Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Oregon Weekend

Weekend trip to OR included Clem, Drex, Travis, JP, Shane, Kelley, Dax, and Dax's wife. I left town with Travis about 4am and was surfing ShortSands before 9. Actually not sure if the days first session really counted as surf though. Was super messy and small, but we tried to make the best of it.

Second session in the afternoon was much better- small clean Seaside Cove with a bunch of people out. Water was really warm - no gloves, booties, and wearing my 4/3. Haven't been in water that warm in a while.

After surf we grabbed some food and headed to the campsite to get prepared for the evenings downpour. Shane packed a batwing that we could sit under while we drank beer and played a mean Suduko tourney that I won. No one would take Drex up on a shotgun drinking contest. I ended the night off with a s`more before heading to bed.

Woke up to a few inches of water surrounding all the tents. Good thing I slept in my vehicle where I was warm and dry. First time sleeping in it, but was pleasantly surprised how comfortable it was. Everyone else was pretty wet and ready to get the hell out of OR.

A few of us headed to the Cove again for a morning surf where we ended up catching some really fun waves. Clean and some nice size sets with not very many people out. It lasted about 2 hours before we packed up and headed back to WA.

I was welcomed home by a few inches of water in my basement.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Random pic from a few nights ago

Predictions of 90+ degree weather in the city, and fun surf on the coast, convinced me bail on work and head out with Clem and JP. The 5:30am buoy report was showing 3.5ft @ 4 seconds and calm winds, but a bump in the swell was expected.

We got there around 9 - fog to thick see the water. Waves were much better than anticipated. Clean and decent size for most of the session. Clem and JP stayed at the main peak while I worked on my 'back-hand attack' further down at the second peak. Picked off the occasional left that would line up. Not much water traffic to deal with.

Once the fog cleared the sun was nice bonus, but that also meant the winds would pick up. The crowds were starting to fill up the inside too. It was time to take a break. JP suggested a new sandwich place in town.

Decent Ruben sandwich, but not the crispy deep fried goodness the Knotty Pine has to offer. During lunch the clouds began to fill in and we decided to forgo the second session and get back home to where record temps were being reported. I had some work to do and ended back in the office til 11pm.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Attitude Adjustment

I ditched out on a few surf sessions this past week because of poorer than average conditions- something I rarely do. Chances are I may not get another chance to surf for at least another week, but for some reason I'm fine with that. My stoke for waves is much lower that average right now. I've been doing my very best to keep it going by borrowing new surf videos from friends, kicked around the idea of shaping another board, and even started trying to map out surf sessions for my trip to France in September.

Haha. Funny thing just happened- just typing the words "surf sessions" and "France in September" put a big smile on my face. It almost made me delete the previous paragraph cause it makes me sound like a whiner.