Tuesday, December 29, 2009



swine flu? Not here in Puerto! photo-www.rpmsurfer.com

Around the world, tourism is fueled by the existence of local areas of interest. Generally, tourists are lured by specific establishments or attractions when it comes to deciding on a location: restaurants, historical monuments, museums, natural wonders, etc, For traveling surfers, the attraction is simple, and that is the existence of accessible, quality waves.

From Bali to Costa Rica, entire communities have popped up seemingly overnight, thriving economies that owe most of their success to the reefs and river mouths that sculpt the waves that break on their shores. If the waves are good out front, surfers are going to want to do their business (eating, sleeping, resting, bathing, shopping, playing, and so on) as close to that break as possible. No matter how backward or third world the culture, local residents will eventually catch on to their good fortune, and create the necessary means to cash in on their local treasure. Its just like that old cheesy Kevin Costner movie, “If you build it they will come…”

Come they do, and in droves. Surfing has grown into an international sport practiced just about anywhere waves break. From the Amazon River to the Gaza Strip, people are going to the ends of the Earth to find uncrowded surf. Local economies reliant on surf tourism are growing rapidly, bringing much needed economic stimulation to regions that need it bad. Sometimes, however, events unfold that can lead these surfers to stay at home instead. In October 2002, the surf rich island of Bali was the victim of gruesome terrorist attacks on two of their most popular night clubs.

The bombs, which ripped through downtown Kuta Beach, killed 182 and injured hundreds. Among the local Indonesian deaths, scores of Australian surfers on holiday were killed in the atrocious acts of hate. Adding to the already tense, post 9-11 atmosphere of travel trepidation, this unthinkable tragedy nearly crippled the islands economy. From taxi drivers to hotel owners, everyone felt the sting, and it took a couple years for surfers to come back in significant numbers and the local economy to recover.

Before I left on my month long excursion to Puerto Escondido, in Oaxaca, Mexico, I was warned repeatedly not to go. Who was it that was so concerned with my safety? Why it was Fox News, Hillary Clinton, and even the pharmacist at Costco, who wished me luck with the “drug cartels and murderers”. Well isn’t that just pleasant.

With the deadly Swine Flu still at large, Hillary and the FDC didn’t think I should go at all, but the caring folks at Fox conveniently had 10 tips that I could use to protect myself, like, for example, “avoiding rubbing or touching your eyes and nose”. Right, I thought to myself. I wonder if they think I should surf wearing a blue surgical mask(or yellow kitchen glove a la Chris Ward) while I surf?

Despite heartfelt advice from the media, the government, and a complete stranger, I decided to go ahead with my trip. In reality, the odds of one being affected by any of the multitude of travel dangers out there are pretty slim. For the amount of people who travel to a to surf destination like, say El Salvador for instance, how many people actually die at the hands of murderous El Salvadorian Death Squads? What’s the chance of drowning during a Tsunami during a boat trip to islands of Northern Sumatra? Slim to none, yet the risk is always out there.

Savannah Shaughnessy, is a 20 year old surfer from Scotts Valley who‘s been coming down to Puerto for the last four years. She a skilled big wave surfer who comes down for months at a time to get a piece of the juicy, top to bottom waves that explode over Puerto‘s shallow sandbars like clockwork. I asked Savannah if the threat of Swine Flu or Drug Cartels influenced her choice to make the trek south this year “It didn't affect my decision too much, because I love coming here and I knew that it would be pretty safe once I got here. But it made my parents really worried! They almost didn't let me come!”

Like Savannah, there are many among the surf community who will travel just about anywhere, no matter what dangers are, just to get that opportunity to score some epic surf. While the locals business owners may have lost some profits throughout the past few months, the loyal will always return, and less people means less crowds, something any surfer knows is worth a little risk.



Travelling can be a major headache. Follow these tips to make your trip run smoothly.
As I sit here in Mexico City awaiting my transferring flight to Puerto Escondido, aka the Mexican Pipeline, I can’t help but think back on my hurried, chaotic, and frantic travel habits of years past. Missed flights, forgotten necessities, and a general spur of the moment mentality that has left me broke, late, sunburned, and stressed. Although my current excursion has had it’s share of hiccups, my skills as an internationally traveling surfer have improved drastically. Being stressed out on vacation is no fun, so I’ve drawn upon my own mistakes to provide aspiring surf hunters with five helpful hints to aid you on your search for the perfect wave.

1) Plan Ahead- This part is crucial. It’s commonly known that the earlier you book a flight somewhere, the cheaper it will be. Make sure you buy your ticket as soon as possible, your check book will thank you. While it may not save you much cash, doing the same for lodging and transportation will save you a headache upon arriving at your destination. Make a schedule for your trip, this will help keep you on track, as well as let you help you accomplish all the things you wanted to see and do.

2) Make a List- One thing about surf trips abroad, especially ones to third world or extremely isolated locales, you don’t want to show up and find that you forgot something you can’t live without. It’s the worst. If these necessities can’t be found or don’t exist where you are, you can find yourself in a world of hurt/ From being jacket-less in Alaska, to forgetting sunscreen on a trip to Fiji, the possibilities for disaster are endless. By creating a list before you pack, and checking it twice just like Santee Clause, you can avoid tragedy and make sure you have everything you need.

3) Pack Ahead of Time- Once you have drafted your list, you should make sure that you give yourself at least 2-3 days ahead of time to avoid missing something in a hurry. Who knows, you might remember the medication or favorite book you overlooked in your initial list. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve waited until the night before to pack, and more often than not, the result is disastrous.

4) Pack Lightly - While on the hunt for perfect surf in an unknown land, why would you want to lug around a bunch of stuff you don’t need.? Forget the Ipod dock and portable DVD player, these distractions will keep you from experiencing the local culture and will only slow you down. Thing about necessities, and from there try to scale back as much as possible. Bringing all your worldly possessions will improve your odds on having something lost, stolen, or destroyed.

5) Come Prepared - This final hint may seem obvious, yet is overlooked time and time again by rookie travelers. How bummed would you be if you arrived in Hawaii to cranking surf, but realized you only brought your 6’0” grovel board? Or imagine showing up in Canada during the dead of Winter with a 2 Mil short arm wetsuit. Read up on your destination, note the weather, types of surf, and local cultures, and plan accordingly.
Using these five tips I hope you can avoid learning the hard way like myself, and score in style on your next surf safari!

