Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Winter slide on a hot summer day

One from the past winter. Chuck D. sliding right somewhere in SNJ.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tale of a Tail

The tail of my 10' Cooperfish Device has always intrigued me. The sides of the tail roll upward slightly and form a channel for water to flow from the deck. Not sure the history behind the design or if Gene was the fist to utilize it. I had not seen it on any other board until I got this one. One of those subtle things that peaks the curiosity. Aloha!

Monday, June 22, 2009

evening slide

Fun surf last night at the rocks. A couple dads out surfing with the kids playing on the beach, perfect way to end a Father's Day.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday morning

Fun surf this morning. Nice to be in a spring suit again. Took my camera out to try and snap a few shots of my buddies. This was my first issue with water droplets on the lens. I'll have to find a way to get rid of those. The few short videos I shot were OK but the photos were all poop. I need to learn how to load a video. Tried a few times with no luck. Fun session, even ran into an old friend in the line-up as well. Stoked!

Shawn Garry - covered up

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Ryan Lovelace creations. > http://pcprogress.blogspot.com/.

New fin smell....

New 10" Larry Allison pivot flex.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Challenger Egg

7' 2" Challenger, summer 1987.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Hull photo from the Ryan Lovelace - PC progress blog site. Have one of Ryan's hulls on order and I am quite eager for it to arrive. Love getting a custom shape, dislike the long wait to get it. With a 7' version of his SHE hull on order I recall memories of another 7' stubbie thing I once had a fling with. About 22 years ago a brother-in-law found a 7'2" Challenger in the trash. With an S-deck under your rear foot and a wide nose, it was a blast to surf. At a time when we were all riding 80's thrusters it was a neat change of pace. So much glide and still small enough to carve through a turn. Have to dig through the photo albums to see if I can find a shot of it. Another favorite stubbie was a 7' Hobie slug. For a few years it was my all around favorite and seemed to work pretty well in just about any wave size or condition (read: east coast wave conditions). For some stupid reason I sold it in order go the bonzer route for awhile. The more I read about these bladed displacement hulls the greater my excitement is toward riding one. Eager to experiment with fin designs as well.


Quick Trip to VA

Took a quick run down to Virginia Bch to watch a good friend take command of his new "Yacht". ;) Somehow Luke has never managed to ride the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in his young 8 years so this was his maiden voyage over the Delaware Bay.

Left the boards at home for this trip down Route 13 as the wave forecast looked bleak and visiting with friends was the reason for the trip. Hindsight being 20/20, there was a fun little wave on Friday afternoon when we all rolled over to Sandbridge. May have been able to sneak out for a quickie. Saw a few guys out early on Friday morning at the north end of town. Pretty small but very clean. It was 8:30 and hot, hot, hot already, everybody in trunks... Amazing the temperature change in less than 200 miles.

Always nice, or should I say interesting, to drive down Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of MD & VA. The sights and smells always keep you waiting for what you'll encounter the next mile down the road. Although, on this trip the chicken farms seem to have been empty or abandoned in several areas.(?) Did see the usual amount of traveling surfers heading to and from the OBX. I imagine many a NE surfer has rolled down this highway with Cape Hatteras on their mind. I know I have. I even had it on my mind this trip.....

My friend took command of the USCGC Beluga, an 87' patrol boat out of Little Creek, Virginia on Friday morning. A long way from his last tour of duty at CG Station Maui. Its great to have good freinds back in the neighborhood. Although having a buddy in Maui was nice too.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Good Read

Recently finished reading the book "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell. While not a brand new release, I saw it mentioned while looking for a book for my son's upcoming 20th birthday. With one of my own heading over to Afghanistan later this year I have found myself wanting to learn a bit more on the region and I heard this book was well written. I cannot imagine the strength it took for this young man to survive as he did but it is a true testament to how strong the human spirit can be. I can only pray that my son will never see what this man saw and I long for the day when this mess is over and all our soldiers, sailors, and airmen safely return home.

My little boy, crouching low - front and center.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Drove up to Smithville today to check out the car show. Great day to walk around and look at all the cars and checkout the Village. Luke had me on the paddle boats and the village train. Ran into a few guys from work who had their cars up there for the show. Jeff Adams clean 1968 Impala was looking good as was Jerry Wright's 1982 Cutlass. Think Jerry won in his class for the second year. The Corvette section was pretty awesome as was the Impala group. There were a few 64 Impalas that looked like they just rolled off the showroom floor. Nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. :)

Luke & Jeff

1968 Chevrolet Impala

Luke on the lake. "Peddle faster Dad!".

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Day One

Day one of a blog page... Wanted to try and start up a South NJ surf related blog site that is a worthwhile read. I'm sure there will be various other topics that pop up and I hope they too are of interest to anyone who might drop by for a read through.

Very fun surf this AM in CM. Had a fun session with my buddy "Chuck D." and another wave rider on a surf ski for most of the early sunrise session. Water was pretty comfortable and after a half hour I almost wished I had worn my l/s spring suit as I was getting quite warm. Super clean chest high sets that lined up for a nice long slide where norm for the morning. Saw Chuck take off deep on a few next to the jetty and get fully covered on a few. A school of dolphin roamed by with one of the crew showing a pretty chopped dorsal fin. Poor guy was missing almost the entire top half of the fin. One of the guys in the line up said he'd been showing up around here for several years. Have to keep an eye out for him in the future. (only saying "him" because of the size) ;)
Still loving my 9'2" Anderson "Bojorquez". I've been riding it with a 9" Greg Liddle (narrow base) flex fin and loving it. Last week I thought I would try it with a 9.5" T/A L-flex but I was deeply disappointed. Felt like I was dragging a sea drouge. While the Liddle slides a bit on some of the steeper drops, it seems to be a turbo charger down the line and through a turn. Have a Larry Allison pivot flex on order and am eager to give it a go.

Late afternoon surf on the other side of Cold Spring Inlet w/Shawn G. was a fun way to end the day. A little onshore but some size and a few walls showed up for us. Mr. Luke came along and played in the sand. He made a nice sand "fort" for the ghost crabs to hang out in. :)