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See the Sinking Ship!

4 September 2010

If you are looking for something awesome to do in the LA area this holiday weekend, I suggest you make a B-line for the Machine Project in Echo Park.  Sunday, September 5th from 5pm-10pm is the debut of the Sea Nymph that our beloved Josh has been working on for the last few weeks. Machine Project is located at 1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Read more about the sinking ship.

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A Quick Little Session

30 August 2010

Stole a quick hour to paddle out and catch some waves.  Still have a lot of work to do today, so I forewent video and pics (sorry) to help save time.  What a fun little day it was.  The waves were great 2-3s with some bigger set waves on occasion. The water was clear, the sun was out and the breeze was ever so slight.   I still manage wind up in the sand more times than not, but was mostly my doing.  For some reason, I have been adamant about staying up until either a) the wave peters out or…

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EPF 18: Dawn Patrol v. The Tide

27 August 2010

The tide and the Dawn Patrol are swinging out of sync again.  Aaron and I paddled out early and were able to snag a high wave count before the tide elevated and the crowds arrived.  The early waves were fun, a little slow, but otherwise good size and length.  Aaron and I barely had time to catch up on conversation because one of us was always catching a wave or paddling back. But once the tide started rising, the break moved closer to shore and stared closing out.  They were the mean little waves too.  You either just eeked through…

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Short Video of the Big South Swell

25 August 2010

I packed up my camera & tripod, suited up and took my board down to the pier today.  My intent was to get some footage of the apex of the south swell rolling through, then paddle out myself.  But I was surprised to only find 3 dudes out in the water when I arrived.  I’d never seen Huntington so empty of surfers.  And after watching the waves for a bit I could see why – the waves were choppy, sectiony and mean.  So not only were they difficult to negotiate, they were big, strong and unforgiving.  I took a bit…

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New Wetsuit at Crabs

24 August 2010

I’d gone up to Harbour Surf Shop to see about getting O’Neill to repair my torn wetsuit.  Probably they will, but the catch is that my suit will be in the shop for 4 weeks or so.  With the water temps in the mid 50s I was not too keen on sending it off.  But, with the air temp being as high as it has been these last few weeks, I’d been fancying a full/short sleeve suit.  And what should Harbour have at 40% off today?  Why, Patagonia R2 full/short wetsuits of course!  It was meant to be. (Although the…

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Edge of My Comfort Zone

23 August 2010

Oh how things can change when you are gone for a few days.  I was camping with my family this weekend (awesome). When I left on Friday the waves were waist-high at best.  Today they were waist-high at worst.  Today’s sets came in easily at the shoulder-to-head range and were often overhead.  The forecast indicates this swell is going to build over the next few days.  But anything more that what I was in today, and I’m going to have to use the buddy-system out there. Most of my rides were in the “hold on!” category with the wave in…

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EPF Episode 17: Oh, Summer…

20 August 2010

The summer doldrums continue to rain blows down on the southern California surf world.  Another week of 2-footers goes by. But as always, a dumpy surf day with friends is ten times better than a great surf day alone.  Mike, CW and Josh all turned up to make the best of the teeny waves. I watched most everyone walk three-quarters of the way to the water with board in hand and high hopes. Then they’d see the small summer offering, slump their shoulders and continue into the water.  There were two dudes who really made something real out of the…

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Same Summer Surf

19 August 2010

The good news is that the sun has been out for two days straight, like it’s summer or something!  Otherwise, today’s session offered nothing unique to anything else I’ve been getting over the last few weeks.  Water is still in the VERY low 60s, but with the sun is out it a lot of  hot top/cold below. Summer crowds continue jamming in, trying to get in one last beach day before vacations ends.  (Not complaining – I totally get it.  I used to live inland too.) The wave period was long and waves moving slow which meant the waves would…

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More Will Than Waves

18 August 2010

While on a conference call this afternoon the power went out.  I immediately took that as a sign from Poseidon that I was supposed to go back out and surf.  As fast as I could I got my trunks on and my bike loaded before the power came back on. But the afternoon winds blew out the glassiness from this morning and the crowds were insane.  The chop was ferocious and waves were blending into other waves, all mostly unridable.  It was a real effort to catch a wave.  It was even more of an effort to catch a wave…

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