Monday, December 28, 2009



In California prior to World War 2, surfers were commonly referred to as “watermen”. According to Carin Crawford, quoted in David Rensin’s biography of the mischievous surf icon, Miki Dora, entitled All for a Few Perfect Waves these “watermen” were people who maintained a “multidimensional relationship with the ocean…and had an intimate knowledge of tides, currents, and weather patterns because their livelihood depended on it”.
These early surfers didn’t surf to get famous or rich, rather they all shared a common bond, an undying love for the ocean. Surfers back then were fishermen, swimmers, and divers, whose time in and around the water gave them not only a fantastic physique and golden tan, but an intimate and uncanny understanding of the sea.
Fast forward to modern times. Surfing has become so popular that it feels like every one and their brother(and sister, son in law, uncle, cousin, etc) has taken up the sport. Long gone are the days of surfing 90 pound redwood planks in fifty degree water in nothing but a pair of cut off Levi’s with only yourself and a couple of buddies. Surfing has grown so mainstream that one might wonder if the dedicated watermen of yesteryear remain relevant in these modern times, let alone exist at all?
While you may not read about them much in Surfer magazine, there are still a large number of surfers who have dedicated their lives to everything that is the ocean. True watermen who free dive, fish, swim, and surf in order to reinforce that passion for sea, learning to love and respect it’s power and greatness One of the ways that these oceanic Olympians train is paddleboarding.
Paddleboarding is a great way for surfers and lifeguards to train and prepare themselves for hairy situations at sea. The powerful surf and currents found in and around the Monterey Bay can punish and humble the fittest of watermen. Santa Cruz is home to a host of big-wave hellmen, who utilize paddleboarding as a training exercise, preparation for the inevitable thrashings that come with surfing giant waves.
Jay Moriarity was one of Santa Cruz’s most dedicated watermen. He paddled, swam, and dove as methods to keep his body fit so he could surf his favorite wave, the bone crushing behemoth known as Mavericks in Half Moon Bay. In an ironic twist of fate, it would be a solo free dive gone wrong off the coast of India that took him from us, tearing a hole in the heart of the Santa Cruz surf community that is still healing to this day.
In honor of Jay’s memory, an annual paddle race has give local men and women a chance to show off their paddling skills, and perpetuate the legacy of the “watermen” way of life Jay embraced during his time here on Earth with vigorous passion. The Jay race has become extremely popular and prestigious and brings in athletes from across the land.
Now, a paddle race is being organized that will surely test even the most experienced of paddlers. The Bay Crossing, which scheduled for June 27th with a 6:30 AM start time is a 27.5 mile course that starts on the East Side of the Wharf in front of the Main Beach in Santa Cruz. Participants will then paddle straight out into the Bay make a left shoulder turn at the M1 Buoy (this buoy is nearly 12 miles from the nearest point of land), and paddle to the finish in the water in front of Monterey State Beach. The event is open to individual competitors and 2-4 person teams. Paddleboards and SUP (stand-up paddleboard). Each competitor and team is required to have their own escort boat.
Not only is the race long and physically demanding, the route passes over the Monterey Canyon, an area teeming with wildlife, with such unfriendly residents such as Great White Sharks and Killer Whales. People have crossed the Bay before, but this organized event will bring a sense of prestige and will hopefully lay the foundation for a lasting tradition.
Big wave charger and accomplished paddler Zach Wormhoudt is part of the crew determined to keep the “watermen” tradition alive by organizing this unique event. By the way he throws himself over the ledge in life-threatening surf at Mavericks, you can tell he takes his training quite seriously.
You think you have what it takes? Contact the event organizers at thebaycrossing@gmail.com. However, the Crossing is only for the experienced and fit. As Wormhoudt puts it himself, “You have to do it knowing you may not make it. Although the event will be a race, almost every competitor will be aiming just to finish.”



Carl's cruisy carve

Any hardcore surfer would have to agree that Santa Cruz, California truly is Surf City, USA. What other town boasts such deep rooted historical connections to the “sport of kings“? After all, it was here that three Hawaiian princes surfed in 1885, in a number of sessions which would be known later as the mainland United State’s first encounter with the sport.

In the 1950’s Jack O’Neill revolutionized the sport by inventing the first functional wetsuits, an act which brought surfing to places people never dreamed of. With such world class surfers and waves, it’s no surprise that the town’s got so much history. This weekend, it looks as there’s some more history yet to be made. The Longboard Union Invitational Memorial Day contest, presented by the Santa Cruz Longboard Union or SCLU, kicked off yesterday at Steamer Lane.

The event pits rival longboard clubs from across California in a battle for the title, and most importantly, bragging rights. While the competition is fierce, there’s always a sense of camaraderie in air, as it gives the longboard community, which stretches up and down the west coast and also has ties on the east coast and Hawaii, a chance to catch up and hang out. According to SCLU representative Carl Olsen, “The club contests are a way for old friends to meet up, so in that way the ‘contests’ are really a giant club meeting of all the clubs”.

This time around, the contest enters it’s twenty-fifth year, making it Santa Cruz’s longest running surf contest. “It really represents the long, hard work of the older club members such as Pete Noble, Cindy Sandberg, Kim Stoner, Don Craddock and so many others working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the event afloat, now and in the years past”, says Olsen. Olsen is one of the many Santa Cruz Longboard Union members who works hard all year preparing and organizing the yearly event, which is, as he puts it, “the glue that keeps the club together, along with a love for surfing”.

Not only is this year’s event a historic one, it also recognizes the importance of Santa Cruz’s history as a real “Surf City”, donating it’s proceeds to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, located a stone’s throw from the surf at the Lane. The museum, which has faced closure in recent years, needs all the help it can get, and this is a way for the Union, which has ties to the original Santa Cruz Surfing Club members and to the museum itself, to do it’s part to help the local treasure stay afloat. Head on over to the Lane today and check out some history in action. As junior competitor Kai Medeiros said, “It’s cool to be a part of something that’s older than me!”.




