Fun, clean waves today on the 5`0 BD3!

One thing I have come to realize is that when your expectations are low, it is a lot easier to exceed them. Such was the case today when I decided to hike down the the trail, roll the dice, and see what happened. I ended up surfing clean waist to chest high waves all afternoon with not more than 10 or so guys out (and one girl).

Another thing I realized today was that the 5`0 Aviso BD3 by Cole is the best board I have ever ridden in 2-4 foot waves.  The board just fits in the pocket where other boards would not. It has been a while since I rode the 5`0 for a few days, and once again it is like a dream come true. I feel like for me I have to be in shape to ride the 5`0 but when I am it works so well!  Sometimes I would rather have the 5`1 BD3 because it  paddles insane, but today the 5`0 was just magic…

Checking Lowers/Middles from up on the cliff off Basilone Rd.

Checking Lowers/Middles from up on the cliff off Basilone Rd.

Uppers...

Uppers...

Aviso BD3. This twin fin setup works insane...

Aviso BD3. This twin fin setup works insane...

Looking good...

Looking good...

Another one with nobody on it... A rare sight these days!

Another one with nobody on it... A rare sight these days!

Out of the shoes, into the booties....

Out of the shoes, into the booties....

My surf kit complete with sunblock (Vertra), wax (Bubblegum), ear plugs. fin key and spare Aviso plug!

My surf kit complete with sunblock (Vertra), wax (Bubblegum), ear plugs. fin key and spare Aviso plug!

A beautiful winter afternoon in

A beautiful winter afternoon in San Clemente.

Another perfect day...

Another perfect day...

My attempt at being creative. I wanted to capture the afternoon the way I saw it, through my shades...

Capturing the afternoon the way I saw it, through my shades...

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More Aviso in New Zealand

Here are a few more shots Matt Gillespie just sent me of the boys tearing it up over in New Zealand!

Winnie with a sick layback snap on the 9`0 CJ Nelson

Winnie with a sick layback snap on the 9`0 CJ Nelson!

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All photos of Winnie by Al Ashworth over at Slide

All photos of Winnie by Al Ashworth over at Slide

Christian Wach on the cover of Slide riding his 9`1 Herbie Fletcher Aviso! Grab a copy of Slide at Barnes and Noble or Borders if you see it, probably the best LB magazine I have seen...

Christian Wach on the cover of Slide riding his 9`1 Herbie Fletcher Aviso! Grab a copy of Slide at Barnes and Noble or Borders if you see it, probably the best LB magazine I have read...

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More shots of the 5`0 Aviso BD3 by Cole… Single fin, twin fin, so many options!

Here are a few more shots of the 5`0 set up with the single fin box. Today I rode it single fin, then switched it to a twin fin with big MR style fins from Cole on the side. This set up is opening up a whole new world of options for the BD3, I had so much fun riding this board today!

5`0 Aviso BD3 set up with a 7 1/2 inch single fin

5`0 Aviso BD3 set up with a 7 1/2 inch single fin

Tons of drive, tons of soul!

Tons of drive, tons of soul!

Also you can pull out the single fin and go twin for a a whole new sensation!

Also you can pull out the single fin and go twin for a a whole new sensation!

Fun waves today once the tide dropped a little... The BD3 worked amazing!

Fun waves today once the tide dropped a little... The BD3 worked amazing!

5`0 BD3 down at Riviera... Photo by Emma Sams.

5`0 BD3 down at Riviera... Photo by Emma Sams.

The Aviso BD3 fits where other boards just dont make the cut...

The Aviso BD3 fits where other boards just dont make the cut...

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First shots of the 5`0 BD3 with single fin option!

Here are a few shots of the very first 5`0 Cole set up with a single fin box and FCS side boxes. We got it in the water for the very first time today and the board is so fun, it takes the 5`0 to a whole new level! Check back soon for more…

Cole checking out the single fin adaptation of the original 5`0 BD3

Cole checking out the single fin adaptation of the original 5`0 BD3

Next stop was to show it to Sea Walk and he was amped! Check back soon for shots of him in action...

Next stop was to show it to Sea Walk and he was amped! Check back soon for shots of him in action...

Super high tide this morning but the swell started to show a bit as the tide dropped...

Super high tide this morning but the swell started to show a bit as the tide dropped...

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Looks like we should have nice weather and waves the next few days, get yourself out there!

