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Friday, July 31, 2009


when i was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. 
when i went to school, they asked me what i wanted to be when i grew up. 
i wrote down "happy." they told me i didn't understand the assignment, and i told them they didn't understand life.

El Morro

Monday, July 27, 2009

4th, ridin dirty with cody

balboa ferry

riding through cdm

balboa island

try to catch me ridin dirty...

film burn is so hip

Sunday, July 26, 2009

San O seshorama

July 26th: 5:45 am. Wake up to my alarm clock
5:46 am. Go back to sleep
5:55 am. Trevor calls, says he's outside my house. Dammit.
6:00 am. Load up the boards and head out to San O
6:05 am. Pray that the "one in-one out" rule hasn't applied yet
6:30 am. In the water with our wetsuits
7:30 am. Exit the water, more wet with sweat than water
8:00 am. Change into boardshorts and tshirt
9:00 am. Big sets hit for the next 45 min
9:45 am. Tiredness from waking up early starting to hit. Must... fight... it...
10:30 am. Stumble out of the water. More waves caught today than I have in a year.
10:32 am. Nap on the beach next to my board till Trevor and Greg come in.
11:00 Go to Pedros Tacos (Heaven)
11:05 am. Potato Tacos
12:00 pm. Get home, eat lunch, recover
2:00 pm. Head out to El Morro to catch the rest of the swell
2:30-5:15 pm. Bodysurf, bodysurf, eat shit while bodysurf, take photos. Barrels.
6:00 pm. Eat dinner, thoughts of going to bed at 8 pm sound great...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bryce and TJ Saeman

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Harrison Roach

A pretty darn good surfer for Rythym, hailing from Australia. Mate.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Sea

i pee in it
and it is warm
it is angry
with a storm
i want to wave sled
its flat instead 
i love the sea
and it loves me

by ashley henderson

Sunday, July 19, 2009

San Clemente Oceanfest

I attended the San Clemente Oceanfest at the northside of the pier today, it was way sick.
A couple thousand people were in attendance, with 400+ competitors. I did the mile open water swim, and a swim-run-swim. The weather was hot, the water was 67+, and the swell picked up throughout the day, with 4-5 ft. sets rolling through. I carpooled down with my lifeguard buds, Bryce and TJ Saeman. They competed in the standup paddle competition, finishing equal 7th, getting eliminated in the Semis. Their sister, Bridget, ended up winning the womens division, destroying all the girls. The sickest thing about the whole day was sitting next to Mickey Munoz, talking about surfboards with Colin McPhillips, having Mavericks pioneer, Jeff Clark trip over my bag, and having a talk with Alex Knost at a 7 11 about the swell and the competition. Overall, it was a way sick day that I can't wait to try to repeat next year.

RVCA warehouse

Friday, July 17, 2009

You Scratched My Anchor

And by the reviews, it looks like everyone is excited...

"al knost what a dork….and the rest suffice the rat….all the ingredients 4 a pathetic flick…"

"I’ll take a stab at explaining it to you Stu. She’s (Kassia Meador) got a (female body part) and can ride a longboard OK, which makes her marketable to the folks at Quiksilver so they can sell more Roxy apparel.

Can someone explain to me the longboard thing?"

"Let’s see some bi guys that probably wear girl pants and paint meaningless shit in their free time and try as hard as humanly possible to be as different as can be because that’s what they think is cool….No Thanks, I wouldnt even steal this movie!!!"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


About a week ago, me and a couple friends hit up Lido Theatre to watch the Stimulus premiere, it turned out to be really sick. All of the biggest names in skimming were there, and a live band played afterwords in front of the theatre on the back of a Uhaul truck. Admission was $2, and we got Laventinas pizza afterwords so the whole night cost under $10 bucks. Money well spent.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Viper fins

We were kicking it at the beach last weekend when my friend trevor was sitting by the water, he had tossed his fins back towards those of us sitting on the beach. I thought it might look cool, so I had him toss one fin up in the air, and voila, I got the shot. He's looking at the fin, which draws your attention to what he is looking at.


Theres always a story behind a good picture. I'm not saying that my photos are good, but alot of them have pretty good stories behind them. I'm gonna try to tell about what happened in the photo, or how I got the shot for the next couple of photo posts...

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Minnesota/ South Dakota

Last month my family and I, went to Minnesota to visit my grandparents and see Mount Rushmore. These are some of the shots that stood out in my mind, best summarizing the trip.

Almond Party

Dave Allee

Nathan Adams

Smart Brothers

   Allie, Erica, and Cole checking out the new logs

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

So I submitted a couple pictures to this bodysurfing website and they actually made it on! check it out on

Sunday, July 05, 2009

ALMOND preview

Tyler Warren Art