Few things seem to frighten Half Moon Bay's Jeff Clark. Decades ago, he paddled out by himself at the break which is now known as Maverick's, a spot which is considered one of the heaviest deep-water waves in the world.
Clark went on to pioneer surfing the treacherous, shark-infested waters of Maverick's, eventually honing his skills to such an extent that he learned to ride the wave switch stance. Remarkably, he managed to survive fifteen years surfing the spot all by himself, despite the bone-crunching surf and hungry great white sharks.
Approaching the 35-year reunion of his monumental discovery, Clark is facing a rare point in his life in which he is truly frightened. The reason for his trepidation? The prospect of months out of the water and the thought of missing out on the action out at the peak at Mav's.
A lifetime of surfing and sports has taken it's toll on Clark. He's had a number of operations, including back surgery, and just recently underwent a procedure to take care of chronic hip problems. The surgery was a hip resurfacing procedure, a relatively new technique that preserves the femur. The surgeon, Dr. Thomas Vail of UC San Francisco, dislocated Clarks leg to access the hip joint. Then, he smoothed out the ball and socket of the joint and put a titanium cap over the ball and in the socket, so it formed a perfectly smooth fit. The surgery went smoothly, and the surgeon discovered why Clark was in so much pain.
"In the process, he found I had no cartilage left, removed four bone spurs and one bone fragment the size of a marble. Gnarly. No wonder I was in so much pain. No one could believe I could walk, much less surf, with all that going on", said Clark of his tattered hip joint.
Fresh out of surgery, Clark is on the mend, taking it easy at his house overlooking the break at Maverick's in Half Moon Bay. To keep himself occupied and focused on recovery, Clark has created a blog to document his healing process. The site, rebuildjeffclark.blogspot.com, contains up-to-date journal entries, photos, as well as a link to an animated depiction of his surgery, which takes viewers through the entire procedure step by step.
For Clark, creating the site is a way to inspire others. He desires to, "show people what I am going through, and let them follow me to my goal to surf Mavericks again. ... I want to show that you can have a major surgery like this and still come back to be at the top of your game."
Along with providing a platform to share his story, Clark also hopes the blog helps him raise money to pay for the medical bills. With debts reaching $30,000, Clark is asking his fans and the surfing community to donate whatever they can. Everyone who makes a donation will receive a signed autograph from Clark himself.
Through physical therapy and rehabilitation, Clark hopes to be back out at Maverick's by the beginning of 2010. He's got a tough road ahead of him, yet the prospect of getting back in the ocean gives him hope.
"My first venture back into the water will likely be on a stand-up paddle, paddling around the harbor. It's a great way to tune up your balance and build core strength. Eventually I'll be working with trainer Derek Johnson of Nalu Fit, who works specifically on surf training in and out of the water," said Clark of his plans for getting his body back in surfing shape.
For the moment, the "Maverick Man" is a fish out of water.
"I'm willing to do what I have to do to be able to come back better than I was," Clark said.



You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” hundreds of times throughout your entire life and most likely thought little of it. However, surfing is a great subject to look into such a saying, and brings the question of Relativity into the picture. Back in the day, Einstein got pretty heavy into the stuff and ended up publishing some of the most important findings of our time, notably the theory of Relativity. Einstein’s groundbreaking work brought about new understandings of the Universe, including astonishing finds regarding the relationship of time and space. You may be thinking, “Wait a second, I’m just a grom! I’m more worried about eating gummy worms and painting my surfboards, than time dilation and mass-energy equivalence!”. Patience, young grasshopper! You see relativity also refers to the way two different people may have different understanding of a similar event or occurrence, hence the “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” reference. You see, surfer’s living in Florida’s pan handle region would lose their marbles upon seeing some of the average waves that roll daily through Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. Likewise, many surfer’s in Hawaii, who usually feel extremely comfortable in tropical waters, will shrivel at the thought of surfing in waters under 60 degrees. On a similar note, I’ve met professional snowboarder’s who think I’m nuts for looking for life threatening waves in shark infested waters, while they comfortably fling themselves down sheer, craggy, mountainsides at breakneck speeds. Everything’s relative, and the more you grow, the more you travel, and the more people and culture you expose yourself to, you will come to realize this. Perhaps some of the experiences and friendships you make during your travels will help you look at things through the eyes of another beholder.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Don't bog, blog!

this is the kind of random shit Dane puts on his blog, funky random and cool shit. marinelayerproductions.com

In this informational age of Twitter updates and blogging, people are increasingly utilizing the internet to allow others intimate insight into their personal lives. People like to stay connected, and more importantly they like to be informed. A growing number of these web surfers happen to be real surfers, and they are turning to the web for surf related information and content.

To address this demand, professional surfers, photographers, and surf journalists alike have begun to create their own personal websites. These sites offer news, photos, videos, as well as blogs, Involvement in these websites gives surf personalities a chance to interact with fans, increase their visibility, as well as keep everyone updated with their latest doings. Here are five surf blogs to quench your surf stoke when the waves are flat.

1. The Goods Life http://www.blog.thegoodss.com/
Twin brothers Damien and CJ Hobgood have been fixtures in the surf world for the past decade, and remain two of my favorite surfers in the world. Their innovative small wave trickery and heart stopping performances in Tahiti have solidified their place amongst the best in the world. The Goods Life offers fans up to date news, blog entries, as well as their own personal videos, which can be pretty hilarious at times.

2. Chris Burkard Photography http://www.chrisburkard.blogspot.com/
Central California’s Chris Burkard has quickly become one of the worlds most talented surf photographers. Chris recently finished the California Book Project, in which he and Eric Soderquist documented the sights and surf found within the Golden state. This blog site allows Chris a chance to show everyone where currently is, where, he’s been, and the sorts of adventures and experiences he’s had along the way.

3. Post Surf (DECEASED)http://www.postsurf.com/
Surf news and forecasting website Surfline fired writer Lewis Samuels for a piece he wrote criticizing Billabong CEO, Paul Naude. Upon being booted, Samuels took it upon himself to create a new outlet for his politically incorrect musings in the form of his new blog, Post Surf. On the site, Lewis stirs things up by calling out the surf industry and professionals alike. I think he's a prick, but while it lasted, postsurf was always a good place to go for entertainment. More on him later.

4. Dane Reynolds www.marinelayerproductions.com
Dane Reynolds is a humble human being. He never puts himself out there as "the guy", or "Check Me Out I'm Sponsored Joe Pro". This new blog is a way for Dane to express himself, to give the world an intimate look at the world as he see's it. Lot's of normal folk have blogs, so why can't Dane? He's a person just like all of us, and his photo's and musings are pretty entertaining. In the photos and videos that he posts, Mr. Reynolds not only shows us his versatility as a surfer, but his knack for nostalgia, art, and creativity. My favorite is the busted wing layback video. Pure talent

5. Peter Mel http://www.petermel.com/
Santa Cruz surf legend Peter Mel has tackled some of the largest surf to hit the West Coast, and lives to tell about it. These days, Pete is busy as an announcer in a number of international surfing events, while still finding time to fulfill his job as big wave hellman and professional surfer. On his official website, Pete posts blogs, videos, pictures, a biography, as well as an updated schedule to keep track of his whereabouts. One of my heroes.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Featured Artist


Kevin aka Manson getting creepy in his Swift Street Studio

You may have noticed the past few years that many top-name surfing professionals such as Jason “Ratboy” Collins, Josh Mulcoy and Matt Rockhold have been riding surfboards with colorful, unique and eye-catching graphics. There’s Ratboy’s custom Stretch with the entire bottom side painted with a cartoonish panarama of surfers busting airs and pulling into tubes at the Santa Cruz harbor. On any given day, Mulcoy might be riding a board with a depiction of a rugged surf landscape in Alaska, complete with a solitary, rubber clad soul surfer pulling into an icy barrel. As Matt Rockhold soars a gigantic aerial over your head, you may have time to notice the eerily realistic picture of a gigantic Grizzly Bear pawing at a salmon in a rushing creek.
The man behind the paint pen is Santa Cruz painter and graphic designer Kevin Walsh. At the tender age of 25, Walsh has established himself as one of the most promising artists in the region. Along with painting graphics on the boards of some of the area’s most well-known pro surfers, he has plied his art onto skateboards, T-shirts and concert posters.