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Nuno holding it down in Portugal

Here are a few shots that my friend Nuno  emailed me.  Nuno lives in Portugal runs an amazing seafood restaurant which keeps him super busy, but he always makes time to surf when the waves are on (which seems to happens quite often from some of the shots I have seen!). Anyway he also has a side project he is working on called Janga Revolt, I will be back with more on that soon but for now check out these pictures and Nuno`s website… Also I would love to get some more feedback, leave a comment if you have a second, it should be a lot easier now…

Nuno exiting the water in full hood with his 5`5 Lost RNF Aviso

Nuno exiting the water in full hood with his 5`5 Lost RNF Aviso... looks cold!

Nice little slash on the 5`5

Nice little slash on the 5`5

My idea of perfection... Long right hand dream waves!

My idea of perfection... Long right hand dream waves!

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Nuno with a sick backhand snap on his 6`2 Rusty Aviso

Nuno with a sick backhand snap on his 6`2 Rusty Aviso

Breathtaking Perfection!

Breathtaking Perfection!

Jose rocking out with is 5`9 Lost Aviso Quad Fish... Hope all is well Jose, see you and Nuno soon!

Jose rocking out with is 5`9 Lost Aviso Quad Fish... Hope all is well Jose, see you and Nuno soon!

Want to go fishing?

Want to go fishing?

Leaders of the Aviso Cell in Portugal!

Leaders of the Aviso Cell in Portugal!

Janga!

Janga!

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Christian`s trip to Norway (Part 3)

Here is the final installment of Christian`s email from his Norway trip. Please leave a comment if you have a second, I changed the setting so it should be easier to leave one…

PICT0023“We took the Kraemmervika speedboats out today and went fishing! SO ZINE dude… I caught the biggest fish I’ve ever caught in my life. A huge Cod! I only caught two fish but they were both pretty big. Probably about two or three feet long. Cod is the number one export in Norway. It is very interesting. You see thousands of cod hanging from wooden stilts in uniform lines. The cod dries for 2-3 months. There are 17 catagories of Cod. The highest quality goes to Italy and lowest quality, the fish heads, go to Africa for Cod stew. Pretty weird how the world works like that. Anyways, the bay where we fished today was incredible. Huge sheer mountains come down into the ocean and create an insane fjord which is like a huge bay.

As far as the surf goes, it’s been pretty flat but really nice weather. We surfed once and it wasn’t even that cold. I thought it would be colder, but then again, the sun was out, and it was keeping us fairly warm. The waves were fun too. Fun little lefts for the CJ Nelson Aviso model I brought.

That’s pretty much what we’re up to. Soon we will be camping about an hour away on some deserted beach where we have to take a boat to. Then we have to hike about an hour to the beach where will then post up and really live it rugged because at the moment we’re living like kings eating waffles and cod all day. The outdoors will be a great angle for the Outside Magazine article. After camping for as long as we can bear without getting frost bite, we’re heading North to Russia to camp some more. We’ve heard there’s a lot of radio activity along the coastal waters so I’m a little nervous about that but what’s an adventure without a little fear? I’m looking forward to it. After that we are flying over to the Faroe Islands. That’s an entirely different adventure we’ll be tapping into. I’ll try and send out more updates as soon as I have more to write about because that’s pretty much all of it. Thanks for reading!”    Christian

Photo by Sea Walk in Russia

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Christian`s trip to Norway (Part 2)

Here is the second part of Christians email that he sent over during his trip to Norway…

Unridden-Waves-550W“The days are never-ending here in The Lofotons. November through January it’s dark all day long and all night. Then this part of the year every day is getting 20 minutes longer day by day until the midnight sun occurs in June, July, and sometimes August. You can surf all day and all night if you want. The sun pretty much goes around the sky in a big circle. It’s never straight overhead. We havn’t seen the Northern Lights yet though unfortunately. I feel like I’ve been here for two weeks already.

A couple of days a go we went out on a Viking ship! Dude, it was an experience. Full remake of an old Viking ship that they used to sail from Norway to Iceland,  Sweden and all over the arctic circle to pick up the hottest chicks. Then, export them back to Norway. That’s why there are so many gorgeous girls here. And yeah, it’s no rumor. Women here are extremely beautiful. You should have seen in the airport man… Pat Millin and I were staring every two seconds.

