Sunday, September 28, 2008
Who’s on it? Ruff’s on it. Always. In fact, he’s been on it for over two decades, ruling SC since most of you were suckling on your mother’s teat. Anthony Ruffo has attained top dawg status here in Santa Cruz, achieving respect and admiration for his dedicated, all or nothing approach to surfing. From Big Sur to San Francisco, Ruffo can be found wherever the waves are pumping, and is commonly spotted sussing out obscure sandbars and reefs in his black truck. Ruff’s knack for finding nugs is a result of his experiences scouring the coast line looking for ride able surf when Santa Cruz isn’t producing. He knows this coast like the back of his hand. Speaking of backsides, Ruff’s got one of the most polished and eye pleasing styles in town. No. I’m not talking about his rear end, although homeboy is in pretty good shape. Ruff’s low center of gravity and smooth bottom turn’s are a staple at Steamer Lane, and he uses them to slingshot himself off the Slot for vicious vertical hacks and unnerving under the lip gaffs. Though he’s a born and raised West Sider for life, Ruffo is boys with pretty much everyone in Santa Cruz. This universal approach to friendship and comradery is something Ruff’s known for, and is reflected in his start-up clothing company, Allsydz Clothing. Allsydz recognizes strength in unity, and emphasizes Santa Cruz’s importance as a whole. Santa Cruz may be divided by theoretical “sides”, but when it comes down to it, we’re all a family, and all “sides” constitute one united Santa Cruz. In short, Ruffo rules Santa Cruz and beyond, and shows no signs of slowing down, so remember to respect this SC Legend.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Bounty Filth Fest
For the serious surfer, trying the healthy, low profile route could pay off when the surf picks up. There are tons of places to do yoga, get massaged, and eat healthy food throughout the island, and if you’re serious about fitness, there are a number of gyms available as well. The Bukit peninsula is a perfect place to escape the non-stop partying and pollution of Kuta.
Flat Padang Padang
If you brought your girlfriend or family along another option are tourist attractions. There’s shopping galore in Kuta, and in the mountains of Ubud, there’s an unbelievable outdoor marketplace, which offers arts and crafts of every make imaginable. If your feeling adventurous, you could go snorkeling, explore the monkey forest, or even experience a thrilling elephant ride.
Local Surf Check
For the inner carp in you, there’s a golf course in Sanur to practice your chip shots.
You can always do a little bit of everything, it’s all up to you. After all, in Bali, the choices are endless, much like the surf. Speaking of which, the locations and breaks are diverse, and there are many options on hand. You could shred Canguu, a sand reef combination with wedges on tap built for silly punts. Then again you might feel like mixing it up at Kuta beach, where you can sample some pretty fun beach breaks and hit on hot European surfer girls at the same time.
Ya Im from Germany. Can you teach me surfing?
On the Bukit there are a few spots to choose from, namely Bingin, Padang Padang, and Uluwatu, all classic waves that will surely test your courage and breath holding skills. Newly discovered breaks on the Sanur side of the island can hold some serious waves when conditions are shot elsewhere.
Bukit Boyz- DP, EG, ND
Bali is a great central location for heading out into the various wave rich islands Indonesia. There’s a multitude of places to head, and depending on the swell, wind patterns, and your budget, there’s no shortage of choices. Favorites include; Lombok, Sumbawa, Mentawaii’s, and Sumatra, just to name a few. You could score, and you could just as easily get skunked, the risk is all part of the adventure. You might come back to Bali boasting to all your buddies of the perfect tubes you got at Lance’s Right, or just as easily return empty handed only to hear stories of double overhead tube’s at Padang Padang. It’s a roll of the dice.
Don't wanna miss out on this!
With all this being said, it’s easy to forget your place of privilege in such an impoverished, third world country. It doesn’t take long before you start bitching at a vendor over a purchase that may cost you a matter of dollars more. Any tourist with enough money to travel to Bali is wealthy in comparison to your average Balinese. What’s worse is that these hard-pressed people are steadily becoming poorer. This is largely due to an widespread loss of land, which is being sold dirt-cheap to foreign investors, who are grabbing up land with a quickness to build luxury villas for wealthy tourists.
To the Balinese, the chance of making a few hundred thousand dollars for their ancestral land is similar to dangling a T-bone steak in front of a starving Ethiopian. The quick payoff is far too enticing to pass up. What results, however, is the loss of land held by Balinese for generations, along with a loss of tradition and culture. Huge swaths of land once grazed upon by Water Buffalo and the vast rice paddies tended as a function of family tradition, are being leveled, turned into immense mansion complexes that the Balinese simply cannot afford.
Land like this is being bought up with the quickness
The best thing we, as surfers and visitors to the beautiful land of Bali can do to help is to spend our money there. Tourism is the driving force behind the prosperity of the Balinese, and by buying their trinkets, food, art, and services, we are helping them feed their families.
Bali is a wonderful place to visit, and if you decide to come, bring a respectful attitude, some gear to give away to the local groms before you leave, and a little extra spending money to tip your taxi driver, as he most likely needs it more than you.
NK- I just want to tell you straight off that Santa Cruz just wouldn't be the same with out you, Jesse. This leads me to ask you what you think it is that makes Santa Cruz surfers such a unique family, and what it means to you to be a part of such a close knit crew of surfers on the come up?