Walsh’s obsession with drawing began at an early age. By age 4, he was drawing waves, picking up on the influence of his father, a gifted painter in his own right who specializes in ocean and nautical scenes. He developed his skill with endless hours of practice and a number of high school art classes.Walsh began painting professionally when he was hired to create surfboard graphics by Bill Reidel from Stretch Surfboards. As soon as local surfers began to see Walsh’s grade-A graphics out in the lineups, the demand for his crazy creations skyrocketed. The hype around his graphics grew and interest in his work expanded into non-surfing-related realms. Eventually, he was hired to create the poster and T-shirt designs for annual Cold Water Classic surf contest at Steamer Lane, as well as concert posters for the likes of Jack Johnson and The Black Eyed Peas.

Walsh credits his father for encouraging him to make a life from creating art.“I’ve always looked up to my dad and his love for art,” Walsh said. “I think it’s definitely rubbed off on me, and he remains my main influence.”Re-occurring themes in Walsh’s art include surfing, rock/pop art, pin-up girls, wildlife, and the old West. He mixes them all together in colorful, surreal dreamscapes, the details of which can leave you staring endlessly, almost mesmerized by their quirky complexity. His style and subject matter resemble bring to mind the works of the legendary Jim Phillips, who earned international fame for his psychedelic concert posters of the ’60s and ’70s.

These days, Kevin is incredibly busy putting the final touches on a concept piece he’s working on for a concert pairing Slightly Stoopid and Snoop Dogg. In addition, he constantly has jobs in the works for companies like Stretch, Screwball Surfboards, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Ladera Skateboards, Another Planet Entertainment, Silverback Management, Mulcoy Incorporated, Gnu Snowboards and Ocean Minded

Ratty's TNT Fishing Stick www.seabeastart.com

Having a custom Walsh paint job on your board can not only increase your visibility in the water, but also elevate your stoke level as well. Jason "Ratboy" Collins, who first met Walsh through Stretch a few years ago, remembers one paint job in particular that will last in his memory forever.

" The whole bottom of the board was a fishing scene. Floating in a little boat were two cartoon depictions of me and (Josh) Loya, throwing sticks of dynamite in the water. Underwater the dynamite is blasting these shocked tuna fish. Pretty classic. My mom actually still has it"

Along with an already solid reputation, Walsh is focused, determined, and incredibly passionate, so it’s no surprise that along with his undisputable talent, there’s a desire that burns deep within in him to show the world what he’s capable of.

“I’m proud of making my dream a reality, which is to surf and paint while make a decent living,” Walsh said. “I’m also fortunate to have all the friends that I have met along the way. I’m stoked with all the success I’ve made so far, but my main concern is living in the moment, loving what I do and getting people stoked at looking at art.”

Thursday, April 23, 2009



In case you didn't know, Nelly is a shreddy skater as well

By Neal Kearney
Across the globe, the city of Santa Cruz is famous as a breeding ground for hardcore skateboarders and progressive surfers. For decades, surfers in the region have been incorporating skate influences in their surfing, and vice versa. In the 70’s, the pool skaters drew heavily on surfing while perfecting their slashing grinds, and in the 90’s Santa Cruz surfers were using a skate inspired approach to push their above the lip antics. As Santa Cruz surfers looked to skateboarders, so did the photographers who shot them. By using pole cameras and fish eye lenses, photographers like Tony Roberts began producing images of the SC air boys that captured their technical, in-your-face, and fins-free style of surfing.Enter Dave Nelson, aka Nelly, Santa Cruz’s current skate inspired photo master. During the past decade, Nelly has been working endlessly to produce the most stunning of images, fueled by a passionate desire to capture surfing’s most extreme moments.Nelly has deep skating roots, and began his photography career shooting skateboarders. The exposure has definitely influenced his photography, as evidenced by his shots of Ratboy’s soaring lien grab airs, or up close views of Adam Replogle charging giant pits. As a water photographer, Nelly’s not afraid to put himself in harms way to get unique visions, and this tactic allows him to be in the right spot at the right time.Being a high profile photographer, Nelly knows the surf industry in and out. From dealing with companies to working with the magazines, he’s highly in tune to the inner workings of the sport, and has accumulated a bounty of knowledge, insight he uses to help the surfers who he works with succeed. Surfshot recently caught up with Nelly for a brief chat to gain some further insight into his world.
1) When did you start taking photo's and how did that come about?.
I started taking photos about 15 years ago. I used to work with a guy named Tony Roberts, and he was like the Santa Cruz Photo guru back in the day. He used to take alot of shots of me skating, and i kind of learned about photography along the way. I owe him everything. When he moved to Costa Rica he really hooked me up. He came by my house with all kinds of old gear and flowed me some of his contacts too. TR you rule!!!!!
2) How has the industry changed from when you started out as a professional photog?
The industry has changed so much, and is constantly changing. All you have to do is pick up an old mag from the 70s or 80s to see how much everything evolves. I mean they had boogie board ads in the front of the mag back then!!! The industry is impossible to break into for new photogs these days unless your name is Pat Stacy or Daniel Russo. Those guys are almost purely water guys, and theyre willing to risk their lives to get the shot!!!
3) Professional photographers these days not only work for surf magazines, but for large surf companies as well. Can you lend any insight into this phenomenon and how its affected your situation?
Nobodys gonna buy a 600mm lens and stand on the beach, and bea able to turn any heads or get a job with one of the mags. The companies all have 1 or 2 photographers on retainer, so you cant sell any ads either.I used to sell ads like crazy, not any more
4) How has the shift to digital changed the game for you personally? Do you ever use film anymore?
I was the last holdout when it came to switching to digital. Im not a fan of computers so i was dreading having to learn all this new software an d everthing else that comes with digital photography. My boss said it was cool and they were happy with what i captured with film. After a while though the breakthroughs with digital were so amazing there was no denying it anymore. it was sharper, and the fact that you can sit in the water for hours shooting without having to swim in and change rolls was very inticing too!!!! I almost never use film anymore, but i will when the situation calls for it.
5) A lot of talented surfer's are losing their sponsors with the faltering economy. What, in your opinion, are good ways for these surfer's to prove themselves in such tough times? .
Times are extremely tough right now. You gotta really want it bad if you want to bea a well paid pro surfer. My advice has always been the same. You need to think ahead, get up at the crack of dawn and get shit done. live eat and breathe surfing. It takes alot of effort if your names not Jamie Obrien or Bruce Irons. The most successful guys i see are the ones who try the hardest and dont let anything get in their way....

