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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

As this year draws to a close, I want to thank everyone who has made it one of the most memorable years of my life. I can't express my gratitude, so a simple "thank-you" will have to suffice. Thanks for all who I've surfed with, talked with, and gotten to know better. I hope 2010 is even better. Thank you.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Trevor and Greg

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Heading out

Monday, December 28, 2009


Greg skimming around the section

Alex Knost slashing

Trevor looking forward

Jack Belli sliding 5 over

Greg, Me, and Trevor loading up

Me and Erica looking tough

Sunday, December 27, 2009

24th St.

Here are some photos (mostly shot by Natasha) of Trevor, Greg, Ashley, Tasha, and myself surfing Blackies this morning.

Ashley paddling in

Trevor fading

Me bottom turning

Trevor sliding

Greg fins first

Greg helicoptering

Ashley in the pocket

Greg cross stepping

Greg sitting 5 over

Natasha cruising left


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dirty old Wedge

Photo: Trevor Jones

San Onofre bums

Greg and Cody

These cats make my life wonderful

Aimi, Greg, and Natasha

My girlfriend Erica

Ladies and gentlemen... Mr. Trevor Jones

Friday, December 25, 2009

Mike Diffenderfer

I was talking to my Dad today about some old surf photos from the 70's and we came across this photo of surfer/shaper Mike Diffenderfer from San Diego. My Dad was saying how he had Mr. Diffenderfer shape my Dad a custom board in 1970: a 7'10" swallow tail, 17" in the nose, 23" width, and 19" in the tail. It had a scooped nose, and downrails, made for straight line surfing at Newbreak. From what my Dad told me, Mike Diffenderfer had his shop in Ocean Beach, on Voltaire st. The Hennessey Diffenderfer Shop. Rest in Peace Mr. Diffenderfer (1937-2002)

Christmastime fun

After lunch/dinner with the family, I decided to make more use out of my torn up wetsuit and made another fin cover for my brothers 9'2 Webber fin...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Queen of the Coast

Trevor Bones scooting along

Trevor tucking on the inside

It's surreal how amazing the spectacularly beautiful Rincon really is

Trevor entering the midst

Trevor getting psyched up

Merry Christmas!

We hope you have a Merry Christmas from all of us over here at Ten Piggies Over!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Steriotyping People By Their Favorite Indie Bands

The XX
Blog enthusiasts who thought wearing a keffiyeha was awesome.

Passion Pit
Bros vaguely interested in listening to music and very interested in having sex with their girlfriend.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Girls who bought checkered sneakers in the 8th grade.

Fleet Foxes
Hopelessly patchy beard growers.

TV On The Radio
Politically-correct hipsters.

Grizzly Bear
People who think that world hunger could be assuaged with four part harmonies.

Micachu and the Shapes
Chicks with bad teeth.

Dudes who think low production value is “authentic” and would go down on Todd P.

Steve Aoki
Alts who don’t “get” Hipster Runoff.

Joanna Newsom
People who have considered befriending a squirrel.

Devendra Banhart
People who have considered becoming a squirrel.

Animal Collective
Guys who make “Best of the Year” lists in January based predominantly on “feeling.”

The Antlers
Boys who enjoy crying more than their girlfriend.

Vivian Girls
Girls who purchase a guitar, buy flannel from the Salvation Army, wear glasses that they don’t actually need, and still can’t get the guy.

Vampire Weekend
Bros who try to make out with girls at concerts by relating to them via old Nickelodeon shows. “Remember Pete & Pete??”

Death Cab for Cutie
Girls who quote lyrics as their Facebook status.

Neon Indian
Gorilla Vs. Bear readers.

She & Him
People who hate Ben Gibbard.

Bon Iver
People with self-esteem issues and probably hate Ben Gibbard.

Washed Out
Those who comfortably accept chillwave as a genre.

Memory Tapes
Those who comfortably accept chillwave as a lifestyle.

The Shins
Premature alts who considered Garden State a life-altering viewing experience.


Tegan & Sara
Lesbians and guys who firmly believe that when there are two girls on stage together, there is a 63% chance of them making out.

St. Vincent

Indie rap fans who thought Tha Carter III was too mainstream.

Ra Ra Riot
Girls who got their boyfriends to watch Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Bat for Lashes
Girls who wear leggings outside of ’80s-themed parties.

Guys who only read Pitchfork for the ratings and haven’t showered in at least two days.

Kimya Dawson
Chicks who are described by their girlfriends as “sweet” and “really nice” when guys ask if their friend is hot.

Anyone who thinks The Catcher in Rye is the greatest book of all time.

Kid Cudi
Blipsters who still wear neon shoes and smoke pot.

The Flaming Lips
Self-actualized bros who grow pot.

Antony and the Johnsons
Guys who still cry every time they watch Bambi.

Matt and Kim
Closeted Blink-182 enthusiasts.

Here We Go Magic
Guys who are ‘over’ Gizzly Bear.

People who don’t listen to enough music.

Sufjan Stevens
People who believe in two things: Jesus and Juno.

Girls who don’t understand politics.

Regina Spektor
Girls who don’t understand boys.

Bros who, at one point in their lives, have tried to grow a mustache.

Arcade Fire
Frequent transcendental experience havers.

Avid doodlers.

Guys who go to concerts to relax.

Someone who, if presented with the opportunity to join a cult, would most definitely join that cult.

Boys who think Ocarina of Time is the greatest game ever made.

Patrick Wolf
Gay guys.

Girls who throw up at every party.

Indie dudes who wear beanies and you can see the front of their hair pulled back beneath it.

Bros who drink shitty beer without ironic intentions.

Dirty Projectors
People who like way too many toppings on their pizza.

Written by Stelios Phil

28th St

Jae fading in

Jae getting some offshore spray on his lumberjack

Greg having fun on his 5'6 Kookumber

Jae tearing it up on Gregs kookumber

Greg frontside turn at the 2-8

Greg sliding by the pier

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Here's a photo I shot of Turkey Stopnik a couple of days ago when Greg, Erica, and Jae were surfing. The Stopniks ride for Hurley, work on old school motorcycles, and tear it up at surfing and skating. Check out their blog at

Monday, December 21, 2009

Blackies 12/21/09

Mr. Jae gliding backside

Greg hitting the lip

Greg getting weird

Gregsauce sitting 5 over

Trevor sitting pretty behind the foam ball

Greg and Trev wave sharing

Trevor sliding along