Monday, July 16, 2018

Beating the Heat in Small and Mushy Waves

Johnny O Glider Style
This young lady crushed it - her fun vibe made memorable an otherwise forgettable session

Muscle(Le)car Monday - French Style

In honor of France winning the World Cup in fine style, this episode of MM shows a decidedly Gallic flair.

In response to Lancia's rallying success with the mid-engined Stratos, Renault's Jean Terramorsi, vice-president of production, asked Bertone's Marc Deschamps to design a new sports version of the Renault 5 Alpine supermini. The distinctive new rear bodywork was styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone.

Although the standard Renault 5 has a front-mounted engine, the 5 Turbo featured a mid-mounted 1.4 liter Cléon-Fonte with fuel fed by Bosch fuel injection and a Garrett turbocharger. The inline-four engine placed behind the driver in mid-body in a modified Renault 5 chassis. In standard form, the engine developed 158 hp.

Though it used a modified body from a standard Renault 5, and was badged a Renault 5, the mechanicals were radically different, the most obvious difference being rear-wheel drive and rear-mid-engined instead of the normal version's front-wheel drive and front-mounted engine. At the time of its launch it was the most powerful production French car. The first 400 production 5 Turbos were made to comply with homologation rules to allow the car to compete in international rallies.
Plus some crazy video:


No surf last week meant more paddling

And what's paddling out to Plum Island without shooting a few sunset pics? The greenheads were mercifully absent.
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sunset the other night.

No surf for me the past few weeks. Any surf that was to be had was pretty small and short-lived anyway.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cool Vandenberg AFB Launch Sequence - Geekery on the CA coast

A duo of twin satellites have launched on a big Earth mission! Our GRACE Follow-On mission launched onboard a SpaceX (@SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket today, May 22 at 3:47 p.m. EDT, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. GRACE-FO will study changes in Earth’s 💎ice sheets, 💦groundwater storage, 💥quake-shifted land, and 🌊ocean currents. GRACE-FO shared its ride to orbit with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites as part of a commercial rideshare agreement with the German Research Centre for Geosciences. Changes in how mass is distributed within and between Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, groundwater and ice sheets are fundamental indicators of the large-scale dynamics of the planet. For more than 15 years, our Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission monitored mass changes every month with far-reaching impact on our understanding of the Earth system and how it is evolving. GRACE Follow-On continues the legacy of GRACE, tracking Earth’s water movement and surface mass changes across the planet. Monitoring changes in ice sheets and glaciers, near-surface and underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, as well as changes in sea level and ocean currents provides an integrated global view of how Earth’s water cycle and energy balance are evolving—measurements that have important applications for everyday life. Swipe to see a timelapse image of launch and other launch images. Photo Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls #space #rocket #rocketlaunch #launch #liftoff #vandenberg #vafb #gracefollowon #earth #science #earthscience #nasa #jpl #nasajpl #gracefo
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fun Up North the Other Day

Finally shedding the winter rubber, my God am I out of shape! DSC01433.jpg DSC01422.jpg DSC01445.jpg DSC01437.jpg

New Lagoons at Crane Beach

Yeah I named a spot because there's no surf there. All that Winter storminess made some really deep (5-6') lagoons on both ends of the beach. DSC03084.jpg DSC03076.jpg
While the water is still a brisk 54°, it was close to 60 ° in these, and no - there were no little kids at the beach that day so I know the warmth came from the sun on the shallow water!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Calling all G&S Hot Curls

Such cool boards! I blew the opportunity to buy a very clean 9'4" back in 1996 for $300.

It's nice to see that Gordon and Smith has brought these back.  Anyone out there have one of the new reproductions?  Check it out here. I'd love to know how they ride. In the meantime set the wayback machine for 1968, Peabody.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother's Day Monday

Happy mother's day to all you mom's (and mum's) out there. 

And happy mother's day to the best mother anyone could with for!
Portrait of my mother by Leon Kroll, 1949/1950

Gross Out Special: Sidelined by Dog Bite while Cycling

This happened 2 weeks ago. All patched up & doing fine, but the wound will keep me high and dry for a few more days.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fun from the Past Few Days

I'm getting back into a surf-ier lifestyle. What's that? It's a life focus fitness, diet, and keeping up on forecasts. And let's dace it, at 53 I'm no spring chicken, so I'll need to look into yoga to keep them joints open. That said I was still quite the donkey lately. This nor the 42° water hasn't dampened the good times riding an 11 sec. swell the past few days.
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excuse letter from Robert DeNiro

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Water Temperature Graph Geekery - Boston Buoy

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April recap

So what's been going on you ask? (or not)
Some small and mushy waves, the water is still bottomed out at 40.8°. I'm developing an accute mastery of missing the fun conditions.
Checking out the Mass. Audubon Society birdwatcher's lookout tower on Plum Island:
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Spectacular as ever sunsets, despite the obnoxious wintery temperatures.
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The solo days go on and on.