Monday, September 28, 2009

Musclecar Monday

Every surfer needs a cool pick 'em up truck.

Here's a super clean 1963? Ford f100 I spotted about a year ago in Rockport.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Musclecar Monday

A double shot for you today! It was sensory overload for me on my bike ride up the NH coast. So many cool rods out for a Sunday drive, but cycling and snaping pics can be hazardous. I could only get these 2 beauties, a trophy 1969 Mustang, and a very groovy and rare 1970 Dodge Superbee.
And oh wow - Badassss Original Mopar Rallye Wheels:

Biking the New Hampshire Coast

I’ve surfed there enough, so why not cycle it? Seabrook – Portsmouth – Seabrook was 36 miles, maybe that’s a distance record for me. I need the exercise. A perfect way to spend a gorgeous 70° but no-surf Sunday.
The road is in great shape, and it’s pretty much flat the whole way.
There were so many nice old cars & hot rods out for a Sunday drive, and other cyclists as well.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I ♥ Serge

Please get to know his music. He never took himself too seriously. He wasn't even "French", read more here:

Wikipedia Article

Francophiles, freinds, enjoy these quick clips:

In 1968 Gainsbourg had written "Je t'aime, moi non plus", an explicitly erotic song which he had recorded with Brigitte Bardot. After the pair's relationship had ended, Bardot begged Gainsbourg not to release the recording as a single and Gainsbourg, the perfect gentleman, respected her wishes. However, in 1969 Jane recorded the notorious song as a duet with Gainsbourg and it appeared on the pair's joint album "Jane Birkin Serge Gainsbourg".)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Joni Sternbach Surfland Exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum

A little background:

Joni Sternbach (b. 1953, United States) graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in photography and completed her Master of Arts degree at New York University and the International Center of Photography in 1987. She has taught for many years and is currently a faculty member at ICP teaching wet plate collodion. Sternbach’s solo museum exhibition SurfLand  opened at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA in May, capturing portraits of surfers in tintype.

Tintype, also melainotype and ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of metal, usually iron or steel that is blackened by painting, laquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion.
Photographers usually worked outside at fairs, carnivals etc. and as the support of the tintype (there is no actual tin used) is resilient and does not need drying, instant photographs can be produced only a few minutes after taking the photograph

Civil War era tintype:

Steamboat Rock.
Photos Courtesy “Wisconsin Historical Society: and “H.H. Bennett Studio & History Center.”

Now look at these; taken at Montauk 2 Summers ago:

Cool huh?

Check it out, you only have until October 4th!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Keith Natti Surfboards - local shaping, glassing, and ding repair

Keith Natti did an amazing job fixing an ugly ding on the Anderson
He also shapes surfboards. Check out Cape Ann has a native shaper, and his boards are super clean.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Swayze - 1952-2009

Go easy, Bodhi

Musclecar Monday

1959 Impala wagon
But it's a wagon, I know. But not just any wagon, it's a very clean 1959 Impala belonging to a Palos Verdes surfer. Look at the rims & white walls, period perfect for '59

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fun Waves up in New Hampshire

Crystal clear water, a fun east swell, this is one of the final no-full-suit days to savor.
This little ripper ripped.
Even Genessee looked fun, but after 2½ hours, I was ready for a beer.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day

Summer ends quietly on autumnal Labor Day.
The wall got pretty damn fun on Saturday Afternoon, which will probably be the last of the trunks only days. The Sand Dollar model is perfect, this is a super board.

Taste ‘O Fall
Easterly drift makes for ideal bike ride conditions. I did about an hour and a half through Essex & Ipswich. Along 133 there was this very clean old Porsche 911; about the purest 911 there is. A rare 2.2 liter from 1970, and a car that really took me back into the roots of time. This Steve McQueen replica will serve as the Musclecar Monday car of the week:P9060018.JPG

Labor Day – Goodbye to Summer.

A spec-ops photo and swim session for the tale end of the best season.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Danny and the 50-50

Diamond in the rough vs. treasure chest
So often surfing around here is a search for a diamond in the rough. Very rough sometimes. This can get old, especially when you know that real waves with offshore winds and long rides and warm water and blah blah blah are about 2 hours away. Diamonds in the rough? How about the Franklin *$#%ing Mint! Again, nothing epic, but fun chest high waves suit me just fine.
Change up the quiver choices if you can:
We all have our go-to boards. We like them more because we know them better, and vice-versa. And as is the case for me, I use the other boards when the conditions are off, decreasing the stoke and affection I have for the board. Take the alternative board out on an ideal day, whatever that is for you. You’ll have a blast and add some diversity to your surf experiences. It worked for me during Bill with the Anderson, and it worked for me during Danny and the ’66 Hansen 50–50.

The Hansen in a real wave:
Old boards are fun to take out on a tiny day. But how would this beast go in a real wave? Who wouldn’t want to know? Besides, the thing has kicked around garages, been abused & sunburned since God knows when.

But it goes, it hums along, literally, the fin vibrates and hums, an added benefit as it were. While not as refined and fast as the Tyler 777, it’s a great rider. It paddles and catches waves easily. The 50-50 still gives up fun turns and cutbacks, and glide galore in full trim. At the Old Timer’s contest this thing will rock I wonder when the last time the board actually cut back in a real wave.

Now I know how the board goes in a real wave, my go-to board will still be there for next time.