Friday, July 31, 2009

wharf rat

two grab shots- one if from under the san clemente pier and the other as beachside in Ocean Beach. I really appreciated the subtle differences in overall vibe from one town to the next.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ocean Beach Baby...

Ocean Beach San Diego- home of Pavel's Green Room and some very, exceptionally crunchy people... Good times passing thru- awesome pizza and pale ale. The spot reminded me of the East Village when it mattered combined with beach blanket high jinx..

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sunset at the Oceanside Pier

I grabbed this crappy snap off the Oceanside Pier at Sunset. I love that pier. It was the start of the south swell that started to fill in. I kinda dig the perspective of looking down. also I am digging the effects of color film with the diana.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oceanside Blvd- Takayama's Shop

While in Oceanside Ca, I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Donald Takayama. I was very impressed with his sense of humor and relaxed manner. I hear he still slides quite well down at the harbor. I also was fortunate enough to get a peak into his shaping bay. The light was pretty low and i was shooting 100asa slide film at the time, so the above shot is the only salvaged photo of the lot. If only I was loaded up with my trusty tmax 400 i could have pushed the film further (800 or 1600 ASA). My other regret of the visit was not having the nerve to ask to photograph him. To have a crappy snap of DT would have been classic.
Donald seems quite into shaping wood surfboards these days and his work is truly artful. I was also diggin on the classic takayama model that he shaped in the 60's for Hap Jacobs. The rails and outline on these boards are so insane. True to the original template. The guys running the shop were awesome, helpful and open to discussing his shapes.

Monday, July 27, 2009

the pod room vintage quiver

The Pod Room in Oceanside is currently selling a bunch of rare vintage boards while waiting for a new shipment of sick sticks. Can't say enough about this shop. check it if your there. if you are with the wife have her get a haircut while you feel up rails. Chip and his wife have set up shop- she has a hair salon in the back and he mans the front while watchin the toddler. the vintage frye fish is not for sale despite the inquiries of half of the japan board collecting population...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

keel love mandala

Over the next week, I'll be posting up shots from my stay in so cal. First stop is Oceanside, the place where i spent the majority of my time. What a great vibe in this surf town. While a little more gritty (IMHO a GOOD THING) than other stops in the area, the beach breaks are insane. Everyone I surfed with was totally open to having an "intruder" in the line-up and willing to share waves and local knowledge.

I picked up an insane 6'3 chris christenson quad fish at a totally cool shop (THE POD ROOM). The owner, Chip is a way cool guy who seems really dialed in. He continually smiled and shook his head, as I told him I was headed south to cardiff to check the surf (my translation- stay in Oceanside, its better here). I highly recommend checking the pod room ( and a neat little eat stop across the way Hill Street Cafe and Gallery, also the california surf museum is a must stop for the historians

Friday, July 24, 2009

Froth giving the new singer a test run..

The photo is compliments of the curator, Mr. D. Anderson(AKANORMAN). Looks like froth likes the way the board turns.
I just got in this morning from the red eye from San Diego- still so stoked on the trip, nice south swell was filling in over my last few days there. Great vibe and I am so thankful to have been able to make the trip. The people in Oceanside and surrounding areas were so great and the vibe was way more friendly than i expected. Don't know how many good shots i got, well see...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

VW Vanagon, Pavel quad fish, and Stringerless Mandala

Here's a shot of Dubstars VW- the guy is so into his VW's. Inside the bus is an insane long pavel quad fish with skip frye fins, and leaning on the bus is a Mandala Stringerless quad fish (I believe 5'5"). Both boards have such insane outlines.

This morning dawn patrol provided an elegant little log wave with an incredible sunrise and sweet light off shores. The water was crystal clear to top it off. So much fun on my cooperfish mal foil II. I traded up an rode a junod 9'6 log for a while. The board was so different from my coop- tons of belly, real narrow and full to the rail with a big old ballbearing 50/50 rail, significantly lighter than the coop. It was fun for awhile, but i'll stick with my coop-thank ya very much!! Still hoping for some sweet southern cal swell next week!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

getting psyched!!

Getting psyched for my first trip to southern california with the family. Spending a week in Oceanside and a couple of days at Disneyland. I don't know who is more excited, me (for the surf) or my daughter (for Disneyland). Leaving Tues afternoon and hoping for some mellow fun surf!! got a sweet quad fish waiting for me and I am bringing the quiver of crappy cams!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

foggy surf and bbq

Another thurs eve at the bbq-fog and rain did not deter the stoked at heart. The Bing Gold Standard in the foreground was on the trading blocks for a while, that is until this night when the transaction was completed. All parties involved are quite pleased.

nothin wrong with the back of this bus

71 vw bus, retro fitted with taps for patron, dark spiced rum, and sound system the merry pranksters would appreciate- good times on thurs evenings!!! Full kitchen services including the very healthy and not so stealth deep fryer!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

a bit of country in the 'burbs...

I snapped this shot just as the sun was peaking over the dunes that were behind us. Kinda funny to be camping in Nassau County. the whole thing reminded me of my childhood when my parents would let me pitch tent in the backyard for the night. where are the waves... i am on vacation!!!!