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A good time was had by all. Kudos to Mike and Julie for coordinating this year!
Mr J, Paul Jensen, Gary Geist, to name 3, were notably absent. Some new folks showed including Tony (Swordie) all the way from Wales and Ben Shipman from San Diego.
Sand Dollar Beach was basically overexposed to a new NW swell which gave the few who were brave enough to go for it a hard time. When Keith Melville came in and told his tale of woe, I knew I made the right choice to stay on the beach. Mark Scott and Forrest were two of the lucky ones that made it to the outside and actually catch waves.
Peter Costello contributed the art work for the shirts.
Some fine raffle items were donated... a multitude of plywood keel fin blanks from EasternPacific, A Walker Blank and T-shirt from Scott at Foam, Fins & Fiberglass in Ventura, a gallon and a half Resin Research Epoxy kit from Lee Vanderhurst, Several Red-X and Lokbox fin sets from Tom at Red-X, A "Litmus" DVD and UK T-shirts from Swordie, some T-Shirts and nice books from Mike and Julie Paler, a Clark Blank from Mike Sedgwick in Carmel, etc. Sorry if I missed any of you who kicked in. Ken kicked in a really nice hollow carbon Kolstof for auction. Proceeds to go to Swaylocks.
Hopefully someone can make any additions necessary.
Anyway... some pics:
John, Mike et al
Nice seeing you again and meeting some new and interesting folks. Had a slow drive home on Saturday night after missing a deer by a few inches. Next deer crawled under (!) the guardrail
John, I hope you retrieved that Clif Bar wrapper - can't let those design ideas get out to the teeming masses quite yet
Peter - Yes, it is in a safe deposit box with patent application pending.
Howzit John, Looks like everyone had a good time, to bad about the surf. We've got another swell building today and that's after a good sized one that hit on Wed. Not sure how long it takes for them to get to the mainland but thay seem to be stacking up so things should be good for you guys. One of these days I'll make it to a SA party, wanted to send some raffle stuff but the rules said you had to attend to donate.Aloha,Kokua
John et al.
WoodMaven also donated a handcrafted foiled wood fin blank.
As for more info on the surf report... Mark and I were the only ones to make it out. Mark was the only one to successfully ride an outside wave. His ride was probable a 10' Hawaian (back) backside left that he worked nicely for a quite a long ride before kicking out just before the entire bay closed out. The waves were very shifted and often closing out through the entire bay. I had what would have been a nice wave till it kicked up at the last minuted sending me right out the front on what was probably a +20' face and then came down on my back. Mark rode the giant and the giants rode me on 2 other occasions. The big sets that rolled through were probably 20' backs.
The UCSD boys headed north to Andrew Molero (sp?) and got some good shoulder high stuff.
On the way back south today (Sunday), Jesus surfed Pico and Mark, Tim and I surf C-Street, Ventura.
So besides little to no surf opportunity, fun was had by all. Lots of good boards were on display. Lots of good conversation and more fun putting names, faces and usernames together.
Thanks again to Mike and Julie for organizing and to all that made the event another success.
a few random shots:
raccoons hang 10 - or is it 20?
Mike and all the gang,
Thank you for another wonderful event, surf was fun people great, weather
Saw all kinds of weather this weekend,Santa Anas in San Diego to fog in Big Sur,
rain in L.A. great lighting show.
Kudos to Mike
Thanks again Mark
Thanks to Mike, John and everyone for a great time. I made new friends that I look forward to sharing shaping and surfing with. Talking surfing and just hanging out was a blast. A semi gun is next up on my shaping stand! Next time 4est and MarkSSD won't be the only ones making it out. The LokBox fins from the raffle will defintely get used.
I want to see Keith shape with an axe.
thanks again to everyone for a great time and sharing!
Thanks Swaylocks and crew. Had a blast,
Here are some pictures I took.
Howzit Shipman, I see one of the boards has the Edge Fin system on it, I'll tell Clyde to check the pics he should like that.Aloha,Kokua
Kokua, that is Herb spitzer's Board in that pic. The fins even say so.. Herb had a nice combo of FCS, Edge and RedX on that board.
Someone MUST have taken a picture of Darren's rig...It should be next to the definition of "stoke" in the Swaylopedia.