Wednesday, April 22, 2009



Chad-Um's pivots through a lenghly lipslide

Sup wich y’all it’s me Chad Underhill

Comin for blood ’cause I can always smell a kill

I won’t quit the wave until I’ve had my fill

Nineteen years old and I’m only getting better still

That tight flow came straight from the buttered mouth piece of up and coming rapper Chad Underhill-Meras. Actually, to tell the truth, Chad’s a surfer, not a rapper. To me, this is unfortunate because it works on so many levels. His moniker might be, for instance, Lil C The Underheezy comin live and direct from the West Side. Player stay up. As fate would have it, however, Chad was born in sleepy Santa Cruz, not cutthroat Compton. This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t floss though. I’ve seen him looking G’d up from the feet up, complete with icy bling and a backwards baseball cap. His steez in the water is pretty funky as well. Growing up watching limber legends like Barney and Flea launching at the Lane, Chad has developed a taste for fins out surfing, constantly on the lookout for a ledges to lip slide. With the support of the West Side and inspiration from good buddies like Nic Lamb and Nat Young, Chad is looking to make his mark in the rap, er I mean surf world in no time.


Question of The Day!


Rodie's on rail surfing and commited power act will surely help his sponsor's sell gear for years to come

Today I caught up with legendary Santa Cruz ripper and ambassador of stoke, Adam Replogle, and asked him today’s question of the day…….. “How do you see the future of the surfing economy?”

AR-”When I think of the future of the surf industry I just go look at the line up on a flat day and it give me hope for the future. Lately, the water has been packed. Not just local contractors out of work but a new group of beginners in their 40’s and 50’s. Tons of them, just go by Cowells on any low tide and you will see what I am talking about. Hopefully, one day when the surfing economy ramps back up, surfing will have some new members to help support the industry, but for now we just need to be stoked we live in Santa Cruz”



Surfing is an incredibly demanding sport. Mentally, it demands patience and focus. Spiritually, it demands dedication and passion. The most important demand placed on all of those who participate, in my opinion, is the extreme physical one’s placed on surfers as they go head-to-head with the unharnessed energy of mother nature with little else than a surfboard and a leash. Other than countless hours in the water and the experience that comes with it, one might think that there is little one can do to prepare themselves for a life of surfing forever. In this weekly Froth Blog, entitled “Surfing Forever”, I will provide readers with a holistic approach to surfing at the top of their game. By looking at particular methods of preparation and maintenance, such as warming up, stretching, strengthening, utilizing a healthy diet, and keeping a an elevated state of mental clarity, this blog is dedicated to sharing ways to improve one’s mental and physical prowess as a surfer. Hopefully, by following this blog, and incorporating it’s findings into your routine, you will be able to maximize your experience in the water, and enjoy a life “Surfing Forever”. Next week, we will be looking at ways in which to loosen up and prepare the body and mind for a good surf in “Surfing Forever” Part 1- Warming Up.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009



Every other week, journalist Neal Kearney will produce a new surf story in his column, The Froth Pit

The Froth has expanded! Froth Father and Santa Cruz local, Neal Kearney, aka NEALDUDE, has just been hired as surf columnist for the Santa Cruz County Sentinel, the area's leading source of local news. Check back every other week for news, interviews, and insight from ND, the Froth Father himself...

Staring into the eye of this ferocious monster, I came to fully understand the reason for its mythic reputation. It towered above me, threatening me with unimaginable force. Its furious advance did little to intimidate me however, for this encounter was my idea.
For years I had studied this Hawaiian behemoth called the Banzai Pipeline, analyzing its characteristics, idolizing those who had successfully tamed this beast. Yet, when I found myself face to face with the monstrosity during a 2004 session, I felt almost at ease, as though watching myself act from the safety of a movie theater seat. The time came for me make my move, and as the beast lifted me up with its giant claws, I took my position and swung my blade.
In any other circumstance my timing would have been perfect, but this time the Pipeline had different ideas.
Grabbing the rail of my board, I was pulled down the face of the giant wave, literally feeling the g-force as I made my descent. With my timing slightly off, I quickly found myself in the one of the worst possible scenarios -- going over the falls at Pipeline. As the wave pitched out, it subsequently launched me into the air, a good 15 feet from the bottom of the wave.
I knew what fate comes to those who fail to harness the unpredictable energy of the Pipeline. Images of the numerous deaths and broken necks of those who have tried, unsuccessfully, flashed through my mind during the three seconds of free fall prior to impact. I looked for a soft place to land, but to my dismay I instead saw submerged coral heads, razor sharp and incredibly uninviting.
Before I knew it, I was doing a pencil dive into a half foot of water. A deadly cascade of churning water followed me, folding me like an accordion. Immeasurable pain shot through my legs, and I knew I had hurt myself badly. As the behemoth pinned me to the craggy reef, powerful blasts of whitewash knocked me about like a child's plaything.
Just when I thought the end was near, I shot to the surface, choking on foam while frantically gasping for air. I looked around, only to find my board in pieces and blood gushing from my shins and feet. Whimpering, I limped up the beach, carrying my broken surfboard in my arms like some shattered remnant of battle.
As I walked up the trail, I looked over my shoulder for one last glance at Pipeline. As though taunting me, a perfect wave barreled flawlessly over the reef, proclaiming its majesty by belching a giant spray out both ends of its gaping innards.
My name is Neal Kearney. I have been surfing my entire life, and my time in the ocean has shaped the man I am today. The lessons the ocean can teach us are infinite. From patience to courage, surfing will test your character, no matter how good you are. These trials and tribulations, such as my experience taking on Pipeline, can teach a person a great deal about himself. In my column, The Froth Pit, I will draw on my lifelong obsession with the ocean, as well as my experiences as a traveling professional surfer, to bring you, the reader, a look into my world of surf.
Neal Kearney and The Froth Pit will appear every other week in the Sentinel. Contact him at sports@santacruzsentinel.com.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Industry Notes


