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Hi from the Catskills: Frozen fish and sugar

My parents spend a majority of their time in the Catskills, on a budding alpaca, bee, and maple syrup farm. Every once in a while they send photos of the happenings on the farm. From time to time I’ll share those photos here, on a series I’m calling, “Hi from the Catskills.” So we’ll kick things off on the series with a look at ice, fish, and maple syrup shacks.

ice fishing hole

lake trout caught ice fishing

red sugar shack maple syrup

Tyler Warren Print

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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.

Java Beach Has Perfect Sized Coffee Cups

coffee cup at ocean beach san francisco

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.

A Cold Little Wave

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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.

This Is Why You Should Never Check The Surf Cam at Work

ocean beach san francisco surf cameravia 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.

Dan Reynolds Partied at The Elbo Room

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.

Last Surf Check Of 2013

surf check at Gilgo beach

gilgo beach tunnel beach entrance surf check

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 :-)

It Sometimes Rains In Southern California

surf van los angeles

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.

Now Boarding

carrying a surfboard on caltrain

♪ ♫ You take your car to work, I’ll take my board ♪ ♫

A Surf Photographer Passing Through San Francisco

Ryan Struck is a surf photographer based in New Jersey. I’m not exactly sure when I was first introduced to his work, but having grown up surfing in New York I dug the fact that his photography tends to put a spotlight on east coast surfing. Although his shots of the water are my favorite, his portfolio is much more than just surfing. Struck was recently out on the west coast and spent some time in San Francisco. Luckily for us, he had his camera with him.

Below are just a few of the photos from his visit to San Francisco. You can see the entire shoot on his blog or check out his full portfolio of work over at Ryan Struck Photography.

long boarder black and white[Photo: Ryan Struck]

seagull san francisco[Photo: Ryan Struck]

guy running for muni buss[Photo: Ryan Struck]



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