Hey gang. We have finally unloaded the van and are now thinking about drainin the water from our gnarly coolers. First of, we all had an awesome time especially our my friends who were first timers. On our way home we surf some hectic boily reef break north of Cambria. Everybody managed to keep from bouncing off the rocks and we got some head high surf give or take. Then after our surf we made a fire in the parking lot and grilled our leftovers for an early dinner( wahoo, bacon, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and box wine). We watched the sun set and the wahles play, it was a good way to end an awesome weekend. We got into Mira Mesa at the timely hour of 1:45 am on a school night. We are all tyring to catch up on school work but i am sketching up designs for the raffle blank i got. It was sweet meeting all you new guys. However, we desperatly missed Ambrose, Andy, Tj and Nellyda to name a few. I hope you guys and gal are doing well and not sick or anything. All in all we did a lot of driving and a lot of surfing so the weekend was a raging success( i think we only got two tickets too). Darren
ps. Hey Kirk nice picture in the new magazine you are like a celebrity
Just saw KP's picture...I don't remember the last time I saw him without some kind of head gear; now I know why...
or wearing a shirt....jeesh.....what a profile! had a good time-perhaps too good a time saturday night.anyway, thanks to mike and julie and thanks to john for not posting the "hangar" pictures(ha-ha!).it was a totally cool gig.also, a big thanks to jeff chamberlin-yeehaw!good to see darren and crew as well as lee(thanks for the cohiba!), john and others.some of you are doing soem real nice work making boards.keep it up !until next time-
some more shots. LeeV & KM going for a foggy pounding...
Channel? We don't need no STINKIN' CHANNEL...
Shipman and Stingray want to get pounded, too!
(cool sea-cave in background kept kids occupied)
Secret entrance to Sand Dollar. Them Rocks are Safe, ain't they?
Luckily, the fog didn't stick around all weekend...
I had a great time getting pounded at Sand Dollar Beach.
Thanks for the photos evryone ! Swaylocks is awesome.
Thank you Mike Paler ,Julie ,John M, Lee V ,Kieth M, Ben S, Mark ,Tim ,Mike ,Jesus and Heather ,Tony, Mrs Melville and kids and all the other great Swaylockers at Big Sur...
We drove from LAX to South OC in the rain with no windshield wipers! Shipman's VW van is so cool !
herb and 4est I guess I recognise .
WHO are all these other people ? Or are you not allowed to divulge that information ?
I had a flash of lewis carroll
some character saying...''WHO ARE YOU"
I started googling and thought of the cheshire cat
them the mad hatter
then the queen of hearts...
the doormouse and then none were clearly the source of the quote in my mind
although this question rings much alike.
this looking glass reveals much yet is short of the actual experiential.
after two years meeting with the group select in the ancient sanctuary
that is plaskett creek-sandollar beach
much remains missing from these electronic representations
I comiserate with you chipper.
the smells of the pine and sage and cypress
the melodic sounds of friendly conversation
the common love of surf and ocean
the passing dog well loved
the understanding of the often misunderstood
the supportive attitude un compromised
the communal campfire
the smell of food
friend s all old and new
familiar in name and now in presence
yes who are all these guys?
one after another are identified
and then cherished as memories
from the outside
something is truely missing.
we are all less for not attending
and filling ooour tanks with swaylohol ...
...WHO ARE YOU?...
when you are not camping at plaskett creek?
ambrose M. curry III
How could I forget Herb and Forest ? Nice boards !!
And Darren ,Kirk P ,Hank ,the guy from Redondo beach ,the resin covered Ugg boots ,10 surfboards on top of a VW camper ,Tripped out troll Ranger...
Stories about Vancouver Island ,Sailboat hulls coming apart in the open ocean off of Wales.
I even won the Dog Town book in the Raffle!
and onshore .....
One question remains ...
WHERE was San Francisco big wave hellman and gun building expert LeeDD ???
.......surfing Mavericks , I guess ......
" I even won the Dog Town book in the Raffle! "
'consafos' was there , too ???
WAS it the "legend of the Z-boys " book , Ray ?
That's such a GREAT book ! ...the only book I have EVER paid $100aus for (and worth it , for the photos , in my opinion ).
Well guy's I'm back home, so now I have a chance to say thanks to everyone for a memorable event at Big Sur.
Special mentions go to to John Mellor for bringing Deets udt's up for me and generally settling me in [sorry I did'nt hook up after mate, things cropped up and I had to start heading north sooner than anticipated] Jeff and Paige and LeeV for welcoming me on Thursday night, Mike Paler for putting the weekend together, all the guys for feeding me hot food [you can only live so long on cold rations], Herb for the great tales. The San Diego guys with how many boards on that VW? Jesus and Heather...... and everyone else not mentioned by name, I think I got to talk with you all at some point. Peter and Patricia Costello for a pleasant dinner back in SC and for putting me in touch with Ward Coffey..... I know who I'll be getting a board from next time I'm out there.
Lastly thanks to all the great boards that made the trip, wonderful and varied. My board of the w/e? well many to choose from, Shipmans bonzers, LeeV's new board as shaped by JM...... but for me it's the hoop finned Paipo that takes the 'board of the show' prize for it's sheer chutzpa..... I want one.
great stuff swordie !
...and I bet they were as entertained by your welsh accent as they were by aussie accents ...
I'll never forget the first time I rang one of the cali boys from here ....
silence at the other end ....