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Monday, October 31, 2005

Cherry Picking

Bowls, of course.

In a recent conversation, somebody was described as a "Bowl's Rat" because they like to surf at the Bowl. Okay, that acceptable.

However, what about someone that surfs Bowls daily and nowhere else? Well, I guess that's a little more extreme. Ed declares himself a "Bowls Specialist," a title that is quite fitting.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

When it's raining...

When it's raining by the ocean in California, chances are it's snowing in someplace higher. Those that can, try their luck in water's alternate medium. Here, Pam boosts a big one in the background.

Damon Schmidt, Maldives

Name: Damon Schmidt
Location: Maldives
Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Attorney- Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Steifel
Favorite Food: Sandwich
Favorite Beer: Bud Light + bucket of ice.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Baja Mexico

While in dental school, we used to frequent Baja Mex quite a bit. It was fun with friends. It was cheap. It was shady. I also never knew that they put cinammon in the Coke.

This was the inside right at the Las Gaviotas Complex. The wetsuit I'm wearing was custom ordered from Japan and it has lasted me 6 1/2 years to date without leaking. The board's a 9'8" Tyler Craftsman Noserider that is somewhere in Derrick Fu's garage.

Another Costa Rica Shot

This appears to be a floater attempt, one I probably did not land. The board was a 9'2" Dewey Weber Pintail Stylist that weighed a good 20+ lbs. Photo: John Lyman

Mr. H

Ivan Harada is a quasi-legend at Waikiki. He has some game. I met him on my first trip to New Zealand at the Wainui Beach Break. He has a nice wife and 2 funny sons that I see performing in Chinese lion dance costumes all over town. They surf pretty good, too. Mr. H has a break named after him, an occasional fun right that ropes off of Canoes into the left channel at Queen's.

Monday, October 24, 2005

"Team Pussy"

One of the more amusing pictures I think I've taken was of this guy sitting on top of the wall at the Venice Breakwater parking lot. His buddy is dropping into big post-storm waves, while he is basically a cheerleader. He is unknowingly sitting on top of a "Team Pussy" that my friend Jamie graffitied into the wall with some of her surf wax. The wave in the distance is a triple overhead set, pretty rare for Venice!

Manu Bay

This is Manu Bay, literally just around the corner from Whale Bay. if you are into perfect lefts, this is for you. I would trade the entire South Shore of Oahu, except for Threes and maybe Diamond Head on a good day for this break. This was a double overhead day at the point. I didn't surf it- I bee-lined it to Whale Bay and almost got killed there instead (read previous entry).

Whale Bay

Whale Bay is a hot dogging left in New Zealand that I surfed a few years ago. I recommend you study the wave before you actually surf it. I almost killed myself on that submerged rock you see (right by the open section in front of the curl of that breaking wave).

I got pitched over the falls on to it, and it was captured on videotape as 2 guys in the background are overheard saying, "that guy is hamburger." Fortunately, no heads were split and no injuries were sustained.

Dan Boehne

Dan was my little brother in dental school. He was a year below me in school, but decades ahead of everyone in surfing ability. He works as a general dentist in Laguna and shapes all the shortboards for his family's surfboard label, Infinity.

Jeremy Porfilio

JP has 2 big toes that are the size of an ape's. He wraps those things around the nose of the board and doesn't let go. In my opinion, he is one of the best noseriders I know. His bag of tricks is endless. Why I was taking pictures this day and not surfing is beyond me.

I'll also try to post the pics of him surfing pretty big Haleiwa when he came to visit me this past Spring.

Swamis, North County San Diego

When I was at UCLA, I quickly realized that surf was better in San Diego than LA. North County was especially good. We were driving back from Pacific Beach and decided to stop off at Encinitas and check Swamis. There was a clean overhead swell, and I just picked off the smaller ones. This remains one of my top 5 longboard sessions of all time.

Impressive Day at Topanga

Topanga isn't the most conducive point to incoming swells since it faces south. But a good 270 NW gives it some nice form with long walls that won't close. Waves off the point are usually a fraction of the size you would find off the point in Ventura.

Pokai Bay, Oahu.

Todd Pinder makes some good boards. This one is not one of them- it's too slow. Fortunately, the waves were good that day.

Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Photo: John Lyman. He took this shot from the beach.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Rockpile Lefts: Laura

9'0 Salmon Takayama Beach Break

Bowls. Ed.

This is how you pull out of a closing section in style.

More hang heels.

Jeremy with the trump card move.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

This guy duct tapes fins to his bodyboard.

Rocky is a guy who rides a sponge at Topanga. And only Topanga. He will not wear a wetsuit- ever. He looks like my Dad, and he grunts a lot like some crazy people do. I used to eat lunch with him at Carl's Jr. after surfing, but he kind of weirded me out after a while.

Jeremy with the heels over

This is Jeremy. He's one of my best friends, and he surfs pretty, pretty good. His nickname is Papaya. I can think of several nicknames that are much tougher.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Monday, October 03, 2005

Custom Artwork by J. "1350 Model"

Featured on a Dave Parmenter 5'10" fish.

Cover Shot Ed. Bowls.

photo: Jamie Ballenger

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Art Wall of Subway Sketches

Mostly doodling from 30 minutes a day spent on the subway.