Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The new Log

Well right before I left, I picked up a brand new log shaped by my good friend Kevin over at Black Pearl. He did an incredible job on, completely blowing my mind. Its not want I wanted... its lightyears beyond. The aptly named "Love Train" is going to be such a fun board to ride. Unfortunately I could not ride it in El Salvador due to it being huge out. But summer is in full effect. Im ready for those early morning knee-high glassy peelers... and so is the Love Train.

Happy Sliding...
Board Specs:
9'8"x18 7/8"x23"x15 3/4"x3 1/4" with an 8" tail
Classic BPC Logo


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Handfoiled Singlefin:RED

Full outline shot from above

I love this photo... Me just in full mind trim.

A shot of the board in El Salvy

Monday, June 29, 2009

Finally back in the states...ehh, can I go back?

Just stepped off the plane. Finally back in the states. El Salvador was amazing, to say the least. Anyways, here are a couple snaps that I took while that. I will post a complete story in a day or so, along with many photos. Unfortunately, there are not that many of the surf... it was going off, therefore, I was in the water. But the culture is second to none there. Enjoy.
Happy Sliding...
Punta Roca, doing its barrelly thing

La Libertad


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer To Do List

Surfing Magazine just ran an article about the 21 things you should do this summer... I laughed, thought about some of them, read some more, and then pondered... "Do I really need to do 21 things to make my summer rad?" Or cool? Or killer? Or any of the other 26 gajillion words to describe a good time? Well to answer that question, yes. But I plan on doing more than 21 things this summer. Because if I did only 21 things, my summer would be pretty boring.

So for my list of summer-to-dos, Ive come up with the following. Some are taken from the magazine (because they are sweet) and others are just my opinions. But regardless, I am going to try and complete them all. Summer is right around the corner, four days away. Come up with your own list, do it, feel good about it, and maybe make it your own Endless Summer.

In no particular order:

1. Keep a journal (Kind of taken from the Mag) - Ya I know, it sounds stupid, and like a lot of work. But it will be worth it to jot down some of the fun things you do to remember to do them next summer. And if all else fails, start a blog with the ideas you put down. At worst, no one will read it except for the unfortunate person that mis-spelled a google search.

2. Shapers Day (Taken from the Mag) - Im not saying stop buying your Al Merricks, and Bings, and Andersons... Im just saying next time you get a board, get it local. Support the guy that watches you surf all the time. The guy that is always ripping at your local break. Tell him to curl toes. Shapers are artists. Let them know that you appreciate them. Dont try to pinch pennies with them. Hang out, have a pint, jam out, do what ever. Just like every other important person in your life, there is a holiday for them (Mothers Day, Fathers Day, etc). Well how about we make International Surf Day (6-20-xx) also International Shapers Day too! A big thank you to all shapers, you guys fuel my stoke!

3. Surf a heat - I know, we all dream of being a pro-surfer. Getting pitted at Pipe, laying into some major hacks at J-Bay... but the truth is, it is super difficult. Surf one session like you are in a heat. 15 minutes, 10 wave max. Hard huh? Have a little more respect for the pros out there. They get it done!

4. Surf... period... anywhere, anyhow... just surf - Thats what we all like to do, get wet. It doesnt matter what you ride, or how you ride it, or where you ride it... just surf. Spend more time in the water than sitting on dry land talking about it.

5. Travel - Well this is subjective. Some of us might not get to travel due to many reasons. If this is the case, just surf a break you havent surfed around you. If its crummy, just be happy you didnt spend a grand to get skunked. You can turn around and be home in an hour to cut the grass you were supposed to do anyways. If you can travel, enjoy it. Soak up everything you can, and leave it nicer than when you arrived!

6. Sleep on the beach (Taken from the Mag) - Pretty much in the title, do it. It is fantastic

7. Go unplugged - Once upon a time, there were no cell phones or computers. For one day, dont use them. See how much more relaxed you are... it is fantastic

8. Try something new - It doesnt matter what it is. Dont be closed minded, try it... who knows, it might be the best thing in the world.

