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Monday, January 31, 2011

San Diego

The beautiful green reefs in the 619 vicinity have been pumping these last two weeks...
It wasn't a matter of if you paddled into an extraordinary one, but when.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


In love with her.


Off the lip brah.
Cody and I in San Diego.
Photos: Erica B!

Saturday, January 29, 2011


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Sliding Left... And Right

Erica and I found this nice (fairly) uncrowded reef a few minutes from school...
Here are a few from today.


Sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WIth These Dancers Legs??

Chillin' Out, Maxin', Relaxin' All Cool

Trevor, Greg, & Erica

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trevor Gordon



There was a quote in The Drifter about how special it is when something arrives... or something dumb like that.
But in all serious, I love watching the sun rise over the horizon. Whether it's checking the surf or driving somewhere super early in the morning. It is just something that almost seems exclusive because everyone else is asleep...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


"Proper" Bottom Turn

Swanson Pyramid of Greatness

Monday, January 24, 2011

Turns: Pt. 1

Greg and Trevor pushing their hulls.
Photos: Erica

Connor Lyon

Ladies... He's all yours...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Natasha, Cody, & Erica

Greg: VampireHullBarrels

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Erica, Trevor, Greg, Cody, and I woke up well before the sun peaked over the horizon...
We checked several spots, and ended up "settling" on a fun little reef, not too far from school.
The conditions were some of the best we've ever had. The beginning of a nice winter swell comboed with offshore winds...
Here are the fruits of our labor, meticulously saved on digital file by the most incredible: Erica "Purebread" Burtrum.
In order_ Cody, Trevor, and myself.

Keelz are for Realz

Friday, January 21, 2011

Late Take Offs


Thursday, January 20, 2011

North County

Working on trying to finish odds and ends before the swell hits this weekend.
Until then, enjoy a few ones before you pull out your big wave boards.
Photos from the one and only Erica



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Feeling Black & White

It's always nice to shoot with Black and White film, preferably Ilford 125 PX.
I really have to pay attention to the timing, exposure, and lighting... More so than with my digital.
While it takes a while to finish a roll, each image is marked indelibly in my mind.

No Swell

Man, the swell really isn't hitting here at all.
It's too bad, I was looking forward to some good waves.
I guess Surfline mislead me again...
Photos: Ms. Erica Burtrum
In sequential order... Me and Ashley. Me. Cody.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Medium Format

I picked up a Medium Format camera around Christmas time and just finished up my first roll.
Bear with me, I'm still learning on how it works.
I really like the square formatting of the photos and will work on getting higher quality photos out.
But this is part of what came out of the first roll...


Hope you're having fun up North.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Perfect Weather

The weather lately has been unbelievable.
Seriously, 85 degrees consistently.
The Winter swells are starting to fill in.
I couldn't ask for better conditions.
Photos: Erica