Waves and Winter for Days

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It’s officially Spring but the phrase I’m hearing most these days is “I’m over being cold.”

The north east had it bad, snow and cold has beaten everyone down, but I was reminded that the name of this blog is Ice Tubes so as long as the waves and the cold keep coming I will keep dealing with freezing headaches.

There were waves for the passed three days. Forget that it snowed all day Saturday, and forget that your wetsuit is never fully dry, just focus on the fact that their are waves now but soon it will be flat and you will wish these three days were back.

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Winter’s Still Here

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Yesterday I sat in front my computer watching the snow fall outside. It was March 5. Hearing reports of good waves I went back and forth on wether or not to make the trip over to the beach. The call to go was made a little late in the day, but we got there with enough time to get a few fun ones.

Winter surf is part of life when you live in New York. Let’s call it a love/hate relationship. You know you’re doing something crazy but that’s part of rush. It’s the rush that helps get you through changing out of your wetsuit as the feeling quickly leaves your fingers.

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New Jersey

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Today I realized I have never really been to New Jersey. Living on Long Island I’ve driven through New Jersey on my way south or west out of New York. I’ve stopped by to catch a football game, but that’s about it.

When the wind’s blowing out of the west it kills the waves in New York, taking a solid swell and turning it into something useless. Yesterday, the winds were blowing westerly, so for the first time in my life I went looking for surf… In New Jersey.

I found fun waves in New Jersey, and that’s about it. I’m giving the surroundings a pass because it is the middle of winter and this time of year can produce a pretty rough looking beach town. My biggest problem was the crowd. There were only six people out, which you think would make for a mellow atmosphere in the water but that wasn’t the case. I think some of the winter surfers in New Jersey forgot that surfing should be fun. Anyhow, thanks for the waves and warm welcome New Jersey.

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A Swell View Of A Swell

Temps are high, surf is high, and I’m high (up that is). 15ft+ swells hit the Northern Californian coastline this weekend, and you get a good sense of the size of the waves if you see them from the top of the Marin Headlands. That horseshoe of swell in the center of the photo is about one mile away from colliding with Ocean Beach (upper left).

Fresh Boards

Ice Tubes has finished our first custom surfboards. We’ve been making surfboards from kits for years now, and we even turned an old longboard in to an unusable shortboard.

I copied the outline of these two boards off deigns I found on the internet, but that’s about it. The height, width, and thickness were all a guess on this shaping journey. I had the boards glassed at a local surf shop, Bunger, here in Babylon Village.

The rails are way too square — it feels like your holding books — but having said that I’m still very proud of these two boards. I rode one this afternoon out in Montauk and to my surprise it worked much better then I expected.

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Turtle's Cove

Bike Light Backpack

Caught this guy on the commute home the other night. Kinda entertaining. At first I didn’t want to try and film while I was riding but the camera work looks pretty smooth!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I got up early to meet up with my friend, and found a lot to be thankful for. I hope everyone was able to get a few real nice waves this Thanksgiving.

Sometimes In San Francisco There’s No Telling What The Surf Is Doing

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San Francisco is a foggy place. So much so, the fog here has its own Twitter handle. Heck, the city of Chicago sees more ideal beach weather days than San Francisco. Nonetheless, we have waves and waves trump sunshine (if you must choose one).

One other thought here… How many waves has a surf cam caused you to miss out on? You open your computer browser and the surf doesn’t look worth a drive to the beach so you call it a day and do something out of the water. A crumby wave is better than no wave, yea… So thanks Karl, for the Ok waves last week. Wouldn’t have caught ‘em without you.

I Stenciled My Dog Olive On My Surfboard

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Olive is my dog, and she’s coming out with me whenever the waves are small and fast. I guess I have a bit of time on my hands, and making stencils is a favorite way of mine to fill up that time. I don’t yet have the guts to put one of my stencils in a public area where I might get busted for vandalism, so I tend to stick with placing them on my surfboards. Olive is on my Sperm Whale from Channel Islands, and she might see some action at Ocean Beach mañana given the current forecast.

Kelly Slater’s 540 Air: What Do You Expect From A Guy Fueled By PURPS

Everyone and their mothers were posting this video of Kelly Slater’s 540 air on Internet yesterday, so I thought I’d post it again today! I like Slater’s airs when they’re done in the dark green waters of Long Island, but this one ain’t to shabby. When I texted my brother to see if he’d seen it, he responded with, “What do you expect from a guy fueled by PURPS?” I couldn’t agree more. For those of you not familiar, PURPS is Kelly Slater’s organic, all-natural, from the earth, etc. energy drink. It helped me get second place during a recent tri-sprint.

A video posted by Kelly Slater (@kellyslater) on



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