JC-It s cool, having good surfers to grow up with is motivating to try harder. NK- Lets get some background info goin. When and how did you start surfing? JC- With some friends at 38th when I was 10 or 11
NK- You seem to know everyone in Santa Cruz, but is there an inner crew that you usually roll with?
JC- I like to roll with Bud, Rat, Kieran Horn cause we all golf and push each other in and out of the water. also some of the kids that are younger than me get me amped too
NK- I'm gonna name some of your favorite things. Discuss each as I read them-
JC- Hard, cool if done in moderation
JC-Scary, exciting, pushing yourself
JC- Flake, ripper, A-D-D to a level I thought wasn’t possible
JC- I’m the biggest one
NK- Whets your plans for the future? Are you gonna continue with the photo trips or begin to focus on competitive surfing?
NK- How would you describe your relationship with the ocean?
JC- Bi-polar, all and all good though
NK- Any thoughts on the recent Great White Shark attack just south of Santa Cruz?
JC- Cant wait to bring Bud down there and make him surf, he loves sharks, super comfortable knowing they are around
NK- Any shout outs?
JC-Everyone, you all rip
Dress Rehearsal for his new childrens show, Colombo's Corner
For those only familiar with the dry, temperate climate of Baja, Mainland Mexico is a completely different story, complete with lush jungles and extremely warm water temp's. The region is large, encompassing a number of states with hundreds of miles of surf able coastline.
From peeling points to ridiculously round river mouths, Mainland Mexico has it all. Flights from California are relatively cheap, as are dining and lodging expenses. The people of Mexico may lack material wealth, yet make up for it in the richness of their culture and friendly attitudes. Miles and miles of untapped coastline leaves plenty of options for explorers searching for some adventure and solitude. Mainland Mexico serves as a great escape for any West Coast surfer looking for some cheap thrills.
Hay Muchos Tubos Aqui
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Featured Artist- Corey Wilson. Age-19. Hometown-Santa Cruz, California.
Corey Wilson is quickly ascending the ranks as one of Santa Cruz's most skilled photographers. Growing up on Santa Cruz's East Side, Corey had always loved the water, and spent much of his grommethood immersed in the surf found at Sunny Cove and Santa Maria's. It wasn't until high school, however, that Corey combined his love for the ocean and photography into a career. It's amazing to see how much Corey's work has progressed, and how quickly at that. He currently is having a great year, with tons of contributions to Surfshot Magazine and Mundo Rad. Corey's got a huge future in front of him so do yourself a favor and check out some of his stunning images at- www.coreywilsonphotography.com
QUESTION-What do you do to keep busy during the flat summer days here in Santa Cruz?
Homer Henard- "Scribe aroud the Sk8 Park. Hit the flea market..Look 4 a twinnie ....Cross training is a Mandatory!...L8night Ab workouts are a must as well...Theres always waves in the bay area if you know where to go!!! Obvys"
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This response makes perfect sense. When competing with someone whose experience and skill is on a higher level than your own, you tend to bring up your own effort and performance, as the bar has been raised. This could be said about the surfers competing against Kelly Slater on this year’s World Championship Tour. Slater is the aging vet whose untouchable talent and freakish skill just never seems to cease. He’s like the know-it- all in class who everyone wants to prove wrong, who, instead of pimples and a pocket protector, sports a bald head and white wetsuits.
Take this year’s Quiksilver Pro on Australia‘s Gold Coast, which went down in rippable three-to four-foot Snapper Rocks. Kelly was crushing his opponents, surfing with such swagger that he seemed to be almost toying with his opponents. Case in point: Kelly’s quarterfinal heat with Andy Irons. With only a few minutes remaining, Kelly had AI on the ropes, needing a combination of 9.0 plus rides. AI, despite putting on an inspired performance, buckled under Slater’s unstoppable onslaught, and had to settle for an =5th place result. To rub it in, Slater took off switch, proceeding to link up a number of backside maneuvers straight through to Rainbow Bay, drawing huge cheers from the crowd.
This type of confident dominance is exactly what the boys on tour need. Something tells me that AI was watching Kelly’s switch victory lap, and you can bet that this has fueled his competitive fire for their next encounter. Like him or not, Kelly blows up whenever he dons a contest singlet, and he similarly keeps the standard hovering above most’s heads, painfully out of reach.
Unlike his untouchable dominance of the 1990’s however, Kelly is going to have his work cut out for him to remain surfing’s gold standard. The young prospects on tour on tour are fired up, and they have made their intentions clear. Blistering performances by the likes of Bede Durbridge, Ace Buchan, Jeremey Flores, and Adriano De Souza are keeping the favorites on the defense, showing their determination to shake up the old guard.
Then there’s the Dane and Jordy show. Both young men regularly put on stunning displays of technical, powerful, and radical surfing, performances which undoubtedly leave the judges scratching their heads as how to score this new, balls-out approach to contest surfing. It’s the dream of everyone on tour to take out Kelly in a one-on-one heat, and just by being there he is creating an atmosphere that pushes everyone to attempt the unthinkable and go for broke. In turn, professional surfing has become more exciting to watch. Kelly remains the man everyone loves to hate. We hate to see him casually win everything he enters, but at the same time it’s impossible not to love the incredible show he puts on. As a fan of radical surfing, I beg you Kelly, go for 10. Until someone steps up to take your place as Boss Hog, pro surfing needs you around to keep the level