9. Wear sunscreen - We all hate it, but the sun hates our skin. Protect it. Protect yourself. Be smart. No one wants to look like a piece of leather.

10. Start a garden - Organic food is amazing. It is easy to start a garden too. Grow your own food, cook fresh. You will be surprised at how much better you feel afterwards.

11. Take a walk - Walk around. Park the car, get some excerise. Enjoy your surroundings. You live where you live for a reason... make the best of it. We quickly forget the beauty that is always around us.

12. Call someone and tell them you love them - It doesnt matter who they are, just do it. Make someones day! Who knows who will call you and tell you the same.

13. Repair an old board - Strip it down, make those ding repairs, and take her for a spin. Kick the dust, enjoy old faithful.

14. Enjoy those nights on the town - Its summer, it is amazing outside. Hit up those bars and pubs that sit on the beach. Have a pint! Talk to people, get out and have some fun. Make it a summer that you wont forget.

15. Take a photo - Take a photo of something that interests you, or something that is cool. Photography is addicting though, so be careful...

16. Loose the ego - We all have egos, lets try to tame them. Check yourself, and just put on a smile. We are all equal, so treat people like it. Just put on a smile, and chill. Its summer time, the living is supposed to be easy!

17. Have a goof off sess - Next time the waves are flat, go goof off. Take the fins out, or ride it backwards, or tandem surf. Do whatever... just dont surf properly for the entire session. HAVE FUN! You will be surpised at how much you laugh.

18. Pack your wetsuit in the very back of your closet - Its not the winter, you dont need a suit. Baggies only! There actually used to be a time when we didnt have wetsuits. Get a tan, forget the winter, and enjoy the summer.

19. Stop wishing for amazing waves - Ok, it sounds weird, but come on... We always wish for amazing waves, and when they dont come, we get depressed. So just stop it. It cant always be like Malibu, or Pipe, or Turtles, or The Pass, or Noosa... Stop dreaming. Enjoy the waves you have, and make the best of them. Just be happy you dont live in Kansas... They have no ocean!

20. RIDE A SINGLEFIN - It will change your life. Just like the Coldplay album. And if it doesnt? Well lm fresh out of ideas... try something else.

So those are my 20 things. Sure, they are random, but so are lot of things we do. Just have fun. "Be good, or be good at it" is what my old swim coach would tell me. So do the same, enjoy your surfing, enjoy your family. Get stoked, its summer time!

And for the 21.

DO MORE than whats on your list... Get outside, paddle around, tell everyone hey, run around naked, wear bell-bottems... it doesnt matter... Just have fun and enjoy your summer. Before long, we will all be wishing it was still summer when the leaves start falling.

Happy Sliding...

There is always time for a sneak peek!

Well first off, it was a great day. The FedeX guy not only made my day by getting me my passport (correct this time... I checked... twice) but he also brought Kev a much needed package as well. He was stoked, I was stoked, the FedeX guy was stoked. Same dood, spreading the love. Good on ya man!

So after seeing those cell phone photos, I had to check it out for myself. Thank goodness I remembered to pick up the camera before I headed out, words cant explain how much this board means to me. It blew my mind, and it isnt even finished, let alone wet! Tomorrow the order of the day is to gloss and polish, and then let cure... Anyways here are a few exposures of the aptly named, "Love Train"... enjoy. When it is all said and done, I will definitely throw up a few photos!

Happy Sliding...

Kev, carrying the 23lbs-er.

Suttle nose concave (with step-deck) to a nicely rolled V

Singlefin Red... I dont like yellow. Getting ready to be finished

Lastly, the laps... I love the un-evenness to them. This board is just killer.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cell Phones.... they are good for something!

Kevin shot me this little teaser photo last night of the log... so stoked!

Happy Sliding...

You can see the pink in it... Super rad. Cant wait til its finished

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Black Pearl Collage

Just some random photos of the inner-workings of the Pearl! Nice little collage. Enjoy.

Happy Sliding...

Magic stick? Naw... no illusions... just straight up amazing!

So stoked... Here are a few images of what Kevin and I have been up to as of late... A couple teasers, even I havent seen the new log that is getting shaped for me for the Salvador trip... Enjoy.

