Archive for January, 2007

Sand Replenishment Blows

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

No one fully understands how the ocean moves sand around. When meddling organizations like the CoE dump sand on our beaches, the ocean immediately starts to take it somewhere else. Sometimes that works out to our advantage, (the SuperBank comes to mind) but when a reef is the main source of a wave’s shape, this sand can collect in the deep areas surrounding the structure. These deep areas define the shape and size of a wave and when they are filled with sand, the result is smaller, closed out waves. I’ve seen it happen with other types of structure like sand bars as well.


Photo by Maggie Marsek

The storms that raged through San Diego in December moved tons of sand dumped on North County San Diego beaches in 2000 to god knows where. By the next swell, peaks that were closed out or mushy for years were consistently producing long, steep waves. Thanks to this recent sand movement, I recently scored roping and walled up olas at an empty break that hasn’t produced a fun ride in years. The more crowded spots that day were working better than normal as well. (more…)

Homeblown Interview

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Phoresia has a great interview with surfer, shaper and foam maker Ned MacMahon of Homeblown US about shaping, blanks and the environment.

A choice quote:
“We could make our MDI foam better, cleaner, lighter, stronger and less expensive if we didn’t have to add the ingredients to the formulation that make it white… ….All of the natural components will be of a straw color. All of this white that we have gotten used to is a result of color additives, enhancers or bleaching. The natural versions are stronger and lighter and for surf blanks even less expensive. I think slowly that the straw color will creep into the market and over time it will win.”

If a blank is more environmentally friendly, I’d ride it with pride, even if it was dodo brown.

Reef Board Build Off

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

I don’t think anyone is as happy with the boards this year compaired to last, but Reef and the charities involved have to be happy with raising 20k.

Light Rides

Monday, January 29th, 2007

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I make all my friends turn their boards over so I can get these soulful sunset fin shots. They always look at me like they don’t want to, but I insist. It works great because I get another pic for the yearbook, and they get to swim a bit.

Ocean Beach Sand Bars

Monday, January 29th, 2007

The CoE are dumping sand off Ocean Beach SF in an effort to stop errosion. Can’t be good for the break.

Crowds

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Whenever it gets crowded at your local break, refer to these pictures and be thankfull. Not applicable for Swamis, Snapper or Malibu, the North Shore in December, and various other breaks. Update: added the link.

Marlin Bacon Surfboard

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

This 5’11″ Marlin Bacon looks like a good deal.

Tom Two

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

The second Tom Wegener from Free films brings it back to basics.

Thanks Nathan!

Surf Gallery Japan Show

Friday, January 26th, 2007

The Surf Gallery in Laguna Beach has an opening going tomorrow night: Fine Art & Photography by Japan’s Finest. (TSG, put it on your website a few weeks before the show so we gan get some advance notice! )

Bro, Defined

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Bro


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  • Hey wow, check out this video of GH I found on Mollusk's site.

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  • I want one of these surfboard slings for those long walks to trestles.

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  • A three six zero preformed on nothing more than a belly button. (How's the commentary brah!?!) Here's an erBB thread with more video from this contest at Sandy's Beach in Hawaii.

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  • Ryan Heywood releases Bodysurf v3. Spot-Fucking-On and not a logo to be found. Makes me want to go get some with just my skin on.

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  • Remember the press release, email and social media campaign quk put out when Julian Wilson pulled that sushi rollshit? O'niel and redbull have a clone of that machine rolling for Jordy's rodeo flip. Here's the video on Yahoo sports.

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  • A new episode of Hi Shredability with Chris Christenson and Brad Gerlach riding Harleys and looking for waves in New York.

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  • Awesome spot logos! Just don't ask where they are.

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  • Reminds me of byrne, the heads, arcade fire... etc. You can get their album for a buck through July 4th.

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  • Why couldn't these guys take the Cardiff reef sup crew with them? We could have all chipped in to make it possible.

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  • The End Of The Road. Why we'll have no seafood left in 50 years. I ate my entire seafood quota for the year the other week in North Carolina.

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