day off to spend with our USAF son who made it home for a few days prior to his upcoming deployment. Dropped him off in N. Wildwood with his "loaded" pack. He wanted to get in some exercise, so while he made his way down the island I grabbed a surf at the other end and awaited his arrival. We dropped him off early this AM at PHL for his flight back to Colorado and a few more weeks of pre-deployment training. We miss him already and pray for his safe return to us sometime next year. God Bless all our boys out there in harms way. Come home soon and safe will ya!



Aloha!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday....

Seems that for the past few months, Sundays are rockin! Caught another great session this past Sunday at the rocks. Sunny, offshore, and just super fun waist to chest with a few + sets. Stoked!
Aloha!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thinking about Nicaragua......

Still a few weeks until departure but the stoke is in full effect. Very eager to get down there and enjoy the adventure of it all. Aloha!


PS: Surfed some small, very clean and crystal clear swell on Wednesday. 2 foot and out on the Jacobs for the third time. Lovin that board so far.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hollow Day!

First nor'easter of the season arrived as a pair. Sadly, I missed the Friday swell event due to work and yesterday morning had a little too much east in the winds and was a choppy mess. Today, I finally managed to score. The after church barrel-fest was a nice surprise to say the least. First wave of the day went square and provided an awesome view from way back in the pit. Didn't come out of too many but almost every single wave was a barrel. Awesome views and although the coldest October surf in recent memory, a perfect day of wave riding!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tale of a tail - II

At the board swap this past weekend I came across a Rick UFO model (circa 1967) with a familiar tail shape. It is the first I have seen (in person) other than the tail on my Device. I have learned since my last post on the subject, that the tail is not designed to channel water from the deck side but instead it was to allow roll or belly in the bottom all the way through the tail. Or, something like that. Aloha!
Rick - 9'8" UFO

Cooperfish - 10' Device

Monday, October 12, 2009

A few more board swap pics

Weber, Austin-Baird, Cooper, Jacobs, Peck Penetrator

G&S

Rick-UFO

Yater




Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beach House board swap Bayhead,NJ

The boards


The People


Austin 10' Paulownia


60's beauties


Good time!