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Monday, February 28, 2011

MOV_ Brad Domke and Woody Harris

Thanks Kristina!

Kristina Micotti just finished up this sick new header for us!
Super stoked on how it turned out... I highly suggest you check out more of her work on her blog Whimsically Made
Thanks again Kristina!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Salute To The Waves

Dear Waves,
I've always had a fascination with how you work and move...
Here's a little tribute to how you've treated us this winter.
Thank you for being more consistent than not.
Thank you for freezing our fingers, nose, and toes off everytime we get in the water.
Thank you for doing your thing that draws us back time after time.
Here's Greg doing his best impression of a thank you...

The Beginning Shots...

Erica and I headed up (again) to Santa Barbara to work on her new board with Ryan!
He shaped her a new 6'7" egg with a 2+1 fin set up... he had to modify the template somewhat to get the right lines.
Thanks again Ryan for shaping it and Connor for coloring it, hope you guys have fun in Australia!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Offshore Barrels

Friday, February 25, 2011

21... Almost

Someone's birthday is right around the corner...
Even though you have a MicroBio test the day after your birthday,
you can be sure we're going to make your 21st birthday the best ever!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Splashes of Sunlight

Houses Buried Amongst The Hills

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sharing Waves_Losing Boards

Madison and I at a little reef a couple weeks back...
Photos: Erica

Free Film For Days

More film than I know what to do with!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thank You Natasha

Dear Natasha,
Thank you for saving our butts in Santa Barbara over the weekend.
If it wasn't for you, we would have had to ride back with a very unhappy (very big and scary) tow truck driver...
We really appreciate all you did for us!

Greg_Trim_Vampire Hull

Monday, February 21, 2011

Harbor Days

Sitting on the jetty, enjoying the day with Erica, Trevor, and Natasha

Gregs New Surf Thump

Dave from Almond called Greg earlier last week to let him know that his new Surf Thump was ready to be picked up!
So Erica, Trevor, and I headed over to grab it before our trip up to Santa Barbara to visit Greg for the weekend.
The board turned out way better than any of us could have expected: from the rails, to the nose concave, to the rounded square tail...
Greg got a really special board, and you can sure that he's going to be riding it for a very long time...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Engine Trouble: 1... Erica: 0

"It's not an adventure unless something goes wrong..." -YC
Car problems in Santa Barbara over Presidents Day break

Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Film

Erica just got another roll developed... and boy these are good!
Here are a few to enjoy while we get some more footage to put up in the near future.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Connor and Ryan

We'll be seeing you soon!

The Surfers Journal

Here's one reason to buy the latest Vogue of surfing magazines...
Tyler Warren_BarOfSoap via Chris Klopf

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

M. Dyer

Madison cross stepping and sneak fiving all the way to the inside...
Photos: Erica

Board and Dank

Adjective, used to describe something incredibly good.
"Those sandwichs from Board and Brew were so Dank!"

Monday, February 14, 2011


Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day Erica, I love you lots :]

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Searching. Watching. Waiting.
We all feel the same emotions sitting in the water, driving from spot to spot.
We're all looking for that one wave that brings us back the same emotions that the first wave we ever caught gave us.
The utter joy that we had standing up and feeling like we're floating. Like nothing else matters.
The effervescent feeling that surfing brings us, the pure joy, is something no thing, or no one can bring you other than yourself.
Sure, you can buy some great surfing products, go to the "perfect" surf destinations...
But only you can bring that happiness upon yourself.
From ankle high, to overhead waves, whatever it is, make it count.
Enjoy wherever you end up paddling out, take a deep breath and just take in the beautiful environment that you ended up in at that point in time...

Reefy Rights

Trevor and I drawing our lines just off the warm dusty cliffs of Point Loma
Photos: Erica

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday Morning Hikes

Trevor, Christina, Erica, and I all headed out to go for a little midmorning hike today after surfing in the morning.
The weather was incredible this weekend with clear skies, warm air, and a slight ocean breeze that moved through the beach.
After the hike, we loaded our boards up again and Trevor and I surfed a little reef break not too far from school...

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Friends Like To Surf

1. Erica getting so pitted bro
2. Greg moving down the line on his Vampire Hull
3. Madison switch turning

Five Piggies Over

Getting five over, a few days ago...
Photo: Erica

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Enjoying The Evening

Wave Garden

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Daniel trimming along
Madison cross steppin' for days
Me going through the motions
Photos: Erica Burtrum-EKTAR100