If you find yourself walking along Bourbon Street in New Orleans, may we suggest stopping in Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar. The whole Ice Tubes family passed through the bar this past weekend and left a reminder of our visit with a Sharpie.
Once owned by the “famous” pirate, Jean Lafitte, the bar is said to have been built in 1722 and may be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. Be that true or not, it’s worth a stop inside for an Abita and to also write “rules” or “sucks” below Ice Tubes on the table. Whatever you decide to write, we’d love to see a pic of it.
Where do you surf these days? Most of the time I choose the beach closest to my home. It’s a good wave and I have the spot really dialed in. I know where and when you can park. I know if it’s cold I’m not too far from my car. I know when it’s going to hold a swell right.
All these comforts considered, shouldn’t you switch up your surf spots? I tried today.
I thought about Democrat Point, but had no luck as the road is closed for the winter. My friend told me Robert Moses field 3 has been breaking, but I couldn’t tell you if that was true because the parking lot is closed. So, I headed east. I checked Smith Point, a spot where I could finally park, but of course there wasn’t a wave. I drove further east and found myself in Westhampton. The parking lot was open, but there was a sign noting the requirement of a parking permit. Well, the waves were just too inviting to leave, so I ignored the sign and parked without a permit.
I understand that not all beaches can be free, but should they be closed? Should you have to live in the town to use there parking lots? I didn’t get a ticket in Westhampton, but I did pass more then one cop car, which put the thought into my head that I would.
So were do you go? I’m just trying to surf. I’m not worried about lifeguards on duty. I’m not there to litter or walk on the dunes. I really just want to be able to park my car safely without getting a ticket.
I had the idea well over a year ago. I wanted to pull all the fiberglass off an old surfboard and attempt to reshape into a brand new board. I had an old banged up longboard of mine hanging in the garage, so I took that and set out to redesign it. The board went from a 10′ log all to a 5′-3″ Mini Simms looking thing.
Once the board was chopped in half, my brother and I spent two surprisingly warm winter days cutting and sanding. What we ended up with looked real sweet, but we had no idea if it would surf. The fins could have been closer to the tail, but other than that it was a pretty good effort from two guys who are in no way surfboard designers.
The board was in the water last week, and not only did it surf, it turned out to be a wild little board to ride. I had a hard time adjusting to the length of the board, and my back foot missed entirely on a couple drops. When I locked in to a nice wave the board felt fast and loose, kinda like a big boogie board.
Here’s a shot of my father waxing up the Tombstone, rocking the red and black lumberjack with Wayfarers. There are a couple cool things to note here. First, check out the Ice Tubes Surfboards logo on the nose of the board. Here’s a close up. I also designed a “recycle” logo for this little green machine, which is on the top of the board towards the tail.
You may want to think twice before walking across Ocean Parkway at Gilgo Beach to check the surf. I was walking across the parkway today and got stopped by a state trooper who informed me that it’s illegal to cross Ocean Parkway – or any New York State parkway – on foot.
While I can see other parkways being too dangerous to cross on foot and a law against doing so making sense, the area of road along Ocean Parkway by Gilgo Beach is crossed by surfers and beach goers on a daily basis.
Crossing Ocean Parkway on foot is especially popular among surfers during the winter months when the State Park locks the gates to the underpass linking the Gilgo Beach parking lot to the beach. If you’re going out for a surf in winter walking across Ocean Parkway is your only option.
I think that state troopers should try and stop more speeding drivers and leave the surfers, who are just trying to enjoy a few winter waves, alone.
Winter really hasn’t come to Long Island. There’s been no significant snowfall and the temperature has been reaching the 50s on a weekly basis. I’m not complaining because all this warm weather is making the winter surf very easy.
Man, I don’t even have to immediately warm up my car in the parking lot to make sure it’s warm when I get in to drive home.
The water is still freezing though, so I’m glad that I recently got a Patagonia R4 wetsuit. I was reading a ton of reviews online that were pretty negative, saying the suit’s not worth the money and the seams ripped really easily. But I’ve used it twice so far this winter and it’s worked great. The Patagonia suit is better then any other winter suits I’ve worn. The rubber is nicer, it’s more flexible, and I won’t say it’s warmer but it is definitely keeping me comfortable in the water.
“Ladies and gentlemen we are Fugazi from Washington D.C.” That’s how the band Fugazi started all their concerts, and now I can relive all three of the Fugazi shows I was lucky enough to see.
Fugazi recently announced the Fugazi Live Series, a digital archive housing recordings of over 800 of the band’s shows. Tickets for Fugazi shows never cost more that $5 dollars, and that’s the most it will cost you to download one of the live shows from the archive.
Below are a few other photos from a Fugazi show I went to with my brothers on the D.C. Mall back in June 2000. It was free.
It sounds like we’ll be giving thanks to some clean leftover swell tomorrow morning here in New York. Hope everyone has a chance to catch a few holiday waves. If not, enjoy this rad turkey drawing and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
I came up to the Catskills to chop firewood for this upcoming winter, and was greeted with a Fall snow storm. Hopefully this is a good sign for this year’s ski season in the North East.
San Francisco is the second completed piece in an art project I’ve been working on, which consists of hand painted wooden signs. Each sign is painted with the name of a U.S. city and points in the direction of its location, with Long Island acting as “home base”.
The first sign completed was New Orleans. I changed the lettering, color, and size of the sign for San Francisco. The plan is to change the style and color of each sign to match the city. I’m hoping this will give the project a more folk art feel when it’s all put together.
For the second year in a row my brother Greg and I made the trip out to Montauk for the MightyMan Sprint Triathlon. The “sprint triathlon” is the easy way to say you’re a triathlete. You can be like me – not train at all and still finish in under an hour and a half. There are some serious athletes that participate in the MightyMan, but for the most part it’s your average person enjoying the challenge of the race.
If you’re looking to get that first triathlon under your belt, the MightyMan Sprint is a great one to start out with. The weather is cool and the water is still warm. The town fills up with people (most there for the race), but overall Montauk itself is beautiful enough to warrant the trip out east.