Saturday, January 31, 2009

Industry Notes



CHEZ STIX SURFBOARDS 2009


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!


CHEZMOE


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

WHO DAT?

GABE GODFREY

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.


Age-20

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!

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TO GRAB OR NOT TO GRAB? THAT IS THE QUESTION!!

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:
WHATEVER I'M FEELING AT THE MOMENT, OR WHATEVER'S BEST FOR THE SECTION...I GUESS I LIKE TO JUST MIX IT UP FOR THE MOST PART! SOMETIMES I GO OUT AND REALLY WANNA DO A CERTAIN GRAB AND KINDA HAVE IT IN MIND BEFORE I EVEN CATCH A WAVE! LATLEY I'VE BEEN TRYING MUTE GRABS, THERE ACTUALLY NOT THAT HARD, IT'S JUST THAT THE GRAB CALLS FOR SOME PRETTY AKWARD POSITIONING. IF YOU THROW IN SOME KIND OF ROTATION THATS ALSO A GOOD WAY TO STEP UP YOUR AIR GAME. LIKE WITH THE MUTES, IF YOU THROW IN A ROTATION IT'S GONNA MAKE THE AIR LOOK WAY SICKER. AS WELL AS BEING DIFFICULT SOME OF THE TECHNICAL GRABS LOOK SO BAFFLING AND CRAZY THAT YOUR SURE TO GET SOME PROP'S AND HOOTS FROM THE BOYS ON THE BEACH"

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].