For the second year in a row, Stand Up Paddle Surfboarding or SUP, has been invited to supplement the yearly Kiteboarder Magazine event held in Pismo this last weekend. The event allows potential buyers the rare chance to tryKite Surfing and SUP equipment before buying. This lends to 100% buyer confidence and that old saying- satisfaction guaranteed.
Stand Up Paddling has been tagged as the fastest growing water sport recently do it it's low impact/high return core workout qualities. Kiteboarders chase the wind but on those days when Mother nature just doesn't feel like blowing, SUP is a perfect workout replacement. Besides every major Kiteboard equipment company in the world, Extreme Big Air and Kiteboarder Magazine invited SUP manufactures including Global SurfIndustries (GSI), and others to let Kite Surfers try their different boards."It is a perfect complimentary activity to Kite Surfing," says Pacific NorthWest Territory Manager for GSI, Jason Miller. "Like Kiting, you can SUP almost anywhere, lakes, rivers, in the surf. It's actually better to try the first few times without waves in flat water, not only will you have alot more fun but you'll have a faster learning curve if you plan to take into the ocean. If you plan on SUP surfing try to find a small SUP friendly spot that does not have a lot of regular surfers around. Learning to handle these bigger boards in crowded conditions can be very dangerous."
Jason also brought a quiver of regular surfboards from world famous shapers Steve Walden, from Santa Barbara, Greg Webber and Bob McTavish, both from Australia. The one board that you could NOT go without missing was theModern Longboard by Tomas Meyerhoffer from Pacifica. This hour glass, pintail, tri fin looks like something from a science fiction movie. "Everyone who tried it this weekend was blown away, even people who didn't ride it couldn't help but ask what it was!" Jason said, "The performance in the water backs up any attention it gets on land for sure."
The Meyerhoffer is possibly the most radical design innovation in longboarding for a generation. With this ultra-modern take on the traditional longboard world renowned industrial designer Thomas Meyerhofferand Global Surf Industries bring his design excellence into the realm of the everyday surfer, increasing the ultimate experience and propelling surfing into the mainstream consciousness more than ever.
Always in search of ways to increase the experience Thomas Meyerhoffer designs products in the areas of sports, technology and furniture. Hisprevious experimental surfboards have been included in New York's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art,while Outside Magazine has tipped the Meyerhoffer Longboard in 2009 as a surfing product that will blow your mind.'
Each section of the board is optimized for maximum performance, the design evolving into an incredibly complex shape with three different that transition smoothly into each other with its own purified purpose in an organic and seamlessly effective shape. Just like nature itself. The evolution of the Meyerhoffer has been a process of taking away more than adding to traditional forms, enabling Thomas a greater opportunity to shape the board.

The trippy Meyerhoffer

"As a designer I believe in the proportions of nature. If you change a shape in one direction the flow on effect undoubtedly changes it in the other,"said Thomas.
From the wide tail through a minimal waist and into a more classic nose, the design brings short board elements into a longer board to maximize speed and turning, provides paddling ease and high performance nose riding. Every element of the board provides the ability for smooth transition from front to back.
"I want to further explore that indefinable feeling of surfing and I see this same sentiment within Global Surf Industries," he added.
And in their quest to push the boundaries of surfboard design Global Surf Industries has teamed with Thomas for the next chapter in this evolution.The Meyerhoffer once more takes us back to the longboard and beyond the current shape while still encompassing core shortboard philosophies in itsdesign.
"It has always been a goal of mine to help create definite design differentiation in the retail surf industry," said GSI Managing Director Mark Kelly."As a whole, surfboards are very similar and I believe today it is shapes over construction that we need to develop further."
Global Surf Industries is the largest surfboard distributor in the world,distributing to over 50 countries. Mark believes if you were to take 20random boards from the rack at your local surf shop and remove all brand definable markings, most of us would be at a loss trying to differentiate between each. Unless however, included in that collection are the latest Meyerhoffer longboards.
"We are a company for the recreational surfer and I cannot wait to give every surfer out there the opportunity to ride this truly innovative piece of modern design," concluded Mark.
The Meyerhoffer will be marketed under Global Surf Industries Modern Longboards brand. It was officially launched internationally and surfed at this year's Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing in Australia earlier this month. The Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. Itran from March 15 - 22, has 1,800 entrants in over a dozen competitions. Italso encompasses the GSI One Design Invitational, where six heats of six invitees surfed 9'2" Meyerhoffer boards for the first time for a place inthe final.
For more information, videos and reviews go to www.surfindustries.com/modernor call 1 877 474 6503
BOARD SPECIFICATIONSLENGTH WIDTH THICK rider weight range7'6" 36" / 21 1/2" 2 3/4" <>9'2" 41" / 22" 3" <>
All boards are constructed in GSI's SLX - Super Lightweight Epoxy -technology to ensure maximum responsiveness. We have glassed all boards with white tinted epoxy resin. They have 2 X 6oz layers of fiberglass ondeck and 1 X 4oz bottom with a 6oz patch on the fin area. We give the boards the gloss polish finish and they come 6" or 8" Centre fin and FCS side fins depending on their length.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Industry Notes

Industry Profile- Chad Wells

CWells roasting a donkey!

There’s a lot that goes into the job of a sponsored surfer. There’s no set routine, yet most pro surfers pursue careers which demand similar elements. You’ve got to travel, shoot photo’s, attend autograph signing’s and promotional events, compete in contests, and turn heads free surfing, all the while acting as a positive representative of the companies that support you. Many people may hear this and ask what all the fuss is about? To them, it all sounds exciting and fun, and wonder why any pro surfer would stress out or complain about their job.
On the surface, it would seem as though they’re asking a legitimate question. How could someone gripe about traveling the globe, surfing perfect waves, partying at exclusive events, and getting paid to do so? What the average bystander doesn’t understand, however, is the amount of physical and emotional demands placed on this tribe of professional globe-trotters. There’s a great deal of planning, training, networking, flying, driving, waiting, hoping and praying that come together which can at times create a hectic and stressful lifestyle.
Luckily, most surfer’s have team manager’s who help ease the stress involved in such activities, and its their job to make sure their team has everything they need to succeed. Surfs hot recently caught up with Quiksilver’s Chad Wells, for some insight regarding the duties required of a team manager, as well as a bit of his own personal history to help illustrate his journey through the ranks of the surf industry.

