Thursday, June 27, 2013

just paddling around

It poured all day, finally letting up by sunset. No waves so the SUP (aka the swimboat) came out again. Such glassiness, amazing light, and atmosphere is impossible to resist. So is the warm water. DSC00756 DSC00748 DSC00752

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy International Surf Day and Summer Solstice!

Hope it was a good one! We slid into summah with a knee high glass-off. Dropping in on each other, running straight off the nose, bags of fun riding the tiny face and giving high fives to friends padding back out. Cap it all off with a few beers and Thai curry takeout - All hail Summer; the holy season is upon us! DSC00736 The '66 Hansen 50-50: inducing smiles and blowing minds for 47 years!

God help me, I'm buying a house.

DSC00721 A little spooked, a lot excited, this house is everything I've ever dreamt of - small & unassuming, but still cool, a beach house built in the 1930's but converted to year 'round. Welcome to this happy place. Well, closing ain't till August 30 so you'll be more than welcome then. Ipswich, look out! STOKED! DSC00716 DSC00719 And yes, that's a garage door underneath! DSC00710 Original beadboard! Never ripped out and replaced with yet more drywall - no not here!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Super fun double session Saturday

Thanks Andrea!
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This monster lazed on the horizon, the warm air over the (less and less) cold water making for a trippy light.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Simpler Places and Times

Who doesn't love a cool little hole in the wall surf shop? We sure could use more of this kind of retailing in the surf world. A few shining examples remain, just cruise the NH coast, Surfari, Elemental in RI, just to name a few. I'd love to see the entire surf-industrial complex de-evole back to this. I gleeped these nuggets off the web.
Northern Soul


That ain't Hap!

Original O'Neill shop in SF

Hap Jacobs, Bev Morgan in fron of Dive 'n Surf - talk about roots!

Hatteras stylin' in the 70's

Musclecar Monday - You get more to be proud of in a Chevy: '57 Chevy in the town where I work

American Beauty: '57 bel air in Beverly as amazing as ever. The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors in September, 1956. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range "two-ten", and the "one-fifty". A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the "Delray" was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car's image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music, movies and television. The '57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon. More vintage love From a numbers standpoint, the '57 Chevy wasn't as popular as General Motors had hoped. Despite its popularity, rival Ford outsold Chevrolet for the 1957 model year for the first time since 1935. The main cause of the sales shift to Ford was the fact the '57 Chevy had tubeless tires, the first car to have them. This scared away sales to Ford as many people did not initially trust the new tubeless design. Also Ford's introduction of an all-new body styling that was longer, lower, and wider than the previous year's offerings helped Ford sales. '57 Chevy - some clichés never get old. The big block, however, was not what put the '57 on the map on the street scene; it was the introduction and the over-the-counter, low-priced availability of the small block, 365 horsepower 327 in 1962 that was the blockbuster that made both the '55 and '57 Chevy able to beat the Ford hotrods with their flathead V8s. This was a major turning point in American hot rodding: Chevrolet had claimed the street scene from Ford.

Restored, original examples are increasingly rare, and modern customizers and restorers are creating fast, powerful, ultra-modern hot rods that are winning the '57 Chevy a whole new generation of fans. Fiberglass and all-steel reproductions are making it possible for future generations to enjoy the '57 Chevy as original cars become harder to find.