Surfboards, San Francisco, and beer. This photo from Grain Surfboards, which could easily be the coolest ad for Anchor Brewing, pretty much sums up a good time. Anchor Steam drinking surfboard shaping time.
Grain is currently in San Francisco running one of their popular surfboard shaping classes. I’ve never taken a class, but my brother has made several wooden boards from Grain kits and they sure are enjoyable to surf. Here’s Chris braving the elements on Long Island for a few winter waves with one of the Grain surfboards he built.
Published February 23, 2014
san francisco , Surf
Rode my bike to a wave last weekend and gave a new spot a look. Took these two short videos perched on a rock. The first wave isn’t much, but the guy’s turn sent a good amount of spray in the air. The second wave is a pretty good late takeoff wipeout with some added sound effects from another dude sitting on the rocks with me.
I recently saw this picture my brother took of the Great South Bay and was reminded that it’s winter. You see, here in northern California there really are no seasons. The calendar says it’s February, but in terms of climate changes we typically deal in either wet or dry. We should be smack in the middle of wet season, but ask any ski bum with a pass to a mountain in Tahoe how conditions are and you’ll get a depressed response from a guy who ultimately spent $300 to enjoy the lodge. And while the weather’s been nice, the waves have been nonexistent, which has not been the case on the east coast. So I ate my lunch outside today under a warm sun and I thought about the northeast and its winter of consistent snowstorms and better than average surf. So while it’s brick cold outside, at least east coast surfers have waves. Figuratively speaking the grass is greener, but literally not so much, because all that grass really must be dead by now.
Published February 6, 2014
Art , Surf
Tags: Art, print, surf art, tyler warren
I discovered professional surfer/ artist Tyler Warren while checking out the Captain Fin Co. blog. They were featuring a surfboard he shaped, and it turns out he’s not only a great surfer and surfboard shaper, but also a pretty darn good artist. Most of his work is surf or beach themed. I ordered one of his prints and it came numbered and signed by Tyler. It’s actually the first print I’ve ever ordered, and I was totally impressed with the quality. It even came with a personal thank you note written out on masking tape!
You can check out more of his art at Art By Tyler Warren.
The waves at Ocean Beach today were a little too big for my tastes and abilities, but the coffee at Java Beach was perfect. The small sized coffee served at the beachfront cafe is an ideal 10 ounces. Just perfect. I prefer a medium sized wave and a 10 oz coffee.
Last week brought some great waves to Long Island. I decided not to go out on those days. It just seemed way too cold to have to duck drive all day. However, I did paddle out towards the end of the swell and managed to get a few little waves. The photo was taken by Laura Eppig (my aunt). She has been photographing wildlife for years, mostly birds around the Island, and this was her first time shooting someone surfing.
Published January 13, 2014
Tags: ob-kc, ocean beach, surf cam, the beach
via ob-kc just before 10:00 on 1/13/14.
Just as you start settling into the five-day work week, it’s only a matter of time before you instinctively check the local surf cam. Today, I lasted a whole hour before visiting ob-kc for my fix, hoping it might be a sloppy mess not worth waking up for, but instead I saw an empty right hander peeling without a soul in the water. It apparently wasn’t as good as this still shot made it look, but all it takes is one good wave to make a session and this would’ve done it.
At one point in time, hipster pro surfer, Dane Reynolds (sealtooth), partied at The Elbo Room in San Francisco. That’s pretty cool, right?
If you don’t know diddly squat about surfing, Dane is a pretty radical surfer from southern California and the Internet just loves him. Seriously. Here’s a gif I made of him throwing an air that got a ton of ♥’s and reblogs from teenage girls on Tumblr.
Published December 31, 2013
long island , photography , Surf
It’s been over a month since we posted something, and I wanted to get one more in before the new year. So here’s a “see you later” to 2013 with a few wet pics from one of our last surf checks of the year. “One of the last” because we actually got out for a surf the very next day.
These pics were taken on a complete washout of a day, so there’s no reason to even show you the ocean. A couple teenagers in the parking lot gave us mixed reviews on the surf before we walked through the tunnel under Ocean Parkway. One guy said there was a good swell coming in, and another guy said he wouldn’t go out (he was already in the process of taking off his wetsuit after a less than enjoyable surf). The next day was Christmas Eve, and it was fun. Small, clean conditions. The water temp was cold and the air temp was colder.
We surfed a lot in 2013, and I got to surf in New York twice (which was great).
I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at the posts on this blog in the past year. If you didn’t, too bad, because we’ll continue to post here in 2014
Published November 30, 2013
photography , Surf
Tags: Los Angeles, topanga, van life
This isn’t the Los Angeles I signed up for, but I’m not complaining. I was heavier than usual following Thanksgiving with the in-laws as we drove across the Valley through the canyon ending up at a perfectly mellow right point break.
It sprinkled on and off throughout the morning, but a steady rain began to fall as I put my wetsuit on. We parked in the lot. It cost $8. All the locals park along the Pacific Coast Highway and pay nothing. You surf and you learn.
Two guys my parents age smoked pot inside their red van, which had multiple “FTW” stickers along its side. They were waiting out the rain before they could give the surf a proper check. In Los Angeles this can often times mean smoking 2 cigarettes in a pair of Uggs while the perfectly formed little waves continue to break while you finish smoking 2 cigarettes.
Point breaks are the best and the worst. There’s no real paddle out, but the crowd just hangs in one spot.
The crowd that day was great. Fat dudes with earnings on longboards and decent hipsters with long hair and mustaches who more than likely have blogs and spend their time drinking IPA or Mexican beer as they blog about surf related things.
I hung on the edge and caught the smaller waves inside before gradually drifting my way into the pack. It would have been better without my kelp harvesting leash on. The kelp cost me 3 waves that day, but it’s better than losing my board and it hitting a fat dude with earnings who would yell at me for bringing such reckless abandon to his mellow beach. And he’d be right, of course.