A few months back I mentioned that Roach loaned me his buddy's 9'2" Andreini. As it turned out, it was love at first glide. Well a few weeks ago in the line-up, he mentioned that his friend might be willing to part with her. Snap! So now, she's officially a member of the Breakwater Road family. Stoked!
Saw this 8' Greg Liddle on the LA craigslist tonight. Still looking very surf worthy. Gonna say its a good thing that it is out on the west coast cause I can really see myself grabbing it. And that would just get me in trouble with the boss! ; ) http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/spo/2761213526.html
Our daughter in law Melissa is the new Philippines National Champion! We are all very happy for her and her family and I know her hubby is going to be stoked when he hears the news. Way to go Champ! : )
We do! Today we dropped in at the craft show at CM Elementary school. Good stuff made in our region and beyond. Picked up some nice hand made wool scarves, some locally made candles and honey, as well as a few other items. A good Christmas shopping day. Also picked up a piece of Nicaraguan pottery from ex-pat Chris Welke who now lives down in Granada. You can check out some of their stuff at http://www.nica-art.com/ As a added bonus, it was a beautiful day for a stroll through CM with my lovely wife.
Gerry in Java, Pottz ripping, and neon boards, oh how I dig those fond memories of high school. Pretty sure I had that April 1984 issue snatched off my desk by my geometry teacher.... ;) Gotta love Ebay.
We salute all of our Veterans and wish each of you a very safe and relaxing day. You've earned it. And to all of our men and women out on the front lines, stay sharp, fight the good fight and God Bless each and every one of you. We love you all!
a few of us were over at the rocks enjoying some clean little ground swell. I had taken my board to work so that I could get wet as quickly as possible once the afternoon whistle blew. The shorter days require a bit more AM preparation and a little faith that there will be a clean wave waiting for the late afternoon. As the sun began to set, the moon had already snuck high into the eastern sky. Matty brought to light the many colors that were in the sky and how awesome the sights were all around us. The incredible sunset, the moonlight dancing in the near glassy swell, the sun shinning off of an airliner high overhead well after the sun had left our view. As I sat next to the rocks waiting on the right wedge that would show every few minutes, I watch Captain Dan casting a bucktail into the surf hoping for striper to jump on the line. His silhouette with the sunset to his back would have made a great photo. He hoots that there's a set on the outside. After a short little right I kick out to see Roach paddle into a nice lined up wall. The waves are picture book perfect and the surrounding views make them all the more beautiful to witness. It's times like these, when you can put aside the trival things and just enjoy being alive and in the ocean, that make you really appreciate how blessed life truly is. Aloha.
Got an email from my buddy Shawn Garry today. He'd just received some photos from his buddy/shaper Scott Busbey who's down in Nicaragua at a spot where Shawn and I were almost 2 years ago. This spot didn't break while we were there and we'd only seen a few photos of it when it was working. These photos do nothing but fuel my urge to get back down there ASAP!
About a month ago, I was heading up the beach after a surf and along comes Roach with this big Vaquero under his arm. We had spoken about it previously but up to that point I had yet to lay eyes on it. I was pretty excited just to see another Andreini as it's quite rare (ie.. never) to see one down here. Fast forward to yesterday, when he was kind enough to let me take her out for a spin. All I could say after that first wave was, "WOW!". The swell was in the 4'-6' range and pretty clean early on. It really seemed to be a perfect day for this board. The thing was so smooth off the bottom and fast down the line. It paddled great and got me into anything I was willing to go after. Some of the better sets were well overhead and it allowed me to get in early and hook up with some super fun waves. I absolutely loved it!
Last night and this morning, some size showed up at the Rocks. Some overhead sets and so many super fun waves rolling through. Watched friends getting some great rides and even managed a few myself. My shoulders are sore, but its a good sore. ;) Aloha!
After a one day weather delay, our first attempt at ROCKSTOBERFEST went pretty darn smooth. The water temps dropped a bit and the wind was a little stiff but overall, it was a beautiful day. Fun little waves and good times with good people.
From the top: Rob and Dean sharing, the Rocks!, after surf relaxation session, the real reason we all love to surf here - great people to share it with.
Had a few really fun nights on my 7'9" Vaquero this week. Being only the third time since the spring to actually have some decent size to take it out on, getting wet on someting other than my logs is always a bit of a toss up for me. Never know if I am going to feel totally lost, or just super comfortable on an old favorite. Fortunately for me, it was the latter. Although Wednesday night in CM was howling NE and a bit choppy, there were big sets that lined up and offered a nice clean wall to fly along on. The board is a true joy to ride when the conditions are good and there were a few the other night that cleaned up on the inside and really let the board do it thing. So smooth on the drops and so darn fast down the line. Rode it again last night at the rocks when the wind went offshore. Some chest+ fat ones, not long lines just more of a drop and maybe a pit to get into. A few of the backside rights were fun to slide into. So many little things about this shape have me thinking about getting another for the rare big winter days. Something about how the forward edge just kind of slides down the face while the tail edges holds you tight into the pocket. Gives me a odd comfort that I am never going to catch an edge on those late drops. Not sure it I explain it correctly but it's all clear in my head. ;) Maybe get one just a touch longer to help an old guy like me paddle a bit easier. Aloha!