Archive for November, 2012

Define: Hiking

My sister just asked if I ever go hiking in San Francisco.


If you walk anywhere in San Francisco it’s pretty much a hike, right? From my apartment to the grocery store I descend and ascend a hill with a 10-18% grade.

Of course I hike!

Lovely Coast, Usual Highway

A couple of pro surfers drove up the California coast in an RV and filmed it. The waves are whatever, but northern California really shines. They stop at Big Sur, which is quite beautiful, and I also just happen to be reading Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur at the moment. Ocean Beach has a nice little segment about 2 minutes in, which makes me happy because San Francisco really is a beach town and sometimes due to the weather it’s easy to forget that.

The full short film, Usual Highway, is up on What Youth right now!

3D Box Turtle

Pretend it’s the 90’s and you’re looking at a Magic Eye poster.

Zone in.

Make the box turtle pop!

The Layback

Dane Reynolds pulling off a magic trick during some contest in Hawaii. I do a similar maneuver, although my version is more commonly known as the “wipeout.”

via Surfline

Surfboard Art

I put a box turtle on one of my favorite boards. Took it out for a surf and the acrylic paint held to the board just fine. Too many white boards are left unpainted, and I think that should change – if at least one stencil at a time.

A Cautionary Tale About Putting Your Bike On A MUNI Bus

I was enjoying some after work drinks on Election Night when I decided I had one too many to safely ride my bike home. I put my bike on the front rack of an outbound #71 at Market and 2nd, and took a seat on the front of the bus. I was on the sixth seat back, and had a decent view of my bike. The next stop was Stockton and we pulled up to a red light. As people were boarding the bus I had my head down until the driver called out that someone was taking my bike. By the time I stood up my bike was gone. I ran off the bus and headed back down Market assuming the thief was riding off in that direction but I couldn’t see anything among the lights of Market Street rush hour traffic.

So long bike.

I like to believe that everything happens for a reason, so hopefully my shitty experience will prevent other people from having their bicycles jacked on a bus. Never take your eye off your bike, and if you can throw a u-lock around the tire and frame before you put it on the rack.

I’m not optimistic about getting my bike back, but if you see it on craigslist or at a flea market please don’t buy it. It’s just a bike, but I liked it very much. Here’s what it looked like when it was stolen:

Posing For Tourists At Ocean Beach

I was surfing at Ocean Beach today, and it was good. I surfed for just over an hour and came in when I figured the drift pulled me up the beach enough. Ciji drove down with me and was enjoying the sunny day on a blanket down the beach where I first paddled out, so I had a little walk ahead of me to make it back to her.

Today was one of those days at Ocean Beach where you didn’t feel like you were at Ocean Beach. The sun was out. There wasn’t any wind, and the waves were cracking.

Sun is a huge variable when surfing Ocean Beach. Paddle outs seem less of a challenge when the sky’s blue. Bigger waves seem more makable. It was one of those days.

After a fun surf I had a big smile on my face as I made my way down the beach towards Ciji. I walked passed a group of ten or so middle-aged Asian women who were taking photos of the ocean like they’ve never seen it before. They all seemed just about as happy as I was.

As I got closer to the group of women, they turned their cameras on me. Dripping wet and holding a surfboard I probably looked pretty “California” to them.

One of the ladies ran directly in front of me and snapped a photo. She was maybe two feet away from me. I stopped. The smile on my face never went away, and I decided to acknowledge the impromptu but welcomed photo shoot by throwing up a peace sign with my hand.


It was as if the peace sign was an invitation for a full fledged photo shoot. Everyone of the women shrieked with joy when I stopped and made the peace sign.

Immediately I was surrounded by the entire group as one person took turns playing photographer while the other women gathered behind me. I stood with my surfboard holding a peace sign in the air for several clicks of the camera.

I asked the women where they were visiting from and was told China as they looked down at the screen of their cameras, reviewing the photos they just took with me.

I thanked them for bringing the nice weather to San Francisco during their trip, waved goodbye and made my way on down the beach.

Not a bad way to cap off a nice day in the ocean. I only wish I had one of the photos.

Free Wheels While Northeast Recovers From Hurricane Sandy

Online bike rental marketplace, Liquid (formerly Spinlister), is doing their part to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy by offering a $25 credit to rent a bike. Here’s the post from the Liquid blog:

Most bikes are between $10-$20 a day to rent. Hopefully this will help a few people navigate NYC during a difficult time while public transportation is being restored.

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