You should see how beautiful the mountains are here. They are Huge. We’re staying at this killer place as well called the Kraemmervika Rorbuer. T hey have really good food and nice people own it named Ingvar and Torgun. They have really nice kids, 8 and 9 that have been hanging out with us around the place as well. I became pretty good buddies with one of the sons named Andreas. They have music equipment here like a drum set, some speakers and an EQ system. The reason they have all this is so that local bands can come and play without having to bring their equipment and also so that traveling musicians can perform as well. Today I taught Andreas how to play the drums and we have a little song we’re going to jam tonight for “Open Mic Night.” I’m also going to perform some of my songs. Yazzy, Pat, James, the writer who is writing our story for Outside Magazing (who is by the way, one of the funniest people I’ve ever met), and I, are going to perform a couple songs we came up with yesterday. Pat and I are the rastafarian vocalists, Yazzy’s on raeggae strum, and James is on the Balstad beats. We’re called the Fish Heads apparently after the vintage fish head bags hanging on the wall behind the drum set where we practiced….”

I`ll be back with the third and final part of the email tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful day/night! All photos by Yazzy

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More on Christian`s trip to Norway

Christian has been getting a ton of press from his trip to Norway a few months back, and I wanted everyone to hear about it straight from the horses mouth. Here is an email Christian sent me during his trip…

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“Hey mates!   I’m havin’ a blast here. I’m in Balstad Norway in the Lofoten Islands off the Northeast coast of Norway! It only took four flights to get here and $450 later for my boards to make it. I met up with Pat Millin, Cyrus Sutton, this Aussie bloke named Matt, and Yazzy a photographer from Canada, in Oslo, Norway, kinda accidentally. Pat and I were just walking through the airport when we ran into the others. SO stoked we did because Yazzy  greased it sooooo hard with the board bags. We actually checked in twice somehow! The reason we did that was because we each had too many bags and we didn’t want to pay again for the boards or any of our other luggage… Ok, so first we hid the board bags and got our baggage tags. Then we went and put the tags we received on the boardbags where we hid them. After that, we dropped them off at the oversize baggage drop. Then we went back and waited in a separate Scandanavian Airlines line and checked in again at a different counter and got more baggage tags. The lady was like… “You already checked in, where are your baggage tags?” We told her we  never got any. She was sorta confused and suspisious but after a little greasin’ she just put the tags on there. We were on our merry way! How sly is that?!

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We’ve climbed about five mountains already and it’s only the fourth day. Shit, one of the climbs was seriously INTENSE. We were literally hanging off the side of this sheer face at one point wayyy up there. I was shitting my pants because I am SO immensely  scared of heights. Maybe that’s why I am a logger and don’t surf Jaws. I was almost crying to Yazzy telling him I wanted to go down and he totally agreed. He felt the same way. He didn’t have the 500 dollar Vasque boots people use to climb Mount Everest that we got sponsored with for the trip. We definitly took the wrong route up the mountain for sure. SO freakin scary. Pat and this crazy Aussie guy Matt made it to the summit but they’re derelicts. I imagine it was a killer view from up there. I’m going to try and conquer it eventually, but definitly not taking the goat trail again. We’ve also made friends with another ridge where Yazzy has been eager to get the “covershot.” We’ve hiked it about four times now. By the end of the trip we’re going to hate that ridge. It’s pretty rad though. There’s a huge lake at the top of this hill where when you get to the top, you can see down into the calderon. You’d have no idea it’s there until you hike it. It looks like the top of a volcano but intead of magma there is a massive frozen-over lake. A stream flows down the side of the ridge where we drank fresh water from. Something about the water here is amazing. It’s so fresh and replenishing. Everything about this place is kinda like that though. There’s something very special about it. They say it’s closer here to heaven so it’s easier to be touched by and angel. I dunno. I feel like it’s a very spiritual place…”

Check back tomorrow for the second installment of Christian`s trip to Norway.  All photos by Yazzy.

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Checking in with the boys down in Mission Beach

Looks like there were some really fun waves down in Mission Beach this week. Here are a few shots our man Dave Woods sent over of Josh “Grom” Hromin riding the 6`1 JJ!

Looks super fun!

Mission Beach looking super fun!

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There is nothing like getting tubed close to home...

There is nothing like getting tubed close to home...

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6`1 JJ Twill Gloss

Make sure you come check out Dave at his new brick and mortar, Rail II Rail.

Make sure you come check out Dave at his new brick and mortar, Rail II Rail.

Dave on his 5`2 Aviso BD3 this past summer...

Dave on his 5`2 Aviso BD3 this past summer in MB...

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A few more from up north…

One of the best point breaks in California when its on...

One of the best point breaks in California when its on...

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Luckily the Queen shows here face a little more often... Here is a little one running off though the inside.

Luckily the Queen shows her face a little more often... Here is a little one running off though the inside with a lucky guy tucked in.

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You get a wave like this to yourself and it will be forever ingrained in your memory...

A bigger one rolling through the inside...

A bigger one pushing its way through to the inside...

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