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Sunday, January 31, 2010


The name is from a book Fugazi front man Ian MacKaye was reading called "Nam" by Mark Baker. Ian says:
"It's a book of reflections of Vietnam veterans and at one point, this guy said everything was 'Fugazi.' I looked it up in the glossary and it said, 'fucked up situation.' It was right at the point when we were getting ready to do our first show and I was desperately trying to come up with a name, anything other than Ian's New Band."


Alex Knost on his 6'6 Liddle Smoothie in France

Porter & Victor

Alex Knost

Friday, January 29, 2010


"There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama & the people who create it & surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy."

Thursday, January 28, 2010


The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point..

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. They are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2.. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special..

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are NOT the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jimmy Fallon Does The Fresh Prince Theme Song... as Neil Young

Floorless elevator

No, it's just a really good painting...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

We are famous!

So my girlfriend Erica sent in a couple photos to slidingsinglefins the other day, and what do you know! They made it! Check them out at slidingsinglefins


i didnt draw these

Monday, January 25, 2010


I woke up at 5 am dripping sweat, and goosebumps all over. Headed over to the bathroom only to puke my guts out. Stoked on the clean weather, not so happy about the sickness part.
"72 hours of the flu if you treat it,
72 hours of the flu if you dont." :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rincon... one more time


Trevor packing up

Trevor and Greg: framed

Erica at Cardiff

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Joel Tudor

Here is a photo I found on the Univ website today. It's a photo of Joel Tudor, Andrew Kidman, and some other dude on the North Shore of Oahu in December of 1998. Pretty rad.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

INT via Rob Machado and Ryan Burch

Morgan Maassen

I have been watching this movie consistently since it first appeared on the surf blog world about 2 months back. I'm still mesmerized by the easiness and smoothness of the surfing in it. Trevor Gorden, Travers Adler, Brandon Smith, and Spencer Regan shot by the incredibly talented Morgan Maassen at Rincon.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


"Be careful, you might get addicted... and if you do, it will mess with your mind. You, the way you surf, won't be the same. I'm just warning you!"
-Greg Liddle
Photo: Nolan Hall
Photo: Erica Burtrum
Photo: Erica Burtrum

Tyler Warren

Pickle slaying it on a 54" Pendoflex "Rubber Ducky"

Film clips: Tyler Warren Experiments

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Richard Kenvin killing it backside on a Pendoflex in La Jolla

Photo: Scott Sullivan

Last week wasn't so stormy


Monday, January 18, 2010

The Sartorialist/ Evan

I'm taking a note from my friend Evan on this post, I remember seeing this blog a little while ago and didn't think much of it. After a little bit of checking up on the blog, I realized that it is a pretty stylish (play on words) blog. Check out The Sartorialist

Photo: The Sartorialist


Two of my photos were used on this sick bodysurfing site from Australia, check all the photos in the feature at...

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Erica: Reflections

Greg: Flying

Just checking...

Saturday, January 16, 2010


This morning, Erica, Greg, Trevor, and I all went to Cardiff to surf, or something like that. Here are some photo's that Erica took of us!
Greg: Top turn

Me on a set wave

Trevor on a fun right

Friday, January 15, 2010

In Betweens

Erica took some photos of me surfing Ab earlier today, super excited about them! I took out my 5'7 fish, the sets were 8-9 ft, and the tide dropped to somewhere in the negatives while I was out there.

Fronside on a set


Backside turn

The climb back up

Me and my fishy

The walk back

Washing off

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Kai: pre surf

Kevin: burning


Kai: soo pitted


The Critical Slide Society

I saw this on the TCSS Blog the other day, check them out at TCSS

Erica and Greg

Greg: 5 over

Erica sliding right

Greg flying along

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Erica: Sunlight silhouette at Cardiff

Erica at Doheny

Erica x Capt. Fin

Greg: Heels

Erica via Blackies