Sunday, March 29, 2009
Gato Heroi, Creme, Robin Kegel. This man shapes under many names, has shaped countless number of weird ass boards, and has influenced the longboard world greatly. His shop is located on 1653 Superior Ave. in Costa Mesa. I stopped by a couple times last summer; that guy never stops moving. He is constantly coming up with new radical ideas that change and redefine what it means to surf singlefins. I bought my 9'7 Playdate from Thalia St. Surf shop, and its one of the funkiest, toughest, most fun boards I've ever ridden. Gato Heroi boards are thinner, pointier, and more colorful than most longboards. Al Knost has been riding for them on and off for quite some time now. I purchased a 5'7 Hull called the 1653 from Robbie in his shop last July and it has been the most difficult board to ride. It requires a certain type of wave; Robbie suggested Wedge or macking River Jetties in between Huntington and Newport. I have yet to stop by his shop this year, but it'll be soon. Cant wait to see what he has this time...
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Of every color, from darkest black to vibrant yellow
All unique, no two the same
Most run parallel, never touching
Others cross each other just once
Meeting for a moment, then proceeding
Ever on, into unfathomable oblivion
Some come to a convergence
And upon their crossing
Become tangled, intertwined
They spiral together for some time
Suddenly the dance of twine ends
The two lines part, change course
And head in their own direction once more
Never to touch again
Then, there are others
A scarce few, mind you
The two strings that never unravel
They continue to twist around each other
Becoming ever more tightly bound
An endless dance of infinite beauty
Two lines, forever pirouetting, further into convolution
Then, at a point, the two become one
Separate strings becoming one braid
Never to be unraveled, never to be lost
Eternally spinning together, wrapping tighter, dancing into the future.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It looks as though Surf Mats are gonna be the up and coming item to have this summer. Surfing looks like its looking at the past in order to move forward; for example, Alaias, Surf Mats, Logs. 2006 World Longboard Champion, Schuyler McFerran has a great article on Surfline, giving 10 really good reasons why we should all buy one. "...Most importantly, because we all need to take ourselves less seriously." The cool thing about these surf mats is that they've been around for a while. George Greenough used one in the 70's to take photos. They're also super cheap. Priced at around $20-30, you can easily purchase one without making a dent in your wallet.
Monday, March 16, 2009
So there's this surf company that seems to be taking Newport by storm. The name of this "little" company is Almond. Started by the genuinely nice Dave Allee and Jeremy Searcy, they have seem to found yet another niche in the surf industry.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
There is nothing quite like the feeling of getting a good ride out of a wave.
We have all felt that unequivocal happiness of having everything click and you get a sensational ride. For all the bad times: crowds, coldness, falls. That one special one you get every once in a while makes it all worth it. Feeling the power of the wave beneath your board is a connection that you rarely get.
Seeing that little blip on the horizon puts a leap in your heart, you hope that no one else saw it as you slowly start paddling out to put yourself in line for it. Your heart starts pumping faster as the wave gets bigger, you spin around and quickly start paddling to catch this pearl. Your heart jumps to your throat when you start dropping in, you bottom turn and look down the line to see that this is going to be long, special ride. With that first top turn you feel the exhilaration running through your system; it’s just you and the wave, no other worries or fears in mind. All of your problems are left on the beach; the ocean requires your concentration. Walking up to the nose asks that you know your board and the wave, you take a couple steps and time slows down. A couple steps back, another turn or two, and your ride is over. Within a period of 15 maybe 30 seconds, you have been genuinely happy. Its what keeps you coming back, its what keeps the stoke alive.