Happy Sliding...

Kevin hard work, working on the template for the fin

Close up

My blank... Clark FOAM!

Messy bay.... but artistic

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cooperfish Surfboards

Well lately Ive been exploring this more artistic side of me. Im starting to really experiment with new and different aspects of photography and board design... just really tapping into some things that I never thought Id like.

Kevin and me have just been linking up and talking about all kinds of stuff, and its super rad. I really dig people that are just mellow and love to be stoked and happy. Makes life a lot easier if we all just smile. But enough of the back story, check out Cooperfish Surfboards. His resin work is second to none. If only I knew how he did it all... Get lost for a minute. Enjoy

Happy Sliding...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Santa Monica Hardcase

After searching high and low for months for a Santa Monica Hardcase, I finally found one last week. I will need one for the trip so I can take my logs with me, and there really is no other way to travel with glassed on fins. I hear that they are a pain to travel with, but I guess we will see in a few days time.

Long story short, a friend of mine, Terry Nails, recommended a guy by the name of Juan. He told me that he might have one for sale since Santa Monica is no longer making the cases. I called Juan, and sure enough he had one for me. As he says, it really is just a "glorified re-molded trashcan." So after many weeks of making plans to link up and get the case, it finally happened last Friday. He just opened up a shop in Cocoa Beach, FL. He is also the same guy that invented the molded skim board (basically brought the sport to where it is at right now), founded Oneworld Fins, and has been shaping boards for over two decades; and that is just the surface. We decided to meet at his new store in Cocoa so I could pick it up.

Little did I know that a freak hurricane squal decided that it wanted to just pour rain all day here. Driving down to Cocoa was a pain. Then once I got there, it did the same there. It was just my luck I guess. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction... But the rain did have a nice side effect, it gave me an excuse to just chill out there, and enjoy his new shop. Here are a couple quick exposures that I snapped. Enjoy.

Happy Sliding...

This was the rain in Cocoa. I just sat inside the shop and snapped this photo of my truck

Some of Juan's fins

I look good for a 71 year old?!?!

Well El Salvador is now right around the corner, just 10 days aways. Everything is starting to come together (or fall apart, depending on how you look at it). The plans are getting finalized, the flights are getting set in stone, and the waves are expected to build with a storm off of New Zealand and another off of Tahiti. So, needless to say, I am pretty stoked right now.

But, in order to actually leave this country, one must need a passport...and well, mine had a small problem. When I opened up the package to get my new passport, I was amped. I kept thinking, this is just starting to fall right into place, no stress at all. (Big mistake.) As Im about to sign it, I notice that my birthday was not what it should be... according to my passport, I am 71 (1937). And well, for those that know me, Im not 71 years old. But if I was, I would be one sexy ageless old man. I would be a real life Benjimin Button. So, in order to get it corrected I had to send it back to the government. Hopefully it gets back to me by my trip, they said it should. If it doesnt, this funny story, will turn into a horror story.

But enough of the funny stories, the good ones are soon to follow. Beautiful waves, beautiful people, and beautiful boards are the focus. IM STOKED! Summer is here. Had a fun little logging session this morning, got a huge ding, didnt care, its fixable. Got sunburned from surfing all morning and raquet ball all afternoon (super fun game, very tiring), dont care, its fixable. Just keep the smile on the face, and keep on keeping on.

To everyone out there, enjoy yourself, get stoked, be happy, and curl toes! It is a tremendous feeling!

Happy Sliding...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Its been awhile...

Well its been awhile since Ive posted up anything, and I well I didn't want you to think Ive been lazy. So here are a few photos of what Ive been up to, just hanging out with Kevin at Black Pearl.

Lately we have been hanging out, just bouncing ideas off of each other, and really just getting stoked on not just surfing, but life in general. He is a super rad guy, who really loves what he does. I can't wait to sit down and really pick his brain on how BPC was founded and how it has grown to what it is today. Plus, not to mention get my new log from him.

Anyways, here are just a couple of them. Ive got some more, but Im saving those for the full interview. Enjoy.

Happy Sliding...