1. How did you come to work for Quiksilver?

It’s a little bit of a long story but in a nutshell, Strider got my number from a friend named Rob Colby who happened to work at Quiksilver, and rang me out of the blue one afternoon. At the time I was glassing and hot coating at Chas Surfboards, judging all the domestic WQS and Air Show events and coaching the high school surf team at Marina High in HB. So anyways, he rang me up and asked if I’d interview with him and I knew Strider a little bit from comps. The last time I’d seen him was a year or two prior walking up the path at Rocky Pt., so I guess he knew who I was at least. Taylor Whisenand, Greg Macias, Todd Kline and Strider hired me on Dec. 1st, 2003 and I’ve been here ever since. I’ll never forget that day!

2. Being a pro surfer at one time yourself, do you feel this gives you any edge or advantage to your job?

Ha! My pro surf career was nothing more than checking the “pro” box when I filled out my entry back then. I think from my past experiences being a sponsored surfer at one time, coaching the kids at the high school, and the opportunity to be involved in judging helps me tremendously every day. I can relate to the grom’s and can spot technique or equipment flaws and giving them a good formula before their heats. The part that I had no advantage in was the everyday office, corpo stuff and how to work with the magazines. Fortunately for me I have had really good mentoring from Todd Kline and Strider in both of those areas.

3. What is your job title and what does it entail?

I’m officially the surf team manager. Its funny because really the way I look at it is, I work for the athletes most of the time, they work for me some of the time and we all work for the company full time. My job mainly consists of a lot of follow up calls, emails and txt messages are an everyday occurrence. Organizing plane tickets, accommodations, transportation, paying entries, calling the mag’s, parent’s, photog’s, uploading blogs on our website, ordering clothing, wetsuits, managing budgets, submitting incentives, contracts, attending surf events, industry functions, identifying new prospects and every now and then go on a surf trip. That’s pretty much it but I’m sure I forgot something! It’s the best job in the world but most people don’t really understand how much actually goes into it. I take it pretty seriously and if you’ve ever called me and I didn’t pick up, I guarantee you’ll get a call back within a few hours.

4. It seems that everyone has been hard hit by the latest economic collapse. How has this affected Quiksilver? Your job in particular? Any predictions on how it will all play out?

I think the reason its affected Quiksilver the most is just the fact that we are a public company and we’re on Wall Street where anyone can go on the net and get information on us has been the # 1 culprit of some crazy rumors. But a company similar in size with the current state of the economy has to make some pretty tough calls, that’s just the way it is. Trimming back on things that can be sacrificed is probably the biggest result. With my job particularly having to clarify rumors has been the biggest affect bar none! But the other thing is taking a hard look at the way I manage the budget and trying to make good decisions for the team and beneficial for the brand. As far as the situation we’re in now with the economy being the worst its been since the 30’s or something only time will tell. It will eventually turn around but when that will happen is really anyone’s guess.

5. What's your favorite part of your job? Does it allow you to get out and surf still?

By far the best is being able to get in the water with some of the best surfers in the world or any of the team guys in their areas. Whether its little grom Matty P. at the HB Pier or Pete Mel at Pleasure’s it’s a blessing to be able to have a surf with those guys at their spots. Traveling is also a favorite. Its how I met my wife on the beach in France 4 years ago and I’ve visited at least 5 countries a couple of times over now. As for getting in the water, I’m recovering from back surgery last Jan now, but I was getting after it every day and there’s no complaints there.

6. The surf industry and media is always going through trends and phases. From the Momentum generation riding potato chip thin boards and acting terribly in surf movie skit's in the 90's, to neon board short wearing teenager's with six figure contract's flipping out in the 00's, the trends seem to carry the movement of the sport. What's next? And more importantly, how does the tattered economy dictate such shifts? Personally, I'd like to see a focus on the bad boy. Ad's of Geoff Brack breaking his own nose (board and face) with his fists. Sequences of Aaron Cormican taking bong rips. It would be awesome. What would you like to see? The next trend in surfing?

I couldn’t even tell ya! I don’t mind fluro actually but I’m hoping the weird tight pants thing goes away. I think Dane Reynolds has really given the kids a great role model to look up to. He can do some of the most technical airs and with serious loft, throws down power turns and geared his act to qualify for the WCT and re-qualifying showed he wasn’t a fluke and that he deserved to be there. The groms of today will be really gnarly when they are 18-20yrs old. The troubled economy will likely make it a lot harder for the kids who are thinking they are going to be pro surfers who are great surfers, but if it continues to be bad they’re going to have to be amazing in order to make a living at it. I would like to see a little more grit as well. Not necessarily the bad boy, but a little more edge and not in a gay pair of tight pants…haha! I‘d like to see more unity out of the Americans. The Gudauskas brothers are solid and their crew rally behind each other but just more support for each other just lifts everyone’s spirits and even if they aren’t your best buddy, they’re still an American.



Koa Smith is one pissed off grom! photo- Ripcurl

I’m a grom and I’m angry. I’m sick and tired of the older boys dropping in on me and taking all my waves. I’m fed up with the titty twisters, dead legs, monkey bumps, and Mexican Hat Dances. I don’t like picking licorice out of my hair after being dumped headfirst into the trash can. Why do the older guys pat me down for lunch money every time I go to the beach to check the surf? I can feel my blood boil when they talk trash on my older sister and my mom. Maybe I should take some Ju Jitsu classes and learn how to wrap these bullies into a pretzel. Too bad I’m just a little fella, and all I have are these wiry arms and chicken legs. I’m growing though, so they had better just watch out. Man, sometimes it’s tough being a grom. I’m so angry. Good thing I can go out surfing and get rid of some of this pent up aggression. All I have to do is paddle out and unleash my fury on some innocent, unsuspecting lip. It’s such a relief when I feel my fins blow out the back of the wave, my body tapping my minds inner anger to execute extreme acrobatics. As I pump down the line of this well groomed launch ramp, all the noogies, wet willies, and your momma jokes act as fuel for my lethal lift- off. When I stick my angst aided aerial, my angry quickly subsides. The feeling of stoke after pulling a big move is enough to cure any case of bad mojo. A couple tubes later I’m ready to come in a happy camper, completely calmed from a successful session of liquid therapy. Like the icing on top, it turns out all the older guys were watching my session from the beach. What better way to get my revenge than to put them to shame on my own terms. The cherry on tops comes when I walk by the crew of ruffians and hear one of the boys address me. “Sick wave little guy. Not bad for a grom”. I smile and walk by, and for once I don’t feel so angry.


