Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy Carnage - Hang in there Garden State

After seeing this I can't stop thinking about NJ, and the good folks I met passing though there. Hoping the best, but this is awful! It's easy for me to say, we dodged the brunt of it by far up here: hang in there, you're New Jersey after all!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Some lo-fi from September.

Just some Diana Toy camera pics from September - Film lives! Black & White lives! A102214_A102214_004 A102214_A102214_003 3 days of surf I'll never forget A102214_A102214_001 A102214_A102214_009 Hey there's more to life than just surfing ya know! - Romanesque Revival love. Malden Mass. A102214_A102214_010 And some gross architecture too - but hey at Hye Tyde we do it all!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Glassy, shoulder high, and a little overhead on the sets.
Lifting fog, 70°, 58° water temp – life is good. Until I paddle out. Despite the ideal coinditions the waves were nearly impossible to catch. You know the ones: they don’t want to break until way inside, and at that point any drop is a trapdoor into a closeout. Did I mention that punching through the whitewater would have you winded, gasping for air by the time you finally reached the lineup. A local described the waves as “wonky”.
Non-surfers: surfing sucks don’t take it up!
Despite my bitching I still look back at Saturday’s session with the warm & fuzzies – don’t ask why, it must have been the amazing light, and the gorgeous fall color. Still sore!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Donald Takayama 1944-2012

Aloha Donald

Water Hog

What's this? Somthing shorter than 9'? A Surftech? Thruster setup? What the **** is the world coming to? I suck at it so far, but I like it. The goal is to have this be a travel board or something for when the surf was like yesterday, fast & sectiony. This is a 7'2" Merrick Water Hog, and I got it a month ago from the fine folks at Island Sport in Middletown RI (can never go wrong there). My work is cut out for me, but I'll give it a go, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Musclecar Monday: 1970 Plymouth Superbird

The Plymouth Superbird was a highly modified version of a Road Runner with well known graphics and horn. Developed specifically for NASCAR racing, the Superbird was Plymouth's follow-on design to the Charger Daytona raced by Dodge the year before. (See earlier post)

The car's primary rival was the Ford Torino Talladega, itself a direct response to the Mopar aero car. Both of the Mopar "aero cars" had aerodynamic nosecones, wings and, in the case of the Superbird, a horn which mimicked the Road Runner cartoon character.

The Superbird's styling was too extreme for 1970, and many sat unsold on the back lots of dealerships as late as '72. Some were converted "back" into 1970 Road Runners to move them off the lot. Recently Superbirds have become valuable; at auction, bids for original Superbirds go above $1.2m.