9.02.2015

Weekend Recap

A sunny morning stopover always makes for a good start to the day.
One of the benefits of having weekends on and weekends off with my children is that both give me an opportunity to have fun, different kinds of fun but lots of fun nonetheless.

This last weekend was a very good one. After an expensively annoying last week. I need to stop thinking I'm getting ahead, everytime I do that, I get smacked in the face with an expected expense on top of expected expenses I forgot about...
West Cliff at sunset is pretty awesome!



The highlight of the weekend was spending a few hours at the beach and in the water and my older son decided to join us and play in the water too. He usually sticks to digging or reading in the shade but he came out and we all had a really good fun time playing together!

Seeing as how it is now Wednesday, let's add in a bonus recap of the last couple of days, specifically the afterwork portions of the last couple of days.

I've been super fortunate enough to be able to get out and enjoy some of the recent swell while also becoming much more familiar with my new SUP.

We got out for a short bike ride
Suffice it to say that I spent a good chunk of the last few evenings with a giant shit-eating grin on my face as I caught waves to ride the length of Cowells two evenings in a row! The  guy I bought my board from said it was un-pearlable (that's when your front digs into the water and you slide off the front of the board usually) but I've proved him wrong and I pearled a few times before getting a better stance and launch sorted out.

Unlike the bigger board, the shorter one can zoom right down a wave face and go right down the line happily. It also carves back nicely and I'm starting to get into harder and deeper turns.

Pro tip to other SUPers catching waves: Keep using your paddle on the waves, you can gain speed, retain balance and save waves and more by keeping an active paddle. I keep seeing folks standing on their boards with their paddles held mutely in their hand as they cruise along.

More fun on tap this weekend!

4.22.2015

Link Round Up, Down and All Around!

Surf cam shot run through Flowing Photo iOS app.
Time to drop some links as it has been a little while since I've posted here.

First up will have to be some of my own content, I've recently started to standup paddleboard surf and posted a short video of a couple of rides mashed into one. Warning, it has been pointed out to me that my butt is the main character in this short clip.

16 Year Old Charged for Harassing Cyclists he was charged with six counts of attempted homicide and bunch of other stuff. This kid terrorized cyclists in the area he lived in and should face the maximum punishments he can get.

The age old question....Is Riding One of the World’s Biggest Waves on a Skimboard Freakin’ Rad or Just F*cking Stupid?

In news for the slow, stupid or those who live in Jenny-McCarthy-Isn't-a-Moron-land, No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes
This is Zeba, she is awesome!

It looks like a commode but is really a Modern Root Cellar, Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

This Imgur series of Drunk Andre the Giant Wrestling in Japan led me to this site discussing Andre the Giant: The Baddest Alcoholic of All-Time

And How to Stop on a Fixie from an Imgur discussion where a fixie guy swore he could stop in the same distance as a bike with regular brakes. He was wrong.

Some really shitty reasons to vote Republican.
Oh, and if you needed some reasons to cast your vote in the next election cycle for any of the Republican candidates, here's some solid reasoning to do so. Yes, tongue in cheek and done with a humorous bend but the underlying reality is still true.

A great quote I saw the other day makes it really simple. There are two kinds of Republicans: Millionaires and Suckers.

If you're not a millionaire and you voted for the GOP then you are a sucker.

Some more links to share:
The effects of taking sugar out of your diet
Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage
Religion Doesn't Make People More Moral, Study Finds
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning

3.17.2015

Santa Cruz, Love This Town!

 This was my changing room on Sunday when I went out SUPing and SUP surfing. My friend came down to try her hand at SUPing again, she'd tried it the day before, but she chickened out due to aggressive waves and her lack of wetsuit.
Which was okay by me, I got a good cruising paddle in, watched some top notch kayak surfing competition action at the Lane and then spent a few hours SUP surfing among the hordes of other noobs.
Yep, I'm a noob and raw and not very good at surfing at all yet. Yet.
Sorry, SUP surfing. I'm planning on getting a surfboard as well but I need to concentrate on getting one new set of skills in the books before jumping into another sport. Maybe. I've got some feelers out for a loaner board to get rolling on.
This next photo was one I took while out for a bike ride last week. Saw this little family all in their wetsuits, all on two SUPs and looking like they were headed out for adventure. I pulled over, snapped a couple of pics and then they "battled" until the girls SUP tipped over and they tumbled in. Victory was declared and they all laughed and it was just another little happy scene in our happy little surf town.

And here we have a tarted up (that's Fenspeak for thrown through Snapseed filters to make it purtier than originally snapped).

This has been my regular stop in spot for the last year on my way to work. I like to take a moment to appreciate the splendor of the area I have chosen to live in.

Many more images on tap, this place is positively over-flowing with photo ops.