New quiver addition 5'4 x 20.5 x 2.5 Mandala Superchunk. Beautiful foil to it like Manny's boards always have. All i need now is for the onshores to die so i can get it wet. I'm hoping its going to have some of that simmons drive mixed with more fish style carving turns without the skateyness of the seapea / bar of soap.
For reasons best known to the gods of Toy cameras, this whole roll came out disappointingly dark and it was only the skills of the guys at Peak imaging that rescued a few shots. This one is from the lot at Doheny. Big pick up trucks and beautiful logs, two of my favorite things about california
Sadly no Somersault Festival to look forward to this year but at least the summer is on the horizon. Hopefully we will get some nice summer swells. ive got a couple of boards on their way, a small slippery type one from Mani Caro at Mandala and a new log from Gulfstream ahoch is the prototype for a new longboard model in their line up. More details to follow!
Santa Cruz is rad. It deserves the hype as a surf town with something for everyone and i really enjoyed the couple of days we spent there. I think i've had a soft spot for it ever since i visited with a skateboard in pre-surfer days twenty odd years ago. Reading Dan Duanes "caught inside, a surfers year on the coast" further ingrained it's appeal in my conciousness. For me it encapsulates a lot of what i like about california. It's a little more "real", quieter and less plastic than some areas further south. The people are friendly, it has a wealth of right hand point breaks. The surrounding coast and countryside are greener and a little more rugged than SoCal, and there are more breaks in the urban continuum along the coast. It feels like an "outdoors" kind of place in the same way that the lake district does over here.
I'd love to go back soon, i could definately live there