Monday, August 31, 2015

Call it a case of the Mondays - super cynical but super true

Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time
For y'all have knocked her up
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe
I was not offended
For I knew I had to rise above it all
Or drown in my own shit

-George Clinton


This area has fabulous beaches and mashes, but we are doing are best to fix that.   The garbage, trash, and plastic left behind, and tossed in the water has brought me to this conclusion, people are pigs, people suck.

Sunday evening Good Harbor Beach was appalling - the place was TRASHED!  Was there a concert there or something? Solo cups EVERYWHERE, plastic bags, melon rinds (that's garbage, folks) and other garbage, used diapers, and more plastic bags.  Did I mention plastic bags? But seeing a condom in the water was the last straw.

Meanwhile in Plum Island Sound, Ipswich: the high tide left a revolting bathtub ring of plastic bottle caps, bags, more sewage discs (from the 2011 NH boo-boo), spent shotgun shells & shotgun sabots (easy cowboys, huntin' season's about 6 weeks off yet).

OK my case of the Mondays is better now - but this video sums us up as a species.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

trip to the Basque Coast

"John, it's time to stop dreaming and start doing."
            - advice from my father.

"Claim that shit!"
            - advice from a good friend.

Well after 30 years of dreaming about this trip it's time to claim that shit - this is actually happening in a few weeks.

There will be a few days in Paris, then a trip on the TGV Atlantique to Bordeaux, where I pick up a loaner-log (merci mille fois, Jeffrey) and drive to Saint Jean de Luz.

It won't just be surfing, The Spanish border is 15 minutes away, so a trip to San Sebastián is in the cards. Hopefully a day hike in the Pyrenees will happen as well. It's a two week trip so it won't be a mad rush to cram everything in.

Basque Flag
Air Chance - err France in Boston

Mid-Summer catch up

Howdy y'all,

Hoping your all enjoying a great summer. Two heatwaves, water temps in the upper 60's, enough 2' hero waves, good company, and plenty of dramatic sky-scapes have been the hallmarks of the summer of 2015.

Here are some photo highlights:

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Visitez la Côte Basque - Good Idea?

Howdy surf brethren and sistren,

Mid-September I'll be taking 2 weeks off, and I'd like to go someplace epic to surf. I turned 50 recently, so time to stop dreamin' and time to start doin'.

I'll be travelling solo (pathetic... I know), but at this rate hell will freeze over before I meet "the one" to take a cool trip with. So screw it, I want to go someplace, I've worked hard and earned it. I don't care about how much of an a-hole I look like by myself, life is too short.

Basque country has always intrigued me. No, I'm not harboring any dreams of hooking into Hossegor bombs, or getting shacked at Guéthary, or hanging with the beautiful people in Biarritz, but it would be cool to score some fun waves after the August euro-hordes have thinned out some. I'd rent a car and explore around a bit, do the Hemingway thing like in The Sun Also Rises.

I lived in France from '85 to '87 teaching high school English in Paris, and can still speak French reasonably well (no Spanish, sadly). This was long before I surfed, so I never made it down to the Côte Basque.

There are some other areas of France's Atlantic coast which look cool too, around La Rochelle and Brittany. Brittany is a spectacular area but a bit remote.

So has anyone been there? Any recommendations for me (besides playing in the traffic)?