Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Lars shreds on his alaia up north. He says since he picked up his 7'0'' Stuth about a year ago he has barely ridden anything else. Lars is a great surfer, especially on a longboard. Check out this video of him.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Happy to report that the test trials of the Blue Gill at Cloudbreak were completed today with great success. Awoke this morning at 5am, drank coffee, and headed to Cloudbreak for session #1. Surf looked small (headhigh) but perfect and decided to take out the magic sled. As soon as I reached the peak bigger sets started coming in but I was committed! The board performed beautifully even in hollow waves way overhead. My favorite part is the sideslip when you flatten the board out coming up to the lip. The board handles the bottom turns beautifully as long as you stay centered and I was blazing down the line making even the fastest of waves (haven't figured out how to slow it down yet) Hope to have the opportunity to ride it again at Restaurants. Broke my 6'4" on my third wave the first day so I have been riding the Blue Gill and my 6'0" kiteboard (straps off) exclusively.Surfed 3 sessions today with 3 different boatmen. No other surfers on the island today so we had way too many waves. Left the break this afternoon empty with perfect 4-8 ft face waves coming in.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Bula from Tavarua!
Arrived yesterday on island to fair sized surf. Broke my 6'4" Firewire quad on my third wave a Cloudbreak. Went for a second session at Restaurants low tide on the Bluegill crashed and burned. Handed the board over to one of the boatmen, Mike, from Kailua who slotted the thing perfectly and then Dustin, another boatman, from La Jolla caught probably 12 waves on the Bluegill and came out of the water just smiling ear to ear. Encouraged by their success I woke up at 5:15 this morning, had a cup of coffee, and headed back out to Restaurants where I dialed it in and caught probably 20 of the longest rides of my life riding the board off the front foot down the line and stepping back to stall and turn off the bottom and top. The board is a success! All of the boatmen are clamoring to take turns. Haven't tried it a Cloudbreak yet as the surf came up bigger today.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Check this out. Yes, Rob is a better surfer than us, but he can show us what can be done. so get out there.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
We are spending Thanksgiving at the river. This movie is from the past summer. Curt, my brother, made this little boat. It was just big enough for a small adult to sit in and a little tough to paddle. I think we will work on another one for next summer. I forgot to give credit to Belle and Sebastion for the music. "Another Sunny Day" is the song title.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The board on the right was snatched out of the back of Tony Alva's truck in Oceanside a couple of days ago. It is all foam except a ding repair on the corner. I repaired it with wood. There are only two boards like this, so if you see any body with it, please apprehend and stage a citizens arrest. Tony really liked the board.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Tony tried out a 8' Bluegill. Above is a link to his a post on reviewsurfboards.com. He had never ridden a alaia or any other finless board. It took him a little time to adjust, but once it started to click for him he had a great time. Check out his website. There is board reviews of many makes and models. Also, It has videos and other entertainment.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I have been having the best time surfing the alaia on Lake Tahoe! I have been getting incredible sessions in the clear lake water tht gives me the sesation of floating in the air. The water is so clear at times that you see shadows from breakers on the sand underwater- that make the breakers look like clouds in the sky. It amazes me how good the boards work and how I can surf the smallest wind chop. I needed to retrain my mind to what is a surfable wave size and have been riding the lake on a consistent basis since. I have only ridden a regular board once since I got the alaia and the foam board now seems akward, foreign, and slow. There is a picture of me riding the alaia on the lake at
the post "spring sugar and sweet surf". I got my brother on the alaia and he also became a quick convert- he got an alaia from the Patagonia shop and is surfing the north coast on it.
Thanks for the great alaia! Hope to surf with you in LA.
Note: Mark is riding a 7'2 stuth model alaia.