Tuesday, January 29, 2008

More boards!!

As if I didn't have enough SUP boards I just added two more. They are both Naish. One is a 10'6" and the other is 11'6". That brings my total to seven SUP boards around the house. My wife is going to make me rent a container soon to put them all in. I might even have to hang a hammock in the container and sleep with them as well. Hope not. I put the deck pads on yesterday and sprayed the nose with a marine grade non-skid epozy coating. The company that makes the coating is Monster Grip Paint out of San Clemente. The stuff works great and I have it on all my boards above the deck pads. OUT.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bust a move

I had the honor yesterday to meet and talk with Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards and Ian Cairns at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. They are in town for the world premiere of the new surf movie "Bustin' Down The Door" playing at the Arlington Theater this Sunday night at 7:00pm. It's part of the 2008 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Also, upstairs at the Maritime Museum is a collection of Dan Merkel surf photographs from the film. Come check it out! It's going to be a good weekend to hunker down and stay warm. OUT.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Three piece

I stopped by the beach today and saw this guy getting ready to paddle out on this three piece SUP board. I had the kids with me so I didn't have time to try it. Not a bad idea but I think that two pieces would be enough.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Great weekend

Great weekend of surfing in Santa Barbara. Got both my BlueLine boards out and what a blast. My 10 footer is really working well. I can smack the lip and run down the line. Anyone ever in SB look me up and I would love to have you surf one of my boards.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Put up yer dukes!

Well it is finally happening at our local break. It seems that some aggro surfer has had enough of us "kook" SUP guys. He has been yelling at us and telling us to go somewhere else. Funny thing is that when I try and find the guy in the lineup, he shuts up. Maybe it's my tattoos that scare him!? Today he gave my wife a bunch of BS and the day before my friend "StyleMaster" almost got into a fist fight with him. What are we going to do about these kind uf bozos? It's one thing if we invade Rincon but we are talking about a familly break that I have been surfing for over 30 years. My first thought is to drill the guy in the kisser and put it to rest but I can't afford a lawyer :) Any one else out there having this problem? I think what we as experienced surfers and SUP surfers need to do is educate the less experienced SUP surfers. The problem with this sport is that there are a lot of guys on these giant boards that don't know the rules or how to surf. It's our responsibilty and the responsibilty of the surf shop that sells the SUP boards to educate the buyer on surfing ettiquette. Everyone has a right not to get his head ripped off by a guy on a 12' board that doesn't know how to surf. This issue is only going to get worse unless we all learn to respect each other in the line up. In other words, this guy that is yelling at the SUP guys may have a point but he needs to have respect for the guys that know what they are doing.

Lets go!!

Off to the beach with the toys. Surf was big yesterday and should be the same this morning. Hope to get some pics this time.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Naish laying down a nice bottom turn. Looks like he is holding his paddle like it's a wind surfing mast.

Maui Wowi

Just got home from Maui and the surf was insane!! No SUP pics because I was to busy surfing. Highlite of the trip was doing SUP with Robby Naish, Kai Lenny and Michi Scweiger on the outer reef. Kai Lenny is 15 years old and killing it on the SUP board!! The board above is a Naish SUP gun. It was shaped for Robby Naish to SUP surf Jaws. OUT.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

BlueLine 10'

Just picked up my new 10' SUP board from the glasser. This one has a thinner tail and an inch less tail rocker. So many boards, so little time. Im off to Maui in the very early a.m so no more posts until the end of next week. OUT.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Memory lane

I decided to gather up all my boards scattered around the house and put them all in one place. Damn!! I didn't know I had so many boards still. Once I put them in the racks in my back yard I started to look at each board and remember all the surf trips. Each board had a memory, some a long time ago and a few not so long ago. I still have a board from the 70's. Damn I'm getting old!! I even still have the tow in board so I can feel like my balls are still made of steel. Funny thing is the only boards that get any use these days are the SUP boards. The other day just for the hell of it I took out my short board and as soon as I caught the wave and stood up it felt really wrong. I am a third generation surfer and my grandfather would roll over in his grave if he heard me say that. Oh well, what ever feels right.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Kids SUP

Check out the kids SUP boards. They are Naish boards and the big one is 7' and the smaller one is 6'6". The kids can really rip on these boards. I just took them out for a two hour surf before all the rain hits. Check out all the boards at www.naishsurfing.com. OUT.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Ok, so I am going to pull an Oprah on you all. Due to the lack of swell in SB I am going to post the book I am reading now. "Eddy Would Go" is a must read. I was skiing last week and I am now packing for Maui in a few days so I don't have much time to run around and find material for this blog. I will for sure have some great pics after returning from Maui. We are going to do a lot of SUP surfing. Go get the book!! EDDIE WOULD GO!!!!!!!!