Boothy loves his donuts! ph-Cornut Wilson

Boothy! Kyle Buthman, aka Boothy, is one odd fellow. Around strangers, Boothy is usually quite reserved and shy. Once he’s in a comfortable environment with his buddies surrounding him, he looses his marbles. I’ve heard some of the weirdest things in my life come out of the kids mouth, and I love it. For the boys, Boothy’s bizzarre quirks and off the wall remarks provide non stop comedy. In the water, Boothy continues the insanity. His committed, on rail approach to surfing perfectly suites the high energy surf found in and around Santa Cruz County. Oh yah, Boothy loves the tube. When the surf is up you’ll likely catch Kyle charging one of SC’s slurping slabs or spine snapping shorepounds, searching out the tube with reckless abandon. He has taken his big wave act to the perilous reefs of Oahu’s North Shore, as well as the thumping beach breaks of Mainland Mexico. Next item on Boothy’s agenda are the ominous waters of Mavericks in Half Moon Bay. Its only natural, as he has always looked up to local legend Peter Mel, one of the few highly skilled waterman to challenge Mavericks at it’s biggest. Last week Boothy paddled out on a small day, and managed to catch a couple. Now that he’s broken the ice, hopefully he’ll get the chance to catch some bombs this Winter. Yah Boothy!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Industry Notes


Has the recent economic crash deflated your surf stoke? Looking for a good way to spruce up your dismal existence? The answer is simple my friend, a new hand crafted stick courtesy of Chez Stix! That's right, Charlie Chesleigh, the legendary bald headed ripper known as Chezmoe, has re launched the Chez Stix campaign, and is up and running with a new shop! Some of SC's finest have pushed the limits of modern surfing with Chesleigh's forward thinking designs, and now he's back at it! contact him @Email:cchez@sbcglobal.net Mobile:831-325-5952 to order up a freshie!


Searching For You

These azure depths churn with restlessness
Passionately birthing
Soothing waves which will find their way
Healing, feeling, reeling with purpose
Traveling farther than one might suspect
Yet always on course
Searching for You

Tuesday, January 27, 2009



Finding the Worm Hole ph Chachi

Pleasure Point has had it's share of legendary surfing families. From the Colletta's to the O'Neill's, the East Side surf families have proven that shredding runs in the blood. Meet Gabe Godfrey, a young Pleasure Point surfer who shares such radical roots. Gabe's pops, Dennis, basically rules the Point's craggy reefs, and his brother Bo is one of Central California's nuttiest pool skater's, as well as a skilled surfer in his own right. Young Gaberaham, as his friends lovingly call him, has inherited this knack for gnarliness, applying it to the surf and cement with reckless abandon. He's a goofy-footer who isn't afraid to use his large frame to muscle through hefty slabs, all the while remaining light as a feather while throwing his precise snaps. A natural talent in large surf, Gabe has acquired a taste for the bone-crushing waves of Mavericks. After surfing you might find Gabe on the creep for nachos, slapping the skate park with Paul Wall and MJ, or playing ball with his little pooches. Gabe is one of the nicest, genuine cat's you'll ever meet, always going out of his way to keep everyone happy, and the by way he's ripping lately you know his old man has got to be proud.


Sponsors- Mada, Body Glove, Ocean Minded

Homebreak- Pleasure PointFavorite Surf Spot- Secret slab by my house

Looks up To- Pete Mel, parents, Jay Moriarty RIP

Tunes- GG Allin, Dubee AKA Sugawolf Pimp, ND freestyles, Pist Productions

Dream Session- Lance's Right, double overhead, double up tubes, with no one out.

26th ave- Backyard. Fun Beach break for surfing and finding girls.

Quote- "I Love New York!"

Thanks- Frankie D'Andrea and Mom's

SNAP, CRACKLE, POP! ph jake Ciffone

Monday, January 26, 2009

Question of The Day!



Anthony Joe demonstating a standard indy grab ph Wilson

Today's Question deals with the long debated spat between aerialsts whether or not to grab rail in the midst of a lofty punt. While it's impressive to watch Mick Fanning clear eight foot sections with a clean, centered double grab, but how bad ass is it to see Nathan Fletcher fling himself through the air like a possesed dradle, sticking to the board with nothing but his feet.

No Grab Nate ph Hank (vanssurf.com)

Who better to provide a little insight into the realm of ramps than Pleasure Point's own resident aerialist, Anthony Joeseph Mikus JR, known to the world at large simlpy as TJ. TJ can sniff out punt sections more effectively than an ant on the creep for sugar cubes. Here's his take on the grab tip.....


TJ experimenting with a Kerrupt Grab ph. Jake Ciffone (aka Clifford)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Three To The Beach

There were no shortage of Donkey's getting in the way and causing havoc. photo-Shmuel Thlaer/Sentinel

Harbor's Medeiros, several other local shine at ISF competition
By Neal Kearney, Sentinel Correspondent
As seen in The Santa Cruz County Sentinel http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/

As an untimely January heat wave continued to cook the Central Coast on Sunday, a horde of youngsters were busy cooling down in the waters off of Capitola's 2nd Jetty, during the fourth stop on the Interscholastic Surfing Federations regional qualifying series.
Enjoying contestable 3- to 4-foot surf, local surfers battled it out in efforts to gain points for their high school team.

As valuable season points were on the line, the contest was a chance for competitors to improve their respective team's overall standing. The much-hyped Mavericks swell that prompted event organizer Kim Clary to move the two-day event from Manresa State Beach to the mellower waters of Capitola, didn't quite materialize as expected. However, a solid Northwest swell blessed Capitola with well-formed and highly contestable waves that didn't seem to have a drop out of place.

Harbor's Kai Medeiros was one of the many surfers who demonstrated a confident control of his craft.

Medeiros used his smooth, stylish approach to rack a number of excellent rides during his boy's longboard final. This win helped clinch the season title for Medeiros.

"It was definitely not as big as day before, but it was still pretty rippable on a longboard, and my buoyant log made it easy to get long rides and it proved to be quite fun out there," Medeiros said.

Medeiros said season victory means a great deal to him.

"This is my second year in a row clinching first,"
he said. "I guess it just shows I'm the best longboarder my age in Santa Cruz and that's a great feeling, as I've looked up to guys who have done it years past. I'm really stoked."

Other standouts of the day included Harbor's Cheyne Pearson, who took top honors in the highly competitive boys shortboard division, utilizing 2nd Jetty's reeling right-handers. In the girls shortboard division, Soquel's Kelly Edmonds was victorious, while Harbor's Kaitlyn Cole clinched the girls longboard division. Soquel's Quinn Sandberg used his local knowledge to secure a first-place finish in the coed bodyboard division.

Harbor [76 this weekend] accumulated the most team points to attain the overall points lead over Soquel [63] in a heated battle. Rounding out the results were Aptos [78], Half Moon Bay [59], Scotts Valley [33] and Menlo-Atherton [14].